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Over a century ago, before New York City was home to 7,500 miles of plumbing infrastructure and 13 wastewater treatment plants that process 1.3 billion gallons of human waste on a daily basis, Brooklyn's streets were often covered in raw sewage. It makes sense, really, since 19th century New Yorkers didn't often have the benefits of toilets at their disposal. They frequently tossed whatever refuse they deposited in their chamberpots right out the window into the alleyways...
Yesterday afternoon in the Flatlands area of Brooklyn, a 15-year-old boy named Isiah Joseph was shot in the back, and an as-yet unidentified 20-year-old man was shot in the lower rear torso, during an attack at Avenue H and East 56th Street. Although several shots were fired, each victim was only struck once. Both were taken to nearby Brookdale Hospital, where Joseph was pronounced dead. According to the Times, police in the area are searching for three people...

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