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Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008

Zero-bama: Did Clinton really shut out Obama in some districts?

Politics: Brooklyn election workers undercounted hundreds, perhaps thousands, of votes for Barack Obama in the New York primary earlier this month, spawning calls to investigate the Board of Elections and even conspiracy theories that workers were trying to help home state Sen. Hillary Clinton. Comments (11).

Hillary in trouble? Superdelegates to the rescue!

Politics: Two Brooklyn members of Congress say they’ll vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention in August, even though the majority of voters in their districts cast ballots for Sen. Barack Obama in the New York primary, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (3).

Downturn! Big D’Town project hits the brakes

Downtown plan: The abrupt shutdown of a major development project just blocks from Metrotech is a setback to plans for a new 24/7 Downtown Brooklyn, experts are saying. Comments (5).

Judge Phillips is dead

John Phillips, the former Civil Court judge whose multi-million–dollar estate was looted by his court-appointed guardians, died on Saturday at his senior-housing facility on Prospect Park West. He was 83. Comments (1).

Your family

Parents win: Education Department agrees not to add charter school to Red Hook’s PS 15

Parenting: Falling to an aggressive political assault by parents, teachers and even the widow of a beloved former principal, the Department of Education caved this week, agreeing not to sandwich a charter school into Red Hook’s PS 15. Comments (8).

Being a good mom means being more than just not bad

Smartmom: Britney Spears is guilty of one egregious act of bad mommydom after another, yet we can’t get enough of her. What makes a good mom, anyway? Comments (1).

Family Calendar

Parenting: All the action for you and your kids! Comment.

‘Temple’ of rock ’n’ roll

Music: Masons — a group long associated with opaque rituals, secretive vows of brotherhood, and, of course, the Founding Fathers — are now, at least in Brooklyn, becoming associated with something more modern: rock and roll. Comments (3).

Bell tolls for the Gowanus

Carroll Gardens: The dream of a Gowanus Canal lined with homes and esplanades instead of oil companies and junkyards took a step forward as a developer of suburban McMansions unveiled its vision for a 447-unit development that actually uses the fetid canal as a selling point. Comments (4).

New — and cheap — concert space near BAM

BAM District: Music lovers will get to hear the likes of Lou Reed, Ben Folds Five and Dan Zanes — and not spend much money to do it — at a new concert hall being opened close to much-pricier venues near the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene. Comment.

Other Voices

Scandal! Beep accepts our check, but says auction was a fake!

Brooklyn Angle: Our photo appears to show Borough President Markowitz accepting a ceremonial check for $500 for his Camp Brooklyn charity — but is it really a picture of him stabbing our Editor-of-the-Year in the back? Comment.

Vox Pop

Vox Pop: New York University’s proposed takeover of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn appears to be moving ahead. But before the Manhattan-based institution devours one of our own, we asked people on campus what they thought of the NYU-Poly deal. Comments (2).

An artist takes a borough president to task

Letters: Letters this week on Borough President Markowitz’s plan to re-light the Parachute Jump; Rep. Ed Towns’s reputed lameness; Gersh Kuntzman’s broken ankle; new parking meters on Seventh Avenue; and the Toll Brothers’ plan for condos on the Gowanus Canal. Comment.

Slumber party

Shopping: We’re no strangers to lingering in stores right as they’re about to close, and we know the look of an angry cashier all too well. But on Saturday, Feb. 23, those who want to linger at Harriet’s Alter Ego, a boutique and art gallery in Prospect Heights, are welcome to stay. In fact, they’re welcome to sleep over. Comment.

CHASED! Woman robs man, but he pursues her right into the arms of the law

Downtown: A man who saw a wad of cash snatched out of his hand followed the thief onto a subway, into Manhattan, and eventually brought the perp to justice with the help of a security guard. Comments (1).

THUGS! Two cases of men behaving really badly

Williamsburg: Two exes allegedly beat up their former lovers last week in separate, but equally horrifying, incidents. Comments (1).

Rear window

Park Slope: A burglar stealthily broke into a 13th Street apartment, hauling away gadgets and jewels. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment.

Break-in bonanza

Downtown: A string of burglaries hit Brooklyn Heights last week, as at least four apartments within spitting distance of each other were broken into — two of them on the same floor of the same building. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Downtown, Boerum Hill and DUMBO’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Forced withdrawal

Fort Greene: Two perps not only took a man’s phone, but they got him to take $100 out of his ATM. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment.

Social gathering

Bay Ridge: A group of catty, drunken women beat up and robbed another woman at a 62nd Street watering hole. Plus all the other crime news from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment.

Walking bandits

Bay Ridge: Two thugs beat up and robbed a man on Third Avenue after nonchalantly approaching him. Plus all the other crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment.

Troubled corner

Williamsburg: Beware the corner of Kent Avenue and North Fifth Street, which was the site of two robberies last week. Plus all the other crime news from Greenpoint and Williamsburg’s 94th Precinct. Comment.

There were lots of burglaries in Williamsburg last week

Williamsburg: It was a bonanza fortnight for burglars in Williamsburg, but one crime stood out: a smash-and-grab job at a Varick Avenue auto repair shop. Plus all the other crime news from the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg. Comment.

Boy wonder

Carroll Gardens: Three teens robbed and attacked a 10-year-old boy on the corner of Clinton and Union streets. Plus the other crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (1).

A new G spot?

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has promised to study whether it is feasible to connect the G train with the maze of lines at the Atlantic Avenue–Pacific Street subway station at the crossroads of Park Slope, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. Comments (7).

Fire in the hole?

Bay Ridge: The Department of Defense will investigate whether live ammunition is still sitting in Gravesend Bay more than 50 years after it was accidentally dumped there — a key win for opponents of a city plan to put a garbage transfer station near the possibly explosive site. Comment.

Celebrate Brooklyn — Heights

Downtown: The Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, sounds like it’s going to be more of a party than the usual public hearing about a zoning change. Comment.

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment.

Free for all!

In the spirit of encouraging a free exchange of ideas, The Brooklyn Paper makes this space available to our readers. Comments (1).

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