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Words on play! Local author traces links between military and video games

Bay Ridge: Talk about violent video games! Comment

Grin and bear it: Comedians present ursine superhero show

Event: Bear with them! Comments (1)

Think hard before legalizing marijuana

I write to Mr. Penner. Comment
Editor’s Picks: We’ve got Shakespearean sidekicks, manic monsters, Beastie Boys, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment
Parenting: Halloween is about candy, costumes, and trick or treating! Forget adult parties — here are a dozen family-friendly events this weekend and on All Hallow’s Eve. Comment

Civic unveils neighborhood cleanup campaign

Marine Park: It’s time to sweep the streets. Comment

Hail to the new, history-making president!

Standing O: The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce let the O know it has a new president and chief executive officer— Hector Batista. You heard it here first: Hector is the very first Hispanic to ever serve as president in the Chamber’s 100-year history. Comment

Locals: New designs for water-filtering headhouse along canal better, but not there yet

Cleaning Our Waterways: Gowanusaurs cheered city engineers for scrapping a metallic-grey palette in favor of a yellow-brown bronze for the exterior of the new water-filtering headhouse they must build along the toxic Gowanus Canal as part of its federally led cleanup, but some locals want to see even more tweaks. Comments (2)
Politics: Republican state Sen. Marty Golden and his Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes sparred over different characterizations of their views in front of a raucous crowd during a Tuesday debate at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge. Comments (5)
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Take a cruise to the “Tropics!” Comment
Coney Island: They both want to clean up corruption in Coney Island. Comment
Bay Ridge: More than 35,000 participants strolled down Coney Island’s Rieglmann Boardwalk on Oct. 21 for the American Cancer Society’s 16th-annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in the borough, which raised $744,000 for breast-cancer research, according to a rep for the national organization. Comment

Gounardes touts progressive policy platform in race against Golden

Bensonhurst: Voters must oust eight-term incumbent state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) on Nov. 6 because his policies do not reflect the values of his constituents, according to Golden’s Democratic challenger, Andrew Gounardes, who made his inaugural appearance on the Brooklyn Paper Radio Show on Oct. 19. Comment
Digital editions: Well, it looks like we got another one done just in time to get out of here and watch the old world serious. But I just wish I was playing in it instead of sitting hear watching with a bunch of other bums in this expensive bar in Brooklyn. I guess with my sore arm and all that wasn’t going to happen. And if Kid Gleason would just have seen what was goin’ on instead of flipping peanut shells into his mouth all the time, well, it might be us and not that bean-eating boston team. Anyways, I’ll right again soon, and Al, root for the Dodgers and tell them to keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Reform Party offers voters choices the others don’t

The Right View: While the Democrats and Republicans go at each other’s throats, the Reform Party offers sanity, says our columnist. Comment

Help us crown the new Kings of Kings!

Awesome: Hey, Brooklyn — we’re looking for a few good men! Comment
Coney Island: Disgraced former Coney Island assemblywoman Pamela Harris was sentenced on Oct. 24 to six months in prison for fraud. Comment

Takedown 2.0: Activist amps up accusations of racism against blogger by comparing him to known bigot

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens: A firebrand anti-gentrification activist doubled down on her campaign to smear a Prospect-Lefferts Gardens blogger as a racist by organizing a new public protest against him — and the founder of a self-described gang with ties to white-supremacist organizations, as well as the white Ditmas Park woman recently scorned by Internet users for falsely reporting a black boy for sexual harassment. Comments (21)

Work underway to cleanse, make over toxic Ft. Greene park

Fort Greene: It’s about Bam time! Comments (1)

Grieving mother calls for greater suicide awareness ahead of Out of the Darkness walk

Marine Park: A Marine Park mother who lost her son to suicide is urging her neighbors to turn out for a charity walk on Oct. 27 to raise awareness of issues surrounding depression and suicide. Comment

Putting the ‘fun’ in functional: Playground built to combat flooding opens at Slope school

Park Slope: This playground is truly a green space! Comment

Party animals: Furry ragtime band Xylopholks tours Brooklyn

Music: Come fur the ragtime! Comment
Coney Island: Coney Islanders are demanding boots on the ground. Comment

Police searching for purse-snatcher in Brighton Beach

Coney Island: Police are asking the public to help identify a man who allegedly assaulted a woman and stole her purse on Brighton 13 Street in Brighton Beach on Oct. 11. Comment
Fixing the BQE: Brooklyn Heights residents are inviting locals to show how much they love the neighborhood’s imperiled Promenade by taking chalk to the walkway and covering it in messages stating what the esplanade means to them. Comment
Marine Park: It’s Marine Park’s own Monster Mash. Comment
Red Hook: The Red Hook Container Terminal will likely keep its waterfront home for the next decade, according to the shipping facility’s head honcho, who last week signed paperwork that extends its lease on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey–owned site for five years, and offers a second extension at the end of that term. Comments (1)
Wild Brooklyn: A virus spreading among local raccoons has infected twice as many critters in Prospect Park than previously reported, with up to 15 masked bandits now potentially serving as hosts for distemper — an illness fatal to dogs and other common pets — according to officials. Comments (4)

Feds: Booze cruises won’t dock at Gateway next season

Marine Park: The “Gate-” is still open, but there’s no “-way” that Sheepshead Bay’s party boats can move to the national park by next spring. Comment

Bensonhurst man struck and killed in crosswalk

Bensonhurst: A 65-year-old Bensonhurst man died after a truck driver hit him in a crosswalk at 73rd Street and 19th Avenue in Bensonhurst on Oct. 19, police said. Comment

Locals: New Coney Island Creek bulkhead should defend against future superstorms

Coney Island: The city is missing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect Coney Island from future superstorms, locals complained at the Oct. 17 meeting of Community Board 13’s environmental and resiliency committee. Comment
Downtown: It was a celebration of good health and good fortune. Comment
Downtown: A Brooklynite and two other men face up to 15 years in prison for allegedly smuggling more than a million out-of-state cigarettes into the borough as part of a criminal scheme that swindled the city and state out of roughly $426,000 in tobacco taxes, according to charges filed by New York State’s top prosecutor. Comments (2)
Canarsie: This playground is about to get a makeover. Comment

School bus driver crashes, dies after “medical episode” while driving kids in Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights: A Bensonhurst school bus driver died on Oct. 18 after he struck an empty parked 2011 Honda Accord on 71st Street in Dyker Heights, according to police. Comment
Downtown: Borough President Adams blamed a recent spate of Downtown shootings on individuals coming and going to the commercial district’s court rooms, claiming shooters from across the borough stashed their weapons at construction sites, picked them up on their way to hearings, and fired them while in the area. Comments (6)

Gounardes: Golden should lose job, driver’s license

Bay Ridge: State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) should have his driver’s license revoked, according to his Democratic challenger, Andrew Gounardes, in his inaugural appearance on Brooklyn Paper Radio on Oct. 19. Comments (1)
Bay Ridge: A Democratic Ditmas Park lawmaker is pushing legislation that would criminalize non-emergency calls to 911, arguing that gentrifiers are weaponizing the hotline against their neighbors after a white woman falsely reported a 9-year-old black boy for sexual assault last week. Comments (16)
Downtown: It’s about to go down — literally — at the future site of Willoughby Square Park. Comments (2)
Breaking Chews: The foodies behind Smorgasburg are moving the outdoor festival inside for the first time this fall, bringing versions of the grub hub to a massive space within Fort Greene’s Atlantic Center Mall, and to a Williamsburg venue in collaboration with hipster publisher Vice Media. Comments (2)

Big change at Bklyn Chamber! Biz group appoints first Hispanic president

Downtown: He’s Kings County’s new king of commerce! Comment

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