Tag Archive: Long Island


Tea Party Mom Wins $1.12M For False Prosecution

 

 

 

 

” A Long Island mother of three arrested for taking pictures of an Air National Guard base in the Hamptons ​– ​while ​armed to the teeth with a licensed assault rifle in her car — has been awarded ​$1.12 million​ by a federal jury over her false prosecution by Suffolk County authorities.

  ​The Central Islip ​jury ​on Thursday sided with Nancy Genovese, 58, in a 2010 lawsuit she filed against Suffolk County​, its​ Sheriff’s Office and other parties, ​claiming she was ​only ​arrested during the July 2009 incident because she belonged to the Tea Party.

  Genovese was arrested while taking pictures of a decorative helicopter in front of the Gabreski Airport Air National Guard base in Westhampton Beach for a “Support Our Troops” website. She was charged with criminal trespass and spent four days in jail before the charges were dropped.

  Southhampton cops searched her and found a legally owned rifle that she was transporting from a nearby rifle range. She contends a deputy sheriff arrived on the scene later and said to her, “I bet you are one of those Tea Party people.” When Genovese said she’s gone to Tea Party rallies, he allegedly said, “You’re a real right-winger, aren’t you?” and “You are a ‘Teabagger’” and then added that she’d be arrested for terrorism to make an example of other “right wingers.” “

 

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Republican Lee Zeldin Unseats Congressman Tim Bishop

 

 

 

” New York State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) unseated six-term U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), sending the Albany lawmaker to Washington, D.C., where he’ll join the increased GOP majority in the House of Representatives.

  Zeldin, 34, beat Bishop, 64, by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent with the majority of election districts reporting in the First Congressional District, which covers the East End and part of Brookhaven town, according to unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

  Bishop, a former Southampton College provost, was also running on the Working Families and Independence party lines. Zeldin, an Iraq War veteran, additionally had the Conservative Party endorsement. The race was a rematch from four years ago, when Zeldin lost to Bishop, whose last re-election was the longest-running congressional recount in the nation. “

 

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NY Police Probe Woman’s Killing, Man’s Death By Train On Long Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide involving a man who was struck by a Long Island Rail Road train and a woman who may have been beheaded.

  A woman in her 60s was found dead just before 8 p.m. Tuesday outside an apartment building on Secatogue Avenue in Farmingdale, near the LIRR station, officials said.

  A police spokeswoman would not say how the woman was killed but witnesses said she appeared to be the victim of a beheading. They told PIX11 News they originally believed the gruesome scene was a Halloween prank.”

 

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A 58-Foot-Long Fin Whale With Huge Bite Marks Has Washed Up On Long Island

 

 

 

” A whale washed ashore on Long Island on Thursday with bite marks “bigger than a Chihuahua,” Kim Durham of the Riverhead Foundation told Newsday.

  Gothamist reports that the 58-foot fin whale was discovered about 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, near the campgrounds at Smith County Park in Shirley, New York. For reference, that’s about 77 miles from New York City.”

 

 

 

 

 

” Durham said that the creature was missing most of its skin and was in an advanced state of decomposition. The bite marks indicated that “large sea animals, possibly a shark, had fed on the carcass post-mortem,” Durham added. The fin whale’s only natural predator, apart from humans, is the orca whale.”

 

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25 Things You Don’t Understand About Long Island (Unless You’re From There)

 

 

 

 

 

” Long Island is easily one of the most misunderstood of all islands, especially the longer ones. And whether or not they’ve actually been there, every New Yorker has feelings about it. Strong feelings. The rumors are abundant — everyone is on steroids, Bob Costas was born fully formed in a lab in Commack — and sometimes even true.

  But the time has come for everyone to know the real deal. Laid out below are 25 things that will bring the soon-to-be-former home of the greatest NHL franchise of the early 1980s into significantly clearer focus.

1. You can buy beer anywhere that sells anything
Except, quite oddly, at liquor stores.

2. We didn’t all play lacrosse growing up
But we do all own lacrosse shorts.

3. Fire Island isn’t just full of naked people
It is full of Rocket Fuel, though.

4. Suffolk County and Nassau County are two very, very different places
And everyone knows Suffolk is so much better. RIGHT?!? #countyfight

5. Our pizza (especially slice joints) and bagels are consistently better and more plentiful than those in the city
Don’t even get us started on the pizza bagels!!!

6. And one fine example named Little Vincent’s puts cold cheese on top of the not-cold cheese
It’s very insane, and very perfect. Also there’re about three fights a night in that place.

7. We all love Billy Joel completely un-ironically
Even though he’s crashed his car into the front of most of our houses.

8. Half of the island had to go into therapy after having their area code changed from 516 to 631 in 1999
Many still consider 631 a grave mark of shame.

9. North Shore beaches basically suck; South Shore beaches are like real beaches, with sand and waves
And also guys walking up and down with a cooler, shouting, “Fudgie Wudgie bars!!!”.

10. All of those beaches are fantastic for drinking on, even though you’re not supposed to
Especially at night.”

 

 

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” Storm Of Historic Proportions” Dumps 13 Inches Of Rain In Some Spots On Long Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Multiple local government agencies on Long Island declared states of emergency Wednesday, after a storm dumped nearly an entire summer’s worth of rain, causing major flooding in some spots that stranded motorists and snarled the morning commute.

  From Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning, Islip got more than 13 inches of rain, more than the normal total for June, July and August of 11.75 inches, said Joe Pollina of the National Weather Service.

  More than 5 inches of it fell in just a one-hour period, from 5 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Pollina said. Holbrook got nearly 11 inches.

  A state of emergency was declared with Suffolk County, where county Executive Steve Bellone called the weather Wednesday morning a “storm of historic proportions.”

“ It was unprecedented and unpredicted — the size, the extent, the scale,” Bellone said at a news conference Wednesday, also remarking that “this could be a 500-year storm we just witnessed.”

  Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci said the storm brought “a historic amount of rain in a short amount of time.” “

 

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Large Shark Swims Up to Boat Near Fire Island in 3rd Tri-State Sighting

 

 

Fire Island Great White

 

 

 

” A large shark bumped into a fishing boat off a popular Long Island beach over the weekend in what may have been the third sighting of a great white in waters off the New York and New Jersey coasts this week.

  Greg Grodecki was out with fishing buddies 15 miles off the shore of Fire Island Sunday when a wide-mouthed fish sidled up to his boat. Grodecki said he thought it was a great white shark. 

” It was just amazing to see it, so beautiful and powerful,” Grodecki said. “It’s just a great experience.” “

 

NBC NY

More sightings reported here:

 

‘There’s a big group of baby Jaws out there’

Third great white shark caught off NYC in a week

Another great white spotted off South Shore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal: L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school.

  Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school.

  The students were initially suspended for 10 days, but Cregan decided Tuesday they won’t be allowed back, Brown reported.

  Cregan wrote a letter to parents saying the use of any symbols “designed to revive past injustices or to inflame discrimination or racial intolerance, is completely unacceptable and profoundly offensive,” Newsday reported.

  The students haven’t explained why they did it. St. Anthony’s is a private Catholic school and isn’t bound by the First Amendment right to free speech.

  Still, the New York Civil Liberties Union said all people should be able to express their views freely, even the offensive ones.

“ Our motto is more speech, not censorship or punishment,” NYCLU director Donna Lieberman told Brown. “Helping children understand the impact of this patently offensive expressive activity.” “

 

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Nursing Home Hired Strippers For Patients: Suit

 

 

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” The elderly residents of a Long Island nursing home saw their shuffleboards replaced by washboard abs when they were subjected to a low-rent Chippendale’s striptease in the facility’s rec room, a new lawsuit claims.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The son of one resident, 85-year-old Bernice Youngblood, was shocked when he showed up for a visit and found a picture of his mom stuffing dollar bills — which are supposed to be locked away in her commissary account — into a dancer’s briefs.

  The image also showed several of Youngblood’s fellow residents at the East Neck Nursing Center in West Babylon looking on with a mix of shock and delight as the dancers bumped and ground for their amusement.”

 

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LI Man Facing Manslaughter Charge For Shooting, Killing Alleged Armed Burglar

 

 

New York Sucks … Self-Defense

 

 

” Family members have been arguing that it was a clear case of self-defense when a Huntington Station man shot and killed an alleged home burglar.

  But Youssef Abdel-Gawad has been charged with manslaughter, even though he said he was only trying to protect his family, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported Tuesday.

  The family hopes surveillance video will clear their son, CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported.

“ It’s a sad situation,” said the defendant’s brother, Ramy Abdel-Gawad. “Video will show, you know, he was doing what anybody would do to protect his family.”

  The Abdel-Gawads’ own surveillance cameras were rolling at the home, according to police, at the time of the incident back on Aug. 21 of last year.”

 

    

    We assume that because the suspects were put to flight before the fatal shot that the LI police are maintaining that the danger was past and thus the situation did not merit the discharge of the shotgun . Ok . But if that be the case then shouldn’t all police be suspect whenever they shoot a fleeing suspect ?

   According to the report , the DA doubts that the perp fired a shot but isn’t the presence of the gun reason enough for an act of self-defense ? Since when do the thugs have a right to the first shot for free ?

   When we were younger there was a policy (unwritten or official ?) that police could only shoot in self-defense or in the face of imminent peril for others . That no longer seems to be the case as we read all the time of cops shooting at perps in flight . If it’s ok for them then why not for civilians defending their homes and families ?

 

Apparently the Supreme Court’s Tennessee v Gardner ruling in 1985 cleared the way for cops to shoot people in the back if the had committed a felony and if that is the justification for law enforcement , surely the civilian populace should be afforded the same rights , no ?

 

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1 Dead In Long Island Workplace Shooting

 

 

” Police on Long Island and the FBI were searching for a gunman Wednesday afternoon who shot and killed one person and critically injured another at a lighting company in Garden City.

The suspect, Sang Ho Kim, is a vendor for Savenergy on South Street in Garden City, according to Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki.

He is believed to be armed and dangerous.  Police said that he fled the scene in a white Honda Pilot with NY plate FMA 3648.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crazy Moms, Creepy Dads And Why Babysitting The Parents Is Harder Than The Children

 

 

” An anonymous nanny has revealed that the ‘crazy’ moms who can’t boil water and dads who hit on her are more difficult to deal with than the children she cares for in the Hamptons. 

The Southampton live-in says that she spends her days being a paid full-time mom to four ‘difficult’ children all under the age of eight years old. 

‘The father is always working so I understand why he’s not around, but the mother doesn’t have a job,’ she tells The Daily Summer’s Eddie Roche. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPSTATE EMPIRE STATE POLS WORK TO REPEAL CUOMO’S GUN LAW

 

 

 

” Opposition to New  York’s extreme gun control law the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act continues and elected officials are stepping forward to promote full repeal of the bill that was hastily, strong-armed into law.

“The Republican majority made this happen,” said Rep. David J. DiPietro (R.-East Aurora), a freshmen state assemblyman representing parts of Erie and Wyoming County in western New York.

Dean G. Skelos (R.-Rockville Centre) who is the majority leader of the New York State Senate is to blame, he said.  “He voted for the bill.  He allowed the bill to come to the floor.

The former Village of Aurora trustee and mayor said that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo brokered a deal with Skelos to enact the SAFE Act.  “They threatened Long Island Republicans that if they did not vote for the bill, $1 million would be donated to an opponent for their seat.”

Skelos and his Long Island delegation sold us out,” he said.

An overwhelming majority of Democrats in the state’s assembly will not pass a repeal bill, and the governor will not sign it, she said.  “Our hope is in the lawsuits pending and the courts determining the law unconstitutional.” “

 

    Long Island “Republicans” are nothing of the sort . They are all John McCain style republicans which is to say , no republican at all .

 

 

 

 

Nikola Tesla’s Lab Saved Through Crowd-Sourcing

 

 

 

” In 9 days, we managed to raise over 1 million dollars to go towards buying back Tesla’s old laboratory, and with the $850,000 matching grant from NY state this puts us at 1.85 million bucks. At its peak, the campaign was raising $27,000 per hour, crashing Indiegogo, and probably setting some kind of land speed record in awesomeness. Indiegogo put together this infographic showing some interesting data points behind the campaign.

We’ve added some new perks to the campaign, including more t-shirts, hats, and posters signed by Tesla’s last remaining relative.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 Alligators Found On Long Island In Past Year

 

 

 

 

” Some 16 alligators have been found on New York’s Long Island in the past year, leaving residents wondering where they’re coming from.

Most of the alligators have been found out and about — in parking lots, in parks, near bodies of water, the New York Post reported. Three were turned in at an illegal-reptile amnesty event in Smithtown last weekend.

All the creatures recently captured have been American alligators, which are not native to New York, and between 2 and 3 feet long, officials said. All have made placed at various nearby sanctuaries.”

 

 

 

 

Long Island High School Teachers In ‘Boy Toy’ Probe

 

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” Ronkonkoma – A pair of female teachers have been pulled from their classrooms at a Long Island high school after allegations they had inappropriate relationships with male students.

 
LongIsland.com reports that Melanie Akerberg, 33, and Donna Newton-McNally, 41, were removed from their classrooms at Sachem North High School in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County. The women, who according to the New York Post taught business classes, are both suspected of having “inappropriate” relationships with two male students, one a star football player and the other a wrestler. The teachers were linked to the two students after one of their girlfriends discovered allegedly incriminating text messages.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Long Island Horror Story

 

 

 

” March 1st was just another day when I put my 10 year old, fourth grade son John on the bus and sent him off to school. Or so I thought. On the contrary, today was the day that my life as a gun owner was about to change, dramatically and rapidly.

Sometime during the day, my son allegedly spoke with a few of his classmates. The boys (excluding my son) were involved in a school yard pushing incident the day before. Two or three of these boys (including my son) were talking about going to the house of the boys that did the pushing. These boys were to take with them a water, paint and bb gun. Word of this got to the principal. She immediately interrogated the children. I received a call from the principal advising me of this just as my son got off the bus. She also advised me that my son was to be suspended for two days because of his words. She decided that this talk amongst students warranted filing a police report. If this wasn’t bad enough, the police were sent to my residence and I was advised that my guns may be taken from me. This can’t be happening, I thought. But it was.

The following Monday I received a call from Pistol Licensing that they would be at my residence in the morning to take my guns and suspend my license. I attempted to explain that this must be a mistake, no wrong doing occurred on my part. My son has no access to any of my guns. The officer that came to my residence saw that all my guns were secured.Pistol Licensing was not interested in my side of the story. They were only interested in what happened with my ten year old son in school.”

 

 

 

 

 

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300 Guns Seized: Gun Seizure Dominates Local, National TV News Shows

 

 

 

” In a news story that was broadcast on all the TV channels in New Jersey on Friday, 300 guns were seized from a Long Island home this week. The seizure happened in walking distance from a local area high school, too.

Many of the guns that were recovered by police were illegal firearms.

The owner, a 66-year-old man named Jay Steiner, was actually arrested in January thanks to the work of an undercover police officer that visited Steiner’s home. Despite the arrest happening two months ago, the story is just now getting coverage on television and in the local and national newspapers.

According to MSN.com, Steiner is now being charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Despite having 300 guns seized from his home, Steiner is free on bail.

The gun tally for Steiner, who allegedly had guns all over his house, breaks down as the following: 85 illegal handguns and 230 rifles and shotguns.”

 

 

 

 

See ‘MURPH: The Protector’ In A Real Movie Theater

 

” OK, here’s one for all our readers who say they never go to the movies because Hollywood never puts out anything they want to see. Regal Cinemas has teamed up with the producers of a new documentary called MURPH: The Protector for a limited nationwide release in select theaters on Friday, March 22nd.

MURPH: The Protector tells the life story of U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy. He joined the Navy after graduating from Penn State, served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2007.”

 

 

Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy
United States Navy (SEAL)
May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005

Lt. Michael P. Murphy, fondly referred to by friends and family as “Murph,” was born May 7, 1976 in Smithtown, N.Y. and grew up in the New York City commuter town of Patchogue, N.Y. on Long Island.

Murphy grew up active in sports and attended Patchogue’s Saxton Middle School. In high school, Murphy took a summer lifeguard job at the Brookhaven town beach in Lake Ronkonkoma — a job he returned to each summer through his college years. Murphy graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1994.

Murphy attended Penn State University, where he was an exceptional all-around athlete and student, excelling at ice hockey and graduating with honors. He was an avid reader; his reading tastes ranged from the Greek historian Herodotus to Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” Murphy’s favorite book was Steven Pressfield’s “Gates of Fire,” about the Spartan stand at Thermopylae. In 1998, he graduated with a pair of Bachelor of Arts degrees from Penn State — in political science and psychology.

Following graduation, he was accepted to several law schools, but instead he changed course.  Slightly built at 5 feet 10 inches, Murphy decided to attend SEAL mentoring sessions at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point with his sights on becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL. Murphy accepted an appointment to the Navy’s Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Fla., in September, 2000.

Murphy was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy on Dec. 13, 2000, and began Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif., in January 2001, graduating with Class 236. BUD/S is a six-month training course and the first step to becoming a Navy SEAL.

Upon graduation from BUD/S, he attended the Army Jump School, SEAL Qualification Training and SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) school. Lt. Murphy earned his SEAL Trident and checked on board SDV Team (SDVT) 1 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in July of 2002. In October of 2002, he deployed with Foxtrot Platoon to Jordan as the liaison officer for Exercise Early Victor.

Following his tour with SDVT-1, Lt. Murphy was assigned to Special Operations Central Command in Florida and deployed to Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from Qatar, Lt. Murphy was deployed to the Horn of Africa, Djibouti, to assist in the operational planning of future SDV missions.

In early 2005, Murphy was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 as assistant officer in charge of ALFA Platoon and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

On June 28, 2005, Lt. Murphy was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wing tasked with finding key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire.  This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy.  While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in.  Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

As a result of Murphy’s call, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent in as part of the QRF to extract the four embattled SEALs. As the Chinook drew nearer to the fight, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the helicopter, causing it to crash and killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, continued to fight.  By the end of a two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson had fallen. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead.  The fourth SEAL, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket-propelled grenade and knocked unconscious. Though severely wounded, the fourth SEAL and sole survivor, Luttrell, was able to evade the enemy for nearly a day; after which local nationals came to his aide, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three more days. Luttrell was rescued by U.S. Forces on July 2, 2005.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.

Lt. Murphy was buried at Calverton National Cemetery less than 20 miles from his childhood home. Lt. Murphy’s other personal awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon and National Defense Service Medal.

Lt. Murphy is survived by his mother Maureen Murphy; his father Dan Murphy; and his brother John Murphy. Dan and Maureen Murphy, who were divorced in 1999, remain close friends and continue to live in N.Y.  Their son John, 22, attends the New York Institute of Technology, and upon graduation will  pursue a career in criminal justice, having been accepted to the New York City Police Deparment.

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Operation Red Wings

” Operation Red Wings was a failed counter-insurgent mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan, involving four members of the United States Navy SEALs. Murphy and two other SEALs were killed in the fighting in addition to 16 American Special Operations Forces soldiers who were killed when their helicopter was shot down while attempting to extract the SEAL Team. Prior to a helicopter being shot down in 2011,[4][5] it was both the largest loss of life for American forces since the invasion began[6] and the largest loss for the SEALs since the Vietnam War. Marcus Luttrell was the only surviving American sailor from the squad; he was protected by local villagers who sent an emissary to the closest military base allowing a rescue team to locate him.

Murphy led the four-man reconnaissance team on a mission to kill or capture a top Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah(code name Ben Sharmak),[7] who commanded a group of insurgents known as the “Mountain Tigers,”[8] west ofAsadabad.[9][10] The group was dropped off by helicopter in a remote, mountainous area east of Asadabad in Kunar Province, near the Pakistan border. After an initially successful infiltration, local goat herders stumbled upon the SEALs’ hiding place. Unable to verify any hostile intent from the herders,[11] Murphy asked the team what should be done with them. Matthew Axelson reportedly voted to kill the Afghans, and Danny Dietz did not offer an opinion, causing Murphy to state that he would vote the same as Marcus Luttrell, who said the herders should be set free.[9]Hostile locals, possibly the goat herders they let pass, alerted 150 to 200[citation needed] nearby Taliban forces, who surrounded and attacked the small group. After Murphy called for help, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter loaded with reinforcements was dispatched to rescue the team, but was shot down with an RPG, killing all 16 personnel aboard; eight SEALs and eight service members from the 160th SOAR.[1]

By the end of the two-hour battle, an undisclosed number of Taliban soldiers (which is estimated at 70% by some sources), Murphy, Dietz, and Axelson were killed in the action. Luttrell was the only American survivor and was eventually rescued after several days of wandering the mountain and being protected by the people of an Afghanistan village.[1] All three of Murphy’s men were awarded the Navy’s second-highest honor, the Navy Cross, for their part in the battle making theirs the most decorated Navy SEAL team in history.[12]

File:Navy SEALs in Afghanistan prior to Red Wing.jpgSEALs of Operation Red Wings, Murphy is on the far right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pay Dues Or Stay Home

Amid Sandy’s devastation, Long Island union sent written demand to Florida utilities

 

 
 

In a two-page Oct. 29 contract, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 1049 demanded union dues, pay hikes and benefit contributions from Florida electric utilities before its workers would be permitted to help reconnect power to Long Island communities. The demand came as Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the Northeastern United States, stranding tens of millions without electricity.

The “Letter of Assent,” which The Daily Caller obtained from the Florida Municipal Electric Association, demanded 11 separate financial commitments from municipal power companies and electrical cooperatives in the Sunshine State. The agreement, for any utility that decided to sign it, would have been in force from Oct. 29 to Nov. 29.

 

 

 

Long Island Viewer Pictures

Along With Links To Pictures From Other Areas of New York State 

Long Island City Oct. 29 Hurricane Sandy (credit: Lowell Flanders/Facebook)

… hits the US East Coast

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  ” Webcams date to an earlier era of the internet: the very first one , in 1991, was pointed at a coffee pot in a computer lab at Cambridge University. But the tradition lives on in various corners of the web, which comes in handy when, say, an enormous storm is barreling
toward the East Coast of the United
States.

  The webcams listed below should
provide a good view of Hurricane Sandy’s arrival in New York City, on Long Island, and along the Jersey Shore. If you know of other webcams we should add, email me or send me links on Twitter.

      Long Island, New York – American forces, composed of Continental Line and militia regiments from several states, attempt to hold back a well coordinated attack by the British Army. While most state units gave a poor showing, often running away upon the enemy approach, this was not always the case. American General Lord Sterling commanding a brigade of Maryland and Delaware regiments, blunted their advance long enough for other troops to safely withdraw.
   The men of the Delaware Regiment stand firm in the face of the British onslaught near the conclusion of the Battle of Long Island. Organized in January 1776 by Colonel John Haslet, this regiment soon earned the reputation as one of the best in the Continental Army for its discipline. It was also one of the best dressed units in the army, wearing blue coats faced red, a color pattern soon adopted army-wide.
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