Pope Francis To Greet Thousands In Central Park During Upcoming Visit

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Pope Francis will be visiting Central Park when he comes later this month, giving tens of thousands of New Yorkers an opportunity to see the Holy Father and share in the excitement of his visit.

The pope “will greet thousands of guests in a historic procession through Central Park along the West Drive” on Sept. 25, the mayor’s office announced Tuesday.

“The procession through Central Park will give thousands of New Yorkers an opportunity to come face to face with Pope Francis,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’re proud to welcome one of the world’s most powerful voices to our great city … and we are grateful to the archdiocese for their cooperation in giving even more New Yorkers a chance to join in this historic visit.”

Pope Francis To Greet Thousands In Central Park During Upcoming Visit

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As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, the opportunity to be seen by large numbers of his flock was the one thing missing from Pope Francis’ New York schedule. He may even be able to get out of his Popemobile and touch people without creating a security nightmare, Kramer reported.

“We’ve been trying to think of a way for more New Yorkers to see the pope; to experience the pope, as well as give the pope more of an opportunity to see and experience New Yorkers,” said Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling

The New York Archdiocese is very grateful to the city for arranging the trip through the park, Zwilling said.

“This will enable, we hope, many tens of thousands of people to be present so that, as the pope travels by in Popemobile at a relatively slow speed, that people will be able to feel as if they’ve had a part in this visit of Pope Francis,” Zwilling told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

The decision to have the pope travel through Central Park on the West Drive between 72nd and 60th streets is the result of negotiations with the city and security experts concerned about protecting the pope.

Sources told CBS2 that officials are leaving nothing to chance, and have worked out every possible doomsday scenario from bombs to snipers – as well as the fastest routes to hospitals near every spot the pope will visit.

“We will obviously have the most stringent and tightest security protocols around,” said Phil Walzak, senior adviser to Mayor de Blasio.

Tickets will be required to attend the event, which will take place while the pontiff is en route from Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School in East Harlem to Mass at Madison Square Garden.

To get a ticket, you will need to click here or call 311 from Thursday to Monday. The tickets will be awarded in a lottery.

Only New York state residents may apply for tickets. Residents of New Jersey and Connecticut may not.

“The pope’s visit to New York is designed to give as many New Yorkers access as possible,” said Mayor’s office spokeswoman Monica Klein.

The winners will be notified Sept. 10.

For a complete schedule of the pope’s upcoming visit, click here.

“The pope’s motorcade and procession going through Central Park will really allow literally tens of thousands of New Yorkers to see him face to face; perhaps interact with him on some level, and just take in the excitement and importance of the moment,” added Walzak.

The pope is said to be thrilled that the plan for the Central Park motorcade could be worked out.

“That’s one of the things he said he wanted to do,” Zwilling said. “He doesn’t want to spend his time giving big talks. He doesn’t want to spend his time driving around in a car. He wants to spend as much time as possible with people, and this is going to allow that to happen.”

Meanwhile, some area children are getting excited about meeting Francis.

East Harlem Students Adopt Flower Beds In Advance Of Pope's NYC Visit

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As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, students at St. Ann School were asked this spring to come up with an Earth Day project. Principal Hope Mueller got an outstanding presentation about “how, as a community, we should be adopting these flower beds that are on 110th Street in front of our church and school,” she said. “So we decided, what better time to do that than in honor of Pope Francis’ visit and his call to us to reach out to our community and environment?’”

Fourth-grader Noah Rodriguez finally got to see his vision of cleaner streets become reality.

“I would like to see them with no litter on them, to be the cleanest streets,” Noah said.

It’s a subject Noah will get to discuss with the pope, as one of the lucky Catholic school children chosen to meet him.

The cost of papal security is still being worked out. The federal government will chip in for both the pope’s visit and the United Nations General Assembly.

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Public officials’ negligence blamed for woman’s fatal shooting with stolen gun

Kate Steinle’s family alleges that ranger left service weapon in plain view before it was stolen and used in attack by man in country illegally

The parents of a San Francisco woman who was fatally shot by a man in the country illegally said Tuesday that federal and local authorities contributed to the death of their daughter through negligence and bureaucratic bungling.

The family alleges in legal claims that a Bureau of Land Management ranger left his loaded service weapon in a backpack in plain view in his car before the weapon was stolen in June.

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Jay Z Asks Judge to Keep His Criminal Past and Finances Out of “Big Pimpin’” Case

Jay Z is getting ready to head to court to head to trial for the long-running “Big Pimpin” lawsuit and is asking the judge to keep his personal history and finances out of the courtroom. In October, Hov will take the stand and testify to the court as a defendant as plaintiff Osama Ahmen Fahmy, the nephew of Baligh Hamdy, the artist responsible for the original “Big Pimpin” trial, and his lawyer team grill the rapper for copyright infringement.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay’s lawyer, Andrew Bart, made a motion to the judge to “preclude evidence and arguments relating to the superstar’s financial condition.” TMZ takes it a step further claiming that Jay’s lawyer team is also asking the court to keep his criminal history out of the court room but since Fahmy is claiming Hov and Timbaland stole the sample, his life of crime before hitting it big in music is relevant.

Bart believes that his client’s financial status will be used by the plaintiff’s legal team to attempt to “bias the jury” and “artificially inflate the size of a potential damages award.” U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder will hear arguments from both sides at a hearing scheduled for Sept. 16.

Janet Jackson Gets Emotional In First Return To Stage In Years [Video]

Janet Jackson gets emotional as she thanks the audience at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia on the opening night of her Unbreakable tour the singer who hasn’t toured in 4 years gave a heartfelt and energetic performance proving that she still has it

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Juwan Durham to UConn: Huskies Land 4-Star PF Prospect

An ACL tear put Juwan Durham’s high school career on hold and left some wondering if top programs would still pursue him. Connecticut was undeterred and rewarded for its faith Tuesday, as the 4-star forward announced his intention to be a Husky on Twitter:

Durham, a long power forward out of Tampa Preparatory School, chose Connecticut over offers from Florida, Louisville and Kansas, among others. The Gators were considered favorites throughout the process, with 247Sports giving them a 60 percent chance of landing him at one point, but UConn had closed of late. By Tuesday’s announcement the two schools were considered co-favorites. 

Nearly everything ground to a halt in February when Durham suffered a torn ACL in state playoffs. He averaged 22.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game as a junior, but his game was predicated on athleticism and length. Potentially taking one of those advantages away threw a bit of a monkey wrench into what was expected to be a hotly contested recruitment.    

He’s currently expected to return to the floor in September or October. 

“It could be sooner than that the way things are going,” head coach Joe Fenlon said, per Bob Putnam of the Tampa Bay Times. “But we certainly are not trying to rush anything. Juwan has too much at stake and too much a future ahead of him to push anything too hard. I’d be ecstatic if he were able to be back with us by September or October. Right now, everything is moving in the right direction.”

When healthy, Durham shows flashes of becoming a special talent. He’s listed at 6’11” with good athleticism and a long wingspan that allows him to block a ton of shots. Despite being known largely as a finisher, Durham has also flashed a decent jumper and gets buckets by picking up offensive rebounds.

The injury is largely a concern because it’ll prohibit him from working on the weaknesses in his game. He’s still extremely skinny at 200 pounds, and it wouldn’t be advisable for him to put on weight while recovering from a major leg injury. Being off the court also won’t help the development of that jumper, which will be key once NBA talent evaluators start assessing his game.

That said, it’s hard to quibble with head coach Kevin Ollie landing a 4-star recruit at this early juncture. Here’s to Durham getting back on the court soon and reminding folks why he was so coveted to begin with.


Star rankings courtesy of 247SportsFollow Tyler Conway (@tylerconway22) on Twitter. 

Spoiler Alert is this week’s Windows Phone myAppFree Deal

If you are in the mood for a Windows Phone game that is unlike any other platformer you have tried, take a look at Spoiler Alert. You start the game at the very last level of the very last world. When you have completed the final level of game play, you begin playing the game in reverse.

You play the role of a chili pepper who must rescue a captive princess. The game is full of enemies to un-defeat and coins to un-collect. It may sound corny but strangely, Spoiler Alert is a rather challenging platform game.

The game typically runs $.99 in the Windows Phone Store and $1.49 in the Windows Store. However, through the myAppFree campaign you can pick up Spoiler Alert free.

Stussy Delivers Fall 2015 Lookbook

After getting a look at their recent Japanese-inspired Fall/Winter 2015 editorial, here we get a look at Stussy’s official lookbook for the new season. As expected, a slew of outerwear options are presented, ranging from bombers to parkas, varsity jackets and rain coats. Crewnecks and hoodies should also prove to be items of interest from the seasonal delivery, which also notes button-ups, henleys, polos, jerseys and various pant options, alongside a collection of accessories.

Upon checking out Stussy’s Fall 2015 lookbook, visit their online store to snag some new styles.

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Sync bike definitely won’t get mistaken for another

The Sync's frame design is inspired by the shape of a rider in the aerodynamic

While things like comfort, light weight and durability are important considerations when selecting a bike, it is OK to want one that looks unique, too. If you place a lot of emphasis on the latter, then the Sync might be for you.

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