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Shark Scoop - April 16, 2023

Shark Scoop is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in global, national, and local news, as well as a top headline in entertainment and sports.


Mayor Adams Appoints New York City ‘Rat Czar’

Kathleen Corradi, New York's new rat czar." (Photo: Emon Hassan/The New York Times)

New York City officially has a “rat czar.” On Wednesday, in Harlem, Mayor Eric Adams introduced Kathleen Corradi, educator, and sustainability expert at the city’s Education Department, as the city’s new director of rodent mitigation. Corradi, who will be leading New York City’s existing rodent mitigation staff, has her work cut out for her, given the city’s estimated two million rats. However, she has plenty of incentives to do a good job; her yearly salary will be $155,000. “You’ll be seeing a lot of me and lot less rats,” said Ms. Corradi during the introduction.

Suspect Arrested in Leak of Classified Documents

Ukrainian soldiers counting ammunition. (Photo: Finbarr O'Reilly/The New York Times)

Jack Teixeira, 21, a Massachusetts Air National Guard member, was arrested by the FBI on Thursday, April 13, following the leak of classified documents. The documents, initially sent by Teixeira in a private Discord chat, contained information about Ukraine’s military positions and assessments of international support for Ukraine, among other sensitive topics. Teixeira was charged on Friday with unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information and unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material.

13-Year-Old Found Day After Disappearance

Police at the house where the girl was found. (Photo: Ida Marie Odegaard/Ritzau Scanpix)

A 13-year-old disappeared on Saturday, April 15, as she was handing out newspapers near the village of Kirkerup, Denmark. Soon after she was last seen, her bike, bag, and phone were found in a ditch in the area. On Sunday morning Central European Time, the Danish police announced that they were treating the case as a possible kidnapping. However, after breaking into a house in the area, Filippa, who was named by the police following her disappearance, was found alive, the police announced at a press conference. A 32-year-old man is also in custody, but the police declined to go into further detail regarding the arrest.

Washington Commanders to Get New Owners

Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Commanders. (Photo: Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports, via Reuters)

After much speculation, Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder has agreed in principle to sell the franchise to an ownership group that includes Josh Harris — the owner of the N.B.A.’s Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Devils in the N.H.L. — and basketball legend Magic Johnson. Snyder, whose ownership in recent years has come under intense scrutiny by the N.F.L. Congress, and other government agencies for allegations of sexual harassment and financial improprieties, will sell for a record-setting $6 billion. Now, many Commanders fans hope for a new start, free from Snyder’s many scandals.

One Last ‘Phantom of the Opera’

The last performance of "Phantom of the Opera is set to run on Sunday night, April 16. (Photo: George Etheredge/The New York Times)

Sunday, April 16, marks the 13,981st — and final — performance of “The Phantom of the Opera,” Broadway’s longest-running show. The shutdown during the pandemic and the slow return of audiences in the aftermath, along with rising costs, have been cited as causes for the closing of the show. Over the 35 years, the musical has run on Broadway, it has been viewed by almost 20 million people and grossed $1.3 billion.

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