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YWN Tri-State Area Morning News Roundup 5/18/08

yw logo17.jpg*The city stopped construction on an office tower near ground zero Saturday after a chunk of steel fell 18 stories onto a ballfield where dozens of children were playing, the second accident at the site in five months.

*A 15-year old girl is dead, and 5 others wounded in two separate shootings in Far Rockaway, Queens overnight.

*All but one of Rockland’s eight public school districts Tuesday will ask voters to dig deeper into their wallets to fund education. Voters will decide Tuesday on budgets that range from $193.4 million in East Ramapo to $55.6 million in Pearl River. All school boards except for Ramapo Central’s have a contested race. Six school board incumbents in five districts have decided not to run, leaving seats to newcomers, many of whom have vowed to look closely at school finances and staff contracts to save money.

*There will be no Memorial Day parade in Passaic this year because organizers of the annual event say the city has not contributed enough of the cost, according to a report in the Herald News.

*CROWN HEIGHTS: As residents were returning home from Shul on Motzei Shabbos, one Black teen on a bicycle assaulted a man and later a woman along Empire Boulevard, and witnesses claim that one police officer watched part of it and did nothing….. Things are spiraling out of control. A Press conference, and possibly a major protest are in the works….YWN will keep you posted.

*Tonight is the Flatbush Hatzolah annual auction at Shaarei Zion, and the Rockaway/Lawrence Hatzolah annual BBQ at the Sand of Atlantic Beach…….pick your choice….

*NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind is distributing 200 cell phones for 911 emergency use to senior citizens on Sunday morning.

*Today: Showers, mainly after 1pm. High near 68. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Tonight: A chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

*SPARROWS POINT, Md. —  The fight against a proposed liquefied natural gas facility being built near Sparrows Point continues. Baltimore County residents say their efforts to stop construction are far from over. On Saturday morning, a community gathered together to say no to plans to put three liquid natural gas tanks on the dock next to surplus parts of the Sparrows Point Steel Mill. “We are definitely against it.  It will definitely have an adverse effect on the community and county as a whole and as a state, so we are against it,” said Director of Homeland Security Emergency Management Richard Muth. Governor Martin O’Malley, Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, Wayne Gilchrest, Elijah Cummings and Senator Barbara Mikulski are all opposed to the plan.

*ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a continuing saga of bus involved accidents, police in Alexandria say a bus driver has been charged with reckless driving after she ran a red light and caused a four-vehicle crash. Police say the bus driver, 40-year-old Donna Jackson, of District Heights, Maryland, collided with a Ford Expedition, which spun and hit an Audi. The bus crossed the double-solid line and hit Carl Bates’ GMC pickup head on. The bus also hit a stone wall and two utility poles. Bates, 75, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash Friday afternoon. Ten others were taken to hospitals with less serious injuries.

*ANNAPOLIS, Md.. — The US Coast Guard rescued two injured mariners on Saturday who were forced to use Morse code to signal their distress to a passing ship.Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders received a call from Capt. Bruce McLaughlin, a Maryland pilot stating that he noticed a sailboat signaling S.O.S. four miles east of the Patuxent River in the Chesapeake Bay. Coast Guard launched a 25-foot response boat crew from Station St. Inigoes, Md., to the area and found a sailboat with two people aboard.

*Baltimore Weather: Today: Chance of storms (some storms MAY be severe with heavy rain, high winds, small hail and dangerous lightning.) Chance of rain is 80%. High 70, Low 49. Tomorrow, partly cloudy, high 68 low 52.

(YW-MD03 / YWN Desk)

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