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Plaxico Burress Cut by the Giants

After his trial got going (and was delayed) it was expected the Giants would cut wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who shot himself in the leg at a club last year and whom the Mayor wants put in prison. Today the Giants confirmed they have released him. Our own Allen Barra thought Burress’ strengths on the field outweighed the baggage he carries, and so did his teammates (well, on the record, and not all of them) and the Players’ Association, but apparently the Giants don’t see it that way. No reason was given. Photo (cc) tedkerwin.

 

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Binghamton Update: Three Suspects Reported, 2 in Custody, 1 at Large UPDATE 2: Shooter Dead

What was reported as a single-shooter incident at the American Civic Association in Binghamton is now portrayed as a situation with three suspects — two of whom have been apprehended. Witnesses tell MSNBC the two arrested men appear to be Asian and around 5-foot-9, as the shooter had been described. No details on the third man, who is at large with police and FBI agent going after him. Another witness tells them that “8 to 10” of the hostages were “executed with head shots,” and others with “gut shots”; still no official confirmation, nor reports on motive. The suspects used a car to block the back door of the building, somehow, to discourage escape.

Update 2:50 p.m.: The shooter is reportedly dead on the scene, an apparent suicide. The 13 dead are confirmed. The other arrests are at this time unexplained.

Update 3:40 p.m.: Police reveal the shooter was a 42-year-old upstate man named Jiverly Voong. 4:15 p.m.: He was living in Johnson City, New York, and was said to be using handguns, not a rifle as previously reported.

Update 5:15 p.m.: Death toll now at 14. See update here.

 

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Hostage Situation in Binghamton; 4 or 5 Reported Shot — UPDATE: 13 Reported Dead

Someone has shot up the American Civic Association in Binghamton, New York, hitting four, possibly five people, and has reportedly taken as many as 41 hostages. Mayor Matthew Ryan says the shooter has a high-powered rifle and the SWAT team in on the scene at 131 Front Street. The Association helps immigrants with job assistance and ESL classes. A few streets have been closed and the local high school has been locked down. Police are leading out some hostages, and victims being carried out by medical personnel, as we write.

Update 1:00 p.m.: WNBF reporter Bob Joseph just told MSNBC that the Mayor told him that 13 of the hostages have been killed. The report is unconfirmed. The shooter is said to be an Asian man, about 5’9″, in his 20s.

Update 2:15 p.m.: Two men arrested, another at large — see more here.

 

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Plaxico Burress Gets a Break

Plaxico Burress, the Giants wide receiver who shot himself in the leg in November and whom Mayor Bloomberg wants sent to prison for gun possession, got his case delayed till June in Manhattan Criminal Court this morning. Though celebrities tend to walk in cases like this, the smart money is betting that Burress will do some time, so Burress must savor every day of freedom his lawyers can buy him. We still haven’t seen any charges against the doctor and hospital workers who treated and failed to turn Burress in, and whose arrest, conviction and imprisonment Bloomberg also demanded; maybe the Mayor can make a campaign issue out of that.

In other NFL crime news, two African immigrants were shot at the Long Island home of New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma last week. Vilma is a former New York Jet. Photo (cc) tedkerwin.

 

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Giuliani-Bloomberg Gun Suit Dies of Neglect at Supreme Court

Back in 2000, Mayor Giuliani (who, people forget, used to be very anti-gun) had the city bring suit against about two dozen gun manufacturers, charging that their negligence caused illegal guns to enter New York and kill people. Bloomberg, who is even more anti-gun, took the suit over from him, and over the years has defended it against all comers — including Giuliani, who tried to disown the suit when he was running for the presidential nomination of the gun-loving GOP. Alas, Bloomberg’s faith has gone unrewarded. The United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, dismissed the case, and today the Supreme Court refused to review it. Bloomberg says he’ll look at other options, which probably means his lawyers are afraid to tell him that there aren’t any. Maybe he can sue the heirs of Smith and Wesson. Photo (cc) Svadilfari.

 

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Gillibrand Talks the Talk on Guns; Walking the Walk Pending

Since being told to evolve on guns by Chuck Schumer, new Senator and longtime NRA favorite Kirsten Gillibrand has been trying to show some sensitivity in that regard without looking weak. Yesterday, as the Times ran a story called “To Some in Gillibrand’s Old District, Her Evolution Is a Betrayal,” Gillibrand visited family and friends of 17-year-old gun victim Nyasia Pryear-Yard in East Flatbush, and told reporters, “We do need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” which is not inconsistent with her previous stands. Nonetheless it impressed Pryear-Yard’s mother (“I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt”) and some local media . The New York Post called her a “flip-flopper,” but their anger was directed more at her support for the stimulus bill and gay marriage. While Gillibrand says she’ll work with Bloomberg and Ray Kelly on “legislation that will help reduce gun violence,” the crowded Senate economic agenda will probably not give her too many opportunities to prove this, and we can assume her friends in the Democratic Senate will give her legislative cover if such votes roll around.