The New York Times is reporting that following the unrelated deaths (one or both of them apparently a murder) of two young women in the New York City area, state officials have put a freeze on issuing new liqour licenses for the next four months for certain areas of the city.  The freeze applies in areas that already have more than two licensed liquor vendors within 500 feet of each other.

Both women were apparently enjoying evenings of heavy drinking and, after leaving the clubs plastered, were killed.  In once case, a bouncer was charged with the murder, and in the other a man and woman have been issued charges related to her death.

The full article can be found at the New York Times website.