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Up on the Board: Lobsterman survives, Poppy Bush, gas gouging

In this undated photo, John Aldridge, a Montauk

In this undated photo, John Aldridge, a Montauk lobsterman, hauls his catch. On the afternoon of July 24, 2013, he was rescued at sea, more than 40 miles from where he had fallen overboard from a fishing vessel nearly 12 hours earlier.

The editorial board is buoyed by the story of a 45-year-old Montauk lobsterman who survived 12 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, to be rescued by the Coast Guard yesterday afternoon. John Aldridge, who wasn’t wearing a life jacket when he fell overboard, said he tucked his rubber boots under his arms as flotation devices. Board member Alvin Bessent wondered which boot-maker thought of such a useful feature.

And we are charmed that former President George H.W. Bush shaved his head in solidarity with Patrick, a son of one of his Secret Service agents who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.

We’re also pleased that three Long Island gas stations are being fined for charging overly high, gouging prices during the superstorm Sandy shortage.

Finally, we support New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of a City Council bill that seeks to expand the definition of racial profiling. The bill would allow people who believe they have been profiled – aka, stopped and frisked – to sue police in state court. We think the bill is wrong-headed and potentially costly.

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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday and amNew York.