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  • Gay Therapy Ban Proposed in New York

    04/26/2013 3:07:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/26/2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A ban on gay therapy in New York has been proposed in a bill introduced on Friday, modeled after the 2012 California law that first banned the service. The bill seeks to ban licensed therapists from helping minors change their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. "There are often challenges to any manner of legislation that is protecting of the LGBT community and you can't sit on your hands and wait until things get resolved somewhere else," said Sen. Deborah Glick, a New York Democrat who proposed the bill alongside fellow Democrat Sen. Michael Gianaris. Gay therapy remains a controversial...
  • Airplane Debris Found Near World Trade Center Site

    04/26/2013 2:48:26 PM PDT · by MeganC · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 26, 2013 | JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
    Land surveyors working just north of the former World Trade Center site have discovered a piece of an airplane’s landing gear, apparently from one of the two planes that crashed into the twin towers more than 11 years ago, the police said on Friday.
  • Not in New York? The NYPD might have stopped the Tsarnaev brothers before they started.

    04/26/2013 1:38:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    City Journal ^ | 25 April 2013 | JUDITH MILLER
    While the Boston Police Department responded effectively to last week’s marathon bombing, terrorism experts say that the attack, which killed three and injured more than 200, might well have been prevented had the perpetrators lived in New York City. It’s not just a question of numbers and resources. Yes, the NYPD has a vastly larger force—roughly 35,000 uniformed officers versus Boston’s 2,000—and a far larger budget. The NYPD spent $330 million of its $4.6 billion annual budget in 2011 combating terrorism, a staggering sum that dwarfs Boston’s police budget. But the 1,000 cops and analysts who work in the...
  • Stalled “Ground Zero Mosque” Property Could Become Condos

    04/26/2013 12:22:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 26 Apr 2013 11:00 AM | Lisa Barron
    The controversial plan for a mosque and Islamic cultural center at Ground Zero may be scrapped and the property instead turned into residences. Sharif El-Gamal, the developer behind the stalled project, is in talks about turning the property at 43 Park Place in lower Manhattan into condominiums, reports the New York Post. …
  • Support for N.Y. governor wanes after gun law

    04/25/2013 9:42:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Gannett | Apr. 23, 2013 | Joseph Spector
    Here's the link.
  • Boston Bomber Magistrate’s Middle Eastern Connections

    04/25/2013 10:22:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 102 replies
    Front page mag ^ | April 25, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stopped talking once he was prematurely read his Miranda rights. That helps the authorities establish the lone wolf narrative. Whatever else we might have learned from him is probably lost. ... District Court Judge Marianne Bowler arrived at the hospital where he is being treated to preside over his initial hearing Monday, when she read him his Miranda rights. ... Judge Bowler has some interesting international connections. She is a member of the Member of the International Judicial Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Apparently in that capacity, she visited and spoke on legal...
  • After Sandy - New York is still recovering from the devastating storm.

    04/25/2013 8:58:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | PHOTOGRAPHS BY HARVEY WANG
    Five months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York, most of the city is back to normal. The power is back on, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has wrung more than $30 billion in disaster aid from Washington. But the coastal neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the wind and the water have yet to recover. A house dislodged on Fox Beach Avenue on Staten Island Ruin remains on the Rockaways peninsula in Queens, where the historic art deco bathhouse at Jacob Riis Park is surrounded not by pedestrians enjoying the view but by the autumn’s debris—branches, broken glass, and sheared-off...
  • NY Times to roll out new products in search of revenue [ 11.2 percent drop in ad revenue ]

    04/25/2013 11:44:47 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 28 replies
    reuters ^ | April 25 ,2013 | reuters
    New York Times Co reported a decline in quarterly revenue on weak advertising sales but said it would try to grow out of the slump by expanding its suite of digital products. The 11.2 percent drop in advertising revenue in the first quarter underscores the pressure that the New York Times faces to increase its subscription revenue, especially for its digital products, and find new veins of income.
  • Boston Marathon 'bombers' planned to set off remaining explosives in New York

    04/25/2013 11:59:25 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 55 replies
    NY Post ^ | Last Updated: 2:37 PM, April 25, 2013 | By DAVID SEIFMAN and LARRY CELONA
    The suspected Boston Marathon bombers wanted to attack New York — and specifically planned to blow up Times Square before they were captured, authorities said today.Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, hatched these plans on the fly, shortly after they carjacked a motorist a week ago tonight. The younger brother allegedly told investigators of their Big Apple plans this weekend from his hospital bed. FBI interrogators passed on the information to New York officials last night, according to Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
  • Middle School Anti-Bullying Lesson Includes Lesbian Role Play

    04/25/2013 10:52:33 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/25/13 | Todd Starnes
    Young girls at a New York middle school were instructed to ask one another for a lesbian kiss and boys were given guidance on how to tell if women are sluts during an anti-bullying presentation on gender identity and sexual orientation, angry parents allege. The special health class was held last week at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, NY. The students were separated by gender – with students from Bard College leading the workshops. Parents are especially furious after their young daughters were told that it was perfectly normal for 14-year-old girls to have sex and there was...
  • School forces all girls to lesbian kiss (Boys get lessons in how to spot 'sluts')

    04/24/2013 11:02:14 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 75 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 24, 2013 | Chelsea Schilling
    Outraged parents say a New York middle school instructed young female students to ask one another for a lesbian kiss – and boys learned how to spot young sluts – in an anti-bullying presentation on gender identity and sexual orientation, according to Fox News’ Todd Starnes. According to Starnes’ Report, the children attended a special April 11 health class taught by college students at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, N.Y. Parents say they were not notified of the presentation. The students were introduced to terms such as “pansexual” and “genderqueer.” Some of the young female students said they...
  • Anthony Weiner ‘Can’t Say’ If Other Pics Exist ...

    04/24/2013 9:12:52 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/24/13 | Breanna Edwards
    Anthony Weiner admitted in an interview Wednesday that there might be other embarrassing photos of him out there that have yet to surface.
  • Smoking and the Right to Dumb Choices

    04/24/2013 2:44:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 24, 2013
    New York's proposal to ban purchases by those under 21 is off-base.As thoroughly awful as everyone knows cigarettes to be — still the No. 1 cause of premature death in this country — public officials walk a blurry line when they try to reduce smoking's terrible toll. As long as they lack the will to ban tobacco altogether, they face all sorts of ethical, legal and political problems in regulating a product that is, after all, perfectly legal. High tobacco taxes, critics say, unfairly punish smokers, who are disproportionately low income. Banning advertising of a legal product raises free-speech issues....
  • Immigration bill sprinkled with pet projects ( more Muslims ? )

    04/24/2013 1:28:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    April 22, 2013 ^ | April 22, 2013
    Buried within the 844 pages of the bipartisan immigration bill -- amid historic shifts in policies such as a path to citizenship for 11 million unauthorized immigrants -- are pet provisions of the senators who crafted it. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wants more visas for the meat industry, a major employer in his state
  • Late Union President’s Astonishing $800K Theft

    04/24/2013 12:18:37 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    HotAir ^ | April 24, 2013 | Mike Antonucci
    When former Auburn Teachers Association (ATA) president Sally Jo Widmer passed away last November after more than 35 years at the helm of the small New York teachers’ union, former Auburn mayor Guy Cosentino eulogized her as “a true union leader who put her union first and personal niceties second.” That’s because Cosentino didn’t have access to her checkbook. Members were informed this week that Widmer misappropriated at least $800,000 in union dues during the period 2006-2012. “It appears that money earmarked for the Association was instead used for meals, gasoline, trips, gambling, clothing, grocery shopping – and for cash...
  • Who Says New York Is Not Affordable? (Rich elsewhere is middle class in NYC)

    04/24/2013 6:29:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/24/2013 | CATHERINE RAMPELL
    One of the first things you learn when living in New York is that what qualifies as wealthy somewhere else seems barely middle-class here. On the Upper West Side, where I live, it’s hard not to feel as if Manhattan is impossibly expensive for young professionals. The average nondoorman, one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood rents for about $2,500 a month. Oatmeal-raisin cookies at Levain Bakery cost $4 each. A pair of sensible, unstylish walking flats from Harry’s Shoes can set you back $480. I suppose, by comparison, that the $198 chef’s menu at Jean-Georges doesn’t sound so ridiculous. New Yorkers...
  • Ex-CIA boss David Petraeus to be NY college prof

    04/23/2013 11:45:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2013 9:45 PM EDT
    Ex-CIA director David Petraeus is replacing one kind of intelligence work with another. Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York said Tuesday the retired four-star general has been named a visiting professor for public policy. He starts Aug. 1. …
  • Cruz: Path to Citizenship Would 'Jeopardize' Immigration Bill

    04/23/2013 7:04:46 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies ^ | April 23rd, 2013 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that including a "path to citizenship" for illegal immigrants in any comprehensive immigration bill would jeopardize the likelihood of the legislation passing. “I think if instead the bill includes elements that are deeply divisive--and I would note that I don’t think there is any issue in this entire debate that is more divisive than a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally--in my view, any bill that insists upon that jeopardizes the likelihood of passing any immigration reform bill,” Cruz said at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing, according to CNS News....
  • Tobacco For Eighteen-Year-Olds? What Are Bloomberg’s Priorities?

    04/23/2013 12:46:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | April 23, 2013 | Mark Home
    For the record, I tend to think that a cigarette ban for minors may be appropriate. While I oppose prohibition for adults, I think it makes sense to say that adults shouldn’t be permitted to entice children into certain unhealthy choices. Of course, if such a prohibition is put in place, it needs to be justified by banning a substance that is clearly dangerous, not just “unhealthy” by some statistic that we know doesn’t apply to all people. If the evidence qualifies tobacco as such a substance, then I can see restricting it from children.But recent news about a new...
  • NYC looking to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

    04/23/2013 12:18:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Oh, good grief. It's no wonder at least some gun-control advocates were probably less-than-thrilled with Bloomberg's recent foray into gun-control advertising campaigns; his particular brand of loathsome nanny-statism run amok hardly lends credibility to the cause, because of course, once nanny-staters get on a top-down regulatory roll, they’re difficult to deter: The age to legally buy cigarettes in New York City would rise to 21 from 18 under a proposal that officials unveiled on Monday, a measure that would give New York the strictest limits of any major American city.The proposal would make the age for buying cigarettes and other...