Brooklyn Today: March 6, 2012
Good morning. Today is the 66th day of the year. It is the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision, which obligated the Northern free states to return fugitive slaves who had escaped from the South. The decision also overturned the 1820 Missouri Compromise, which restricted the growth of slavery in the new Western territories. Chief Justice Roger Taney wrote in his decision that, in his view, slaves were property, not citizens.
Well-known people who were born today include actor-director Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, This Is Spinal Tap), former basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, economist Alan Greenspan and author Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera).
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Today at 4 p.m., St. Joseph’s College, the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office will hold a youth literacy program at New Utrecht High School, 1601 80th St., Bensonhurst. “We teach our young people how to read, but we often overlook financial literacy — being ‘fluent’ in the knowledge of everything from credit scores and maintaining a checking account to securing financial aid and setting up a budget,” said Markowitz.
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According to the New York Post, Barclays Center has started a high-profile advertising campaign that will stress not only the Brooklyn Nets but also college basketball, boxing, concerts and other events scheduled for the new arena. The campaign is selling Brooklyn as a destination as well as the arena itself.
The Wall Street Journal examines the new Brooklyn Skyscraper Landmark District, and sees it as an example of how preservationists are now getting around to commercial and government buildings as well as residences. Many previous landmark districts are connected with the history of the city’s fashionable elite. The Journal writer points out that many of the office buildings within the new skyscraper district are equally distinguished and worth preserving.
According to the Daily News, Omar Cohall, 34, described as a “disturbed man,” is being sought by police in connection to the death of his sister, Heather Wright, 42. Wright was beaten to death with a chair leg. The two of them shared an apartment on Westminster Road in Ditmas Park. Police reports described Cohall as a black man, around 5-foot-8 and weighing about 260 pounds.
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