Articles by Jennifer Peltz

Russian Cyberthief Pleads Guilty in $1.6M Heist of Broadway, Yankee Tickets

A Russian ringleader of a group that fraudulently bought some of the hottest tickets in music, sports and theater by sneaking into StubHub users’ accounts pleaded guilty this week in a scheme involving over $1 million worth of tickets. Vadim …

How Zoo Emergency Response Teams Handle Dangerous Animals

When a 400-pound gorilla grabbed a 3-year-old boy at the Cincinnati Zoo, the sharpshooter who killed the ape wasn’t from the police. Instead, the shooter was a specially trained zoo staffer on one of the many dangerous-animal emergency squads at …

NYC Plans to Issue Salt-Warning Fines as Lawsuit Continues

New York City plans to start enforcing a first-of-its-kind requirement for chain restaurants to use icons to warn patrons of salty foods after getting an appeals court’s go-ahead on May 26 to start issuing fines. But it’s not the final …

New York’s E-Prescribing Law Takes Effect This Month

The scribbled, cryptic doctor’s prescription is headed toward eradication in New York, where the nation’s toughest paperless-prescribing requirement takes effect this month. Instead of handing patients slips of paper, physicians soon must electronically send orders directly to pharmacies for everything …

NYC Flood Defense Barrier Remains Years Away

After ocean waters poured into lower Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy, experts began dreaming up a solution: a U-shaped barrier of earthen berms, walls and gates that would keep floods out and the nation’s financial capital dry. Now, more than three …

Snowy East Coast Digs Out After Massive Weekend Blizzard

Millions of Americans started digging themselves out Sunday after a mammoth blizzard with hurricane-force winds and record-setting snowfall brought much of the East Coast to an icy standstill. New York and Baltimore began lifting travel restrictions and hearty souls ventured …

Officials Eye Sky Security After Drone Crashes Into Empty Seats at U.S. Open

A drone crash during a U.S. Open match has tennis officials thinking about whether they can do more to safeguard the sprawling National Tennis Center from such hazards, a spokesman said. “Obviously, it’s something we are looking at” after an …

New York City to Pay $6.25M to Man Exonerated in 1989 Killing

New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the …

NYC Blast Probe Highlights Problem of Stealing Gas

It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building’s gas line, and it was leaking. The issue was quickly resolved. But seven months later, authorities suspect …

NYC Mayor: Someone May Have ‘Inappropriately’ Tapped Gas Line

Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday, March 27, as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings …