Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Man fined $11,948 for illegally viewing two UFC fights on his computer

A Tupper Lake, NY man was fined $11.948 by a judge for illegally watching two Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)  fights on his computer without paying Time Warner Cable (TWC) the pay-per-view fee. The suit was brought by a company named Zuffa who owns the rights to the UFC broadcasts which are broadcast on TWC. Northern District Judge Norman Mordue ruled that even though Karl Pryce didn’t profit from Read More →

Brooklyn’s Bridges are falling down

The Daily News reports that more than half of Brooklyn’s 240 bridges are badly in need of structural repair and many of them “could crumble at any time.” The worst bridges — including a series of seven spans along the Belt Parkway, a group of Q train bridges in Kensington and multiple crossings on the BQE — could crumble at any time, according to one Read More →

Medical mistakes third leading cause of death in U.S.

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine reported that up to 98,000 people a year died due to mistakes in hospitals. A new study just published in the Journal of Patient Safety says that number is now estimated to be between 210,000 and 440,000 patients. What makes those numbers worse is the causes of death were preventable mistakes. The estimate makes medical malpractice the third leading cause of death Read More →

Clowns rob Brooklyn electronics store

From the Daily News: Cops said the men were wearing clown masks and wielding pistols when they barreled into Broadway Electronics in Bushwick about 5:30 p.m. Monday. The buffoons grabbed phones and computers out of a display case and demanded the cash in the registers, cops said. One of them got an employee to open the safe and scooped up $4,400, a police source said. Read More →

Sporadic yelling no cause for eviction

Manhattan Civil Court Judge Jean Schneider ruled that a tenant sporadically yelling in his apartment is no cause for eviction. Edward Cohen who suffers from the autism related Asperger’s syndrome occasionally yells at himself in his apartment. His landlord sought his eviction after numerous complaints from his next door neighbor who claimed he could hear Cohen yelling through their shared wall. Schneider wrote “…the courts have Read More →

“Bad doctor”database is useless to patients

In 1986, Congress passed the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986, which created the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).  The NPDB is a database which includes the names of negligent health professionals such as physicians, nurses and dentists. It includes information such as malpractice lawsuits and license revocations. The database was conceived to try and keep track of doctors and other health professionals who, after their licenses were Read More →

Sheepshead Bay drug dealers: Closed for Shabbat

“We are closing 7:30 on the dot and we will reopen saturday 8:15 so if u need anything you have 45mins to get what you want.” That was the text message sent every week to customers of Sheepshead Bay drug dealers according to an unsealed indictment by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. The dealers who operated out of a Bedford Avenue apartment were allegedly Read More →

Wrongful death suit denied: Victim didn’t call 911 herself

A family’s wrongful death lawsuit was thrown out because the victim nor an “immediate” family member made the 911 call. 51-year old Kathleen Thomas and her boyfriend were dropped off on her block on the Lower East Side during the blizzard of 2010. Thomas never made it the 50 feet to her front door. According to Alan Taylor, her boyfriend of twenty-five years, she slipped and Read More →