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A pajama-clad Manhattan woman who jumped from the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday is recovering from hypothermia in Bellevue today after Police Department divers jumped from a helicopter and pulled her out of the East River. The Times has an interview with the divers

The Arbeit Macht Frei (Work will make you free) sign over the gates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau nazi concentration camp in Poland was stolen last week. The sign has already been replaced by a replica, but museum authorities are concerned that that thieves may have been Holocaust deniers who hope to discredit the authenticity of the camp by pointing out the replacement sign. The timing of the theft may be connected to last week’s decision by Germany to pay half the cost of restoring the camp’s buildings.

A Brooklyn man who illegally took over a city-owned lower Manhattan lot and charged a fee for parking in it in September was caught when DNA on a soda can he left behind was matched to his sample on a registered sex-offender database. Steven Pappas was charged with felony third-degree burglary and misdemeanor second-degree criminal impersonation. He’s currently on parole for the first-degree sexual abuse that landed him on the sex offender registry to begin with. It’s not the only time Pappas has tried this. He was arrested in September for illegally charging drivers to park at an abandoned construction site on Maiden Lane.

The Village People are threatening to sue british “Naked Chef” Jamie Oliver, who is promoting a series of shows set in the US on Britain’s Channel 4 with commercials in which he dresses like, well, the Village People to the tune of a Village People song.

An eighteen-year-old man in Orange County is charged with multiple counts of misconduct with an animal after a surveillance camera caught him having sex with the horses at the Goshen Historic Track. Workers at the track suspect that Erick Rivera, or someone, has been doing that since they started finding horses immobilized in their stalls in the morning back in July.

In the latest edition of the tri-state area’s ongoing epic compulsion to use Jersey Shore as an excuse to display its ugliest regional class issues to the world, Paul Mulshine of the Newark Star-Ledger would like New Yorkers to know that we’re trash, and Jersey kids are so classy they’re practically from California, only, you know, beachier.


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