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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:59 am, Thu Sep 5, 2013.

NYPD eyes Syria as strike threat grows, Jewish holidays near

The Police Department is keeping tabs on the situation in Syria and will step up security around the city in an effort to prevent possible terrorism if the United States attacks the country, Commissioner Ray Kelly said this week.

The NYPD always increases its presence around synagogues and other spots during the Jewish high holidays, which begin Sept. 4 this year. With the United States considering air strikes against Syria over its apparent use of chemical weapons against rebels and civilians, Kelly told Jewish leaders the department is as prepared as it can be for any retaliatory terror attacks, according to media reports. But he said the NYPD knows of no specific threat.

Meanwhile the Syrian Electronic Army, a group reportedly allied with the government, cyber-attacked western media websites Tuesday. The New York Times site was disabled for hours, and the group said it hit Twitter too.

LGA lags on services, JFK is OK, survey finds

LaGuardia Airport scored zero out of a possible four points in a recent survey of amenities for travelers, while Kennedy Airport scored three out of four. The study of the nation’s 20 busiest airports was a checklist of four conveniences: free Wi-Fi, play areas, trains to city centers and cell phone wait lots. Only LaGuardia has none of those. JFK has all but the free Wi-Fi. Five of the airports have them all, said the study, by the Global Gateway Alliance.

City must study arts scene, Qns. pol says

The city needs to analyze cultural offerings in all five boroughs, plan for how to improve them and see how it can better serve artists’ needs in order to maintain New York’s position as the cultural capital of the world, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) says.

Van Bramer and Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn) on Monday introduced a bill that would require the city to study its cultural priorities, what various communities offer and how to make life easier for artists, and come up with recommendations for improvement.

They were joined by arts advocates including Sheila Lewandowski of The Chocolate Factory theater in Long Island City, who warned that without incorporating cultural concerns into its planning, New York risks becoming “just a congested banking city” with no soul.

Queens native Trump is a fraud: AG lawsuit

Entrepreneur Donald Trump, a native of Jamaica Estates, defrauded 5,000 people out of $40 million through his “Trump University” real estate seminars, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman claims in a new lawsuit.

Attendees were not taught “everything they need to know” to invest in real estate, as advertised, and the “university” did not qualify to call itself that, Schneiderman said. The suit seeks restitution and other costs. Trump, a former Republican presidential hopeful, told Fox News the suit is a political ploy Schneiderman cooked up after meeting with President Obama, whom Trump frequently criticizes.

This little piggy went to court, as a co-op sues

The Clearview Gardens co-op in Whitestone is suing two of its residents over their pet pig, which is illegal to have in the city.

The pig’s owners, Danielle and Louis Forgione, ignored warnings from the city Department of Health saying they had to get rid of him, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

But Petey the pot-bellied pig is part of the family and not going anywhere, Danielle Forgione has said. While the lawsuit claims Petey “has placed residents in fear,” according to the Post, some have no problem with him.

Pigs are smarter than cats and dogs but require more maintenance and are not the best pets, according to the website pigs.com.

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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