Bill Nye Talks Evolution and Climate Change, Poses for Selfies, at Irving Plaza

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C.S. Muncy
Nye poses for a quick photograph before his show on Saturday night at Irving Plaza.
The show was about to start with the kind of problem one could only find at a Bill Nye event: All the liquid nitrogen had evaporated overnight. It was one of those tiny things -- somebody had forgotten to put a cover back in place from the previous show, and overnight it had all burned off. Nick, Nye's producer, put it pretty simply. "We've got a problem."

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Rightbloggers Take Back the Culture with Anti-Feminist Tumblr, Religious Film Reviews, Etc.

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Let's be honest -- we really don't want to talk about last week's big, horrible news stories. The Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 story is too disturbing and, aside from the usual it's-all-Obama's-fault knee-jerks, not much differentiates right from left on the subject. Similarly, reactions to the Israel-Palestine fight have little to do with anything in American politics except the strength of the Israel lobby and the absence of a Palestinian one.

So we will instead go with an evergreen -- or, as we like to think of it, a topic that never gets enough updates: Culture War, which is what rightbloggers have instead of culture.


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Video: This is the Deadliest Intersection in New York

Categories: Traffic, Video

"I feel terrified to cross this street, which I have to cross about 10 times a day, every day," said a tenant who lives in a building on 95th Street and West End Avenue.

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Video: De Blasio Addresses Death of Man Strangled by NYPD Officer

Cut to 31:45 into the video see the beginning of the press conference.


On Thursday night, Staten Island man Eric Garner, 43, known affectionately as "Big E,"died while being arrested after an NYPD officer placed him in a chokehold. Garner, a father of six, was reportedly asthmatic. A disturbing video of the incident posted on Live Leak shows that Garner repeatedly said "I can't breathe!", sounding close to tears, as the police held him to the ground. The Staten Island Advance reports that Garner, who stood over 6 feet and weighed more than 350 pounds, was a fixture in the neighborhood who sometimes sold loose cigarettes for 50 cents apiece. Witnesses have said that Garner was trying to break up a fight in front of a beauty supply store.

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Back to Normal: LIRR Workers Reach Deal with MTA

Categories: LIRR, Unions

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C.S. Muncy
The Long Island Rail Road's Babylon stop a little after 6 a.m. today.
Governor Andrew Cuomo predictably stepped into negotiations Thursday night between union leadership and the MTA, just three days before a planned work-stoppage of more than 5,400 workers and service on the Long Island Railroad. The union had worked without a new contract for four years before the agreement was reached.

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De Blasio Appoints Richard Emery to Chair Police Oversight Board

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NYC's new Civilian Complaint Review Board chair has a long history of civil-rights advocacy. | photo: Vincent Desjardins via Flickr
After a long vacancy, New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board will have a new leader at its helm. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a city hall news conference this afternoon that longtime civil-rights attorney Richard Emery will assume the chair of the agency. The CCRB is an independent body that reviews citizen complaints against NYPD officers and sends recommendations for disciplinary action to the police commissioner.

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New York Post Reporter to Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan: "You Look Fabulous! But You Should Eat More."

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The latest installment of the New York Post's Cecily McMillan fashion watch.
Occupy Wall Street activist and New School graduate student Cecily McMillan was back in Manhattan criminal court Thursday morning, just weeks after her release from Rikers Island, where she served two months after being convicted of assaulting a police officer. The 25-year-old McMillan still faces another criminal charge, this one a misdemeanor, for obstruction of governmental administration. After a brief hearing, McMillan and her attorney, Martin Stolar, left the courthouse trailed by the usual press scrum, who immediately drilled down on the real story: McMillan's physical appearance.


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De Blasio Stops By The Colbert Report, Is a Little Boring

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on The Colbert Report

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went seeking the "Colbert Bump" last night in what turned out to be a relatively brief, bland interview.

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Podcast: The Mystifying World of Planes with L.A. Weekly Film Critic Amy Nicholson

Categories: Film and TV

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On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we hear from L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, who's intrigued by the bizarre universe of Pixar's Planes movies. We also hear about the film critic's background and how she became interested in the movies by way of subliminal advertising and photography.

See also:
Here Are the Most WTF Moments of Kid's Flick Planes: Fire & Rescue
Planes Raises Intriguing Questions About the Implications of Airplane Sentience

Investigators Say 14-Year-Old Noel Estevez, Who Stabbed Fellow Student Timothy Crump, Never Reported Being Bullied to School

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Estevez, left, and Crump, pictured together in an undated photo. The photo is from a Facebook page titled "Free Noel Estevez- Standup Against Bullying." The caption on Faceook reads: "it is sad that once friends, Timothy and Noel had turned foes due to circumstances and eventually things have turned out into the worst possible situation for everyone involved... Collective failure of the school and parents to be blamed for not addressing the problem in its early stages."
Fourteen-year-old Noel Estevez is accused of fatally stabbing Timothy Crump, also 14, outside of their middle school in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx. Estevez was initially charged with murder and was to be tried as an adult, but on July 1, a grand jury voted to indict the teen for a lesser charge, second-degree manslaughter, and move the case to family court.

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Fromer BK D.A. Charles Hynes Must Testify in Cy Greene's Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit

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Former BK DA Charles Hynes
In 2006, a judge vacated the conviction of Cy Greene, who had spent more than 22 years in prison for a 1983 murder in Brooklyn. Greene had produced evidence suggesting that prosecutors had hidden information pointing to his innocence.

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An Orthodox Brooklyn Clothing Line Shared a Photo of a Woman In a Hijab, and Their Customers Flipped Out

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The "controversial" skirt photo.
We'll begin with the nice, non-controversial part of this story: Mimu Maxi is a small clothing line in Brooklyn, owned by two sisters-in-law from Crown Heights, Mimi Hecht and Mushky Notik. Hecht and Notik are observant Orthodox Jews, and as such, as they write on their website, they've often struggled to find clothes that were stylish but still as modest as Orthodox custom requires. "But instead of bemoaning the trials and tribulations of shopping with modest sensibilities in mind," as their company bio puts it, "they took matters into their own hands and set out to create the ultimate pieces they so needed for their wardrobe."

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The Queens Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz Was Never Just About the Painting on the Outside

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C.S. Muncy
Nicole Gagne doesn't remember the fall itself, or any of the month that followed. She spent almost all of it in a hospital bed, pumped full of a painkiller that had the happy side effect of causing temporary amnesia.

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Prisoner Who Refused Water During Ramadan Can Sue on Religious Grounds

Categories: Courts, Religion

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In November 2003, prison guards at the Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York ordered Darryl Holland to take a drug test. He had three hours to provide a urine sample. But the order was not so simple. Holland was Muslim and it was Ramadan and he had not drunk any water all day. The guards gave him water to drink for the sample. Holland refused to drink it and asked if the guards could take the sample after sundown, once his fast was over.

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Video: Witness a New York Manhattanhenge (and Moonhattanhenge!)

Manhattanhenge: "It's one of the few times in New York City where you see people being friendly to each other," says Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.


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Borderline Personalities: Rightbloggers Vs. Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

A whole lot of kids from Central America have been dashing over the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, and rightbloggers blame them on Obama. (They also want them sent back to the hellholes they fled, but mainly they want to blame Obama, because that's pretty much what their lives are about anymore.)


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Some Jerk Is Dressing Up Like a Clown And Roaming Around Green-Wood Cemetery [Updated]

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Photo by tipster Ryan Jackson
The clown peers out from behind a gravestone at Green-Wood.
Clown-related viral marketing stunts: they have to stop. Back in March, we as a city dealt with the Staten Island Clown, who obviously turned out to be the brainchild of a small-time film production company. Last year, Northampton, England dealt with a similarly terrifying weirdo, who dubbed himself "Spot" and, until June, maintained a Facebook page.

But now, in what has officially gone too far, somebody's dressing up like a clown and wandering around Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery.

A cemetery. An active, working cemetery where people are still buried. This is really, really not okay.

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The Jabbar Collins Case is Far From Over

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On Thursday, New York state agreed to pay Jabbar Collins $3 million for his 16-year wrongful imprisonment. It was the latest in a string of high-profile, high-priced settlements this year stemming from wrongful convictions in New York city during the crack era. In January, the city agreed to pay David Ranta $6.4 million for 23-year wrongful imprisonment. In June, the city announced a $140 million settlement with the five men wrongfully convicted of raping a woman in Central Park. The Central Park Five each received $1 million for every year behind bars, the highest rate the city had ever paid.

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Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Crash City Council's "Stand With Israel" Press Conference

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Photos by Anna Merlan
Demonstrators at the City Hall gates
Here's a question: why would the New York City Council and various other local and state politicians decide to wade into the miserable, never-ending, blood-filled dogpile that is the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? In what way does a press conference on the Middle East dovetail with the actual business of our elected officials here in New York? Could a press conference called "New York Stands with Israel" possibly serve any other concrete purpose except to be a magnet for controversy? Seriously, how could this possibly end well?

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Brownsville Pop Warner Team Finds New Home Field

Categories: Brownsville

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Christopher Farber
Mo Better played some of its home games at Fort Hamilton HS last year.
The Mo Better Jaguars, the only Pop Warner program based in Brooklyn, used to play its home games at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville. Hundreds of locals would circle the field to watch games, filling the track and the handball courts. Then, several years ago, Pop Warner officials ruled the Betsy Head Park was unfit for competition. The field was rock-hard, dusty, weedy, and pocked by divots.

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