D & D

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CITY ISLAND IMAGES wishes to congratulate all who participated at Orchard Beach's Down & Dirty.

The Merrell Down & Dirty presented by Subaru returned to New York City yesterday. This benefit race in the mud included a partnership with Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude sends care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and on Naval ships at sea! and much more!

It was an amazing race day in Pelham Bay Park! The 2013 results are in! Click here to view your race:

http://www.downanddirtymudrun.com/

Museum Massacre

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Armed terrorists are responsible for a museum massacre after they stormed a Tunisia museum and reportedly killed around 20. French speaking sources say 22 and English language accounts say 18, according to published reports.

Security forces swept in, killed two gunmen, freed the remaining hostages and launched a manhunt for more perpetrators. A total of 36 injured individuals may have been transported to local hospitals.

TRUTH SQUAD

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This was by far the most expensive presidential race in American history, with some $2.6 billion spent. Thank God, it is is finally coming to an end. The barrage of political ads is quieting, and voters now have the chance to speak up and make the vote be their vote.

WAR FOR KNICKS?

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Over the past couple of weeks, KNICKS franchise has experienced a truly "LINSATIONAL" interest not only in New York, but all over the world. This may have also played a part in the Madison Square Network dispute with Time Warner Cable.

The management has so far dropped the ball on a couple of occasions and it may have done so once again by signing JR Smith, who comes to the team with some baggage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=q5PitOdkJAY

This group is either determined to test their own limits, or they are their own adversaries.

BEWARE OF BUTT BLUNDERS

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Do you know anyone who has butt dialed someone else without realizing it? Anyone who "pocket-dials" a third party during a conversation does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy, the Sixth Circuit ruled. Beware of butt dialing blunders.

That person at the top of your contact list is the one most likely to get an unintended call from your very own butt, which may have a mind of its own.

You Are Now Liable for Your Butt Dials http://bloom.bg/1OxMKux via @business

NYC WEATHER FORECAST

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Today: Periods of rain, mainly before 3pm. High near 44. East wind between 10 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Northeast wind between 6 and 10 mph.

Sunday: A chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. North wind at 9 mph becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

SNOW STORM UPDATE

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30 inches of snow had reportedly fallen on central Connecticut by early this morning and areas of southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire had an accumulation of at least 2 feet or more of snow.

Airlines cancelled more than 5,300 flights so far and New York City's three major airports as well as Boston's Logan Airport closed down.

Ted Crosses Donald

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Have you had your fill of the Republican presidential primary? If not, you’re a glutton for punishment and you’ll be happy to know Republicans candidates are crawling closer to the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the GOP nomination on the first convention ballot. Ted Cruz has now become Donald Trump's major rival.

Cruz spoils Trump's Day http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/gop-primaries-2016-ledeall-220295

Ted Cruz Wins Straw Poll At Conservative Confab http://n.pr/1nobpJu

Trump takes Louisiana, Kentucky, but loses 2 states to Cruz http://usat.ly/1p7Bhv0 via @usatoday

This Week in Her and History

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This Week in History, Apr 28 - May 4

Apr 28, 1945
Benito Mussolini executed. On this day in 1945, "Il Duce," Benito Mussolini, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are shot by Italian partisans who had captured the couple as they attempted to flee to Switzerland. The 61-year-old deposed former dictator of Italy was established by his German allies as the figurehead of a puppet government in northern Italy during the German occupation toward the close of the war. As the Allies fought their way up the Italian peninsula, defeat of the Axis powers all but certain, Mussolini considered his options. Not wanting to fall into the hands of either the British or the Americans, and knowing that the communist partisans, who had been fighting the remnants of roving Italian fascist soldiers and thugs in the north, would try him as a war criminal, he settled on escape to a neutral country.

Apr 29, 2004
World War II monument opens in Washington, D.C. On April 29, 2004, the National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., to thousands of visitors, providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S. men and women who served in the war. The memorial is located on 7.4 acres on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The Capitol dome is seen to the east, and Arlington Cemetery is just across the Potomac River to the west.

Apr 30, 1945
Adolf Hitler commits suicide. On this day in 1945, holed up in a bunker under his headquarters in Berlin, Adolf Hitler commits suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head. Soon after, Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allied forces, ending Hitler's dreams of a "1,000-year" Reich. Since at least 1943, it was becoming increasingly clear that Germany would fold under the pressure of the Allied forces. In February of that year, the German 6th Army, lured deep into the Soviet Union, was annihilated at the Battle of Stalingrad, and German hopes for a sustained offensive on both fronts evaporated. Then, in June 1944, the Western Allied armies landed at Normandy, France, and began systematically to push the Germans back toward Berlin. By July 1944, several German military commanders acknowledged their imminent defeat and plotted to remove Hitler from power so as to negotiate a more favorable peace. Their attempts to assassinate Hitler failed, however, and in his reprisals, Hitler executed over 4,000 fellow countrymen.

May 01, 1931
Empire State Building dedicated. On this day in 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City's Empire State Building, pressing a button from the White House that turns on the building's lights. Hoover's gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D.C., someone else flicked the switches in New York. The idea for the Empire State Building is said to have been born of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation and John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, to see who could erect the taller building. Chrysler had already begun work on the famous Chrysler Building, the gleaming 1,046-foot skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. Not to be bested, Raskob assembled a group of well-known investors, including former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith. The group chose the architecture firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Associates to design the building. The Art-Deco plans, said to have been based in large part on the look of a pencil, were also builder-friendly: The entire building went up in just over a year, under budget (at $40 million) and well ahead of schedule. During certain periods of building, the frame grew an astonishing four-and-a-half stories a week.

May 02, 1933
Loch Ness Monster sighted. Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland's Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933. The newspaper Inverness Courier related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface." The story of the "monster" (a moniker chosen by the Courier editor) became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound sterling reward for capture of the beast.

May 03, 1469
Niccolo Machiavelli born. On this day in 1469, the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born. A lifelong patriot and diehard proponent of a unified Italy, Machiavelli became one of the fathers of modern political theory. Machiavelli entered the political service of his native Florence by the time he was 29. As defense secretary, he distinguished himself by executing policies that strengthened Florence politically. He soon found himself assigned diplomatic missions for his principality, through which he met such luminaries as Louis XII of France, Pope Julius II, the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, and perhaps most importantly for Machiavelli, a prince of the Papal States named Cesare Borgia. The shrewd and cunning Borgia later inspired the title character in Machiavelli's famous and influential political treatise The Prince (1532).

May 04, 1994
Rabin and Arafat sign accord for Palestinian self-rule. On May 4, 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat reached agreement in Cairo on the first stage of Palestinian self-rule. The agreement was made in accordance with the Oslo Accords, signed in Washington, D.C. on September 13, 1993. This was the first direct, face-to-face agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and it acknowledged Israel's right to exist. It was also designed as a framework for future relations between the two parties. The Gaza-Jericho agreement signed on this day in history addressed four main issues: security arrangements, civil affairs, legal matters and economic relations. It included an Israeli military withdrawal from about 60 percent of the Gaza Strip (Jewish settlements and their environs excluded) and the West Bank town of Jericho, land captured by Israel during the Six-Day War of 1967. The Palestinians agreed to combat terror and prevent violence in the famous "land for peace" bargain. The document also included an agreement to a transfer of authority from the Israeli Civil Administration to the newly created Palestinian Authority, its jurisdiction and legislative powers, a Palestinian police force and relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

KEEP NYC GREEN

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NYC's Green Book has been keeping New Yorkers informed concerning agencies, offices, boards, and commissions that keep this city running. This year, there is a published one of a kind on line and truly "green" Green Book-a searchable, up-to-date NYC directory in digital form.

Killer Hurricane

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Killer Hurricane Matthew is forcing the largest evacuation since Hurricane Sandy. And Matthew has Hurricane Nicole developing too close for comfort.

"Unfortunately, this is going to kill people." - Gov. Scott #HurricaneMatthew. Complete hurricane survival guide: http://sunsent.nl/2dxpFgz

US braces for Hurricane Matthew as deadly storm batters Bahamas: http://abcn.ws/2duSbkr

'This storm will kill you,' FL gov. warns ahead of Hurricane Matthew @CNN http://cnn.it/2cVfGyU