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Brooklyn Today June 9: Hillary Clinton Returns to Brooklyn

June 9, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning on this summery FridayFive candidates are shaking up the Democratic establishment in the race for civil judgeships. The hammer comes down on a Bushwick gang, and it’s time to roll out the red carpet in Crown Heights and New Utrecht. New Yorkers pounce on the newly available scholarship for free college, and the Cosmos fall to FC Edmonton. Meanwhile, the Orthodox Jewish community carves out a very niche market in Park Slope and beyond, and Hillary Clinton receives a mixed welcome from students at Medgar Evers College. Keep reading for a long piece on the country’s only ICE detention center for trans people, and a public radio host sets out to learn about the people driving her Uber. Finally, a heads up: The BDE morning brief will take a break next Monday and Tuesday. We’ll see you again on Wednesday!
IMPRINT: The latest cover of Bahamontes out of Belgium barrels right at you.

The Rundown

~DEMS STIR THE POT: Earlier this week, we checked in on the seven candidates vying for the Brooklyn DA job, and now five independent Democrats are creating agita in Brooklyn’s Democratic establishment by announcing they are running for civil judgeships — without the blessing of theKings County Democratic PartyIsiris Isela IsaacSandra Roper,Thomas J. Kennedy and Patrick J. Hayes make up the slate, with John O’Hara, who is running for civil court judge in Brooklyn, serving as the lightening rod. In 1996, O’Hara was convicted as a felon…two decades and a dozen appeals later, his conviction was overturned. He says the experience left him with a strong sense of justice. Now, he feels the time is ripe for reform.(via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~HAMMER COMES DOWN ON TRUE BOSSES ONLY: In a bloody turf war, 12 alleged members of the Bushwick gang True Bosses Only took to the streets in 10 separate shootings and were busted in a 59-count indictment.“This indictment describes a terrifying mix of deadly force and mindless obsessions with turf,” Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. Members could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~THE OSCARS OF THE LIBRARIES: Time to roll out the red carpet for two Brooklyn libraries in what is known as “the Oscars of the Libraries.” The NYC Neighborhood Library Awards finalists are in, and the Crown Heightsand New Utrecht libraries made the list…which means one of them could collect a $20,000 prize. “I have been coming to the Crown Heights Library since I was seven years old,” a 13-year-old girl told Bklyner. “This library is my favorite place, where I can come anytime and in any mood.” (via Bklyner) 
~NEW YORKERS POUNCE ON FREE COLLEGE: Applications are now open for New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship, which offers free tuition forCUNY and SUNY students from families that make $100,000 or less…and Governor Cuomo’s office reports that more than 3,200 students applied for the scholarship in less than five hours. Patricia-Mia Diaz studies at Lehman College, and says she makes too much money to qualify for federal aid, but lives paycheck to paycheck. She’ll find out if she’s eligible for the scholarship within weeks. “I’ll be shouting from the rooftops, ‘I got it! I got it!,” she told WNYC. (via DNAinfo and WNYC) 
~LAST PLACE TEAM SNAPS COSMOS UNBEATEN STREAK: The New YorkCosmos kicked off a three-game homestand on Wednesday night looking to secure a vital three points in their quest for first place, but they fell to an FC Edmonton side that entered the match in last place. After leading 1-0 in the 69th minute, New York found itself on the back end of a 4-2 score line that forced them to leave MCU Park with nothing to show for their efforts. “We had two goals scored against us and two red cards that proved difficult to recover from,” said Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~“THE LICE LADIES OF BROOKLYN GO CORPORATE”: For more than 30 years, Orthodox Jewish women in neighborhoods like Borough Park,Midwood and Kensington have been employing the comb + conditioner + paper towel method of rooting out lice…but now, the Orthodox have carved out a niche market as the technique has morphed into a multimillion dollar industry, with eight lice-removal salons opening in Park Slope and elsewhere across the city. What’s good for business? Holiday season (when everyone is generous with the hugs), and, of course, summer camp. (via the NYT)   
~CHEERS AND BOOS AS HILLARY CLINTON RETURNS TO BROOKLYN: Hillary Clinton returned to the borough of her campaign headquartersto deliver the commencement address for Medgar Evers College at Barclays Center…and while she didn’t explicitly say POTUS’ name, she didn’t shy away from the political. “Make your voices heard every single day,” she told the crowd. “And when they even try to dismiss your lived experiences, maybe they’ll call it ‘identity politics,’ stand up and say your identity is as important and valuable as the identity of anybody else who lives in the United States of America.” While certain statements drew roars of applause, some attendees gave her a markedly cool reception, with scattered boos and several rows of people remaining seated when asked to stand for the speaker. (via the NYT) 
~PHOTO OF THE DAY: rose is a rose is a rose in Bay Ridge 

Staff Picks:

READ: What happens when Immigration and Customs Enforcement closes its only facility for transgender detainees(via Vice)   
LISTEN: “15 NYC Bands You Need to Hear,” according to Brooklyn Magazine.
LISTEN AGAIN: “Who’s Driving Your Uber?” Anna Sale brings her microphone into the car and talks competition, chatting with passengers and grave plot sales. (via Death, Sex & Money) 
SUMMERTIME DAY TRIP: ‘Tis the season for some very classic NYC summertime fun at Coney Island. Take a spin on Luna Park’s new virtual reality ride, or stay old school and get your flip on at the Coney Island Museum and Freak Bar’s vintage pinball arcade. (via Brooklyn Paper)


NATIONAL BULLETINHere’s a compilation of how writers from the left and the right are reacting to James Comey’s testimony…A report finds that black women vote at high rates and continue to climb in earning college degrees and opening businesses, yet remain underrepresented in elected office and earn less than white women…A tourist getaway resort sees an increase in job vacancies, thanks to new visa shortages for workers…And check out this experimental Frank Lloyd Wright community near Westchester. (via the NYT, WaPo, and Curbed NY)

FOREIGN FLASH: The U.K.’s election gamble backfires on Prime MinisterTheresa May, as the Tories lose their majority, and the U.K. looks an awful lot like the U.S.…Following a two-year restoration and 130 years of being closed to the public, the first house built by Antoni Gaudí will open as a museum…And as riots shake India, the government deploys ~1,000 paramilitary troops(via the AP, WaPo and Hyperallergic) 

 ROYAL WATCH: The public just can’t keep our lips to ourselves. Here are “10 Times the Public Couldn’t Help But Kiss the Royal Family.” Can you guess which royal gets the lion’s share of the love? (via Harper’s Bazaar UK)


5:00pm – Northside Festival 2017 at Pine Box Rock Shop. Details.
5:30pm – Red Hook Fest at Louis J. Valentino Park & Pier. Details.  
6:30pm – Master of None: A Conversation with Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang at the Paley Center for Media. Details.
7:00pm – More Than a Hipster Touchstone: Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea at The Strand. Details.
7:30pm – Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco at Dreamland Roller Disco at Lakeside. Details.
10:00pm – Ziggy Stardust 45th Anniversary Tribute at Diviera Drive. Details. 

Various times – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell.Details.
12:00pm – 5:00pm – The Victorian Cult of Mourning at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.  
2:00pm – 4:00pm – Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story at Brooklyn Heights Branch Library. Details.
4:00pm – Bargemusic at Fulton Ferry Landing. Details.  
8:00pm – Rooftop Films: Trapped at Industry City. Details.

11:00am – WORD! Caribbean Book Festival Presents: Trinidad Noir: The Classics at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration. Details.
11:00am – Astoria: Taste of the World at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:30pm – South of the Border: Latin America Challenges with Ralph Buultjens and Shannon O’Neil at 92nd Street Y. Details.

 ON THE PITCH: That Friday feeling

Happy birthday to Tedy Bruschi, Patricia Cornwell, Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Marvin Kalb, Miroslav Klose, Jackie Mason, Dave Parker, Natalie Portman,  Ashley Postell, Gloria Reuben, Peja Stajakovic, Dick Vitale and Mae Whitman!

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