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Cathedral hosts Blessing of the Bees

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine was buzzing with excitement Tuesday as the Episcopal establishment hosted its first Blessing of the Bees on Tuesday.

The blessing took place at a new hive on the grounds of the massive Gothic church. Attendees were advised to wear long pants and long sleeves

Cathedral officials said the hive will provide a haven for bees to reproduce and will benefit the city's green spaces and gardens.



Attack by bullies blinds boy, 14, in one eye

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Brooklyn eighth-grader said Tuesday he is blind in one eye after he was attacked by bullies shouting anti-gay epithets in a school cafeteria.

Kardin Ulysse, 14, said that he can't see out of his right eye -- and he wants to see.

The teen appeared briefly at a news conference at the office of his attorney, Sanford Rubenstein.

Kardin's parents said he has undergone two surgeries and needs a transplant following a June 5 beating at Roy H. Mann Junior High School.

The alleged assailants face disciplinary action in addition to criminal prosecution.



Vest saves trooper from injury in stabbing

SODUS (AP) -- Authorities said Tuesday a state trooper's bulletproof vest saved him from serious injuries when he was stabbed in the chest by a suicidal teenager in Central New York.

State police said Trooper Eric Weingartner responded late Sunday night to a report of a suicidal teen at a home in the Wayne County village of Sodus, 25 miles east of Rochester.

Officials said Weingartner determined that the 14-year-old boy should be transported for a mental evaluation. Police said the teen then stabbed the trooper in the chest.

Officials said Weingartner was uninjured because of his bulletproof vest.

The teen was charged with attempted aggravated assault of a police officer and sent to a Rochester hospital for a mental health evaluation.