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Baiting the CIA

In the late afternoon of December 30, 2009, CIA officers at a secret base in Khost, Afghanistan were getting ready to welcome Jordanian doctor-turned-double-agent, Humam Khalil al-Balawi, into their midst. Balawi was the CIA’s ‘golden source’; the ‘super-spy’ who had seemingly infiltrated the upper echelons of Al Qaeda and was now expected to relay important...


Anti-Graffiti Campaign Launches in Bay Ridge

Graffiti vandals have been striking at locations all over the Bay Ridge neighborhood, with lampposts, mailboxes, storefronts, etc. bearing the brunt of the onslaught, and the community frowns upon the attacks. In response, State Senator Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge) has launched a new campaign using social media to clean up graffiti in Bay Ridge.


Bay Ridge Gets Tough on Liquor License Applications

It seems Bay Ridge’s Community Board 10 is getting tough on new liquor license requests. The board doesn’t have the power to grant a license—that’s the job of the New York State Liquor Authority. The community leaders and residents, however, are weighing in heavily to recommend or oppose who gets to sell liquor in the neighborhood. And their efforts are working.


Bay Ridge Talks Trash

‘Talking trash’ has a different connotation here in Bay Ridge. Most residents with trash to throw on Fourth Avenue are wondering: “Where have all the trashcans gone?”