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As expected, Borders Group Inc filed for bankruptcy today, saying it will close about 200 or a third of its bookstores.
The natIon's second largest bookseller filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection from creditors today in federal bankruptcy court in New York.
In the bankruptcy filing, Borders lists assets of $1.28 billion and debts of $1.29 billion.
Police say a pair of Connecticut men were arrested early this morning on weapons charges following a traffic stop on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Scarsdale.
The car, they say, was pulled over around 4:45 a.m. after officers allegedly clocked the car driving 85 miles per hour on the parkway near North Avenue in New Rochelle. The car was eventually pulled over by Weaver Street in Scarsdale.
While speaking with the driver, police say they detected an odor of alcohol on the man's breath and marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. A computer check revealed the driver's license had been suspended. A gun was also discovered inside a gap in the engine compartment and a small amount of marijuana, according to police.
They placed under arrest 39 year old Twan Singleton of New Haven, Connecticut. The passenger, 39 year old Anthony Smith of new Haven was also arrested when police discovered the gun. Both men claimed to have no knowledge of the weapon.
A Scarsdale man has been arraigned in an eight count indictment charging him with Grand Larceny, Falsifying Business Records and Offering a False Instrument, among other things.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says 46 year old Frank Schwall of 238 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale was arraigned on the charges in connection with his company, "Big Apple Baseball, LLC," a state of the art indoor training facility for little league aged children, which he founded in 2006.
According to DiFiore, Schwall received investments from several high net worth Scarsdale residents who invested money in the company. Then, in October 2007, he allegedly diverted a majority of that money into his own bank accounts, leaving "Big Apple Baseball" insolvent.
Prosecutors say Schwall continued to solicit investors for another location in Port Chester after telling them he had invested $200,000 of his own money into the business. An additional $50,000 was reportedly raised which was then, DiFiore says, diverted into his own bank accounts to pay the mortgage on his house.
In the course of their investigation, prosecutors determined that Schwall did not claim $175,151 in income from Big Apple Baseball on his 2006 New York State income tax return and another $159,830 in 2007.
Schwall is being held on $10,000 bail. He's due back in court February 18, 2011. He faces a maximum of five to fifteen years in State prison if found guilty.
Communities across Westchester County honored Veterans both living and deceased for their service to their country.
Many of the services all the more poignant, as servicemen and women continue to fight in wars abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among those holding memorials and tributes were Peekskill,Cortlandt,Yorktown and Scarsdale to remember the heroes of war. The annual Veterans day parade was held in Yonkers.
In New York City, thousands of veterans marched in the 91st Annual Veteran's Day Parade up Fifth Avenue in Midtown. This year's theme was "Freedom Isn't Free," and the focus was on Korean War Veterans to mark the 60th anniversary of the conflict.
The proof may be in the cake.
There are reports today that the wedding cake for former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton's upcoming nuptials this weekend will be made in Scarsdale.
The wedding, reportedly set to take place at the Astor Estate in Rhinebeck on Saturday, has been shrouded in secrecy, but sources say the cake that'll be served at her wedding with investment banker Marc Mezvinsky will be made by Lulu Cake Boutique of Scarsdale.
It's been three years since massive flooding devastated Westchester County's Sound Shore area, and today County Executive Rob Astorino and Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced plans to commence a flood control study, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,designed to find solutions to the chronic flooding problems in Mamaroneck,Rye,Scarsdale and Tarrytown and to prevent future problems along the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers.
Westchester officials say 2009 was a record-breaking year with the County reaching its highest-ever recycling rate of 61%. The majority of the increase is said to be due to a number of large local construction jobs, specifically the Ridge Hill project in Yonkers, which recycled a huge amount of recyclable construction debris.
In addition, more and more residents continued to recycle material after the County in 2008 began enforcing its recycling laws.
Around the Country
- Southwest to Cancel Flights as Jets Checked for Cracks - BusinessWeek
- Schumer: Dems slicing budget with scalpel, Tea Party using meat ax - CNN (blog)
- Duke lacrosse accuser arrested in boyfriend's stabbing - CNN International
- House GOP: $4 trillion in cuts - CNN
- Bachmann bids for 'bama eyes - Seattle Post Intelligencer
Around the Planet
- Afghans Continue Protests Over US Quran Burning - Voice of America
- Japan's nuclear workers try to trace leak, dump radioactive water - Los Angeles Times
- OSCE raps Kazakh election, presses for reforms - Reuters
- Newsmaker: Yemen survivor Saleh juggles forces to keep power - Reuters
- France says finds bodies in Atlantic crash wreckage - Reuters