Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn

By then, however, “the bomb had gone off,” Arroyo says. Measles is considered one of the most contagious diseases in existence. If a person with measles walks through a room with a hundred people who are not immunized, up to 90 of them will get the disease. The virus is spread through coughs and sneezes and lingers in the air for up to two hours. Some 122,000 ­people come through the Maimonides emergency room every year. The hospital, located in Borough Park, serves one of the most diverse patient populations in the country, from ultra-Orthodox Jews to immigrants whose first language might be Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, or Uzbek. Many are working-class cab drivers, manual laborers, and restaurant workers …

Stopped in his tracks: New York ‘subway bandit’ suspect arrested for brake chaos

Isaiah Thompson, 23, was charged for allegedly activating the brakes of a 2 train amid a recent pattern of subway disruption A suspect has been arrested in the case of the mysterious subway bandit who has wreaked havoc on New Yorkers rush-hour commutes by pulling train emergency brakes, causing delays and stranding riders at peak times. New York City police announced the arrest of Isaiah Thompson, 23, of Brooklyn, on Friday morning. He was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing, after allegedly activating the brakes of a 2 train on Tuesday. (He is also charged with public lewdness for a separate incident of exposing himself to people on a train platform on 16 May.) Though he was arrested for …