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Sidewalk Terror: Brooklyn Drivers Caught On Camera Dodging Pedestrians, Kids To Beat The Traffic



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Brooklyn drivers are using the sidewalks as their own personal streets – and it’s all being caught on camera.

It’s a frightening sight as cars cruise down the sidewalk with adults and even children in their crosshairs in Williamsburg.

These impatient drivers are making the dangerous maneuvers all in an effort to avoid traffic.

On Monday morning, outside a school on Harrison Avenue, a driver in a pickup is caught going on the sidewalk to get around a school bus. The driver nearly hit two children.
Last week, security footage from a school on 53rd Street in Borough Park spotted a driver in a sedan dodging small children on the sidewalk, just to get out of gridlock.
“This is insane. What kind of person would go on a sidewalk?” Dov Hikind said.

The former state assemblyman is furious and says he’s working with the authorities to find and arrest the reckless drivers.

“What’s the freaking rush?! Where are you? What’s so important that you’re willing to take a chance with someone else’s life? Inexcusable!” Hikind added.

This recent bad behavior on the roads – and sidewalks – is nothing new.

In April, a yellow school bus in Borough Park jumped the curb to avoid double parked cars.

“They really need to arrest these people,” Brooklyn resident Shayla McKinnon said.

McKinnon has lived in the neighborhood for nearly two decades.

“That’s dangerous. What’s so important that you can’t wait for the light to change?” she told CBS2’s Matt Kozar.

“The people who did this, they should be arrested. They committed a very serious crime. We need to send a very clear message. You can’t behave this way,” Hikind declared.

The NYPD is investigating both incidents of driving on the sidewalk right outside of schools. Hikind says he’s been in touch with the Brooklyn district attorney in the hopes of cracking down on these driver’s personal highways.


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




Laurent Simons

(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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