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    21 July 2009

    Judge Blocks Appointment Of Ravitch As Lt. Gov.

    A judge has issued a restraining order blocking Richard Ravitch from serving as New York Gov. David Paterson's lieutenant governor. State Supreme Court Justice William LaMarca in Nassau County issued his ruling late Tuesday afternoon. Paterson appointed Ravitch, a former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, earlier this month as a way of breaking a monthlong leadership deadlock in the state Senate.

    Swine flu worsens; schools may close

    The latest swine flu figures show the virus increasing its march around the world, with the global number of deaths almost doubling in a fortnight. The World Health Organisation says more than 700 people have now died, up from 429 two weeks ago. But the WHO said it is still up to national health authorities to decide their own ways of slowing the spread of H1N1. That may include keeping schools closed when the new term starts in September.

    The flu was branded a pandemic on June 11th, and is now the fastest-moving virus ever recorded, rendering pointless attempts to count every case.
    Even so, more than 125,000 sufferers have been confirmed worldwide, although the true figure may be many times higher. Work continues on a vaccine, and it’s hoped supplies may be available by the autumn, with healthcare workers givene priority, so they can treat everyone else.

    NYC Prosecutors Say Chase Employee Looted $110K

    identitytheft Law enforcement officials say a Chase bank financial planner looted $110,000 from a Manhattan client's private account to pay off personal bills. Twenty-five-year-old Robin Katz has been charged with grand larceny and identity theft. Her attorney did not return a call seeking comment on Tuesday. Katz has been accused of creating a second ATM card for a customer's account, then slowly siphoning off money from June 2008 through June 2009, when the client discovered the missing funds.

    Jersey City Police Officer Taken Off Life Support


    [By WCBS-TV]

    A Jersey City police officer wounded while storming an apartment in an intense gun battle with two armed suspects has died, CBS 2 HD has learned. Mayor Jerramiah Healy says Officer Marc DiNardo, who had been on life support, was pronounced dead around 9:35 a.m. Tuesday. The 37-year-old was shot in the face with a shotgun blast as he and other officers tried to storm an apartment during a shootout with two robbery suspects July 16.

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