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Fraud alleged against N.Y. census workers; Michael Jackson glove auctioned

Sunday, June 27, 2010

NEW YORK

Census workers accused of fraud

Two U.S. Census Bureau managers in Brooklyn have been fired on suspicion of forging questionnaires and ordering supervisors and clerks in their office to do the same, officials said.

The alleged fraud took place over the weekend of June 12, when the Northeast Brooklyn office was under pressure to meet a deadline, said Tony Farthing, the Census Bureau's New York regional director.

Instead of surveying people in their homes, the managers allegedly cheated by copying information from phone books and Internet directories, Farthing said. They were turned in by whistleblowers.

About 10,000 household interviews in Brooklyn will have to be redone to ensure that the count is accurate, the Daily News reported Saturday.

The two managers, who were fired June 18, do not face criminal charges, Farthing said.

-- Associated Press

Mets fans see prince throw out first pitch

Britain's Prince Harry showed he can shoot. On the second day of his U.S. visit, New Yorkers got to see his arm.

After firing an M4 rifle during a training exercise Friday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Harry threw out the first pitch at Saturday's New York Mets game against the Minnesota Twins.

Wearing a white T-shirt and blue Mets cap, he sheepishly waved to the crowd as he stood on the mound. He then shook his right arm several times and did a full body jiggle to loosen up.


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