Brooklyn Today March 12: Brooklyn Students to Walk Out of School Wednesday to Protest Gun Violence
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday, Brooklyn! Martin Shkreli cries in court, The New York Times highlights the contributions of Emily Warren Roebling, and Brooklyn joins the National School Walkout. Plus, six paintings worth $1.7 million go missing in Williamsburg, we share the 17 best places to get chicken parm, and Turkey sends 24 journalists to prison. Finally, 65 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power, an otter attacks a kayaker in Florida, and a man in Russia discovers 54 human hands buried in the snow. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: Billboard Magazine features a close-up of Demi Lovato on its March cover.
~MARTIN SHKRELI CRIES BEFORE SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON: Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, best known for hiking up the price of a life-saving drug and creating a bombastic online persona, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison on Friday after being convicted of securities fraud last summer. As he pleaded Judge Kiyo Matsumoto for a lenient sentence, the 34-year-old who repeatedly lied to investors, defrauding them, sobbed from the defense table in Brooklyn’s federal court. “I look back and I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” Shkreli said in blue prison garb. “I was never motivated by money. I wanted to grow my stature and reputation. I am here because of my gross, stupid and negligent mistakes I made.” While Shkreli is best known for increasing the price of the drug Daraprim 5,000 percent from $13.50 to $750 a pill and creating a bad boy image on social media, years of lies to investors in two of his former hedge funds landed him the sentence. Matsumoto said she would not be sentencing Shkreli on his infamous personality but on the seriousness of the “egregious” lies he used to commit securities fraud. Jurors found last August that Shkreli misled investors of his funds MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare while attempting to manipulate the price of the drug company he founded, Retrophin. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN STUDENTS TO WALK OUT OF SCHOOL WEDNESDAY TO PROTEST GUN VIOLENCE: Enough is enough: Students at roughly two dozen schools in Brooklyn are joining the National School Walkout planned for thisWednesday, March 14, the one-month anniversary of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The 10 a.m., 17-minute walkout honors the 17 lives lost during the latest school massacre. Hundreds of thousands of students across the country are walking out to urge Congress to take action and pass federal gun reform legislation. Leigh Conner, an eighth-grade teacher at Unity Prep Middle School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, told the Brooklyn Eagle, “Our eighth-grade students just finished a month-long unit on gun violence and gun control and felt especially passionate about joining the National [School] Walkout.” Students from Packer Collegiate Institute inBrooklyn Heights will gather in Columbus Park at Borough Hall. At 2 p.m.that same day, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will hold an after-school rally in the Prospect Park Bandshell. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TIMES OBIT PROJECT SHOWCASES BROOKLYN LEGEND EMILY WARREN ROEBLING: The New York Times recently launched “Overlooked,” a project to shed light on neglected women in history by featuring them in its obituary section, and the first woman showcased was Emily Warren Roebling. Roebling was responsible for overseeing the homestretch of theBrooklyn Bridge’s construction when her husband and the bridge’s engineer, Washington Roebling, fell ill. At a time when women were rarely seen on construction sites, Emily Warren Roebling worked as a secretary on the project until she began going back and forth to the site and negotiating supply materials, overseeing contracts and acting as a liaison to the board of trustees. “I don’t think that the Brooklyn Bridge would be standing were it not for her,” said Erica Wagner, author of “Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge.” She added, “She was absolutely integral to its construction.” (via NYT)
~BROOKLYN STORAGE FACILITY ROBBED OF $2M IN PAINTINGS: A Brooklyn fine art storage facility was robbed of nearly $2 million worth of 19th-century paintings owned by a lawyer. When the 69-year-old owner conducted inventory of his property at Crozier Fine Arts, he noticed six of his scenic paintings valued at $1.7 million were nowhere to be found. The works were not insured and police said the storage facility has outdated security measures. “Crozier is working cooperatively with the NYPD on the investigation, and is committed to determine the status of the alleged missing items,” spokesman of the facility Christian Potts said. (via New York Post)
LONG READ: “Dragonman, the Man Who Sells ‘People-Hunting Guns‘” (via GQ)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Marcus Hutchins stymied a North Korean cyber attack aimed at Britain’s health care system. He’s a hero across the pond, but in America, a criminal. Here’s why the FBI arrested him. (via New York Magazine)
CARTOON: Amazon’s Alexa laughs at President Trump. (via The New Yorker)
EAT: Here are the 17 best places in New York City for delicious chicken parms, including five in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: America added 313,000 jobs last month…Sixty-five percent of Puerto Rico is still without power…And an otter attacks a kayaker in Florida. (via NYT, USA Today and Tampa Bay Times)
FOREIGN FLASH: The State Department advises Americans to stay awayfrom Playa del Carmen, Mexico…Turkey sends 24 journalists to prison…And a man in Russia discovers 54 human hands buried in the snow. (via USA Today, NYT and Miami Herald)
ROYAL WATCH: “7 Reasons Why the Women Rule the Royal Family”(via E! News)
12:00PM — Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life and the Next War on Violence at 92nd Street Y. Details.
1:00PM — Positive Aging: Zumba Exercise at Kings Bay Library. Details.
6:00PM — The Written World with Martin Puchner at Graduate Center, CUNY. Details.
6:30PM — Sexual Harassment in the Cultural Sector: Drawing the Line at New Museum. Details.
7:00PM — Ebb, Flow, Muck & Mire: A Sea Change in 3-D at Wild Embeddings.Details.
7:00PM — TimesTalks: Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield and Marianne Elliott on “Angels in America” at The TimesCenter. Details.
8:00PM — A Virtual Architectural Stroll Through America’s History à Paris at The National Arts Club. Details.
8:00PM — The Brobot Johnson Experience at The Bushwick Starr. Details.
8:30PM — Surviving Under Henry VIII’s Rule at Prospect Heights Brainery.Details.
11:00PM — Whiplash at Bell House. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “The Nets Aren’t Good, but Shouldn’t They Be a Lot Worse?” (via NYT)
Happy birthday to Jaimie Alexander, Jason Beghe, Rob Cohen, David Daniels, Aaron Eckhart, Barbara Feldon, Marlon Jackson, Al Jarreau, Liza Minnelli, Raul Mondesi, Dale Murphy, Mitt Romney, Darryl Strawberry, Jake Tapper, James Taylor, Courtney B. Vance and Andrew Young!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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