On Wednesday night, 16-year-old Tom Cutinella died hours after a collision in a high school football game in Long Island. Cutinella played guard for Shoreham-Wading River High School. He had suffered a head injury in the third quarter after "a big hit," as one teammate described it to Newsday, and l ... More >>
The dog days of summer aren't much fun in the land of sports talk radio. The only major league in play is baseball, with the pennant races still two months off. Amid these doldrums, the Ray Rice story hit the airwaves last month like a gale. In late July, word leaked that the National Football Leag ... More >>
Pop Warner, America's largest youth football organization, faces a crisis. The increasing awareness of the damage football can do to the brain has convinced more and more parents to keep their children away from the sport. Politicians from California to New York have proposed banning tackle football ... More >>
There was always a chance the NFL would have to pay retired players more than the $765 million in the concussion settlement filed in August. A "legal Hail Mary," we called the scenario: if enough additional players sued the the NFL for deceiving them about the game's true risk, a judge would have no ... More >>
At 7:20 on Sunday morning, a southbound Metro-North train heading from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring 63, 11 of them critically. On Sunday night, the dead were identified by the Metropolitan Transportation Authori ... More >>
The city Correction Department has been hit with a new very toughly worded class action lawsuit alleging a program of excessive violence by correction staff on inmates throughout the jail system. Eleven inmates allege that they were severely beaten by correction staff, including Mark Nunez who clai ... More >>
Another teen inmate was seriously injured over the weekend in the Robert N. Davoren Center, where teenagers are housed. Correction officials confirm that Aunray Stanford, 18, was injured in a struggle with correction officers and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He subsequently released a ... More >>
Well, whatdoyaknow, the Knicks won game 4 on Sunday! The record-setting 13 game losing streak in the playoffs has been snapped! Sunday's showcase was, in every way, the series many fans and basketball analyst had wanted/predicted/hoped to see. We finally got to see that Carmelo Anthony/LeBron Jame ... More >>
Yesterday, in the midst of a Knicks run that led to the team's first playoff win in 11 years, point guard Baron Davis suffered a freak knee injury. Initially, the report was a knee dislocation. We surmised earlier that Davis, given his age--34, old by NBA standards--and injury history, has probabl ... More >>
A bill that would lift the ban on mixed martial arts fighting in New York passed in the state Senate yesterday 43-14 -- and backers are optimistic it will pass in the Assembly, despite opposition from Assemblyman Bob Reilly.This is the third consecutive year a bill lifting the ban on MMA fighting wa ... More >>
State lawmakers -- on both sides of the aisle -- are expected this month to reintroduce a bill that would lift New York's ban on mixed martial arts fights like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) -- but Assemblyman Bob Reilly's trying to piss on the parade. In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, ... More >>
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The latest in things that your mom and probably Mayor Bloomberg have been telling you are bad for you for ages (though of course you've failed to adhere to their recommendations to stop doing them) is...walking with headphones. Yep, walking around with your own very special theme song piped into you ... More >>
As we noted on the liveblog, there was a tense situation at Zuccotti Park after the march today when a cop was injured, causing police to block off all exits and entrances to the park and trapping people inside. There have also been reports of other cops who had a vinegar-like substance throw ... More >>
A curious item in the Daily News today details how nine corrections officers were hurt trying to stop the Incredible Hulk an inmate from escaping a room at Rikers Island yesterday. Nine! Daniel Sanchez, 24, who had been charged with murder in the first degree and was caught tampering yesterda ... More >>
Because it is adorable (and terrifying!), here is video of a very small dog chasing off two big bad robbers from a smoke shop in Altadena, California. The men got money, but not as much as they might have! The last few seconds of video are priceless. Neither the store owner nor the dog were injured; ... More >>
Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who continues to improve after being shot in the head on January 8, is likely to be moved this Friday from Tucson's University Medical Center to TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston. Via a statement released today by Giffords' cong ... More >>
Performance art is getting really edgy and dangerous these days. In fact, photographer/writer Gerry Visco says she got a concussion ("no blood, just a BIG HEADACHE") when performer Ann Liv Young threw something into the audience at the 'AmericanPussyFaggot!Realness' show last night at the De ... More >>
Squirrels. Yes, they're rodents, but they're also rather cute. And: Not rats. Not that we want to cuddle with them or bring them into our homes. Still, the news that a woman (described as a "willowy brunette" by AnimalTourism.com) is allowing her dogs to kill squirrels in Washington Square Pa ... More >>
Following her recent accident during an equestrian competition, Georgina Bloomberg is in stable condition, the New York Daily News reports . During a show-jumping event in Syracuse this past Saturday, the mayor's 27-year-old daughter had tumbled from her horse, suffering a concussion and mino ... More >>
Georgina Bloomberg, the 27-year-old daughter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, fractured her spine and suffered a concussion after falling from her horse during an equestrian event in Syracuse, My Fox NY is reporting. The Associated Press reported that Bloomberg's "saddle unexpectedly came loose an ... More >>
A city probation officer was shot and seriously wounded this evening in the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn, law enforcement sources say. The officer is not believed likely to die. Not much more on it right now. The 84th precinct includes the areas of Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill and the F ... More >>
Happily, we avoided post-Thanksgiving Wal-Mart deaths on Long Island this year, but we did get a fire. According to Newsday, 2,000 shoppers and employees were evacuated from the WalMart on Old Country Road in Westbury today after a worker discovered christmas wrapping and ornaments stored in the g ... More >>
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A six-year-old child suffered serious burns on 25 percent of her body after her mother poured accelerant on her as part of a Haitian voodoo practice called "Loa," the Queens D.A. alleges. The child's grandmother and a friend looked on but did not intervene. In early February, Frantzcia Saintil was ... More >>
Following a drumbeat of negative news about the city jail for teenagers, and after the outcry over the murder of 18-year-old Christopher Robinson there, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill yesterday that requires the Correction Department to disclose safety and census data on teens in jail. ... More >>
Won't someone please think of the virtual children? You may have heard that Apple abruptly pulled the fanciful "Baby Shaker" app it had briefly offered for iPhones. The app allowed users to shake their iPhone until the image of a squalling infant went silent and developed red X's over its eyes. Now ... More >>
Documents show that top officials in the city's jail system were regularly briefed on violence and extortion between teen inmates.
Natasha Richardson, of the famous Redgrave acting family and star of The Handmaid's Tale and The Comfort of Strangers, was seriously injured in a skiing accident yesterday and reportedly sustained a serious head injury; the Post says she is brain dead. Time Out reported the actress dead, then amende ... More >>
After indications for more than a year that guards were using inmates as enforcers, New York's jails are rocked by a pair of indictments
Planning on walking home from your New Year's revels in the wee hours? Be especially careful. The Times tells us that, per an Injury Prevention article, New Year's Day is the "deadliest day of the year for pedestrians," with most of the January 1 walkers who were killed by cars showing "high blood a ... More >>
Red Sox Predictions for August 2008 1) Lugo stays hurt (if there is a God). 2) Lowrie proves to be an indispensable shortstop, and we retain him for the rest of the year to the sounds of cheering fans and firecrackers over the Charles River. 3) Big Papi returns on July 25 against t ... More >>
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The NYPD sends out short press releases, known as "the sheets," to members of the press throughout the day, relating information about crimes the department deems newsworthy or has received media inquiries about. But sometimes the department doesn't say what exactly is newsworthy about the incid ... More >>
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