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Memorial bike ride held for 19th cyclist killed in NYC this year, family and friends for swift street changes

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Hundreds of family, friends, street safety advocates and elected officials took a memorial bicycle ride Sunday to honor Jose Alzorriz, a cyclist mowed down after a speeding muscle car blew a red light in Brooklyn — the 19th city rider killed this year.

The cyclists held a rally at Bartel-Pritchard Square near Prospect Park before riding to the intersection of Coney Island Ave. and Avenue L, where 52-year-old Alzorriz was killed Aug. 11, and where a white “ghost bike,” flowers and photos now memorialize him.

The group’s message was simple: City officials must redesign streets so they’re less dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.

“This is the third person I’ve lost to traffic violence over a 25-year span,” said Amanda Hannah-McLeer, 26, whose mother was Alzorriz’s partner. Her aunt and grandmother were also killed by a hit-and-run driver on Fort Hamilton Pkwy in 1994.

“We just thought this couldn’t happen to our family again.”
Alzorriz brought the grim death toll of New York cyclists to 19 — nearly double the 10 killed in all of 2018. He died after a Dodge Charger ran a red light, then crashed into an SUV that when flying into Alzorriz.

Cops last week charged Umar Mizra Baig, 18, of Rego Park, Queens, with manslaughter and other counts for allegedly sparking the crash.

Jonathan Blyer, 38, who was friends with Alzorriz for nearly 15 years, said the a painted bike lane isn’t enough: There needs to be a protected lane.
“Even if Jose was in a bike lane, it wouldn’t have saved him,” said Blyer. “We need a protected bike lane. If that had been the case on Coney Island Avenue, the vehicle that spun out of control and killed Jose would have struck a parked car, not Jose.”

Hannah-McLeer asserted the problem isn’t isolated to busy Coney Island Ave. “We need a 100% connected, protected bike lane,” she said. “As a fourth generation New Yorker, I can tell you out-of-date urban planning is nothing to be proud of.”

Alzorriz’s death came less than a month after Mayor de Blasio and city Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg unveiled a plan to expand the city’s network of protected bike lanes by the end of 2021, when hizzoner is set to leave office.

City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams accused de Blasio of spending too much time on his presidential campaign, and not enough on making the city’s streets safer. He encouraged the mayor to dump his quest for the White House.

“As far as I’m concerned at this moment in time, Vision Zero has failed to provide the protections to New Yorkers the way it said it would,” Williams said of the mayor’s initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities across the five boroughs. “Drivers mistakenly believe be own the road. Sometimes we don’t sit back and understand that we are the most protected people on the road, that we have the most dangerous weapon on the road.”

Data shows the Vision Zero program has had mixed results since it was launched in 2014. Traffic deaths have dropped to historic lows since then, but the number of car crashes and injuries caused by automobiles has increased.

New York has become one of just a few major cities in the country where cars are more deadly than guns, despite the fact that just one in four New Yorkers commute to work via private vehicles.

Source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-jose-alzorriz-memorial-ride-20190825-mg5zyrzgavhnfehp4dh4w27zfq-story.html

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Meet Narwhal, the Rescue Puppy with a Tail Growing out of His Forehead

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There’s a 10-week-old puppy in Missouri with a tail growing out of his forehead.

Yes, his forehead. No, it doesn’t wag. And, appropriately, his name is Narwhal.

It’s me Narwhal!! I don’t understand what viral is but my foster mama said my story being viral helps ALL our special…

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Well, his full name is “Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn,” according to dog rescue nonprofit organization Mac’s Mission, which took him in after he was discovered last Saturday. He was found in the freezing cold, with what appears to be the beginnings of frostbite on one paw.

Unlike an actual narwhal whale, which has a protruding canine tooth that resembles a tusk, the tail on Narwhal’s forehead is short and stubby, sprouting right between his eyes — and flops from side to side when he plays. He has a normal tail, too, this one is just extra.

Workers at Mac’s Mission, which specializes in special needs dogs who had been abused or born with defects, say he’s recovering quickly, with the frostbite healing.

“He seems completely healthy other than some usual puppy worms he got meds for,” said the organization in a Facebook post.

Just another video of our narwhal the magical fuzzy unicorn puppy because we think he is amazing. (We are not accepting applications for him right now until we are very certain his unicorn horn is not going to have a growth spurt and become an issue) (no it does not wag) (yes he is keeping it) (yes he is amazingly awesome!!) Love,MacKeeperOfTheUnicorns

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Vets took X-ray scans, which showed the tail isn’t connected to anything. It has no real use, as far as they can tell, but it also doesn’t cause him any pain, and there’s no medical reason to remove it — so the forehead tail is here to stay. “The unicorn face tail does not bother Narwhal, and he never slows down just like any normal puppy,” said the Facebook post.

He was found with another dog, which rescue workers speculate may be his father. This older dog, who has been named Poppa Smurf, is a Daschund Terrier mix — so they assume Narwhal may have some Daschund in him as well.

It’s not clear what happened to the two of them before they were discovered, but a spokesperson from Mac’s Mission told CNN Narwhal is from rural Missouri in the Midwest, and loves to play — and now, he has thousands of fans online, after his special tail catapulted him to internet fame.

The rush of the online attention has been “crazy,” the spokesperson, adding that the staff “feel like we’re in a dream.”

He’s not yet ready for adoption, Mac’s Mission said online — but that hasn’t stopped Narwhal’s fans from wanting to take him home. The organization has already received over 50 adoption applications for him, a spokesperson told CNN.

Narwhal will likely be listed for adoption once he’s older and has gone through more medical procedures like vaccinations. The staff says they also want to monitor his unicorn horn a little while longer to make sure it doesn’t grow or become a problem.

“Everyone is super interested in him,” the spokesperson said — but “we are hopeful they are seeing the other available dogs as well!”

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Missing Brooklyn Boy Scout, 13, found safe a week after he went missing

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BROOKLYN — Ade Prince, the 13-year-old Boy Scout and choir boy who didn’t come home from school a week ago, was found safe Monday night after a wild goose chase that started near a Flatbush apartment and ended near the Barclay Center in Brooklyn.

Some neighborhood kids saw a missing flyer posted in a park near P.S. 6 on Snyder Avenue and confronted a boy Prince was hanging around with in recent months.

Prince had left for his charter school a week ago and never came home.

His parents said although he was a loving and respectful son, he had started staying out late sometimes in the last eight months—and one time, disappeared for two days.

Prince is not a big 13 year old and looked younger than his years.

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Amazon Black Friday deals 2019: the best offers and discounts

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Black Friday 2019 falls on Friday 29 November but, as with every year now, many of the best Black Friday deals have already started to appear. And when it comes to the size and duration of the Black Friday sales it’s hard to get bigger than Amazon.

Every year, Amazon breathlessly announces ahead of the sales event that THIS year will be its “biggest ever” event with thousands of discounts across products in its various departments.

For 2019, it’s making that “biggest ever” promise again, confirming that the Amazon.co.uk 2019 Black Friday sale will run for eight days from 00:01 on Friday 22 November until 23:59 on Friday 29 November. We assume those days will also apply to Amazon sales in other countries.

Another Black Friday tradition is that Amazon offers a mix of multi-day discounts along with “Lightning Deals”, which are only available for a limited amount of time – or until the product sells out. This will happen again for 2019, and as happened last year, Amazon Prime members will get early access to the Black Friday 2019 Lightning Deals.

Prime members also get access to grocery delivery service Amazon Fresh while new for this year, Fresh on Demand means UK Prime members in select postcodes pay just £2.99 per delivery on orders over £40 (free for orders over £120), or they can subscribe to Fresh Add-On of £3.99 per month for unlimited free deliveries.

There are also more ways to shop this Black Friday, including AR View, Showroom and Discover. AR View lets you see products in your home before you buy using augmented reality technology. Showroom lets you virtually stage Amazon furnishings in 3D in a living room setting. And Discover lets you browse items and refine your selection based on your personal preferences.

Looking back to 2018, we know that the Black Friday sales period was a massive success for Amazon: the retailer says that Cyber Monday 2018 was the single biggest shopping day in the company’s history. In the US, over five popular shopping days starting with Thanksgiving on the Thursday and continuing through Cyber Monday, Amazon says it broke records as customers purchased “millions more products over the five day period vs. the same period last year.”

That record was then shattered by Amazon Prime Day 2019 in July when Prime members worldwide purchased more than 175 million items throughout Prime Day, making it the largest shopping event in Amazon history.

In the UK, Amazon tells us that in the first eight hours of Black Friday 2018 (00:01 – 08:00), customers were shopping at record levels, ordering more than 100,000 toys and 60,000 beauty products during this time.

For Black Friday 2019, Amazon is adhering to the above formula of multi-day discounts and Lightning Deals but promising “more great offers than ever.” (Well, it wouldn’t promise less.)

WHEN DOES THE AMAZON BLACK FRIDAY SALE START?

The Amazon.co.uk Black Friday sale will run for eight days, starting at 00:01 on Friday 22 November and running until 23:59 on Friday 29 November. Presumably it will then turn into a Cyber Weekend / Cyber Monday sale for another few days.

This eight-day Black Friday sale follows the same pattern as last year: in 2018, Amazon kicked off its Black Friday Week Sale on Friday 16 November, a week ahead of Black Friday itself.

As well as the main Black Friday sale, it would not surprise us at all to see Amazon run some sort of ‘Countdown to Black Friday’ or ‘Early Black Friday Deals’ event starting on Friday 15 November, then the confirmed ‘Black Friday Week Sale’ starting on Friday 22 November, and then the big ‘Amazon Black Friday sale’ itself which will kick off at 1 minute past midnight on Friday 29 November 2019.

Once that sale is over, we’d expect the Cyber Monday sale to begin and run until midnight on Cyber Monday.

And then on the following Tuesday 3 December, it’s likely that Amazon will kick off its ‘Countdown To Christmas Sale’ which will feature a range of deals right up to midnight on Christmas Eve.

But of all these sales and mini sales, it’s likely that the BEST sale prices will fall in the four-day Black Friday to Cyber Monday period…

 

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