Campaign Against Violent Muslim Extremism Produces Longest Hashtag Ever

Categories: Religion

Courtesy Talib Abdur-Rashid
Muslim leaders denounced religious extremism Tuesday. Today, simultaneous sermons will speak out against violence.

Muslim leaders across NYC are preaching simultaneously today against religious violence. The move was announced earlier this week by the Islamic Leadership Council of New York.

"There are violent extremists who are Muslims, but their acts of terrorism are not Islamic," said council president Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, at a press conference Tuesday. "Our ultimate goal is to raise the level of awareness in a way that helps to inoculate the Muslim community against cries and appeals from elsewhere calling Muslims to violent extremism."

They'll be doing that not only with their sermons, but also with an...erm, unique social-media presence, noted Huffington Post religion reporter Jaweed Kaleem:

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Grieving Mother on Charges Against Cab Driver: 'It's a Traffic Violation for Killing a Child'

By now, 10 months on, the details of Cooper Stock's death are well-known: The nine-year-old was in the crosswalk, under the signal, holding his father's hand when he was run down by a cab driver a little after 8:45 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014.

Partly because of the heartbreaking circumstances and partly because of the timing -- shortly before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious new initiative to combat pedestrian deaths in New York City -- the story has been repeated in countless articles since.

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East Army Gang Tied to Most of the Shootings in the 23rd Precinct, Manhattan D.A.'s Office Says

Last week, the Manhattan district attorney indicted 19 suspected members of East Harlem's East Army gang. The indictment, D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. said on Friday, "will help combat the increasingly violent criminal activity occurring at the East River Houses," the housing project where the gang is based. On Monday we challenged that statement because the East River Houses have not, in fact, been increasingly violent.

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Bogus University? Meh. Trump's Done Worse

"Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore 2" by Gage Skidmore - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
This week, a judge found Donald Trump liable for operating a get-rich-quick school, the erstwhile Trump University, without a license. The case was originally brought against Trump by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, which, according to the Daily News, alleged that Trump University had "ripped off 5,000 students nationwide by promising to make them rich when instead they were steered into costly and mostly useless seminars."

While he's already been held liable for the university's operation, Trump will now go to trial to see if he's also liable for defrauding the students.

But history has shown you can't keep The Donald down. After all, this is a man who has recovered from self-inflicted injury again and again:

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Your Commute Sucked Because You Missed the Harlem Globetrotters on the Subway

Categories: Subways

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It was much better than whatever you were doing. (Unless you were reading the Voice, in which case carry on.)
Subway performers have to rank high on the list of perks that come with living in New York City.

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Here are 6 Movies Opening This Weekend You Don't Know About But Should

Categories: Film and TV

Each week new movies open in New York (and online) by the dozen. The Voice reviews all of 'em. Here's some you might not have heard about that got our critics excited, for better or worse:

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Ten Things to Do for $10 or Less This Weekend, Oct. 17-19, 2014

Categories: Culture

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Dill-y-dally around Orchard Street on Lower East Side Pickle Day.
If you just want to kick back and watch TV, but can't shake off the FOMO, this weekend features tributes to The X-Files, Lost, and Modern Family. Also: Party like it's 1999, hear poetry like it's 1925, and eat pickles like it's Lower East Side Pickle Day, any year.

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New York Health Commissioner's Ebola Plan? Purell

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New York State's acting health commissioner has a couple easy tips for people afraid of Ebola: Clean your hands and get a flu shot.

"The symptoms of many viral illnesses, they always begin the same," said Dr. Howard Zucker, at a press conference convened today by Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss how the state was dealing with Ebola.

Ebola, just like the flu, starts with a fever, sore throat, headache, and muscle weakness. If a patient came in to his office with those starting symptoms, Zucker said, "I would ask, 'Have you had the flu shot?' and if you say yes, I'd say, 'OK, you probably don't have the flu.' "

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Papa John's Franchisee Shafted Delivery Workers, AG Alleges

Categories: Food

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Would you like shame with that?

How's this for a reason to tip the delivery guy: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has just filed a lawsuit against a Papa John's franchisee, Ronald Johnson, for allegedly treating his workers even worse than the way we feel about ourselves after a massive pepperoni slice.

Investigators say Johnson's company made workers pay for and maintain their own delivery bikes. Those bikes probably cost a hefty chunk of change for the workers, who were getting only $5 an hour. That's less than the $7.25 minimum wage in New York State for much of the time period covered by the lawsuit, but it's even less than the $5.65 "tipped wage" that bosses can pay certain employees if they're making enough in tips.

"Nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty," Schneiderman said in a statement. "Like every other business in New York, fast-food employers must follow the law."

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How Chuck Schumer's New Legislation Equates Climbing a Bridge to These Violent Crimes

Categories: NYPD

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Don't try to get any closer to this stunning view.

This week, Senator Charles Schumer proposed making trespassing on "critical infrastructure" -- bridges, buildings, and the like -- a federal offense, punishable by up to five years in prison.

He pointed to the pair of German artists who this summer allegedly scaled the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced its American flags with white flags; a Russian tourist who climbed a bridge to take a selfie; and a teen who somehow made it to the top of 1 World Trade Center.

"We cannot allow New York City infrastructure to be turned into playgrounds -- or worse," Schumer said.

Absolutely not! When you let the city become a wholesome nexus of childhood fun, the terrorists win!

It was a move Kumar Rao, an attorney with legal-services nonprofit Bronx Defenders, called excessive. "If the purpose is to deter pranksters and protesters that have made a splash recently, then the law is clearly unduly harsh for the behavior at issue, and absolutely triggers First Amendment concerns," he writes in an email. "Five years(!) for hanging a banner or flag on a bridge puts it on par with many violent felonies."

Just how violent are we talking? Take a look at some heinous crimes that have taken place around the country that have netted the perpetrators five years in prison:

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There Have Now Been 10 Overturned Murder Convictions in Brooklyn This Year

Categories: Justice

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter wrote a letter asking Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson to review McCallum's case.
On Wednesday, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson asked a judge to overturn the 1986 murder convictions of David McCallum and Willie Stuckey. The judge overturned the convictions. That makes 10 murder convictions reversed in Brooklyn this year.

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Brutal Bushwick LGBT Hate Crime Is the Second in Two Weeks

Categories: LGBTQ

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One of four suspects in Sunday's attack.
Ugly news out of Bushwick: Just two weeks after a gay man was shot in the torso by a group of men yelling homophobic and transphobic slurs at him, a trans woman was brutally attacked with a Plexiglas two-by-four. The second attack, which put the victim in critical condition, took place just three blocks from the first.

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An Infamous CIA Secrecy Argument Is Now Being Used by the NYPD

Categories: NYPD

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The NYPD seem to think they're James Bond or something.

When the CIA joined Twitter earlier this year, this was their very first tweet:

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Plot Out the Best NYC Experience with Our Best of NYC® Google Map

Categories: Best of NYC

Plot out the best NYC experience with the Village Voice's 2014 Best of NYC map.

Each star on the map below represents a Best of NYC winner this year, as chosen by the editorial staff and contributors at the Voice.

To read why one of these places is the best, head over to our Best of NYC homepage. This map represents only a selection (although a majority) of our Best of NYC winners. It's hard to pinpoint on a map where to put Derek Jeter (winner for Best Yankees Player, Best Athlete's Butt), for example. Yankee Stadium? Greenwich Village? St. Petersburg? The map below does have 271 winners of our more than 350, though. Happy hunting.

See also: Our 2014 Best of NYC readers' choice winners

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Film Podcast: Dear White People, Go See Dear White People

Categories: Film and TV

Justin Simien's Dear White People.
With the news that Paul Feig is going to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, we wonder on this week's Voice Film Club podcast what it would be like if they re-did another '80s classic: Young Guns. We then move onto the latest Brad Pitt World War II movie, Fury, which is ultra violent. Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly says, "I like a war movie where they talk about how war is just really awful...this is a muddy in-the-trenches war movie." Joined, as always, by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, the trio then pivot to Justin Simien's much-anticipated new film, Dear White People (be sure to read our interview with Simien), and then to post-apocalyptic western Young Ones, written and directed by Jake Paltrow.

Director of Panned '80s Graffiti Doc Stations of the Elevated Wonders Why We're So Into It Today

Nobody thought a movie made entirely about graffiti-covered trains would be so compelling. But it was. Or so people think today. Stations of the Elevated, a 1980 documentary by cinematographer and School of Visual Arts professor Manfred Kirchheimer, has been getting the kind of recognition -- 24 years later -- that it never saw when the film was first released. During a sold-out screening at BAMcinemaFest, the theater still had a line around the block.

But why?

"I'm not altogether sure," Kirchheimer, now 83, tells the Voice. "There's a resurgence, but I don't know why. I'm just a filmmaker."

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The Harlem Quartet Changes the Notion of What a Classical Musician Looks Like

Categories: Culture

"You know, let's face it. When you think of classical music, it's not really an African American face that comes to mind," says Melissa White, a violinist and founding member of the Harlem Quartet.

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Shia LaBeouf Was Trying to Drunkenly Feed a Lady Strawberries During his Cabaret Arrest

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Back in June, actor, performance artist, and increasingly stark cautionary tale Shia LaBeouf went to take in a Broadway show, making it through at least several minutes of Cabaret at Studio 54 before he was arrested for smoking, yelling, and butt-slapping . Last night on Jimmy Kimmel, we got to hear LaBeouf's version of the incident, which involves rivers of whiskey, at least three different accents, and, according to the actor, a partially successful attempt to woo the middle-aged ladies at the next table before he was taken into custody.

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Court Vacates Burglary Conviction Because Defendant Did Not Have a Lawyer at Trial

Categories: Justice

Nathaniel Issac, then 52, was arrested and charged with breaking into a Queens warehouse in May 2008. Prosecutors presented a witness who claimed to have seen Issac on the roof of the building next to the warehouse the same week of the break-in. Police found Issac in possession of items from the warehouse.

In a September 2010 bench trial, a Queens Supreme Court judge found Issac guilty of burglary.

Four years later, an appeals court overturned the conviction.

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Brooklyn Gets Its Own Football Team at the Worst Possible Moment

Categories: Brooklyn

Coney Island's MCU Park
On Tuesday, Borough President Eric Adams officially welcomes Brooklyn's new football team, the Bolts, to the neighborhood. The Brooklyn Bolts are a Fall Experimental Football League franchise; the FXFL is hoping to become a development league for the NFL, the way minor-league baseball is for the MLB.

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