The Day | Guilty Plea in Lower East Side Stabbing

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Good morning, East Village.

The Daily News reports that Raul Barrera pleaded guilty to stabbing his girlfriend to death during an argument in their Clinton Street apartment last year.

In much happier couples news, DNA Info has the story of a local man who popped the question at a “really special” coffee shop. “Eighteen months to the day after meeting his girlfriend on a blind date at popular East Village java joint the Mudspot Café, Daniel Chan returned to the East Ninth Street coffee shop to pop the question to her Sunday morning.”

And still more romance: City Room brings a happy tale from the infamous “pepper-spray cop” incident at Occupy Wall Street. “Kaylee Dedrick, Inspector Bologna’s co-star in a viral video in which he wields his lachrymatory canister, is about to have a baby with the fellow protester who came to her aid.”

Crain’s profiles Rudy Tauscher, the operator of the Paulaner Bräuhaus and whose roots in the business date “back to the 1800s when his family bought a brewery in Bavaria, Germany, which is still in operation”: “Altogether, the project represents a $5 million investment, some of it Mr. Tauscher’s cash, but most from investors in Germany. Paulaner is providing the brewing equipment, including the large tanks that will be visible to customers while they eat and drink.”

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York recalls the Dugout, a dive on Third Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. “There was an older gentleman, Saul, black glasses, stained beard, anchoring the back end of the bar, newspaper in front of him. He was usually there. We always used to speculate if he really owned the bar. I never found out one way or the other.”