Morning Links: R.I.P., Tony Curtis; Violent Crime Up in NYC; Yarn Car Supplants Yarn Bike on L.E.S.


• Actor Tony Curtis — star of Some Like It Hot, The Defiant Ones (for which he earned an Oscar), and Spartacus, among other films — has died at the age of 85. He suffered chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The first of his five marriages was to Janet Leigh, with whom he had two daughters, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis. [EW]

• Wannabe bomber Faisal Shahzad had planned a second attack for two weeks after his Times Square attempt. [NY1]

• A British man believed to be acting with another Brit to coordinate “Mumbai-style” terror attacks in Europe has reportedly been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. [Telegraph]

• Violent crime is up by 13.2 percent in New York City. As of Sunday, the city had had 386 murders, compared with 341 at this point last year. [NYDN]

• After 24 reported instances of injuries, Fisher-Price Inc. is recalling more than 11 million toys for infants and toddlers, including tricycles, high chairs, and toys — some for causing “genital bleeding.” Yikes. [MSNBC]

• Today’s forecast: Heavy wind and rain, thanks to Tropical Storm Nicole. Most of New Jersey and parts of New York are under a flood watch through this afternoon. [NBC NY]

• The woman who knitted the yarn bike stationed on the LES has one-upped herself with a yarn car. [Bowery Boogie]

• Speaking of bikes, stylish New York ladies are wearing bikes now. But not helmets. [NYT]