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These 27 luxe spring shoes are anything but shy | New York Post
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Manolo Blahnik for Zac Posen satin heels, $1,025 at Manolo Blahnik, 31 W. 54th St.

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Satin pumps with Swarovski crystal ball, $950 at Nicholas Kirkwood, 807 Washington St.

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Satin pumps, $775 at Oscar de la Renta, 772 Madison Ave.

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Silk satin mule heels, $555 at Sportmax, 450 West Broadway

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Python pumps, $625 at stuartweitzman.com

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Gianvito Rossi leather sandals, $985 at neimanmarcus.com

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Suede-and-leather sandals, $1,995 at brianatwood.com

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Patent leather boots, $850 at ralphlauren.com

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Sophia Webster patent leather sandals, $570 at neimanmarcus.com

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Bejeweled snakeskin sandals, $1,300 at renecaovilla.com

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Embossed leather heels, $1,395 at Proenza Schouler, 121 Greene St.

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Suede-and-feather sandals, $1,895 at jimmychoo.com

Studded python booties, $2,250 at Salvatore Ferragamo, 655 Fifth Ave.

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Casadei studded leather sandals, $1,250 at amazon.com

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Leather sandals, $925 at Tod's, 650 Madison Ave.

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Leather-and-suede heels, $1,225 at Giorgio Armani, 760 Madison Ave.

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Sergio Rossi leather sandals, $1,695 at Bloomingdale's, 1000 Third Ave.

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Cotton heels, $1,115 at dsquared2.com

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PVC heels, $865 at Christian Louboutin, 59 Horatio St.

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Printed cotton slingbacks, $695 at jeromecrousseau.com

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Aperlaï Paris suede heels, $1,000 at beigestore.com (available in April)

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Valentino crystal-coated heels, $1,595 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave.

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Givenchy lace-and-leather booties, $1,450 at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Printed pumps, $775 at Roger Vivier, 750 Madison Ave.

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Leather sandals, $775 at jasonwustudio.com

Python sandals, $1,150 at Gucci, 725 Fifth Ave.

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Leather pumps, $795 at Alexander Wang, 103 Grand St. Fashion Editor: Serena French Deputy Fashion Editor: Anahita Moussavian Fashion Assistants: Bree Bonagofsky & Teresa Yorkgitis Photos by: Brian Zak

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Russian PM makes surprise visit to newly annexed Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea — On a surprise visit Monday to Crimea, Russia's prime minister promised to quickly pour funds into the newly annexed peninsula so residents see positive changes after the Russian takeover.

Dmitry Medvedev, who led a delegation of Cabinet ministers to Crimea, pledged that Russia will quickly boost salaries and pensions there and pour in resources to improve education, health care and local infrastructure.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine earlier this month after a hastily called referendum held just two weeks after Russian forces had overtaken the Black Sea region. Ukraine and the West have rejected the vote.

"People in Crimea mustn't lose anything after joining Russia, they must only make gains," Medvedev said in televised remarks. "People expect us to create conditions for calm and respectable life, confidence in tomorrow, the feeling of being part of a strong country. We must meet these expectations."

He said the government will create a special economic zone in Crimea, a peninsula of 2 million people, that will create incentives for business with lower taxes and simpler rules.

"We must create a new investment history for Crimea, which will be more successful than what it has been," Medvedev said.

Medvedev particularly emphasized the need to ensure a stable power supply. Crimea currently gets about 80 percent of its electricity and a similar share of its water from Ukraine, and power cutoffs last week raised fears that the Ukrainian government could use energy as a weapon to bargain with Russia.

Medvedev said Russia already has made sure that Crimea has enough backup power capacity to ensure an uninterrupted electricity supply. He added that Russia will work on long-term solutions to Crimea's energy problem that could involve linking the region to Russia's power grid or developing local power generation.

He said efforts will also be made to quickly repair water supply infrastructure to reduce loss of water. In the future, Crimea could get water supplies from Russia or create its own water reservoirs.

Medvedev pledged that Russia will seek to develop Crimea as a top tourist destination and will try to ensure that air tickets are cheap enough to encourage more Russians to travel there.

Russia's defense minister, meanwhile, announced Monday that all Crimean men of conscription age will get a deferral from the draft for one year.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, part of Medvedev's retinue, tweeted a photo of himself upon arrival in Crimea, with the words "Crimea is ours, and that's that."


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The next hot fitness trend? Training like a Navy SEAL

Training for U.S. Navy SEALs, the special operations force, follows a warrior tradition that harkens back to Samurais, but fitness experts say the tough regime is gaining popularity with entrepreneurs, corporate executives, lawyers and elite athletes.

The workout, geared toward mental as well as physical transformation, is so demanding that the casual gym-goer looking to shed 10 pounds before swimsuit season need not apply.

"We look at training as being as important to our life as eating and sleeping," said retired Navy SEAL commander and fitness instructor Mark Divine, the author of "8 Weeks to SEALFIT: a Navy Seal's Guide to Unconventional Training for Physical and Mental Toughness."

SEALFIT draws on the varied, high-intensity interval training of CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, strongman exercises, yoga, and martial arts.

"CrossFit is baked into the SEALFIT model," said Divine, "but our workouts are much longer: two hours if you go through the whole thing."

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Learning how to repel down walls and from helicopters are standard parts of SEAL training.

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They also practice mock real-world events like charging a beach to execute a medical evacuation.
The SEALs are exposed to all sorts of weather conditions.

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Given that SEALs stands for "Sea, Air, Land" it is only natural for trainees to learn how to parachute.

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But central to the training is armed combat.

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Divine believes if you lean into hard work it becomes enjoyable, even transformational, although he admits the rigorous type of training has become rare in modern society.

Along with first responders, extreme athletes and special ops candidates, Divine's training site outside San Diego, California, attracts entrepreneurs and executives. About 20 to 30 percent of his clients are women.

Breathing exercises, concentration drills and visualization exercises are as crucial as physical prowess to Divine, who is trained in Ashtanga, a rigorous form of yoga, and in martial arts.

Working in as well as working out, he said, cultivates the warrior spirit, or kokoro, a Japanese word he defines as the merging of heart and mind in action.

The SEALs are exposed to all sorts of weather conditions during their training.

Danielle Gordon, a 35-year-old sales representative and an endurance cyclist for many years, admits to finding the SEALFIT training initially intimidating, even as she was drawn to the community of local surfers, triathletes, military people and professionals.

"I'm a strong woman, but this was a step out of my comfort zone," said Gordon, "It wasn't just stepping in and out of the gym."

She said the training, often for hours a day, was transformative for body and mind.

"My strength has changed; my speed has changed. I can pedal harder, cycle harder," she said. "I might not be fastest (or) strongest but I know I can do anything."

Neal Pire, a sports conditioning expert with the American College of Sports Medicine, said high-intensity, performance-oriented training can be powerfully motivating, but people need to be mentally ready to be able to do it, and to do it faithfully.

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He cautioned that the "go faster, go harder, go home mentality" can put the un-coached and unprepared at risk for injury.

"The data out about CrossFit does show that an inordinate number of people have injured themselves. I equate it to people that have no business performing like an athlete, actually performing like an athlete," he said.

Divine writes in his book that the SEALs have a saying: "We do today what others won't, so tomorrow we'll do what others can't."

Pire says it's all about goals.

"Most people are not going to be thrown into battle," he said. "If your goal is to lower your blood pressure, fit into that little black dress or look good for a girl … Do you need this?"


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‘Mad Men’ stars ham it up in set selfies

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Man swept into sea after during ocean baptism ceremony

GUADALUPE, Calif. — Rescuers scoured the waters off a Central Coast beach Sunday after three people were swept to sea during a baptism ceremony, and only two managed to return to shore on their own, authorities said.

A 43-year-old man remained missing after being swept away from the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve, west of the small town of Guadalupe, Santa Barbara County Fire Battalion Chief Diondray Wiley said.

The pastor of a Santa Maria church told KCOY-TV his cousin, Benito Flores, was helping him baptize a man when a rogue wave pulled him into the ocean.

Pastor Maurigro Cervantes of Jesus Christ Light of the Sky said he tried to grab his cousin, but a second big wave took him.

Rescue crews from several local fire departments along with a U.S. Coast Guard boat were searching for the missing man.


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NFLer helps out at fundraiser for Queens kids

A Queens-born NFL player has teamed up with an NYPD detective to tackle a shortage of football safety gear for city kids and will teach them gridiron skills.

Derek "Bonecrusher" Dennis, 25, a 315-pound offensive lineman with the Carolina Panthers, met with kids in Cambria Heights on Saturday to kick off a fund-raising campaign to supply the South Side Sea Hawks with helmets, pads and other equipment they need. He'll also coach the kids during a football camp in June.

Detective Patrick Blanc, 45, started the fund-raising effort in 2008 through a volunteer program, Embraz Ya Kidz. Last year, the organization raised more than $20,000 for the kids, ages 5 through 14. This year, Blanc is hoping the star power will help raise $60,000.

Dennis grew up in the Laurelton section of Queens, where 15 members of his family shared a small home. The 6-foot-3 rookie jumped at the chance to come home and reach out to kids.

"I don't forget where I come from," he told The Post. "My parents worked hard, and as I got older, things got better for my family. But at one point we were living out of a car."


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Understanding—and preventing—suicide

The US/UK financial industry has seen eight high-profile suicides in 2014, and it's only March. You can see why Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and nearly two dozen banks and other financial firms have joined the City Mental Health Alliance, a London-based group trying to improve the mental well-being of financial professionals.

Some banks are also reportedly forcing junior employees to take a day off every once in a while, in hopes this may improve their mental health.

There is plenty of reason to praise these efforts, but the fact of the matter is that we have no idea what caused these men to kill themselves.

Sure, the narratives seem simple enough: High-pressure job leads to too much stress leads to. . . well, you know. But the truth of the matter, Sally Satel points out, is that someone in the next office over has the exact same problems and doesn't kill himself.

Satel, a psychiatrist and lecturer at Yale, says that with suicide, there's "a lethal alchemy that takes place." In other words, we're not going to prevent suicide with "small tweaks to a person's schedule."
Nationwide, suicide rates have been trending upward in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the suicide rate among Americans ages 35 to 64 rose almost 30 percent from 1999 to 2010.

But these things go in cycles, says Jennifer Michael Hecht, the author of "Stay: A History of Suicides and the Philosophy Against It." Suicide rates were actually lower for all age groups in 2002 than in 1970, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health.

And the "why" is rarely clear. Just as many blame heartless capitalism for the deaths of those bankers, so others assume that the recent spike in military suicides recently is the result of trauma that our soldiers have experienced on the battlefield.

Yet Satel has long suggested that "post-traumatic stress syndrome" is an overused diagnosis. In the suicides of military personnel and veterans, she says, there is often something "more mundane" at work: Problems fitting in with one's family upon returning home is a big issue, as are high rates of unemployment.

As for the rising national rate, Hecht thinks one problem is our modern understanding of depression. Hecht, who has a PhD in the history of science, notes that the idea of depression as a biological problem is a fairly new one — and thus often the one we focus on. But, while she has no doubt that chemical issues in the brain affect people's dispositions, she doesn't want us to overlook a lot of cultural factors.

Not least of which, she says, is the common belief that with enough material goods, we should all be happy. So if you're not living a happy life, you wind up thinking there must be something wrong with you. Says Hecht:
"We are not talking [enough] about how hard life is supposed to be."
In fact, she notes, "There are lots of ways of dealing with extraordinary misery. Staying in bed and weeping is one of them."

And when people talk about suicide as a way to stop "being a burden" on others, Hecht says that they could use a little philosophy: "We're human beings. We are all burdens!"

But what can we do to help?

Thinking too broadly about these issues may blind us to the kind of small-bore treatments that people often need. For instance, many patients who are depressed become overwhelmed as a result of sleep deprivation, Satel reports. She says probably between a third to half of all depression cases can be resolved if sleep problems can be resolved. A recent study at Ryerson University in Toronto found that curing insomnia in depressed people makes it twice as likely that they get past the depression.

Hecht has another thought.

In researching her book, she looked at "suicide clusters," where people in a particular group — like farmers in the 1970s — seemed to be killing themselves at higher rates. On the one hand, it probably had something to do with the economic stresses on farming at the time. On the other, she says, you also had people copying each other. "When people see someone like them respond to a life that is hard and miserable by killing themselves," they'll consider the same "solution." In the wake of Marilyn Monroe's death, there was a significant uptick of women in the same age bracket overdosing on pills.

Hecht believes that simply telling people about these patterns in society may influence their behavior. She asks: "Do you really want to die by [jumping on] a trend?"


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Magazines make first pitch for Opening Day

Can we finally put away the snow shovels and winter coats and get the lawn mowers and summer clothes out of storage? We hope so, because baseball season is under way!

Athlon Sports' 200-page preview issue is the best of show this year, narrowly edging out the competition by offering fans not just the in-depth stats that fans demand, but humor and insider stuff as well. Plus, and this point can't be overstated, Editor Mitchell Light appears to have produced a yearbook that doesn't completely suck up to MLB boss Bud Selig — writing about the steroid issue and that Selig appears to be holding one team hostage in its home town. Nice work, sir. Other features, like a calendar of weird 2013 season happenings and one on baseball's unwritten rules, will make any person appear to be Joel Sherman-smart.

The Sporting News is to baseball stats, previews and yearbooks what the Yankees are to baseball itself: the all-time best franchise. So it is a little disappointing to see Editor Scott Smith has lost a little off his fastball. Multi-page features on Opening Day in Australia (complete with BS quotes from Selig), the rising tide of strikeouts and the replay rule (complete with BS quotes from Selig) will waste the time of die-hard fans and bore the casual fan. The story on being a baseball team mascot is good but it is followed by a 12-page preview of college and high school hardball. That is just too much. But the Sporting News does show its strong understanding of the game by providing a very cool list of where current players stand on a variety of all-time lists.

Forget what you might believe about fantasy baseball and those who spend countless hours fretting about draft choices and such. If you are among those who think the practice is a huge waste of time, then you might make the mistake of passing on Lindy's Sports fantasy baseball preview. While it's not an easy first read for the casual or hardcore hardball fan (pages of mock drafts and player draft values, missing the big shift of the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera away from third base and Joe Mauer's away from catching, no schedules or predicted orders of finish), its position-by-position analysis is the best among its peers and makes it the most distinctive preview in newsstands and the first choice as a second read.

Somebody reel in Tom Verducci. The Sports Illustrated baseball writer — one of the most astute observers of America's pastime — appears to be reaching a bit too far for some colorful prose. He likens the line of black SUVs carrying baseball team executives queueing up outside a Beverly Hills mansion to offer a deal to Japanese pitching import Masahiro Tanaka to a steel Stonehenge. Later, in a story about the lack of right-handed sluggers, he proves his cliché finger is as durable as Tanaka's arm by writing of the still struggling Chicago Cubs, with two sluggers on the way up: "The Cubs may be headed for a fifth straight losing season, but on a clear day like the ones in Arizona you can see all the way to their future." Easy, boy! The disappointing SI baseball preview issue also contains the necessary stories on Robinson Cano in Seattle, Cuba imports into MLB and, yet again, on the Molina family producing standout catchers. SI picks Washington over Oakland in the World Series.

Looking at a photo in Time of "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm checking his iPhone between takes, it becomes clear what iPhones mainly have come to replace: cigarettes. Hamm, who is shooting the show's seventh and final season, cites a convincingly nauseating 1960s advertising strategy to explain his reservations about Don Draper. "Put some Vaseline on that food, make it shine and look good," Hamm says, declaring that the "inside is rotten" with Don Draper. "Can't eat it, but it looks good."

Veteran New Yorker scribe John McPhee gripes that in a July 2009 piece on Sarah Palin, Time magazine quoted him as saying "Alaska is a foreign country" in a book he wrote in 1977, clipping off the second half of the sentence which reads, "significantly populated by Americans." McPhee seems a bit overheated about this, but he nevertheless spins a few entertaining yarns about his early days interviewing the likes of Jackie Gleason and Richard Burton. The latter's wife at the time, Sybil, told McPhee Burton had consumed an entire bottle of Remy Martin cognac in the hours before his interview. "I failed to ask what size," McPhee confesses.


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Cuomo hailed as education hero after charter save

Gov. Cuomo's actions to protect charter schools have made him a darling of education reformers who back student choice.

The group Education Reform Now has named the governor its honorary chairman for its annual national retreat, which will be held at the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid from May 4 to 6.

"Gov. Cuomo has emerged as a key national leader for education reform. The speech he gave at the charter-school rally in Albany showed that he stood on the side of innovation and quality education," said Joe Williams, president of Education Reform Now.

The group's board of directors is filled with hedge- fund investors who support publicly funded, privately run charter schools, which are largely exempt from union rules.

Williams said Cuomo has agreed to attend and speak at the event.

Cuomo, who is running for re-election this fall, countered Mayor de Blasio's plans to limit charter schools. The new $139 billion state budget would require the city to allow charter schools to co-locate in public-school buildings.


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Bratton raps Kelly and Bloomberg on stop and frisk

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton turned on the city's former leaders Sunday, saying the department had a terrible morale problem when he took over because of the way his predecessor, Ray Kelly, and former Mayor Bloomberg used stop-and-frisk.

"Morale coming into this department was awful,'' he told WABC-TV's "Up Close with Diana Williams."

"I"ll be quite frank with you. I don't think I have an officer that comes up to me that doesn't thank me . . . for improving morale.

"For whatever reason, a variety of reasons, despite their successes at reducing crime, keeping the city safe from terrorism, morale in this organization is awful.

"The public didn't understand that, politicians didn't understand it, but it was a very dispirited organization. I think beat down over several years, beaten up by the political establishment.''

When asked point-blank by Williams if he thought Bloomberg and Kelly went too far, Bratton said: "In terms of stop, question and frisk, certainly."

He did credit Kelly and Bloomberg for doing "a great job in the sense of keeping the community safe, keeping crime down.''

But, he added, "One of the tools used to do that was used too extensively,'' a reference to "stop and frisk.''

As a result, he said, Kelly and Bloomberg's "legacy'' will include a federal monitor and a larger Civilian Complaint Review Board.

He anticipates no trouble with either body, saying, "If we're doing what we're supposed to be doing, they may have very little to do, so we'll see as we go forward."

Bratton said his officers will still stop and frisk suspicious persons.

"Stop, question and frisk ' is as basic to my business as cameras are to yours, he told Williams.

But he said he's reduced the stops by 80 to 90 percent.


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Mayor de Blasio to throw out first pitch at Mets’ home opener

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March 30, 2014 | 8:24am

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will throw out the first pitch at Citi Field on Opening Day.

De Blasio will take the mound when the Mets start their 2014 season on Monday.

He will be joined by six children from East Harlem who were affected by the explosion that leveled two buildings in that neighborhood.

The children are students at the East Harlem Tutorial Program.

The program runs charter schools and after-school programs.

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Spartans senior forms special bond with girl with cancer

For all the talk about the wonderful impact he has made, there are moments, Adreian Payne says, when he gets so much out of his visits with his good friend Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year old from St. Johns, Mich., waging a fight against an aggressive childhood cancer.

He gives, but he also receives.

"She helped me in a lot of ways,'' Payne, a senior forward for Michigan State, said Saturday at the Garden. "Me being able to spend time with her, take my mind off basketball, that's good when you can do that. My family is four hours away from Michigan so me being able to have somebody I can go talk to, spend some time with, just color and do little things like that is great.''

Friday night, little Lacey and her parents were on the scene as Payne scored 16 points and the Spartans outlasted Virginia 61-59, setting the stage for Sunday's East Regional final against UConn for the right to head to Arlington, Texas, for the Final Four. The Holsworth family will attend that game as well as a real-life battle intertwines with what figures to be a hotly contested NCAA Tournament matchup between No. 4-seed Michigan State (29-8) and seventh-seeded UConn (29-8).

Payne gained a national following for his touching relationship with Lacey. He met her more than a year ago, when the Spartans visited sick children at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich. The two developed a friendship that erupted into a social media frenzy, with Payne prodding his Twitter followers to pray for "Princess Lacey.'' A video hit the Internet detailing her fight and his devotion to her.

He calls her "Little Sis'' and she calls him "Superman.'' It was Lacey who escorted Payne onto the court at the Breslin Center for Senior Night. When the Spartans won the Big Ten Tournament, Payne hoisted Lacey up so she could help cut down the net. Two years ago, Lacey was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. She appeared to be defeating the cancer before it recently returned.

"There really wasn't too much I could do with her at that time because she was so sick, but my presence was enough,'' Payne said of his first dealings with Lacey. "She really liked me being there. Her parents were going through so much. I just told 'em if they wanted me to be there, if they needed anything they could call or text me to take their mind off of it sometimes. And it grew from there.''

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Lacey's mother, Heather, said recently of Payne: "It's as if he just walked into our family one day and stayed.''

In many ways Payne can relate to Lacey's struggles. Growing up in Dayton, Ohio, he lost his mother at age 13 when she died in his arms after an asthmatic reaction. Gloria Lewis was 41. Payne's father, Thomas Payne, was in jail from 1996-99 on drug charges. Payne grew close to his grandmother, but before his junior year at Michigan State, she died, also from an asthmatic condition. As a young student, Payne had to learn to live with a learning disability that had classmates referring to him as an "idiot.''

Perhaps sending out sympathetic vibes is something that comes naturally for Payne, considering all he's been through.

"That may have something to do with it,'' Payne said. "I always want to see kids do well. Lacey was a dancer and it was taken from her with the cancer, she wasn't able to walk or dance any more. That's something she enjoyed and loves doing. I can incorporate that with basketball. If basketball was taken away from me, how would I feel? I just want to help her get back strong and dance and do something she loves.''

Payne's 16 points against Virginia represented his fifth straight double-figure scoring game. In three NCAA Tournament games, he's averaging 23 points, which likely helps him move up a notch or two in the eyes of NBA scouts. Showing far more versatility than ever before, Payne at 6-foot-10 has developed an outside game.

"Adreian is one of those guys who benefited from staying in college,'' coach Tom Izzo said. "I'm not saying he couldn't have made it [in the NBA] last year — I thought he was coming out. He is so much a better player this year in so many ways.

"You know, I hope it works out for him because he's kind of a success story in a lot of ways, not only his off-the-court things that he's done with Lacey, his academic things — not a very good student who's done a good job graduating and in basketball. So he's hit the trifecta. When you come to college you hope to grow as a player, as a person and as a student. And this kid has done all three.''


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Unlike last season, Yankees healthy at the start

TAMPA – A year ago the Yankees left Florida headed for The Bronx in a plane that should have had the Red Cross logo painted on each side.

Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira were on the DL at the beginning of a year that was already ruined before the first pitch. In addition, Phil Hughes was on the shelf for Opening Day.

Inside a month starting catcher Francisco Cervelli was done for the season with a fractured right hand.

Missing the playoffs for the second time in six seasons, too many empty seats and shrinking television ratings the Yankees withdrew $458 million from the Steinbrenner Family vault to sign Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.

The three hitters are expected to return the muscle to the Yankees' lineup that gets Teixeira back but lost Robinson Cano. Tanaka is being counted on to bolster a suspect rotation.

So, as the Yankees ended the exhibition season Saturday they headed for Houston where they face the Astros in their opener on Tuesday night. And while nobody knows what transpires across the next six months they escaped Florida with no major injuries.

Early in the process Joe Girardi admitted to being concerned that Ellsbury's right calf problem that has kept him out of big league action since March 14 could be something more than minor. However, Ellsbury and the Yankees are convinced the leadoff hitter and center fielder received enough minor league at-bats to be ready.
Reserve infielder Brendan Ryan's neck problem was the biggest hurt of the camp and he will open the season on the shelf.

Most of the health watch centered on Jeter, who played in 17 games a year ago due to a twice-fractured left ankle and various leg injuries.

"Everything I came to do I did,'' said Jeter, who hit .137 (7-for-51) in 18 games. "Now it's time to get going. I feel good. Spring training is a progression, both physically and being game ready. I am where I want to be right now.''

Jeter's last visit to George M. Steinbrenner Field as a player included a presentation before Saturday's game against the Marlins was rained out. Jeter was given a key to Tampa and posed for pictures with children at home plate.

"Last year when we left were missing the middle of our order, the end of our order and the top of our order,'' said Girardi, who had Eduardo Nunez at short, Kevin Youkilis at first, Vernon Wells in left, Ben Francisco as the DH, Ichiro Suzuki in right, Jayson Nix at third and Cervelli behind the plate for last season's Opening Day gig against the Red Sox.

"This year we leave with pretty much everyone in our order that we expected to be there. I thought it was a very productive spring, a very competitive spring. I really like what I saw from our team, I do.''

Most managers sing that refrain on the final day of camp when everybody is 0-0 and the six-month grind hasn't exposed the weaknesses that every team possesses.

"We have a lot of talent but you have to perform on the field, that's the bottom line,'' Jeter said. " I like the guys we have and we are healthy for the most part. That's the key for the most part but you have to do the job on the field. It's a long season and it takes a while before you get a great feel for a team but I am pretty optimistic.''

Fueling that optimism is that when the Yankees' plane landed in Houston Saturday night all the big names were on it.


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Chris Christie woos Vegas money man Sheldon Adelson

Two of the nation's highest-profile Republican governors on Saturday called for more aggressive leadership on America's challenges abroad, emphasizing their support for Israel as they courted powerful Jewish donors.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also stoked speculation about their own presidential ambitions as they gave frustrated Republicans advice on how to reclaim the White House in 2016 after losing two straight elections.

The Republican speakers at the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual spring gathering largely avoided criticizing President Barack Obama by name in remarks that were thick with rhetoric faulting Obama's foreign policy while offering few specifics.

"We cannot have a world where our friends are unsure of whether we will be with them and our enemies are unsure of whether we will be against them," Christie said. "In New Jersey, nobody has to wonder whether I'm for them or against them."

Walker declared that the nation needs a "swift and decisive" foreign policy, while insisting that the GOP must find a presidential nominee from "outside Washington."

The Republican governors, both considering presidential bids, appeared at Republican super donor Sheldon Adelson's Venetian resort casino along Las Vegas' famed strip, speaking inside an ornate ballroom two floors from where gamblers crowded around blackjack and roulette tables.

Two years before the official beginning of the next presidential contest, the lesser-known competition for the GOP's most influential donors is well underway. Establishment-minded fundraisers have long encouraged former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run, although many remain skeptical that Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush, has the passion for a White House bid seven years after leaving office.

Some Republican officials have stepped up pressure on Bush to run in the wake of Christie's bridge scandal, although there remains significant interest in Walker or other prospective candidates in what is considered a wide-open GOP field.

But no single donor's endorsement may be more powerful than Adelson, who is among the 10 richest people in the world. The casino magnate almost single-handedly bankrolled the group behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's 2012 campaign. Now, he's casting for a new presidential candidate on whom to shower his millions in campaign cash.

Adelson did not attend Walker's speech, but he was seated directly in front of the podium as Christie spoke.

Earlier in the week, Adelson met privately with Bush, who addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition's senior members at Adelson's company airport hangar. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was the featured speaker during a Saturday luncheon that Adelson attended, along with scores of Jewish donors.

"America must be engaged in the world and we should help the people who share our values," Kasich said in a speech that repeatedly referred to Adelson by name.

Adelson is known for his devotion to Israel, in addition to an aggressive American foreign policy.

Walker conceded that he does not have extensive foreign policy experience, having been focused on state issues as the Wisconsin governor. But he called for a more consistent foreign policy, reflecting upon lessons he learned from raising his family.

"We make sure with both parents and grandparents that we were unified," Walker said. "We didn't waver. We didn't allow our sons to push the line."

The comments come as Obama grapples with the Ukraine crisis. Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a call on Friday to have their foreign ministers meet to discuss a possible diplomatic resolution. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris on Saturday for talks with his Russian counterpart.

Walker, who is not Jewish, noted that his son's name, Matthew, is from the Hebrew word for "gift from God." He later added that he decorates his residence with Christmas lights and a "menorah candle."

Christie, a Catholic, said he was overwhelmed by displays of religious tolerance during a recent trip to Jerusalem. "I took a helicopter ride from occupied territories across … and just felt, personally, how extraordinary that was to understand the military risk that Israel faces every day," he said.

The comment about "occupied territories" drew murmurs from some in the audience. The Israeli government and by extension most of Israel's supporters in the U.S. don't consider the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be occupied territory.

The Las Vegas gathering offered a fresh look into the murky and evolving world of campaign finance — a world with few remaining rules for anyone with deep pockets and a deep desire to influence the political process.

The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010 helped transform a system that had some loopholes but generally required disclosure and limits for individual donors.

With a net worth estimated at nearly $40 billion, Adelson is now free to use a collection of super PACs and nonprofit groups to give and spend unlimited sums of money to influence elections, sometimes without having to disclose his specific role publicly. He donated more than $90 million to political groups in the last presidential election.

Christie briefly addressed his challenges in New Jersey just days after a report he commissioned cleared him of any involvement in the politically motivated plot to create huge traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge last year.

He promised to be more questioning of his staff going forward. "I am going to be responsible for all that happens on my watch," he said.

Meanwhile, Kasich closed his remarks by speaking directly to Adelson.

"Sheldon, thanks for inviting me," Kasich said. "I don't travel to these things much, but this was one that I thought was really, really important."


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Subway co-founder attends meeting mid leukemia battle

Subway sandwich chain founder and president Fred DeLuca made a recent dramatic appearance a year after being diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia, The Post has learned.

DeLuca showed up at a large Subway franchisee meeting in Florida, a source at the meeting said. "He wouldn't shake hands. He would fist-bump," the source said.

Subway confirmed the appearance: "Fred's doing really well and has been fully involved in the day-to-day business. In mid-January, to reduce the spread of germs, Fred used the 'fist bump' when greeting people, but now that it's nearly 6 months post-[treatment], he's back to the traditional handshake."

Brooklyn-born DeLuca has largely run the national chain since co-founding it 46 years ago. During the last year, he has been making some company decisions from a hospital bed, sources said.

Subway claims it is the world's largest restaurant chain, with more than 40,000 locations in 100 countries.

There are no natural heirs to take over, leading to speculation that he will bring the chain public or sell it privately.


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Tory Burch expands clothing line to activewear

The expanding fashion empire of Tory Burch has Lululemon in its sights.

The designer is growing her business lines into menswear and active wear within the next year, Burch told WWD.

Jeffrey Uhl, recently poached from Coach, is going to lead the push into men's accessories, which may include leather goods, belts and shoes.

The activewear line for yoga, running, golf and tennis enthusiasts, with apparel and possible accessories, is taking aim at the flagging sales of Lululemon.

"I find a lot of women wear what they wear to go to the gym all day long," Burch told WWD.


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Chinese relatives demand apology from Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Several dozen Chinese relatives of passengers on Flight 370 demanded Sunday that Malaysia apologize for its handling of the search for the missing plane and for the prime minister's statement saying it crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

Holding up banners that read "We want evidence, truth, dignity" in Chinese, and "Hand us the murderer. Tell us the truth. Give us our relatives back" in English, the group staged a protest at a hotel near Kuala Lumpur just hours after flying in from Beijing.

Two-thirds of the 227 passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared March 8 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur were Chinese, and the plane's disappearance has sparked broad outrage in China, with celebrities joining in and travel agencies announcing boycotts.

Flight booking website eLong said it was suspending Malaysia Airlines flight sales until the relatives are satisfied with the government's response. Last Wednesday, Chinese touring agency CYTS said it would stop offering tours to Malaysia because of safety concerns.

Even popular actress Zhang Ziyi spoke out. "Malaysian government, you have hurt the entire world. … You have misjudged the persistence in seeking truth by the world's people, including all the Chinese," she wrote on her microblog.

The protesters Sunday repeatedly chanted slogans in Chinese: "We want evidence! We want the truth! We want our relatives!"

Jiang Hui, the relatives' designated representative, said they wanted a government apology for what they see as missteps in the initial handling of the disaster as well as Prime Minister Najib Razak's statement that indicated the plane had crashed with no survivors. Jiang said the relatives felt the conclusion was announced without sufficient evidence.

"We also request that Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government apologize for making the conclusion on March 24, without direct evidence or a sense of responsibility, that the plane was destroyed and people died," Jiang said.

He said the group wanted to meet with airline and government officials, although he stopped short of saying that included Najib, as earlier proposed by some relatives.

In Beijing, tensions are still high at a hotel where Chinese relatives have been meeting with Malaysian representatives. On Sunday, one woman asking questions called Malaysia Airlines "criminal suspects" to applause among the crowd of about 250 relatives.

Relatives asked why materials being shown to them, including PowerPoint presentations, were in English and not Chinese.

Najib went on television on March 24 to say that based on radar and satellite analysis, the Boeing 777 had crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean, but there were lingering questions because there was no physical evidence.

That wariness on the part of the relatives was also fueled by missteps at the beginning of the search, which started in waters off Vietnam, then swung to areas west of Malaysia and Indonesia, and then as radar and satellite information was further analyzed, to southwest of Australia and now to a second zone farther northeast.

"We hope that in these days, we can meet with technical teams involved in the search, and hold talks with Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government. We hope that these discussions will not be like they had been in Beijing, with wishy-washy answers," Jiang said.

Before the protest, Ong Ka Ting, the Malaysian prime minister's special envoy to China, went to the hotel to greet the relatives.

"I'm sure in Beijing they've already had a lot of discussions and we understand their feelings, and we know that definitely by coming over here there will be a lot more discussions and meetings," Ong said. "So we try our best to assist them."

Jiang said the relatives want the government to release information and data related to the investigation in a "prompt and comprehensive way." They also want the airline to set up meetings with representatives from Boeing, Rolls Royce and Inmarsat, saying the lack of interaction was troubling.

Roll-Royce built the plane's engines, and Inmarsat, a British satellite telecommunications company, provided the satellite data that was used to plot the jet's final route.

Malaysia Airlines issued a statement saying it would fly family members to Perth, but only once wreckage is confirmed to have been found from the plane. It said a family assistance center would be set up in Perth.


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Number of missing in Washington landslide drops

DARRINGTON, Wash. — Hundreds of family photographs and albums are among the personal belongings being recovered by crews searching for victims at a massive debris site left by the deadly mudslide in Washington state.

More than a week after the slide destroyed a mountainside community north of Seattle, crews using heavy machinery and their bare hands continued their work. Late Saturday, authorities said the number of people believed missing decreased substantially, from 90 to 30.

Officials previously said they expected that figure to go down as they worked to find people safe and cross-referenced a "fluid" list that likely included partial reports and duplicates.

As the number of people unaccounted for went down, the fatality list went up.

The official death toll of victims identified by the medical examiner on Saturday increased by one, to 18, said Jason Biermann, program manager at the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.

Authorities have said they have recovered more than two dozen bodies — including one on Saturday — but they aren't added to the official tally until a formal identification is made.

And, underscoring the difficulty of identifying those killed in one of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history, Biermann said crews are not always discovering complete remains.

"Rescuers are not always making full recoveries," he said. "Often, they are making partial recoveries."

Personal items, both large and small, are also discovered in wreckage.

"What we found out here is everything from pictures to gun safes," said Snohomish County Fire District 1 battalion chief Steve Mason.

The items that would later be cleaned, sorted and hopefully returned to families.

All work on the debris field halted briefly Saturday for a moment of silence to honor those lost. Gov. Jay Inslee had asked people across Washington to pause at 10:37 a.m., the time the huge slide struck on March 22.

"People all over stopped work — all searchers — in honor of that moment," Mason said.

An American flag had been run up a tree and then down to half-staff at the debris site, he said.

Dan Rankin, mayor of the nearby logging town of Darrington, said the community had been "changed forevermore."

"It's going to take a long time to heal, and the likelihood is we will probably never be whole," he said.

Among the dozens of missing are Adam Farnes and his mother, Julie.

"He was a giant man with a giant laugh," Kellie Howe said of Farnes. Howe became friends with him when he moved to the area from Alaska. She said Adam Farnes was the kind of guy who would come into your house and help you do the dishes.

Adam Farnes also played the banjo, drums and bass guitar, she said, and had worked as a telephone lineman and a 911 dispatcher.

"He loved his music loud," she said.

Finding and identifying all the victims could stretch on for a long time, and authorities have warned that not everyone may ultimately be accounted for.

Rescuers have given a cursory look at the entire debris field 55 miles northeast of Seattle, said Steve Harris, division supervisor for the eastern incident management team. They are now sifting through the rest of the fragments, looking for places where dogs should give extra attention. Only "a very small percentage" has received the more thorough examination, he said.

Commanders are making sure people have the right gear to stay safe in the rain and potentially hazardous materials, and they're keeping a close eye on the level of the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River to be sure nobody is trapped by rising water.

At the debris site Saturday, Mason, the battalion chief, said teams first do a hasty search of any wreckage of homes they find. If nothing is immediately discovered, they do a more detailed forensic search.

"We go all the way to the dirt," he said.

The huge wall of earth that crashed into the collection of homes followed weeks of heavy rain.

A week later, only local volunteers are being allowed to help rescuers.

Joe Wright from Darrington set up his tool-sharpening operation near the firehouse. He's been busy. In a little more than a day, he estimated he had sharpened more than 150 chain-saw chains dulled by rocks and dirt.

"There were people using their own saws," Wright said. "They're just trying to get down there to get the job done."


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Craigslist killer: two other men answered ads, dodged death

Accused Craigslist thrill killer Miranda Barbour says two other men answered her ad offering "companionship" for cash — but dodged death when they didn't show up.

"I tried it a few times, but it never worked out," Barbour, 19, said in a jailhouse interview.

"I knew we were going to do this since the day we met," she said of her husband and murder co-defendant, Elytte, 22.

"The others just didn't show up," Barbour said.

The newlyweds are held in separate Pennsylvania jails on charges of bludgeoning and stabbing Troy LaFerrara, 42, in their car near Harrisburg on Nov. 11, after he answered her Craigslist escort ad. They admit killing for the thrill of it, police said
Mrs. Barbour had claimed in a previous jailhouse interview that she committed at least 22 other killings over the past six years in a cross-country murder spree driven by her satanic cult beliefs.

Speaking for a second time last week, she again repeated her claims of multiple murders and said she has not been questioned by federal authorities about them even though she was prepared to locate where some of them had occurred, from Alaska to Florida and North Carolina.

"I said before I would talk to them (FBI) about all of this," she said, "but they never came to see me."

Barbour claimed to have killed in three specific locations: Big Lake, Alaska, Mexico Beach, Fla., and Raleigh, N.C.

Local investigators in all three places say they are taking Barbour's claims seriously, but they have no unsolved homicides that they know about.

"They are looking for full bodies," she said. "They won't find any. But they will find body parts" of runaways and individuals she described as "bad people."

"Search the waters of Big Lake," she said. "There is some parts in there."

"There is some there as well," she said of Mexico Beach, near Panama City, Fla., where she said she once worked as a 15-year-old go-go dancer.
She also said she dumped a body off Interstate 95 near Raleigh, N.C., but gave no other details.

Mrs. Barbour lived in Alaska, Florida and North Carolina before moving to Selinsgrove, Pa., last fall with her husband. Police say the couple murdered LaFerrara the day of their three-week wedding anniversary and the husband's 22nd birthday.

Alaska state troopers last week would neither confirm nor deny investigations are underway into Mrs. Barbour's claims. Any leads they get would be followed up appropriately, a spokesperson said.

Big Lake is a 13-square-mile body of water in southern Alaska, located about 13 miles from Wasilla, where Mrs. Barbour once lived. Wasilla is a suburb of Anchorage.

Mexico Beach police Chief Glenn Norris said he was unaware of Barbour's claim of a body there and that the beach to which she refers is extensive. He said the town doesn't have any unsolved homicides that he's aware of.

While there are also no unsolved homicides in Raleigh, N.C., police spokesman Jim Sughrue said authorities are actively investigating Barbour's claims even though "her information is very vague." He said Interstate 95, where she said a body or body part could be found, is 30 miles from the city limits and covers several miles.

Police arrested the couple the first week of December after they tracked LaFerrara's final cellphone activity.


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Lady Gaga shows off NY pride in Roseland ‘funeral’

Written By kom nampuldu on Sabtu, 29 Maret 2014 | 20.49

Say what you want about Lady Gaga (and we all have at some point), but her hometown pride has always been locked in place throughout her ups and downs.

On Friday night at Roseland Ballroom, that was underlined once again as the born-and-bred New Yorker paid tribute to the closing venue, the city and, of course, herself during the first night of a seven-date farewell.

"Who has a 10-day funeral? Only Roseland," she declared early on and it was a statement spoken like a true New Yorker.

After almost 100 years, it's only right that the venue be given an honorable — and fabulous — discharge. So it was fitting to see Gaga begin the night with a solo rendition of "Born This Way," adapted to include a declaration of love to the weathered West 52nd Street building.

The metallic staircases and platforms built on the main stage seemed designed to pay homage to the industrial clubs of the pre-Bloomberg era New York and Gaga duly danced like it was 1999 to "Black Jesus + Amen Fashion" and the still brilliant "Bad Romance." Midway through the show, she broke away to a darkened side stage which lit up to reveal a mock subway train, and an array of neon signs. One of them simply said "176 Stanton Street" which Gaga nerds and stalkers alike will know as the Lower East Side tenement where she once lived.

But the set was much more than a potted history of New York City. Barely 10 days ago, Gaga was criticized for her vomit-filled, hit-free show at the SxSW music conference in Texas. This time, she chose not to be a performance artist, but a pop star, and opted not to shock, but to rock.

Gaga channeled Elton John's piano-clambering antics during a flamboyant version of "You And I," gleefully revisited her synth-pop breakthrough hit "Just Dance" and busted out her best choreography on "Applause" — which remains by far the best song on her disappointing latest album "ARTPOP."

Following an encore of new single "G.U.Y.," Gaga took her leave. After just over an hour on stage, it felt like she was short-changing the fans, but on the occasion of her 28th birthday, Gaga's little monsters were forgiving enough to let her clock off a little early.

Besides, with six more dates left (running until April 7), this is one funeral that has plenty of life left in it.


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Aides sought to shield Hillary from press after Monica scandal

WASHINGTON — White House aides were so protective of Hillary Clinton during the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal that they were wary of dealing with the media, new documents show.

The jitters are contained in February 1998 e-mails between White House press aide Julie Mason and US Information Agency official Mary Ellen Glynn about a planned
interview on Voice of America.

"How do you REALLY feel about having press cover her interview?" Glynn asked, explaining she wanted reporters to "sit in a studio next door." She promised to make clear journalists realized they were not there "to ask her questions."

The Clinton Presidential Library released the e-mails and other once-sealed documents.


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Jaywalker killed on Grand Central Parkway

A man crossing the Grand Central Parkway in Queens was hit by two cars and killed Friday night, cops said.

The man was jaywalking as there were no lights or crosswalks where he was struck by the westbound cars at about 11:10 p.m., cops said.

Both drivers remained at the scene and no criminality was suspected, cops said.

The crash backed up westbound traffic on the Parkway.


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5.1 quake rocks LA

LOS ANGELES — A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered near Los Angeles caused no major damage but jittered nerves throughout the region as dozens of aftershocks struck into the night.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at about 9:09 p.m. Friday and was centered near Brea in Orange County — about 20 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles — at a depth of about 5 miles. It was felt as far south as San Diego and as far north as Ventura County, according to citizen responses collected online by the USGS.

Broken glass, gas leaks, water main breaks and a rockslide were reported near the epicenter, according to Twitter updates from local authorities.

Eyewitness photos and videos show bottles and packages strewn on store floors. Southern California Edison reported power outages to about 2,000 customers following the quake.

More than two dozen aftershocks ranging from magnitudes 2 to 3.6 were recorded, according to the USGS. Earlier in the evening, two foreshocks registering at magnitude-3.6 and magnitude-2.1 hit nearby in the city of La Habra.

Public safety officials said crews were inspecting bridges, dams, rail tracks and other infrastructure systems for signs of damage. The Brea police department said the rock slide in the Carbon Canyon area caused a car to overturn, and the people inside the car sustained minor injuries.

Callers to KNX-AM reported seeing a brick wall collapse, water sloshing in a swimming pool and wires and trees swaying back and forth. One caller said he was in a movie theater lobby in Brea when the quake struck.

"A lot of the glass in the place shook like crazy," he said. "It started like a roll and then it started shaking like crazy. Everybody ran outside, hugging each other in the streets."

A helicopter news reporter from KNBC-TV reported from above that rides at Disneyland in Anaheim — several miles from the epicenter — were stopped as a precaution.

Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully was on the air calling the Angels-Dodgers exhibition game in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium.

"A little tremor here in the ballpark. I'm not sure if the folks felt it, but we certainly felt it here in press box row," Scully said. "A tremor and only that, thank goodness."

Tom Connolly, a Boeing employee who lives in La Mirada, the next town over from La Habra, said the magnitude-5.1 quake lasted about 30 seconds.

"We felt a really good jolt. It was a long rumble and it just didn't feel like it would end," he told The Associated Press by phone. "Right in the beginning it shook really hard, so it was a little unnerving. People got quiet and started bracing themselves by holding on to each other. It was a little scary."

Friday's quake hit a week after a pre-dawn magnitude-4.4 quake centered in the San Fernando Valley rattled a swath of Southern California. That jolt shook buildings and rattled nerves, but did not cause significant damage.

Southern California has not experienced a devastating earthquake since the 1994 magnitude-6.7 Northridge quake killed several dozen people and caused $25 billion in damage.

Preliminary data suggest Friday night's 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurred near the Puente Hills thrust fault, which stretches from the San Gabriel Valley to downtown Los Angeles and caused the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, USGS seismologist Lucy Jones said.

"It's a place where we've had a lot of earthquakes in the past," she said.

The 5.9 Whittier Narrows quake killed eight people and caused $360 million in damage.


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