Long Island man Kyle Rodgers was bar hopping over the weekend when he potentially became the latest victim of the “Knockout” game.
The 23-year-old had just left the Sweet & Vicious bar on Spring St. and was headed to another in the East Village when someone attacked him from behind.
Rodgers was attacked at 2:25 a.m. on Sunday morning. The attacker, who knocked Rodgers unconscious, was caught on camera.
After knocking Rodgers to the ground, the attacker casually walked away.
Rodgers woke up in Bellevue Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, including a broken jaw.
“It’s just really bad,” Mike Rodgers, Kyle’s father, said “It’s cowardly more than anything.”
Police reported that the two men had no contact prior to the attack, and would not confirm whether or not the attack was part of the "Knockout" game.
The New York City Health Department announced an outbreak of a rare skin infection this week. It is being associated with people who came into contact with raw or live seafood at Chinatown markets.
At least 30 people who touched the fish in question were infected with this rare type of bacteria, called aquarium granuloma. New York City hasn’t seen an outbreak of the bacteria in 20 years, according to medical experts.
“This is a very uncommon bacteria, so the fact that we’ve detected 30 cases so far suggests that something has changed, either about the water in the tank or the tanks themselves or the types of fish or seafood that are causing this problem,” Dr. Jay Varma, the health department's deputy commissioner for disease control, said.
The infection leaves red bumps on the hands or arms and can also swell underneath the skin. Those infected may have difficulty moving their fingers.
If left untreated, the infection can become significantly worse and require surgery.
Medical professionals suggest that anyone dealing with seafood from the Chinatown markets should wear waterproof gloves. While raw seafood should be treated with caution, eating it cooked is not considered dangerous.
New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is asking an elderly widow to pay back nearly $27,000 in excess pension benefits that she and her late husband received over the last 20 years.
Shirley Findel, who turns 80 next month, says the MTA told her she can pay back the money over nine years through a monthly deduction of $240 from her benefits.
Her husband, Harry Findal, was an engineer for the Long Island railroad until he retired in 1995. When he died in September at age 83, the MTA checked its books and found a clerical error in his pension.
The Findels were receiving $124.80 too much each month for 214 months, which now totals $26,707.20.
"I don't think I should have to pay for their mistake," Shirley told Newsday. "It took them 18 1/2 years to find out? We didn't know – I have the paper Harry signed, we gave them the paper and we figured everything was fine … I wake up thinking about this and I go to sleep thinking about this."
Shirley says the MTA originally wanted her to pay $380.09 a month, but lowered those payments to $240. She said the income already dropped sharply when Harry passed away. She’s now living in New Port Richey, Fla., where she and her husband retired to from Long Island.
"If I have to, I'll sell my house and get an apartment somewhere," she said.
The MTA, a billion-dollar public-benefit corporation, is defending its attempt to recoup the funds.
"The LIRR pension plans have a fiduciary duty to the participants and beneficiaries of the trust to recover funds that are improperly paid to a beneficiary, even if it is the result of an inadvertent error," said MTA spokesman Salvatore Arena in statement. "The MTA will work with Mrs. Findel to review the circumstance of her case and reach a fair and equitable solution."
New York pension attorney Mark E. Brossman told Newsday that while fiduciaries have a responsibility to try to recoup they overpayments, they should use discretion.
"I would tell the trustees you have to try to get the money, to see what's going on," he said. "If she says, 'I'm living day to day, I'm 80 years old and I don't have the money,' in my view, the trustees have the discretion to decide 'We're not going to harm this person because of our mistake.'"
While Shirley plans to reach out to Harry’s union headquarters, their daughter Linda Box says she will contact local elected officials on the matter.
Seventy-seven years ago today the U.S. apologized to Germany after the mayor of New York City made disparaging remarks about Adolf Hitler.
NYC Mayor Fiorella La Guardia said he wanted to end the 1939 World’s Fair with a “chamber of horrors” that would have “as a climax … a figure of that brown-shirted fanatic who is now menacing the peace of the world.”
The son of Italian immigrants, La Guardia’s mother was Jewish and his father was Catholic.
The German press covered the story calling La Guardia a “dirty Talmud Jew” and “New York’s gangster-in-chief.”
On March 6, 1937, three days after La Guardia's remarks, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull issued an apology to the German Embassy for the insult.
“In this country, the right of freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution to every citizen and is cherished as part of the national heritage,” Hull said, adding, “I very earnestly deprecate the utterances which have given offense to the German Government.”
Mayor from 1934 to 1945, La Guardia warned in a 1931 speech that Hitler was taking control of the German government. In 1934 he supported a boycott of German good, calling Hitler a “perverted maniac” who wanted the “the complete annihilation of the Jews in Germany.”
According to Haaretz, President Franklin D. Roosevelt also commented on La Guardia’s remarks during a cabinet meeting before Hull’s apology.
“What would you say if I should say that I agreed completely with La Guardia?” Roosevelt asked Hull, according to the posthumously published diary of his secretary of interior, Harold Ickes.
Hull responded that La Guardia still had to be reprimanded.
According to Ickes, “The President, still with a grin on his face, touched his left wrist lightly with the first two fingers of his right hand and remarked to Hull: ‘We will chastise him like that.’”
A New York man came home to his Upper East Side apartment one evening to find everything was gone, including his passport and credit cards.
Nilay Shroff says his landlord hired a cleaning contractor to remove all the contents of an apartment belonging to a tenant who didn’t pay their rent.
Instead of taking everything out of apartment 2B in 409 E. 74th Street, they took all of Shroff’s belongings from 2D, the New York Daily News reported.
According to the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court this week, Shroff came home on Oct. 9, 2013 to find "the entire contents of his apartment were removed ... with the exception of one television and one PS3 game system.”
Shroff claims the mistake put him at risk for identity fraud. His passport and government security clearances were gone. Everything was reportedly sent to the city dump.
The suit says the plaintiff lost "clothes, kitchen items, bed, dresser, sofa and other furniture, bathroom items, video games, personal identity information ... credit cards ... memorabilia, photographs and souvenirs."
Shroff’s one-bedroom apartment costs $1,700 a month.
He is suing the building owner for an undisclosed amount.
Amid the city’s housing crunch, Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to expand the number of low and mid-income homes to New Yorkers, but advocates say the city is losing affordable apartments at such a high rate that it won’t make a difference.
Gentrified neighborhoods are taking in double or triple that of rent-stabilized apartments, the New York Times reported in February.
Abortion statistics recently released by the Health Department in New York City have raised some eyebrows. ABC affiliate WABC recently reported the new numbers show that 41 percent of all pregnancies in the city end in abortion. The report, titled, "Summary of Vital Statistics 2012, The City of New York," also broke down abortion rates according to race.
It showed abortion rates among minorities are even higher. The website News One reported that black women had the highest rate of abortion according to the study. So high, in fact, that more pregnancies among black women end in abortion than live births, with an abortion rate of nearly 60 percent. According to the story, out of 73,815 pregnancies in the city in 2012, 42 percent — over 30,000 — were abortions performed on black women.
The abortion rate among Hispanics was 41.3 percent; among whites, 20.4 percent; and among Asians, 22.7 percent.
Those numbers are troubling to both professionals and critics of abortion. The News One story does note, however, that the overall abortion rate has dropped 22 percent in the city since 2000.
That’s not good enough, according to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
"If 41 percent of New York babies are aborted, with the percentage even higher in the Bronx and among our African-American babies in the world, it is downright chilling,” he said in the WABC story.
The statistics raise the question of education and whether agencies in the city are doing enough to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Planned Parenthood wasn’t pleased with the high numbers in the study but issued a statement defending its education policy.
“We believe in comprehensive sex education, which by the way does include abstinence, but abstinence by itself has been proven to be ineffective,” the non-profit organization said according to WABC.
"My word, what have we done the last 30 years,” he asked. “There’s candy bowls on people's desks with condoms, they're dropping them from airplanes, yet nothing seems to improve, so they've been on the wrong track here.”
A woman says she was beaten unconscious by a New York City cab driver because she wanted to pay for her ride with a credit card, CBS 2 reported.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, said she was assaulted by the cab driver shortly after midnight on Saturday.
She and her fiancé hailed the cab at the corner of Broome and Mulberry streets, but the driver suddenly stopped after “two or three blocks.”
The driver told her the credit card machine in the cab was broken, and he wanted them to pay in cash.
She told the driver they had no cash and would have to go to an ATM.
“He just went ballistic. He just lost it,” the woman said.
Suddenly he got out of the cab and grabbed her fiancé by the tie, leaving red marks on his neck.
“He’s screaming he doesn’t trust anyone, he doesn’t trust anyone,” she said.
He then yanked her out of the cab and punched her.
“He punched me in the face. Square in the face with a fist,” she said. “Knocked me off my feet and knocked me out.”
Witnesses and her fiancé turned on the cabbie, and he quickly got back into his cab and drove away.
“They were all yelling, ‘you can’t hit a woman,’ ‘you just hit a woman,’” she said.
“My jaw is swollen up," she explained. "I can’t open it. There’s a ringing in my ear. My eye muscles are swollen and throbbing."
“He hit my fiancee. I would like to crack his head open,” said her fiancé, who did not want to be identified, “It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced.”
The woman told CBS she remembers what the driver looks like and will be working with the NYPD to identify the man.
“It’s just insane. It could happen to anyone and that’s what’s so scary,” she added.
It’s common knowledge that yellow cabs aren’t allowed to refuse credit as payment, but the Taxi and Limousine Commission told CBS that drivera are allowed to operate cabs with broken machines for up to 48 hours before they must be repaired.
Attacks by New York City cab drivers are a rare occurence. In October 2012, a cab driver was stripped of his license after he was caught on camera throwing a drunk and disorderly passenger out of his taxi and into a busy Midtown street. Sidikiba Diallo said he did it because the man was vomiting and cursing.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s official vehicles were seen breaking several traffic laws Thursday, just two days after he proposed a traffic safety plan that would target reckless drivers.
De Blasio was in the front passenger seat of the lead SUV captured speeding on video. The car also drove through a pair of stop signs and never signaled when changing lanes.
The total number of violations would regularly result in a suspended license.
The mayor’s office deferred questions of the law-breaking incident to the NYPD, as a member of the force had been behind the wheel at the time. However, de Blasio’s press secretary Phil Walzak noted that safety is everyone’s responsibility.
"With that in mind, Mayor de Blasio is firmly committed to the traffic safety policies outlined this week," Walzak said in a statement.
In a press release of its own the NYPD did not discuss specific tactics of Thursday’s incident, but said that the handling of vehicles transporting a “protectee” is determined by the personal judgment of police personnel.
It is not clear from the footage if de Blasio was aware of the infractions at the time.
A 21-year-old foster child received a sex change operation paid for by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services.
The woman, whose name was not released, was covered under a city policy that pays for gender reassignment surgery if the person has no insurance.
The patient underwent a procedure to become a woman in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
ACS reportedly approved her surgery before she turned 21, the age at which most people leave the foster system.
She is now the second person to receive gender reassignment under the coverage since it was put in place in 2010. The procedure cost about $10,000, according to child psychiatrist Dr. Aron Janssen, head of the gender and sexuality service at NYU Langone Medical Center.
ACS said in a statement that it promotes “the health and well-being of all young people” in the agency’s care.
“ACS reviews all requests for medical treatment on a case-by-case basis, conducting internal reviews as well as consulting medical professionals’ expertise, to ascertain the nature and severity of a medical condition and determine if a procedure will provide a significant benefit to a youth,” the agency said in a statement.
Dr. Janssen said the procedure is a life-saving surgery.
“It’s not a cosmetic procedure,” he said. “It’s treatment.”
Mariah Lopez, an activist with Strategic Transgender Alliance for Radical Reform, told the New York Daily News that the woman will “inspire others.”
“What’s happening now is a shift by ACS, in the largest city in the world, influencing health care nationally,” Lopez said.
A group of five young men who were arrested for possession of a weapon and attempted assault after accidentally hitting a transit cop with a snowball are now suing the New York Police Department for $10 million.
The young men were arrested in the Bronx by Sgt. Adonis Ramirez, who claimed he was attacked by a snowball. The incident occurred in February 2010.
According to Officer Paola Diaz, the officer charged with processing the paperwork that night, the word “snowball” did not appear on the report that charged the five individuals with criminal possession of a weapon. Diaz claimed responsibility for the mix-up.
“I made a mistake. It was a hectic night. It was me by myself doing everything. I made a mistake in my paperwork,” Diaz testified, according to the New York Daily News.
Ramirez himself testified that he pulled his gun on the young men because he was being attacked with snowballs.
“I was outnumbered and I wasn’t taking any chances,” Ramirez said.
The young men that were arrested, of course, view the events differently.
“We went from playing in the snow to looking at the barrel of a gun. I saw the gun out and him screaming,” said Manuel Rondon.
Even Ramirez himself has changed his story since the initial incident occurred. Rather than being attacked with multiple snowballs, Ramirez has since admitted that he had just “one” snowball thrown at him, according to the New York Post. Ramirez was off duty at the time.
Because of Ramirez's changing story and Diaz's admission that she left the word "snowball" out of her report, the five gentlemen have a likely chance of winning the case.