Regional Briefs – June 13, 2017

Former Israeli Soldier First Fatality of Citi Bike

NEW YORK – A 36-year-old former Israeli soldier riding on a Citi Bike in Manhattan was struck and killed by a bus Monday morning, becoming the first fatality involving the city’s four-year bike-share program, The Associated Press reported. Dan Hanegby lived in Brooklyn.

Cab Catches Fire and Burns To a Crisp During Heat Wave

NEW YORK – A yellow cab burst into flames early Monday afternoon in midtown Manhattan, with the cab driver escaping in the nick of time, the New York Post reported. It took firefighters a half hour to extinguish the flames, by which time the vehicle was burnt beyond recognition.

Bangladesh Diplomat Arrested For Not Paying Servant Wages

NEW YORK – A Bangladesh diplomat was arrested Monday for forcing a butler to work without pay and assaulted him on occasions, The Associated Press reported. Deputy consul general Md (pronounced Mohammed) Shaheldul Islam, 45, has limited immunity. He brought Md Amin to New York but took away his passport.

Site of Presidential Assassination Getting $650K Redo

BUFFALO – A downtown Buffalo landmark marking the assassination of President William McKinley is getting a major $650,000 makeover, The Associated Press reported. Missing and damaged marble will be replaced on the 110-year-old monument. The nation’s 25th president was fatally shot while visiting the Pan-American Exposition on Sept. 6, 1901.

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