Japanese Nuclear Reactor Leaking Radioactive Water; Meeting to Save 35 Cooper Square; Deadly Cobra Remains at Large


“Highly radioactive” water has leaked from a reactor at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and there are worries that it may leak into the ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Co. has asked French companies for help in controlling the reactors. On Sunday, radiation levels rose to 100,000 times above normal in Reactor 2. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said, “The radiation had mainly been contained in the reactor building.” [Reuters, NYT]

An explosion at an ammunition factory in Yemen has killed 40 and wounded 90 people. The factory had been taken over by militants on Sunday. [CNN]

Joe Biden’s team has apologized, sort of, for trapping reporter Scott Powers in a closet during a recent fund-raiser. “Scott — You have our sincere apologies for the lack of a better hold room today,” wrote Vice President Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander. [CBS]

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and the developer of 35 Cooper Square, Arun Bhatia, will meet to discuss the possibility of saving the building. (Meanwhile, the damaged rooftop is currently exposed to the elements.) [EV Grieve, Bowery Boogie]

Police radios don’t work in JFK’s JetBlue terminal. Instead, Port Authority officers have pre-programmed cell phones to communicate in case of emergency. A fix for this will apparently cost $3 million. [NBC NY]

A public school in Brooklyn Heights is now saying the Pledge of Allegiance again after 10 years. [WNYC]

The deadly Bronx Zoo cobra that escaped Saturday is still on the loose. The Zoo director is confident the snake remains in the Reptile House. [NYP]