BP Rolls Out the Lawsuits; Webcam Murder Suspect Arrested; MTA Wants to Sell Midtown Headquarters


• On the anniversary of the spill in the Gulf, BP is suing everybody they can think of, including Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig, for at least $40 billion; and Halliburton and Cameron International, the manufacturers of the device that failed to stop the leak, for $20 million and $12.9 million. They’ve also spent $2 million on lobbying. [Atlantic Wire]

Brian Dickson, 29, has been arrested in connection with the death of 23-year-old Qian Liu, an exchange student from China who was killed in her apartment in Toronto. Horrifyingly, a friend in China whom she’d been talking to on webcam was privy to the struggle until the attacker turned off Liu’s laptop [CNN]

• The widow of the victim of one of the Bronx bus crash victims has been granted a visa to come to the U.S. from China for his funeral. [NYT]

• A 7-year-old in special education in a Queens school was handcuffed and taken to the hospital after he got upset while decorating an Easter egg. Police and education officials defended the decision after the boy was “spitting and cursing and was acting in a threatening manner.” His mother says she won’t send him back to the school. [NBC NY]

• The MTA wants to sell its headquarters and two connected buildings on Madison Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets for as much as $150 million. The workers there would join those at the MTA’s Financial District building. [NY1]

• Prices on homes in the Hamptons have plummeted due to fears over tax hikes. Beach house, anyone? [NYP]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 21, 2011

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