By Philip J. Victor, CBSNewYork.com
This week in the Tri-State we witnessed a story of honesty that put a smile on our face, read some incomprehensible Twitter remarks that had us shaking our head and dealt with melting snow that had us holding our nose and watching where we stepped.
Here is The Week In Review for 2/14/2011-2/20/2011:
Cab Driver Returns Bag Containing $100k Worth of Jewelry, Cash:
Could Zubiru Jalloh give honest Abe a run for his money? He would certainly have John James’ vote. James had taken Jalloh’s cab to his apartment at the National Arts Club, when he suddenly realized he had forgotten his tote bag containing $100,000 worth of jewelry, family heirlooms and cash in the car. Good as gone, right? Not exactly. Jalloh took the bag and kept it safe and James was able to track down the cabbie because he had kept his receipt. Upon returning the items and money, Jalloh reluctantly accepted a $1,000 reward from his relieved passenger. When asked why he didn’t just take the money and run, the Muslim driver said “this is my job — to be honest and truthful to people. That’s exactly what my religion told me.” Watch the Video
NYU Fellow Resigns After Twitter Remarks About CBS’ Lara Logan:
In the midst of a historic change of events in Egypt, which saw president Hosni Mubarak step down from power, CBS News’ chief foreign correspondent “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” in Tahrir Square. Author, journalist and NYU fellow Nir Rosen took to Twitter soon after and posted a series of insensitive and inconsiderate tweets. Rosen made light of the situation, saying Logan was trying to “outdo” CNN’s Anderson Cooper, was who also beaten covering the revolution in Egypt. In other Twitter messages, Rosen expressed an annoyance for “all the attention she will get” and referred to Logan as a “war monger.” A day later, Rosen resigned his post as a NYU fellow and said he was “ashamed” about his “insensitive” and “offensive” comments. Watch the Video
Scottish Deerhound Named Best In Show At Westminster:
You can call her an “underdog,” but she’s likely to respond to “winner” just as well. Scottish deerhound Hickory took top prize at the Westminster Kennel Club’s dog show this week. The 5-year-old beat out a field of other impressive pooches at Madison Square Garden to become to the first of her breed to win the purple-and-gold ribbon and silver bow. Hickory’s handler, Angela Lloyd told the Associated Press : “people who own, breed, show dogs dream of this day.” Watch the Video
Upper West Side Residents Fed Up With Fashion Week Generators:
Residents near Fashion Week’s new home at Lincoln Center said the droning noise coming from nine diesel-powered generators was just too much to take. The smoke and smell coming from the generators in the residential area had people saying they felt like they were “suffocating.” “I catch asthma attacks more often now since they’ve been here,” another resident told WCBS 880. Fashion week organizers said their generators met city standards. City environmental officials said a low sulfur fuel was being used, but that the generators didn’t have particulate filters.
Complaints of Poop-Ridden Neighborhoods In Upper Manhattan:
People living in Inwood and Washington Heights complained this week of seeing a pileup of doggie doo-doo. The Department of Sanitation said the dog feces were likely covered up by the piles of snow and were now being revealed as temperatures warmed up and the snow melted. Residents, however, seemed to blame each other and pointed to clean-up-after-your-dog laws not being followed or enforced. “We have to be very careful,” one resident told 1010 WINS. “Now it’s all coming out, yes. That’s what I’ve noticed.” Dog owners who don’t pick up after their pets can face a fine of $250, but officials admitted it was very difficult to catch someone in the act and enforce the penalty.