Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Could be worse.
Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Could be worse.
What you need to know for Wednesday: unseasonably low pollen counts, one last sunny day, and smaller parks get their turn.
Robert Hill, center, and Alvena Jennette, right, on Tuesday after they were exonerated, along with another half brother, Darryl Austin, who died in prison.
Michael Appleton for The New York Times
Robert Hill, center, and Alvena Jennette, right, on Tuesday after they were exonerated, along with another half brother, Darryl Austin, who died in prison.
The men were exonerated after questions were raised about the repeated use of a central witness by a retired Brooklyn detective, Louis J. Scarcella.

Ex-Christie Aide, Testifying in Bridge Inquiry, Portrays a Highly Political Office

Christina Renna gave a firsthand account of how the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge turned into a scandal.

With Caution, a Poor Corner of Brooklyn Welcomes an Affordable Housing Plan

The East New York neighborhood could emerge as a centerpiece of the mayor’s 10-year plan, which includes a push for more residential development.

Witness in Terrorism Case Recalls Being Taken Hostage in Yemen

Testifying in Manhattan at the trial of Mostafa Kamel Mostafa, who is accused of aiding in the abduction of 16 tourists in Yemen, a woman described her ordeal.

Murder Charge for Driver in Drug-Related Crash at a Manhattan Deli

Prosecutors said the driver was high on PCP and methamphetamine when he lost control of his car in the East Village in 2013, hitting three deli workers and killing one.
Astoria Park, along the East River and under the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, is one of the places in New York City that could benefit from an increase in capital funding for neighborhood parks.
Richard Perry/The New York Times
Astoria Park, along the East River and under the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, is one of the places in New York City that could benefit from an increase in capital funding for neighborhood parks.
With New York City’s 2015 budget deadline two months away, Mayor Bill de Blasio, the City Council and a state senator have suggestions on how to achieve a more fairly funded parks system.
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