[video] Ebola: Why the Outbreak Is Ending

Don’t believe the hype.

Feb, 3 — Less than six months ago, the CDC released a report that up to 1.4 million people could die from Ebola by mid-January. As of February 2015, the virus has claimed roughly 8,500 lives. What happened over this short period to curb the largest Ebola outbreak in history? Voiced by Bloomberg’s Drew Beebe.

[video] Richest 1% Will Dominate Wealth Next Year: Oxfam

Eat the rich. Occupy Wall Street tried to tell us but we didn’t listen.

The richest 1 percent are about to control a majority of the world’s wealth. That’s according to anti-poverty charity Oxfam, which said the slice of global wealth held by the world’s most affluent reached 48 percent last year, up from 44 percent in 2009. Bloomberg’s Yvonne Man has more on “First Up.”

[video] Don King on the state of Boxing, Heavy Weight Bout in Vegas

Don King is almost as famous as the boxing matches he promotes. Recall “The Rumble in the Jungle” and the “Thrilla in Manila,” with boxing stars such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Mike Tyson. This Saturday Don King has a heavyweight bout scheduled in Las Vegas with Deontay Wilder going at it with Bermane Stiverne. Don King joined Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox from Las Vegas to discuss the state of boxing, his upcoming fight and the news today of a potential Mayweather-Pacquiao fight this year. (Source: Bloomberg)

Four Dozen Shot in NYC over Holiday Weekend

It is a shame that a few knuckleheads mar the Labor Day festivities every year by bringing out guns, to what is supposed to be a celebration of cultures from the Carribean. I was there and the weather was perfect, food delicious and tons of beautiful women in scantily clad outfits. Fellas leave the guns at home and come and have a good time and stop destroying the biggest parade of the year.

Parade-goers flee in terror after a gunman opened fire on a crowd on Utica Avenue. (Todd Maisel/News)

via Daily News

Two men were shot at Eastern Parkway near Rochester Ave. on the sidelines of the massive celebration about 2:30 p.m., police said.

One man was shot in the abdomen and the other in the lower back after they got into a scuffle with the shooter. Both were expected to survive, sources said.

The gunman fled into the panicked crowd.

“Everyone started running,” said witness William Long. “I saw people knocking the barricades over.”

About a dozen blocks west on Eastern Parkway, the parade’s main thoroughfare, near Rogers Ave., a man was shot in the leg about 5 p.m. and taken to Kings County Hospital, officials said.

“He pulled it out and fired off two shots,” parade-goer Pauline Mash, 29, said of the gunman. “The crowd just went wild running.”

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Mayor Bloomberg Travels to Israel Amidst War

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is heading to Israel along with police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and New York Rep. Gary Ackerman. mayor_bloomberg

Spokesman Andrew Brent says the mayor “is going in order to show his support for Israel.”

The trip comes as Israel launches a ground offensive in Gaza following eight days of punishing airstrikes that failed to halt militant rocket attacks on Israel.

Bloomberg is scheduled to spend Sunday meeting with the mayors of Sderot and Ashkelon and with New Yorkers who have moved to Israel. He’s expected to be back in New York by Monday morning

The mayor has already voiced his support for Israel in recent days, saying he believes Israel has a right to defend itself.

Specialized NYPD Unit Tracks Graffiti Writers

NEW YORK (AP) — Graffiti artists come to New York City from all over the world to make their mark on subway cars, buildings and billboards. They spend hours surveying and then spray-painting hard-to-reach spaces with remarkable precision.

The finished product may be impressive, but it’s also illegal – and constantly being monitored by a specialized Police Department graffiti unit. The unit is sophisticated in its own right, keeping a database of offenders and holding weekly meetings to pore over graffiti crime stats.

The Citywide Vandals Task Force arrested nearly 3,800 people last year, up from 2,962 in 2006. They have made several high-profile arrests this year, including one Tuesday when a teen was accused of defacing a mural dedicated to Sept. 11 victims.
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In Fear Of Rogue Cops, Gov Paterson Outed Himself

I Confess

New York Governor David Paterson said the reason he outed his own marital indiscretions is because state legislators told him there was a rogue unit of state troopers that were illegally compiling dirt on politicians so to avoid being exposed he took the first step and neutralized them. To avoid the potentially embarrassing revelation that he’d been unfaithful to his wife with a fellow government worker Governor Paterson took the unprecedented step of holding a news conference on the first day of his governorship where he spilled the beans.

The outgoing governor, Elliot Spitzer had his reign come to an abrupt end after it was revealed he was patronizing high-priced hookers but his time in office was plagued by a controversy centered around the state police whom he’d illegally unleashed to drum up dirt on his political foes. So Paterson, apparently haunted by the skeletons in his closet took the advice of the Albany legislators who must’ve known the police were up to their dirty tricks. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been assigned to look into the rogue officers.
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