High-cost, low-interest loans from NYU are the hottest commodities on the market these days. On a city level, they've been used (and eventually forgiven by the school) across Manhattan to pay for profiled professors' lofts or condos. On a national level, they've made their way into the Senate, with ... More >>
Pigpen Theatre Company delivers a love lost fable full of puppetry, music, and adventure.
Last summer, we put together a little list that took on a life of its own. We counted down the 25 people and groups who had been doing the most to get word out to the wider world about the Church of Scientology's many alleged abuses, and who have contributed to its steep recent decline. A year la ... More >>
Scientology is facing crises on several fronts: flagging membership, internal schisms, relentless Internet exposure, and whole new levels of public consciousness and mocking because of a celebrity divorce and an upcoming movie with Oscar buzz. But perhaps the most surprising component of the church ... More >>
On Sunday, we wrote about our trip to Scientology's New York "org." We were invited inside to see a short movie about the origin of L. Ron Hubbard's 1950 book, Dianetics. An alert reader noticed that a film fitting our description could be found on YouTube and brought it to our attention. Yes! This ... More >>
Multiple sources are telling the Voice that Scientology's International Base in California has experienced stunning new defections -- Roanne Leake, who is L. Ron Hubbard's granddaughter, has "blown" the base, which was her home for more than 20 years. But just as shocking, at about the same time, th ... More >>
Luka Rocco Magnotta is in custody now and has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed, dismembered, and even ate some of his Montreal boyfriend before absconding to Berlin, where he was apprehended. Meanwhile, Magnotta's extensive online legacy is still being mined by the curious, and our tips ... More >>
The Pentagon makes sure the public supports 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal
Derek Bloch just wanted to share his story. He wanted to tell other people what he'd been through, growing up in Scientology, getting kicked out of its hardcore "Sea Org" when it turned out that he was gay, and then increasingly becoming disaffected with his parents' religion as he became more edu ... More >>
Mayor Mike Bloomberg, surrounded by around 30 officials -- electeds, reps from his administration, university partners, and more -- announced yesterday that New York City would be partnering with New York University to create an applied sciences center in downtown Brooklyn. It was such an importan ... More >>
When I talked to David Edgar Love by Skype at his Montreal apartment Wednesday evening, he sounded exhausted -- he'd had only an hour of sleep in the past two days. "I'm pretty tired. I was up until about 5 this morning, then I had mnql1 wake me up at 6 and had that radio interview," he says, cred ... More >>
The Tampa Bay Times has done it again with another explosive report on the Church of Scientology. Drew Harwell's thorough report shows an alarming partnership between Scientology and the Nation of Islam that has drained dry a troubled charter school in Dunedin, Florida. We also have a startling rep ... More >>
This week, the Voice profiled Bryan Kasenic, who throws the monthly Bunker partythe city's premiere techno eventwhich celebrates its ninth year tonight at Public Assembly with a bash featuring Chicago house legend Derrick Carter and Dutch techno great Legowelt. Below are some outtakes ... More >>
Bryan Kasenic's techno-plus party lives
Courtesy Samantha ZuckerLast week, the New York Times published a story about the arrest of 21-year-old Carnegie Mellon student Samantha Zucker, who was in New York City with a group of classmates to look for job opportunities. At about 3 a.m. on October 22, Zucker and her friend Alex Fischer ... More >>
You could say the NYPD is having a PR problem. In the wake of tales of ticket fixing, planting drugs on innocent people, gun-smuggling, "rape cops," accusations of police brutality, and pepper spraying incidents, there's a pretty damning story in the New York Times today about 21-year-old Sam ... More >>
Yesterday, an unseasonably lovely day, at some point around 4 in the afternoon, people suddenly started noticing messages in the sky in Lower Manhattan -- things like, "Lost Our Lease," "Last Chance," and "Now Open." The moderately terrifying messages -- last chance for WHAT, exactly? -- were attrib ... More >>
E-Learning is starting to take off at NYC universities, but are all the bugs worked out?
On Friday, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. ... More >>
The least conclusive (but most fun!) study of the day is probably the one from Carnegie Mellon University, which says that Twitter has "geographical dialects," but only sometimes. Researchers dug through 380,000 messages from one week back in March 2010, and concluded that you could sort of s ... More >>
A high-tech troupe tries some digital globe-hopping
It's for our city's own cultural good, a new (only slightly sluggish) academic study asserts
All sorts of big idea about how today's jazz fits into history and maybe into popular culture
Good-for-nothing, second-rate: How the language of business seeped into our souls
Some Scientists Refuse to Get Paid for Killer Ideas
The Pentagon Pours Millions Into 'Gait Recognition Technology'
Facts and Shivers
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The threat of cyberwar looms large. Our best homeland defense may be surprisingly small
So you can't survive without the Internet? Try living with nothing else.
Virtual students give school the boot (up)