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NYC transit chief blames media for low subway ridership

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New York City transit chief Sarah Feinberg blamed the media Sunday for low subway ridership — claiming news outlets stoked fears about contracting COVID-19 on trains.

“[The subway system] was really ill-served by some of the early coverage of the pandemic,” said Feinberg, the MTA’s interim transit president, in an interview with ABC 7, referencing news footage at the time of packed subway trains.

“So I think people started thinking, the last place I want to be is in a crowded subway car,” she said.

Feinberg said data shows that — despite more than 28,000 COVID-19 deaths in the Big Apple over the past year —  public transportation isn’t a hot spot for transmitting the virus.

 “Well, fast forward a year, there’s now been study after study that shows that the subway system, the transit system, not just in New York but really everywhere, is really not a place that’s vectoring the virus,” she told the station — without referencing specific studies.

Her comments come as subway ridership in New York City plunged this month to roughly 70 percent of that in February 2020 and as city bus ridership dropped 50 percent.

The plummet in straphangers also comes amid a string of subway assaults that left two homeless riders dead last week and countless others injured.

Job loss may also be linked to the decline in riders — with more than 550,000 New Yorkers losing their jobs over the past year and others switching to working remotely.

Transit officials including Feinberg have also  made cuts to subway service lines such as the C and the F trains and scaled back hours over the past year.

A study commissioned by the agency has predicted that subway ridership won’t return to pre-COVID-19 levels until at least 2024.

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Car located in mysterious case of missing Colorado grandmother

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Family of a missing mom and grandmother in Colorado claim the woman was planning to confront her cheating partner just before she mysteriously vanished.

According to the Daily Mail, 49-year-old grandmother Marlena Mizell was last seen leaving a gas station in South Forks, Colorado in early January before she mysteriously went missing.

Her last cell phone ping was north of Dulce, New Mexico — 44 miles away from the location she was last seen alive.

Police in the region have now said they found Mizell’s missing car, but have yet to properly inspect or recover the vehicle due to inclement weather in the area making for dangerous conditions.

Megan Mizell said she last spoke to her mother on the phone at 10.16am on the morning of her disappearance, and she said it was a ‘semi-normal’ conversation that lasted a couple of minutes. 

Missing mom’s car is found in Colorado two months after the 49-year-old was last seen pumping gas – as her daughters reveal she was going to confront her fiance and his lover about their affair

According to Mizell’s family, the Colorado grandmother went mysteriously missing just a day after broadcasting nude photos of her partner’s alleged lover.

According to The U.S. Sun, Marlena Mizell’s daughters, Sarah Ferguson and Megan Mizell, told a true crime podcast that their last conversation with their mother worried them.

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“But at the very end she said, ‘I love you, Megan,’ in a way that I’m not used to, so that kind of raised some concerns with me,” Megan recalled of an otherwise “semi-normal” conversation that day Mizell vanished.

The daughter said she later learned her mother left to confront her partner and the alleged lover soon after the phone call ended.

Megan has since discovered that just 15 minutes after their phone call, her mom allegedly went to confront her fiance and a woman named ‘Jennifer’ about their affair.

Marlena Mizell – Car belonging to Colorado mom who vanished after she posted nudes of husband’s alleged lover is FOUND

A month after the missing Colorado grandmother’s mysterious disappearance, Marlena’s partner Kurt posted a message on Facebook that read: “My fiancée has been missing now 30 days. It been a heart breaking crisis in our family and we’re all praying for her safe return.”

“I pray every day God brings Marlena back to me, and her whole family safely and soon. We haven’t found any trace of her car, her, or anything she left out of here with, which is very little.”

According to KCNC in Denver, Mizell was reported missing by Kurt the day after she disappeared.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.

The South Fork Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating Mizell. 

Missing Woman: State Now Helping In Search For Marlena Mizell

Mizell’s daughters said they have been unable to contact their mother in the weeks since the Colorado grandmother mysteriously went missing, and that there has been no activity on her bank account.

Police have not said if they suspect foul play. According to Fox affiliate KDVR, she was last seen wearing a black one-piece jumpsuit.

No one has been identified as a suspect or a person of interest, and no arrests have been made.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Forks Police Department.

Mizell has high cheek bones and scars on her chin and neck. Her ears are pierced and she has two tattoos: a hummingbird near her stomach and a butterfly on her ankle.

Woman missing from South Fork for over a week

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The feds are investigating whether the kidnapping of Lady Gaga’s dogs was politically motivated since she sang at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to a report.

The FBI is working on the case with Los Angeles police detectives, The Sun reported.

“Lady Gaga is high profile of course but she sang at President Biden’s inauguration which takes this case to another level,” a source told the outlet. “The FBI wants to know exactly what motivated this incident.”

An FBI spokesperson referred The Sun to the LAPD, which is leading the investigation into the dognapping, in which the singer’s dog walker was shot in the chest.

The rep noted that “the bureau provides resources if/where requested to our local partners,” according to The Sun, which said it has reached out to the LAPD.

The outlet said that although the feds are involved, investigators are working on the assumption that the attack by the gun-toting crook — who made off with two of the pop megastar’s beloved French bulldogs — was a straightforward armed robbery.

Lady Gaga has offered a $500,000 reward for the return of her pooches.

The popular breed’s small dogs can fetch between $1,500 and $5,000 in some circles, American Kennel Club Vice President of Public Relations Brandi Hunter told The Post.

The dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was strolling along North Sierra Bonita Avenue with Gaga’s dogs — Gustav, Koji and Miss Asia — around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, when a four-door sedan pulled up and two men attacked, according to police.

When Fischer put up a fight, one of the men shot him one time with a semiautomatic handgun, and the duo sped off with Gustav and Koji.

Fischer “is thankfully recovering well” at a local hospital, a source familiar with the incident told The Post.

Nearby resident Buck Angel, who called 911, told The Sun that “where the attack happened can’t just be down to chance,” adding that the area where it took place has “no witnesses that live there” and has “been empty for five years.”

“They had to have chosen that spot to carry out the attack, and those dogs were targeted for ransom, it had to be,” he told the outlet. “They must have wanted to blackmail Lady Gaga for money.”

Angel added that he believed Fischer was dead.

“When they [police] arrived I came out and saw my neighbor from across the street giving aid to the man who was shot,” he said. “He was compressing his chest, trying to stop the bleeding. He was saving his life.

“I actually thought he was dead. He was shot once, I believe, even though there were two gunshots,” Angel added. “The injured guy told our neighbor as he was compressing the wound, ‘Those were Lady Gaga’s dogs — so that’s how we found out’.”

The Post has reached out to the FBI.
 

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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s sister died Wednesday from COVID-19 complications.

Bowser announced in a statement that her only sister and oldest sibling, Mercia Bowser, died after battling COVID-19 related pneumonia at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She was 64.

“My family and I are mourning the loss of my sister, Mercia Bowser, who passed away this morning due to complications related to COVID-19,” the mayor said in a statement.

“Mercia was loved immensely and will be missed greatly, as she joins the legion of angels who have gone home too soon due to the pandemic.”

Mayor Bowser said her sister is survived by their parents, Joan and Joseph Bowser, siblings, nieces and nephews.

“Mercia was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She worked tirelessly for children, the elderly, and those with behavioral disorders until her retirement and beyond,” the mayor said.

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