Morning Links: Drunk Guy Loses $1.3M Painting; Earl Downgraded; Pat Kiernan Attempts to Pull Off the Bieber


• James Haggerty has lost a $1.3 million painting, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s 1857 “Portrait of a Girl,” which he had been entrusted with in order to help sell. How? Oh, you know, the usual “drunken haze.” Our guess? He left it in a cab. Lesson: Don’t go out drinking with paintings. They’re kind of a drag anyway. [NBC NY]

• Hurricane Earl has been downgraded to a Category 3, with mandatory evacuations for parts of the North Carolina coast, which Earl is set to approach early Friday. [CNN]

• Lisa Murkowski has conceded the Republican Senate primary against Tea-Party-and-Palin-backed Joe Miller. [NYT]

• Alfonso Mendez, an officer from the 84th Precinct, has been suspended without pay for a traffic stop that may have contributed to the death of an 11-year-old suffering an asthma attack. [NYP]

• A law has been passed requiring health officials to alert parents if bedbugs are found in schools. [NYDN]

• Pat Kiernan tries to get the “Bieber” cut, with mixed results. [Pat’s Papers]

• The light poles of downtown NYC are getting a fresh paint job. [NYC The Blog]

• If you see something, skate something. [DNAInfo]