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Sep 16, 2021 | NBC New York
Read It: Gabby Petito's Parents Beg Fiance's Parents for Help Finding Her in New Letter
Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old from Blue Point, Long Island, was reported missing by her family on Sept. 11. That was three weeks after they had last heard from her and two weeks after cops say her fiance, Brian Laundrie, returned to his Florida home from a two-month cross-country road trip the two had taken in a van. He was alone. The Laundrie family, through their attorney, have said they hope Petito will be returned safely to her family and that they understand this is a difficult time. Through that same attorney, they have said they choose to remain in the background of the investigation and will not have further comment at this time.
Sep 16, 2021 | NBC New York
US Will Give Runway Rights at Newark Airport to a Budget Airline
The Transportation Department said Thursday it will give rights for several afternoon and evening flights in Newark, New Jersey, to a budget airline.The coveted takeoff and landing rights were previously used by Southwest Airlines, which pulled out of Newark Liberty International Airport in 2019 and consolidated its New York City-area operations at LaGuardia Airport.The Transportation Department said Thursday that it plans to allow a single low-cost or ultra-low-cost carrier to use the Southwest runway slots, which are enough for eight daily round-trip flights. Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg said the move will give travelers more choices and lower prices.
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Sep 16, 2021 | NBC New York
Hundreds of Migrating Birds Died in NYC Skyscraper Strikes This Week — But Why?
Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City this week died after crashing into the city's glass towers, a mass casualty event spotlighted by an NYC Audubon volunteer's tweets showing the World Trade Center littered with bird carcasses.This week's avian death toll was particularly high, but bird strikes on Manhattan skyscrapers are a persistent problem that NYC Audubon has documented for years, said Kaitlyn Parkins, the group’s associate director of conservation and science.
11 minutes ago | NBC New York
Murphy Promises Expansion to Universal Pre-K in New Jersey
New Jersey will institute universal pre-K to all families across the state over the next several years, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday. Murphy, a Democrat running for reelection this year, has increased state funding for pre-K since he took office in 2018 by 35%, but the pledge Thursday will expand the availability of early childhood education.Thursday's round of funding establishes or expands high-quality pre-K programs in 19 additional school districts across the state. The Department of Education will develop a Strategic Plan that will sets a roadmap for further pre-K expansion throughout the state.
2 hours ago | ABC 7 News
New candlemaker lights up business with Latinx-inspired scents
ISLIP, New York -- One of the many ways that Melissa Gallardo kept calm during the peak of the pandemic was to light a few of her favorite candles. Soon enough, she was lighting so many that she decided to try and make candles herself. "I think it just created this ambiance of peace," said Gallardo about surrounding herself with candles. Gallardo soon realized the home-fragrance industry lacked Latin American representation.
2 hours ago | ABC 7 News
Gabby Petito's family pens letter to Laundries begging for information
BLUE POINT, Long Island (WABC) -- The family of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who has been missing since late August while on a cross-country trip with fiancé Brian Laundrie, penned an emotional letter to the Laundries Thursday begging for information. The letter was read by the family's attorney, Richard Stafford, on Long Island, where both Petito and Laundrie are originally from despite having lived in Florida for the past two years with Laundrie's parents.
2 hours ago | Huntington Now
Campaign 2021: Candidates’ Forum; Tierney Wants Debates
Tierney Wants DebatesSuffolk County District Attorney candidate Ray Tierney, a Republican, has challenged District Attorney Tim Sini to a series of at least five debates until Election Day“Our nation has a long illustrious history of political debates and at this critical time in our County, the voters deserve to hear directly from the candidates where they stand on so many issues, such as rising crime rates, bail reform, gang violence, the heroin/opioid epidemic and government corruption,” Tierney said.
2 hours ago | NY Daily News
NYPD nabs ex-con wanted for fatally shooting pregnant ex-girlfriend as she left Harlem baby shower
The NYPD arrested an ex-con Thursday they say fatally shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend as she left a Harlem baby shower with her new boyfriend. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the arrest of Justin Soriano, 40, for the killing of Shanice Young at a press conference at NYPD headquarters at One Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan. “Our hope here is that this apprehension begins the process of closure for the family and just as important for the community for this terrible, terrible crime,” Shea said.
4 hours ago | NY Daily News
Dad speaks after beating death of 4-year-old Brooklyn boy ruled homicide: ‘It just hurts’ (Exclusive)
The beating death of a 4-year-old Brooklyn boy was ruled a homicide Thursday — with the slain child’s father recalling his prescient sense that something was wrong during their recent final get-togethers. Dad Jamal Eubanks told the Daily News that his son Jayce “Jace” Eubanks seemed a little bit sad and clingy during their visits on the two weekends before a fatal beating ended the boy’s life Sunday.
5 hours ago | ABC 7 News
Day of Action: Mobile vaccine sites at 26 restaurants across NYC
NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- It's a day of action for small business owners Thursday, as elected officials join restaurants across the city to encourage COVID-19 vaccination. The New York City Test & Trace Corp has deployed mobile vaccination units to 26 restaurants across the city to make sure New Yorkers are protected from the novel coronavirus. The campaign kicked off at noon and continues until 8 p.m.
5 hours ago | Huntington Now
Town Board Schedules Public Hearings
The Huntington Town Board has scheduled several public hearings for its Oct. 13 meeting, including:
5 hours ago | ABC 7 News
Calls grow louder to increase fine for illegal dirt bikes, ATVs in NYC
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Calls are growing to increase fines on illegal dirt bikes on the streets of New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio will join members of the NYPD and Department of Sanitation to deliver remarks and crush illegal dirt bikes and ATVs on Staten Island Thursday afternoon. Officials say eight people have died in dirt bike or off road vehicle incidents in the first quarter of this year, and at least 350 were injured during the same time period.
5 hours ago | CBS New York
'Curtain Up!' Festival Celebrates Broadway's Reopening With 3-Day Festival In Times Square
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —Broadway’s reopening celebration continues with a free, three-day festival in Times Square called Curtain Up!It kicks off at noon Friday in Duffy Square and features Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell.Web Extra:Reopening Dates For Various Broadway ShowsIt’s a packed schedule on two stages throughout the weekend, including a celebration of Broadway’s Hispanic and Latin artistry.Actors from all 18 shows will also put on a mega performance.For more details, including a schedule of events, click here.
5 hours ago | ABC 7 News
Alleged gunman arrested in pregnant woman's death in NYC
HARLEM, New York (WABC) -- Police have arrested the man accused of shooting and killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend in Harlem as she came home from her baby shower. Authorities say 40-year old Justin Soriano was taken into custody in the Bronx Thursday morning. Police say Soriano got into a dispute with 31-year-old Shanice Young's current boyfriend at West 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard early Sunday.
6 hours ago | NBC New York
Over 100 Animals Arrive in NY & NJ Shelters After Ida: Here's How You Can Help
New York and New Jersey animal shelters are gearing up for new Southern arrivals after the catastrophic landfall of Hurricane Ida, which caused over $50 million in local damage according NY Gov. Kathy Hochul.Ida first hit Louisiana on August 29 as a Cat. 4 hurricane with winds up to 150 miles per hour. Continuing its path of destruction to the northeast, the then-weakened storm nearly 50 lives due to destructive tornados, flash floods and record rain throughout the region.
6 hours ago | NBC New York
Officials Release Age-Progressed Photo of Dulce María Alavez
As the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of Dulce María Alavez approaches, investigators released a photo of what the missing New Jersey girl may look like today. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) worked with investigators to release an age-progression image of Dulce, who would be seven-years-old at this time. “We hold out hope that Dulce is alive (as we have no evidence of her demise) and want the public to know that this case will remain open until such time as we locate Dulce and determine those responsible for her disappearance,” a spokesperson for the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office wrote on Wednesday.
6 hours ago | NBC New York
Suspected Gunman in Killing of NYC Mom-to-Be After Baby Shower Is in Custody: Sources
The NYPD and U.S. Marshals arrested a man suspected of shooting a pregnant woman in Harlem after a baby shower over the weekend, killing her, three law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the case told News 4 Thursday.The suspect, Justin Soriano, surrendered when authorities knocked on a Bronx apartment door near Gun Hill Road, the sources said. There was no immediate information on potential charges against him, nor was it clear if he had an attorney.
6 hours ago | ABC 7 News
Gabby Petito disappearance timeline: What we know so far
MOAB, Utah (WABC) -- Days after Gabby Petito's family reported the 22-year-old Florida woman missing authorities are still searching for her. She was traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, in a cargo van the two had outfitted as a makeshift recreational vehicle for a months-long cross-country road trip when she mysteriously disappeared. Here's a timeline with what we know so far: The couple left Blue Point, New York, where Petito is originally from, on July 2 on a planned 4-month cross-country journey.
7 hours ago | ABC 7 News
Yom Kippur services being held in Central Park
CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan (WABC) -- Temple Emanu-El is holding its first-ever Yom Kippur services in Central Park. Services were being held at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. for teens, and 3 p.m. for families. Those who took part in the services had to preregister. The outdoor services were being held in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The temple felt the outdoor services would ensure that all members and their guests would be able to worship on the High Holy Day in a way that feels inspiring, as well as comfortable and safe.
7 hours ago | NY Daily News
VIDEO: Man riding Bronx subway train with young daughter spat on and threatened with knife for asking passenger to stop smoking pot
A man riding a Bronx subway train with his 4-year-old daughter was spat on and threatened with a knife after he complained about a passenger smoking marijuana, startling video released by police Thursday shows. The 35-year-old dad was on a Manhattan-bound D train when he asked a man seated near him to stop smoking about 3:20 p.m. Sept. 5, cops said. The pothead flipped out and screamed at the father and daughter, spat at them, and then threatened to stab them with a small knife he whipped out of his backpack.
7 hours ago | CBS New York
Gabby Petito Search: Video Shows Couple Questioned About Physical Altercation In Utah, Fiancé Told Police Road Trip Created 'Emotional Strain'
BLUE POINT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — CBS2 has obtained police body camera footage involved in the search for missing Long Island native Gabby Petito.The video shows Petito, 22, and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, getting pulled over in Moab, Utah a month before she was reported missing.The police report indicates Petito and Laundrie got into a physical altercation during their road trip on Aug. 12, more than a week before her last Facetime call with her mother.Police said the couple agreed the incident was more of a “mental or emotional health break than a domestic assault.”Laundrie told police that traveling for the last four or five months created an “emotional strain between them,” and that they both struggle with the same mental health issues. Exactly what those issues are is redacted in the report.
8 hours ago | NY Daily News
Two men shot, one fatally, in drug-related gunfight with each other on Brooklyn street
Two men were shot, one fatally, early Thursday during a drug-related gunfight with each other on a Brooklyn street, police sources said. The two men, ages 29 and 30, squared off outside a grocery store on Lewis Ave. near Myrtle Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 5:15 a.m., cops said. EMS rushed the younger man, with multiple gunshot wounds all over his body, to Woodhull Medical Center, where he died, officials said. The victim’s name was not immediately released.
8 hours ago | ABC 7 News
1 dead, 1 wounded after gunfire erupts in Brooklyn
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Two men were shot, one fatally, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn Thursday morning. The men were struck when gunfire erupted on Lewis Avenue just after 5 a.m. A 29-year-old man was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital. A 30-year-old man was shot in the neck and found nearby. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.
8 hours ago | CBS New York
De Blasio Says NYC Ready To Administer COVID Vaccine Booster Shots Once FDA Approved
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel will meet Friday to discuss whether Americans who received the Pfizer and ModernaCOVID vaccines will need another dose.It comes as White House officials previewed a booster shot campaign they hope to begin next week.Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will be ready whenever it’s rolled out.WATCH: Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Daily COVID Briefing He said the city will use the 1,900 existing vaccine sites to administer the shots. The 25 city-run sites will also stay open with extended hours to meet possible demand.De Blasio said health officials have started proactive booster shot outreach and plan to hold special events when the shots are authorized.COVID VACCINE
9 hours ago | CBS New York
Gov. Murphy Says New Jersey Is On Path To Universal Pre-K
Palisades Park, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Phil Murphy made a major announcement about early education Thursday.He said New Jersey is now on a path to universal pre-K for 3 and 4-year-olds.Murphy asked the state’s education department to come up with a plan.“Education in general, and pre-K in particular, is one of our best opportunities to close the achievement gap for students who come from low-income and disadvantaged communities,” Murphy said.The governor made the announcement at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, where he also visited a classroom.The plan, Murphy said, will partner with existing child care centers.Expected funds from the Biden administration’s infrastructure package will help speed up the process, according to Murphy.
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