New York Hotels to Issue "Panic Buttons" to Some Workers

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Perhaps there might be some positive outcomes from the Dominique Strauss-Kahn fisaco after all. In a direct response to the case, the newest version of the New York Hotel Trades Council union workers' contract calls for some employees to be equipped with "devices to be carried on their persons at work that they can quickly and easily activate to effectively summon prompt assistance to their location." In other words, panic buttons that function exactly like the ones that elderly folks sometimes wear in case they fall down and can't get up again.

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Gérard Depardieu Is Going To Play DSK

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DSK dopplegänger?
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's scandal has already inspired a Law & Order: SVU episode, but now it's going to become a film starring Gérard Depardieu as the former International Monetary Fund head. According to the AFP, director Abel Ferrara told Le Monde about plans for the film, which he said would shoot in New York, Paris and Washington.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Tribeca Townhouse Takes a $1.5M Price Cut

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Buy DSK's townhouse at bargain-basement prices!
As we've noted before, the fancy Franklin Street townhouse where Dominique Strauss-Kahn spent his house arrest is now for sale or rent. When it went back on the market in September it was going for about $14 million; now the price has been cut to $12.5 million, Curbed noticed today. It's been available for new renters/buyers since September 15, but despite its intriguing history, it hasn't sold. The place is pretty slick, according to the listing:

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Tribeca Townhouse Is Back on the Market

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153 Franklin Street
The luxe Tribeca townhouse where Dominique Strauss-Kahn lived before the collapse of his attempted-rape case is back on the market, those of you who are fabulously rich will be happy to know. According to the listing, 153 Franklin Street has four bedrooms and four and a half baths, a "Motion Controlled Theater," a nanny suite plus separate entrance for said nanny, a bar, an Italian limestone bath, etc etc. It will be available on September 15, so if your budget allows for $600,000 a year in rent or if you're looking to buy a house that costs almost $14 million and once housed a disreputable Frenchman, here's your chance.

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Man Allegedly Makes Bomb Threat Because of Hurricane Irene; DSK Back in Paris; Groupon IPO in Trouble?

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Rajiv Pandey, a 33-year-old Long Island man, is accused of making a bomb threat Friday to the Long Island Power Authority because he was upset at losing his power during Hurricane Irene. The Daily News reports Pandey "called the newsroom at News 12 Long Island, warning he would place a bomb inside an unspecified LIPA facility, Nassau County cops said." After searching 30 LIPA locations without finding anything, police traced his cell phone and arrested him yesterday. He is being charged with falsely reporting an incident. [NYDN]

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Irene Comes Ashore; Bonds' Conviction Upheld; DSK Leaves NYC

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Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina at about 7am today. The storm was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, but winds were still recorded at about 90 mph. The storm is expected to continue up the Eastern seaboard to New York, where mandatory evacuations have already been ordered for low-lying coastal areas. The MTA plans to shut down service at noon today, so plan ahead. [NYT]

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Officially Off the Hook in Sexual Assault Case

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The DSK affair's presiding judge has formally dismissed the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. He did say that his order will be stayed until an appellate court decides whether to appoint a special prosecutor. Yesterday, the D.A.'s office filed papers requesting that Justice Michael J. Obus drop the charges against DSK, citing credibility issues with complainant Nafissatou Diallo that they decided had hamstrung their ability to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Manhattan D.A. Files to Drop Dominique Strauss-Kahn Charges

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As expected, Cy Vance Jr.'s office has filed paperwork to drop all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in his alleged sexual assault of hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo. The papers were filed at 3:20 p.m. today in Manhattan Supreme Court. Over the course of the last month or so, the D.A.'s office had lost faith in Diallo, who'd been caught in a number of lies and half-truths involving her asylum application and other things. More »

Fighting Intensifies in Tripoli; Hurricane Season May Start With Irene; DA to Dismiss All DSK Charges?

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Rebels in Libya have claimed to surround the capital, the New York Times reports. Tripoli had been a stronghold for Muammar Gaddafi, but opposition forces are making inroads with the help of NATO airstrikes. "If you can call any mobile number in Tripoli, you will hear in the background the beautiful sound of the bullets of freedom," a rebel leader told the Times. Their calls to Libyan households confirmed the sounds of gunfire. [NYT]


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Egypt Recalls Ambassador to Israel; West Memphis Three Freed; Gadhafi Staying in Libya

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The Egyptian government announced it plans to recall its ambassador from Israel. The move was sparked by an event when three Egyptian military officers were gunned down by an Israeli warplane after they were mistaken for suspected militants. The New York Times says this "marks a level of antagonism not seen since Egypt and Israel signed the historic Camp David accords three decades ago." [NYT]

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