R.I.P., Jane Russell; Protestors Take to the Streets Again in Yemen; MTA Says No Fare Increases This Year


• R.I.P., Jane Russell, the fantastically proportioned Hollywood siren from the 1940s and ’50s, who appeared in The Outlaw and Gentleman Prefer Blondes, and was a wildly popular WWII pin-up. Russell passed away at her home in California at the age of 89 of respiratory difficulties after catching a bad cold, according to her daughter-in-law. Russell was a staunch conservative who hated the Clinton administration and was a fan of Ann Coulter. In the ’70s she was a spokeswoman for Playtex Cross-Your-Heart Bras. [CNN]

Protestors in Yemen have taken to the streets again, along with a cleric with supposed links to Al Qaeda who is calling for a replacement of the government with an Islamic state. The current president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has “accused Washington and Israel of fomenting unrest to destabilize the Arab world” — despite being backed by the U.S. for his time in power. [NYT]

• A driver reportedly had a seizure while trying to make a U-turn in his car last night at St. Marks and Avenue A. After taking out a pay phone, he hit the wall of Sushi Lounge. [EV Grieve]

• The New York City cop who allegedly raped a drunk East Village woman after escorting her home told her, while she was wearing a wire, that he used a condom, though his lawyer says he just admitted that to calm her down. He also apparently denied having sex with her. The recordings have been deemed usable at trial. [DNA Info]

Bob Arihood has more on the tragic death of Grace Farrell, the 35-year-old woman whose body was discovered on the steps of St. Brigids Church in mid-February. [Nadie Se Conoce]

Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to make NYC cabs fuel-efficient hybrids has been struck down by the Supreme Court, which said “it’s up to federal agencies — not local officials — to regulate fuel-economy and emissions standards.” Bloomberg says he will lobby Congress to change the law. [NYP]

• The MTA says they will not “look to fare increases” or service cuts to deal with budgetary problems this year. [NY1]