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–Just another day on Canal Street: “A Chinatown bus driver was so enraged that two thieves stole luggage under his bus that he unleashed his inner Incredible Hulk — chasing them down and yanking the bumper off of their SUV with his bare hands Tuesday.” [New York Post]

–Opinion: “Few criminals have been more powerful for as long as (Sheldon Silver), the former assemblyman from the Lower East Side. In the long, crooked parade of New York politicians who have traded pinstripes for jumpsuits, Mr. Silver would be the grand marshal.” [New York Times]

–Columnist Ken Lovett: “Silver has said the only people he was accountable to were the voters in his district and his Democratic members in Albany. As long he brought home the bacon, he was fine in the district. But it was his frequent covering for his members and staff that kept him in power while setting the ethical bar lower and lower.” [Daily News]

–Silver hopes he’ll be sent to the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, where he would “have access to full-time rabbis.” [New York Post]

–The Assembly voted 90-0 yesterday to seat Alice Cancel as Sheldon Silver’s replacement in Albany. Asked whether there was any significance to her installation on the same day Silver was sentenced, Speaker Carl Heastie said, “It’s a coincidence… There was no connection. It was random.” [Daily News]

–In a preliminary move, the Rent Guidelines Board voted 5 to 4 to consider a 0 percent to 2 percent increase on one-year leases — and 0.5 percent to 3.5 percent on two-year leases. The final vote takes place this summer. [New York Times]

–Recalling Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses and the battle over the Lower Manhattan Expressway. [Curbed]

Happening Today: The SPaCE Block Association meets tonight at the Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway, 6:30 p.m. On the agenda: discussions about intercity buses and new liquor license applications. All are welcome.

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