Madoff Defies Judge’s Orders

7 01 2009

Bernard L. Madoff, the financier accused of running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme,
violated his bail terms by sending his friends and family packages
containing 13 watches, 4 diamond brooches, a jade necklace, two sets of
cufflinks and other jewelry totaling at least $1 million, federal
prosecutors argued in a legal brief released Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Mr. Madoff had defied a judge’s orders not to
dispose of any assets by sending the packages of jewelry and valuables,
and they argued that his actions violated the conditions of his bail
and made him an increased flight risk. They asked that Mr. Madoff be
taken into custody.“The defendant has assets that cannot be effectively
restrained, and his ties to New York have been largely severed by the
loss of his New York business and his loss of status in the New York
community,” prosecutors said in the court filing.

Prosecutors, in
the brief filed Tuesday, said most of the items sent have been
recovered by the government. The brief said that two additional
packages with unknown contents had been sent to Mr. Madoff’s brother
and an identified couple in Florida.

The magistrate judge, Ronald L. Ellis of United States District Court
in Manhattan, is now expected to rule, possibly later today, on whether
Mr. Madoff should stay under house arrest at his Upper East Side
apartment, or be remanded to jail.

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Commuter Trains Crash In Boston

29 05 2008

Yesterday two commuter trains collided during the evening rush hour outside Boston on Wednesday, hurting several passengers and trapping the seriously injured operator of one train, authorities said.  A two-car train slammed into the back of another two-car train approaching Woodland Station.  The trains were packed with commuters.

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Same-Sex Marriages In NY

29 05 2008

Gov. David A. Paterson has directed all state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada. A case involving Patricia Martinez and Lisa Golden was cited in the directive changing policies on gay unions in New York.

In a directive issued on May 14, the governor’s legal counsel, David Nocenti, instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere “should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union.
The revisions are most likely to involve as many as 1,300 statutes and regulations in New York governing everything from joint filing of income tax returns to transferring fishing licenses between spouses.

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Boston Commuter Train Crash

29 05 2008

Yesterday two commuter trains collided during the evening rush hour outside Boston on Wednesday, hurting several passengers and trapping the seriously injured operator of one train, authorities said. A two-car train slammed into the back of another two-car train approaching Woodland Station. The trains were packed with commuters.

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29 05 2008

Yesterday two commuter trains collided during the evening rush hour outside Boston on Wednesday, hurting several passengers and trapping the seriously injured operator of one train, authorities said.  A two-car train slammed into the back of another two-car train approaching Woodland Station.  The trains were packed with commuters.

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Monkey Brain Powered Robotic Arm

29 05 2008

Two monkeys with tiny sensors in their brains have learned to control a mechanical arm with just their thoughts, using it to reach for and grab food and even to adjust for the size and stickiness of morsels when necessary, scientists reported on Wednesday.  The arms have a possibility of being used as prosthetics.