Joran Van Der Sloot Dumped by Lawyer; Seniors Volunteer to Work at Damaged Japanese Nuclear Plant


• Joran van der Sloot, still the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, who has been in custody in Peru awaiting trial for the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores, has been dumped by his lawyer Maximo Altez, who said, “I cannot defend this case in the way he wants me to.” [NYP]

• A group of age 60-plus Japanese retirees are volunteering to help with the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant since “elders have less sensitivity to radiation.” Tokyo Electric Power Company says it appreciates their offer but that they have enough workers at the plant. [CNN]

• An E.coli outbreak believed to be from Spanish cucumbers has killed at least 16 people in Europe, largely in Germany. It’s not clear where the cucumbers were contaminated. [NYDN]

8 people were shot to death in New York City — 6 in Brooklyn and 2 in the Bronx — over Memorial Day weekend, including a woman walking with her 2-year-old baby. The New York Times points out that we’re pretty much on par with 2010’s murder rate. [NYT]

• Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is conducting a campaign on the Upper East Side to raise awareness after an 85-year-old woman was attacked on 83rd between Madison and Fifth Avenues on Monday. New video of the attacker has been released. [86th St. Association]

* Police are now investigating an attempted attack on a 25-year-old woman that occurred days before in the same neighborhood, though they’re not linking the two suspects. [DNA Info]

• There are still a few parks where you can smoke in the city. [WSJ]

• In New York today temperatures will reach the high 80s. Parts of New Jersey are under an excessive heat warning. Stay cool! [NBC NY]