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  • Tourism Up; Foreigners Responsible

    published Dec 29, 2008

    If you had more trouble getting down a crowded sidewalk this year, or waited longer on lines as the people ahead of you were walked through the many different toppings available on a hamburger, blame... More >>

  • In the New New Economy, You Work for Free!

    published Dec 29, 2008

    BusinessWeek looks at a popular internet business model in which readers contribute the content, for free or for cheap perks, resulting in "an outpouring of creativity" and a thin trickle of labor exp... More >>

  • In Bailout, Surprisingly, Rich Find Advantage

    published Dec 29, 2008

    Who says capitalism is dead? The Times talks to people connected with the savings and loan bailout of 1989 whose expertise makes them invaluable during the current one(s) and who hope, with great reas... More >>

  • Mariah Carey Defies Physics

    published Dec 29, 2008

    Sense About Science is a British group that tries to clear up popular misconceptions about the way the world works with releases such as "Can perfume make your unborn baby infertile?" Now the grou... More >>

  • Bernie Kerik Arraigned Today

    published Dec 29, 2008

    Former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik is being arraigned today in White Plains for allegedly failing to disclose income on tax returns and falsifying a loan application. He'd previously been charged w... More >>

  • Jets' Mangini Out, Favre Next?

    published Dec 29, 2008

    We thank Press Clips for alerting us to the firing of Jets head coach Eric Mangini. Local sports reporters were outraged by the team's "Mets-like" late-season collapse from 8-3 to 9-7, and by yesterda... More >>

  • Realtors Feel the Pinch -- Time for a Bailout?

    published Dec 29, 2008

    We are generally skeptical of claims that real estate values are plummeting, as such reports usually just mean that a few rents have gone from absurdly to grotesquely inflated. Still, make of this wha... More >>

  • Falling Tree Menace Hits Central Park

    published Dec 29, 2008

    How many times have we warned you about these trees? Now that their mayhem is not longer restricted to Queens, perhaps you'll listen. A tree in Central Park gave several people "quite a scare" when i... More >>

  • Caroline Does Interviews, Is Praised for Non-Sequential Resume

    published Dec 29, 2008

    There was plenty of Caroline Kennedy to go around this weekend and this morning. "Caroline Kennedy shares misty memories of Camelot," said a Daily News article with pictures of JFK, JFK Jr. and Jackie... More >>

  • Bloomberg Looks at "Targeted Buyouts"; Teachers Eyed?

    published Dec 29, 2008

    Payroll is a large part of the city's budget, and it has occurred to Mayor Bloomberg that dropping some workers might effect some savings, says the New York Post. He is said to consider "targeted buyo... More >>

  • Staten Island Boy Beaten to Death by His Mother

    published Dec 29, 2008

    A 30-year-old mother says she "lost it" and cracked her 10-year-old son's head into the wall of their Staten Island apartment, killing him, reports the Daily News. Melissa Sekulski also admitted to b... More >>

  • 15-Year-Old Accused of Two Bronx Murders

    published Dec 29, 2008

    "Her slight build and young face betraying the serious charges she faces," per amNY, 15-year-old Sharell Butler of the Bronx is accused of killing two men, one by gunshot, one by stabbing. Prosecutors... More >>

  • The Top 10 Rightblogger Stories of 2008

    published Dec 29, 2008

    Excited (not to say deranged) by the long Presidential campaign, conservative bloggers -- rightbloggers, in our affectionate parlance -- were in top form this year, and outstripped the sleepy Main Str... More >>

  • Admen Tell You What to Look For in 2009; So Do We

    published Dec 26, 2008

    JWT, known to antiquarians as the J. Walter Thompson agency, has announced its "90 Things to Watch in 2009." Among them are: Apatow-esque Humor, Crowdfunding, hi5, The Green-Collar Class, Marketing ... More >>

  • Caroline's Senate Cred: Wife, Mother, Fundraiser

    published Dec 26, 2008

    The smart thing for Caroline Kennedy to do would be to give a big speech on a big theme, which is what we thought her gay marriage stand was leading to. But for the time being Kennedy is just working ... More >>

  • Slow Nudes Day III

    published Dec 26, 2008

    After dead John Lennon's TV appearance, we needed a nude palate cleanser, but it's still quiet, clothed Christmas season everywhere except in our accursed internet guard-tower -- and at Haber 27, an A... More >>

  • John Lennon, Though Dead, Endorses One Laptop Per Child

    published Dec 26, 2008

    This is a good cause -- One Laptop Per Child, which strives to put computing power into the hands of needful children -- but it uses a "voice and video image of [dead man John] Lennon" to promote i... More >>

  • Eartha Kitt 1927-2008

    published Dec 26, 2008

    Chanteuse Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer on Christmas Day. "I do not have an act," she once said. "I just do Eartha Kitt." She was born dirt poor but elevated herself into a figure of great sophis... More >>

  • Sarah Palin Calendar Gives Us Excuse to Mention Sarah Palin

    published Dec 26, 2008

    Sarah Palin! She's such great copy! She's America's second most admired woman! She's helping keep the Democrat-saving rift in the Republican Party alive! Even the righteous libs at Talking Points Me... More >>

  • $9 Billion in Unclaimed State Funds Available

    published Dec 26, 2008

    If we were the State Comptroller, we'd claim amnesia and use them to close the budget deficit, but Thomas DiNapoli feels it his duty to inform you that New York is sitting on $9 million in unclaimed f... More >>

  • Write Your Wish on Times Square Confetti, Thanks to Weird New Candy

    published Dec 26, 2008

    Times Square is getting all kinds of corporate wonderfulness this New Year's Eve. Along with the charming Charmin toilets, revelers can now have their new year's wishes inscribed on Times Square confe... More >>

  • Mayor: Juries' Decisions in Cop-Kill Cases "Inexplicable"

    published Dec 26, 2008

    One of Mayor Ed Koch's few attractive characteristics was his custom of reacting to any jury ruling, no matter how controversial, with a simple "the people have spoken." It showed not only political s... More >>

  • Gov's Indian Smokes Law Blocked in Court

    published Dec 26, 2008

    Governor Paterson can't catch a break. Earlier the month, in an attempt to keep New Yorkers from buying tax-free Indian reservation cigarettes without stepping too hard on the tribes' toes, signed a b... More >>

  • Duh: NY Fails to Make Most Literate Cities List

    published Dec 26, 2008

    Dr. John W. Miller, President of Central Connecticut State University, has released his annual list of America's 10 Most Literate Cities and, once again, we ain't on it. Minneapolis and Seattle tied f... More >>

  • Low Manhattan Rents Continue to Be Predicted, Unseen

    published Dec 26, 2008

    The Observer's headline, "Coming Soon: The Decent $1K Manhattan Apartment?" gave us a start, but as we should have known there's a catch. The article mentions that "the average rent for a studio is ... More >>

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