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–A 37-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly beating an ex-cop and stealing his gun during an apparent botched robbery on Eldridge Street. Rafael Calderon, who lives on Forsyth Street, was taken into custody yesterday. [Daily News]

–Downtown political activist Pete Gleason backed away from a write-in campaign to unseat DA Cy Vance, who’s under fire for failing to go after Harvey Weinstein. Gleason is urging voters to write-in another candidate, Marc Fliedner. Vance, by the way, didn’t make many friends locally by prosecuting a small Chinatown bank for mortgage fraud.   [Daily News]

–Extra Butter, the cutting edge sneaker store, reopens today on Orchard Street after almost $1 million in renovations. During the evenings, the shop will morph into a movie theater: “…a screen drops down from the ceiling along with two projectors — one facing the screen from Allen Street and the other from Orchard Street.” [Footwear News]

–Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy speaks out, saying that female chefs are treated like second class citizens in the New York food/media world. [Esquire]

–New documents filed with Community Board 3 hint at the possibility that esteemed San Francisco pizza destination Una Pizza Napoletana might be headed for Orchard Street, through a collaboration with Contra co-owner Jeremiah Stone. [Eater]

–The Continental is closing on St, Mark’s Place to make room for a 7-story office building. [EV Grieve]

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