Monday, April 29, 2013

Astros head to Bronx for first time as AL club

The Yankees have been piecing wins together as they await the return of their injured starters.
Starting in place of All-Stars Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez is a group of veterans many assumed were past their prime.
"I don't really have a rhyme or reason for it," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think that this is a great place to play. It's a great clubhouse to be in, it's a great atmosphere to come into every night -- whether you're home or on the road -- and there's an expectation here. I think a lot of guys feed off that."
The Yankees will send their veteran team against the Astros on Monday at Yankee Stadium as they try to extend their four-game winning streak.
Taking the mound for New York will be one of the elder statesmen of the group, 40-year-old Andy Pettitte, who will be facing his former Astros team for only the second time in his career.
Pettitte has been off to an excellent start this season, allowing only seven earned runs in four starts. In his last outing, he struck out a season-high 10 batters, but he took his first loss of the year against the Rays on Wednesday.
"I had two strikeouts and a chance to get out of it, and I didn't do it," said Pettitte referring to his two-run fifth inning. "That was obviously really the game right there."
For the Astros, it'll be 27-year-old Lucas Harrell, who is coming off his best outing of the season as he hopes to end the team's four-game slide. Harrell held the Mariners to six hits and one run in seven innings Wednesday, and he has allowed only four earned runs in 18 1/3 innings in his past three starts.
"I'd gotten away from being aggressive; I need to attack more," said Harrell, who allowed the lone run against him on a double play. "Strike one was huge today. My goal was to attack and get strike one."
When Harrell takes the mound, he'll also try to end the team's nine-game road skid.
"You've got to clean this slate regardless," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "The Yankees are going to come, and they're not going to feel sorry for us. They're going to try to beat us the same way we're going to try to beat them."

Astros: Houston makes rare appearance at Yankee Stadium
  • The Astros' three-game set in New York marks their first series against the Yankees as a member of the American League and only their second visit to the new Yankee Stadium (2010). Houston is 1-8 against the Yankees lifetime, including 1-5 in New York. Houston's only win over the Yankees was a six-pitcher no-hitter at the old Yankee Stadium on June 11, 2003.
  • Astros outfielder/designated hitter Chris Carter sat Sunday after struggling in his previous 13 games. Carter was hitting .140 (6-for-43) during that stretch.

"I think he will become more consistent," Porter said. "Sometimes, from a manager's standpoint, you take it out of their hands and say, 'I'm going to give you a day.' This was more of a decision to give him a day, and on top of it, give Ronny Cedeno a chance to get more at-bats, as well."
  • Five of Rick Ankiel's 10 hits this season have been homers and three have gone for doubles in 18 games. He has posted a .512 slugging percentage.

Yankees: New York among MLB's best since slow start
  • The Yankees are 14-5 (.737) since April 7 after starting the year with a 1-4 record, and they have the second-best winning percentage in the Majors over the stretch, trailing only Boston.
  • The Yankees are a Major League-best 14-1 this season when holding their opponents to four runs or fewer. Their one loss in such a game this season happened in Pettitte's last start against Tampa Bay.
  • After sitting out the series finale against the Blue Jays on Sunday, Kevin Youkilis will undergo an MRI on Monday to further examine the cause of his back tightness.

Worth noting
  • Pettitte spent three seasons with the Astros from 2004-06, going 37-26 with a 3.38 ERA in 84 appearances (83 starts). He was named the Pitcher of the Year in 2005 by the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America after going 17-9 with a 2.39 ERA in 33 starts.

Jets release Tim Tebow

Tebow Time is up.
The Jets released popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday morning, The New York Post has learned. The move comes three days after they drafted Geno Smith in the second round to compete with Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Greg McElroy for the starting quarterback spot.
It ends Tebow’s 13 months with the Jets that were more memorable for all of the headlines than anything that actually happened on the field. The Jets acquired him from the Broncos in March 2012 for a fourth-round draft pick (the two teams also swapped later draft picks).
The Jets confirmed the news with a press release that included a quote from coach Rex Ryan.
“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” Ryan said in the statement. “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward.”
Tebow reported to the Jets training center in Florham Park to work out this morning, according to a source. Before he made it to the weight room, he was summoned to general manager John Idzik’s office where he was informed of his release by Idzik and Ryan.
Tebow posted on Twitter hours after the news broke.
The arrival of Tebow last year was marked by a splashy news conference that irritated some who believed the Jets were making too big a deal of a backup quarterback. The Jets sold the move by saying they would use Tebow in a variety of roles, including running the wildcat formation, but it never worked.
Tebow played just over 70 snaps on offense. He also served as the personal protector on the punt team until injuring his ribs in November. He completed 6-of-8 passes for 39 yards and ran the ball 32 times for 102 yards. He did not score a touchdown.
The Tebow acquisition had far-reaching consequences. Former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano never figured out how to use Tebow, and it cost him his job. Former general manager Mike Tannenbaum lost his job after the season in part because of the Tebow trade. Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez also regressed greatly in 2012, and many believe Tebow’s presence contributed to that.
It was a comedown for the Heisman Trophy winner from 2011 when he led the Broncos to a division title. But after the team picked up Peyton Manning, Tebow hit the trading block and the Jets grabbed him.
Tebow’s time in New York will be remembered for the massive coverage it drew during training camp, including a memorable shirtless run through the rain, rather than football.
The whole experiment really failed in December when Ryan decided to make a change at quarterback, but passed over Tebow for McElroy. Tebow told Ryan he did not want to run the gimmicky offenses anymore and just wanted to play traditional quarterback.
By the time the season was over, everyone, including Tebow, seemed miserable that he ended up a Jet. Now, Tebow is now a free agent. It will be fascinating to see if he gets picked up.
It caps a remarkable eight days for Idzik, who traded start cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers on April 21, drafted Smith in the second round of the Draft and now jettisoned Tebow.

Phenoms Harvey, Fernandez meet in Miami

The Mets' Matt Harvey and the Marlins' Jose Fernandez have mowed down opposing hitters this season, each displaying filthy stuff well beyond their years.
On Monday, the young pitching phenoms engage in what could be the first of many duels within the National League East when the Mets and Marlins open a three-game series at Marlins Park.
"You've got two young players, and obviously Harvey's been pretty good," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I think it's exciting. Well see who pitches the best."
The Mets have already seen Fernandez earlier this season, when the 20-year-old made his Major League debut on April 7, striking out eight while tossing five innings of one-run ball.
Fernandez has struggled in his last two starts, though -- giving up nine runs in nine innings -- but hopes a return to Marlins Park will help.
The Mets, meanwhile, come to Miami riding a season-long four-game losing streak and look to turn it around against the Marlins.
"We've got to play good on the trip," manager Terry Collins said. "And we have played good on the road. Since I've been here, it seems like when we get out of town, I don't know if we relax more or what we do. We play pretty good on the road. We've got to take advantage of it."
To do that, they'll have to face Fernandez. Mets third baseman David Wright said the club's game plan for Fernandez is just like any other pitcher -- get to him early.
"We tend to hit our best when we work counts and get the starter out of there early," Wright said. "But when you have pitchers that pound the strike zone like the guys have done the last couple games, you really can't go up there with the mentality of taking pitches, because you'll end up [behind]. When you get a pitcher that throws strikes, it forces us to be a little more aggressive than we'd like to be."
If Wright and the Mets are able to do that, the lead should be good in Harvey's hands. Harvey turned in his worst start last time out against the Dodgers, but he still struck out seven in six innings while recording a quality start.

Mets: Buck three shy of April mark
  • Catcher John Buck's 23 RBIs are three shy of Jeff Kent's team record for RBIs in April, set in 1994.
  • Wright snapped a 77-game errorless streak -- the longest in franchise history for a third baseman and the longest current stretch at the position by a big leaguer -- on a ground ball in Sunday's first inning.

Marlins: Pierre hits Mets
  • Outfielder Juan Pierre is a .324 career hitter with 74 runs scored against the Mets. His 150 hits against New York are the second-most among active players, trailing only Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins (244).
  • Miami outfielders are 10-for-11 in stolen-base attempts.

Worth noting
  • The Mets took two of three earlier this month at Citi Field.
  • The Mets are 0-3 in a stretch of nine straight against the NL East.

Boeing confirms that 767 part found on Park Place was from 9/11

A charred portion of jet wing found in an alley near Ground Zero belonged to one of the two planes that smashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, officials confirmed yesterday.

Boeing technicians informed the NYPD that the five-foot-long section of metal support for a wing flap that helps regulate speed — discovered at the rear of 51 Park Place near the "Ground Zero Mosque'' — was matched to one of the two 767s.
“It is believed to be from one of the two aircraft destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, but it could not be determined which one,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.
The rusty piece of metal is technically known as a trailing edge flap support structure. It was first thought to be part of the plane's landing gear because both sections have hydraulics that look similar.
The discovery of the piece last week spurred officials to search the area near the controversial mosque project for any human remains that also might have ended up near it.
“The NYPD continues to work with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as it prepares to sift soil at the location for human remains,” Browne said.
The wing-flap support will be removed from the site after that process is completed Wednesday and transported to the Police Department’s property division before its final destination is decided.
Browne said the National Transportation Safety Board sometimes takes aircraft parts involved in historic events and places them in museums.
With AP

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Owner of collapsed building captured in Bangladesh

SAVAR, Bangladesh — The fugitive owner of an illegally constructed building that collapsed and killed at least 377 people was captured Sunday by a commando force as he tried to flee into India. At the disaster site, meanwhile, fire broke out in the wreckage and forced authorities to suspend the search for survivors temporarily.

Mohammed Sohel Rana was arrested in the western Bangladesh border town of Benapole, said Jahangir Kabir Nanak, junior minister for local government. Rana was brought back by helicopter to the capital of Dhaka where he faced charges of negligence.
Rana's capture was announced by loudspeaker at the disaster site, drawing cheers and applause from those awaiting the outcome of a continuing search-and-rescue operation for survivors of Wednesday's collapse.

Many of those killed were workers at clothing factories in the building, known as the Rana Plaza, and the collapse was the deadliest disaster to hit the garment industry in Bangladesh that is worth $20 billion annually and is a mainstay of the economy.

The fire that broke out late Sunday night sent smoke pouring from the piles of shattered concrete and halted some of the rescue efforts — including a bid to free a woman who was found trapped in the rubble.

The blaze was caused by sparks as rescuers tried to cut through a steel rod to reach the woman, said a volunteer, Syed Al-Amin Roman. At least three rescuers were injured in the fire, he said. It forced them to retreat while firefighters frantically hosed down the flames.

Officials believe the fire is likely to have killed the trapped woman, said army spokesman Shahinul Islam. Rescue workers had delayed the use of heavy equipment for several hours in the hope that she could be extricated from the rubble first. But with the woman presumed dead, they began using heavy equipment around midnight.

An exhausted and disheveled Rana was brought before reporters briefly at the Dhaka headquarters of the commando team, the Rapid Action Battalion.

Wearing a printed shirt, Rana was sweating as two security officers held him by his arms. A security official helped him to drink water after he gestured he was thirsty. He did not speak during the 10-minute appearance, and he is likely to be handed over to police, who will have to charge him and produce him in court within 24 hours.

A small-time politician from the ruling Awami League party, Rana had been on the run since the building collapsed Wednesday. He last appeared in public Tuesday in front of the Rana Plaza after huge cracks appeared in the building. Witnesses said he assured tenants, including five garment factories, that the building was safe.
A bank and some shops on the first floor closed Wednesday after police ordered an evacuation, but managers of the garment factories on the upper floor told workers to continue their shifts.
Hours later, the Rana Plaza was reduced to rubble, crushing most victims under massive blocks of concrete.

Rana's arrest was ordered by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also the Awami League leader.

On Saturday, police arrested three owners of two factories. Also detained were Rana's wife and two government engineers who were involved in giving approval for the building design. Local TV stations reported that the Bangladesh High Court has frozen the bank accounts of the owners of all five garment factories in the Rana Plaza.

Three floors of the eight-story building apparently were built illegally.

A garment manufacturers' group said the factories in the building employed 3,122 workers, but it was not clear how many were inside when it fell. About 2,500 survivors have been accounted for.

Army Maj. Gen. Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardy, the coordinator of the rescue operations, said the next phase of the search involved the heavy equipment such as hydraulic cranes that were brought to the disaster site Sunday. Searchers had been manually shifting concrete blocks with the help of light equipment such as pickaxes and shovels, he said.

The work will be carried out carefully so as not to mutilate bodies, he said. "We have engaged many private sector companies which supplied us equipment, even some heavy ones," Suhrawardy said.

In a rare bit of good news, a female worker was pulled out alive Sunday. Rescuer Hasan Akbari said when he tried to extricate a man next to the woman, "he said his body was being torn apart. So I had to let go. But God willing, we will be able to rescue him with more help very soon."

The collapse and previous disasters in garment factories have focused attention on the poor working conditions of workers who toil for as little as $38 a month to produce clothing for top international brands.

The death toll surpassed a fire five months ago that killed 112 people and brought widespread pledges to improve worker-safety standards. But since then, very little has changed in Bangladesh.

Its garment industry was the third-largest in the world in 2011, after China and Italy, having grown rapidly in the past decade.

Among the garment makers in the building were Phantom Apparels, Phantom Tac, Ether Tex, New Wave Style and New Wave Bottoms. Altogether, they produced several million shirts, pants and other garments a year.

The New Wave companies, according to their website, make clothing for several major North American and European retailers.

Britain's Primark acknowledged it was using a factory in Rana Plaza, but many other retailers distanced themselves from the disaster, saying they were not involved with the factories at the time of the collapse or had not recently ordered garments from them.

Wal-Mart said none of its clothing had been authorized to be made in the facility, but it is investigating whether there was any unauthorized production.

Overbay's homer lifts Yankees past Jays

NEW YORK -- Four games. Four come-from-behind victories. One sweep.

That's how the Yankees kicked off their current 10-game homestand, finishing off a four-game sweep of the rival Blue Jays with a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The four-game winning streak matches the Yankees' season-high and marks the team's first four-game sweep of the Jays since Sept. 18-21, 1995.

Stifled nearly all afternoon by R.A. Dickey's knuckleball, the Yankees once again found a way to scratch out a victory behind another late rally.

Locked in a pitchers' duel with Yankees starter Phil Hughes for much of the day, Dickey and the Jays entered the bottom of the seventh inning clinging to a 2-1 lead. Though it was only a one-run deficit, the Yankees had hardly threatened the knuckleballer all afternoon. New York, in fact, never had a baserunner on second or third base in seven innings against Dickey.

It turns out the Yankees didn't need to. They instead relied entirely on a pair of home runs against Dickey. The first, off the bat of Brennan Boesch, staked the Yanks to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning and the second, a two-run shot by Lyle Overbay in the seventh, proved to be the difference.

"We didn't have a lot [of success against him]," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner. "We had four hits and two of them were homers, that's what helped. It's tough, because you're used to seeing guys throwing in the 90s, and all the sudden, you're trying to hit a butterfly, so it becomes very difficult.

"It's tough to center a ball on him, and we were able to really only get three or four on him today, and fortunately, two of them were home runs."

One day after the Yankees rallied twice en route to a one-run victory, their pitching staff again kept them in the game long enough to break through late. Hughes, who settled for a no-decision to remain winless on the season despite recording his third consecutive quality start, pitched six strong innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits.

Pitching with a 1-0 lead following Boesch's home run, Hughes gave up three consecutive two-out singles -- two of which snuck through the infield while the other barely dropped down in shallow left field -- in the fourth inning as the Jays knotted the game at 1. Two innings later, a Maicer Izturis RBI double off the right-field wall put the Jays ahead, 2-1, but Hughes limited the damage one batter later, recording one of his season-high nine strikeouts.

"You look at the first run he gave up, you're going to give up hits like that, but you don't usually see three of them in a row though," Girardi said of the three well-placed Toronto hits. "That's the bottom line -- two jam shots and a cue shot. But I thought he pitched really well today."

Though the Yankees didn't come through in time to earn Hughes his first win of the season, when they did finally break through, it was once again courtesy of a pair of newcomers.

One day after Travis Hafner (signed on Feb. 1) and Vernon Wells (acquired from the Angels on March 26) combined to drive in all five of the Bombers' runs, Boesch (signed on March 15) and Overbay (signed on March 26) did all of the damage on Sunday.

"We knew what these guys could do, whether it's Hafner or Overbay or Wells," said Hughes, who remains 0-2 but lowered his season ERA to 4.67. "Guys who have experience in this league and good hitters, that's the bottom line. So we felt like if we pitched well, we were going to get contributions from somebody and that's been the case early on."

Overbay, who spent five seasons with the Blue Jays from 2006-10, said it was something he learned during his playing days in Toronto that allowed him to go 2-for-3 against Dickey and launch the go-ahead home run. Sometime in 2007-08, then-teammate Matt Stairs let Overbay in on his secret to approaching knuckleball pitchers -- simply try to pull home runs.

"Ever since I did that, I've started hitting them a lot better," Overbay said. "You just start taking an aggressive swing at it, I think is the biggest thing. [If] you start trying to feel for it and hit it, it ends up beating you. So it's just a matter of taking a big, strong, aggressive hack."

And that's exactly what Overbay did on a 1-1 pitch with two outs in the seventh inning and Hafner at first base representing the potential tying run. Hafner had singled to lead off the frame against Dickey, who then retired the next two batters on weak flyouts before hanging a knuckleball out over the plate for Overbay.

"I threw him a couple of mediocre knuckleballs and he got a couple of base hits, one being a home run," said Dickey, who fell to 2-4 on the season. "When you're playing tight games against the New York Yankees, it's usually the guy that makes the most mistakes that's going to lose the game, and today, it looks like I did that."

More often than not against the Yankees, it's been the other guy making those late mistakes recently.

With Sunday's win, the Yankees improved to 9-1 in games decided by two runs or fewer this year, including 4-0 in one-run affairs.

The victory also ran the Yankees' overall record to 15-9, a tally that more than satisfies Girardi, with or without his club's early-season rash of injuries.

"I would have signed up for it, definitely," said Girardi. "It's a group that has something to prove, in the sense there's some guys that are older that had some down years or injury-plagued years [and] some younger guys that are trying to establish themselves.

"They've made it work, coming together. … They've done a really good job."

Pair of homers hurts Dickey as Blue Jays fall

NEW YORK -- R.A. Dickey surrendered a two-run homer to Lyle Overbay and the Blue Jays' offense continued its prolonged struggles to extend their losing streak to four games with a 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Dickey was cruising through the first six innings of the game until his unfortunate twist of fate in the seventh. He left a 75-mph knuckleball up in the zone that Overbay timed perfectly and sent just over the wall in right-center field for his third long ball of the season.

Toronto's No. 1 starter deserved a better fate, but once again was pitching with a small margin for error because of Toronto's woes at the plate. His only other mistake came in the second inning when New York right fielder Brennan Boesch recorded his second homer of the year with a solo shot to right.

Dickey was charged with all three runs on four hits while striking out four in seven innings. He continues to battle through an upper back and neck injury, but despite the discomfort, he has allowed only eight earned runs over his past 25 1/3 innings, a span of four starts.

The Blue Jays have spent most of this season relying on the long ball to score runs, but on Sunday afternoon, it was some timely hitting and seeing-eye singles that sparked at least a bit of offense. Seven of Toronto's eight hits on the afternoon came with two outs and a pair of doubles by Jose Bautista and Maicer Izturis were the only hard hits of the day.

Toronto's first rally came in the fourth, when Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-out bunt single down the third-base line that stayed fair. He came around to score after the Blue Jays pieced together another pair of softly hit balls by Melky Cabrera and Adam Lind to tie the game at 1.

Bautista led off the sixth with a scorching double to left off Yankees starter Phil Hughes. Later in the inning, Izturis came through with a double off the wall in right field to score Bautista and at least temporarily put Toronto on top.

But the offense was quiet from that point on and the lack of run support continues to be a problem that the Blue Jays seem incapable of overcoming. The club has scored three runs or fewer in 14 of its 26 games this season and as a result have dropped to eight games below .500.

Toronto's road trip has now mercifully come to an end. The Blue Jays finished their series in Baltimore and New York with a 1-6 record and have a much-needed off-day on Monday before returning home to Rogers Centre for the start of a three-game series against the Red Sox.

FBI looking into accused bombers' 'training'; mom could be questioned: Rep.

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that the FBI is investigating in the United States and overseas to determine whether the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing received training that helped them carry out the attack.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is charged with joining with his older brother, Tamerlan, who's now dead, in setting off the shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs. The bombs were triggered by a remote detonator of the kind used in remote-control toys, US officials have said.

US officials investigating the bombings have told The Associated Press that so far there is no evidence to date of a wider plot, including training, direction or funding for the attacks.

A criminal complaint outlining federal charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev described him as holding a cellphone in his hand minutes before the first explosion.

The brothers are ethnic Chechens from Russia who came to the United States about a decade ago with their parents.

"I think given the level of sophistication of this device, the fact that the pressure cooker is a signature device that goes back to Pakistan, Afghanistan, leads me to believe — and the way they handled these devices and the tradecraft — ... that there was a trainer and the question is where is that trainer or trainers," said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, on "Fox News Sunday."

"Are they overseas in the Chechen region or are they in the United States?" McCaul said. "In my conversations with the FBI, that's the big question. They've casted a wide net both overseas and in the United States to find out where this person is. But I think the experts all agree that there is someone who did train these two individuals."

McCaul also said he thinks the suspects' mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, played "a very strong role" in her Muslim sons' radicalization process and that if she were to return to the United States from Russia, she'd be held for questioning.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he thought it's "probably true" that the attack was not linked to a major group. But, he told CNN's "State of the Union," that there "may have been radicalizing influences" in the U.S. or abroad. "It does look like a lot of radicalization was self-radicalization online, but we don't know the full answers yet."

On ABC's "This Week," moderator George Stephanopoulos raised the question to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee about FBI suspicions that the brothers had help in getting the bombs together.

"Absolutely, and not only that, but in the self-radicalization process, you still need outside affirmation," responded Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

"We still have persons of interest that we're working to find and identify and have conversations with," he added.

At this point in the investigation, however, Sen. Claire McCaskill said there was no evidence that the brothers "were part of a larger organization, that they were, in fact, part of some kind of terror cell or any kind of direction."

The Missouri Democrat, who's on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told CBS' "Face the Nation" that "it appears, at this point, based on the evidence, that it's the two of them."

Homemade bombs built from pressure cookers have been a frequent weapon of militants in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen once published an online manual on how to make one.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an ardent reader of jihadist websites and extremist propaganda, officials have said. He frequently looked at extremist sites, including Inspire magazine, an English-language online publication produced by Al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate.

Meanwhile, the suspects' father has abandoned plans to travel to the United States to bury one son and help in the defense of the other, he told Reuters on Sunday in an interview in southern Russia.

Anzor Tsarnaev said he believed he would not be allowed to see his surviving son Dzohkhar, who was captured and has been charged in connection with the April 15 bomb blasts that killed three people and wounded 264.

"I am not going back to the United States. For now I am here. I am ill," Tsarnaev said. He agreed to the face-to-face interview on condition that his location in the North Caucasus, a string of mainly
Muslim provinces in southern Russia, not be disclosed.

"Unfortunately I can't help my child in any way. I am in touch with Dzhokhar's and my own lawyers. They told me they would let me know (what to do)," he said.

Tsarnaev had said in the North Caucasus province of Dagestan on Thursday that he planned to travel to the United States to see Dzkhokhar and bury his elder son, Tamerlan, who was shot dead by police in a firefight four days after the bombings.

Tsarnaev's comments come a day after it was revealed that the suspects' mother had talked about jihad with one of them.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being held in a small cell with a steel door at a federal medical detention center about 40 miles outside the city, a federal official said Saturday.

Federal Medical Center Devens spokesman John Collauti described the conditions under which the 19-year-old suspect was being held in the Ayer facility after being moved there from a hospital Friday.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was injured during a police chase Thursday in which his brother, also a suspect in the bombing, was fatally wounded.

Collauti said in a telephone interview that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in secure housing where authorities can monitor him. His cell has a solid steel door with an observation window and a slot for passing food and medication.

Collauti wouldn't discuss specific details related to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but said that typically medical workers making rounds each shift monitor the inmates. He said guards also keep an eye on some cells with video cameras.

Also, inmates in the more restrictive section do not have access to TVs or radios, but can read books and other materials, he said.

"Really this type of facility is fully capable of handling him and it's not that much of an inconvenience because it's more or less business as usual," Collauti said.

Also, a Boston hospital says the number of patients it is treating for injuries sustained in the marathon bombing continues to drop, 13 days after the attack that killed three and injured more than 260.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center says that by Sunday morning, it had six patients with injuries from the bombing, down from more than 20 in the days immediately following the April 15 attack.

Hospital spokesman Jerry Berger says all six patients are in good or fair condition.

Nine victims are still at Brigham and Women's Hospital, down from 36 after the bombing. Seven are in good condition.

In all, 26 hospitals have treated people with injuries from the bombing.

Series ends in defeat as Mets' bats go quiet

NEW YORK -- One can forgive the Mets for wondering if their bats left home without them. New York, playing in the final game of a 10-day homestand, endured another punchless day at the plate Sunday, when it notched two hits in the first inning and one after in a 5-1 loss to the Phillies.

That result, so emblematic of the team's recent struggles, gave the Mets their first four-game losing streak of the year. David Wright singled in a run in the first inning to give the home team a lead, and Philadelphia didn't take control until pinch-hitter Ryan Howard's two-run double in the seventh.

The Mets, who went into Sunday as the second-highest scoring team (5.18 runs per game) in the Major Leagues, have scored four runs or fewer in six of their last seven games. The Mets lost six of those seven games and dropped to fourth place in the National League East on Sunday.

It all seemed so promising in the first inning, when leadoff man Ruben Tejada doubled off southpaw Cole Hamels. Wright came away with a one-out single to give the Mets their first run, but Hamels worked his way out and only allowed two more baserunners to reach scoring position.

Hamels walked six batters, tying a career high, but he kept the Mets from taking advantage. New York's best chance came in the fourth inning, when it loaded the bases on three walks. That brought up the pitcher's slot, though, and Hamels escaped by striking out Jon Niese.

Niese pitched well for the Mets, but the Phillies managed to tie the game at 1 on a home run up the left-field line by Freddy Galvis in the fifth inning. Niese gave up two hits in the seventh inning, and reliever Scott Atchison was summoned to face Howard with two outs.

Howard, who came into the at-bat with a nine-game hitting streak, changed the outcome of the game with a single swing. The slugger drilled a ball to the base of the wall in center field, scoring two runners, and he came around to score on a base hit by second baseman Chase Utley.

Howard the hero in Hamels' win, Phils' sweep

NEW YORK -- Fresh as a daisy after six long innings of rest it did not appear he needed, Ryan Howard came off the bench Sunday to key the Phillies' 5-1 win over the Mets, completing a three-game sweep at Citi Field.

Despite eight RBIs in his last four games and home runs in his last two, the first baseman was out of the starting lineup in the series finale, because Monday's off-day afforded Charlie Manuel the opportunity to give his first baseman a mini-vacation.

It's a long season, reasoned the manager, and thanks in part to John Buck's long run for a two-out, nobody on, foul pop by pinch-hitter Layne Nix that clanked off Buck's glove in front of the Philadelphia dugout, the seventh suddenly turned a long inning for the Mets. When the reprieved Nix and Jimmy Rollins followed with hits, Manuel went to Howard, who doubled on a 2-0 pitch from reliever Scott Atchison to the last foot of the warning track in center field to score both runners.

Chase Utley then chased in Howard with a single to left-center field.

The victory made a winner of Cole Hamels for the first time this season. Hamels, lifted for Nix after six walks inflated his pitch count to 111, allowed only two hits over six innings.

Ruben Tejada doubled up the left-center-field alley to lead off the game and scored on David Wright's one-out single to get the Mets an early lead off Hamels, who then didn't allow another hit. Walks to Lucas Duda, Ike Davis and Juan Lagares loaded the bases in the fourth, but Hamels struck
out Mets starter Jon Niese looking to end the threat.

The Phillies, meanwhile, were struggling against Niese. Even with the help of first-inning errors by Niese and David Wright, Philadelphia failed to score in the first when Dominic Brown tapped the ball less than a foot from home plate with two outs and the bases loaded for an inning-ending forceout.

Freddy Galvis got Hamels even in the fifth by golfing a 1-2 Niese pitch barely over the railing in left field. The Phillies threatened again in the sixth, when Carlos Ruiz, back in the lineup after serving a 25-game suspension, hit a two-out ground-rule double that hit barely inside the right-field line before hopping the fence, but Lagares ran down Brown's fly ball to end the inning.

Knicks comeback falls short as Celtics force Game 5 in overtime

BOSTON – See ya Wednesday.

With J.R. Smith suspended and Carmelo Anthony failing to show up either, the Knicks failed to sweep the Celtics.

Everyone but Anthony stepped up in Smith’s absence to take the Celtics to overtime but Melo’s shootng woes were too much to overcome as the Celtics are alive, winning Game 4 97-90 at rowdy TD Garden.

Anthony couldn’t throw the ball into Boston Harbor, without his trusty sidekick to take the burden off him. Melo finished a disastrous 10 of 35 from the field with 7 turnovers. He wound up with 36 points as he sank 16 of 20 free throws as he had to resort to driving the ball at all costs since he couldn’t find his jump shot.
Ironically, Smith’s elbow victim, Jason Terry, became the Celtics hero, scoring nine points in the final 1:40 to close out the Knicks and set up a Game 5 for the Garden on Wednesday. The Knicks lead the series 3-1.

Wasted was hearty efforts by Raymond Felton (27 points) and a big second half from Iman Shumpert (12 points, 12 rebounds).

Terry, who got clocked in the face by Smith’s elbow Friday in Game 3, banged in a fastbreak transition 3-pointer with 1:40 left to make it 91-88. Terry hit another jumper to put the Celtics ahead 93-90 with 1:03 left.

Inbounding with 28.8 seconds left, down 3, Melo hit back iron on a 3-pointer. Steve Novak, in the game for his 3-point shooting, fouled Terry on the battle for the rebound. Terry sank two free throws to put the Celtics up 95-90 with 20.4 seconds remaining.

Felton gave the Knicks their first lead of the game, banging in a 20-footer with 1:18 left, making it 84-82. KG answered with an 18-footer to tie.

Melo missed a 3-pointer but Chandler tapped it back and the Knicks regained control. But Melo dribbled down the shot-clock and misfired again, making him 9 of 31. Garnett rebounded and the
Celtics called timeout with 18 seconds left.

But Pierce miss a final second shot from 18 feet over Chandler and the teams headed to overtime.

With the Knicks desperately missing Smith’s two-way spark, the Celtics marched to a 54-35 halftime lead and led by 20 early in the third quarter. The Knicks shot 28.9 percent in the half and Melo forgot about his teammates, forcing too much.

“We’re going to miss his scoring but again it gives somebody an opportunity to come up,’’ Woodson said beforehand.

Felton turned out to be that guy and scored 16 points in the third quarter and carried 23 into the fourth.

When all looked lost, the Knicks ripped the Celtics in the third quarter, outscoring them 30-14 behind Felton’s magical period. He was 5 of 8, including three 3-pointers.

Felton closed his personal spree by racing upcourt in the final seconds of the third period and firing in a near 30-footer with .2 seconds left, trimming the Celtics lead to 68-65 after three.

The Celtics got in serious foul trouble as Brendan Bass picked up his fifth foul midway through the third quarter while Garnett and Green already had four.

In the fourth, a resurgent Shumpert stole the ball from Pierce and dribbled in for a game-tying layup, 74-74, with 7:10 left.

Pierce awoke in the first half with a brilliant 6-of-9 half for 17 points and athletic wing Jeff Green added 15 in the half. The Celtics led 22-17 after one quarter but it could have been larger.

The Celtics were in command, looking like a more confident team, perhaps knowing the Knicks didn’t have their Sixth Man of the Year winner and clearly desperate not to get swept on the parquet.

Melo couldn’t find any rhythm with his jumper and started driving the ball and drawing fouls. But he got carried away and committed charges.

In reunion with Ruiz, Hamels draws Mets

Cole Hamels will take the mound Sunday with an 0-3 record and five Phillies losses in his first five starts this season, both career firsts for the left-hander.

But after a sluggish start, Hamels has pitched well in each of his last three outings. And he'll welcome back a familiar face behind the plate as the Phillies go for the series sweep in Sunday's finale against the Mets.

All-star catcher Carlos Ruiz will return to the Phillies for Sunday's game against left-hander Jon Niese and the Mets. Ruiz is coming off a 25-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine, just in time to catch Philadelphia's three aces: Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.

"He was obviously our best player last year," Lee said after his last start. "Getting him back can only help. His bat and his game calling and his leadership behind the plate can definitely help us."

Ruiz batted .325 with a .935 OPS last year, so he'll provide a dramatic upgrade over the Phillies' current catchers, Erik Kratz and Humberto Quintero. But he's been almost equally valuable behind the dish, as Hamels, Halladay and Lee own a 2.95 ERA the past two seasons while throwing to Ruiz, compared to a 3.31 mark with all other catchers.

Hamels has put together much better results in his last three outings, allowing six earned runs and striking out 19 over 21 innings, and has seemingly rebounded from the rough start that saw him post a 10.97 ERA through two starts. But the Phillies have scored just four runs in his last three outings, leaving him without a win.

"I'd have to say maybe four or five years ago, that would've been frustrating, but I know what I can control and what I can't," Hamels said Tuesday. "I'm able to go out and execute pitches, pitch deep into the ballgame, obviously try to limit the damage to keep the team in an area of being able to jump on it and get a win. That's all I can do."

It'll be on the Phillies' lineup, then, to score against Niese. The lefty's last start ended prematurely when he was struck in the leg by a comebacker in the third inning. But Niese left with only some swelling and tightness in the area, so he'll start as scheduled Sunday, looking to improve his 2-1 record and 3.81 ERA.

Niese's injury initially appeared to be much more serious, as he hopped into foul territory and sat on the ground for several moments before trying to stand up again, but X-rays came back negative.

"I certainly didn't want him to go out with a sore lower leg, then all of a sudden mess up his shoulder or something," Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday.

Phillies: Offense clicking in Citi Field
  • After an offensive outburst in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Mets, the Phillies have won each of their last five games at Citi Field and nine of their last 12 dating back to 2011. In those 12 games, Philadelphia has scored 80 runs (6.67 per game) and hit .296 (128-for-432) with 16 doubles, three triples and 19 homers.
Overall, the Phillies are 22-16 all-time at Citi Field.
  • Ben Revere sat out Saturday afternoon after missing the previous two games with left quadriceps soreness, with John Mayberry Jr. getting another start in center field in Revere's place. Mayberry entered Saturday hitless in his last 11 at-bats, then crushed a fifth-inning homer off lefty Robert Carson.

Mets: Byrd, Lagares likely to start
  • With Hamels on the mound, Marlon Byrd and Juan Lagares will likely be in the Mets' starting lineup. The 24-year-old Lagares has made just one big league start to date.
Lagares was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2006 and methodically worked his way through the Mets' system, batting .283 with 21 stolen bases for Double-A Binghamton last year. He was batting .346 with three homers in 17 games for Triple-A Las Vegas prior to his promotion.

"We've got to take a look at Juan, so there's a good chance he'll be in there tomorrow," Collins said Saturday.
  • Niese has held Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to a combined three hits, all singles, and three walks with eight strikeouts in 36 career plate appearances.

Worth noting
  • For his career, Hamels is 5-10 with a 4.33 ERA against the Mets. David Wright has enjoyed the most success against Hamels, posting a .327/.352/.654 batting line with four homers, three doubles and 10 RBIs in 55 plate appearances against the lefty.
  • The Mets are batting just .244 (65-for-266) with six home runs and 33 RBIs against lefties this season, including an 0-for-6 performance against Philadelphia left-hander Raul Valdes on Saturday.

Don't expect any miracles out of new Jets QB Smith

Written by NY Post columnist Steve Serby

Geno Smith stood outside the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and Sal Paolantonio from ESPN bent down to pick up a New York Post and showed him the frontpage headline — B’way Geno.

All of the Jets quarterbacks since Broadway Joe Namath, from Richard Todd to Mark Sanchez, tried so hard to mesmerize the city the way Joe Willie White Shoes did, not necessarily with late-night partying, but with touchdown passes, and, of course, a Super Bowl.

But Geno Smith said: “I want my own name.”

They all wish they could bottle days like this, days of hope and promise, interception-free days when you stand tall in the pocket and refuse to fumble in the face of a 14-minute blitz of a press conference as harmful to your health as the Jets pass rush.

Days when the best nickname for him could be G Whiz.

Days when no one has the heart to warn him about the danger that lurks ahead, the dysfunction that GM John Idzik has inherited, the merciless sinkhole that most recently swallowed Mark Sanchez, the fan base that has suffered 40 years and counting without a championship, the free agent Rexodus that has depleted the roster, especially the offense, the circus that Tim Tebow brings as long as the club continues to hold him hostage.

The lessons of the past, the fact he will eventually be standing on a quarterback burial ground, compels me to shout out to Jets Nation:

Don’t expect miracles.

G Whiz appears comfortable in his own skin, so critical in this market, mature beyond his 22 years and grounded, and seems to believe deeply in his abilities. That’s a start.

Todd had the misfortune of being anointed Namath’s successor, what with their link to Alabama, and being a No. 1 draft choice. He was big enough, and had a big arm, but he was too thin-skinned to survive and was jettisoned by Joe Walton a year after his five-interception nightmare in the Mud Bowl.

Matt Robinson, who briefly stole the job from Todd until horseplay off the field before the 1979 opener doomed him, was long on intangibles but hardly a physical specimen.

They called Browning Nagle the Browning Rifle for reasons that need no explanation, but it takes more than a gun to solve NFL defenses.

Ken O’Brien was as bright as they come, and had a good arm, but he couldn’t withstand the beatings he took behind a porous offensive line.

Boomer Esiason arrived five years too late, and $25 million man Neil O’Donnell should have stayed with the Steelers.

Glenn Foley had plenty of moxie, but lacked durability and an understanding of what it took to be a Bill Parcells quarterback.

Vinny Testaverde had a cannon, and understood exactly what it took to be a Bill Parcells quarterback. And then he ruptured his Achilles’ Tendon on Opening Day 1999.

Chad Pennington had the smarts, the accuracy, the fire, the leadership, he just didn’t have the durability or the arm.

Kellen Clemens was a terrific guy, but never more than a backup.

Brett Favre had the experience and the aura and the arm, until he didn’t have the arm anymore in December, or the stomach for New York.

Sanchez played his best in the big games as Rex Ryan’s Wonder Boy, aka the Sanchise. And then, as the team deteriorated around him, he Buttfumbled it all away.

You will hear and read the inevitable criticisms and nitpicking of Geno Smith, because it comes with the territory.

“My character and my play speaks for itself,” Smith said.

He once handed his mother a box of pizza at West Virginia so he could retreat to the film room to study Texas.

“I had the ability to check to any play at any given time,” Smith said. “My preparation is one of the things that I think separated me in college from most guys.”

He recognizes that his 32 fumbles are unacceptable.

“At the quarterback position I’ve gotta take care of the ball,” Smith said.

He has a better arm than Sanchez, not as good as Testaverde’s. He has more mobility than any of them. He isn’t as accurate as O’Brien and Pennington. He will be a better leader than Sanchez, not as good as Pennington.

What will it all add up to? The Jets think he can be a franchise quarterback. So does he. The first day of the rest of Geno’s Smith’s life went smoothly.

G Whiz for now.

In Bronx, Blue Jays need Dickey in top form

If the Blue Jays hope to leave New York with a win after Sunday's 1:05 p.m. ET series finale against Phil Hughes and the Yankees, they may need R.A. Dickey to battle through his sore back and neck.

Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner, has been dealing with tightness on the right side of his upper back since his start at Kansas City on April 13, and it's changing how he pitches. The soreness is making the right-hander lose a bit of velocity on his knuckleball, forcing him to tinker with his release point.

"I can't generate the velocity that I normally can when this condition isn't there, and … that requires a different release point," Dickey said after allowing the Orioles four earned runs in six innings on Tuesday. In that start, Dickey walked five batters -- something he hadn't done since he issued six free passes on Sept. 17, 2011.

"You just don't have what you normally have, and you feel like what you have is good enough to keep your team in it, but it's frustrating, because you want to get more."

"He walked more guys than he normally would … [but] he pretty much shut them down," added manager John Gibbons. "They found some holes on him, but if he pitches like he has been doing, he'll be fine."

Toeing the rubber for the Yankees will be Hughes, who's coming off back-to-back quality outings after a slow start to the season.

Hughes has worked seven strong innings in each of his last two starts, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six each time, most recently against the Rays on Tuesday.

"I'm making progress," said Hughes, who took a no-decision in both of those quality starts and is still looking for his first win. "I feel like I can be better, but they're certainly steps in the right direction.

Any time you win a ballgame, you're happy. ... I just feel like I can be better going forward."
If there's been an issue for Hughes, it's been the home run. The young righty leads the team in home runs allowed with five, and he's coming off a season in which he gave up 35, the second most in the Majors.

That may be a problem against Toronto, which still has plenty of power, despite the club's early-season struggles.

J.P. Arencibia (eight homers), Jose Bautista (seven) and Edwin Encarnacion (seven) are all among the top 10 in the Majors in home runs.

But as the Blue Jays' 9-16 record shows, power hasn't necessarily helped the club win games. That's where the Dickey of old will be needed.

"I'm giving everything I can possibly give, but it feels like going to battle with a three-shooter instead of a six-shooter," Dickey said.

Yankees: Girardi to "go with the flow" at catcher
  • With Francisco Cervelli expected to miss at least six weeks with a fractured right hand, manager Joe Girardi has a decision to make regarding who will be catching for Hughes on Sunday.
Chris Stewart caught Hughes' last game, but Austin Romine -- recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday -- will get a look.

"He's going to catch some," Girardi said of Romine. "I'm going to catch Stew [on Saturday], but I'll look at it every day. We've got to see how Austin does when we put him in this situation. And how he does will probably [determine] how much we use him."

"Kind of like what we've had to do this first part of the year, we'll just go with the flow a little bit."
  • Kevin Youkilis made his return on Saturday after being sidelined for about a week with a back injury. He went hitless in four plate appearances, but he did draw a walk and score a run in New York's 5-4 win.

Blue Jays: Offense struggling in key spots
  • As a team, the Blue Jays are hitting .190 with runners in scoring position -- the lowest average in franchise history after 25 games. On Saturday, Toronto was 0-for-9 in such situations, and the club is 5-for-33 (.152) with runners in scoring position on its current road trip.
  • Saturday's loss marked the 10th defeat for the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium since the start of the 2012 season. In that span, the club has posted a 2-10 record in the Bronx.
  • Saturday marked the first time the Blue Jays had lost three straight games this season.

Worth noting
The last time Hughes pitched against Toronto, he became only the second Yankees pitcher in history to strike out four batters in one inning. Blue Jays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria reached on a passed ball, allowing the righty to reach the milestone. Former Blue Jays right-hander A.J. Burnett first accomplished the feat with New York against Colorado in 2011.

Exclusive: Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend in heart talks about their crazy drug- and fight-filled affair

Taken from the New York Post

They fought so loudly that the neighbors could hear every word through the walls. Their lives revolved around clubs and drugs. And on one terrible night in Manhattan last May, in the heat of an epic squabble, Yekaterina Pusepa plunged a kitchen knife into the chest of boyfriend Alec Katsnelson, nearly piercing his heart, police say.

Yet the 23-year-old Latvian-born stunner, who had taken back Alec after he allegedly hurled her down a flight of stairs, can’t let go.

Asked if she still loves him, Pusepa paused.

“I don’t know,” she whispered.

In a winding, hours-long jailhouse interview, Pusepa described a mad, tragic love affair — one that could end with her spending 12 years in prison, then being deported to the country she left when she was 11 and where she has no friends or family.

Katsnelson, 23, who underwent surgery and recovered from the wound, is already out of the hospital and back to his hard-partying ways, she claimed.

He has not come to see her at Rikers, where Pusepa faces attempted-murder charges and is being held on $75,000 bail while her court-appointed attorney battles the Manhattan district attorney for police reports on the case.

His only attempt to communicate with her came in the form of a cold, direct order: Abort our baby.

She claimed he impregnated her in March 2012 at roughly the same time as their first big fight, which ended with Katsnelson being led off in handcuffs.

Then, when she was arrested, he sent word to Pusepa through her friend that he had no intention of becoming a father, she said.

“He said he wanted me to have an abortion,” she told The Post.

Pusepa rejected his demand but later went through with the procedure after learning the child would have been removed from her and placed in foster care.

“I was told the baby would go into the system, and I didn’t want that,” she said.

Her feelings about Alec now?

“He’s a child,” she said. “He has no remorse. He supposedly had all these injuries, and he’s running around in the streets, smoking . . . going to clubs. We’re both in this because of what he did.”

Theirs was not the fairy tale Pusepa imagined when the two met at the club Pacha in November 2011.

She cut an alluring figure: wavy brown hair, porcelain skin and a sultry stare. Pusepa worked as a waitress at Southern Hospitality, the Hell’s Kitchen barbecue restaurant owned by Justin Timberlake, and lived with a male roommate in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She enjoyed hitting the club scene.

Katsnelson was a regular at Pacha, the cavernous West Side dance hall, a chiseled hunk with a football star’s physique who managed a Manhattan Duane Reade drugstore.

He offered ecstasy to her and her friend, Pusepa claimed. They talked and danced, and soon began dating.

“We were exclusive,” she said.

Katsnelson tells it differently, saying that he never sold or used drugs, that she cheated on him, and that he never knocked her up.

“She’s lying,” he said. “We weren’t even having sex at the end.”

Though she said she never moved in with Katsnelson, the two spent nights together at his Gold Street pad downtown.

Recreational drugs were always around, she said. Pusepa admitted to abusing ecstasy.

“I had a drug problem,” she said.

He was no less interested, she said.

Their March fight erupted, she claimed, when Pusepa discovered he had stolen money from her purse — a charge he denied at first, but then tried to justify by saying, “What’s yours is mine, and what’s mine is yours.”

Neighbors at the time said the quarrel was triggered when he confronted her about her drug use.

He “put his hands on me,” she said. “I thought I had broken my tailbone. It hurt so bad, I couldn’t sit down.”

Katsnelson was busted for assault and spent a weekend in jail, but charges were later dropped. His family blamed her for the dust-up. She got an order of protection against him.

But the two got back together.

“He pursued me, and I was in love. I thought he could change,” she said.

Then came the fight that changed both their lives.

Police said Pusepa first claimed that Katsnelson grabbed the knife as she held it and plunged it into his own chest in a twisted suicide attempt, then changed her story to say she struck with the blade to fend him off.

Katsnelson said the two had been drinking when he received a call from another woman. Pusepa flew into a rage, he said, and began ransacking his apartment. He tried to stop her, after which she stabbed him, Katsnelson claims.

When police arrived, Pusepa was standing in the street sobbing, drenched in blood.

Pusepa complained that the media had misquoted her statements and portrayed her as “some kind of monster.”

She refused to discuss the incident in detail, but added, “The stories that came out said I dragged his
body out of the building and into the street. He’s 6-2 and 250 pounds. I called 911 and stayed with him to make sure he was OK.”

She claimed that during the course of their six months together, Katsnelson had sought to control her by frequently bringing up Pusepa’s vulnerable circumstances: no family or close friends.

Her mother, Tatiana, had moved from Riga, Latvia, to LA in 2001 with Pusepa and the girl’s grandmother to be with the mother’s sister.

But her mother fell ill with ovarian cancer and died in 2006, and Pusepa came to New York, bunking at a youth hostel in Times Square. She had a green card and was applying for residency.

“I wanted a fresh start,” she said.

The outcome of the case is uncertain. Pusepa’s attorney plans to argue self-defense, she said; the DA has not offered any deals, insisting on a dozen years behind bars.

Katsnelson doesn’t think “anybody should rot in jail,” but said he’ll never reconcile with her.

“Everybody has feelings for someone they loved once in their life, but when you have something that traumatic happen, there’s no way you can go back,” he said.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Anthony Weiner returns to Twitter

Anthony Weiner has unzipped a new Twitter account. But it’s not as big as it once was.

Returning with a new account - @anthonyweiner – and new logo that reads, “Fighting to keep New York City the Capital of the Middle Class,” his new account has only 3,000 followers so far compared to 67,000 on his old account.

His first tweet was a link to his Keys to the City policy tome, which lists 64 ideas for improving the city. His second tweet points readers to his idea to end prohibition for hybrid cabs.

“For earth day: Idea 54.” Weiner tweeted.

Asked why he chose to return to Twitter, Weiner, who is mulling a run for mayor, said the time had come.

“It seemed like a fresh start was in order especially in light of all the new ideas around which I am hoping to drive conversation and debate,” he said in an email to the New York Post.

He declined to say whether Huma had placed parental controls on his account or whether he trusted himself with the technology that ended his congressional career.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll has Weiner coming in second place at behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Senator says dead Boston suspect's name misspelled on 2011 Russia trip, 'name never went into system'

WASHINGTON — A Republican senator says the name of Tamerlan Tsarnaev — the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who died in a firefight with police — was misspelled on his 2011 trip to Russia.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tsarnaev's correct name never went into "the system," and this thwarted the FBI in discovering the six-month trip. Graham said on Fox News that he spoke to the assistant director of the FBI on Sunday night.

Graham's spokesman, Kevin Bishop, confirmed the senator's comments on Monday.

The trip is the subject of the investigation into last Monday's deadly bombings.

Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House intelligence committee, had said Sunday that Tsarnaev may have used an alias to travel to Russia. Rogers made the comments on NBC.

Meanwhile, the FBI is probing whether Tsarnaev’s widow knew about his deadly marathon plot, a law-enforcement source told The Post yesterday.

Federal agents yesterday made three visits to the Rhode Island home of the parents of Katherine Russell, 24, an all-American-girl-turned-terrorist’s-bride.

During the first encounter, the agents were in the home for about 10 minutes.

A couple of hours later, The New York Post observed the same agents — two men and a woman — briefly speaking with Russell’s mom, Judith, through the door. Russell, who has a 3-year-old daughter, Zahara, with Tsarnaev, 26, is believed to have been inside.

Look Out for New Transit Watch Decals on Buses

Look Out for New Transit Watch Decals on Buses
The success or failure of a program often hinges on the materials that draw attention to it and with that in mind, members of the Bus Operator Action Committee (BOAC) met recently at the Tuskegee Airmen Bus Depot to put the final touches on the design of the Transit Watch decal that will be displayed on thousands of buses throughout the City.

The creation of Transit Watch, was announced last year by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in the weeks after a joint conference convened by the MTA and the Transport Workers Union Local 100 to address an increase in the number of assaults on MTA personnel.

At the recent meeting, MTA Director of Labor Relations Anita Miller was thanked and acknowledged by the Bus Operator Action Committee as the conscience of the organization that has both helped guide the Transit Watch program to reality and voiced the need for an appropriate decal awareness campaign on the bus. The decal was developed for the BOAC team by the NYC Transit’s Department of Corporate Communications in collaborative effort with BOAC.

“The Transit Watch decal is a symbol of our commitment to keeping our bus operators safe while they are serving our customers day in and day out,” said Miller. “Should an unfortunate situation arise, Transit Watch urges customers to come forward and stand up for the transit workers who serve them every day by making themselves available to give statements so that offenders can be caught and prosecuted.”

The Committee, co-chaired by Wayne Galante for the MTA and Frank Austin for TWU Local 100, was originally set up in the wake of an assault of a NYCT Bus Operator in 2002. Current efforts of BOAC have been initiated since the tragic murder of Bus Operator Edwin Thomas’ and a rash of assaults on bus operators. The collaborative effort between NYC Transit and the TWU has been instrumental in incorporating bus operator shields, safety cameras and the overhaul of bus operator training procedures focused on minimizing confrontations with customers.

It is already a felony in the State of New York to assault a transit worker on duty, but Transit Watch goes farther with the creation of a public awareness outreach campaign that encourages the active participation of transit customers, urging them to come forward and serve as witnesses if they see an assault on a transit worker. Customers who see a crime take place are asked to call the NYPD’s CrimeStoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls are kept strictly confidential, and you need not provide your name.

Spokeswoman for Yankees' Cano on Biogenesis list; MLB investigating: report

Yankees star Robinson Cano has denied ever using performance enhancing drugs or having any association with Biogenesis, but another person close to him has been linked to the clinic which provides PEDs to athletes and the MLB is looking into the matter further, according to ESPN.

Sonia Cruz, a spokeswoman for "The Robinson Cano Foundation", is listed as a client for Biogenesis, and the website reports that she owed money in July and August last year. Cruz had stated she had no relationship with Biogenesis before saying on Monday she did but that it wasn't for anything PED-related.

"I met with a nurse who works for the clinic, but I met her outside the clinic just to talk to her about a diet program they have for women. I never went through with it once she explained what it was. I thought it was just a diet/nutritional thing, but it was diet, nutrition, pills and stuff," Cruz, who remains in that position, told "Outside the Lines" via phone on Monday.

Cano was questioned about the report before the Yankees played the Rays on Monday night.

"I know myself. There's nothing else I can say. I didn't know about the story," Cano said.

Two of Cano's closest friends in baseball, Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera (suspended 50 games last season for using a banned substance) have been linked to the clinic. The Yankees second baseman said that he never spoke with Tony Bosch, the clinic's founder, and was not one of the around three dozen players who have been associated with it.

"I don't even know where that is," Cano said when asked about Biogenesis.

Cano has been one of the most consistent players in the league since emerging as a rookie in 2005. He has hit 25 or more home runs and driven in 85 or more runs each of the past four seasons, and is a career .309 hitter. He was recently named the World Baseball Classic MVP with a .459 average and two home runs leading the Dominican Republic to a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico in the final.

The 30-year old had his $15 million option picked up by the Yankees for this season but is set to become a free agent at season's end. Cano has stayed focused on the field this season with five home runs and a .324 batting average through 17 games.

"I hope it wouldn't be. He had to deal with it last year," manager Joe Girardi said when asked if he thought Cano would be distracted.

Each Trip on a Train or a Bus Prevents Emission of 10 Pounds of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent

MTA operations reduce the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions of the region by 17.1 million metric tons in 2011. With 8.5 million riders per average weekday, that means each trip on a train or bus prevents the emission of 10 pounds of greenhouse gases, on average, compared with making that trip by car.
“Each and every time you make the decision to step onto a train or bus, you are helping to prevent climate change and secure a sustainable future for the next generation,” said Thomas F. Prendergast, the MTA Interim Executive Director. “Riding the train or the bus is something to feel good about.”
Different trips conserve different amounts of greenhouse gases. Electric-powered trains produce lower emissions than diesel-powered buses; and the longer the trip and the more congestion one would encounter by driving, the greater the carbon savings. Here are samples of the carbon avoidance of specific MTA trips.
  • A 27-mile trip from Tarrytown to Grand Central Terminal on Metro-North Railroad prevents emission of 19.7 pounds of carbon dioxide/equivalent (CO2e).
  • A 25-mile trip from Bensonhurst to the Bronx Zoo on the New York City Subway prevents emission of 21.9 pounds of CO2e.
  • An 8.3-mile trip from West 106th Street to LaGuardia Airport on the M60 bus prevents emission of 3.3 pounds of CO2e.
Four videos of children speaking about the importance of protecting the environment by using public transportation can be found here:
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The MTA determines its greenhouse gas emissions using a protocol established by The Climate Registry, a non-profit organization that measures the carbon footprints of companies and government bodies. The figures are fully audited by an independent greenhouse gas verifier, LRQA Americas Sustainability, Inc. Estimates of avoided greenhouse gas emissions are developed following guidance from the American Public Transportation Association.
The MTA carefully quantifies its greenhouse gas emissions for all its facilities, vehicles, and operations, and factors those numbers into its per-trip carbon savings calculations. In 2011, the MTA released a total of 2.09 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent through its operations, which is 103,647 fewer metric tons than the prior year. Nearly 80% of the MTA’s greenhouse gas emissions result from generating the electricity that powers subways and commuter trains, as well as burning fuel – largely compressed natural gas and ultra-low sulfur diesel – in buses and diesel commuter trains. Only 20% of the emissions come from “behind-the-scenes” operations, like maintenance facilities or offices.