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March 13, 2014

New numbers from Wednesday’s building collapse in NYC

  • 7 people have been confirmed killed by an explosion that left two East Harlem buildings in ruins on Wednesday morning, and rescuers continue to dig through the remains in search of survivors.
  • 5 people are still missing and more than 60 people have been treated for injuries as a result of the explosion. The New York Fire Department, NYPD and National Transportation Safety Board are now working to determine an official cause for the explosion, which is currently being blamed on a gas main leak. source
13:58 // 1 month ago
January 23, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 23, 2014

Michigan’s proposed solution to the virtual ghost town that is Detroit? The governor wants to give visas to 50,000 highly skilled immigrants who would move to the city and make it more awesome, or something like that.

Is there a possible carcinogen in most sodas? It’s not clear whether 4-methylimidazole (often found in the caramel coloring used in many sodas) is unsafe, but the FDA is double-checking.

The Metro-North train system in NYC had some sort of weird-ass computer problem, leading to a major delay that left people stranded for hours.

Hate revenge porn king Hunter Moore? Good news—he was just arrested on federal hacking charges.

Meet the person who will give the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union address.

23:35 // 2 months ago
January 7, 2014
14:42 // 3 months ago
January 3, 2014
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UNITED STATES, New York : Visitors enjoy the snow on Broadway January 2, 2014 on Times Square in New York. Forecasters are predicting up to seven inches of snow in New York. Snowfall in the northeastern United States caused flight cancellations and airport delays while federal government offices and schools closed due to the foul weather. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert

Snow sucks.

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UNITED STATES, New York : Visitors enjoy the snow on Broadway January 2, 2014 on Times Square in New York. Forecasters are predicting up to seven inches of snow in New York. Snowfall in the northeastern United States caused flight cancellations and airport delays while federal government offices and schools closed due to the foul weather. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert

Snow sucks.

(via gettyimages)

8:52 // 3 months ago
January 1, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 1, 2014

New York City has a new mayor. Bill de Blasio took the helm of the city today, calling for an end to the inequality that has defined the city in recent years. (See: Stop-and-frisk.) “And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York,” he said in his first speech as mayor. “And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA.”

“My wife and I forgive Karl Pierson for what he did. We would ask all of you here and all of you watching to forgive Karl Pierson. He didn’t know what he was doing.” That’s the father of slain high schooler Claire Davis, forgiving the teen who killed her in an attempted mass shooting.

In a heartwarming, family-friendly statement to the people of North Korea on New Year’s Day, Kim Jong-Un described the execution of his uncle as the cleansing of “filth.” Maaaan.

Snapchat got hacked, but the worst part is that they knew about the exploit months ago.

Good news for llama ass-whippers: Winamp isn’t dead after all. It just got sold.

19:52 // 3 months ago
December 28, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 28, 2013

In a well-researched piece that is very much worth your time, The New York Times dips deep into the Benghazi well. TL;DR version: They “turned up no evidence that al-Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault,” but found that an anti-Muslim video did in fact inflame emotions.

Jahi McMath’s family, which is attempting to move the teen, who has been declared brain dead, to a long-term care facility, would like to address their critics.

New York City’s new mayor will get the presidential treatment, with Bill Clinton doing the swearing in of Bill de Blasio on January 1.

One in five new laptop sales is a Chromebook, according to one sales metric. (Three-word review: They’re good machines.)

This guy owns over 11,000 video games, and I’m sure he’s played all of them.

21:59 // 3 months ago
December 2, 2013
16:38 // 4 months ago
November 21, 2013

Report: Homelessness on decline nationwide, but jumps sharply in NYC

  • 610k the number of people reported homeless in the United States in January 2013, according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development study of more than 3,000 cities and counties nationwide. That’s a four percent drop. New York City, however, is bucking the trend; the city has seen a 13 percent jump in homelessness over the same period. source
21:25 // 4 months ago
October 31, 2013
19:29 // 5 months ago

Stuff you may have missed: Thursday, October 31

Remember that time when Gawker suggested there was a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack that was floating around somewhere, and how they tried to pay for it? Turns out that where there’s smoke, there’s crack, and Toronto police have the video in their possession after arrested the dude who apparently had it.

Appeals court to judge who said the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy was illegal: Stop.

Can Google, Oracle, and Red Hat employees solve the HealthCare.gov fiasco, anyway?

Want do depress yourself? Read up on what vapid celebrities are doing this Halloween.

Edward Snowden has a job.

18:51 // 5 months ago