Saturday, March 15, 2014


Fatal Explosion

Amid Rubble, a Bloody Face Spied in Time

Victims of the blast, from left: Griselde Camacho, Andreas Panagopoulos, Rosaura Hernández Barrios and Carmen Tanco.
Victims of the blast, from left: Griselde Camacho, Andreas Panagopoulos, Rosaura Hernández Barrios and Carmen Tanco.
Officers at the scene of the explosion in East Harlem saw a 15-year-old’s face and hand poking out of the debris. Moments after saving the boy, the rescuers were forced to retreat as the fire intensified.
The search for the cause of the gas leak — which a preliminary investigation indicates touched off the collapse on Wednesday morning — remained elusive.
Robert Stolarik for The New York Times
The search for the cause of the gas leak — which a preliminary investigation indicates touched off the collapse on Wednesday morning — remained elusive.
Workers found pockets of up to 20 percent methane underground at the site of the explosion in East Harlem, and Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would help find prolonged shelter for the dozens of families displaced by the blast.

De Blasio Pushes a 9-Year Contract for Teachers

The de Blasio administration is seeking a deal with the union that would let New York City stretch out potentially huge retroactive pay raises.

Mayor’s Pre-K Tax Drive: Views Vary on Its Success as Widely as on Its Merits

Albany may give Mayor Bill de Blasio financing for universal prekindergarten, but the anticipated failure of his preferred revenue mechanism illustrates the limits of mayoral power.

Bloomberg Says He Won’t, but Still Criticizes de Blasio

In a Katie Couric interview, former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg differed with Bill de Blasio on issues like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and charter schools.

So Long, Road Salt. Hello, Sun and Sand.

New York City’s longest-serving sanitation commissioner, John J. Doherty, is retiring at the end of March.

Metro-North to Study Whether Surge in Riders Affected Railroad’s Safety

After a tragic safety record, railroad officials will evaluate the role an increase in passengers and trains played in 2013.

Hoarder Facing Deadline to Clear Out Says He’s About Done

Kevin McCrary has been formally evicted from his Manhattan apartment, but received an extension to remove his stuff and take a $12,000 payout.

Diplomat From India Is Indicted Again Over Housekeeper

Devyani Khobragade faced the new charges of visa fraud, two days after a judge accepted her claim of diplomatic immunity and dismissed earlier charges.

Anxiety Builds as New York City Parks Await a Leader

The de Blasio administration has not yet hired a chief for the department, leaving some to wonder what the effect will be on longer-term policy issues.

Legislature Rejects Cuomo’s Plan to Use Rebates to Freeze Property Taxes

New York lawmakers have reservations about the governor’s plan to give rebates to homeowners whose property taxes increase.

Judge Rules Terror Case Should Go Before Jury

A federal judge said on Friday that there was sufficient evidence that Sulaiman Abu Ghaith conspired to kill Americans to allow the case to go to a jury.

2 Guilty in Plot to Kidnap, Torture and Kill Women

A retired New York high school librarian and a New Jersey auto mechanic were convicted of plotting to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women and girls.
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