Green-Haired Hooligan Robs His Favorite Bronx Liquor Store

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A word of advice for would-be robbers: green hair might not be a good disguise.

In fact, it probably makes you easy to recognize -- especially if you attack the same store twice in two weeks without changing your hair color -- as happened with this Bronx bounder.

Cops say that this not-so-stealthy criminal walked into a liquor store at 3604 Riverdale Avenue on Feb. 20, around 11 p.m.

What happened next, you might ask?

Well, the clerk recognized him -- and his bad dye job -- because he had shoplifted there several weeks before.

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Prospect Park Loop Redesign: More Space for Walkers and Bikers

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By now, you have probably heard about proposals to redesign the Prospect Park loop, which were discussed at a public meeting last night.

You see, the Prospect Park Road Sharing Taskforce has been seriously considering changes after several recent accidents left two with severe brain injuries.

The coalition announced yesterday that it wants to double the space allocated to cyclists and pedestrians -- so there would be one lane for each group and one lane for vehicles. The move would get rid of one car lane.

Transportation advocates seem to think the changes, which could take place as early as this spring, are a step in the right direction, but would still prefer an outright ban on cars.

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Matt Taibbi Joins Occupy Wall Street for Anti-Corporate Protest

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Matt Taibbi speaking to Occupy Wall Street protesters today.
Occupy Wall Street protesters held their biggest march so far this year today as part of a nationwide "Shut Down the Corporations" day of action.

Several hundred occupiers gathered in Bryant Park this morning before marching east on 42nd Street to the global headquarters of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, targeted because the company is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

When the marchers returned to Bryant Park, Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi delivered a lecture explaining the origins of the mortgage crisis and the role played by Bank of America.

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Basquiat Death-Site Tagger Identifies Himself, Has a Tumblr

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During our recent walking tour of New York City's remaining Warholian relics, we wandered over to 57 Great Jones Street, the building where downtown darling Jean-Michel Basquiat died in 1988. Nearly a quarter of a century later, the property bears little evidence of its art-world history: upstairs, the architectural-interior-design firm Mond Design Associates inhabits the loft where Basquiat was found splayed out on the floor; downstairs is Japan Premium Beef Inc., a Kobe Club-quality Wagyu storefront butcher, and Bohemian, a sushi den (that also serves foie-gras soba) tucked away in the back, accessible through a narrow street-level corridor. The only acknowledgment that the address has any special meaning, that we saw, was the phantom scribble "SAMO LIVES ON," written beside the entrance leading to the loft where Basquiat died.

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HIV/AIDS Protestors Descend on Robert Doar's Home, Commute

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Commissioner Robert Doar, surrounded by protestors this morning.
And you thought your morning commute was rough.

HIV/AIDS activists from Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) -- an organization that advocates for the rights of HIV-positive New Yorkers -- got up bright and early this to stakeout and protest Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar at his Brooklyn Heights home before he left for work.

And they found him.

Not satisfied with simply protesting outside his home, the group of 50 or so activists, armed with their vocal chords and noisemakers, followed him into the Clark Street 2/3 subway station and rode with him all the way to his office in lower Manhattan. Protesting him. The entire time.

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Ceferino 'Papo' Perez, Cocaine Kingpin and Photoshop Aficionado, Gets 20 Years to Life

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Recall Ceferino "Papo" Perez? He's that humble East Harlem coke king who Photoshopped his pic on top of Al Pacino's photo in a Scarface movie poster -- and displayed the masterpiece on his nightstand(!)

Perez, 45, pleaded guilty this month to mastermining a massive cocaine ring, which got busted in June. But today, Seferino got a 20-years-to-life prison sentence, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Twenty one of his cronies have also been sentenced.

The op was said to include both a $650,000 delivery biz and a $1.1 mil wholesale subsidiary that distributed blow and crack-cocaine to dealers throughout the city for 25 years.

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Columbia University to Investigate NYPD's Muslim Spy Scheme

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Columbia University plans on investigating reports that the New York Police Department, which spied on Muslims at Northeastern universities, targeted students at the Ivy League institution, according to The Associated Press (via Wall Street Journal.)

At a university meeting Tuesday, Provost John H. Coatsworth said that Columbia and the college's own police department were working to figure out the extent of the NYPD's spy scheme. They weren't sure how much the NYPD investigated Columbia, the AP says.

Previous AP reports indicate that a 2006 police brief named Columbia as one of the universities included in the NYPD's investigation of American Muslims.

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What Went Down at Last Week's Foreclosure Auctions

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This law office was one of the properties sold at last Friday's Queen's auction

‚ÄčThe Voice is starting a new feature several times a week. As foreclosures continue unabated across the nation, the Voice will be profiling the foreclosures that happen every week right here in the five boroughs. We'll be looking closely at the properties facing foreclosure, the public auctions where those buildings are sold to the highest bidder, and the individuals facing eviction in the process.

As reported last week, a third generation home-dweller named Debbie Hailey was frantically trying to stop her home from being auctioned off at a foreclosure sale at the King's County Supreme Court--which takes place every Thursday at 3pm--and she succeeded.


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Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Beats U.S. Demands That He Go Back to Jail

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After his tumultuous January arrest, Kim Dotcom was freed from jail on bail Feb. 22 -- but that hasn't stopped U.S. law enforcement from putting pressure on the Megaupload founder: They want him back behind bars, and are now thinking of investigating his pregnant wife, according to TorrentFreak.

But it looks like Dotcom might be safe for the time being.

U.S.-backed New Zealand prosecutors argue that Dotcom has kept two bank accounts secret and has forged travel docs. If true, this would violate the terms of his bail.

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This Week in the Voice: Online Poker Kings Get Cashed Out

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This week in the Voice, out today: Chris Parker details the Feds' crackdown on online gambling. He says of players' hopes: "When you've turned nothing into something once already, you tend to feel like you can do it again. There's faith your luck will turn. Perhaps it's delusion. But for a professional poker player, self-confidence is essential."

Lauren Shockey checks out two new Vietnamese eateries, Sao Mai and Xe May Sandwich Shop, and tries fusion faves such as banh mi tacos. Though New York isn't a hotbed of Viet cuisine, she is quite pleased: "It was an auspicious beginning: a squat stack of culantro nestled against the branches of Thai basil and crisp bean sprouts on the herb plate accompanying my pho. It's rare to find the dark green, jagged leaves in Vietnamese restaurants in New York City, as most eateries substitute the blander and more ubiquitous cilantro. Yes, my meal at Sao Mai, a casual Vietnamese joint on First Avenue in the East Village, was off to a promising start."

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