Dotan Negrin is a guy who plays piano out on the streets for money, but to say he's just another street performer is like saying Felix Baumgartner -- you know, that guy that jumped from the stratosphere back down to Earth last October -- is just another skydiver.
A Long Island physician has been charged in the deaths of two patients who overdosed on Oxycodone last year, federal prosecutors announced this morning.Additionally, the doctor's former office assistant has been hit with charges alleging that he was involved in the unlawful distribution of the dange ... More >>
Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies dropped the hammer on the illegal prescription drug trafficking biz this morning in a sweep that netted nearly 100 arrests, including two doctors and one nurse practitioner.The most arrests occurred on Staten Island, where law enforcement officials s ... More >>
Yesterday, law enforcement officials and state lawmakers got in line to pucker up to the rump of Governor Andrew Cuomo because of his plan to decriminalize "public view" marijuana possession. Cuomo's move is being heralded as a civil rights victory for young Hispanic and African-American New Yorkers ... More >>
If you live on Long Island, there's a pretty good chance that you absolutely love drugs -- and we're not talking about weed, we're talking about real drugs like heroin, Oxycontin, and other opiates.In response to last year's "Father's Day Pharmacy Massacre" -- during which a pill junky murdered four ... More >>
As the debate over medical marijuana continues in New York and the rest of the U.S., there's bound to be a lot of conflicting information out there. Opponents of medical marijuana tend to argue that it is dangerous and has no therapeutic qualities. We're not medical experts, so we're not going to d ... More >>
Not too long after data came out questioning whether America might be addicted to painkillers, additional details have been released about New York City's pill popping. From 2008 to 2010, prescriptions for opioid analgesics surged 22 percent, according to The Associated Press (via CBS). What's s ... More >>
And now for some sad-making stats as we near the end of the week. Recent Associated Press reports suggest that America is really drugged up on prescription opioids -- and New York is certainly no exception. Receipts for two most popular painkiller scripts -- oxycodone and hydrocodone -- boomed fr ... More >>
In New York City, 357 drivers were arrested in 2011 for being under the influence of drugs -- up from 81 ten years prior. That's more than a 300 percent increase. That's why Sen. Chuck Schumer is making a funding push to crackdown on "drugged driving" through new on-site technologies that would id ... More >>
A food fight has broken out between Modern Indian chefs in London and traditional Indian chefs in Mumbai and New Delhi, who say they are staying true to the spiciness of Indian food. [Wall Street Journal] Pachanga Patterson is the latest addition to the restaurant row in Astoria, which inclu ... More >>
If you were wondering why 13% of the commuters on your subway car this morning were drooling and looking into space, the Wall Street Journal may have a clue: prescriptions for oxycodone, the generic name of the powerful pain pill OxyContin, have doubled in New York City between 2007 and 2010. ... More >>
According to recently released stats, the number of Americans doing coke at work has taken a downward turn, falling nearly 30 percent from the apparently high-flying recession years of 2008 and 2009 to about ".29% of the population," reports Fortune. However, twice as many of us are now using ... More >>
After Saturday's shootings in Arizona -- which left Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords badly wounded and six people dead -- rightbloggers were swift to condemn... any possible criticism of themselves. You can understand their defensiveness. Back during the 2010 campaign, Sarah Palin had en ... More >>
The substance has helped addicts kick heroin, meth, and everything in between. Is it the trip that does the trick?
It continues. On the second day everyone wakes up a little late, a little hungover, a little cranky at having failed to get into Salem. Shake it off, though, at one of this afternoon's informative industry panels, which we've taken the liberty of crassly summarizing below.
King of Hearts, the long-awaited posthumous solo debut from Def Jux rapper-producer Camu Tao (who died of cancer in 2008), is finally coming out August 17. To whet your appetite, the label's offering a free download of a 2005 EP called Forever Frozen in Television Time, credited to Central Se ... More >>
Anti-gay hatemonger Rush Limbaugh just married a woman who's 26 years younger in Palm Springs---in fact, she's 26 years younger everywhere--but that's not the vomity part. The vomity part is that lord queen Elton John sang at the wedding! Our out gay pal--who does so much for our cause when ... More >>
The return of 'Hole' whether you like it or not, you little suck shits
Okay, honestly, owning an iPhone, working as a blogger, and being a human being and everything, I know I'm supposed to really, really care about whatever Steve Jobs is talking about right now. So I do! Here are pictures of Steve Jobs saying things. And! We! Are! Doing! It! Live! So! Keep! Ref ... More >>
Politics: often tenuous. Money management in a turbulent economy: sometimes difficult! Money management in a turbulent economy, for a political organization representing a platform that revolves heavily around quote-unquote family values? A tough gig! And sometimes, mistakes -- like spending ... More >>
On the heels of Scott Brown's big win, Larry Kudlow, the CNBC rudderless anchor, is apparently considering a senate run against New York's Chuck Schumer, pushed by GOP and Tea Party allies and admirers. It would make Schumer the only incumbent known to be facing two reformed cokeheads in th ... More >>
Kennedy Airport. Twitpic via sawyerlex. War on Christmas season swung into full effect. In a holiday spirit, the Staten Island D.A. tried shame on shoplifters. A GOP Congressman moved to read a pro-Christmas resolution into the House record. Andrea Peyser denounced the godless Bloomingdales ... More >>
The leader of a drug ring who recruited people suffering from sickle-cell anemia to obtain thousands of false prescriptions for OxyContin was sentenced in federal court to ten years in prison late Tuesday afternoon.
From Bluff magazine to court, James Giordano was wired for success until Queens prosecutors captured him in their web
This is your last day to receive valuable music-industry advice at one of CMJ's myriad afternoon panels. Here, we'll help you pick one.
As we have seen, repeatedly, rightbloggers don't need much to set them off. This week, for example, they got a lot of mileage out of Obama asking for dijon mustard on his hamburger. When rightwing talking heads made a big deal of the President's condiment choice, lefties made mock of them. Righ ... More >>
No, no, no -- you're supposed to get arrested for soliciting after you're famous, and announce the winners during the award ceremony. The Smoking Gun reveals that James Nevan Donahue, who plays a friend or something of "social" Olivia in the MTV car-wreck "The City," was arrested in 2007 for approa ... More >>
New York nightlife icon was the second person to die in the same D.C. apartment in four days
Double-wide-eyed by an opera trailer at Carnegie Hall and by a Senate race out North Carolina way
Oh yeah? How Michael Mukasey and Bernie Kerik are haunting Rudy's run.
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