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Bearing Scars, Baghdad to Brooklyn

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Nour Abbas (not her real name) was a translator for the U.S. military in Iraq when she and her father were shot by insurgents as he walked her to work in 2005. Her father was killed. She still carries the scars, physical and otherwise.

Abbas fled the country and eventually was reunited with her family in Bay Ridge. But there’s no happily-ever-after-ending to her story: Abbas’ college-educated brothers can’t find jobs, her mother is terribly homesick and considering a return Iraq.

New changes in Abbas’ life, though, could separate her again from her mother and siblings.

Good News for J-Schools

Friday, May 29th, 2009

It’s a transitional time in journalism, thanks to the Internet.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported more than 2,000 layoffs in the newspaper industry for the first quarter of 2009.

Despite these severe job cuts, some of the nation’s top journalism schools have seen an increase in applications.  Though many of these prospective journalists are going back to school because of the sour economy, many see opportunity in new, emerging forms of journalism.

Rooftop Hive Makes Local Buzz

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The last place you might think to look for honeybees is on a rooftop in Brooklyn, but that’s exactly where they are. In Fort Greene to be exact. John Howe started keeping bees nine years ago and has been hooked ever since. Two beehives sit three stories up on the roof of his Fort Greene home, where he has lived for the past 31 years.

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'Dynamite' Discovery Backfires

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

As Robert Lopez tells it, his trouble began nearly two years ago when he plucked a bundle of fake dynamite from the trash and took it to his St. Felix Street home with plans to turn the fake bomb into a piggy bank.

Now Mr. Lopez, 38, a career maintenance man with no criminal record beyond a 10-year-old marijuana violation, is set to appear in court on false-bomb charges that could put him in prison for up to four years.

“On 9/11, from my roof of my building I could see the top of the towers smoking,” Mr. Lopez said in tears. “I’m not that kind of a person. I’m not a terrorist. I wouldn’t hurt nobody like that. Never.”

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Bid to Revive La Marqueta

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Uproar Over Bx Zoo Education Cuts

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Pedicabs Pedal Uptown for Customers

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

After-School Art Attack Looms

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

School v. View in Bklyn Bridge Fight

Friday, May 8th, 2009