Archive for February, 2006

Does Your Brother Resemble A Blue-Footed Booby?
February 28th, 2006

In an article in The New York Times today about sibling violence, there were a few paragraphs about the behavior of other animals. “Siblicide is common among birds of prey…A Pacific Ocean seabird known as the blue-footed booby pecks at its siblings and pushes them out of the nest to die of starvation while the parents stand idly by.”

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Cutting Schools to Save Them
February 28th, 2006

The Panel for Educational Policy the people who Mayor Bloomberg fires when he does not agree with them voted last night to cut $1.8 billion from the five-year capital plan for city schools, threatening 21 school construction projects with classroom space for 15,000 kids. However it might appear, the mayor likes the projects. But last nights vote was part of his new aggressive stand to get the state to fork over billions in dollars in school funds that the courts have ruled New York City schools are owed as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.

Some members of the City Council and the Manhattan and Bronx borough presidents do not accept Bloombergs maneuver. “It makes absolutely no sense to pass an amendment that acknowledges the money ain’t coming,” Councilmember Lewis Fidler said. The measure now moves to the council, where it faces considerable opposition.

And Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno continued to resist the mayors blandishments. “Where the hell is the money going to come from?” the upstate Republican said in a speech. “Am I going to put $7 billion to New York City and tax you and take your school aid to send it there? No, we’re not.”

Bloomberg, who has consistently resisted having the city put up any money for the settlement, said he has no choice but to ratchet up the political pressure on Albany. But Elissa Gootman writes in the Times that
Bloomberg is walking a political tightrope as he knowingly provokes parents while betting that they will direct their displeasure not at him but at Governor George E. Pataki and the legislature.

Lost in the mayors rhetoric is the bottom line: George Pataki, Joe Bruno, Sheldon Silver and Serphim Maltese do not sit in overcrowded classrooms, attend schools on triple session, or struggle to learn science without a lab. Some 1.1 million New York City kids do.

By on February 28, 2006, 11:26 am
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Guide for the Last Minute Voter: The Special Elections
February 27th, 2006

Tomorrow, three special elections take place to replace members of the state assembly who have found new jobs or retired in the middle of their terms. These elections are not known for their democratic credibility.

Still, for voters on the Upper East and West Sides and in certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn, tomorrow is election day. Gotham Gazette recently ran an article discussing the races, the arguments for change, and another one detailing the
convoluted process through which political insiders are given huge advantages over challengers.

If you live in one of these districts (and our article hasn’t scared you off), the Board of Elections Web site can tell you where to go to vote.

By on February 27, 2006, 4:59 pm
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Debating Lobbying Reform
February 27th, 2006

Calling the current way of life at City Hall a “kind of Jack Abramoff-on-the-Hudson scenario” that benefits lobbyists and politicians while harming voters, the New York Times lauded proposed lobbying reforms as a step in the right direction.

However, Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Quinn’s proposal is not an end it itself, says the Times. The city needs to get laws and technology in place to make the proposals into a workable policy, and someone has to be in charge.

“Someone has to be assigned the task of seeking out violations and attacking them with real teeth,” the Times writes, “and given the resources and authority to do so.”

As Wonkster has written before, not everyone takes such a positive view of the proposal. Today the New York Post has its say.

It starts by calling the mayor a hypocrite, noting that Bloomberg suspects people are being bought off because he’s been doing his share of buying with his $140 million of annual local philanthropy.

If the Post isn’t convinced the mayor is particularly righteous, it also is not willing to condemn lobbyists as an entirety.

“Lobbyists, despite their (sometimes deservedly) unsavory reputations, perform a real public service representing before government the interests and concerns of individuals from across the political and social spectrum,” writes the Post. “After all, the First Amendment grants the people the right to petition their government and that includes the right to hire other people to do it for them.”

By on February 27, 2006, 8:29 am
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The Budget Process and Other Blockages
February 27th, 2006

As Governor George Pataki recuperated in the hospital after the removal of his appendix this past Presidents Day, he might have been dreaming about his own presidential aspirations. But others were focusing on lower and more immediate concerns.

A month after the governor presented his twelfth and final executive budget, promising “Fiscal Integrity, Economic Freedom, a Secure Future for New Yorkers” — and the day before the governor’s appendectomy — New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi released a report criticizing the executive budget, for, among other things, “temporarily plugging” structural gaps. The comptroller and fellow critics are wary of the plan’s increases in spending and decreases in taxes. The governor’s potential shortsighted use of the estimated two billion dollar surplus and an over-reliance on debt, his critics say, undermine Pataki’s proposed integrity, freedom and security.

Perhaps the comptroller’s 237 page document irritated the governor’s appendix, an organ that would soon share the spotlight with his intestine, which was being blocked — an event on which columnists and reporters lavished especially dutiful (one might say gleeful) attention. Indeed, judging by a Google News search, Pataki’s problems with his organs had well over ten times the news coverage of the state budget.

Just months after the defeat of ballot proposal 1, which would have altered the budget process and shifted much budgetary authority from the governor to the legislature, a reform buzz continues, but Albany has yet to produce. Jo Brill of the Citizens Budget Commission points out that the comptroller’s report highlights that Pataki has “proposed numerous budget changes in the guise of [innocuous-looking] budget language.” Though the courts in Pataki v. Assembly and Silver v. Pataki might allow for some such language from the executive, the comptroller urged the governor to take caution with these new standards. Whatever the proposals, this push and pull between the executive and legislature will likely delay another budget this spring.

The calls for reform continue but are blocked by organ and Albany dysfunction. Here’s to a speedy recovery for both Pataki and the budget process.

By on February 27, 2006, 6:01 am
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How to Pressure Albany on School Funding
February 26th, 2006

The New York Times has an article this weekend profiling Kevin Sheekey, who it believes is behind several aggressive moves that the Bloomberg administration has made since the mayor was reelected in November.

One of these is pushing Albany lawmakers to come through with the funding that a court has ordered it provide to New York City Schools. The Daily News writes in an editorial today that it approves of this effort, but adds that Bloomberg’s efforts could be more effective if he targeted them more specially:

“The best targets are Senate Republicans. They stand to forfeit majority control if the Democrats take just five seats in November, and their upstate and Long Island members have been the chief obstacle to a more equitable distribution of education money to N.Y.C,” it writes.

By pressuring the city’s representatives in the state senate, says the News, Bloomberg could lay the groundwork for “a grand compromise: The Senate goes along with a big school aid increase for N.Y.C., and in return the Assembly goes along with education tax credits.”

By on February 26, 2006, 4:21 pm
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Politicking at the Ports
February 24th, 2006

In the current controversy over allowing a Dubai-based company to take control of several American ports, the Bush administration is reaping what it has sown, writes the New York Times in an editorial. It is seeing chickens come home to roost, and “if the administration is in trouble with Congress, it’s long overdue.”

The editorial is one of three on the Times’ op/ed page today which says that the port deal may not really undermine public security, but the Bush administration deserves the political headache. It has, after all, set itself up for this by stoking public fear of terrorism to irrational levels, and then consistently eroding public trust by acting secretly and dishonestly whenever the opportunity arose.

“The administration argues that the ports deal was thoroughly vetted, and that proper safeguards are in place to prevent any possible security breaches,” the Times writes. “That argument might hold if the White House had a good track record on these kinds of sweeping assurances.”

Bush deserves what he gets, writes Thomas Friedman. The president has constantly accused Democrats of being soft on terrorism, and it is only natural that they would jump on a chance to use the powerful “giving our ports away to the Arabs card” against him. Paul Krugman agrees, writing that there is a certain “rough justice” in the fact that the administration “has become a victim of its own campaign of fearmongering and insinuation.”

In the New York Post, John Podhoretz blames Bush for not having the sense to kill this deal for political reasons long ago, saying that he should have known that it would make him look weak on terrorism. (Podhoretz adds that “the objections to the ports deal may be bogus as a matter of policy, but they’re potent as a matter of politics,” and that is, of course, what matters.)

In the Daily News, Charles Krauthammer writes that the deal might harm national security and should have been stopped earlier, but that it is too late to stop now because it will harm relations with moderate Arab states. He says he sympathizes with Bush, and accuses the Democrats of being “shamelessly hypocritical” to gain political points off this issue.

“If a citizen of the UAE walked into an airport in full burnoose and flowing robes, speaking only Arabic, Democrats would be deeply offended, and might even sue, if the security people were to give him any more scrutiny than they would to my sweet 84-year-old mother,” he writes.”But when that same Arab, attired in business suit and MBA, and with a good record running ports in 15 countries, buys P&O, Democrats howl at the very idea of allowing Arabs to run our ports.”

By on February 24, 2006, 4:23 pm
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Anger Over Critical Mass -- Again
February 24th, 2006

The monthly Critical Mass bike ride takes place tonight, meaning another chance for bikers to clash with the New York Police Department. Since August 2004, the two groups have fought in the streets, the court of public opinion, and actual court. A judge recently ruled that the city can’t stop the riders by saying they’re parading without a permit, and asked both sides to tone down their actions and rhetoric.

An article in the New York Times is likely to inspire the opposite reaction. With words, photos, and video, it details aggressive tactics the police use to stop cyclists from participating in the group ride. These include driving the wrong way up streets and onto sidewalks, and includes a video. The article is bound to make supporters of the ride angry, as illustrated by Bikeblog’s post entitled The police care about us … NOT.

Gothamist takes the bikers’ side, as well: “The NYPD’s line seems to be that the bikers are creating a traffic mess with potential dangers for motorists, but with the renegade, almost Bullitt-like manuvers of police vehicles, who’s kidding who?”

A lively back-and-forth on the blog’s message board, however, reveals a more mixed bag. One reader writes that “Ray Kelly is obsessed with the bike rides the same way Guiliani was obsessed with ferrets”, and someone claiming to be a rookie cop responds by writing that “with the starting NYPD rookie pay I’m getting, just give me a reason to go off on these loud, dirty hipsters!” This post inspires several others to point out that Critical Mass is made up of hippies. Hipsters, they explain, don’t exercise.

Others take a non-partisan view, which echos the recent court decision: “Two wrongs don’t make a right,” one writes. “It would seem that the NYPD and Critical Mass deserve each other.”

By on February 24, 2006, 3:18 pm
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"A Delicious Revolution"
February 24th, 2006

New York City schools recently stopped serving whole milk in an attempt to make the city’s children healthier and slimmer.

In Today’s New York Times, Alice Waters writes that this is a good first step, but that it will take nothing less than a “delicious revolution” to address childhood obesity. Waters, owner of Chez Panisse, a restaurant in Berkeley, teaches a gardening and cooking class in the Berkeley Public Schools.

“We’re not forcing them to eat their vegetables; we’re teaching them about the botany and history of those vegetables. We’re not scaring them with the health consequences of their eating habits; we’re engaging them in interactive education that brings them into a new relationship with food,” she writes. “Nothing less will change their behavior.”

But the New York Times ran an article several week ago outlining how ambitious programs to combat children’s obesity at school had also failed. The results of studies discovering such failures, the article claims, have been played down:

“Skeptics say they are not surprised that, even with two studies showing the ineffectiveness of intervention in schools, communities continue to mandate those same changes. Scientists and the public, said David Freedman, a statistician at the University of California at Berkeley, ‘have this wonderful capacity for ignoring negative evidence.'”

By on February 24, 2006, 8:34 am
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Port Hole
February 23rd, 2006

By on February 23, 2006, 2:12 pm
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Brooklyn Greenway -- in 2016
February 23rd, 2006

Some Brooklynites have a vision for the boroughs waterfront that goes beyond luxury apartments in Greenpoint. Metropolis, the urban architecture magazine, describes efforts to create a 14-mile Brooklyn Greenway that will span from Sunset Park to Greenpoint and will accommodate a seven-foot bike lane, a ten-foot pedestrian path and six feet of landscaping. No one expects it to happen soon; Milton Puryear, one of those spearheading the plan, said, Realistically, it will be 10 years before the greenway is finished. It’s important first to get dots and dashes on the map. It’s our hope that our children and grandchildren will connect these dots.”

But despite the timing, Brownstoner considers the plans pretty darn exciting and notes that Metropolis features pictures of bike paths and plantings running through such currently forgotten zones as Flushing Avenue, Navy Street and the Carroll Gardens waterfront. And Curbed said, It’s just a dream at this point. But a possible dream.

By on February 23, 2006, 11:43 am
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Glitz Comes to Queens
February 22nd, 2006

For those bored with the Manhattanization of Brooklyn, welcome to the Manhattanization of Queens. Plans have been announced for a major expansion of Queens Silvercup Studio in Long Island City. According to Curbed, The expansion, dubbed Silvercup West, would include studio space, soundstages and stores galore, an ‘unnamed cultural institution’ (hot!)and over a thousand apartments that would presumably gaze at the Manhattan skyline from those towers.

Some observers see the plans, still awaiting approval, as a vote of confidence in Queens and the citys film industry. What would you pick – a new Brooklyn or a new Long Island City? asks Gothamist. The thing that has stopped Queens from truly being the next Brooklyn (at least for younger NYers) is its less ideal downtown access, though the views can be more spectacular. And, says Brownstoner, Pretty soon, all the movie stars in Boerum Hill won’t ever have to set foot in Manhattan.

But an anonymous poster on that blog has doubts: I just love how like Atlantic Yards is promoted as a sport stadium when its really a high rise condo project, this is being promoted as a film studio when its really a massive condo development.

By on February 22, 2006, 1:13 pm
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The Port, the Emirates and the President
February 22nd, 2006

With President George W. Bush taking a firm stand in favor of a business deal with an oil-rich country, city newspapers condemn the president for threatening to veto any bill that would delay plans for a Dubai-based company to run New Yorks port facilities. Does George W. Bush really mean to use his first veto…on a bill that has Republicans and Democrats marching in lockstep on national-security grounds? asks the Post.

The News and the Times both see the administration’s previous record as cause for concern. The News writes, We’d like it a lot better if the principal pointman the White House dispatched to reassure us all that this port deal has been vetted…were somebody other than the very same homeland security chief Michael Chertoff who a week or so ago publicly confessed that he had no idea how to track a truckload of portable toilets. And the Times comments, The Bush administration has been willing to sacrifice individual rights in favor of security. But it has been loath to do the same thing when it comes to business interests.

The Sun looks at the Bush record and sees the glass not half full — but overflowing. We just have a hard time doubting Mr. Bush’s sincerity when it comes to protecting American security – he feels it is his God-given calling, and he has demonstrated a vigilance that earns our respect, the paper says. It finds the real issue here to be the power of organized labor: The longshoremens union represents workers at the port who might be affected by the deal, and it has donated to the campaigns of Republicans and Democrats protesting it.

On a less conspiratorial note, the LA Times condemns a bipartisan hissy fit against the deal and says blocking the arrangement only provides members of Congress an opportunity to talk tough and pander to the terrorism-rattled xenophobe in us all.

By on February 22, 2006, 9:24 am
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Hospital Glut
February 21st, 2006

While hospitals and health care advocates decry the negative effect that the proposed state and federal budget will have on New York hospitals, an editorial in the
New York Post today argues that the problem is not a lack of government subsidy, but a surfeit of hospitals in the region: The simple fact is that there are too many beds for too few patients. Taxpayers simply can’t afford to go on subsidizing this glut Sure, closing facilities and consolidating others will cause pain in some communities. But it won’t necessarily endanger health care. On the contrary it’s the useless drain on New York taxpayers in the form of underused medical infrastructure that truly hits New Yorkers where it hurts.

By on February 21, 2006, 7:38 am
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Port Peeves
February 21st, 2006

Following up on already widespread criticism over the federal agreement to allow a firm from the United Arab Emirates, Dubai Ports World, to take charge of the running of New York Harbor, the New York Post writes another editorial on what it calls the unnecessary, and exceedingly dumb, deal. The paper notes the bipartisan opposition on Capital Hill and calls the Bush administration’s tone-deafness on this issueinexplicable.

Thomas De Zengotita in The Huffington Post group blog is more ambivalent: The contrast between [Bushs] professed concern for our national security and his willingness to turn over management of our East Coast ports to this Dubai outfit is irresistible. But here’s what I’m a little squeamish about. Am I also supposed to imply, ever so subtly, that Arab and Muslim nations and organizations are suspect by definition, thus playing on widespread US prejudices on that score?

By on February 21, 2006, 6:56 am
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Feed the Hungry
February 20th, 2006

In his state of the city address last month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new initiative to end poverty in New York City. In an editorial in the Daily News, Albor Ruiz outlines some of the challenges the mayor faces:

-More that one in five city children live in households that lack sufficient food.
-Six percent of senior citizens can not afford to buy the food they need.
-New York was the only city with more than 1 million inhabitants in the U.S. where poverty went up in 2004.

At the same time, Ruiz contends that feeding hungry New Yorkers is a solvable problem – which would cost about $831 million.

“Low-income city residents are still eligible for more than $1 billion in unused federal nutrition and anti-poverty benefits,” he writes. “New York could all but wipe out hunger – at virtually no cost to the city – simply by ensuring better use of already existing federal programs.”

By on February 20, 2006, 12:12 pm
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Quinn Cleans House
February 20th, 2006

New City Council Speaker Christine Quinn restructured the council staff on Friday, firing 61 staffers including Larian Angelo, the longtime finance director. Michael Keogh, a lawyer who worked most recently for the mayor’s Office of State Legislative Affairs, will become the council’s new finance director.

Over the weekend, the message board of the Politicker (which has over 200 comments) became a virtual forum for debating Quinn’s cuts.

Some praise Quinn for cleaning house and getting rid of staffers left over from former Speaker Gifford Miller, while others – particularly those let go – criticize the layoffs and the new people being hired to replace them.

One common thread is the apparently impersonal way in which the lay-offs were conducted. “People who’ve been there for 8 – 18 years were called by name (in a crowded room I might add) given envelopes, told to pack up by the end of the day. Their computers were blocked within 1/2 hour and Quinn’s faithful are standing at the door watching who they’re talking to,” writes one person. “It’s almost like Giuliani reincarnate.”

By on February 20, 2006, 11:56 am
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Picturing The Right Voting Machines
February 20th, 2006

Its been over a month since the Department of Justice threatened to sue New York over non-compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) – which we reported in a previous post. With the feds breathing down the neck of the State Board of Elections, they are beginning to address the two key areas to comply with HAVA: the statewide registration database and the certification and procurement of new voting machines.

Currently, the State Board of Elections is planning to transplant the Washington State bottom up model for the statewide database, which would allow counties to keep and maintain their own local databases but also require them to upload to a centralized State maintained record.

In terms of certification of voting systems, the State Board has issued a revised draft of voting machine regulations with the public comment period ending on February 24.

At a recent meeting with good government groups, members of the State Board suggested that it would be challenging to certify, purchase, test and deliver voting systems in time for the first federal elections in 2006 (as mandated by HAVA). Instead they have devised a Plan B that would satisfy the minimum requirements to become compliant, which in New York translates to making all poll sites accessible to the disability community since our current lever machines are not.

The two interim plans being discussed for minimum compliance are 1) to supplement all poll sites with a ballot marking machine (such as the Automark) where paper ballots are fed into a machine that would read and fill in the bubbles for the voter. These ballots would then be counted centrally at the Board of Elections office to preserve the confidentiality of each vote.

And 2) to institute Vermonts Vote-by-Phone system, which allows disable voters to vote at polling sites by using designated phones to call an automated phone bank that would record their votes.

Another potential option the State Board of Elections is debating is to grant interim certification to touch screen direct recording electronic machines (DREs), a voting system that performs much like an ATM and is also accessible by the disability community.

Each of these plans would bring New Yorks antiquated voting systems into compliance with federal legislation and counties would still have until 2007 to replace the current lever machines as mandated by state legislation.

Since the Department of Justice is burdened with the task of enforcement, it is up to the State Board to ensure the implementation of HAVA does not compromise our election system in order to expedite the process. With only seven more months until the primaries, the State sure has a long way to go. But since elections are the primary vehicle for voters to voice their opinion on government, the State Board must ensure public confidence in this process. In order to do that, the transition to new voting systems must be transparent, and the machines themselves must be secure, accessible and easily operated by all poll workers and voters alike. Despite the pressure from the federal level, the critical goal must be to get it right the first time around. After all, we have had our current lever machines for over 40 years, who knows how long well have to live with the next system.

By on February 20, 2006, 7:15 am
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Pet Travails
February 17th, 2006

It began with heart-shaped dog biscuits and the Westminster dog show, but this turned out to be a rough week for pets in New York City.

On Wednesday, Barkis, a collie, was fatally electrocuted by stray voltage on a Park Slope street. Barkiss demise prompted the Daily News editorial page to courageously call for an end to public electrocutions.

Recalling the electrocution of a woman in the East Village two years ago, Gothamist writes, What happened to the work that Con Ed was supposed to do after Jodie Lane’s death? we know the city is big, but especially with winter weather, you’d think this would be more of a priority.

On Staten Island yesterday, a cat suffered a stab wound and sparked a deadly dispute between two neighbors. While the source of Dickey the cats stab wound is unclear, Stephanie Lindboe accused her neighbor Linda Padula of being the culprit. Lindboe, who neighbors said often behaved weirdly, reportedly stabbed Padula. Both Padula and Dickey survived though are receiving medical care.

Most Gothamist readers expressed sympathy for the cat. But Joe wrote, Does anyone else find it sad that the police had to resort to opening fire and kc wondered, What happened to pepper spray or bean bag bullets for an old crazy lady with a knife?

And then theres Ch Bohem C’est La Vie her friends call her Vivi — the prize-winning whippet who escaped from her cage at Kennedy Airport Wednesday and was last seen running through the adjacent marshes. At one time, the search for her included a helicopter and 12 officers. This prompted a W.C. Fields like reaction from Physician on livejournal: Does this dog have some unique DNA trait that will lead to a cure for cancer? Does it, perhaps, converse in proper English and hold the secret to time travel? Is it gifted in political discourse and have a workable plan for peace in the Mid-East?

Probably none of the above, Doctor, but shes estimated to be worth $50,000.

By on February 17, 2006, 3:44 pm
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Avoiding Electrocution
February 17th, 2006

The Daily News is outraged by Con Edison’s failure to keep people (and dogs) safe from electrocution while walking down the streets of New York. “It is amazing the streets are not littered with carcasses,” it writes in an editorial today.

The News then offers some really novel ideas for dealing with the problem. The city should tell people how likely they are to be electrocuted on any given day, it says. The editorial writers also tries their hand at inventing rhymes that will remind people to avoid stepping on manhole covers and other parts of the street that may electrocute them.

A Gothamist reader recommends either forcing dogs to wear shoes or smearing a “dense waxy cream” on their feet to make them immune to electric shock.

And while it wouldn’t solve the problem, Dennis writes on Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn that it would be fun to have
“a retro video game akin to Frogger where your character is a cute little pug. He must successfully cross the streets of Manhattan/Brooklyn and avoid getting electrocuted by stray currents along the way.”

By on February 17, 2006, 3:35 pm
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