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The IIM 4D Is the Latest Innovation of adidas' 4D Technology

Following the introduction of the ZX 2K 4D, we now have a first look at the adidas IIM 4D.

Coming courtesy of YankeeKicks, the upcoming model appears in a futuristic “Grey/Silver.” The distinct Primeknit upper is riddled with hits of color by the toebox and structural piping woven throughout the shoe that plays with the traditional lacing system to hold the foot in place. Surrounding the shoe is a TPU molded cupsole paired to the 4D technology cushioning system crafted using adidas’ proprietary Digital Light Synthesis to 3D print a cushioned, responsive and light sole unit. Finally, a unique parallel vertical line rubber tread applied to the bottom of the shoe rounds up the design of adidas’ 4D innovation.

Take a first look at the adidas IIM 4D above.

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Bomb materials found during investigation into alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot: report

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A recent discovery of bomb components has prompted federal prosecutors on Monday to request more time to seek grand jury indictments in the alleged kidnapping conspiracy case involving Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a report said.

Prosecutors requested a 40-day extension following the findings, which could result in new terror-related charges, the Detroit Free Press reported.

"Firearms and explosive device components were recently recovered, and must be analyzed to determine whether charges under the National Firearms Act, explosives or anti-terrorism statutes are warranted," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler, according to the paper. 


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

The accused ringleader, Adam Fox of Wyoming, Mich., and five other men are being held in custody following the alleged plot against the governor.

Kessler said that the FBI arrested the men before they finished processing the evidence "because of evidence they were planning to abduct Whitmer ahead of the Nov. 3 election," according to the Detroit Free Press.

"The FBI has collected hundreds of hours of audio recordings from confidential human sources and undercover agents, and is still in the process of collating that material," Kessler said. "Because of the imminent nature of the threat, law enforcement was obliged to arrest the subjects before this evidence could be processed."


The extension request was made by prosecutors to seek indictments of the six men charged under criminal complaints with kidnapping conspiracy, reports said.


Under federal law, they are entitled to an indictment by a grand jury, typically within 30 days of the original charge, according to the paper. However, that deadline could be extended to Dec. 16.

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“Why do I get so emotional after a bad night’s sleep?”

Written by Lauren Geall

Do you struggle to control your emotions when you’re tired? Here’s why a lack of sleep has the power to leave us tearful and short-tempered, according to a sleep expert.

For the most part, I’d say I’m quite an emotionally stable person. I love a good cry as much as the next person (it’s healthy, right?) and get frustrated when people shove me on the Tube (not like I have to deal with that problem anymore, anyway), but generally, I’d say I’m good at keeping my emotions under control.

There’s one situation, however, when all of this changes: when I’m struggling with a lack of sleep. Whenever I go to bed late, struggle to fall asleep or have to get up super early, I know I’m in for a tricky 24 hours the next day.

Because when I’m tired, my ability to control my emotions kind of goes out the window. It’s become such an identifying factor of my personality that if I phone up my Mum and tell her I’m feeling worried about something, the first question she’ll ask me is “how did you sleep last night?”. 

It’s like as soon as I miss out on sleep, all of my emotions become amplified. Instead of feeling anxious, I’m spiralling into panic. Instead of feeling a little annoyed, I’m on the edge of full-blown anger. And instead of feeling a little upset or stressed, I find myself sobbing on the bus. 

However, I’m not the only one whose ability to handle the world goes out the window when I’m feeling tired. According to research from Bensons For Beds, 87% of British people say tiredness makes them intolerant, with one in five (18%) saying they constantly row with their partner because they feel exhausted. Some 15% of people also said they feel their personality changes when they are tired – and more than a fifth confessed that they swear under their breath at “everything” when they’re lacking on sleep.

With more people struggling with their sleep in lockdown, it’s likely many of us are becoming more familiar with the emotional and mental impacts of a bad night’s rest. 

But why is this? Stylist spoke to sleep expert Dr Sophie Bostock to find out more, including how a lack of sleep has the potential to impact our mental health.

Why do we get so emotional when we’re tired?

We’ve established that everything gets a bit more trying when we’re feeling low on energy – but what’s going on in our brains to make us feel this way?

“To make sense of this, it’s worth thinking back 200,000 years to when the early humans were living out on the savannah,” Dr Bostock says. “In those days, what would have kept us awake? Predators. Storms. Hunger. Threats to survival. And so, our brains have evolved to interpret sleep deprivation as a potentially dangerous situation. The amygdala, which is the part of our brain which switches on the ‘fight or flight’ stress response, therefore gets more sensitive. This means we become much more emotional, and even small problems feel more stressful.”

Because our amygdala is more sensitive when we’re feeling tired, and we’re therefore more likely to have our stress response activated, lack of sleep can also have a physical impact on our body. This is because, when the “fight or flight” response is triggered, hormones flood through our body to help us respond to the thing we’ve identified as a “threat”.

“The stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, increase our heart rate, blood pressure and blood flow to the muscles,” Dr Bostock says. “Over time, lack of sleep is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and even early mortality.”

And why do we struggle to keep those emotions under control?

Now we know why a lack of sleep can make us feel more emotionally sensitive – but that doesn’t explain why we’re more likely to respond in a rash and disproportionate way. Feeling annoyed and grumpy is one thing, but shouting at a well-meaning colleague? That’s a whole other kettle of fish. So why do we do it? And what does a lack of sleep have to do with this behaviour?

“In addition to a supercharged amygdala, the sleep-deprived brain has less activity in the areas of the brain which could be less important if you’re running from a predator,” Dr Bostock explains. “These include the areas controlling forward planning, goal-directed behaviour and self-control.

“In other words, we get more emotional, and we have less of a break on those emotions.”

So, how does this lack of sleep affect our mental health?

Feeling emotional every once in a while, due to a lack of sleep, is OK if you’re able to get some much-needed rest to address that imbalance, but what about when a lack of sleep begins to become a recurring presence in our lives?

“In the short term, one of the main effects is an increase in anxiety – which makes sense if you’re under threat,” Dr Bostock says. “All our emotions can be exaggerated, but we most consistently see an increase in negative emotions and a decrease in positive emotions. We have less energy, and less motivation.”

It’s undeniable that there’s a strong relationship between the amount of sleep we get and our mental health, but it’s also important to remember that the amount of sleep we “need” is different for everyone – and not to get too fixated on the guidance that says seven or eight hours is the be-all-and-end-all.

As Dr Nerina Ramlakhan – a sleep expert and author of The Little Book Of Sleep: The Art Of Natural Sleep – previously told an audience at Stylist’s Restival, it’s important we don’t spend too much time worrying about the amount of sleep we’re getting.

“I recommend that my clients don’t get too fixated,” she said. “A lot of people don’t sleep so well the night before a big event, or on Sunday nights because they think they must get a good night’s sleep. 

“If we inflexibly believe [that we need a good night’s sleep] to be the case, that stops us sleeping. And when I’ve worked with professional athletes one of the things I say to them is ‘don’t even think about sleep tonight – you’re playing for England tomorrow, forget it’.

“We could have three or four hours of sleep which are far more nourishing than the seven or eight. It’s that depth of sleep.

“Sometimes the things we think about sleep are stopping us sleeping in the first place.”

This article was originally published on 12 March and has been updated throughout.

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PRAXEOLOGY (2.10 Catterick) ran well over C&D last time and a repeat may be good enough.

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Protesters gather outside Philadelphia police precinct after police shoot and kill man with knife

Protesters gathered outside a Philadelphia police precinct Monday night hours after police shot and killed a man with a knife earlier in the afternoon, CBS Philly reports. The victim was identified as 27-year old Walter Wallace Jr.

Police responded to a call about a man with a weapon around 2:45 p.m., according to CBS Philly. 

“Responding officers witnessed a male on the block. Immediately they noticed he had a knife in his possession and he was brandishing it, and waiving it erratically,” said Philadelphia Police Sergeant Eric Gripp.  

Cell phone video of the shooting appears to show Wallace approaching two officers before they open fire. It is not clear from the video what happens immediately prior to the shooting because the camera tilts down and both Wallace and the officers are out of frame.

Several gunshots are heard, and when the camera tilts back up, Wallace is lying in the street. Gripp said both officers fired their weapons, but it wasn’t immediately clear how many times or where Wallace was hit.

“Upon being struck the male immediately dropped the knife and was scooped up by one of the discharging officers who took him into his police car, drove him over to Presbyterian Hospital where unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries,” Gripp said.

One witness told CBS Philly that he and several others tried to get Wallace to drop the knife prior to the shooting. 

Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement, “the Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Unit of PPD will conduct a full investigation. I look forward to a speedy and transparent resolution for the sake of Mr. Wallace, his family, the officers, and for Philadelphia.”

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a seperate statement, “I recognize that the video of the incident raises many questions. Residents have my assurance that those questions will be fully addressed by the investigation.” 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Rams dominate matchup of tough defenses, beat Bears 24-10

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Josh Reynolds and Gerald Everett caught touchdown passes from Jared Goff, and the Los Angeles Rams won a matchup of dominant defenses, beating the Chicago Bears 24-10 on Monday night.

Goff passed for 219 yards and Malcolm Brown rushed for a score for the Rams (5-2), who remained unbeaten at brand-new SoFi Stadium and reasserted themselves as NFC contenders with a rebound performance one week after a rough loss at San Francisco.


Taylor Rapp made an end-zone interception on a pass deflection by Troy Hill while the Rams held Chicago (5-2) to 182 yards in the first three quarters and built a 24-3 lead.

Eddie Jackson returned a fumble 8 yards for Chicago’s only touchdown with 7:30 to play, but Los Angeles' defense stayed in control, yielding 279 total yards and three points. The Rams have won twice in three defense-dominated games between these longtime rivals over the past three seasons.

Nick Foles passed for 261 yards for the Bears, who dropped out of the NFC North lead and fell to 3-1 on the road with their latest discouraging offensive performance. Chicago managed just 49 yards rushing and has 175 yards on the ground in the past four games.

The Rams' defense, now coordinated by former Bears outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley, sacked Foles four times and picked off two of his passes, including Jalen Ramsey's first interception of the season near midfield to clinch the victory with 3:13 to play.

Even punter Johnny Hekker dominated the Bears, pinning them inside their 10 with all five of his punts in a superb performance by the four-time Pro Bowler.

The Rams led 10-3 at halftime after holding the Bears to 126 yards. Reynolds made his 4-yard TD reception on the second drive for just the second scoring catch by a wide receiver against Chicago's stingy secondary all season, but the Bears stopped two additional drives just outside field goal range to keep the deficit manageable.

The Rams went up 17-3 midway through the third quarter on a TD drive capped by Brown's 1-yard run.

Chicago mounted its best drive immediately thereafter, but its 71-yard march ended when Hill deflected a pass intended for Darnell Mooney in the end zone and Rapp snagged it for an interception.

The Rams followed with a crisp 80-yard drive capped by a 12-yard TD catch-and-run by Everett, their big-play tight end.

Chicago got to the Rams 4 with just over nine minutes to play, but Aaron Donald flushed Foles from the pocket and into Justin Hollins' arms for a fourth-down sack.

Robert Woods fumbled three plays later on a jet sweep, and Jackson returned it for the sixth defensive touchdown of his four-year career.


Leonard Floyd had two sacks and six tackles in his first game against Chicago since the Bears released him last offseason. After his sack, Floyd jumped up and went toward the Bears sideline, shouting and gesticulating.


Bears: C Cody Whitehair injured his calf in the second half.

Rams: Rookie S Terrell Burgess was taken off the field on a cart in the fourth quarter with an air cast around his left leg. He has an ankle injury. … TE Tyler Higbee was inactive with a hand injury, missing his second game since 2016. Johnny Mundt had a career-high 47 yards receiving in his absence, including a career-best 34-yard catch in the second quarter.


Bears: Host New Orleans on Sunday.

Rams: Visit Miami on Sunday as the opponent in Tua Tagovailoa's debut start.

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V/Line CEO told cleaning boss COVID-19 could boost coffers, IBAC hears

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V/Line's former boss James Pinder told the government agency's cleaning contractor on a secret burner phone that the COVID-19 pandemic presented an "opportunity " to "boost your coffers", according to intercepted phone conversations played to a public inquiry.

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission intercepted a series of phone conversations between Mr Pinder and George Haritos, the head of cleaning contractor Transclean, a company that Mr Pinder granted a contract worth up to $40 million in 2018.

Former V/Line boss James Pinder.

The state's anti-corruption commission is investigating alleged serious corruption at V/Line and Metro Trains, including that public officials received financial benefits in exchange for granting cleaning contracts. It is the second corruption probe into V/Line in three years.

Mr Pinder took direct control of the Transclean contract, instead of it being managed by V/Line's board, giving him the power to extend the agreement by three years, adding more than $20 million to its value. He also authorised a $5 million widening of Transclean's remit to include carrying out deep cleaning formerly done by Bombardier, the inquiry heard.

He told the IBAC hearing he used a burner phone between 2016-2020 to talk to Metro operational fleet manager Peter Bollas and Mr Haritos about a legal gambling syndicate they were a part of. All three men, who called each other "musketeers", will face the hearings this week.

Mr Bollas, who managed Metro's cleaning, is also accused of receiving cash payments from Transclean.

In a March 10 intercepted phone conversation between Mr Pinder and Mr Haritos, played to the live-streamed hearings, Mr Pinder said: "This coronavirus … it's an opportunity, isn't it?"

Mr Pinder told Mr Haritos trains would need to be cleaned every six hours due to the pandemic. "I'm thinking it's an opportunity to throw a bit of extra you-know-what," he said.

Mr Haritos asked about the budget for the work.

"I'm going to push my lot," Mr Pinder said. "I've got to get the government to give us some cash and if I can do that, then everything's good."

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Counsel assisting IBAC, Paul Lawrie, proposed: "You're talking about extra cleaning work that comes with the requirements to provide a safer environment during the COVID response aren’t you?"

Mr Pinder claimed he was merely giving the contractor a "heads up" about the extra work.

"You have a whole organisational structure beneath you to look after the management of this contract," Mr Lawrie said. "There would be no conceivable reason for you to be personally involved in this in your role as CEO of V/Line, would there?"

Mr Pinder denied the conversation was unusual and said the only reason the board would disapprove of it was because he swore and was "familiar" with Mr Haritos.

"In this industry, everybody talks about everything all the time and everyone is connected and these sorts of conversations happen hundreds of times every day," he said.

Covert photos tendered also showed Mr Pinder allegedly receiving $10,000 in cash from Mr Haritos near a Williamstown coffee shop on August 19 this year, which Mr Pinder said were earnings from the gambling syndicate.

Separate footage of the first of two IBAC raids of Mr Pinder's home shows him dropping the burner phone and the envelope of $10,000 in cash behind his door, as officers arrived at his doorstep in August. He did not direct officers to the items and told them he didn't know what they were when they were discovered by IBAC investigators.

The inquiry also heard Mr Pinder wrote a series of hand-written letters intended for Mr Haritos passed via a Transclean employee after he was raided in which he proposed a set of narratives about why he had the burner phone and the $10,000 in cash.

Mr Pinder allegedly warned Mr Haritos that their conversations would be tapped by IBAC and they should use WhatsApp to communicate, the inquiry heard. He said the IBAC probe "may not end well, prepare for the worst, we need to stick together," the inquiry heard.

Mr Pinder was given a second burner phone from the Transclean associate after the first phone was seized in the August raid. The second phone was seized in another raid in October.

The hearings continue.

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'The Walking Dead' Universe is Like Juggling Chainsaws, According to Show Boss Scott M. Gimple

Scott M. Gimple is the Chief Content Officer of The Walking Dead Universe. As the creative mind behind several television series and movies, he likens his livelihood to “juggling chainsaws.” Here’s why.

Gimple is in charge of numerous properties from the world of ‘The Walking Dead’

Gimple is the architect laying the narrative structure for AMC’s The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and World Beyond. He is also working on launching two forthcoming series, Tales of the Walking Dead and an untitled spinoff that revolves around fan-favorite characters Daryl and Carol from the original Walking Dead show. Adding to his list of duties, Gimple is behind the much-awaited feature film trilogy that will revisit the narrative of The Walking Dead OG Rick Grimes.

Gimple explained how leading the charge in ‘The Walking Dead’ universe is like juggling chainsaws

The notoriously tight-lipped Gimple spoke with Looper to provide an update on The Walking Dead movie, among other projects. Although the creative head held back on plot details, he did provide insights into what it is like to work behind the scenes on such a high volume of dynamic content.

Luckily, the showrunners themselves are a huge source of support, and then there’s all of the other people I’m working with. But yeah, it’s crazy, and so many things shift. And then this year, everything shifted. The juggling act was like you were juggling those pins, and then they threw in a couple of chainsaws just to make it interesting.

It’s an incredible juggling act, but I will say, in my position, it’s extremely helpful to be dancing between all these things because you can see the connective tissue, and you can see those stories. Whether they go in and out of every show or some of the shows, whether it has to do with the movies or things we’re doing in the future, it is cool to be in the middle of it all.

‘Everything’s changing’ due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Walking Dead cast and crew recently began production on the six season 10 bonus episodes as teased by showrunner Angela Kang during a New York Comic-Con panel. Although the show typically shoots during the summer, she confirmed that the team delayed production until the fall due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Gimple explained to Looper that other plans for The Walking Dead Universe are also in flux due to the effects of the pandemic.

I think it’s probable not to see much crossover in these first movies — but, again, everything’s changing. And this is taking a lot longer now than we expected. I’m just talking from a COVID-19 point of view, this big chunk of time we didn’t anticipate.

I think Robert Kirkman said it best: We’re using this time to really go over it and really road test it and really consider all the different directions we’re going in. So, we’re still in the lab in some ways. We’ve done a lot of work on it, but we’re trying to perfect it at the moment.

Fans can catch The Walking Dead series on AMC and AMC+.

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'The Shining': Why Stanley Kubrick Changed the Original Ending

Stanley Kubrick was a director known for his uncompromising vision, however, that doesn’t mean he couldn’t change his mind. For example, he decided to significantly alter the ending of his only horror film, 1980’s The Shining. Here’s what the original ending was like — and why Kubrick changed it.

The original ending of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

Firstly, a recap. The final cut of The Shining originally depicted the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Jack Torrance, freezing to death outside the Overlook. During that version of the film’s final shot, we also see Torrance in a photograph of a Fourth of July ball which had been held at the Overlook in the 1920s. This ending spawned numerous interpretations.

According to Entertainment Weekly, an earlier cut of the film included a scene before audiences saw the photograph where Jack’s wife, Wendy, and their son, Danny, went to a hospital. There, they see Stuart Ullman, the man who gave Jack his job. Ullman tells them there’s no evidence of anything supernatural occurring at the Overlook. In addition, he then gives Danny a tennis ball before cutting back to the photograph of Jack at the Fourth of July celebration. 

Earlier in the film, a tennis ball had mysteriously rolled down the hallway of the Overlook and lured Danny to the haunted Room 237. The original ending with the tennis ball was even more ambiguous than the finished ending without it.

The film’s executive producer dishes on the original ending

Jack Harlan, the executive producer of the film, opened up about the initial ending. “The tennis ball is the same thing as the photograph — it’s unexplainable,” Harlan said. “It makes Ullman now another ghost element. Was he the ghost from the very beginning? The film is complex enough because nothing is explained.” Harlan explained how the ambiguities of The Shining hurt and helped the film.

“That non-explaining is what was bad for the film initially,” Harlan opined. “It was not a huge success. Now everybody thinks it’s the best horror film ever or whatever. But when it came out the audience expected a horror film with a resolution, with an explanation. Who is the baddie? What was going on? And they were disappointed — many of them, anyway.”

Why Stanley Kubrick changed the ending

Although The Shining had the desired effect on audiences. Kubrick still opted to change the ending. “The fact they were left puzzled was exactly what Stanley Kubrick wanted. And when the film [screened for critics] and [it] wasn’t well received, [Warner Bros.] quite rightly suggested, ‘It’s enough, just take [the hospital scene] out.’ So Stanley did it. He’s not stubborn, especially since this is a film mainly to entertain people.”

The legacy of ‘The Shining’

Afterward, The Shining won over audiences. According to Collider, a remastered version of the film premiered in cinemas in 2019. How many other 1980s horror films got re-released in the 2010s? In addition, the world was treated to an acclaimed sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep. The Shining resonated, even if the final cut differs from Kubrick’s initial vision.

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NYC elections staffers accused of watching Netflix, smoking pot on the job

The agency overseeing the city’s near-calamitous voting operations is a modern-day Tammany Hall run by the mothers, wives and sons of political leaders and staffed by workers more interested in watching Netflix and getting high on the job than making it easy for voters to cast their ballots, according to former employees.

“That place is messed up,” said Betty Ann Canizio, who was pushed out of her role as the Board of Elections’ Brooklyn deputy chief in 2016 after voters were mysteriously purged from the borough rolls.

In 2015, she came across a group of BOE colleagues in charge of voting machines smoking marijuana at a Sunset Park depot where the equipment is stored — the night of an election, Canizio told The Post.

She said she reported the incident to bosses but nothing happened.

“A lot of them that work there are hardworking,” she said of BOE staff. “Then there are a lot of them that, they would come in to work drunk, they would come in to work high, there were fist fights in the office.”

Charles Stimson, who’s done trainings for the Board of Elections for nearly 20 years, echoed Canizio’s concerns in an interview with The New York Times.

“It is really hard to have co-workers who are incapable of performing what they need to do,” Stimson told the newspaper, adding that some colleagues filled their days with personal reading or their favorite Netflix binge and then left early to shop or hit the gym.

The tales of workplace malfeasance come as the BOE has made major blunders in two recent rounds of elections.

An astounding 25 percent of mail-in ballots cast in Brooklyn for June’s primary elections were declared invalid. The BOE was still mailing absentee ballots the day before the June primary, leaving little chance they could reach voters in time, according to city lawyers.

Then in September the board sent return envelopes with the incorrect names and addresses to up to 100,000 Brooklyn voters who requested absentee ballots.

Voters participating in the first three days of early voting for the upcoming general election were met with massive lines across the city.

Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the hours-long wait times over the weekend as early voting began in New York City were indicative of the board’s unpreparedness for an election occurring during a global pandemic.

“I think the Board of Elections in New York City did a terrible job,” the governor said. “Terrible.”

They each proposed a complete overhaul of the agency, which would require an amendment to the constitution with approval of the voters in a referendum and two successive votes by the state Legislature.

But despite all their protestations, neither de Blasio nor Cuomo has made any moves to start that process rolling.

The board is rife with political patronage from the right and the left. It is made up of 10 commissioners — two from each borough — selected by bosses of the Democratic and Republican parties, and approved by the City Council.

The board’s leadership includes voter registration head Beth Fossella, who is also former Staten Island Republican congressman Vito J. Fossella’s 80-year-old mother; administrative manager Pamela Perkins, who is married to City Councilman Bill Perkins (D-Harlem); and deputy clerk Daniel Ortiz, whose dad is Democratic Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz.

Democratic state Sen. Liz Krueger, chairwoman of the chamber’s powerful budget committee, has dubbed the BOE a “failure” and called for reforms.

Her crusade is based in part on her own experience with the board 20 years ago — a ‘truth is stranger than fiction’-type incident that was later used in a “Law & Order” episode.

Krueger says she learned in the spring of 2001 that ballots from a close race a year earlier she’d lost to entrenched Republican state Sen. Roy Goodman were found in four boxes stacked up in the ceiling against the air conditioning vents.

Workers complained that the cool air was not coming out of the vents. When they checked the ceiling the four boxes of ballots were discovered.

“The Republican staffers stuffed the ballots in the ceiling so their boss could win and they could keep their jobs,” Krueger said.

Goodman, who died in 2014, was also the Manhattan Republican Party chairman who controlled GOP hires at the BOE.

Board officials have defended their agency, arguing that they’re an easy, cheap shot for elected officials and saying the bi-partisan agency was created in response to Tammany Hall corruption and one-party rule.

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