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  • Nice weekend weather? Let's close the Bayonne Bridge (commentary)

    10/21/2017 12:44:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Staten Island Advance ^ | October 21, 2017 | Tom Wrobleski
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Maybe one day they'll finish the renovation project on the Bayonne Bridge. Until then, we're going to have to keep enduring these total closures of the span, including on the weekends, which is a mind-numbingly bad time to shutter the bridge. Not that the Port Authority sees it that way, no matter how much we bang on their cage. We're supposed to have some nice weather this weekend. Mid-70s. Sunny. Lots of folks are going to be out driving. A lot of them are going to be going to New Jersey, either to shop, visit friends...
  • Judge Calls NYPD's Handling Of Precarious Civil Forfeiture Database 'Insane'

    10/21/2017 8:35:37 AM PDT · by JP1201 · 16 replies
    In the middle of the night in March of 2012, NYPD officers burst into the Bronx home of Gerald Bryan, ransacking his belongings, tearing out light fixtures, punching through walls, and confiscating $4,800 in cash. Bryan, 42, was taken into custody on suspected felony drug distribution, as the police continued their warrantless search. Over a year later, Bryan's case was dropped. When he went to retrieve his $4,800, he was told it was too late: the money had been deposited into the NYPD's pension fund.
  • MS-13 gang may be linked to human remains found in New York City suburb, police say

    10/21/2017 7:52:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/21/17
    The violent MS-13 gang has been linked to a wave of recent killings in New York's Long Island suburbs. That's why police believe that human remains found in one location could lead to more grisly discoveries. Police in Nassau County on Long Island say they have found several spots in a 27-acre park in the hamlet of Roosevelt that may be gravesites for the gang's victims. “The process is slow due to the terrain and growth,” Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick of the Nassau County Police Department Homicide Squad told reporters. Fitzpatrick said one set of male human remains has been...
  • National anthem singer takes a knee while performing at Brooklyn Nets game

    10/20/2017 7:37:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/20/17 | Katie Leach
    After performing the national anthem at Friday night's Brooklyn Nets game, singer Justine Skye took a knee in the latest installment of the ongoing demonstration.Skye knelt specifically during the line "and the home of the brave," according to reports. However, according to the Associated Press, the demonstration wasn't well received among fans. Skye reportedly received more boos than cheers for her stunt.Shortly after her performance at the Nets' home opening game, Skye posted on Instagram a clip of her kneeling with the caption, "Got a bit shaky at the end.. was pretty uneasy about singing the anthem and probably won't...
  • Pressure- NBC exec to resign - he dined with sex creep Weinstein before spiking expose

    10/20/2017 5:50:49 AM PDT · by ptsal · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 19, 2017 | Brian Flood
    **full title**Pressure on NBC exec to resign after revelation he dined with sex creep Harvey Weinstein before spiking exposeNBC News is coming under increasing criticism for its failure to investigate why its embattled president, Noah Oppenheim, spiked a bombshell story that would have been the first to expose Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator. An NBC spokesperson says the network is not investigating the matter, despite new revelations that Oppenheim sat at small table with Weinstein at an exclusive New York gala in April, when [Noah] Oppenheim reportedly already knew that his reporter, celebrity scion Ronan Farrow, had...
  • FoxNews: Democrat facing felony charge quits House race

    10/19/2017 3:46:43 PM PDT · by topher · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 19-Oct-2017 | FoxNews.com
    A Democratic candidate facing a felony charge of grand larceny has bowed out of the race to challenge Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y. Steven Brisee, 27, was arrested on Sept. 11 and accused of shoplifting almost $1,500 in merchandise from a Kohl's department store in Newburgh. He was arraigned and remanded to custody in lieu of $500 bail.
  • Paranoid Matt Lauer On NBC: Will Leaders ‘Tackle’ Trump, ‘Lock Him In a Room’ to Prevent War?

    10/19/2017 11:50:22 AM PDT · by drewh · 34 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 19, 2017 11:20 AM EDT | By Kyle Drennen |
    Interviewing former CIA Director John Brennan on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer seemed to suggest that military leaders would launch a coup d’etat against President Trump in order to prevent nuclear war with North Korea. In response, the Obama administration official didn’t discount the notion. “Over the summer, the President said that he would unleash ‘fire and fury’ on North Korea....is this a president who doesn’t understand the gravity and the seriousness of that issue?,” Lauer asked early in the exchange. Brennan warned: “I think his comments have been rather provocative, and it has served to increase tensions, not...
  • Stephanie Miner will not run for Congress in 2018 (Syracuse Mayor, NY24)

    10/19/2017 9:50:43 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 7 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 10/19/17 | Chris Baker
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will not run for Congress in 2018. Miner has long been mentioned as a potential challenger to U.S. Rep. John Katko for Central New York's 24th Congressional District. Thursday morning, she ruled out a run. "After much thoughtful consideration and conversations with my family, I have decided I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2018," Miner said in a statement Thursday. "This was not an easy decision given magnitude of issues faced by our community, but I believe we are best served supporting other progressive leaders in this election both at...
  • Dow closes above 23,000 for first time; IBM soars

    10/18/2017 2:50:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 18, 2017 7:35 AM | Caroline Valetkevitch
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 23,000 for the first time on Wednesday, driven by a jump in IBM after it hinted at a return to revenue growth. The Dow hit 22,000 on Aug. 2, only 54 trading days earlier and roughly half the time it took the index to move from 21,000 to 22,000. This marks the fourth time this year the Dow has reached a 1,000-point milestone. […] Shares of IBM (IBM.N), which beat expectations on revenue, jumped 8.9 percent and accounted for about 90 points of the day’s 160 point-gain in the blue-chip index. Solid earnings,...
  • DA who dropped Weinstein case rethinking campaign donations [Cyrus Vance]

    10/17/2017 8:50:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 17, 2017 3:43 PM EDT | Jake Pearson
    The Manhattan district attorney who declined to charge Harvey Weinstein in a 2015 sexual abuse case says he will stop taking campaign contributions pending a review by an outside ethics group. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has come under fire for accepting thousands of dollars from a lawyer who represented the Hollywood mogul. […] An Associated Press review of Vance’s most generous givers shows the prosecutor has taken money from lawyers defending people his office has charged. …
  • Deputy accidentally shot himself in Onondaga County Justice Center (Syracuse, NY)

    10/17/2017 4:41:03 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 34 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 10/17/17 | Samantha House
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A deputy accidentally shot himself Monday night inside an Onondaga County Justice Center locker room, deputies said. Deputy Justin Brannock, 28, was taking his personal firearm out of its holster at 10:28 p.m. when the gun fired, said Sgt. Jon Seeber, an Onondaga County Justice Center. Brannock was in the employee locker room in an unsecured section of the jail, he said. Seeber said Brannock was expected to be released from the hospital early this morning. Initial police scanner reports indicated a bullet grazed the deputy's leg.
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EDT,WOR AM,October 16-20,2017

    10/16/2017 2:34:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | October 16, 2017 | Sean Hannity
    Good Afternoon And WELCOME!
  • Lawyers Undercut Vance's Claim He Had No 'Case' Against Harvey Weinstein

    10/15/2017 4:25:04 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 23 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | October 13, 2017 | B. Colby Hamilton
    In the public furor over revelations that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office declined to pursue groping charges against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the office’s defense has rested largely on insufficiency of evidence claims. In a statement released on Oct. 10, Chief Assistant DA Karen Friedman Agnifilo said that while the recording of Weinstein made by a victim working with the New York Police Department was “horrifying to listen to,” the office was ultimately unable to bring charges because “what emerged was insufficient to prove a crime ... which requires prosecutors to establish criminal intent.” The following day, Vance,...
  • NOW protests at Manhattan DA's office over Harvey Weinstein controversy (Hands Up Don't Grope)

    10/14/2017 10:21:04 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    ABC News (WABC New York) ^ | 10/13/2017 | Staff
    ---snip--- No charges were ever filed against Weinstein, despite audio tapes suggesting to some a crime may have been committed. The National Organization for Women organized the protest, demanding to know why District Attorney Cy Vance did not charge Weinstein for allegedly assaulting Italian fashion model Amber Gutierrez two years ago.
  • Man hails cab on Gowanus while date burns to death in car fire

    10/14/2017 6:38:03 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    abc7ny.com ^ | October 14, 2017
    A woman's body was found in a car after a fiery crash on the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn Friday morning, and authorities say the driver -- believed to be a man she was dating -- hailed a cab in the middle of the highway while she burned to death. -snip The driver, 23-year-old Saeed Ahmed, was later located at Maimonides Medical Center, where he was being treated for burns to his neck, arms and legs. Police confirm he hailed a cab on the Gowanus Expressway while leaving Grewel in the burning vehicle, and Eyewitness News obtained exclusive video of a...
  • Long Island (Firefighters) Bagpipe band knocks kneeling, won’t play for Jets

    10/13/2017 7:02:25 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 35 replies
    Newsday ^ | Oct 13, 2017 | Sloan Yan
    A Nassau bagpipe band has passed on the Jets’ invite to play during halftime over NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, officials said Friday. A Jets group sales representative asked the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band early this week to entertain the crowd during the Nov. 2 game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, said band manager Bobby Hughes, an original member of the band and an East Meadow volunteer firefighter. “We don’t feel we belong there,” said Hughes, a longtime Jets season ticket holder. “We cannot in good...
  • Hillary Clinton 'in talks' to become a professor at Columbia University

    10/13/2017 8:52:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 13, 2017 | By FORREST HANSON
    Hillary Clinton is 'in talks' to become a professor at Columbia University in New York City. Sources speaking with the New York Daily News said the school is considering multiple options with her. These include giving her the role of 'University Professor' and housing her archives there. The former Secretary of State could teach in one school - such as Columbia Law School or the School of International and Public Affairs - or across many different schools. 'No decisions have been made, but there are talks,' one source told the New York Daily News.
  • Charter Schools Help NYC

    10/13/2017 7:52:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 13, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The evidence piles up that in our largest city, charter schools can help the poor, even while the city's traditional public schools continue to pile up an abysmal record. Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that in New York City public schools: • "The new results for charter students represent an increase of 22 days of learning in reading compared to their results four years ago. Results for math have remained the same. • "For Black and Hispanic students, the analysis indicates a significant academic advantage from charter school enrollment. • "Hispanic charter school students perform at...
  • NYPD cops’ DNA found on teen accusing them of rape

    10/12/2017 8:40:47 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 97 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 12, 2017 | Shawn Cohen, Emily Saul and Max Jaeger
    Genetic tests have confirmed that the DNA of two cops was found on the Brooklyn teen who accused them of handcuffing her and raping her in a police van, according to sources close to the investigation.
  • Clinton Aides Gang Up on Boyfriend of Harvey Weinstein Accuser

    10/12/2017 10:00:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 10-12-2017 | BY: Andrew Kugle
    Current and former aides to Hillary Clinton ganged up on Anthony Bourdain on Twitter after Bourdain criticized Clinton for her delayed response to the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Clinton received criticism for initially staying silent after the New York Times reported last week that several women have accused Weinstein, the powerful Hollywood producer and Democratic mega-donor, of sexual harassment, assault, and even rape. The New Yorker subsequently published a story detailing how Italian actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez staged a sting operation with the police, during which she secretly recorded Weinstein admitting he groped her and that he does...