Irene Comes Ashore; Bonds' Conviction Upheld; DSK Leaves NYC

Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina at about 7am today. The storm was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, but winds were still recorded at about 90 mph. The storm is expected to continue up the Eastern seaboard to New York, where mandatory evacuations have already been ordered for low-lying coastal areas. The MTA plans to shut down service at noon today, so plan ahead. [NYT]

A federal judge upheld the perjury charges against Barry Bonds. He was initially charged with perjury in regards to statements he made in 2003 about steroid use. "It is clear from the language of the indictment, as well as from the manner in which the government has proceeded prosecuting this case, that defendant was at risk of being convicted of obstruction of justice on the basis of any and all statements that he made to the grand jury that were evasive, false, or misleading," wrote the judge in her decision. [CNN]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn left New York yesterday afternoon after being dismissed of all sexual-assault charges filed against him. Strauss-Kahn and his wife, Anne Sinclair, left for Washington DC from LaGuardia. He is expected to visit the IMF and then continue to France. [NYDN]

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