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Brooklyn Today September 5: Hillary Clinton Returns to Brooklyn

September 5, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! Countdown clocks are coming to a station near you, Hillary Clinton returns to Brooklyn, and Prince William andPrincess Kate announced a third pregnancy. Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 storm, J.J. Watt raised $18.5 million for the victims of Hurricane Harvey with the help of his mom, and we go deeper into the Brooklyn DA race. Plus, we show you aerial footage of the world’s tallest sand castle and we look into the capabilities of a hydrogen bomb. Have a great week.  
IMPRINT: Girlfriend of Prince Harry and “Suits” actress Meghan Markle is featured on the cover of Vanity Fair’s October edition.
The Rundown
~COUNTDOWN CLOCKS COME TO MORE SUBWAY PLATFORMS: Riders on the E and G subway lines no longer have to peer down a dark tunnel to see if a train is coming. These are the latest lettered lines to be outfitted with a new, high tech countdown arrival clock, joining the C and R lines and several other pilot program stations, MTA announced on Thursday. The new countdown clocks use inexpensive beacon technology, and will be installed at all lettered line stations by the end of 2017, MTA says. MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement that the new system was part of an aggressive effort to improve the customer experience “through increased reliability and capacity, enhanced stations and safety, and clear and accurate communication.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~MAYOR SIGNS BILLS TO PROTECT TENANTS: Mayor Bill de Blasiosigned a package of bills that gives New York tenants protection against slumlords. The package that was pushed forward by six council members was approved in early August. Among the bills, one creates an Office of the Tenant Advocate within the Department of Buildings to monitor protection plans for tenants and respond to complaints. Another will give penalties on un-permitted construction work that some landlords use to price occupants out of their apartments. Among the city council members who helped push the package forward are Melissa Mark-ViveritoRitchie Torres and Jumaane Williams(via Curbed)
~HILLARY CLINTON RETURNS TO BROOKLYN: Since Hillary Clintonclosed up her Brooklyn Heights campaign headquarters close to a year ago, she’s come out with a book trying to explain the tumult that was the 2016 presidential election, titled, “What Happened.” Clinton will be signing copiesof that book at Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore on Sept. 27. The $32 tickets to the event sold out in about two days, but those interested in seeing the former candidate can join a waitlist through the store’s website. “Everyone from my 5-year-old daughter to all of our staff are just over the moon about the chance to meet her,” the bookstore’s co-owner Jessica Stockton Bagnulosaid. The signing is one stop in a multi-city book tour telling the story of the chaotic election. (via DNAinfo)
~BROOKLYN’S DA RACE HAS BEEN ABOUT REFORM: National and citywide elections get the most attention, but the race that will impact the lives of Brooklynites the most could be the one for district attorney where six Democratic candidates are vying to replace the late Ken Thompson in aprimary election set for next Tuesday, Sept. 12Eric Gonzalez, who served as Ken Thompson’s chief assistant district attorney, and as acting District Attorney since his death, is running against Councilmember Vincent Gentile,Ama DwimohPatricia GatlingMarc Fliedner and Anne Swern. There is a lot at stake in the race — the winner will manage an office that has more than 500 attorneys and 1,200 employees. This race is about reform, though. The six candidates met for the third time at a forum at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church inBedford-Stuyvesant on Tuesday last week where they all tried to lay out their progressive credentials. With just a couple of weeks to go before the primary election, which will effectively decide the race with no Republican candidates running, the six Dems have become fairly consistent with their talking points. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Staff Picks:    
LONG READ: “The First Social Media Suicide” (via the Guardian)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “The Trials of a Muslim Cop” (via the New Yorker)
PROFILE: Ken Burns’s American Canon” (via the New Yorker)
FICTION: “That dumb space movie” (via Vol. 1 Brooklyn)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Sleeping more could solve relationship problems…Here’s how Houston Texans star J.J. Watt raised $18.5 million for the victims of Hurricane Harvey with the help of his mom…And Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a category 5 storm(via NYT and CNN)
FOREIGN FLASH: The world’s tallest sand castle at 55 feet will be on display until Sept. 24 in Germany…Here’s what’s next for President Trumpand Kim Jong Un’s nuclear chess match…And here’s what a hydrogen bombis capable of doing. (via Time, WaPo and CNN)

 ROYAL WATCH: Prince William
 and Princess Kate have announced athird pregnancy(via Grand Forks Herald)

9:00AM – 5:00PM — Food Drive at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
3:00PM – 5:00PM —Ed Center Open Hours at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
6:00PM – 9:00PM — Book Launch: Mean Men by Professor Mark Lipton at the New School. Details.
7:00PM — NYRR Open Run at Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
7:00PM — Zoe Quinn: Crash Override at The Strand. Details.
8:00PM — The Brian Jonestown Massacre at Brooklyn Steel. Details.
9:00PM — Roky Erickson at Rough Trade NYC. Details.
 Here’s the three biggest ‘what-ifs’ of the Nets’ offseason(via Nothin but Nets)
Happy birthday to Kristian Alfonso, Elena Delle Donne, William Devane, Dennis Dugan, Cathy Lee Guisewite, Kim Yuna, Carol Lawrence, Rose McGowan, Bob Newhart, Nicanor Parra, Raquel Welch, and Dweezil Zappa!

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