Japanese Nuclear Disaster on Same Level as Chernobyl; Sarah Coit Murder Update; Central Park Zoo Under Ticket Fire

The Fukushima Daiichi plant
The Fukushima Daiichi plant

• The Japanese government is now calling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crisis a disaster on the same level as Chernobyl, or "a Level 7 event on the international system." Tokyo Electric's president, Masataka Shimizu, has issued a new apology, saying "we will make the utmost effort to bring the situation to an end." While scientists think the radiation levels are only a tenth of what was released at Chernobyl, the levels of radioactive iodine and cesium released into air, water, and soil around the plant are "15 times higher than the threshold for a top-scale event," according to the latest figures. [CNN]

• There's more in the morning papers on the murder of 23-year-old Lower East Side resident Sarah Coit, who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Raul Barrera -- Coit's friends say she'd been trying to get away from Barrera, and a former neighbor says she was afraid he'd kill her. Barrera had a "record of seven domestic violence incidents with two former girlfriends from 2001 to 2004." [The Lo-Down]

• Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have introduced a bill proposing a wireless broadband network that would connect emergency responders on the local, state, and federal levels so they can share information in the event of a terrorist attack or crisis. [NY1]

• Banning trucks from the lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows bridge after the 9/11 terror attacks has caused the upper deck to require a $419 million replacement, which will be the "biggest such project in MTA Bridges and Tunnels history." The deck replacement will take from 2012 until 2016. [SILive]

Upcoming Events

Central Park ticket salespeople are recommending the $18 "Total Experience" admission fee, not telling customers of the cheaper $12 general admission option. People are not happy about this! [NYP]

• After the faux-summer weather of yesterday, it will get cold again today, so...bring a sweater. [NBC NY]


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