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Brooklyn Today June 13: Pamela Harris Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, Witness Tampering

June 13, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy hump day, Brooklyn! Pamela Harris cries in court, we attend an opioid overdose prevention class, and a shark exhibit opens inConey Island later this month. Plus, a lesbian couple gets kicked out of an Uber, NYCHA accepts a court-appointed monitor, and the city’s budget includes $106 million for fair fares. Finally, the Parks Department doesn’t want to mow the lawn, a taco stand comes to Williamsburg’s new Domino Park, and The Decemberists perform in Prospect Park tonight.        
IMPRINT: American actress Sarah Paulson takes a seat on the latest coverof The Sunday Times Style.

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The Rundown

~FORMER BROOKLYN ASSEMBLYMEMBER PAMELA HARRIS PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD, WITNESS TAMPERING: It wasn’t until she read her statement to the court that former South Brooklyn AssemblymemberPamela Harris began to cry. It started with a waver in her voice, her head bowed down over a piece of paper as she read her account of the crimes. Harris, plead guilty in federal court to four out of the original 11 counts on the indictment on Tuesday. She appeared in front of United States Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy and admitted guilt to two counts of wire fraud, one count of making false statements to FEMA, and one count of witness tampering. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~‘GOOD NEIGHBORS’ FILL OPIOID PREVENTION CLASSES IN BROOKLYN: What do you do when coming across someone dying from an opioid overdose — unconscious, not breathing, on the sidewalk? Good neighbors filled a library auditorium in Bushwick on Tuesday to learn how tosave a life by administering naloxone, an opiate antagonist. The lesson was part of a series of free overdose prevention training sessions sponsored by Borough President Eric Adams, who wants to minimize the devastation on Brooklyn’s streets from opioids. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SHARK EXHIBIT TO OPEN THIS MONTH IN CONEY ISLAND: The long awaited shark exhibit at the New York Aquarium opens on June 30Ocean Wonders: Sharks! was announced in 2012, but Superstorm Sandy delayed construction of the 57-000-square-foot exhibit until 2014. There will be a total of 115 species on display in the main 500,000-gallon tank, including sand tiger sharks, cownose rays, loggerhead sea turtles and thousands of types of fish.(Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LESBIANS CLAIM UBER DRIVER BOOTED THEM AFTER THEY KISSED: Alex Iovine and her girlfriend Emma Pichl say an Uber driver told them to leave his car after they kissed briefly while the cab was driving over the Manhattan Bridge. The two of them had finished eating lunch at Pig Beach, aGowanus eatery, when they called an Uber to take them to Manhattan. After the two kissed, “The driver suddenly pulled over and said, `Get out of my car, you’re not allowed to do that,’” Iovine said. Uber said it “does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we have reached out to the rider regarding her experience.” (NBC News via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYCHA ACCEPTS MONITOR AFTER FEDERAL REPORT: NYCHA agreed to a court-appointed monitor on Monday after federal prosecutors issued a reportclaiming that the authority trained its staff on how to mislead federal inspectors and presented false reports about its lack of compliance with lead-paint regulations. In the past 30 or so years, NYCHA has been plagued by lead paint problems, unreliable heat in the winter, broken-down elevators and more. Following the report, NYCHA agreed to spend $1 billion on the authority during the next four years. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT HATES MOWING THE LAWN JUST AS MUCH AS EVERYONE ELSE: The city Parks Department decided it won’t bothermowing the lawn in the new Greenpoint Landing park. The developer Greenpoint Landing Associates is now backtracking as it doesn’t want to be forced to maintain its own lawn. They are set to build a 20,000-square-foot waterfront park between West, Eagle, and Huron streets and the East River. The Parks Department’s constraint is that they believe “small patches of lawn in parks do not hold up well over time,” so they find it would be easier to just do without the lawn at all. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CITY BUDGET INCLUDES $106 MILLION FOR FAIR FARES: Transportation advocates won a major victory when Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson agreed to include a reduced fare MetroCard program in the new city budget. The new budget agreement, announced on Monday, includes $106 million to fund Fair Fairs, a program that will allow New Yorkers living below the poverty line to buy MetroCards at half price. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Go inside a New Orleans jail that offers full-day high school to its young inmates. (via The Marshall Project)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?” (via The New Yorker)
WORLD CUP: President Trump has recently softened his tone on immigration to aid America’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup. We find out today whether the U.S. or Morocco will host the famed tournament. (via NYT)
FOOD: Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer opens a taco stand in Williamsburg’snew Domino Park. (via Grub Street)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: The Washington Capitals celebrate their Stanley Cup win with a parade…An armed man kills four children in Orlando…And former President Barack Obama’s committee, Organizing for Action, seeks to help Democrats in the 2018 midterms. (via WaPo, CNN and NYT)               
FOREIGN FLASH: President Trump says America will stop hosting joint military exercises with South Korea…Paris bistros are becoming endangered…And divers discover $10 million worth of treasure on a shipwreck in Britain. (via The Guardian, U.S. News and Daily Mail)                                      
Here’s a look at the royal family’s most extravagant hats from Trooping the Colour 2018. (via Harper’s Bazaar)


2:00PM – 6:00PM — Matthew Jensen: There from here at Open Source Gallery. Details.
5:30PM — Wednesday Night Yoga at MetroTech Commons. Details.
6:20PM — Opioids & NYC: Highs and Lows in the Five Boroughs at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.  
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Wine Tastings at Irving Bottle. Details.  
7:00PM — A Night of Hope at Barclays Center. Details.
7:00PM — Double Dutch at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.  
7:00PM — The Decemberists at Prospect Park Bandshell. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Psychopaths but Were Afraid to Ask at Subject. Details.  
7:30PM — Bethany C. Morrow launches MEM with Jenn Baker at Books Are Magic. Details.
7:30PM — VICE Media Watch & Learn at Lincoln Center. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Former Cyclones manager Rich Donnelly won the hearts of Brooklyn baseball fanatics for life during the summer of 2013. Sitting in the home team dugout with tears streaming down his face, Donnelly spoke of the devastation he witnessed in the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. Beginning Friday night in Staten Island, the 71-year-old baseball sage with better than four decades of Major League-affiliated coaching experience will be back in the Brooklyn dugout. The Cyclones announced this week that Donnelly was returning to the organization as bench coach(via Brooklyn Eagle)

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