CNN is reporting that Rep. Charlie Rangel has walked out of his ethics committee hearing, scheduled to begin today, "complaining that he has not had sufficient time to hire a legal team." Politico reports that an "emotional" Rangel, who began the hearing without an attorney present, had thre ... More >>
Home is, as they say, where the heart is. So who's the guy selling you your Lipitor and what the hell are all these rats doing everywhere? In this week's Village Voice cover story, join staff writer Elizabeth Dwoskin for a rousing, fun, morbid round of the game New Yorkers everywhere can rela ... More >>
• Charlie Sheen's mystery "hooker" was actually a porn star, "Capri Anderson," who's "adamant she's not a working girl," according to TMZ, and was very upset to be identified as such. Her dad, of course, had no idea what she did for a living. [NYP]
The 2009 tree, with ornaments.• Wyoming is having trouble finishing their ornaments for the White House Christmas tree this year. They have only 1,600 of the 5,000 they're responsible for. Apparently these ornaments have to be handmade, weatherproof, a foot tall, and in a Western theme. And ... More >>
That's right, folks. The interestingly named Ed Cox, who is the New York State GOP chief, told CNN that, heck, Carl Paladino apologized for his remarks about gays, and besides, "That's not what the people of New York State really care about." Got that? Cox basically added insult to injury b ... More >>
When moments like the time that Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade called all terrorists Muslims -- which is both racist and also factually incorrect by a long shot -- actually do happen on Fox News, the surprising thing isn't that they happened. It's that sometimes, apologies can follow.
Hey, what's going on with the Chilean miners right now? Because you know this is all you're going to be talking about at that cocktail party/dinner at home/after-work drinks sesh with your buds. Be the one with the info that matters!
Journalists discuss the dangers of reporting in Mexico
Eliot Spitzer's CNN show is finally on its way, and, yes, we will count down to it and enjoy the entire thing until the wait finally climaxes into the euphoria of seeing our former governor pound away at the 8 p.m. spot that Campbell Brown just couldn't take, and then we're gonna liveblog the ... More >>
As Joe mentioned on Sunday, the fire at the future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, in Tennessee -- a fire which destroyed one vehicle of three doused with accelerant -- has been identified by the FBI as "probable" arson. Now Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies are also investigat ... More >>
Ahmed Sharif, the Muslim taxi driver stabbed last week by a drunken passenger, will likely be unable to work for at least four months. "He can't even pick up his baby because of the wounds to his arms. He can't turn his neck," said Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.
Brooklyn artist Elizabeth Demaray is feeding her red harvester ants McDonald's Happy Meals for 30 days instead of their usual seeds as part of an installation at Exit Art. [NY Times] Albany is starting to enforce a state tax law that calls for sliced bagels to be taxed (whereas whole bagels ... More >>
Not From Riker'sThe New York Times City Room blog has the inside scoop (slice?) on the sweetest thing at Riker's Island: the bakery culture, but specifically the carrot cake. "They don't hardly give it to us enough," said Hilberto Vargas, a baker currently serving time in Rikers for stripping ... More >>
via The Observer/The Chive• Jenny the Dry Erase Board Girl is really an actress named Elyse Porterfield, i.e., the whole thing's a fake. D'oh! But it was fun while it lasted. [Observer] • BP station owners were screwed by the oil spill, too, getting their share of boycotts, protests, van ... More >>
This is one of those images used to warn against the evils of binge drinking, mostly because the people are unattractive and doing stupid things.Hey everyone! It's summer and Wednesday and our news organizations are all a little tired and sluggish, so we just thought we'd let you know: Drinki ... More >>
We were getting nervous for a minute there. The cast of the Jersey Shore was, up till today, on strike (everyone except Snooki and The Situation, that is). The status of Season 3 was unclear. Things were scary. Good news! Our favorite guidos, who had been holding out for more than their allot ... More >>
M&Ms is launching a new flavor with a nugget of pretzel inside the candy to cater to the growing consumer taste for mixing sweet and salty flavors. The campaign for pretzel M&Ms is relying strongly on digital and social media. [NY Times] Restaurants are struggling to wean customers off the d ... More >>
Wow. Talk about an ad buy. CNN has appeared to have swallowed the New York Post whole.
Flavors used in the grilling traditions of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Asian countries are becoming popular in American barbecue joints. [Wall Street Journal] Heinz ketchup is changing its 40-year-old recipe to lower the salt content. Fans of the original recipe fear the ch ... More >>
So, maybe you heard, but a writer for the New York Times was interviewing a Thai militant leader when he got shot in the head. Like this:
Totonno's Pizzeria in Coney Island is finally expected to reopen after a fire forced it to close earlier this year. It was announced at a Community Board 13 meeting that the oven will be fired up in the next two weeks. [NY Post] A new security law requiring crates of goods to be checked for ... More >>
Korea's oldest liquor, makgeolli, is a milky liquor that's lightly carbonated and sweet, a close cousin of sake. Koreans are rediscovering it, largely as a cocktail ingredient. [CNN] Princeton has its own cocktail. The original Princeton Cocktail dates back to the late 1800s and called for O ... More >>
Once upon a time people who lived like paupers despite their vast wealth -- sometimes not revealed till their deaths -- were called "misers" and thought an unfavorable type of human being. There was for example Miser Steubendorf of East Tenth Street, who "was rich but lived alone and starved ... More >>
In response to popular demand from consumers, margarine maker Unilever has decided to remove all partially hydrogenated oils -- or trans fats -- from its soft-spread brands, including I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and Country Crock. [USA Today] Some 22 percent of restaurants in the city we ... More >>
Despite the best efforts of hundreds of simultaneous live blogs, streams on an incredible array of different platforms and websites, and John Mayer's unforgivable jazz face, the internet survived yesterday's midday Michael Jackson memorial with barely a stutter. MSN reported that 50% more people w ... More >>
Gebisa Ejeta, a scientist at the University of Purdue originally from Ethiopia, has been awarded the 2009 World Food Prize for his work on drought and weed-resistant varieties of sorghum. [VOA News] The most common source of food poisoning across the country in 2006 was chicken, followed by leafy v ... More >>
The French spend more time eating and drinking than the rest of the world, according to a new study. Other findings include how the Turkish spend their free time: 35 percent of it is for entertaining friends; while Mexicans and the Japanese spend half their free time watching television. [CNN] For ... More >>
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