In Carriage Horse Fight, the Daily News Is Really Having Trouble Keeping Fact and Opinion Separate

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A model of NYCLASS's proposed electric car.
On April 16, the New York Daily News announced they were wading into the carriage horse fight full-force, "launching a campaign to save the city's beloved carriage horses," as an editorial published that day put it. They've begun circulating a petition online and in print, calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to leave the horses alone and criticizing animal rights group NYCLASS's proposal to replace the horses with vintage-replica electric cars.

At the same time, News reporters are also continuing to cover the carriage horse debate that the opinion page has now inserted themselves into. That's leading to some awkward conflicts of interest. In a statement released earlier this week, NYCLASS says that a Daily News reporter who assured them she was interviewing them for a feature story instead improperly gave her reporting materials to the opinion page, for use in an unflattering editorial.

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Photos: "Hands Off Ukraine" Protesters March in Manhattan on Sunday

As the prospect for armed conflict with Russia appears more and more likely in Ukraine, pro-Western activists marched in New York against armed intervention on Sunday.

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The Westboro Baptist Church Is Coming to New York To Yell About Duck Dynasty, St. Patrick's Cathedral

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A WBC member parodies Duck Dynasty.
It's been a little while since the Westboro Baptist Church made it all the way up to New York. The Topeka-based church/family/professional lawsuit-filing operation has been busy elsewhere, picketing funerals, football games, and whatever else might give them two seconds of attention from the larger culture. One of the last times they were in New York was to picket an LGBT synagogue in 2011, thus wiping both gays and Jews from the face of the city. (Our office has been very quiet ever since.) They came back later that year to protest same-sex marriage, another social movement that just hasn't picked up any steam.

But it appears the church has been drawn northwards once again by the Duck Dynasty debacle. After Phil Robertson, the star of the "reality" show, was briefly suspended last week for telling GQ that homosexuals are "illogical" and black folks were "singing and happy" during the Jim Crow era, Westboro stepped up to show their confusing, hate-tinged brand of support.

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"We Can't Survive On $7.25": Fast Food Workers Strike Across New York City

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Raillan Brooks

All over the city today, protesters were out in a full show of support for fast food workers in search of fairer wages and the right to unionize. For the second time in three months, the nationwide one-day strike brought rallies to fast food restaurants around the city. The Voice made it out to one of today's planned events at Fulton Mall in downtown Brooklyn, where we found a lively cross section of the borough fighting on the side of fast food workers at Wendy's, KFC, MacDonald's, and other big chains.


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Two CCNY Students Charged With Rioting, Criminal Mischief, Harassment for Protests Over Closure of Morales-Shakur Center

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Anna Merlan
Tafadar Sourov, in the striped t-shirt, stands next to Khalil Vasquez, tan jacket, and their attorneys, Mark Yu and Ron McGuire, outside the courthouse this morning.
Two City College of New York students have been criminally charged for their role in the protests against the closure of the Morales-Shakur Center, the school's hub of campus political activity. Tafadar Sourov, 19, and Khalil Vasquez, 22, have been suspended from CCNY since October 28, barred from campus, and prevented from registering for spring classes; late last week, they learned that they would also be facing charges in Manhattan criminal court.

The men surrendered themselves yesterday and spent last night in jail. This morning, they were arraigned and charged with two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, one count of obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, one count of rioting, one count of inciting to riot, and harassment in the second degree, all misdemeanors. Sourov is also being charged with attempted assault in the third degree, another misdemeanor, for allegedly shoving a CCNY police officer to the ground. Both men face up to a year in prison.

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Two Arrested During Protest Over Closure of CCNY's Morales-Shakur Center

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Protesters and police clash outside the North Academic Center, where the Morales-Shakur center was housed.
A sit-in and protest at City College of New York turned confrontational on the afternoon of Thursday, October 24, when a protester was pepper-sprayed and arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. A second protester was detained and cited for disorderly conduct.

The protest took place outside City College's recently closed Morales-Shakur Center, which CCNY abruptly converted into a "career center" on Sunday. The arrests ensued after protesters tried to force their way inside the North Academic Center (NAC), where the Morales-Shakur center used to be.

The pepper-sprayed arrestee is CCNY alumnus and activist David Suker. It's his second CCNY-related arrest of the week; Suker was arrested Sunday morning while sitting outside the center's doors and refusing to move. He attended Thursday's protest with his toddler son, who was left in the care of another protester after his arrest. A little while later, the police could be seen escorting both the child and the protester inside, away from the crowd.

- See also: Two CCNY Students Suspended as Third Protest Over Closure of Morales-Shakur Center Begins


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CUNY City College Students Protest After Morales-Shakur Center, Hub of Campus Political Activity, Is Abruptly Closed

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Students protest outside the North Academic Center

Update, Thursday, October 24:A second demonstration has resulted in the arrests of two to three protesters. Read our report on those arrests here.

Original entry: A nearly 25-year-old campus community center at the City College of New York was abruptly closed Sunday night, leading to a large, furious protest by students and community groups. The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community and Student Center, which is on the third floor of a campus building, was abruptly converted into a "career center" late that night, just before midterms began this week. All the Morales-Shakur Center's belongings were moved out and apparently thrown into storage, and the room and exterior doors, which were once red with a black fist, were both painted over.

A group calling itself Liberate CUNY Front quickly issued a press release, calling the closure "deceptive and dishonest, and indicative of a major lack of respect for the ability of students organizing." The press release also said that the campus went into "lockdown" on Sunday night and Monday morning, with students unable to enter or leave the campus, or get into the library, which is in an adjacent building. Meanwhile, CCNY issued its own press release, saying the room had been "reallocated," to provide a space for "students involved in experiential learning."

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New York City Responded to the Zimmerman Verdict With Protests All Over the City

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Protesters in Times Square
On Saturday night, delusional wannabe cop and homicidal maniac George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Seminole County, Florida, jury. Yesterday, New York joined Oakland, Seattle, L.A., Boston, and a host of other cities in protesting the verdict. The march began in Union Square in the early afternoon; by early evening, thousands of people were streaming north into Times Square, where they staged a sit-in, effectively shutting down the area. Nearby, a tourist from South Carolina, clearly recognizing the historic nature of the occasion, remarked to a New York Post reporter: "This is bullshit. We just came down here to visit, and we got stuck right in the middle. And it's hot! I can't keep the car running."

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East Village Hates Chains, Just Like Astor Place Once Did

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Kate Conger
A new 7-Eleven is under construction in the East Village.

Last week, the New York Times reported that the East Village was emphatically protesting an incoming 7-Eleven. The Slurpee giant is worming its way right to the trendy core of the neighborhood, renovating a storefront on Avenue A and East 11th Street. The neighbors are worried that the snack chain will have a negative impact on local businesses and further gentrify the already-changing area.

It's not the first time a New York neighborhood has tried to block a big chain from moving in -- think way back, if you will, to the Astor Place Kmart kerfuffle of 1996. The Times diligently covered that one too (although they've updated their terminology for anti-capitalist kids in the last decade; what were once "skateboarding teen-agers" are now "black-clad youths"). Back then, one resident fretted, "I hate the thought of stepping over Kmart shoppers on my way to buy bagels on Sunday morning."

Skeptical that one store, even one as gigantic as the 145,000-square-foot Kmart, could have such a distinctive impact on a neighborhood, we decided to pay a visit and find out.


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Spectra Pipeline Construction Halted By Activist

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George Pingeon chained himself to construction equipment Wednesday, temporarily halting construction on the Spectra pipeline.
Eric Walton
Construction on a pipeline that will bring fracked natural gas under the Hudson and into the West Village was halted for two hours Wednesday when George Pingeon, a member of the opposition group Occupy the Pipeline, chained himself to a backhoe on the construction site.

Opponents have been fighting the pipeline since it received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in May, escalating their tactics once construction on the Manhattan side of the 16-mile pipeline began this summer.

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