Wednesday’s Headlines: We Rocked LA Edition

Give Streetsblog another yellow ribbon for our profile of Bob Diamond. Photo: Greg Mango
Give Streetsblog another yellow ribbon for our profile of Bob Diamond. Photo: Greg Mango
It's our December donation drive! Click the logo for info or use the cool widget on the top right of this page (or at the bottom of this post if you are on mobile).
It’s our December donation drive! Click the logo for info or use the cool widget on the top right of this page (or at the bottom of this post if you are on mobile).

Here’s another good opportunity to remind you why we pass around the hat every December: Simi Horwitz’s obituary of would-be Brooklyn trolley king Bob Diamond — which we published last year — just won a first place award from the LA Press Club.

Judges in the online personality profile category called Horwitz’s deep profile, “The Ultimate Obit: The Real, Unabridged Warts-and-All Saga of a Brooklyn Trolley King” — a “compelling” look at an “offbeat loner who won’t let go of his dream despite the bureaucratic hurdles he faced.”

We bring up Horwitz’s award during our December donation drive because it’s yet another example of the great work we can do with a few generous contributions from you, dear reader. Great staff writers don’t come cheap these days, nor do great freelance pieces. So give if you can — and you, too, will get a place in an upcoming day’s contributor honor roll. Here is today’s thank-you: Thanks, Ken! (And the rest of you, get giving!)

In yesterday’s news — it was exceptionally slow:

  • A BMW driver killed a man in Bedford-Stuyvesant. (NYDN)
  • Santa Con — which is one leg of the Drunk Hipster Triple Crown (the other two are Idiotirod and the Brooklyn Kickball championship — is coming this weekend. (NY Post)
  • Like Streetsblog, Hell Gate covered the TransitCenter report favoring $2.75 intra-city fares on MTA suburban lines.
  • Perfect story for a rainy day: Our bus chargers need protection from storms. (The City)

And that’s all, folks.

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