Mysterious Giant-Food Thefts Continue

Mysterious Giant-Food Thefts Continue

An eight-foot-tall fiberglass doughnut was stolen from a billboard in the 2200 block of Baleson Avenue sometime Thursday night, the fifth such large representation of a foodstuff stolen over the past month. The doughnut, decorated with foot-long multi-colored fiberglass sprinkles, was part of an advertisement for Do-Or-Do-Nut, a Star Wars-themed drive-through doughnut stand. Lt. Arnold…

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Update: Gov Nixes Mayor’s Guantanamo Deal

Update: Gov Nixes Mayor’s Guantanamo Deal

Mayor Maribeth Cosgove’s offer to the Obama administration to accept Guantanamo detainees [Our City to Become the Next Guantanamo?, 2.23] has been rescinded by an angry state governor’s office. In a press release, Governor Allen (D) chastized Cosgrove for her rashness, and reminded her that the Ostahanoc River Maximum Security Prison is a federal, not…

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Our City to Become the Next Guantanamo?

Our City to Become the Next Guantanamo?

Mayor Maribeth Cosgrove held a press conference this morning to publicly express the city’s willingness to accept detainees from Guantanamo Bay into our prison system, making us the first city in the U.S. to do so. Ever since President Obama signed an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay, a holding facility for so-called “enemy combatants,”…

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Blowing Up the Auto Industry?

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Blowing Up the Auto Industry?

An occasional survey of jobs both unusual and extraordinary, and the people who make them happen. It’s an exciting time at Ridley Motors, headquartered in the Howard Street Anchor Architecture and Engineering Building just south of 63rd Ave. And no one knows it better than Departmental Head of Engineering (and great-grandson of Ridley Motors founder…

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The City’s Pneumatic Mail Delivery System

The City’s Pneumatic Mail Delivery System

“Nobody writes letters anymore,” or so the saying goes. But for over one hundred years our city was home to thousands of letter writers and the nation’s fifth largest post office branch (after New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit, Michigan). Around the turn of the 20th century, postal usage increased so rapidly that available methods…

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Friday Facts: Abe Beats Chuck, Budget Fun, The Old Condor

Friday Facts: Abe Beats Chuck, Budget Fun, The Old Condor

:: 565-acre Pratt Park disappeared into a sinkhole on this day in 1905. ::  Number of people who showed up for the ceremony and forum commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday at Bowman House (the city’s longstanding Republican club): 470 :: Number of people who showed up for the ceremony and symposium commemorating Charles Darwin’s 200th…

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The Eight Great Zoo Hoaxes

The Eight Great Zoo Hoaxes

It’s for no small reasons that our fair city is often called “The Home of Zoo Hoaxes.” What follows are the Eight Great Zoo Hoaxes, as determined by the Board of Directors of the Zoo Hoax Historical Society, an informal group that keeps track of this odd aspect of our city’s heritage. A Zoo In…

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: Larger Parking In Rear

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Larger Parking In Rear

An occasional survey of jobs both unusual and extraordinary, and the people who make them happen. Although his business card describes him as merely an engineer, Hank Beck’s assistants and partners have more colorful terms for his area of expertise. “Well,” he says, smiling under his dark, serious eyes, “Some of the interns took to…

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Divers Unable to Find Source of Oil Sheen

Divers Unable to Find Source of Oil Sheen

Despite a day-long search, scuba divers from the city’s police and fire departments were unable to locate the source of a thin slick of oil that spread yesterday over the western half of Micshcoon Lake, the disused reservoir on the northern edge of the city. While divers plunged into Mischcoon’s cold, gray, frigid waters, pitching…

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