Author, columnist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jimmy Breslin, who for decades chronicled New York’s powerful and powerless, has died. He was 88. Breslin died at his home in Manhattan of complications from pneumonia, his family said Sunday. Breslin was a longtime columnist with the New York Daily News, and was known in the city both for his writing and his eccentric personality. He was boastful, once saying, "I'm the best person ever to have a column in this business. There's never been anybody in my league." But he was also a legend, who in 1986 won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary writing, and who along with Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe helped create a new style of journalism that shared literary qualities with the short story. In the 1960’s Breslin ran for city council president alongside author Norman Mailer. They both lost. In the 1970s he received a letter from the serial killer Son of Sam, which Breslin published, along with a plea for the killer to turn himself in. He wrote books on the mob, about a housewife, the New York Mets, and about a Mexican migrant killed while working on a construction site. One of his most famous pieces of writing came in 1963 and focused on Clifton Pollard, the man who dug former president John F. Kennedy’s grave. Here’s an excerpt: “Leaves covered the grass. When the yellow teeth of the reverse hoe first bit into the ground, the leaves made a threshing sound which could be heard above the motor of the machine. When the bucket came up with its first scoop of dirt, Metzler, the cemetery superintendent, walked over and looked at it.’That's nice soil,’ Metzler said. ‘I’d like to save a little of it,’ Pollard said.”
—Secret Service officials said they arrested a man who drove up to a White House checkpoint and claimed to have a bomb in his car. More here
—An appeals court judge has denied an emergency order request from two Native American tribes that would stop oil flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline. More here
—We’re tracking the news stories of the day below. All updates are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).
Jimmy Breslin, Who Chronicled New York for Decades, Has Died
Man Detained at a White House Checkpoint Claims to Have a Bomb
Secret Service took a man into custody after he allegedly drove up to a checkpoint late Saturday night and claimed to have a bomb. The news was first reported by CNN, which cited two law enforcement officials, who said there was no explosives found in the vehicle but that security around the White House had been upgraded. The incident happened just before midnight, and by Sunday morning several streets around the White House remained closed. This was the second security concern at the White House in a day, and the third in a week. Last week a man jumped the the fence and was on the grounds for 16 minutes before being detained. Earlier Saturday, someone jumped a bike rack and ran into the main buffer zone between the fence and sidewalk and was later tackled by two Secret Service agents. The man was not carrying any weapons, but instead had a letter he said he wanted to deliver to the White House. President Donald Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he has spent most of his weekends.
Judge Refuses Appeal Request to Stop Oil From Flowing in the Dakota Access Pipeline
An appeals court refused a request for an emergency order made by two Native American tribes that would have stopped oil from flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision by the U.S. court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit means the pipeline could begin full operation as soon as Monday. The order was filed by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, and it asked the judge to order the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw permission it granted the pipeline’s owner to build beneath North Dakota’s Lake Oahe until a lawsuit over the matter is resolved. Judge James Boasberg’s ruling said the appeal failed to meet the “stringent requirements” needed for an immediate injunction. The two tribes’ lawsuit argues that allowing oil in the pipeline could desecrate the tribes’ sacred water, which they often use in religious ceremonies. It runs about half a mile north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, just under the main supply of drinking water. The Obama administration had blocked construction, but after the transition President Donald Trump quickly reinstated it.