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A gang-related shooting in 1997 prompted the city to move the event to Thursday from Friday and to prevent food booths from opening after the burning.


City wants parks to be smoke-free

NEW YORK — New York City’s famous parks may be going smoke-free.

The city’s health commissioner said the next goal in Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s anti-tobacco crusade is to ban smoking at city parks and beaches.

New York City has more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities. The Parks Department is also in charge of 14 miles of beaches.

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said New Yorkers shouldn’t have to breathe secondhand smoke, even outside. He said children shouldn’t even have to see people smoking.

Mr. Bloomberg faced a tough political battle when he banned smoking in restaurants and bars in 2002.


Pregnant teen killed at school bus stop

CHARLOTTE | A pregnant 15-year-old was fatally shot in the head Monday as she waited at a North Carolina school bus stop, and her baby was in critical condition.

The shooting followed a domestic dispute, and authorities had identified a suspect, said police spokesman Rob Tufano, who declined to elaborate.

Tiffany Wright, who was eight months pregnant, was shot before dawn at a stop in north Charlotte. She attended Hawthorne High School, a school with a special program for pregnant teens.

Miss Wright was found by her foster mother, who had just walked Miss Wright to the bus stop and returned home, Mr. Tufano said. She heard at least three gunshots and went outside to find Miss Wright in the street.


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