NYC street food vendor attacked in Times Square with milk crate, traffic cones, video shows


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New York City police have released video of a man who they say attacked a street food vendor in Times Square with a milk crate and traffic cones earlier this month in hopes that the public can help identify the suspect.

The unknown man became involved in a verbal argument with the 57-year-old food vendor around 6:15 p.m. on May 14 on the corner of 7th Avenue and West 40th Street, police said. It was unclear what led to the dispute.

The argument turned physical, according to police, when the suspect began kicking and punching the victim.

Police are searching for a suspect who hurled traffic cones and a milk crate at a street food vendor in New York City's Times Square earlier this month.

Police are searching for a suspect who hurled traffic cones and a milk crate at a street food vendor in New York City’s Times Square earlier this month.
(NYPD CrimeStoppers)

The suspect allegedly picked up a milk crate and struck the food vendor over the head before hurling multiple traffic cones from the street at the victim.

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The suspect fled the scene and his current whereabouts are unknown.

The suspect is seen on cell phone video picking up traffic cones from the street and throwing that at the food vendor on a corner in New York City's Times Square earlier this month.

The suspect is seen on cell phone video picking up traffic cones from the street and throwing that at the food vendor on a corner in New York City’s Times Square earlier this month.
(NYPD CrimeStoppers)

The victim suffered a laceration to his head and was taken to NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue, where police said he was treated and released.

Police described the suspect as a male with a dark complexion, athletic build and short dark hair. He is believed to be 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. 

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He was last seen wearing a black surgical mask, back sweatpants, a black t-shirt, a backpack and gray Crocs, according to police.

Authorities asked anyone with information about the incident to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).



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Adams promotes Times Square, defends his out-of-town travel


Mayor Adams was in Midtown Friday to champion the private redevelopment of One Times Square, the largely unoccupied building that is home to the New Year’s Eve ball and is now getting a $500 million makeover that will include a visitor center, museum and viewing deck.

It’s a coming attraction that Adams tied in with his recent trips out of town.


What You Need To Know

  • Mayor Adams was in Midtown Friday to promote the private redevelopment of One Times Square, which will be remade to include a visitor center and viewing deck
  • Adams framed his recent L.A. trip as part of a broader effort to promote the city and attract businesses
  • A poll released Friday by the Regional Plan Association showed Adams with 63% approval to 37% disapproval, 20 points better than a recent Quinnipiac University poll
  • Adams defended his approach to crime, saying the NYPD is being hamstrung by a backlogged court system and suspects released too quickly from custody

“I was in Los Angeles the other day,” the mayor said in his opening remarks. “I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. I was in Miami. We’re going to span the globe and let people know how good this product is called New York City.”

Adams spent a day longer than expected in L.A. this week due to a canceled flight, forcing him to miss several events Thursday.

A Quinnipiac University poll earlier this week showed his approval ratings sagging,
but a poll released Friday by the Regional Plan Association showed more solid support: 63% approval among city residents, compared to 37% disapproval.

Adams preached patience Friday.

“I am less than six months into my administration,” Adams told reporters. “It’s going to be a rollercoaster. But at the end of it, we’re going to turn this city around.”

And Adams fiercely defended his approach to crime, which got low marks in the Quinnipiac poll, though he declined to provide a timetable for change.

“You can’t pinpoint and say by Tuesday of this day, you’re going to see this,” he said. “That is not what crime is about.”

The police are doing their job, Adams says, but face obstacles like a backlogged court system, suspects in custody released too quickly, and a continued flow of guns into the city. And he took aim at those who’ve criticized his revival of the NYPD’s anti-gun unit and his removal of homeless people from the subway.

“Every time we try to take these steps, we have others who are trying to prevent us of protecting innocent New Yorkers,” he said. “Who’s on the side of innocent New Yorkers? I’m on their side. Other people need to join us.”

Adams was sworn into office in Times Square during last year’s New Year’s Eve celebration, just after the ball drop at midnight – a tradition that will continue while One Times Square is under construction. The redeveloped building is slated to open in summer 2024.



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Cambridge Police Investigating Reported Sexual Assault in Porter Square Area


Cambridge Police detectives are investigating a report that a 47-year-old Somerville woman was physically and sexually assaulted near the Porter Exchange Shopping Center at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue on Wednesday morning around 8:40 a.m. The survivor reported she was walking down Roseland Street towards Massachusetts Avenue when she felt someone quickly approach her. After attempting to step out of the way, the suspect reportedly reached up her skirt and aggressively felt her buttocks. When she turned around to confront the suspect, he ran away.  Unfortunately, the survivor was not able to obtain a description for the suspect.

The Cambridge Police are actively investigating this incident and seeking to locate any potential evidence associated with this report. If any residents, businesses or people who travel or visit the area have any video or information, particularly around 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday, please call 617-349-3300. Those who wish to provide information anonymously may dial the Cambridge Police Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 617-349-3359 and leave a message. Anonymous tips may also be sent via the Cambridge Police MyPD mobile app or via text message to 847411. Begin your text with TIP650 and then type your message. To send tips via email, visit http://www.cambridgepolice.org/Tips. In the meantime, Cambridge Police will continue to provide enhanced attention to the area.



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MEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 2 Yale, No. 3 Penn to square off in Ivy Madness semifinal




Tim Tai, Staff Photographer

With 28 games of regular-season play complete, the Yale men’s basketball team reaches the apex of its season this weekend at Ivy Madness.

Yale travels to Harvard’s Lavietes Pavilion, the host venue for this year’s postseason conference tournament, as the No. 2 Bulldogs (17–11, 11–3 Ivy) prepare to face No. 3 Penn (12–15, 9–5) Saturday afternoon in what they hope will ignite a postseason run that continues into next week’s NCAA Tournament. Advancing past the Quakers and defeating the winner of the conference’s other semifinal matchup — No. 1 Princeton (22–5, 12–2) vs. No. 4 Cornell (15–10, 7–7) — in Sunday’s championship would secure Yale the Ivy League’s automatic bid to March Madness.

“We’re trying to put together our best basketball right now,” Yale guard Azar Swain ’22 said. “So in order for that to happen, we need to take care of all the things that are controllable, like bringing energy, effort, toughness, enthusiasm — and those things will be visible come this weekend.”

The wait for this weekend’s conference tournament has been long. The Ivy League, which became the last Division I conference to institute a postseason basketball tournament with the first iteration of Ivy Madness in 2017, has not hosted the event since March 2019. The abrupt onset of the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 tournament a few days before it was scheduled to begin — in a dash of déjà vu, Yale was also set to meet Penn in the first round in Boston that spring — before the league took a yearlong hiatus from athletic competition in 2020–21. 

Nearly 1,100 days will have passed between the moment Princeton and Cornell tip off the first men’s semifinal Saturday at 11 a.m. and the triumphant championship victory over Harvard that won Yale the tournament in March 2019. Yale’s John J. Lee Amphitheater hosted the event that spring. Swain, who has been selected to the All-Ivy First Team in the two seasons since and leads Yale in scoring with 18.9 points per game, was the only current Bulldog who saw significant playing time during that weekend in 2019. 

Yale guard Bez Mbeng ’25 and Penn sophomore guard Clark Slajchert (0), who won the Ivy League Rookie of the Week award three times this season, fight for the ball during Yale’s game vs. Penn in mid-February. (Tim Tai, Staff Photographer)

“It was an incredible time, almost dream-like, being able to play in those games,” Swain said during an interview for the News’ weekly podcast, The Yalie. “And in those games, honestly it felt pretty homey for us. We didn’t feel uncomfortable in any way. So this year … we’re trying to just stay level-headed, not expect anything to go our way, but lean on each other in the way we were able to lean on the home crowd a little bit in 2019.”

Swain’s experience at Ivy Madness is rare around the league. Yale captain Jalen Gabbidon ’22, sitting next to Swain during this week’s podcast interview, pointed out that given the three-year gap, very few players in the men’s field have competed in the tournament. Gabbidon, who was named to the All-Ivy Second Team on Tuesday, was injured for the event in 2019. Swain enters the weekend with 118 career appearances; playing in both the semifinal and championship would tie him with Justin Sears ’16 for Yale’s most all-time.

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Along with Swain, Princeton guards Jaelin Llewellyn, Ethan Wright and Max Johns are the only other Ancient Eight players that spent significant time on the floor. Penn guard Bryce Washington appeared for two minutes, Princeton guard Drew Friberg for one minute and Yale guard Matthue Cotton ’23 for less than one.

Yale enters Ivy Madness having split its regular-season series against all three other teams in the field. After a win over Brown to conclude the regular season on Saturday, head coach James Jones emphasized that Yale’s coaches and players are very familiar with their potential opponents’ personnel and tactics.

Yale guard and captain Jalen Gabbidon ’22 (0) is defended by Penn guard Lucas Monroe (22) during Yale’s game vs. Penn in February. (Tim Tai, Staff Photographer)

“We’re going to play two teams we’ve already played twice,” Jones said, sitting in between Swain and Gabbidon, whom he then motioned towards. “These guys can tell you the starting lineups on both teams. They can tell you which actions they both try to run. They can tell you how they’re gonna defend us. What we’ll do is take a look at what hurt us in the games prior, what we were good at and try to accentuate the positives and get better at the negatives.”

After an up-and-down 6–8 start to the year in nonconference play, a COVID-19 pause within the program delayed the date of Yale’s Ivy League opener. When the Bulldogs returned to the court in mid-January, they strung together their first pair of consecutive wins over Division I opponents this season and claimed nine of their first 10 Ivy League contests.

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The lone loss during that stretch came to Penn during a late January game at the Palestra, where the Bulldogs fell 76–68. Quakers guard Jordan Dingle — the league’s leading scorer and like Swain, a unanimous selection to this season’s All-Ivy First Team — dropped 31 points during that contest in Philadelphia. Yale’s defensive tandem of Gabbidon and first-year guard Bez Mbeng ’25 limited Dingle to four-of-19 shooting as the Elis took the teams’ second meeting last month.

“In that second game,” Gabbidon said, “while we were really able to contain him well, that gave a lot of opportunities for other guys on their team to step up, and they made a lot of big plays and kept the game really close. The key for us this game is going to be mostly the defensive side of the ball.”

Yale won its game against Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion in February. Above, forward Matt Knowling ’24. (Courtesy of Drew Dummer)

Gabbidon scored a career-high 32 points during Yale’s win over Penn in New Haven. Jones mentioned the Quakers, coached by Steve Donahue, often try to limit assists. Yale, which is averaging 12.1 per game this season, had 15 in its victory over Penn and only five during its loss. 

Picked first in the Ivy League’s preseason media poll, Yale ultimately finished one game behind the Tigers. Harvard finished tied for sixth, becoming the first men’s team hosting Ivy Madness to miss out on the actual tournament. 

As of Wednesday evening, college basketball ratings site KenPom predicts a 71 percent chance that Princeton defeats Cornell in the first semifinal; however, the Big Red were just a missed Princeton buzzer-beater away from sweeping the Tigers, who are led by the unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year, Tosan Evbuomwan. KenPom gives Yale a 62 percent chance to move past the Quakers and into Sunday’s championship.

Yale’s semifinal with Penn is set to air on ESPNU at 2 p.m., while ESPN2 will broadcast the men’s tournament championship game Sunday at noon.


WILLIAM MCCORMACK






William McCormack covers Yale men’s basketball. He previously served as a Sports and Digital Editor for the Yale Daily News and also reported on the athletic administration as a staff reporter. Originally from Boston, he is a senior in Timothy Dwight College.





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I shouldn’t fear for my safety on a walk from the ferry to the Pioneer Square light-rail station


When we moved from Sammamish to Bainbridge Island in 2016, I continued to be a regular traveler from Sea-Tac Airport across the U.S. and to Europe.

Getting to the airport from Bainbridge required taking the ferry to Colman Dock and then other transportation to the airport. I’d either take a cab, a for-hire car or — for many years — my preferred choice was to walk to the Pioneer Square light-rail station. Taking light rail to the airport was longer, 45 minutes versus a 15-minute car ride. But you can’t beat the $1 senior fare versus a $40-$45 car fare, plus tip.

Initially, I descended the stairs from the terminal and walked down Alaskan Way before turning east on whichever street struck my fancy that day. Later, I walked straight down the pedestrian ramp, exiting to First Avenue and from there either straight up to Third Avenue or down First Avenue to Yesler Way, and then up past Pioneer Square to the Yesler Way entrance, dragging my wheelie luggage and toting my carry-on bag over my shoulder.

Throughout 2016, the walk was of little concern. But as 2016 turned into 2017, 2017 into 2018, and 2018 into 2019, the walks became increasingly perilous. (From 2020 until May 2021, with the COVID-19-induced pandemic, my travels ground to a halt.)

However, as the homelessness problem increased in Seattle, safety became an issue. The first route to go was the walk, under the viaduct. The mini-tent city grew over time. Ferry-to-light rail walkers began walking in pairs or more.

Next up was the pedestrian bridge to First Avenue. But soon, the panhandlers filled in along First and Second avenues.

Next, I tried the new pedestrian walkway from the ferry terminal, exiting onto Yesler Way. Within seven minutes, I was at the light-rail station.

This route skirted the edge of Pioneer Square. Anyone paying attention to news or who is observant need not be reminded of potential hazards skirting Pioneer Square. But I nevertheless took this route until the pandemic shut down my travel.

Still, the plethora of homeless people, the mini-tent cities and the crime rate of Pioneer Square even then made it uncomfortable and possibly unsafe to walk from the Pioneer Square Station to the ferry on my returns, especially after dark.

Now, my travels have resumed. But use of light rail has not. The last time I drove by the Yesler Way entrance, there were five homeless persons loitering, which would have required running a gauntlet. No thank you.

This Op-Ed is not about denigrating those who are homeless. Their plight is real. No, this is about the city of Seattle’s refusal to make the city safe, or even feel safe, not only for people transiting even a few blocks but for the city council’s own constituency. When the King County sheriff and county judges told their staffs to stay home rather than work in their courthouse offices, this should have been a wake-up call for the mayor and city council. When safety is a predominate concern to avoid even getting to public transportation (created and operated with taxpayer dollars), when is the city of Seattle going to do something about the problem? Rhetoric doesn’t cut it.

I’ve talked with many ferry riders who no longer feel safe commuting to downtown and walking to their offices, restaurants, Pike Place Market or other businesses whose tax dollars and revenue support city government.

The first duty of government is safety for its citizens. Yes, safety comes in many forms, including solving homelessness. But Seattle is failing miserably on all counts.



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Packers and Bengals square off on Sunday


Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and Bengals head coach Zac Taylor coached on the Los Angeles Rams’ staff together in 2017…Taylor coached at the University of Cincinnati in 2016 when Packers TE Josiah Deguara was a redshirt freshman for the Bearcats…LaFleur was on the Houston Texans’ staff in 2009 when Bengals tight ends coach James Casey was a rookie tight end for the Texans…LaFleur and Bengals offensive line/run game coordinator Frank Pollack were on the Houston staff together in 2008-09…Packers C/G Josh Myers grew up in Miamisburg, Ohio, and played college ball at Ohio State University…Bengals strength and conditioning coach Joey Boese played defensive back at the University of Wisconsin (2008-11)…Packers quarterbacks/passing game coordinator Luke Getsy played at the University of Akron and was a graduate assistant there from 2007-08…Packers defensive quality control coach Justin Hood is from Youngstown, Ohio…Packers offensive quality control coach Tim Zetts is also from Youngstown, Ohio…Bengals CB Trae Waynes is from Kenosha, Wis., …Bengals practice squad CB Tony Brown played for Green Bay for two seasons (2018-19)…Bengals practice squad DT Mike Daniels played for the Packers from 2012-18…Bengals head coach Zac Taylor’s wife Sarah, is the daughter of former Packers head coach Mike Sherman (2000-05)…Bengals senior defensive assistant Mark Duffner spent three seasons as the Packers’ linebackers coach (2003-05), coaching under Sherman…LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Football Team (2010-13), where he coached alongside Bengals secondary/cornerbacks coach Steve Jackson (2013)…Packers TE Marcedes Lewis and Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan (quarterback) were teammates at UCLA…Packers QB Jordan Love was a redshirt freshman at Utah State in 2017 when Bengals assistant wide receivers coach Brad Kragthorpe was on the coaching staff…Packers WR Randall Cobb spent one season with the Dallas Cowboys, where he was teammates with Bengals G Xavier Su’a-Filo in 2019…Packers coaches who have coached in Ohio include: LaFleur (Ashland, 2007), Jason Vrable (Marietta College, 2007), and Ryan Downard (Toledo, 2013; Bowling Green, 2016-17).



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First-half play enables Knights to square record | Sport








First-half play enables Knights to square record

Ethan Craig (No. 42) puts the ball on the floor, makes a move past a defender and drive to the basket.




HURT—Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) limited Faith Christian Academy to single-digit scoring in each quarter in a 31-point, 49-18 Virginia Association of Christian Athletics (VACA) boys varsity basketball victory Tuesday.

With the triumph, the Knights (3-3) square their record and match their victory total from a year ago.

CHA led 19-3 after the first quarter and pushed the spread to 31 points, 36-5, after taking the second stanza 17-2.

“We had two really good scoring runs to start the first and second quarters. We were able to force a lot of turnovers and then convert those points on the offensive end,’’ Knights head coach Tim Wilson said.

The Knights won the third period, 9-7, to make the count 45-12.

“Those (first-half) runs allowed us an opportunity to mix it up in the second half and try some new things out,’’ Wilson said. “I was very pleased with how the guys who came off the bench played, especially Brodey Oakes and Nate Mullins. They made solid contributions on both sides of the ball.

“This was definitely a great team win for us,’’ Wilson said.

Ethan Craig paced the Knights with a game-best 14 points, while Matthew Craighead tallied 13.

Faith Christian (0-3), which dressed only five players, captured the final frame, 6-4.



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Residents Donate $1.8K In Tips To Family Square Restaurant


BOLINGBROOK, IL — Christmas came a few days early this year for one Bolingbrook eatery when it received a large tip from a group of residents.

On Dec. 22, Family Square Restaurant welcomed almost a dozen residents as part of local attorney Joe Giamanco’s annual initiative, where the group normally gathers in person to have breakfast just before Christmas at a local restaurant and at the end of the meal, in addition to paying for their food, each person leaves a $100 tip.

The pandemic may have forced businesses to close indoor dining, it could not deter this altruistic bunch from ordering carryout and helping the staff. In the end, the restaurant had received almost $1,800 in tips from them.

Giamanco said he takes suggestions from participants every year on which restaurant to choose. Normally he also contacts the restaurant in advance to talk with the manager and ask to be assigned a server who could use a bit of extra help that year. Most of the tips go to the server, but in past years, a portion has also gone to the other servers, cooks and staff. This year with COVID-19 and no seating available, the group asked that the restaurant split the tips among all its workers.

“Family Square was nominated by a number of people, one such person indicated that the staff there is always kind, attentive and very personable. They are locally owned and have been for decades,” he said. “The staff was a bit stunned. I called and spoke with the manager the day before to let her know what we were doing, mainly so they were not caught off guard, but I asked her to keep it confidential. We explained what we were doing, that we knew this year had been especially tough for those in the restaurant industry and that while it wouldn’t make up for what they had gone through, we hoped it would make things a little brighter at Christmas. The staff was very appreciative and even a couple of quick hugs (with masks on) were exchanged.”

Courtesy of Joe Giamanco

Giamanco has been organizing this event since 2018, and he said he felt very “fortunate to be able to take part given all that 2020 has thrown at our neighbors.” While the pandemic has affected people in different ways, the food industry has been hit very hard, with restaurants closing down or laying off employees.

“We know these tips won’t make up for all that has been lost, but putting a smile on a stranger’s face in these challenging times and asking for nothing in return, to me that’s the type of giving that is the heart of true Christmas spirit,” he said. “Whether this inspires someone to copy the event or put their own spin on it, we just hope it encourages others to do what they can, where they can.”



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