Hello, Spring; Japan Death Toll Rises; the Irish Have Not Forgiven Mike Bloomberg

Hello, Spring; Japan Death Toll Rises; the Irish Have Not Forgiven Mike Bloomberg

• Today is Friday, and beautiful -- it will be sunny and 70-plus degrees. Break out the spring jacket, or play it fast and loose and go without. The whole weekend, in fact, will be gorgeous! Spring...it's sprung. [Weather]

• Back when it was blizzarding and freezing outside, things we can barely remember, it turns out that there were actually very few tickets given to people who didn't clear their sidewalks in time. None were given during the initial Christmas blizzard, and a mere 4,734 tickets were given, mostly from Jan. 12 - 16. According to the New York Times, the city could have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars with more stringent ticketing. [NBC NY]

• Sad news...Japan's death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that followed has now risen to 6,911, with 10,316 or more people missing, reports the National Police Agency. Meanwhile, the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is still "very grave," according to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. [CNN]

• Many are concerned that the Japanese government is not telling the whole truth about the nuclear accidents and the danger to the public. Approximately 80,000 people are covered by the evacuation "advisory" that's been issued for areas within 12 miles of Fukushima Daiichi and 6 miles of Fukushima Daini. [NYT]

• The Irish community is still pissed at Mike Bloomberg for calling them drunks last month at the American Irish Historical (he told a joke about "inebriated people" hanging out of the windows). In retaliation, he was booed and heckled at yesterday's parade by certain "inebriated people." Beer summit! [NYP]

• In today's weird injection news, socialite Anne Bass and her boyfriend Julian Lethbridge were allegedly held captive in 2007 by an ex-butler who injected them with a blue fluid that he said was a deadly virus. The former butler, Emanuel Nicolescu, was arraigned yesterday on charges of conspiracy to commit extortion. He pleaded not guilty. [NYDN]


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