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JetBlue pilot, Park Slope food co-op and Fukushima: Morning roundup

A JetBlue captain stormed out the cockpit and started acting erratically on a flight bound for Las Vegas on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. The captain began yelling about al-Qaeda and a possible bomb onboard, passengers said.

“They’re going to take us down. They’re taking us down. They’re going to take us down. Say the Lord’s prayer. Say the Lord’s prayer,” the captain screamed, passenger Tony Antolino, 40, told the AP.

Passengers tackled and restrained the captain, and the plane made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Tex. The plane landed because of a “medical situation,” according to JetBlue.

More of your morning links below:

Park Slope food co-op

A food co-op in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn was thrust into the national limelight Tuesday after members voted overwhelmingly against a move toward adopting a boycott against products made in Israel. The debate over the boycott had been raging for months. (New York Times)

— “If you don’t like something don’t buy it — but keep politics out of the co-op,” said member Levi Capland of the proposed boycott, which members decided unfairly singled out Israel. (Brooklyn Paper)


Fukushima radiation levels are much higher than thought. The clean-up could take decades, according to the latest examination of the plant. (Guardian)

Last year’s nuclear accident turned “a potential asset into a liability,” The Post’s Chico Harlan reports. Japan has stockpiled plutonium for decades, but now has little way to use it. (Washington Post)

Trayvon Martin

Contrary to popular opinion, the city of Sanford, Fla., reportedly asked prosecutors to file charges against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, but the county state attorney’s office decided to wait. (Miami Herald)

A congressional Democrats’ hate crime forum in Washington was dominated mostly by the case of Trayvon Martin. Democrats met to talk about ways they can help prevent a repeat of the Sanford shooting. (Washington Post)

U.K. riots

People need “a stake in society,” an independent panel set up by the government to study last summer’s riots concluded this week. Lack of opportunities, poor parenting and a failure of the justice system all contributed, the panel said. (Guardian)

The riots were also “made worse” by Facebook, Twitter and BBM, the panel said. But the government warned against closing off these social networks during times of unrest. (Guardian)


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