Carlos Delgado knows there will be much riding on his back when he dons his World Baseball Classic jersey for Puerto Rico in March. The Met first baseman has been given permission by Roberto Clemente's family to wear No. 21, a number considered sacred on the island because of the selfless icon who wore it for the Pittsburgh Pirates. No Puerto Rican player has worn No. 21 in international competition since the Puerto Rican winter league officially retired it after the 1998 season. Delgado says he's "honored and flattered" that Lou Melendez, the GM of Puerto Rico's team, asked the Clemente family's permission and they said yes. There's nerves, too - "I have to make sure I don't embarrass myself," Delgado said. Thursday night, Delgado was scheduled to present a replica of the jersey he'll wear to the Clemente family in a brief ceremony at the Puerto Rican Sports Museum in San Juan. Delgado spent much of Thursday making donations and meeting with charities with his Extra Bases … [Read more...] about Carlos Delgado will honor Roberto Clemente at the World Baseball Classic
Cops arrested a 41-year-old suspect in the killing of a young man in a Brooklyn apartment building Wednesday, officials said yesterday.Carlos Melendez-Sanchez of Cypress Hills was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.The victim, 22-year-old Richard Acosta of Far Rockaway, Queens, was found shot dead in the third-floor hallway of a Crescent St. building in East New York.Cops did not discuss a motive for the killing. Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Bust in Brooklyn slay mystery
Buying fast food is a slow process for Carlos Melendez. It’s also one that leaves him embarrassed and deeply humiliated. “They treat me like I’m not a person, like I’m an animal,” said the blind, 43-year-old Bronx resident, who took the Daily News to Manhattan eateries last week to show how vision-impaired customers are treated. “They look at me like I’m not real, like I’m Mr. Magoo.” Melendez is one of many supporting a suit filed by Alice Camarillo, a blind woman from upstate New York who claimed she was ridiculed while ordering at fast-food eateries. Last week, a Manhattan federal appeals court said she has the right to sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Workers in restaurants including Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell and McDonald’s refused to read menus to her, served others first and mocked her, she said. “I’m proud of her,” said Melendez, who completely lost his sight after a … [Read more...] about Blind man humiliated at fast food joints
It's 12:01 a.m. on a winter Thursday: Lights out on Rikers Island, lights on inside the city’s 76 police precincts. The NYPD’s overnight tour is barely an hour old, with more than 1,000 officers on the streets and hundreds more toiling across the five boroughs. A half-dozen night watch detectives in a Brooklyn stationhouse work behind desks stacked with mug shots, notebooks, police reports. About 12,000 Rikers inmates sleep in their cells as the last gavels echo in the city’s night courts — the sound of imminent incarceration for some. Opportunists prey on dazed drunks sleeping it off on the subway. The city’s trigger-happy street gangs — Money Stackin’ High in Harlem, the Sheridan Gunners in the Bronx, Wave Gang in Brooklyn — slip into temporary hibernation. The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but they’re spinning 24/7 in New York — home to the nation’s biggest police force … [Read more...] about Day in the life of justice system: Crooks, cops and courts never rest
Sandra Reyes could have spent her Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day among the throngs gathered for the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Instead, she gave up her ticket to spend the frigid holiday with more than two dozen volunteers cleaning a fledgling community garden in Morrisania. “This will be a garden for the community and for our soup kitchen,” said Reyes, who runs the Caldwell Temple Soup Kitchen. “Martin Luther King talked about unity and working together to achieve a goal in peace and harmony. This is why we are here.” The volunteer effort was part of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger’s Annual MLK Serve-a-Thon. About 400 volunteers participated in 27 events over the long holiday weekend. The Caldwell Temple Soup Kitchen, 1288 Rev. James A Polite Ave., provides more than 175 meals weekly, as well as HIV and blood pressure screening and consultation, SNAP and WIC screenings, nutrition classes, parenting … [Read more...] about Volunteers gather on frigid MLK Day for a day of service in the Bronx to clean a community garden.