Conflicting Stories Emerge Following the Firing of 23 Cablevision Workers

This morning a group of protestors, led by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, demanded that management at Cablevision's garage in Canarsie come out and have a little chat about yesterday's firing of 23 workers.

Cablevision says that the fired technicians were illegally striking and refused to work. The union says the workers were taking advantage of an open-door policy at Cablevision, which permits employees to voice work-related grievances with management.

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Nets Owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z, Lording Over Madison Square Garden: A Gallery of New York's Most Awesome Billboard

Hey! Have you seen or heard about this awesome new mural of the New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn) Nets' quirky Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov and smaller-shareholder-but-nonetheless-awesome co-owner Jay-Z? It's right above Madison Square Garden, where the New York Knicks play! Know what both teams have in common? That's right, they both want LeBron James to play for them!

Want to see that awesome mural? Here's a gallery:

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Sports Guy Bill Simmons Takes Swipe at Knicks Ruiner and 'Loser' James Dolan

The list of Cablevision owner James Dolan's enemies is ever expanding: there are long-suffering, abused employees, any and all reporters, especially his own sports reporters, and extra-especially bloggers. And though the Voice -- Runnin' Scared in particular -- has had its disagreements with Mr. Dolan in the recent past, nothing compares to the special Dolan-aimed ire held by not only New York Knicks fans, but basketball fans in general.

And the most well-respected basketball fan (if not all-around sports fan) in the world these days is doubtlessly ESPN's Bill Simmons. Surprise -- he has harsh words for Dolan, too:

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The James L. Dolan Honorary Scholarship for Media Reporting: A Kickstarter Project

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Prolific blogger, re-blogger, and columnist Anthony "SoupSoup" DeRosa is trying to harness the awesome power of Kickstarter -- a website that helps facilitate people who are looking to source out funding for their own projects -- for the power of "good."

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Media Mogul James Dolan Elects to Use 'Nuclear Option' on Village Voice, Yet Again Pulling More Advertising Than Ever!

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Back in March, a blog post we published regarding a potential media acquisition by Cablevision, MSG Entertainment, and Rainbow Media owner James Dolan -- compounded by a vaguely worded, ominous legal threat from Dolan's corporate office, which was ignored and then published in a naive showing of cliched blogger belligerence -- cost The Village Voice an advertising deal worth upwards of $20,000/year in revenue. And if you're a blogger three weeks into your new job (or the editor who -- now, possibly regretfully -- hired him), you can only laugh. And we did. And that was that.

Or so we thought. We've now learned the following:

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Invoice: Commentary on Jimmy Dolan's Penis, Blogger, $400 Per Week, Payable with Village Voice Advertising Pull

Well, looks like I'm gonna have to tell the wife and our nine adopted children with various disabilities that don't so much impair them as make them unbearably cute in a Finding Nemo-esque fashion that my first raise won't be coming in quite on schedule this time. Your forthcoming hypo-allergenic pet turtle (already named: "Sam") will have to wait until next Christmas. : (

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Notoriously Litigious Sexual Harrasser Cablevision CEO Jimmy Dolan Would Rather Us Not Discuss His Penis

So, you're in the corporate communications department of a very big company whose chairman has a reputation for being so aggressive with the press as to invoke comparisons to swatting flies with hammers. Something not nice is written about your boss in a very concise, if generally cheeky and/or obscene, manner. There are three ways to handle this situation:

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BlogBeat: Gothamist Sells Out to Cablevision, James Dolan Presumably Excited to Ruin Another News Outlet

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Gothamist -- the New York City metro news blog and subsequent locally-based "Ist" properties -- long a punchline among bloggers who poked at its overly excitable tones about the varying news minutiae it covered, finally gave themselves something to giggle over: a long-rumored multi-million dollar buyout possibly coming to fruition. But for whom, and at what cost?

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