New York Press to Close? Manhattan Media Publisher Tom Allon Makes No Promises Beyond Labor Day

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The days are numbered for New York City's other alternative weekly. We hear that the New York Press will likely cease publication by the summer's end if Manhattan Media can't sell the title or at least the website.

"Everything is always potentially for sale for the right price," Manhattan Media publisher and CEO Tom Allon told us today. "If anyone has any interest in the paper or the New York Press website, we're all ears."

Press editor-in-chief Jerry Portwood recently left for a job at Out magazine, following culture and entertainment editor Adam Rathe, who also departed this month. Meanwhile, the paper's contrarian film critic Armond White has been named editor of CityArts, a Manhattan Media culture publication. The rearrangement is perhaps a symptom of an uncertain future for the paper, which today named Marissa Maier as editor-in-chief. (Maier works currently as a writer for the Hamptons community paper The Sag Harbor Express.) But her run at the Press, a longtime Village Voice competitor, could be extremely short.

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New York Stops Calling Lakes the N-Word

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Upstate New York is a wilderness we usually try to ignore. Apparently, it's not just us because no one noticed that environmental conservation laws refer to remote bodies of water up there by the n-word. "It was a shock to us. The term is very offensive," said a scientist from Department of Environmental Conservation in today's Wall Street Journal. "These are not regulations that get looked at often, but somebody discovered it." In all, at least four instances of the n-word were found on a map and in various indexes. Officially changing the names is a complicated bureaucratic process, but pretty much everyone involved can agree it makes them feel uncomfortable, so they'll at least reference them differently. One body of water is now known as "unnamed lake," which feels offensive in its own right. [WSJ]

'Baby Fat Larry' Wants Looser Curfew, Less Mom and Dad

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Anthony Durso, better known as "Baby Fat Larry," an associate of the Colombo crime family, is trying to shake his 7 p.m. curfew because it's cramping his social style. "He is a 27-year-old man and would like to have some leisure time away from his parents and his home," his lawyer wrote in a real letter to a real judge. Baby Fat currently works for the Sanitation Department but pleaded guilty to assault charges for beating up someone who was late on their loan payments; Larry faces up to 33 months in prison. Though his lawyer maintains that BFL is a "teddy bear," he assures that this isn't about women: "He has no girlfriend and there's no girl he wants to see," he told the Daily News. "Why should he have to stay home with his mom and dad?" Jail could be just the break he needs. [NYDN]

Hot Black Bear Cools Off in New Jersey Pool

Because we would all rather be spending our day this way. The woman with the camera "cannot believe it," but it makes such perfect sense. [via]

Rupert Murdoch's Other Other Newspaper Invokes Starving African Children in Phone Hacking Cartoon

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Newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch and his friends just won't stop defending their master. Days after a Wall Street Journal editorial ran in defense News Corporation's handling of the UK hacking scandal, the Times of London comes today with the above political cartoon: "I've had a bellyful of phone-hacking," it reads under the headline "Priorities..." alluding to famine in Somalia. Which, okay sure, let's have a conversation about the media's obsession with itself, but maybe not while there's so much self-interest at play. As is, the "children are starving in Africa" defense rings mighty hollow. [via]

Anthony Weiner Mocked in Al Qaeda Magazine as 'An Angry Weiner Head'

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The disgraced sexting congressman has not yet outrun the punchlines, however tired they may be, and likely never will with that name of his. The new issue of the Al Qaeda online magazine Inspire features a full-page fake ad teasing the one-time tough-talking Anthony Weiner, who targeted Al Qaeda YouTube videos as a member of the House of Representatives. "An angry Weiner head," reads the banner above a photo of a "feisty Weiner," in the words of the New York Daily News. The page was "brought to you by a Cold Diss." Haha, get it? (Maybe the magazine is still finding its voice, especially in the humor section.) But it's the Daily News that gets to the heart of the issue with a poll on their website: "Is okay for groups to continue poking fun at Anthony Weiner?" As of this writing, 2% of people have voted "I'm not sure." (Update: Check out the page after the jump!) [NYDN]

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Cathie Black Crashes Car After Boozy Hamptons Party

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Rich people, they're just like us: no matter who you are, driving gets harder as the party gets better. Failed New York City Schools Chancellor Cathie Black couldn't make it out of a Hamptons driveway after a get-together at which she "was seen enjoying alcoholic beverages," hitting a tree or two (or three) on her way down until someone stopped her. "She said she was not inebriated," her publicist explained. "She is not familiar with the driveway. She was coming out of the driveway and looking to the left, because she was told there is a dangerous curve difficult to see around, and hit a tree with her car on the right." After littering some glass shards and stripping the bark from some trees, Black got a ride home to her own Hamptons mansion. Her SUV stayed put "for a few days, just sitting at the end of the driveway." She likely has other cars. [NYP]

Cathie Black Crashes Car After Boozy Hamptons Party

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Rich people, they're just like us: no matter who you are, driving gets harder as the party gets better. Failed New York City Schools Chancellor Cathie Black couldn't make it out of a Hamptons driveway after a get-together at which she "was seen enjoying alcoholic beverages," hitting a tree or two (or three) on her way down until someone stopped her. "She said she was not inebriated," her publicist explained. "She is not familiar with the driveway. She was coming out of the driveway and looking to the left, because she was told there is a dangerous curve difficult to see around, and hit a tree with her car on the right." After littering some glass shards and stripping the bark from some trees, Black got a ride home to her own Hamptons mansion. Her SUV stayed put "for a few days, just sitting at the end of the driveway." She likely has other cars. [NYP]

Vinny Gorgeous Sentenced to Second Life Term in Mob Murder

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The murder trial of Vincent Basciano, better known as "Vinny Gorgeous," was a chest of riches for collectors of mob knowledge nuggets, from fashion to food, rats and kissing in public. Basciano was convicted in May of murder in the killing mob associate Randolph Pizzolo, thanks largely in part to testimony from Joseph Massino, a federal informant, who taped Basciano's homicidal orders from jail. Though he was spared of the death penalty last month by a jury, today Gorgeous was sentenced to a second life sentence in addition to the one he's already serving. The real takeaway here, as the Post notes, is that Vinny once owned a beauty salon called "Hello Gorgeous." [NYP]

Anonymous Hacker Arrests Include 16-Year-Old Girl and Ex-Resident of Williamsburg: 'Faces of Domestic Terrorism'

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While the artist lofts on Kent St. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn were buzzing with police activity this morning, their neighbors at the similar loft spaces on McKibbin St. had an unrelated run-in with the law yesterday. As part of the FBI raids that resulted in 16 arrests nationwide yesterday, a search for members of the hacker collective Anonymous brought authorities to the East Williamsburg building looking for one such online mischief-maker, but came up empty handed, Brooklyn Paper reports. "They were looking for the old tenants," Meaghan Ralph, 21, said. "They were trying to be nice when they realized I wasn't a criminal mastermind." Elsewhere, the cops were luckier, grabbing a bunch of young adults -- "Kids," says one of their attorneys -- whom the government wants to "throw under the bus."

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