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Morning Links: R.I.P., Paul the Octopus; Arrest Made in East Village Homicide; Law Student Wants Tuition Back


• Paul the Octopus, who captured our fickle fancy with his perfect game predictions for Germany (and correctly chose Spain over the Netherlands for the final), has shuffled off this cephalopodic coil at the age of 2 1/2. While he was fine when checked in his tank last night, he was found dead this morning. Foul play is not suspected. Nonetheless, we are rather depressed. Goodnight, sweet prince. He will, apparently, be cremated, not eaten.

There is some comfort in this time of sorrow: “Behind the scenes, a young Paul is already acclimatizing himself, he was meant to be trained by Paul the First in the coming weeks,” aquarium officials said. [Der Spiegel, NPR]

•  Iran has started to load its first nuclear reactor with fuel. It’s scheduled to go into operation early next year. [NYT]

• 40 are dead and 380 are missing after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, that also generated a “significant” tsunami. And on the Indonesian island of Java, the volcano Mount Merapi is erupting. [CNN]

• New York weather is in the 70s until Friday, when we’ll go back down to the high, fallish 50s. [Weather]

• City Councilman Vincent Gentile has it out for hookah bars — he’s expected to introduce a bill this week that would add hookah, and all other non-tobacco smoking products – to the city’s ban on indoor smoking. [NY1]

• An arrest has been made in the stabbing murder of 21-year-old Christopher Juska, who was killed early Monday outside of an apartment building at 7th Street between Avenues C and D. Jairo Pastoressa, 25, who lived in the building, is said to have turned himself in. He’s been charged with second degree murder. The two men apparently got in a fight over…of course…a woman and money. [DNA Info, EV Grieve]

• NJ Transit is back on track (and schedule) after a derailment Monday morning. [NBC NY]

• A woman jumped to her death from the Staten Island Ferry last night. [SILive]

• A third-year BU law student wants his tuition back in return for his degree. The school said no. [NYP]

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