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What we know so far about the White House social media summit wgxa.tvWASHINGTON (SBG) – On Thursday, the White House will host a social media summit. This comes as lawmakers look into concerns that social media …
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Authorities: Missing Texas man was eaten by his own dogs KEYE TV CBS AustinDALLAS (AP) — Authorities say a 57-year-old Texas man who had been missing for months was eaten, bones and all, by his dogs.
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Brooklyn Paper: Full articles: Parks Department confiscates memorial to slain cyclist

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By Chandler Kidd

Brooklyn Paper

A “ghost bike” memorial to a slain cyclist that mysteriously vanished from Marine Park on July 9 was confiscated by the NYC Parks Department, a spokeswoman confirmed.

As a courtesy, Parks officials allowed the white-painted bike honoring 29-year-old Robert Sommer — who was struck crossing Avenue U near E. 33rd Street on May 12 — to remain at the site of the collision for several weeks, but a spokeswoman claimed the monument fell afoul of park rules banning “unattended personal belongings,” and defended the agency’s decision to take it down.

“We respect Robert Sommer’s memory and know that his loss has impacted his family, friends, and the Marine Park community. After an approximate two-month courtesy period, we removed the bike yesterday,” said Anessa Hodgson, a spokeswoman for the Parks Department.

The Parks Department’s decision to remove the ghost bike devastated Sommer’s family, and the New York City Street Memorial Project — which installed the Marine Park Ghost Bike, along with dozens of others throughout the city — is attempting to work with the agency to restore it, according to one member.

“We are in touch with Robert Sommer’s family, who are very upset that the Parks Department removed his ghost bike,” said Ellen Belcher. “We are working this issue and hopefully… we will reinstall the ghost bike very soon.”

This isn’t the first time the city has drawn heat for carting off the haunting memorials to slain cyclists, and the Department of Sanitation backed off its controversial policy of trashing the bikes after advocates mobilized to protect the tributes in 2010, according to a Streetsblog report.

And with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s focus on street safety as part of his Vision Zero plan, coupled with a nine-year cease fire between city agencies and the ghost bikes, the Parks Department decision to confiscate the memorial struck one advocate as disappointing.

“We’ve got lots of memorials and ghost bikes are well established, so it would be a shame if it was taken down,” said Eric McClure, executive director of StreetsPac, which raises funds for transit-minded political candidates.

Sommer was one of 15 cyclists killed throughout the city this year, 11 of whom died in Brooklyn, including 28-year-old Devra Freelander and 57-year-old Ernest Askew, who died just days apart.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at ckidd@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at twitter.com/ChanAnnKidd.

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Brooklyn Eagle: Veteran Harris key brick in Nets’ foundation

As the longest-tenured Net, by just a few weeks over teammate Caris LeVert, Joe Harris had a birds-eye view of Brooklyn’s massive rebuilding project these past three years.

And the NBA’s reigning 3-Point Shootout champion liked what he saw from the very beginning to where the Nets are now, on the precipice of seriously competing again for their first-ever NBA title.

“I think when [general manager] Sean [Marks] and [head coach] Kenny [Atkinson] got in and then assembled the team you could see stuff transitioning and changing,” Harris told the team’s website earlier this week during Summer League action at UNLV’s Thomas & Marck Arena in Las Vegas.

“Obviously it’s a slow process,” added Harris, who finished this past season with an NBA-best 47.3 shooting percentage from 3-point range, backing up his dramatic victory over Golden State’s Stephen Curry during this year’s All-Star festivities.

The process, as Harris calls it, went a bit quicker than either he or anyone else around Downtown Brooklyn anticipated.

When Harris officially signed with the Nets on June 19, 2016, the team was headed toward an NBA-worst 20-62 mark in Atkinson’s initial campaign as head coach and Marks’ first full season at the helm.

The Nets made an impressive eight-game improvement on that putrid mark in 2017-18 and soared into the playoffs last year with a 42-40 record, their first winning season in half a decade, before bowing out to Philadelphia in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Now, they are expected to seriously vie for the conference crown, as well as the NBA title, over the next four years after Sunday’s free-agent windfall in which the team acquired the superstar tandem of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Harris, who suffered through extended losing streaks, watched key players suffer season-ending injuries and saw most of his original Nets teammates get lopped off the roster, is glad to still be a part of what many hope will become Brooklyn’s first major pro sports championships team since 1955.

“You didn’t anticipate it happening as quickly as it did or in the manner that it happened,” Harris readily admitted.

“But I think at some point everybody could kind of see the tide turning. Obviously, we had a great year this past year, but then to go out and make the splash in free agency. It sort of solidified the come up of this organization.”

Harris, LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and Rodions Kurucs are the key returnees to a team that will also field Durant, Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Taurean Prince and Wilson Chandler.

That’s a lot of new pieces to fit into what Atkinson and Marks hope to mold into a title-winning puzzle.

But for Harris, who enjoyed a career-best season in which he averaged 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 2018-19, the Nets’ way of doing things, both internally and on the hardwood, is the reason high-priced superstar free agents decided to make their next stop the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush.

“When you do stuff the right way, and people see sort of the enthusiasm that the team plays with, the culture that’s been built, that’s there, everybody recognizes it,” said Harris.

Instead of trying to guard Kyrie Irving, Nets sharp-shooter Joe Harris hopes to be receiving passes from the All-NBA guard this coming campaign in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Instead of trying to guard Kyrie Irving, Nets sharp-shooter Joe Harris hopes to be receiving passes from the All-NBA guard this coming campaign in Brooklyn. AP Photo/Tony Dejak

“And everybody knows that the Nets are a first-class organization from the top down, from ownership to the front office, coaches. There’s a clear synergy there where it’s something you would want to be a part of and obviously there’s a lot of other things that factor into it. But I think establishing that foundation, that culture early on is just as important as anything else that’s happened along the way.”

It certainly was.

Players like Harris, LeVert and Dinwiddie were basically reclamation projects, due to injury or underperformance with their former employers.

All three emerged as key pieces in the rebuilding of this franchise, and all three will get a chance to play alongside Durant, whenever he returns from his Achilles injury, and Irving, who is raring to go in 2019-2020.

Harris has already enjoyed the experience of playing alongside Irving in Cleveland during his rookie season with the Cavaliers in 2014-15.

“I would say you could ask a lot of people that played with him and they’d all say that he’s a great teammate and a good guy to be around,” said Harris, deflecting some of the negative attention Irving has received for his inability to get along with teammates, coaches and/or management in previous stops.

“None of us are perfect all the time,” Harris insisted. “We’re all going to have ups and downs throughout the course of the season. For him, unfortunately, he’s just in one of these scenarios where there is so much more attention on him and people are paying much more attention to when he does have an off day. It’s a little bit different than people like me. I have off days all the time too, but nobody really cares when I have an off day. People care when Kyrie does.”

They certainly will during this first season here in Brooklyn, when Durant is slated to be sidelined for most, if not all, of the campaign.

Irving will be the one taking most of the heat if the Nets fail to build on their breakthrough campaign. But Harris intimated that he’s not overly concerned with how Irving will respond to the pressure of playing here in Brooklyn or carrying a hunk of the load before Durant hits the court.

“He’s one of these guys where he’s very much must-see,” Harris noted. “We all know the talent, but like I got to see it for a year and a half every day in practice. Every day on the court and he really is that talented. He’s a top-10 talent.”

Nothing But Net: The Nets revealed their four-game preseason schedule this week. The team will open preseason play by hosting SESI/Franca Basketball Club of Brazil at the Barclays Center on Oct. 4. They then travel to China for a pair of exhibitions, both against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. The first game will be played on Oct. 10 in Shanghai and the second two days later in Shenzhen. This will be Brooklyn’s third trip to China following previous excursions to the Far East in 2010 and 2014. The Nets will finish off their preseason slate at the part-time home of the New York Islanders, NYCB Live, on Oct. 18 vs. the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors. Tickets for the Oct. 4 game at Barclays Center and the one at Nassau Coliseum are available now and can be purchased at brooklynnets.com and ticketmaster.com, or by calling 718-NETS-TIX.

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Brooklyn Paper: Full articles: Parks Department confiscates memorial to slain cyclist

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By Chandler Kidd

Brooklyn Paper

A “ghost bike” memorial to a slain cyclist that mysteriously vanished from Marine Park on July 9 was confiscated by the NYC Parks Department, a spokeswoman confirmed.

As a courtesy, Parks officials allowed the white-painted bike honoring 29-year-old Robert Sommer — who was struck crossing Avenue U near E. 33rd Street on May 12 — to remain at the site of the collision for several weeks, but a spokeswoman claimed the monument fell afoul of park rules banning “unattended personal belongings,” and defended the agency’s decision to take it down.

“We respect Robert Sommer’s memory and know that his loss has impacted his family, friends, and the Marine Park community. After an approximate two month courtesy period, we removed the bike yesterday,” said Anessa Hodgson, a spokeswoman for the Parks Department.

The Parks Department’s decision to remove his ghost bike left Sommer’s family was devastated, and the New York City Street Memorial Project — which installed the Marine Park Ghost Bike, along with dozens of others throughout the city — is attempting to work with the agency to see it restored, according to one member.

“We are in touch with Robert Sommer’s family, who are very upset that the Parks Department removed his ghost bike,” said Ellen Belcher. “We are working this issue and hopefully… we will reinstall the ghost bike very soon.”

This isn’t the first time the city has drawn heat for carting off the haunting memorials to slain cyclists, and the Department of Sanitation backed off its controversial policy of trashing the bikes after advocates mobilized to protect the tributes in 2010, according to a Streetsblog report.

And with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s focus on street safety as part of his Vision Zero plan, coupled with a nine year cease fire between city agencies and the ghost bikes, the Parks Department decision to confiscate the memorial struck one advocate as disappointing.

“We’ve got lots of memorials and ghost bikes are well established, so it would be a shame if it was taken down,” said Eric McClure, executive director of StreetsPac, which raises funds for transit-minded political candidates.

Sommer was one of 15 cyclists killed throughout the city this year, of whom 11 died in Brooklyn, including 28-year-old Devra Freelander and 57-year-old Ernest Askew, who died just days apart.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at ckidd@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at twitter.com/ChanAnnKidd.

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Brooklyn Paper: Full articles: Amusement purveyor to revamp Coney transit hub

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By Rose Adams

Brooklyn Paper

The owners of Luna Park will transform Coney Island’s sprawling Stillwell Avenue subway station into a shopping and entertainment complex, transit authorities announced Tuesday.

The terminal’s soon-to-be refurbished retail spaces are slated to open by Summer 2020, and will include an arcade and restaurant-bar, a coffee shop, and five other food and retail vendors, the city said.

Earlier this year, the transit agency’s real-estate branch awarded a 15-year-lease for the transit hub to Central Amusement International, a corporation that has run Luna Park since 2010. The international company plans to renovate nine of the station’s 11 retail units — about 7,000 square feet in all — including space currently occupied by local souvenir vendors, a newsstand, and three chain restaurants.

Some Coney Island residents met the plans with excitement, anticipating that the renovations will revitalize a century-old terminal in need of repair. About three of the station’s retail spaces have remained empty since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the palatial edifice suffers from exposure to the salty air, according to local civic gurus.

“I think it’s great that [CAI is] the recipient of the [Request for Proposals],” said Eddie Mark, the District Manager of Community Board 13. He added that the developers’ plans to operate the shopping center year-round would benefit residents of the area.

“They’re familiar with the neighborhood, and they have a good track record,” Mark added.

But other Coney Islanders are slow to trust the Luna Park developer, which controls most of the amusement park, including the Scream Zone between Stillwell Avenue and W. 12th Street, and the B&B Carousel by W. 16th Street. Last year, the international corporation won the rights to develop a water park between the Thunderbolt roller coaster and MCU park.

“It’s a bit disturbing,” said resident and Community Board 13 member, Orlando Mendez. “They’re gong to get everything retail-wise, community-wise,” he said. “Seems like it’s all going exclusively to CAI.”

The Luna Park developers say they will employ local vendors in the station’s retail units, but according to Mendez, the company has broken promises to local businesses before. This year, the corporation decided not to renew the lease of Feltman’s Hot Dogs — a revival of the hot dog company that brought the frankfurter to Coney Island in 1867. According to Feltman’s owner Michael Quinn, the developers broke several agreements they had made with the eatery, hanging signage for other snack bars, like Nathan’s, where Feltman’s signage should have hung.

“They take money from you and they don’t honor contracts,” said Quinn.

And Quinn’s accusations, coupled with the company’s steady expansion throughout Coney Island’s amusement district, has led Mendez to distrust the developer’s promise to support local businesses.

“They’re going to be displacing existing businesses,” he said. “Now they’ve got more concessions on the island than the mom ’n’ pops.”

A spokesman for Central Amusement International did not immediately comment regarding its contract with Feltman’s, or Mendez’s criticisms.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at radams@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–8306.

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