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Caught: Cops cuff suspect after tellers foil his back-to-back attempted bank robberies

Bushwick: Authorities arrested a man on Tuesday who they suspect attempted back-to-back robberies at a pair of North Brooklyn banks last week, both of which were thwarted by tellers who refused to comply when he demanded cash. Comment

Why your kid’s college education is a big waste of money

Rhymes with Crazy: Do you remember what you learned in college? Does anyone? Comments (10)

Why your kid’s college education is a big waste of money

Rhymes with Crazy: Do you remember what you learned in college? Does anyone? Comment

Take strong steps to make schools safer

To the Mayor of Parkland, Fla: Especially as a former teacher, you are wrong to say that we failed the murderer of the 17 people. The system failed this recalcitrant. There were definite warning signs and nothing was done. There are far too many ticking time bombs sitting in classrooms throughout the country. Nothing is done when egregious behavior is reported. In fact, we give excuses for these people: socially maladjusted, economically disadvantaged, culturally deprived and all other ultra-liberal catch phrases. These students need immediate attention and removal from schools. In New York City, we had the “600 school” concept for the unruly and as soon as that was done away with, discipline in our schools deteriorated very badly. Comment

What to read this week

Books: Brooklyn booksellers give their top picks. Comment

On brand: Exhibit celebrates the business of Brooklyn

Art: They’re putting the brands back together! This exhibit, put together for the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, opens to the public today. Comment

The Bay Ridge Nights are packed!

Bay Ridge Nights: Get concerts, culture, and comedy in the Ridge! Comment
Editor’s Picks: This week, we’ve got revolutionary kids, a virtual wonderland, sexy ‘Star Wars’ stories, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Comment

Dog whistle: City hasn’t heard calls for dog run in Marine Park

Marine Park: These Marine Park dog owners are barking up the wrong tree. Comment
Changing Brooklyn: Builders are hard at work finishing five projects that will transform Fort Greene’s once-industrial Navy Yard into a new commercial hub when all are completed by early next year. Comments (4)

Planks for the memories! Locals slam landmarks agency for threatening to rip up Coney Boardwalk’s iconic wood

Bay Ridge: Coney Islanders blasted the city Landmarks Preservation Commission at a Feb. 14 public meeting, complaining that landmarking the iconic Coney Island Riegelmann Boardwalk would do nothing to protect its signature wooden structure. Comments (2)
Art: Warm up to winter in the Ridge! Comment

’Tis the season for Democratic challengers

Party Line: An upstart challenger is mounting a serious campaign to oust long-time Rep. Yvette Clarke (D–Flatbush), having already raised about a quarter of the incumbent’s cash on hand. Comment

Con Ed analyst wins award for tech advances

Standing O: Con Edison senior planning analyst Andrew Reid won a prestigious energy industry award for his work researching and deveoping microgrid networks. Comment
Digital editions: Do you turn into a slugabed with dysania at one scroll of your Twitter feed? Tired of headline after headline about grumbletonians accusing the country of becoming a kakistocracy led by a man they say is nothing more than a twattling ultracrepidarian and a snollygoster? Does most news these days make you frobly-mobly? Then you’ve come to the right Paper! Embrace your cacoethes to abandon the 24-hour spin cycle for some local news that will have you feeling like a groke in a swanky restaurant full of abligurition. You’ll be glad you did. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…
Canarsie: Canarsie residents will finally have a chance to hear directly from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority how it proposes to accommodate L-train riders during the 18 months the so-called Canarsie Tunnel that links it to Manhattan will be shut down for repairs, when authority reps present its plans and take local’s questions at the Community Board 18 meeting on Feb. 21. Comment
Sheepshead Bay: The city is finally scuttling late-night party-boat cruises in Sheepshead Bay, banning so-called “booze cruises” from casting off after 11 pm, according to a Parks Department. Comment

Man shot in Flatlands

Man shot in Flatlands

Flatlands: A man was shot on E. 37th Street while getting out of his car on Feb. 19, according to police. Comment
Hospitals in Crisis: The city must remove metered-parking spaces on DeKalb Avenue outside a Fort Greene hospital because they create traffic that delays ambulances and their sick passengers from getting treatment, the medical center’s staff demanded. Comments (24)
Fixing the BQE: Gov. Cuomo did not authorize a method to streamline the city-led reconstruction of the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway’s deteriorating triple cantilever in his second go at the state budget, sending local lawmakers in Albany back to square one in their fight to allow the design-build process. Comments (6)

Joan of arts: Singer curates a women’s music series

Music: These musicians are hip! Comments (3)

Elders’ escape: Seniors travel the world in new virtual-reality class

Health: Bay Ridge oldsters can now see the world without leaving Southern Brooklyn thanks to a new weekly virtual-reality class that debuted at a neighborhood senior center last month. Comment
Mean Streets: A United Parcel Service driver hit and killed a 27-year-old woman on Feb. 17 as she tried to cross Ashland Place in Fort Greene — just feet from Brooklyn Hospital Center, police said. Comments (50)
Fuzzy Brooklyn: A wayward pup escaped from her owner and took off down the tracks at a Dumbo subway station on Friday — the first day of the Year of the Dog — stalling F-train service for roughly an hour until some transit workers came to her rescue. Comments (4)

Common’s ground: Celebrated rapper to headline annual summer-concert series with Prospect Park show

Waiting in the Wings: Rap superstar Common will headline the upcoming semi-free summer-concert series hosted by local cultural organization Bric, its bigwigs announced on Feb. 14. Comment
Awesome: Patients recovering at a Boerum Hill rehabilitation center celebrated Valentine’s Day with a bunch of local do-gooders, who lifted the convalescents’ spirits with some singing, dancing, and handmade cards. Comment
Marine Park: They learned the nuts and bolts of teamwork! Comment
Changing Brooklyn: Mayor DeBlasio is the only person who can save the more than century-old Angel Guardian home from its impending demolition, according to a rep from a private citywide historic preservation organization. Comments (5)
Windsor Terrace: Police arrested two 16-year-old boys who threatened to gun down their classmates at a Windsor Terrace charter school on Wednesday, about an hour after a shooter began a killing spree at a Florida high school. Comments (3)
Changing Brooklyn: A builder proposing a megadevelopment of six residential high-rises on the site of an old Crown Heights warehouse is pushing for a zoning variance that would allow the towers to rise as high as 37 stories — radically altering the predominantly low-rise nabe’s character, according to a local land-use guru. Comments (3)
Park Slope: A letter-writing thief suspected of robbing no less than seven Kings County banks this year continued his cash-stealing spree at a Park Slope financial institution on Feb. 14, cops said. Comment
Bridge ‘Park’: They’re well on their way — and here to stay. Comments (27)
Bay Ridge: The police are asking the public to help them identify a man who allegedly slapped and squeezed a woman’s buttocks on 86th Street in Bay Ridge on Nov. 5. Comment
Changing Brooklyn: Neon-red letters that spell the new name of the massive office-and-retail complex planned for the former Jehovah’s Witnesses headquarters could float above Brooklyn Heights where the Watchtower letters once hovered, renderings show. Comments (3)
Boerum Hill: Luxury builder Alloy Development unveiled a new look for its massive 80 Flatbush project on the edge of Boerum Hill this week, changing the facade of the shorter of its two planned high-rises to more closely resemble that of a landmarked neighbor. Comments (14)

Not amused: Judge puts woman behind bars for theft of more than $1 million in theme-park passes

Downtown: A woman will spend three years behind bars for using a Red Hook charter-bus company’s credit card to buy more than $1 million in amusement-park tickets, a Supreme Court justice ruled on Wednesday. Comments (1)

Curious geographic marker spotted in Marine Park

Marine Park: Marine Park is very well-coordinated. Comment
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Dedicated villain: Man burgles woman’s W’burg home after several attempts at breaking in

Williamsburg: A committed crook swiped electronics, a purse, and cash from inside a Williamsburg woman’s apartment after throwing himself at its door and then prying it open to break into the unit on Tuesday. Comment

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