Among the many transgressive elements in the 1974 American film classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the character Franklin, played by actor Paul A. Partain -- still possibly the most offensive portrayal of a disabled person ever committed to film. Franklin's infantile selfishness is best encapsu ... More >>
Here's another nice parting gift for the Bloomberg administration in its waning days: a massive ruling issued late yesterday by a federal judge in New York's Southern District found that the city's emergency management plan discriminates against people with disabilities. The judge, Jesse M. Furman, ... More >>
Two years ago, we told you about Solange Lambert and Cosmo Salerno, a happy couple unhappily living in a place called Surf Manor. Surf Manor is an adult home, a sort of halfway house for mentally ill people, state-funded but privately owned and operated. Soon after arriving at Surf, Solange and Cosm ... More >>
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A Queens woman is heading to prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 2011 stabbing death of her disabled son. What makes the story even worse is that the victim, 39-year-old Rene Veras, begged his mother to kill him the day of his death. What makes the story even more heartbreaking is th ... More >>
More weed news from the West Coast: A federal court in California just ruled 2-1 that cities can ban medical marijuana dispensaries -- and that doing so doesn't violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. As detailed by the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco's Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appea ... More >>
New York's Taxi of Tomorrow, said to be a big step up from the Crown Vic fleet circulating the city, might be so yesterday. That's because embattled mayoral candidate/ Comptroller John Liu, who has become very vocal on a variety of issues as his campaign progresses, will not ink the agreement unle ... More >>
A Queens couple is charged with kidnapping and torturing a 58-year-old disabled woman they kept against her will for more than a year -- all while beating her, starving her, and stealing her social security checks.Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown says the couple, Patrick Donovan, 42 ... More >>
Jonathan Carey, killed in 2007Outside of today's media mayhem, there's some serious journalism happening on the front page of Monday's New York Times. The paper has a huge exposé as part of an ongoing investigation into New York state's Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, focu ... More >>
Put your Twitter username in My First Tweet and they'll display your initial message to the Twitterverse. Yeah, for most of us it's just a matter of scrolling, and if you put in one of the big names you get a "Too Many Tweets" error. Still it's new, tech, and wastes time, so we thought yo ... More >>
photo by Sam Horine Sam, plays in Florida's The Deaf Children Best show: Surfer Blood at Piano's Fashion aesthetic: Florida Goodwill, plus comfy long johns. Years at CMJ: First. Best thing so far: Watching friends like Surfer Blood play shows in NYC.
(Photo by Philip Bennett at Taxis for All.)For about a year, Mayor Mike Bloomberg has been trying to help disabled people get access to city taxis, but wrangling between the city and taxi drivers has botched up the mayor's plan.In theory, a disabled person should be able to call 311 and get a taxi d ... More >>
Holy Super Bowl! Holy cheap Happy Hour snack! With a growing national demand and a reduced supply, restaurants are paying more for chicken wings. [CNN]Want a healthy Valentine's option? The Journal reviews various edible fruit bouquets.[WSJ]Two men have been sentenced to death for their involvement ... More >>
Governor Paterson was pissed at this weekend's Saturday Night Live sketch in which Fred Armisen portrayed him as a Jersey-hating, crinkly-voiced fool with a history of cocaine abuse and marital infidelities who underlines his own jokes and admits he was "comically unprepared" to become Governor. (V ... More >>
You'd think a big developer like AvalonBay Communities would mind all its p's and q's when it comes to housing mandates. But though the luxury builder may provide "gourmet kitchens with granite countertops," "a competition-sized swimming pool," and "amazing views of Manhattan" in its Avalon Chrystie ... More >>
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