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Brooklyn Today January 10: South Brooklyn Pol Pamela Harris Indicted on Fraud Charges

January 10, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy hump day, Brooklyn! South Brooklyn pol Pamela Harris is in hot water, prosecutors want an anonymous jury in the El Chapo trial, and chess is all the rage in the borough. Plus, we go inside Lyft’s self-driving taxi, five people die from mudslides in Southern California, and snow falls in the Sahara Desert. Finally, North Korea says it will send athletes to the Winter Olympics, President Trump won’t receive a psychiatric exam during his physical, and a Louisiana teacher is arrested after she questions the pay raise of the school superintendent.
IMPRINT: Betty White blows out birthday candles on the January cover ofParade Magazine.

The Rundown

~SOUTH BROOKLYN POL PAMELA HARRIS INDICTED ON FRAUD CHARGES: South Brooklyn Assemblymember Pamela Harris, who representsBay RidgeConey IslandBath Beach and Dyker Heights, was arraigned in federal court on Tuesday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from government agencies and tampering with witnesses. Harris is the second consecutive representative from the 46th Assembly District in Brooklyn to have been indicted. Harris replaced Alec Brook-Krasny, who quit the assembly and then was later indicted on health care fraud and bribery charges. An 11-count indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn as Harris appeared in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. Harris was charged with two counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of making false statements, two counts of bankruptcy fraud, one count of witness tampering and one court of conspiracy to obstruct justice. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FEDS WANT EL CHAPO JURY TO BE ANONYMOUS: The trial for Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is coming to Brooklyn’s federal court in the next few months and prosecutors want its jury to be anonymous. Given Guzman’s history of escaping Mexican prisons and hiring hitmen to kill witnesses, the feds say it’s necessary to keep jurors names secret for their safety. “Because (Guzman) was widely known as the dangerous, powerful leader of one of the world’s largest drug cartels prior to his extradition to the United States, potential jurors may fear retaliation from the defendant’s associates,” prosecutors charged in court documents. A high media presence and added attention from the new Netflix and Univision series, “El Chapo,” could fuel even more public interest, they added. Guzman’s trial is currently scheduled for April but could be pushed back based on defense requests. (via Daily News)
~CB6 TO VOTE ON FOURTH AVENUE BIKE LANE PLAN TONIGHTDOT’s plan to add 8 miles of protected bike lanes to Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue is coming up for a vote at CB6 tonight. The proposed lanes would run along Fourth Avenue from Sunset Park to Atlantic Avenue. In DOT’s original plan, work would be done from 65th Street to 8th Street in the spring and fall of 2018 (Phase A), then from 8th Street to Atlantic Avenue in the summer of 2021 (Phase B). However, CB6’s Transportation & Public Safety Committee convinced DOT to accelerate the timeline for the Park Slope portion, Phase B, by using temporary materials until permanent lanes could be installed. DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said in a release in March 2017 that the dramatic surge in cycling plus recent safety improvements led the city to consider adding the bike lanes to the formerly deadly thoroughfare. “The chance to redesign one of New York City’s ‘great streets’ may only come about every 50 years, and so it’s critical we get it right,” Trottenberg said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CHESS IS KING IN BROOKLYN AT NYC SCHOOL TOURNAMENT: It’s no wonder that Midwood’s Edward R. Murrow High School made big news this week winning the chess tournament at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn kids are learning more and more about the exciting game of chess. Christian Whitted, owner of The New York Chess and Game Shop at Flatbush Avenue, thinks the reason for chess’ popularity is simple. “The freedom to create their own personal, action-packed, drama-filled ‘mind movie’ excites these kids,” Whitted told us. “They love the strategic competition and the mystery of the outcome … and of course the possibility of triumphantly capturing one of the ultimate prizes, a bright, shiny, gold trophy really helps motivate them.” More than 1,500 students from hundreds of public and private New York high schools took part in this year’s tournament. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: “When Deportation Is a Death Sentence” (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: A young writer moves to New York with lofty dreams, only to leave years later with financial troubles(The New Yorker via Longform)
TECHNOLOGY: Go inside Lyft’s self-driving taxi(via Time)
FOOD & DRINK: Three-course lunches for $29? Sounds about right. Here are the best places to eat during NYC Restaurant Week, which starts on Jan. 22.(via Time Out New York)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: A Louisiana teacher is arrested after she questions the pay raise of the school superintendent…President Trump won’t receive apsychiatric exam during his physical…And at least five people die frommudslides in Southern California. (via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: Snow falls in the Sahara Desert…Thailand Prime MinisterPrayuth Chan-ocha uses a cardboard cutout to avoid questions from reporters…And North Korea says it will send athletes to the Winter Olympics.(via NYT, USA Today and The Guardian)
 Take a look at these 20 photos of the Royal Family’sfirst day of school. (via Standard)


8:30AM — India 2018 at Asia Society and Museum. Details.
10:00AM — Storytime & Sensory Lounge at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.Details.
11:15AM — Art Adventures! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Details.
1:00PM – 3:00PM — Historic Trolley Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
4:00PM — American Skulls and Flowers at Court Tree Collective. Details.
7:00PM — Drunk Science Presents Climate Change at Littlefield. Details.
7:00PM — Screening & Live Event: When We Were Kings at Museum of the Moving Image. Details.
7:30PM — TimesTalks: James Franco and Dave Franco at Merkin Concert Hall. Details.
7:30PM — The Echo Drift at Baruch College. Details.  
8:00PM — Fashion Icons with Fern MallisThom Browne at 92nd Street Y.Details.     
 EAGLE SPORTS: The Brooklyn Nets are getting the Rodney Dangerfieldtreatment. Undermanned, undersized and, by their own assertion, receiving no respect from the officials, the Nets once again found themselves on the brink of a breakthrough victory Monday night, only to have it slip through their fingers.Spencer Dinwiddie scored 21 of his career-high 31 points during the fourth quarter and overtime, but didn’t get a key foul call in the waning seconds of the extra session as Brooklyn endured a brutal 114-113 loss to the Toronto Raptors in front of 13,681 fans at Barclays Center. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

Happy birthday to Pat Benatar, Roy Blunt, George ForemanEvan Handler, Rod Stewart and Bill Toomey!

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