Seven Dead and Dozens Injured As Rescue Crews Continue Work At East Harlem Explosion Site

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The FDNY at the scene yesterday.
Emergency crews are continuing their work this morning on a stretch of Park Avenue where two buildings were destroyed by an explosion yesterday. Four more bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, bringing the death toll to seven. Late Wednesday, according to the New York Times, nine more people were still missing. The fire at the scene is contained, although the FDNY is still working to put out all of the flames. The National Transportation Safety Board announced that they've also arrived at the explosion site to investigate its cause.

The Times reports that the dozens of people injured in the explosion were taken to area hospitals, including 13 to Harlem Hospital Center, one of them a 15-year-old boy in critical condition, 22 to Mount Sinai, including a woman in critical condition with head trauma; and 18 to Metropolitan Hospital Center, none of them seriously injured. TV news outlets are estimating the number of injured people at around 70.

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Vehicle Crashes Disproportionately Hit Children in Low-Income Areas: Report

Last week, a 12-year-old girl was struck and killed as she crossed Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, in an area that has a reputation for being dangerous for pedestrians.

Now, an advocacy group has said that this tragedy is part of an alarming trend -- that young children in low-income neighborhoods are disproportionately at risk.

A report released yesterday by Transportation Alternatives, called "Child Crashes: An Unequal Burden," suggests that crashes occur at a much higher rate in poorer neighborhoods.

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg Heckled At MLK Event

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It wasn't exactly the warmest reception the mayor has ever received. Mike Bloomberg stopped by the House of Justice in East Harlem earlier today -- where apparently most local electeds that matter (or hope to matter) were making their MLK appearances.

Folks in the audience packed tightly into one large room for the National Action Network's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Public Policy Forum. Some weren't so happy to see Bloomberg. Host Rev. Al Sharpton didn't exactly help Bloomberg feel welcome with a strange introduction emphasizing his rocky relationship with the mayor.

Before the mayor arrived, Sharpton -- speaking in a room with many of his magazine cover stories and front page photo-ops from years past plastered on the wall -- made clear that he wanted to be united with Bloomberg on the issue of gun violence.

"Today, we are coming together to stop gun violence...We all got to be real clear that we've got to stand together," he said.

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Cora Davis Dead in Closet While Grandson Larry Davis Gets His Freak On in Her Bed; He's Busted for Murder

Larry Davis, 22, killed his grandmother in her East 124th Street home in East Harlem, stuffed her in a closet, and then fucked a prostitute on granny's bed in a two-day sex romp, cops say.

What can you say after that? The cops have the last word: He was charged Thursday with murder.

Joshua Nelson Shot to Death in East Harlem

​It was a bang-bang murder and arrest during yesterday afternoon's rush hour. A 27-year-old East Harlem man was quickly chased down yesterday afternoon for allegedly shooting another man to death under the Metro North tracks at 128th and Park Avenue as commuter trains rumbled overhead. Dead is Joshua Nelson, who was found lying on the ground after being shot several times. Denni Valdez, 26, ran from the scene but was nabbed in no time, cops say. He was charged with murder.

Cops responded to the shots at 4:50 p.m. and scooped up Valdez as he raced into the lobby of his apartment building nearby at 57 East 128th Street. Meanwhile, paramedics worked to save Nelson, of 51 East 129 Street, but he was pronounced DOA at the scene. Nice and neat -- except that a mother's son is dead.

Murderer Rosario DiGirolamo's Google Search for 'Lethal Karate Blows' Uncovered, Forces Him to Plead Guilty

​Rosario DiGirolamo was sentenced yesterday in New Jersey to 25 years in prison for killing his mistress, Amy Giordano, in 2007, cutting up her corpse, and dumping the pieces in the water at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in Charleston, Staten Island. A Google search for murder methods led the guy to plead guilty last month, his lawyer told the AP, which added:

Evidence showed DiGirolamo had searched the phrase "lethal karate blows to the back of the head" days before the killing. Defense attorney Jerome Ballarotto said the search evidence was "catastrophic." DiGirolamo left the couple's 11-month-old son in the parking lot of a Delaware hospital.

More bad stuff that you yourself did not do:

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