Senate to Vote on Debt Ceiling Bill Today; Artist Loses Paintings in Cab; Gigi Jordan’s Blood Sample Goes Missing


• The Senate will likely vote on the debt ceiling bill at noon today. The bill, which would cut $2.1 trillion in federal spending and increase the amount the government can borrow — a/k/a “a sugar-coated Satan sandwich” — passed in the House yesterday. [NY1]

• Renelio Marin, an artist who recently showed at the Hudson River Cafe, left two of his paintings in a cab after using it to transport his art back to his studio on the Upper East Side. He’s working with the TLC to find the works, which are valued between $2,000 and $2,500 each, and was able to track down the cab driver — but there are no leads. [DNA Info]

Gigi Jordan, the wealthy socialite charged with killing her 8-year-old son at the Peninsula Hotel, had given a blood sample after she was brought to Bellevue Hospital when her son was found dead. That blood sample, which defense lawyers had thought would prove a genuine suicide attempt rather than a fake suicide attempt meant to cover up the murder, has now gone missing. [NYT]

• A man believed to be Stuart Kuttner, 71, former News of the World editor, has been arrested in London and is “being questioned on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and suspicion of corruption.” [AP]

• There was hail in Queens and on Long Island last night. [NBC NY]

Gary Russo, an ironworker on the Second Avenue Subway project, sings karaoke during his 30 minute break daily to “soothe” the neighborhood. [NYP]