NEW YORK — So many rats regularly lurk on a sidewalk in Brooklyn that it is the humans who avoid the rats, not the other way around. Not even cars are safe: Rats have chewed clean through engine wires. A Manhattan avenue lined with trendy restaurants has become a destination for foodies — and rats who help themselves to their leftovers. Tenants at a public housing complex in the South Bronx worry about tripping over rats that routinely run over their feet. New York has always been forced to coexist with the four-legged vermin, but the infestation has expanded exponentially in recent years, spreading to just about every corner of the city. “I’m a former Marine so I’m not going to be squeamish, but this is bad,” said Pablo Herrera, a 58-year-old mechanic who has counted up to 30 rats while walking on his block in Prospect Heights, just around the corner from the stately Brooklyn Museum. Rat sightings reported to the city’s 311 hotline have soared … [Read more...] about News Rats are taking over New York City
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By Chip Alexander The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Mon., May 6, 2019 If you’re Rod Brind’Amour, what do you do? The Carolina Hurricanes coach could have an interesting decision to make as the Canes plan ahead for the Eastern Conference finals. Goalies Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney both have been very good and one has to be the starter, although the Canes’ opponent — either the Boston Bruins or Columbus Blue Jackets — and a starting date have not been set. Mrazek started the first nine games of the playoffs and was vital in knocking off the Washington Capitals in the first round. But he abruptly left Game 2 of the second-round series against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury, causing McElhinney, as he put it, to “Just grab your helmet and go.” McElhinney stopped all 17 shots he faced and was the winner as the Canes took a 2-1 victory at the Barclays Center in New York. With Mrazek out, he was back in net … [Read more...] about Mrazek or McElhinney? Hurricanes have time to mull it over
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Mon., May 6, 2019 Let me start today with a correction. Last week I answered a question by saying that the Patrick Marleau’s contract could not be bought out since he signed it when he was over 35. That’s not true. It can be bought out, it’s just that the cap hit will remain with the team. So, kind of, there’s no point. But maybe there is. Credit here to a faithful reader, Dave B, who patiently corrected me. I’ll let him explain. “Hi Kevin. Thanks for answering my question last week about getting another team to buyout Marleau. I have a follow-up comment about it. In your answer, you said that Marleau's contract can't be bought out because it was signed when he was over the age of 35. According to capfriendly.com, a 35+ contract can be bought out, but the team receives no cap relief from the buyout. They would only save 1/3 of the salary remaining on the contract, with the rest payable over … [Read more...] about Dubas Mailbag: Can the Leafs trade Patrick Marleau?