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Chaos in the White House, Madison Square Garden Is Scanning Your Face

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• Following last week’s deadly car crash in Park Slope, in which two children were killed, hundreds of safe streets advocates and elected officials marched from Prospect Park to the intersection of 9th Street and Fifth Avenue, the site of the crash, to demand better street design and red light camera enforcement.

Safety officials are looking into whether the inflatable floats on the helicopter that crashed into the East River Sunday deployed correctly at the time of the accident, while Senator Chuck Schumer wants the FAA to halt all flights by Liberty Helicopters, the company that owns the chopper involved in the crash, until the full safety investigation is completed.

• President Trump celebrated the news of a Republican House intelligence committee saying there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia by tweeting very loudly, firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (a firing that Tillerson allegedly learned of from a different tweet), replacing him with sitting CIA director Mike Pompeo, and putting deputy CIA director and confirmed torturer Gina Haspel in charge of the intelligence agency.

• Why does it constantly feel like subway trains are running so slowly? Turns out the MTA quite literally slowed down the trains in response to a 1995 accident, and it hasn’t revisited the issue since.

• The state assembly budget’s take on congestion pricing — proposals for which have suggested, among other things, charging vehicles for making trips in the city’s central business zone — would only add a surcharge to taxi and for-hire vehicles making such trips, a plan that advocates say doesn’t really help with the whole “congestion” thing.

• In other taxi news, the TLC may soon start allowing some yellow and green cabs to implement their own version of surge pricing and give customers the cost of a ride upfront.

• Governor Cuomo is looking at a number of election reforms this year, so here’s a ranking of them based on how effective they’d be in actually increasing voter turnout.

• Turns out that Madison Square Garden has been secretly using facial recognition technology for security purposes, which is a hell of a way to try to keep Charles Oakley out of the building.

• First Lady Chirlane McCray says she’s thinking of running for office in 2021, though not for mayor. That’s very optimistic, thinking we’ll still be around in 2021.

• A man traveled from Maryland to New York last weekend and then went on a multiday, three-borough crime spree, which included multiple carjackings and a fatal Williamsburg hit-and-run, before he was shot and killed by a cop in Garden City Monday morning.

• How does someone go from the marble and granite fabrication business to heading up one of the most beloved pizzerias in Brooklyn? Let Lucali’s Mark Iacono explain, while you stare at some delicious pizzas.

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