Brooklyn Today January 19: Brooklyn Officials Back Bill Removing Guns From Violent People
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! New York City is among the 20 finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters, Brooklyn officials back a bill to remove guns from violent people, and most of the borough’s jobs will come from health care and tourism. Plus, Florida’s new high-speed train hits and kills a fourth person, we share a recipe for sausage risotto, and India tests a ballistic missile. Finally, we share a map of every single terrorist attack that happened last year, a European court says a lesbian woman cannot go on paternity leave, andMeghan Markle receives her first official royal gift. Have a great weekend.
IMPRINT: David Beckham smirks on the latest cover of Evening Standard Magazine.
~BROOKLYN OFFICIALS BACK BILL REMOVING GUNS FROM VIOLENT PEOPLE: Two Brooklyn officials are sponsoring a bill that would take guns away from people found by a court to be likely to seriously harm themselves or others. Called Extreme Risk Protection Orders, the measure would be similar to an order of protection for victims of domestic violence, according to state Sen. Brian Kavanagh. The bill would allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a state court to issue an order preventing the accused person from buying or possessing guns — even before any actual crime is committed. Richard Aborn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, said, “There are far too many examples of individuals exhibiting early warning signs of violence prior to committing mass shootings, police ambushes, domestic violence … We must give law enforcement and families that power; the power to stop tragedies before they occur.” Sponsors say the language of the bill protects people who are unfairly accused, but some worry that individuals will be punished for crimes they never actually commit. The order would last for one year, and the accused person would have one opportunity during that year to present evidence to the court as to why the order should be lifted. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MOST BROOKLYN JOBS TO COME FROM HEALTH CARE AND TOURISM:A new report from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce found that the medical and tourism sectors will provide the borough with the most jobs in upcoming years. The study predicted health care would add 172,100 jobs and tourism and entertainment would add 100,000 by 2024. Those numbers exceed citywide growth with Brooklyn’s health care sector standing as the largest employer. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Andrew Hoan attributed the growth in tourism to constant development in neighborhoods such asWilliamsburg and Bushwick, as well as to investment in Coney Island and the Barclays Center. “It’s really part of this mosaic of things,” Hoan said. “Now when you come to Brooklyn, you have this itinerary of stuff to do.” As far as the medical sector, he said growth of small ambulatory and urgent-care facilities are contributing to more jobs. (via Crain’s New York Business)
~NYC AMONG THE 20 FINALISTS FOR AMAZON’S SECOND HEADQUARTERS: Amazon is narrowing the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest concentration in the Northeast. Amazon, based in Seattle, plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses. Cities are in fierce competition to lure Amazon, which has revolutionized the way people shop. The list released on Thursday includes the cities of Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; Columbus, Ohio. It also listed northern Virginia and Montgomery County in Maryland as potential sites. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GREENPOINT WOMAN RINGS OPENING BELL AT NASDAQ: The Nasdaq Stock Market adopted a decidedly Brooklyn attitude on a recent morning, as aGreenpoint woman got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ring the opening bellto signal the start of the trading day. Laura James, chairwoman of the Advisory Board of Playworks New York/New Jersey, a nonprofit firm that works with schools to promote the emotional health of students by revamping recess and playtime activities on school playgrounds, had the honor of ringing the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite Studio in Times Square. “Laura, Nasdaq is proud to honor you and the Playworks team for all the meaningful and impactful work you do,” Bryan Joyce of Nasdaq said as he introduced James before the opening bell. James’ day job is in governmental relations at UPS.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “The Fall of [Uber CEO] Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought” (via Bloomberg)
EAT: Here’s a recipe for sausage risotto, the perfect comfort food for the cold weather. (via NYT)
HEALTH: Here’s why being stressed makes you tired. (via The Atlantic)
CARTOON: The expectations surrounding President Trump’s wall change drastically. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Florida’s new high-speed train hits and kills a fourth person…New York City’s crime decreases as police stops decline…And a Michigan father who lived in America for 30 years gets deported to Mexico.(via USA Today, ProPublica and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: India tests a ballistic missile…A European court says a lesbian woman cannot go on paternity leave…And here’s a map of every single terrorist attack that happened last year. (via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)
ROYAL WATCH: Meghan Markle receives her first official royal gift.(via People)
9:30AM — The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight at Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library. Details.
10:45AM — French for Little Ones at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Details.
1:00PM – 6:00PM — Jeanne Liotta Break The Sky at Microscope Gallery.Details.
2:45PM — Creative Writing for Kids at Cortelyou Library. Details.
6:00PM — Chapter One: 212-Fed-High by Kishi Ui at Court Tree Collective.Details.
6:30PM — Musical Shabbat at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
7:30PM — Brooklyn Writers Space Reading Series at Books Are Magic.Details.
7:30PM — Utopia: Works-In-Progress Showing at NARS Foundation. Details.
7:30PM – 11:00PM — Brooklyn Contra Dance w/ Sue Gola and David Sidman’s Elastic Band at Camp Friendship. Details.
11:45PM — Cronos at Nitehawk Cinema. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: In cartoon parlance, the Brooklyn Nets are like Wile E. Coyote, who continually tries, but never winds up catching that all-so-irritating Road Runner. The Nets suffered their latest near-miss Wednesday night in front of 15,425 fans at Barclays Center, overcoming most of a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit, only to come up maddeningly short in a 100-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. “It’s been tough,” admitted Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris of the team’s inability to pull out close games down the stretch. “We’ve been in this position what seems like a lot, where it’s just a matter of executing down the stretch, both defensively and offensively. We play really well, we’re able to climb back into it, and then we have lapses in judgement. Not sure exactly what it is. But these experienced teams, they seem to find a way to win.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
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