New iPhones draw lines around the world
Richard Parrinello, of Brookhaven, New York, kept the snakes in his detached garage, all neatly stacked in containers and at the right temperature, according to Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA. Burmese pythons are illegal in New York, and Parrinello’s were taken from the house to a reptile sanctuary in Massachusetts while the rest of the snakes are still in his garage, according to Jack Krieger, communications director for the Town of Brookhaven on Long Island. Gross said all the snakes appeared to be in good health and there was no animal abuse or neglect. “It was a well-maintained facility, it was very clean and organized, it was a business,” Krieger said. By the numbers: Pets Parrinello kept an online website, “Snakeman’s Exotics,” which advertised a collection of pythons, boa constrictors and hognose snakes available for sale both domestically and internationally. After weeks of investigation into alleged workers compensation fraud, the town of Brookhaven, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County Police and the SPCA executed a search warrant in Parrinello’s home, where he lives with his wife and 10-year-old son, according to a news release from Brookhaven. Undercover investigators spoke to Parrinello, who claimed to have $500,000 in inventory stored on the premises, including snakes, turtles and turtle eggs, the news release said. Authorities also say they found a few tarantulas and a couple of freezers with frozen mice and alligator carcasses. Krieger said Parrinello wasn’t arrested or charged with any criminal activity, but he was running a business out of his residence in a residential area, which is a violation of the town code. Town Law Department officials are still investigating and will likely issue numerous violations in the coming days. When reached by telephone, Parrinello declined to comment. “What makes this case especially egregious is that this individual was allegedly operating this reptile business out of his home, posing an unknown threat to the neighbors of this community,” said Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine. Peter Constantakes, spokesman for the DEC, said Parrinello was interviewed and issued two summonses for possessing wild animals without a permit and for possessing alligator parts without a permit, each one carrying a maximum fine of $250. The U.S.
The crowds for new iPhones is draw a mix of Apple diehards and more casual fans, plus people hoping to resell the devices for a profit. A few marketers are also on hand, hawking their wares to the masses waiting on line. In New York, one man wearing basketball shorts was handing out cards and asking people to check out his son’s app. Staffers from trade-in service Gazelle walked around handing out free pretzels. Another man, who was not on line, just kept screaming, “Is anyone excited for the iPhone? Is anyone excited for the iPhone?” The crowd seemed mostly annoyed. Some people even paid line-sitters by the hour to grab an early spot. Why the fuss? For the first time, Apple ( AAPL , Fortune 500 ) is offering two new iPhones: the flagship 5S and the cheaper, plastic iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5S is similar in appearance to last year’s iPhone 5. The new device is faster than its predecessor, however, and it features hardware upgrades like a beefed-up camera and a processor that measures motion data. The iPhone 5C comes in several different colors. Related: YouTube videos of lines at Apple Stores around the world The flagship iPhone 5S wasn’t available for pre-order. That annoyed Lance Smith, a fan who was one of the first 100 in line in Atlanta’s Lenox Square shopping mall. “That’s the only reason I’m in line, so I can get it on day one,” he said.
Security director leaves a hot trail of New York hotel arsons: prosecutors
Smith has thrown for 801 yards and 3 touchdowns thus far, as well as rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown. Smith still has quite a bit of improving to do, as do most rookies. Most observers would immediately point to his interceptions as the biggest cause for concern, but that is not addressing the root of the problem. The real issue here is Smiths deep ball accuracy, and that is area in which he must improve. Smith has thrown six interceptions this season, including one where Chris Ivory ran the wrong route and one where Smith simply never saw the linebacker on the slant. As far as the former goes, mistakes happen, and for the latter, Smith will learn to read defenses better as he gets more experience. What that leaves, however, is four more interceptions which were all caused by an inaccurate deep throw. All three of Smiths interceptions against the New England Patriots were the result of under-throwing a deep pass, including the pick by Aqib Talib that cost the Jets their final chance at tying the game. It was the same story Sunday against the Buffalo Bills , when Smith was short on a ball deep down the middle that was intercepted by Jim Leonhard. However, Smith did throw two perfect deep passes to Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill for touchdowns. The pass to Holmes was dropped right over the outside shoulder against tight coverage, in a place only Holmes could get to it. On the throw to Hill, Smith hung in the pocket and took a shot as he hit the speedster Hill in stride. Those two throws give reason to be optimistic that Smith can fix his deep ball accuracy. He will improve as he continues to develop chemistry and timing with his receivers and as his understanding of NFL defenses grows. Smiths interceptions are the result of fixable problems, not a weak arm.
He allegedly used bedding and towels to set fires at two New York City boutique hotels where he worked as security director for four years total. By Thomas Tracy , Vera Chinese AND Mark Morales / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, September 22, 2013, 7:33 PM Comment FDNY officials claim Mariano Barbosa set fires in New York City hotels so that they would temporarily shut down and he could go to a free hotel room and drink the afternoon away. Conflicting pictures emerged about a hotel security director in New York who allegedly set fires to get out of work, with a co-worker calling him a normal person as authorities gave new details about his four-year spree. Mariano Barbosa, 26, is being held on arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief charges and prosecutors revealed how he committed the crimes. Frank Franklin II/AP The Yotel Hotel in New York offers a luggage robot. Too bad a security director can’t also be replaced by an automaton, or the Yotel could have avoided several fires allegedly set by former security chief Mariano Barbosa. Barbosa lit up bedding materials in his first fire in February 2009 while heading security at the Soho Grand Hotel, according to court documents. Barry Winiker/Getty Images The Soho Grand Hotel in downtown Manhattan has the dubious distinction of being where former security director Mariano Barbosa allegedly set his first deliberate fire. At the Yotel Hotel, Barbosa used a towel in three separate incidents and bed sheets in two others from October 2011 to this month, court documents show. RELATED: CITY CORRECTION OFFICER WHO TORCHED BROOKLYN BUILDING CHARGED WITH ARSON Kendall Rodriguez Mariano Barbosa was arraigned Sunday morning in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges that he allegedly set series of arson fires in New York City hotels where he worked. A Yotel co-worker was stunned. He was a normal person, I was surprised, just like any one else, the worker said.