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Fuzzy Brooklyn: We all know cats rule the internet — but dogs apparently dominate the world of fund-raising. Comments (1)

Space cadet hails from Fort Greene, but he speaks of Mars

Event: He went from planet Brooklyn to planet Mars, and back again. Comment

If Carmine didn’t exaggerate, he wouldn’t be Carmine

Sunday Screech: This week, the Screecher tries to figure out how to get the attention of his grandkids. Or does he? Comments (8)

Marty shouldn’t gamble on Coney casinos

Letters: Borough President Markowitz shouldn’t turn the People’s Playground into the next Atlantic City, our readers say. Comment

Look, Carmine exaggerates for effect

Big Screecher: This week, Carmine wonders what he has to do to get his grandkids to pay attention to him — especially since running them over is not an option. Or is it? Comment
Music: It’s exactly like Guns N’ Roses — except with panty-hose. Comments (3)

Save the Slave! Arts group wants to revive famous Bed-Stuy theater

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Theater advocates are on a mission to turn a crumbling but historic Bedford-Stuyvesant building into a thriving performance space — but they say there won’t be an opening night unless drama fans open their wallets. Comments (6)

Beloved DUMBO bookstore to open in Park Slope

Park Slope: A new Park Slope bookstore will reverse a book shop exodus that has left the borough’s most famous community of writers and readers with just two places to buy tomes. Comment

Do or Dine chef wins TV show, our hearts, and our stomachs

Dining: A young Bedford-Stuyvesant chef has staked his reputation on something as boring as a Caesar salad — and it worked. Comments (2)

Bartoonist checks out new Greenwood Heights beer garden

Bar Scrawl: Our drinking illustrator shares his thoughts on a giant new beer garden with a three-lane bocce court, some strollers, and lots of bros. Comments (9)

Marriages cooked up by elders — not love: are a match made in hell

A Britisher’s View: Switzerland is criminalizing compulsory nuptials — a move set to stir a hornet’s nest of troubles, according to our columnist. Comment
Theater: Why go off-Broadway when you can go off-Ridge Boulevard? Comments (4)

Crushing extra-innings loss for Clones at home

The Ride: The Tri-City ValleyCats squeaked past the Cyclones in an intense extra-innings bout that capped off a three-game home stand against the league-leading team. Comment

Think you know how to get around town by subway? Think again

Weekend Watch: Eight train lines are going to be rerouted this weekend, so plan ahead before stepping through that turnstile! Comment

Cops: Brute chokes car mechanic over high estimate

Bensonhurst: Get ready for your weekly run down of crimes from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct. Comment
Downtown: Forget Florida — Downtown has a future as Brooklyn’s retirement community, according to Borough President Markowitz. Comments (8)
Red Hook: A public school administrator and her husband will open a “burlesque cabaret” in a troubled Red Hook venue that’s home to a controversial strip club. Comments (2)

Tonight! Marine Park to be blanketed with pesticides

Marine Park: Mosquitoes buzzing about Marine Park, Flatlands, and Georgetown will want to be dining somewhere else tonight. Comment

Police: Gunmen raid cellphone store

Midwood: Cops are on the hunt for two gun-wielding bandits who raided a Midwood Metro PCS last week. Comment
Link: In case you missed it: Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the bank robbery that inspired the movie “Dog Day Afternoon” — a heist that took place in Gravesend. The Daily News has the story. Read more…
Digital editions: Too many news consumers practice an inbalanced journalistic regimen — taking in one-sided stories from one-trick tabloids that tone just one part of their mental muscles while leaving glaring inadequacies elsewhere. Few realize how problematic this weakness can be. Instead of working out on the same redundant news stories over and over again, we advise a well-rounded news consumption plan, starting and ending with The Brooklyn Paper. With everything from features, sports, and photos to hard news, cops coverage, and illustrated bar reviews, this paper’s got it all — and it always keeps hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Pilot to co-pilot, we are ready for take-off

Not for Nuthin’: This week, our columnist ships her only child to college — and tries to deal with an empty nest. Comment

I’m disheveled … and proud of it

Fearless Living: This week, Stephanie lets go of her worries that she is not as organized as she was when she worked full time. Comment

Ridge runs to remember

BoroBeat: Hundreds came out on Saturday to remember the soldiers who died protecting our country during the annual Run for the Fallen event. See our slideshow for all the action. Comment

Clones maul ‘Cats

The Ride: The scrappy Brooklyn offense — combined with three crucial errors and a wild pitch — lifted the Clones over the Tri-City ValleyCats in the second night of a three-game series in Coney Island. Comment

Cops: Crook smashes his way into apartment

Sheepshead Bay: Get ready, people! Here’s your weekly rundown of crimes from the 61st Precinct. Comment
Williamsburg: Two transit entrepreneurs are battling for Brooklyn’s newest trade route: the increasingly popular passage between Williamsburg and the Rockaways. Comments (48)
Marine Park: Members of the Marine Park Bocce Club say they are fit to spit over the fact that the Parks Department hasn’t done anything with the $50,000 former Assemblyman Frank Seddio allocated to fix up their courts more than seven years ago — leaving them no choice but to make their own repairs to the broken down play space. Comment

Rep. Grimm denies any connection to busted fund-raiser

Bay Ridge: Rep. Michael Grimm is distancing himself from a former fund-raiser nabbed on immigration fraud charges — a political operative many claim collected illegal campaign donations for the former Marine and FBI agent. Comment

Bloomberg: Casinos in Coney Island are a bad bet

Mayor Bloomberg says he’s against opening up gambling halls in Coney Island — a position that is putting him in direct conflict with Borough President Markowitz. Comments (11)
Bay Ridge: The Middle Eastern Halal Cart manager who fought to stay on Fifth Avenue will receive a “Most Heroic Vendor” award from the Street Vendor Project this September. Comments (41)

New open space to open in Greenpoint

Greenpoint: Greenpoint will do a better job living up to its name when a long-awaited park opens at the foot of Kent Street this weekend — marking the first new green space in North Brooklyn since the city promised to build broad expanses of parkland in exchange for permitting luxury housing along the waterfront seven years ago. Comment
Dyker Heights: Two-time Professional Golfers Association champion Rory McIlroy swung into Brooklyn on Monday to help a lucky group of young golfers hone their skills. Comment

Former Public Advocate staffer suing city for ‘false’ detainment

Gavel to Gavel: The item leads this week’s Gavel to Gavel. Comment

Bad pitching and poor hitting lead to loss for Cyclones

The Ride: Brooklyn’s bats fell silent after the third inning while Coney ace Rainy Lara squandered a two-run Cyclones lead as the team dropped the first of three games in the People’s Playground to the NY–Penn League-leading Tri-City ValleyCats. Comment
If a park-goer in hoity-toity Brownstone Brooklyn can surf the net while sitting in a public park, then a Southern Brooklynite should too, Assemblyman Bill Colton says. Comment

The Big Screecher’s appetite isn’t big enough! Bensonhurst rival out-eats Courier columnist

Bensonhurst: Carmine met his match on Sunday when he lost the annual Ice Cream-Eating Contest at L&B Spumoni Gardens. See our slideshow for all the brain-freezing action. Comment

City: Lovers’ lane getting a makeover

Midwood: The city has finally started cleaning up a rambunctious Midwood Street — and residents say it’s about time Comment

Residents: Bobby’s Department Store is getting away with aborcide

Ditmas Park: The city is treating Bobby’s Department Store with kid gloves, claim outraged neighbors who are slamming the Parks Department for not fining the store for systematically killing all the greenery around the Church Avenue shop — then cementing over the tree pits to prevent more trees from being put in. Comment

Indie cars! Auto racing company moves to Williamsburg

Awesome: He’s got a fast car — and he’s moving his workshop to a borough better known for gridlock and indie rock than checkered flags and IndyCar. Comments (4)

Coney weirdos stage benefit super-show for fallen freak

Freaks gotta stick together — and in Coney Island, that’s just what they’re doing. Comment

Prospect Heights inventor designs shiny, light-up bike helmet for cycling safety

Mean Streets: Shine on you crazy cyclists. Comments (8)

Clones swing for the fences in big win over Lake Monsters

The Ride: The Clones wrapped up a six-day road trip with a bang by topping the Vermont Lake Monsters in the rubber match of a three-game series. Comment

Neighbors: City is letting department store get away with arborcide

Link: A Church Avenue department store systematically killed all of the greenery around its storefront, then poured cement into tree pits to keep plants away forever, claim angry neighbors who are outraged that the store isn’t facing a fine from the city. Read more…

Bergen Street’s make-shift bike lane barrier is no more

Mean Streets: Prospect Heights’ do-it-yourself bicycle route has ceased to be. Comments (27)
Coney Island: Two national restaurant chains will be opening in Coney Island next year, and a real estate insider hinted that one could be a Hooters. Comment

Cops: Club 9ja Villa bouncers end shooting spree

Flatlands: Two brave bouncers have been credited for stopping a bloody shooting spree that left one man brain dead early Saturday morning, police said. Comment

GOP wave crashes on Coney! Republicans: Brook-krasny the next Democrat to fall

Coney Island: Two Republicans are duking it out to see who will take on the six-term incumbent in November. Comment
Link: Two national restaurant chains will be opening in Coney Island next year, and a real estate insider hinted that one could be a Hooters. Read more…

Stan’s random thoughts aren’t so random

It’s Only My Opinion: This week, Stan writes about some things that happened to pop into his mind, like Killadelphia. Comment

Lawsuit: Police raided the wrong Greenpoint bar

Greenpoint: Cops conducted a Prohibition-style raid on a Greenpoint watering hole — but they burst through the wrong door and forced a law-abiding business to go bottom up, according to an angry nightlife entrepreneur. Comments (5)

Powerful Plawecki goes deep twice against Lake Monsters

The Ride: Solo blasts by catcher Kevin Plawecki powered Brooklyn past the Vermont Lake Monsters for a shutout victory in Burlington. Comment

Republicans set their sights on Coney Island

Link: Southern Brooklyn’s GOP wave has crashed down on Coney Island’s sandy shore — where two Republicans are hoping to take on Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny in the fall. Read more…
Link: Investigators say a 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with a series of botched robberies that led to a bloody night of terror. The Daily News has the story. Read more…

Late season loss puts Clones three games out of first

The Ride: The Vermont Lake Monsters shut down Brooklyn’s batters and shattered star reliever Paul Sewald’s flawless 0.00 ERA — leaving the team struggling for traction in the season draws to a close. Comment
Shark Week is coming to Brooklyn — and it’s going to last all year long. Comments (5)

FBI: Congressional fund-raiser for Rep. Grimm arrested

Link: The FBI says it has arrested Ofer Biton, an aide to a popular Manhattan rabbi who some claim collected illegal campaign contributions for Rep. Michael Grimm in 2010. The New York Times has the story. Read more…

Clones go batty against ValleyCats in huge win

The Ride: The pride of Coney Island prevented a Tri-City ValleyCats sweep with an offensive outburst in which every Cyclone batter crossed the plate at least once. Comment

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