New York City Fire Department engines that responded to reports of a fire at the One World Trade Center tower drive down a street on August 8, 2012 in New York, that turned out to be a false alarm. Dozens of New York firefighters rushed to the World Trade Center skyscraper early Wednesday after a member of the public mistook welding for a fire. Initial reports from the New York Fire Department suggested a minor blaze on the 88th floor of One World Trade Center, the centerpiece in the project to replace the Twin Towers destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. A spokesman told AFP the fire was brought under control in less than an hour.
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There are some famously dumb 911 calls, and then there are straight-up awful ones. Calling in fake emergencies in order to empty out firehouses to steal cash from absent firefighters — as the FDNY’s Joseph Keene allegedly did — definitely counts as the latter. Police eventually traced the calls to Keene’s cell phone, and he was caught on video entering a Queens firehouse, the New York Post reports. So, actually, it would appear that his fake calls were dumb, awful, and not worth it, as he now likely stands to lose his job over the thefts, which only brought in around$2,000.
After a run of excellent vaccine news, an adjustment
Pfizer Inc. expects to ship half of the Covid-19 vaccines it originally planned for this year because of supply-chain problems, but still expects to roll out more than a billion doses in 2021.
“Scaling up the raw material supply chain took longer than expected,” a company spokeswoman said. “And it’s important to highlight that the outcome of the clinical trial was somewhat later than the initial projection.”
Pfizer and Germany-based partner BioNTech SE had hoped to roll out 100 million vaccines world-wide by the end of this year, a plan that has now been reduced to 50 million. The U.K. on Wednesday granted emergency-use authorization for the vaccine, becoming the first Western country to start administering doses.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is *very close* to saying New York City is in a second wave. The 7-day test positivity rate hits 5.19 percent, and he again asks the elderly to stay home. “It’s quite clear at this point that this second wave unfortunately is right upon us.”
Breaking: Puerto Rico imposes new COVID-19 measures from Dec. 7 to Jan. 7. Complete lockdown on Sundays except for gas stations/pharmacies/hardware stores. Marinas closed. No alcohol sold Sat-Mon. Curfew now 9 pm-5 am from Mon-Sat.