Midday Mashup: Shooting, Stabbing, Suing, Etc.

gunrack.jpgMayor Bloomberg's lawsuits against out-of-state gun owners may have inspired East Villager Calvin Gibson, who was shot by a schizophrenic man at Avenue D and East 7th Street in July. Gibson blames Craigslist in part for enabling the sale of a gun to his assailant, and is suing the website for $10 million, reports the New York Post.

Smoking and drinking are prohibited at the Deutsche Bank worksite, where two firemen were killed in a blaze that is thought to have been caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette. But "empty cigarette packs and beer cans were found on several floors" of the site recently, and the New York Daily News reports the outrage of civic officials and the father of one of the dead firemen.

John Edwards was supposed to speak at Hofstra on Monday. amNY says he isn't going to make it.

Flushing's Yu Ming Liu is in police custody, accused of stabbing his roommate to death. The unidentifed victim was found in the hallway of their apartment building at 136-05 Sanford Avenue, says 1010WINS.

In Carroll Gardens, Pardon Me For Asking sees a harbringer of autumn: Halloween decorations for sale at the Winn Discount on Court Street.

Gothamist announces that the annual Deitch Art Parade, planned for this Saturday on West Broadway between Houston and Grand Streets, has been cancelled due to expected inclement weather.

The New York Sun, which cried poor earlier this week, reports that Mayor Bloomberg, Cardinal Egan, Ed Koch, Randi Weingarten, Betsy Gotbaum, Scott Stringer, Christine Quinn, and a number of other public figures have pledged their support for the Sun in valuable words.

Some riders have escaped paying to ride the Staten Island Railway to the Ferry by disembarking at Tompkinsville, avoiding the line's sole MetroCard reader at the St. George terminus, and walking. But no more! Tompkinsville is getting turnstiles. The New York Times devotes two stories to this.

Image adapted from a Flickr photo by Svadilfari under a Creative Commons licence.

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