• Today’s City Briefs

    Jess Wisloski, New York Editor

    Today was the second hurricane watch in two weeks, and a mess of tree remnants and felled branches are still being collected in Park Slope from the September 16 onslaught today. Luckily the storm and rains came and went this morning, though the weather forecast continues to look grim.

    It was a day of upheaval in the city, from the courthouse to Columbia to the creeks. Columbia- Presbyterian hospital up on E.168th St. accidentally leaked thousands of patient records - 6,800 to be exact - online as reported yesterday by the CityRoom blog of the NY Times.

    The grimy Newtown Creek made its way into Superfund status, joining the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Does that mean it will also soon be slated for Enrique-Norten designed proposed luxury housing? Only time, and a housing recovery, will tell.

    The Long Island owner of a crane company who was discovered to have been bribing city inspectors to give him a clean bill of health plead guilty today and was

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  • Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

    Whether you're a history buff, a romantic or just a fan of drumsticks the size of small dogs, the 26th Annual Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan will be an event no one should miss. There will be festival staples such as dancing, music, food and vendors, though all with a medieval twist of course. In addition, there is the potential for heroics--not to mention gratuitous bloodshed--at the event's jousting competition.

    True enthusiasts can dress for the occasion in their best 1,000-year-old garb, one of the few occasions where a pointed hat and fairy wings will be more appropriate than shorts and sunglasses.  Best of all, it is completely free to enter, though once inside vendors will do their best to encourage spending.

    If the day's events still sound too mundane, Harry Potter fans should be aware that an exhibition match of Quidditch will be played during the festival as well.   After the match, future Quidditch players can take their own turn at the game.  After

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  • Awesome Federer floors Djokovic in straight sets
    Awesome Federer floors Djokovic in straight sets

    By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Roger Federer's enduring class shone through again as the Swiss maestro beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 to win the Dubai Championships for a seventh time on Saturday. The 33-year-old's serve is the least praised of his repertoire but it was his awesome delivery that blunted Djokovic's baseline game, taking his career ace haul past the 9,000 barrier with 12 more, several at vital moments. The match, the 37th in their rivalry which Federer now leads 20-17, proved to be a tale of chances taken and chances missed -- Federer converting his two break points with clinical efficiency, while Djokovic failed on all seven of his. I definitely won the big points tonight." Djokovic had two set points to level the match in the second set but both times Federer was rescued by his serve.

  • Soccer-English premier league results and standings

    Feb 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the English premier league matches on Saturday Saturday, February 28Burnley 0 Swansea City 1 Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0 Newcastle United 1 Aston Villa 0 Stoke City 1 Hull City 0 West Bromwich Albion 1 Southampton 0 West Ham United 1 Crystal Palace 3 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Chelsea 26 18 6 2 56 22 60 2 Manchester City 26 16 7 3 56 25 55 3 Manchester United 27 14 8 5 46 26 50 -------------------------4 Arsenal 26 14 6 6 49 29 48 -------------------------5 Southampton 27 14 4 9 38 20 46 -------------------------6 Liverpool 26 13 6 ...

  • Nadal aims for slice of clay-court history
    Nadal aims for slice of clay-court history

    Reigning French Open champ Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq in straight sets to reach the final of the Argentina Open where he will try to secure a slice of clay-court history. "I was serving short in the first set and he (Berlocq) was very aggressive," said Nadal, who won 7-6 (9/7), 6-2. Nadal next faces Argentina's Juan Monaco in Sunday's final where Nadal will be trying to equal Guillermo Vilas' all-time record of 46 titles on clay. Earlier in the day, Monaco beat Spain's Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4 to book his spot in the final.

  • Bolt makes surprise relay start to season
    Bolt makes surprise relay start to season

    World 100 and 200-metre record holder Usain Bolt made a surprise 2015 season debut Saturday, running the anchor leg in a 4x100 relay heat victory at the Gibson Relays. Bolt appeared to run with ease as he took the baton from world and Olympic 200m medallist Warren Weir and brought home the victory for the Racers Lions foursome in 39.26 seconds. Mario Forsythe ran the lead leg while Michael Frater ran the second leg in the preliminary heat at Jamaica's National Stadium in Kingston.

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