Metro North Commuter Train Hits Car, Kills 6

Six people died this evening when a crowded Metro North Harlem Line train hit a Jeep Cherokee north of White Plains, New York.
More than 750 Passengers were estimated to be inside the train and they were evacuated to the back, MTA says.
The head car of the train set on fire immediately after the crash.
It’s not clear what led to the crash at this hour.

Metro North stated on their Twitter account that the Harlem Service is temporary suspended between North White Plains and Pleasantville.

Noe I. For Windows of the World


Late Saturday Nightclub Fire in Brazil Kills More Than 200

At least 233 people died and 92 are still missing in late Saturday tragedy inside a nightclub at the Kiss club in the university town of Santa Maria, in Brazil.

At approximately 2am local time Sunday, a pyrotechnic display set fire to the ceiling and started a big fire that killed dozens and other dozens were trapped in the panic of the confusion.

Outside of the Kiss club in the university town of Santa Maria, Brazil.

Approximately 50 funerals were expected to take place today at the local cemetery of Santa Maria which opened at early 7:30am local, where half-hour intervals were scheduled.

Night Club owner and two members of the band were arrested by police that are investigating the blaze. Police inspector said arrests were ‘provisional’ and there’s no criminal accusation at this time.

View from inside the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria after the fire that killed more than 200 people. Yuri Weber/ Agencia O Dia via Reuters

According to some sources, firefighters were struggling to get inside the building due to a ‘barrier of bodies’ blocking the entrance. Survivors told local news that security guards tried to prevent people from getting outside the building, fearing that people would leave without paying their tab.

Noe I. for Windows of the World.

NY: 30 Treated for Smoke Inhalation from Long Island Fire

About 30 people were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation after a fire erupted at a Long Island apartment building.

Nearly 70 people evacuated the seven-story Hempstead building at 590 Fulton Ave. on Sunday night.

Newsday says firefighters used high-rise ladder buckets to rescue residents who screamed for help through their open windows.

Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion. More than 300 firefighters from 30 volunteer departments were at the scene. Four Nassau County buses shuttled about 100 evacuees to a temporary shelter.

Fire officials say a stove malfunctioned in a second-floor apartment. But the official cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire started around 6:20 p.m. and was contained around 8 p.m.

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Week in Pictures: May 31 – June 7

Space shuttle Enterprise is carried by barge underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on June 3, in New York City. Enterprise was on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, where it will be on permanent display.

Brandon Harder, gas man for Jimmie Johnson, goes airborne as Johnson accelerates from the pit during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 27.

People gather at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, June 3. A passenger plane carrying more than 150 people crashed in Nigeria’s largest city, killing everyone on board and several others on the ground. The pilot is said to have reported engine failure just before the aircraft went down.

A Pakistani boy who lives near a brick factory covers his face with a scarf to avoid a sand storm on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, June 6.

Venus appears as a small black dot (upper left corner) against the massive surface of the sun on its orbit between Earth and the center of our solar system, June 5. The transit of Venus across the sun is one of the rarest celestial sights visible from Earth. The event marked the last time Venus will cross the sun (as seen from Earth) for 105 years.

Kazakh nomads herd their livestock across a plain in Altay, China. The Altay, known in Chinese as the Aletai region, is situated in the most northern part of Xinjiang, sharing a border on the east with Mongolia and on the west with Russia.

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Fort Lee, NJ Issues Tickets To Walking-And-Texting People

If you’re caught texting while crossing the street in Fort Lee, N.J., you’d better be ready to cough up $85 for a ticket.

Police Chief Thomas Ripoli said that jaywalking had become a dangerous problem with pedestrians traveling while distracted by technology, be it their cellphones or mp3 players.

“They’re not walking in the crosswalks. They’re walking against the red light, and they’re being struck by vehicles,” Ripoli said today. “We had three fatalities this year, and 23 people hurt, hit, [in] a three-month period.”

Last year, 74 pedestrians were struck and two people were killed in Fort Lee, a city of 35,000, just across the Hudson River from New York City.

Officers started handing out pamphlets in March, but Ripoli said that when residents didn’t heed the warnings, the police started ticketing offenders.

According to The Record, the local newspaper, more than 117 tickets had been issued so far.

In 2008, according to an Ohio State University study, more than 1,000 people — double the previous year’s number — visited emergency rooms after they were injured while walking and talking on the telephone.

Researchers at Stony Brook University in New York found that texters were 60 percent more likely to veer off line than those walking and not texting.

Chief Ripoli said he hoped the jaywalking crackdown would encourage the public to become smarter when traveling on foot.

He said the tickets had nothing to do with collecting more money for the city.

“I’m here to make sure my officers and the public are safe,” he said. “We believe you should make eye contact with the vehicles when you’re crossing. … Technology is interfering a little bit with the safety of the public.”


Cuba To Let Its People Leave The Country?

After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a “radical and profound” change is weeks away.

The comment by Parliament Chief Ricardo Alarcon has residents, exiles and policymakers abuzz with speculation that the much-hated exit visa could be a thing of the past, even if Raul Castro’s government continues to limit the travel of doctors, scientists, military personnel and others in sensitive roles to prevent a brain drain.

Other top Cuban officials have cautioned against over-excitement, leaving islanders and Cuba experts to wonder how far Havana’s leaders are willing to go.

In the past 18 months, Castro has removed prohibitions on some private enterprise, legalized real estate and car sales, and allowed compatriots to hire employees, ideas that were long anathema to the government’s Marxist underpinnings.

Scrapping travel controls could be an even bigger step, at least symbolically, and carries enormous economic, social and political risk.

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