BRIDGE, TUNNEL ARRESTS RISE WITH MONITORING
NEW YORK (AP) -- Arrests have increased sharply because of closer eye surveillance of bridges and tunnels throughout the city.
As of Oct. 21, authorities have made 1,070 arrests this year, a 145 percent increase from all of last year, at nine crossings, including the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the Brooklyn Battery and Queens midtown tunnels, the Daily News reported in Monday editions.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said a larger presence at the crossings, better training and vehicle checkpoints all contributed to the increase.
KILLER SAYS HE DESERVES HARSHER PRISON TERM
SYRACUSE (AP) -- Saying "I blame no one but myself," a paroled killer told a judge Monday that he deserved more than 20 years to life in state prison for killing a 39-year-old mother of five.
Eugene E. DeShazor, 48, faced a maximum sentence of 25 years to life, but prosecutors agreed to a lighter sentence if he dropped any appeals in the case.
DeShazor surprised authorities last month when he suddenly changed his not guilty plea at a pretrial hearing and admitted strangling Tina Rucker, whose body was found March 31 outside the apartment complex where DeShazor lived.
DeShazor was arrested April 17 in Jacksonville, Fla., during a chance traffic stop of his girlfriend. According to court documents, DeShazor said he killed Rucker when he discovered her stealing money from him.
'DA VINCI CODE' AUTHOR, SIBLINGS DONATE TO SCHOOL
NEW YORK (AP) -- Novelist Dan Brown, author of the multimillion-selling "The Da Vinci Code," is sharing some of his wealth with his old school: Phillips Exeter Academy.
The school announced Monday that Brown and his siblings, Valerie and Gregory, had made a $2.2 million donation in honor of their father, Richard Brown, who taught mathematics at the academy for 35 years. The gift will help provide students computers and other high-tech equipment.
"My dad's contribution to education through teaching and textbooks is a powerful legacy," the author said during a ceremony last weekend at the school, based in Exeter, N.H.
Dan Brown, who still lives in Exeter, graduated from the academy in 1982 and later taught English there. His siblings also attended the school.
Brown's other books include "Angels and Demons" and "Digital Fortress."