Barack Obama to Unveil Budget Plan; Hosni Mubarak Detained; Advocates Meet With Developer of 35 Cooper Square


• Following last week’s near government shutdown, President Obama will lay out his deficit strategy today in a speech at George Washington University. According to a White House official, the speech will emphasize “shared prosperity and shared responsibility,” a balanced approach to control expanding deficits, and the protection of “vital spending for education, innovation and clean energy” along with “holding down domestic spending, cutting defense spending, reducing costs while strengthening Medicare and Medicaid, and tax reform.” [CNN]

• Former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak has been detained (despite reportedly suffering a heart attack on Tuesday night) and his sons Gamal and Alaa are being held in Tora prison while authorities investigate allegations of corruption, abuse of authority, and squandering of public funds. [Guardian]

• A mom in upstate New York killed herself and three of her young children by driving into the Hudson River last night. She let her 10-year-old son out of the car before driving off a boat ramp; he ran for help. Emergency workers found the vehicle submerged after searching for about an hour. [NYP]

Samuel Kellner, a Brooklyn rabbi, has been arrested for allegedly paying a witness to say he was abused by Rabbi Baruch Lebovits, who was sentenced to prison a year ago after being convicted of child molestation. The Brooklyn D.A. will be holding a news conference on the matter. [NBC NY]

Advocates fighting to save 35 Cooper Square met with developer Arun Bhatia yesterday to talk about options for keeping the building intact along with a development plan for the site. Bhatia’s team “basically said they’ll think about it.” [DNA Info]

Justin Bieber will not be meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu after all. [Telegraph]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 13, 2011

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