Knicks Morning News (2018.08.30)

  • [NYDN] Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sought to cap 9/11 payouts to victims’ families at $500G
    (Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh wanted to cap the amount victims of 9/11 and their family members could receive from the federal government at $500,000, records obtained by the Daily News show.

    Kavanaugh, who served as associate White House Counsel during President George W. Bush’s administration,…

  • [NYDN] Floyd (Money) Mayweather went on a major jewelry spending spree in the Diamond District
    (Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    After a weekend of wheeling and dealing in Atlantic City,. Floyd Mayweather hit Manhattan’s Diamond District and dropped more than a million dollars on bling.

    The former champ was spotted at Pristine Jewelers and Avianne & Co. Jewelers, both on W. 47th St. this week.

    “He went on a jewelry spree,”…

  • [NYDN] Divers discover massive coral reef off coast of South Carolina
    (Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Lurking more than 100 miles off the coast of South Carolina, deep sea explorers last week discovered a massive coral reef whose size surprised even the most experienced of divers.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced as part of its ongoing Deep Search 2018 that explorers…

  • [NYDN] Want diversity? Target choice: The system exacerbates our racial and socioeconomic divides
    (Thursday, August 30, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    As the city’s million-plus public school students head back into the classroom, some educators and families will feel the effects of Chancellor Richard Carranza’s stepped-up school desegregation plans. The strategy, which includes relaxing admissions to 78 of the city’s more than 1,700 schools,…

  • [NYDN] Off the rails: BQX conductor de Blasio admits a painful truth about the Brooklyn-Queens streetcar
    (Thursday, August 30, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    All aboard the streetcar named we told you so, stalled in its tracks with Mayor de Blasio at the controls.

    From the get-go in his 2015 State of the City address, the risks that the Brooklyn-Queens Connector trolley might not pay for itself as promised through boosted property tax collections were…

  • [NYDN] Island of lost souls: Puerto Rico’s pain
    (Thursday, August 30, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    As we near the month of September, a death toll approaching 3,000 carries eerie echoes here in New York City.

    And so, while we would never compare slow-motion carnage caused by a natural disaster with the horrific instantaneous killings caused by a terrorist attack, we see the new official estimate…

  • [NYDN] Councilman urges mayor, FDNY to dump disgraced EMT who is son of deputy assistant chief
    (Thursday, August 30, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    A city councilman who has accused the FDNY of running “two systems” of discipline within its ranks called on the mayor and the fire commissioner Wednesday to terminate disgraced EMT Robert Gala, who was found guilty of forgery and ignoring 911 calls in a city probe.

    Gala, 25, the son of FDNY Deputy…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on NYCHA, McCain and summer songs
    (Thursday, August 30, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Dump all the NYCHA naughties now

    Manhattan: The Daily News front page on Tuesday said “NYCHA cleans house” (“Orgies on overtime,” Aug. 28). After reading that headline I was happy these employees got fired for their gross misconduct. Upon reading the story, I find these party people only got reassigned….

  • [NYDN] Pizza delivery worker stalked and fatally shot in the head outside Papa John’s in Harlem
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 11:55:00 PM)

    A pizza delivery worker was fatally shot in the head outside a Harlem Papa John’s Wednesday night, police sources said.

    A shooter opened fire on 37-year-old Jose Alvarado outside the pizzeria on Amsterdam Ave. at W. 145th St. about 10:30 p.m., police said.

    Medics rushed Alvarado to Harlem Hospital,…

  • [NYDN] U.S. lawmakers urge sanctions against China officials over crackdown
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 11:40:00 PM)

    BEIJING — A group of U.S. lawmakers has urged the Trump administration to impose sanctions including asset freezes and visa bans on Chinese officials and companies allegedly tied to a stifling security crackdown and the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in camps in a far western region.

  • [NYDN] Bronx newlywed drowns in waters off Orchard Beach, just five days after his wedding
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 11:25:00 PM)

    A newlywed drowned in the waters off Orchard Beach in the Bronx Wednesday night — less than a week after he tied the knot, police sources said.

    Adolfo Munoz, 29, was just married on Friday, sources said, and five days later, he went out to the beach, about 6 miles away from his Morrisania home,…

  • [NYDN] Woman whose dismembered corpse found in Bronx parks murdered by her best friend’s boyfriend
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:40:00 PM)

    She was killed by her best friend’s boyfriend.

    Lisa Marie Velasquez, the woman whose body parts were found stuffed in plastic trash bags in two Bronx parks, was last seen rushing to the rescue of her pal Ciara Martinez, but, cops say, she ran into Daquan Wheeler, who beat her to death then butchered…

  • [NYDN] Roy Oliver sentenced to 15 years in prison for Jordan Edwards shooting
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    Roy Oliver, the ex-Balch Springs police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Jordan Edwards, an unarmed 15-year-old, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday.

    Oliver, 38, was found guilty of murder Tuesday, prompting audible gasps from a packed courtroom. He was found not guilty…

  • [NYDN] Ex-middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor arrested for allegedly assaulting woman
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:00:00 PM)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested in Arkansas after police allege he punched a woman, held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.

    Little Rock police say they were called to Taylor’s home Wednesday afternoon in regard to a disturbance…

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — August 30, 2018
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope for August 30, 2018

    An awkward uncertainty can be debilitating if we let it overtake other feelings while the Moon finishes up her business in spontaneous Aries. Being here and now is complicated when there are real-world commitments to fulfill. A lunar opposition…

  • [NYDN] Didi Gregorius’ return nears while Giancarlo Stanton remains stuck on 299 home runs
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:45:00 PM)

    Didi Gregorius did some light jogging on the field at Yankee Stadium Wednesday afternoon, running in figure eights and backpedaling a little as well. It was hardly the brilliant speed that has made the Yankee shortstop one of the most dynamic players in the game, but it put him on a fast track…

  • [NYDN] Boston marathon bomber’s friend to be deported after prison release
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:30:00 PM)

    BOSTON — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been released from prison and handed over to federal immigration officials, who plan to deport him to his native Kazakhstan.

    A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Dias Kadyrbayev was transferred by…

  • [NYDN] U.S. soldier pleads guilty to trying to help Islamic State
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:10:00 PM)

    HONOLULU — A soldier based in Hawaii pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to help the Islamic State group, telling a judge he provided secret military information, a drone meant to track U.S. troops and other support to undercover agents he believed were members of the terrorist organization.


  • [NYDN] Sisters Serena and Venus Williams to face off (again) in third round of US Open
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 7:50:00 PM)

    Here we go again.

    In their 20th year of facing each other as tennis professionals, the Williams’ will collide in round 3 of the US Open on Friday.

    And in case you forgot, both sisters would rather be playing somebody else.

    “I never root against her, no matter what,” Serena Williams said. “So I…

  • [NYDN] Ackert: Greg Bird’s lack of luck almost comical at this point as Yankees need to make decision following loss to White Sox
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 7:40:00 PM)

    We will on Saturday turn the page on the calendar to the final month of the regular season.

    The Yankees have 29 regular season games left to try and make up what was a 7.5 game gap with the Red Sox, or keep their hold on the American League’s top Wild Card spot.

    They have four weeks to line up…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Middletown LLWS star Big Al meets Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 6:05:00 PM)

    New Jersey Little League star Alfred “Big Al’’ Delia continued to ride the wave of fame spurred on from his introduction at the Little League World Series regional.

    On the field for batting practice, the 12-year-old Middletown, N.J. native was summoned over to the batting cage by Neil Walker.


  • [NYDN] Peter Thiel kicks in more than $100G to Republicans leading into the midterm elections
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 6:00:00 PM)

    California tech billionaire Peter Thiel, one of President Trump’s earliest supporters, ponied up his first six-figure donation of the midterm elections, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

    The PayPal co-founder donated $101,700 to the Republican National Committee in July, CNBC first…

  • [NYDN] Dad and partner plead not guilty in toddler’s death at squalid New Mexico compound as relatives call for ‘justice’
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 5:35:00 PM)

    The father and defacto stepmother of a 3-year-old boy found dead at a squalid New Mexico compound pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new charges of child abuse resulting in death.

    The new pleas from Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and his partner Jany Leveille came as District Court judges in Taos dismissed a raft…

  • [NYDN] Air pollution equivalent to losing a year of education, says study
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 5:25:00 PM)

    A frightening, new study reveals that air pollution isn’t just bad for your lungs, but for your brain, as well.

    The shocking research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, analyzed math and language tests of 20,000 Chinese residents between 2010 and 2014 and…

  • [NYDN] Detroit dad arrested after 4-year-old daughter dies in go-kart crash
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 5:20:00 PM)

    The family of a 4-year-old Detroit girl, who died tragically when the go-kart she was riding careened out of control and struck a parked car, suffered a double dose of despair when her father was later taken into police custody.

    Autumn Young was with her father, whom cops have yet to identify,…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks’ Kanter says East has “AAU Teams” compared to West
    (Wednesday, August 29, 2018 7:37:29 PM)

    With many of the NBA’s highest-profile players heading to the Western Conference, Knicks C Enes Kanter gave a hot-take comparison between both conferences.