Arpad Miklos (who committed suicide in February) is just one of the rash of porn stars who've succumbed in the last horrifying year. Sean Van Sant from rentboy.com has some ideas. "I think all of these deaths are very different," he wrote to me, "so I do not want to generalize. I think sex workers ... More >>
Just before noon, President Barack Obama addressed the nation to propose wide-ranging reform to curb gun violence in the country. "While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of ... More >>
Would-be primary care doctors could take a financial hit from health care reform, but most students say it's worth it to fix a broken system
The presidential one that preceded it was one of the most painful experiences I've ever had. I cringed watching slick Mitt, with all his lies and flip flops, wipe the floor with Obama, who came off like a nice uncle who'd wandered in for some tea and some chit chat. I felt like I was watching my f ... More >>
Yesterday, the group Transgender Legal Defense & Education announced that an insurance company has agreed to a settlement that will require it to pay for a sex-change operation for a transgender person.Ida Hammer, 34, was born a man but has been living as a woman for the past several years. Acco ... More >>
2016: Obama's America is a conservative glimpse at the alleged horror of the Obama Presidency, looking ahead to what shambles America will supposedly be in if he's reelected. And people are lining up to see it! The film made over six million last week--practically the same amount as the Joseph Gor ... More >>
Not surprisingly, Paul Ryan--the Wisconsin nightmare chosen by Mitt Romney as his wannabe Vice President--is not the type who'll have a float in a Gay pride parade. Paul Schindler's piece in Gay City News details the congressman's awful track record when it comes to LGBT rights.
Rivka Baror, 51, and her husband Avraham Baror, 64, have been living pretty high on the hog -- aside from owning not one but three BMWs, the couple also owns a Lexus, a comfortable two-bedroom home in Brooklyn, and drops a lot of cash at places like Victoria's Secret and Home Depot. Oh, yeah -- they ... More >>
We're listening to the Brian Lehrer show and reading SCOTUSblog's liveblog as the Supreme Court sits for what will probably be the final time of this term. And...SCOTUSblog is saying that the mandate has survived as a tax, and that Chief Justice John Roberts has joined the left in this ruling. The ... More >>
Members of the City Council grilled officials from the Department of Education for nearly three hours this morning about its failure to secure tens of millions of dollars in Medicaid revenue owed to the city. The joint hearing of the council's finance and education committees today was sparked by r ... More >>
Ever wonder why Congress seems so willing to help bail out the financial industry? Well, a 60 Minutes report on Sunday says that lawmakers purchased stock in companies while involved in debates on Capitol Hill about bills that would affect those companies. Conflict of interest? Just a teensy ... More >>
via WikipediaAccording to a new book of interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy, the former First Lady said that her husband openly doubted Lyndon Johnson's ability to be president. The interviews, which were conducted by historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in the year following JFK's assassination, ... More >>
Last Tuesday a Democrat came from behind to win a special election in New York's overwhelmingly Republican 26th Congressional District. Kathy Hochul's surge coincided with heavy, issue-specific campaign advertising, reminding NY-26 voters that Republicans in Congress supported a plan to turn Medicar ... More >>
Hey American, did you do the assigned homework for today? You were supposed to watch Obama's big debt-reduction speech! People are going to try to talk to you about it, what are you going to say? Sure, whether you saw it or not won't affect your response to the plan or the president; our smal ... More >>
Pedro Espada Jr., 57, the outgoing Bronx state senator, Democrat, sushi-lover, has been indicted along with his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, on federal charges of embezzling more than $500,000 from their nonprofit, the Soundview HealthCare Network, reports the New York Times City Room blog.
A connected company's license to loot—at the expense of the taxpayers, elderly, and infirm
David Paterson would have you believe that he did the only responsible thing by vetoing almost 7,000 appropriation bills passed by his former Democratic colleagues in the Legislature. He is even taking a veto victory tour, sustained by the fact that the Republican minority in the State Senate ... More >>
Congrats, New Yorkers! Along with being the coolest, the smartest, and perhaps the most cynical and jaded interestingly beautiful folks around (that's a compliment), we also have the best knees, Crain's reports. Uh huh, that's right. (Hey, take a picture -- it'll last longer.)
If you read the Which Lazy Bastards Are Ripping You Off section of yesterday's tabloids — you can find it after the Who Is Sandra Bullock Not Sleeping With/Adopting section — you may have spotted the story that the Post headlined "Millionaires' welfare 'con' ": The Brooklyn DA's o ... More >>
Anthony Weiner's been speakin' out a lot lately, and continues the trend. Earlier this month, Weiner growled about the President's bipartisan health care outreaches, "Good luck with that. The GOP has been the 'Party of No' all year." Now that it looks like the Democrats are trying to push t ... More >>
On January 22, St. Ann's Warehouse will be hosting a benefit concert to help pay medical expenses for Tuli Kupferberg, the anti-war poet and all around wiseass who co-founded local heroes the Fugs. Whether because of their political activism (Kupferberg was arrested trying to levitate the P ... More >>
Among the emergency measures Governor Paterson is proposing to close New York's budget hole is an additional $10 million cut in the state's anti-smoking program, bringing funding down to $58 million from $85 million a year ago. According to Russ Sciandra of the Center for a Tobacco Free New Y ... More >>
After a plane crash killed liberal Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife and daughter, and several staff members in 2002, his friends and family held a memorial at the University of Minnesota attended by 15,000 people. The theme was "Stand up, keep fighting" for Wellstone's beliefs, and the expected D ... More >>
As you can tell by our commenters, we appreciate the free exchange of ideas at Runnin' Scared even when it runs (as it inevitably does) critical of us. Some villains, however, would rig the internet game with sock-puppetry and fake praise for themselves. But they need have a care for Andrew Cuomo w ... More >>
Free bicycles? What's the catch?
New York's baby-sitters want their fair share
President throws expensive bag of gimmicks at Katrina disaster
Bush tries a P.R. approach. Basic problems of health care, jobs, housing remain
From a 'quarterlife crisis,' a movement is born
For Immigrants, Hard Work Yields Few Benefits
They Come to New York Needing Second-Trimester Abortions. An Underground Network Keeps Them Safe.
Tasini on a Tightrope
Right-Wing Congress Cuts Taxes, Cans Rules Protecting Workers
Finding Oil, Warding Off Recession First Priorities
The UAW Organizes Grad Students
City Contractor in the Spotlight
The Critical Condition of Health Coverage in the Music Industry
How New Yorks Uninsured Really Survive
A new hire could cast the governor's prochoice stance further into doubt
A new study examines the real economic life of artists
'if you're having a heart attack, please press 2...'
Is the Mayor Trying To Get Out of the Hospital Business?