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New York City awakened Tuesday to a flooded subway system, shuttered financial markets and hundreds of thousands of people without power a day after a wall of seawater and high winds slammed into the city, destroying buildings and flooding tunnels.
Scenes of the damage were everywhere. At least 50 flooded homes in Queens caught fire and were destroyed. A hospital removed patients on stretchers and 20 babies from neonatal intensive care, some on respirators operating on battery power.
Where usually bustling crowds and traffic jams streamed through sidewalks, streets and subways, they were largely empty. And high above midtown, the broken boom of a crane continued to dangle precariously over a neighborhood.
"Oh, Jesus. Oh, no," said Faye Schwartz, 65, Tuesday morning as she surveyed the damage in her Brooklyn neighborhood, where cars were strewn like leaves, planters deposited in intersections and green metal Dumpsters tossed on their sides.
The storm was once Hurricane Sandy but combined with two wintry systems to become a huge hybrid storm whose center smashed ashore late Monday in New Jersey. New York City was perfectly positioned to absorb the worst of its storm surge — a record 13 feet.
Water lapped over the seawall in Battery Park City, flooding rail yards, subway tracks, tunnels and roads. Rescue workers floated bright orange rafts down flooded downtown streets, while police officers rolled slowly down the street with loudspeakers telling people to go home.
"We knew that this was going to be a very dangerous storm, and the storm has met our expectations," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "This is a once-in-a-long-time storm."
In Queens, nearly 200 firefighters tried to contain an enormous blaze that consumed 50 homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood. They had to use a boat to make rescues, firefighters told WABC-TV. They climbed an awning to reach about 25 trapped people and take them down to a boat.
Officials weren't immediately able to pin down the cause of the blaze.
Water surged into two major commuter tunnels — the Brooklyn Battery and the Queens Midtown — along with seven subway tunnels under the East River. The agency is assessing damage and will restore the system as quickly as it can, MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said.
The rains and howling winds left a crane hanging off a luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan, causing the evacuation of hundreds from a posh hotel and other buildings. Inspectors were climbing 74 flights of stairs to examine the crane hanging from the $1.5 billion building.
After a backup generator failed, New York University's Tisch Hospital began evacuating more than 200 patients to other facilities, including 20 babies from neonatal intensive care, some of them on respirators operating on battery power.
Without power, the hospital had no elevator service, meaning patients had to be carefully carried down staircases and outside into the weather. Gusts of wind blew their blankets as nurses held IVs and other equipment.
About 670,000 homes and businesses were without power late Monday in the city and suburban Westchester County.
In Schwartz's Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, residents who ignored a mandatory evacuation order awoke to debris-strewn streets and a continued blackout. About 2 inches of mucky dirt and leaves covered streets crisscrossed by downed power lines after water sloshed 12 blocks inland.
The doors of the Fairway grocery store were blown out. Several cars left in the parking lot were shifted by flood waters overnight and were left crammed door to door.
Schwartz and her husband rode out the storm on the third floor of the residences above the Fairway and said white-capped flood waters reached at least 3 feet around the building.
"It was scary how fast the water came up," she said.
The facade of a four-story Manhattan building in the Chelsea neighborhood crumbled and collapsed suddenly, leaving the lights, couches, cabinets and desks inside visible from the street. No one was hurt, although some of the falling debris hit a car.
The city shut all three of its airports, its subways, schools, stock exchanges, Broadway theaters and closed several bridges and tunnels Monday as the weather worsened. By evening, a record 13-foot storm surge was threatening Manhattan's southern tip and utilities deliberately darkened part of the borough to avoid storm damage.
It could be several days to a week before all residents who lost power during the storm get their lights back, Miksad said.
On Tuesday, the New York Stock Exchange was to be closed again — the first time it's been closed for two consecutive days due to weather since 1888, when a blizzard struck the city.
At 4 a.m., few people were out on the streets. Times Square was lit but empty of people. Round-the-clock restaurants and bars that would have been wrapping up after last call were closed. Only a handful of taxis plied the streets — but there was an abundance of emergency and police vehicles.
Uptown, windows of apartments and businesses glowed. But to cross through midtown was to be swallowed by darkness. Only a few emergency or backup lights appeared in buildings.
Late Monday, an explosion at a substation at 14th Street and FDR Drive contributed to the power outages. No one was injured, and ConEd did not know whether the explosion was caused by flooding or by flying debris.
Earlier in the day, another 1 million customers lost power in New York City, the northern suburbs and coastal Long Island, where floodwaters swamped cars, downed trees and put neighborhoods under water.
At least six people were killed in the New York City area, most by falling trees. The dead included two boys, ages 11 and 13, who were killed when a tree fell on a home in suburban Westchester County.
On coastal Long Island, floodwaters swamped cars, downed trees and put neighborhoods under water as beachfronts and fishing villages bore the brunt of the storm. A police car was lost rescuing 14 people from the popular resort Fire Island.
Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested 19-year-old Belle Chasse man for allegedly feeding his 2-month-old son enough alcohol to register a .289 percent blood alcohol content.
Cesar Ruiz was booked Sunday with attempted first-degree murder.
In Louisiana, drivers are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is .08 percent or more.
The infant, Lucas Ruiz, was initially admitted to the pediatric unit at Ochsner Hospital on Oct. 16 because of breathing difficulties.
While undergoing treatment, the child started having seizures and was moved to the pediatric intensive care unit, where his elevated blood alcohol level was discovered.
Col. John Fortunato said Ruiz told authorities he acted to relieve his son's suffering, and did not mean to kill him.
The infant's condition is unknown.
Here is another gem from our friends at World Star Hip Hop. There is a man from Northern China that divorced his wife and mother of his child for being ugly. No the wife didn't let herself go after the marriage it seems the wife had 100K in plastic surgery before the marriage.
It seems that after the birth of the couple’s daughter Jain Feng was appalled that the baby was so ugly. He first accused the wife of cheating because the butt ugly baby did not look like either of them. The wife then came clean and admitted that she had dramatically changed her appearance before the marriage.
Feng filed a suit claiming the wife convinced him to marry her under false pretenses. The judge agreed and awarded Jain Feng $120,000.00
I guess it is just the difference in cultures. Most American men wouldn't mind if their wife looked like Mao Tse Tung last year as long as she looked like Bai Ling today. I am guessing it is not all about the wife. In China having a baby girl is bad enough, having an ugly one must be unforgivable.
|"A man looks down at a boarded up Broad Street subway station across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. The MTA suspended all transit service today ahead of the storm.|
Everyone's favorite wallet-friendly online superstar, ASOS, released its holiday campaign starring music It Girls Azealia Banks and Ellie Goulding. In a preview of the #BestNightEver campaign, both ladies are dressed in full New Year's Eve perfection.
The online shopping site then teases us by asking, "Are you ready?" We mean, do we really even have to answer that?
Both artists' full campaigns have yet to be seen; however, the two photos released thus far are enough to inspire a head start on our Christmas lists. In her promotional photo, Banks mimics an ornament, sporting a bedazzled bustier, while Goulding features this season's baroque trend in a printed blazer and top.
|Serena Williams after defeating Maria Sharapova and winning her 3rd WTA Championships|
After smacking her 40th and final winner of the match on a forehand service return on championship point, Serena Williams clenched her left fist, then punched the air with her right. She then skipped to the net as winner of the WTA Championships for the third time, having defeated Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-3, in the final Sunday.
After the two shook hands, Williams turned and waved to the crowd on all sides of the sold-out Sinan Erdem Arena, a crowd that brought a level of noise and enthusiasm to the championships far exceeding previous events.
“Now that I can be honest, I really wanted to win and win this title and put a little pressure on myself,” Williams said in her post-match news conference. “Yeah, I wanted it so bad, but I didn't want to say it. I’m really excited that I was able to win it.”
Williams added: “I was like a heavy favorite going in to win this title, so for me it was really important. I mean, for my own sanity, so to say. I really wanted it, even though I didn't need it. Like I don’t think I needed to do anything else this year — or any other year — but I really wanted to end on a good note.”
Notes do not come much better than the one struck in the final. Williams had only 14 unforced errors and did not allow Sharapova a break-point opportunity.
In the wake of her struggles on the return game — she had been able to return only 52 percent of Williams’s serves — Sharapova was asked if Williams’s service motion was difficult to read.
“I mean, if I didn't have a break point, there is your answer,” she said, laughing.
Still, Sharapova’s performance was far more competitive than the 6-0, 6-1 humiliation she had suffered in the gold medal women’s singles match of the London Olympics in August, and closer also than her two losses to Williams before that, both by 6-1, 6-3 scores.
Perhaps annoyed with how close the first set had been, Williams smacked her left thigh agitatedly as she readied herself to return serve at the start of the second set. Six points later, she broke Sharapova’s serve for a second time. Her third and final break came in the last game.
Williams finished her season with a record of 58-4 and has lost only one of 32 matches since being beaten by No. 111 Virginie Razzano in the first round of the French Open in May, a run that included titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the United States Open.
At the Olympics, the Open and these championships, she lost a combined total of one set.
“I always said that if I’m playing well and I’m doing everything right, you know, it’s really difficult to beat me,” Williams said when asked if she was invincible when at her best. “I still believe that, which is great that I still can kind of play that way. You know, I feel like there are ways for me to improve, but I feel like it’s — I think it’s a true statement — without trying to sound full of myself or anything.”
The final came at a moment of uncertainty for the WTA Tour.
It was the last WTA match to be broadcast on the Eurosport family of networks, a tour partner of 14 years.
These championships were also the last with Sony Mobile as a major sponsor of the tour; the company previously downgraded its partnership from its role as title sponsor.
The tour is also looking for a host for the championships after Istanbul’s contract expires in 2013. The four finalist cities for 2014 are Mexico City; Singapore; Kazan, Russia; and Tianjin, China.
But as long as Williams is committed and winning, the WTA still has perhaps its most important asset, a notion that the WTA chief executive, Stacey Allaster, acknowledged in her annual State of the WTA address Sunday afternoon.
“She is a gift to us in women’s tennis,” Allaster said.
In the doubles final, which preceded the singles final, the Russian Olympic bronze medalist pair of Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova defeated the Czech silver medalist pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, 6-1, 6-4.
It looks like 2013 will mark the return of Slim Shady to the music scene. Eminem has put out limited edition baseball hats with the years of each of his solo albums on the side panel. 2013 is the last year noted on the hats.
|Buju Banton serving 10 years on two drug charges.|
|Seen entering Tampa courthouse.|
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