Knicks Morning News (2018.06.24)

  • [NYDN] U.S. Navy pilot dies in New Mexico crash
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:10:00 AM)

    The New York state native pilot of a U.S. Navy plane has died after a crash near his base in New Mexico.

    Lt. Christopher Carey Short, from Canandaigua, was flying a training mission in New Mexico on Friday when his A-29 crashed near Holloman Air Force Base.

    A second pilot received only minor injuries,…

  • [NYDN] Kentucky police arrest naked man who says he ‘may be Jesus’
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:40:00 AM)

    JOHNSON FORK, Ky. — An Indiana man has been arrested in Kentucky after police found him naked in a stranger’s yard declaring he might be Jesus.

    The Kentucky New Era reports a homeowner called police to report a naked man behind his house. The homeowner told police the naked man took some things…

  • [NYDN] How to bring back mom and pop: NYC commercial rents are out of control; here’s how to restore sanity
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    We all know what it looks like. The blocks of empty storefronts, covered in graffiti, “FOR LEASE” signs in the windows for months and years on end. It’s called high-rent blight, and it’s the latest phase of a hyper-gentrification process that has been pushing small businesses out of the city as…

  • [NYDN] Hurt by hate, fighting for pride
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    As a bespectacled gay black nerd growing up in a rough Houston neighborhood, I’d been a target for bullies since I was 6. I learned the hard way how to spot the cautionary signs.

    This time was different. I was walking one sweaty summer night back in 1996 near the Houston Museum District, not the…

  • [NYDN] Police officer fatally shoots man as he stabbed his mother
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:45:00 AM)

    ALBANY, N.Y. — A police officer in Albany shot and killed a man who was in the act of stabbing his mother, authorities said.

    Officers investigating reports of a person with a weapon late Friday night heard a woman screaming behind the locked door of a home.

    Police said the officers broke the front…

  • [NYDN] Erdogan seeks to cement power in Turkey’s high-stakes votes
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:35:00 AM)

    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey held high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday that could consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hold on power or curtail his vast political ambitions.

    Voters flocked to polling centers to cast ballots in an election that will complete Turkey’s…

  • [NYDN] Patton he ain’t: Imagining Trump’s trade war speech to the nation
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    The first salvo by President Trump: tariffs on foreign washing machines and solar panels. Then came huge levies on imported aluminum and steel, under the preposterous pretext they were necessary to defend America’s national security.

    For each presidential action, there’s been an equal and opposite…

  • [NYDN] A healthy challenge: Incumbent members of Congress feel the heat from young contenders
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    Polls open this coming sleepy summer Tuesday just for congressional primaries. Turnout, at least in the city’s safe Democratic districts, will be abysmal, and that’s just fine with the powers that be.

    So hand it to a crop of young challengers for rousing comfortable incumbents to show voters why…

  • [NYDN] Bill would allow immigrants in New York facing deportation to choose legal guardian for their kids
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    ALBANY — Undocumented immigrant parents facing possible deportation from New York would be able to choose a guardian to care for their kids under a bill that won final approval in the Legislature last week.

    The bill would expand the standby guardianship law created in the 1980s during the AIDS…

  • [NYDN] Gov. Cuomo moves to bolster protections for transgender New Yorkers ahead of possible Obamacare repeal
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Seeking to blunt the effects of a potential Obamacare repeal, Gov. Cuomo is rolling out measures to protect transgender New Yorkers’ access to health care.

    Cuomo will announce Sunday that he’s directing state health officials to issue a regulation requiring all New York hospitals to update their…

  • [NYDN] Walking the walk: The truth about distracted pedestrians
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Researchers observed 3,038 people ambling across crosswalks in New York City and Flagstaff, Ariz. (um, okay) and exploded a myth: Distracted walking is hardly ever to blame when cars hit pedestrians.

    Turns out, no matter how many people might be enraptured in a device while strolling around the…

  • [NYDN] City turns over reports of arrests inside homeless shelters following Daily News expose
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The city released thousands of pages of incident reports Friday to state overseers, documenting everything from assaults to drug dealing to arrests inside homeless shelters.

    The release followed a Daily News expose in May documenting how the city Department of Homeless Services had stopped reporting…

  • [NYDN] City Council Speaker Johnson endorses Gov. Cuomo’s reelection
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is endorsing Gov. Cuomo’s reelection to a third term.

    Cuomo has made New York “the progressive beacon for the nation” by pushing for gay marriage, guaranteeing transgender people access to health care and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity,…

  • [NYDN] Trump administration says it knows location of all children separated at border
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 12:30:00 AM)

    Trump administration officials say the U.S. government knows the location of all children in its custody after separating them from their families at the border and is working to reunite them.

    A fact sheet on “zero-tolerance prosecution and family reunification” released Saturday night by the Department…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on carriage horses, Bill de Blasio and immigration
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Long Island City: Re Jessica Scott-Reid’s “Montreal is ending its horse-carriage industry; why won’t New York?” (Op-Ed, June 20): I found myself nodding and agreeing through every single point she made! Why on Earth do we still have horse-drawn carriages in New York in 2018? The answer is so very…

  • [NYDN] Man shot dead while camping with daughters in California
    (Sunday, June 24, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    CALABASAS, Calif. — Authorities say a man has been shot to death while camping with his two young daughters at a Southern California campground.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says the man was in a tent with the girls when he was shot in the upper chest shortly before 5 a.m. Friday…

  • [NYDN] Brothers sentenced in $1.4M welfare fraud scheme at grocery store
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 11:30:00 PM)

    PORTLAND, Maine — Two brothers accused of a massive welfare fraud scheme at a Portland grocery store have been sentenced to federal prison.

    The Bangor Daily News reports that 41-year-old Ali Ratib Daham of Westbrook pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to defraud the United States government,…

  • [NYDN] EXCLUSIVE: Long Island town bans FDNY charity volleyball game after firefighters turned beach into toilet
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    A Long Island town just spiked a longstanding FDNY volleyball game over firefighters’ appalling lack of beach etiquette.

    Bravest members participating in the annual event on June 13 took it upon themselves to erect a temporary tiki bar on the public sands of Long Beach — complete with a rustic…

  • [NYDN] Hunt for 1980s Massachusetts ‘Highway Serial Killer’ led to dead end
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 11:00:00 PM)

    On July 3, 1988, a woman stopped to relieve herself along the side of a Massachusetts highway and opened the first page of a mystery. In the brush along the road, she spotted what looked like human skeletal remains with a bra wrapped around the neck.

    An autopsy of the badly decomposed female corpse…

  • [NYDN] Brooklyn man accused of chopping off his wife’s arm arrested near Niagara Falls
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:35:00 PM)

    A Brooklyn man wanted for chopping off his pregnant wife’s arm was busted in Niagara Falls Saturday, police said.

    Yong Lu, 35, was arrested by local cops outside the One Niagara building around 7:45 p.m., the Niagara Gazette reported.

    Lu is accused of using a steak knife to hack off spouse Li Yang’s…

  • [NYDN] Latino writers tackle immigration abuse, violence through poetry
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:15:00 PM)

    Latino writers from far and wide were in New York to share their work and the struggles their communities face in the U.S. immigration policy.

    A literary retreat on Friday and Saturday at Columbia University was hosted by CantoMundo, a national organization dedicated to Latino poets.

    For José Antonio…

  • [NYDN] Han Solo’s Blaster from ‘Return of the Jedi’ sold for $550G at auction
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    LAS VEGAS — Han Solo’s Blaster from the “Return of the Jedi” has sold for $550,000 at a Las Vegas auction.

    Julien’s Auctions says Ripley’s Believe It or Not bought the item Saturday.

    The sci-fi weapon was the top-selling item at the Hollywood Legends auction.

    The blaster was part of a collection…

  • [NYDN] Bronx man killed after accidentally shooting himself while playing with gun
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:50:00 PM)

    A young Bronx man died after he accidentally shot himself in the chest Saturday evening, police sources said.

    Robert Williams was found on the ground on Watson Ave. near Ward Ave. in Soundview with a gunshot wound to his chest just after 5 p.m., according to cops.

    Williams, 18, was playing with…

  • [NYDN] English bulldog Zsa Zsa wins 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:25:00 PM)

    PETALUMA, Calif. — A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday in the competition where dogs with hairless bodies and lolling tongues flaunt their imperfections.

    The dogs walk down a red…

  • [NYDN] Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz told student ‘get out of here’ while loading gun during school massacre
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School told investigators he encountered shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in a stairwell as he was loading his AR-15 rifle and was told, “you better get out of here,” according to police interview transcripts released Friday.


  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks projected to get Duke-bound athletic freak Zion Williamson in 2019 Draft
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:18:47 PM)

    The latest 2019 mock draft from has the Knicks getting 6-foot-6 Duke freshman Zion Williamson.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Fizdale on playing time: ‘I’m not handing out nothing’
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 11:10:09 AM)

    Knicks head coach David Fizdale isn’t going to just hand out minutes.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Knox reveals Porzingis’ advice to being booed
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:25:51 AM)

    Knicks first-round pick Kevin Knox revealed that Kristaps Porzingis called him on FaceTime after he was drafted.

  • [NYPost] Knicks taking a chance on Arizona guard after two bans
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:35:23 PM)

    Ostarine is partly the reason Arizona junior shooting guard Allonzo Trier is expected to be a Knick this season. The Knicks plan to sign the 6-foot-5 Trier to a two-way contract in July, and he would play on the summer league team. Trier went undrafted Thursday after a college career marred by testing positive twice…

  • [NYPost] Kevin Knox’s goal for first Knicks season posted on bedroom wall
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:26:30 PM)

    Knicks first-round draft pick Kevin Knox takes his first shot at some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby. Q: Do you burn to be great? A: Yes. That’s why I love this game, that’s why I play this game, that’s the goal. I want to be great. I want to have my name up in…

  • [NYPost] Mitchell Robinson pick puts one Knick’s future in doubt
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 4:40:10 PM)

    The drafting of 7-footer Mitchell Robinson in the second round Thursday has put 7-foot-1 center Luke Kornet’s future in flux, according to sources. Kornet was on a two-way contract last season after being undrafted last June and the Knicks have extended a qualifying offer for another two-way deal ahead of his restricted-free agency. If another…

  • [NYPost] High school coach sheds light on enigma of Knicks’ second pick
    (Saturday, June 23, 2018 3:39:44 PM)

    Chalmette (La.) High School coach Butch Stockton may have concerns for his former player’s first summer league game in Las Vegas as the Knicks’ new 7-foot center Mitchell Robinson gets into game shape. Robinson, selected by the Knicks in the second round Thursday with the 36th pick in the NBA draft, hasn’t played a 5-on-5…