Brooklyn Today: May 21, 2012

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 142nd day of the year. Our era isn’t the first in which people are concerned about fighting in Afghanistan. The May 21, 1885, Brooklyn Daily Eagle contains a small item with the headline “The Afghan Controversy.” It reads, “The governor of Sarakha has granted the request of the Russian commander at Merv to allow two battalions of Russian troops to march through Persian territory on the left side of the Tajent River. It is believed that Russia claims Maruchak as being part of the Pendjeh District.”

Well-known people who were born today include U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota), actress Lisa Edelstein (“House”), baseball manager Bobby Cox, actor Lawrence “Mr. T” Tureaud (“The A-Team”) and singer-songwriter Leon Sayer.

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Police are looking for a suspect in two Brooklyn bank robberies. In the first, on April 5 shortly after noon, the suspect entered an HSBC branch at 5929 Flatlands Ave., and passed a note to a teller demanding cash. In the second, on April 28, he entered a Chase Bank at 1101 Ave. J and passed a note to a teller demanding cash while displaying a firearm. In both cases, the teller complied and the suspect fled. The suspect is described as being a black man, 35 to 40 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing about 220 pounds.

According to CBS New York, pre-sale tickets for Barbra Streisand’s “Back to Brooklyn” concert at Barclays Center on Oct. 11 sold out in minutes, and now resellers and scalpers are asking for tens of thousands of dollars for them. CBS quoted a Barclays Center official as saying, “As much as we’d like to, we can’t control what ticket buyers do with their tickets.”

Fashion designer Andrew Guirgius has taken it upon himself to design new logos for the Brooklyn Nets, according to The Huffington Post. “Like a lot of designers, aesthetes and basketball fans around the world, I was disappointed and a little bemused by the Brooklyn Nets branding unveiled in early May 2012,” he said. His designs can be found at

May 21, 2012 - 12:55am



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