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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 // 5 months ago
February 1, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: February 1, 2014

A day after reports that a number of letters containing powdery substances were mailed to hotels near the site of tomorrow’s Super Bowl, the NYPD says that New York Mayor Bill De Blasio was also targeted by such a letter. So was former mayor Rudy Giuliani. The powders have been found to be harmless.

You may not know his name, but you know his work: Arthur Rankin Jr., an animator whose credits include the yearly “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” specials aired on TV for decades, has died. He was 89; his partner in the stop-motion endeavors, Jules Bass, is still with us.

In Seattle, the lead suspect in a New Year’s Eve arson attempt at a gay nightclub was arrested on Saturday. Nobody was injured, and the fire put out quickly, but roughly 750 people were evacuated.

“We are on track for having the worst drought in 500 years.” — the words of a UC Berkeley professor on the ongoing drought in California.

Remember that Goldieblox ad that pissed off the Beastie Boys? It actually helped the company score a brand new Super Bowl ad.

23:34 // 6 months ago
January 30, 2014
We will not break the law to enforce the law. That’s my solemn promise to every New Yorker, regardless of where they were born, where they live, or what they look like. Those values aren’t at odds with keeping New Yorkers safe — they are essential to long-term public safety.
NYC Police Commissioner William J. Bratton • Promising to abandon the New York Police Department’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policies during a press conference at Brownsville Recreation Center. The conference also doubled as a platform for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce an out-of-court settlement with civil rights lawyers that had sued the city as a result of the controversial NYPD policy. source
15:44 // 7 months ago
January 7, 2014
14:42 // 7 months ago
December 5, 2013
14:43 // 8 months ago

richardlvargas:

Yesterday, The Onion released this “story” about the NYPD’s Stop and Kiss program. It is an obvious parody of the Stop and Frisk controversy in New York City. 

Not everyone understood the joke: these people took to twitter with outrage, because they thought it was real. It’s a must-read in ridiculousness from Gothamist. 

Of course they would think it’s real. They don’t have time to stop-and-think.

8:37 // 8 months ago
November 5, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 5, 2013

Good news if you live in Illinois: Barack Obama’s current home state is about to become the 15th state in the U.S. to allow for same-sex marriage, after both chambers of the state’s legislature passed the bill. It was fairly close in the House, but got over the edge, and is now headed to Gov. Pat Quinn to sign.

The NYPD was just sued by a man who claims he was wrongly arrested, and only released after he rapped for his freedom.

Gold-medal-winning swimmer Ryan Lochte got seriously injured … by a fan’s overzealousness.

More questionable financial results: AOL or Tesla Motors? You decide.

Pink slime is getting transparent.

19:13 // 9 months ago
October 31, 2013

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 // 10 months ago
September 19, 2013
17:49 // 11 months ago
September 15, 2013
A block away from Times Square, pedestrians witnessed a police shooting Saturday night September 14th, 2013. The NY Daily News reports the NYPD was after a suspect who “simulated a gun in his hands,” the NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly shared. In this pursuit, police shot at him and injured two bystanders, the NYTimes reports. And being the prime spot it is in New York City, Port Authority pedestrians live-tweeted photos and reports of the scene. 

A block away from Times Square, pedestrians witnessed a police shooting Saturday night September 14th, 2013. The NY Daily News reports the NYPD was after a suspect who “simulated a gun in his hands,” the NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly shared. In this pursuit, police shot at him and injured two bystanders, the NYTimes reports. And being the prime spot it is in New York City, Port Authority pedestrians live-tweeted photos and reports of the scene. 

13:00 // 11 months ago