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Thursday’s Headlines: Assembly knocks down Rockefeller drug laws, Senate next


[HARKAVY is now blogging at The Smart Asset]

Your Thursday New York headlines…

State Assembly finally sweeps away Rockefeller drug laws; now it’s the Senate’s turn.

With Manhattan rents falling, could Wal-Mart be far behind? The retailer looks at Union Square, Chelsea.

Prosecutor begins taking apart the testimony of woman accused of having her dentist husband killed.

Didn’t like the super sorting her panties: UES studio renter files $10 million claim.

Downstate Democrats like Scott Stringer perceive that Gillibrand is vulnerable, begin process of opposing her in next year’s primary.

The Times bleeds for the suddenly less-rich: My horrible McMansion is now worth only $1 million, where’s my bailout? (More Times white panic in tough times: 1. New Yorkers facing disastrous life on less than $500,000/year; 2. How’s a guy supposed to feed himself on only $160,000? 3. Couple making $55,000 is literally starving to death. 4. Annie Leibovitz pawns her photos, others pawn high-priced art to keep wolf from the door. 5. Oh the Humanities! Profs squirm at making the case for practical uses of liberal arts
. 6. Developers face terrifying prospect of only getting $1.1 million for a 2-bedroom condo. 7. Laid-off 55-year-old human resources coordinator with wealthy
day-trader husband takes unspeakably menial position, working for a week as a nanny
. 8. Someone get the smelling salts! — women at Barney’s now buying $300 face creams only three at a time instead of six. 9. Ultimate white nightmare: from $70K manager to $12/hour janitor. 10. Dumping the Rolls Royce only because it’s unfashionable.)

Albany schizophrenia: slashing state budgets while figuring out how to lavish federal bailout money on infrastructure, other projects.

Chimp victim may be blind, brain-damaged; recovery doubtful.

The new Mets home “corrects some of Shea’s worst faults.

Knicks get an encouraging win against Atlanta, 109-105.

Marbury booed; Nets tie late but lose to Celtics, 115-111.

The lineup for this week’s issue of the Village Voice:

Letters: Good ‘Stuff
La Dolce Musto: Which American Idol Star is a Lesbyterian?

Feature: Bloomberg’s ‘Golden’ Republican, by Tom Robbins

Calendar: The guide to your week

Feingold: This Beautiful City, Our Town, and Winter’s Tale
More theater this week

Art: Lutz Bacher gets damaged

Sietsema: Introducing La Superior’s Goth-Mex
DiGregorio: Floral Park’s Mumbai Xpress

Hoberman: Zack Snyder didn’t ruin Watchmen — he just sapped it of its superpowers
Foundas: Rip Torn, roaring, at Anthology
More films opening this week

Harvilla: David Byrne remains in the light
More music: The joys of DIY disco, Viva Talibam!, A beginner’s guide to the Daktaris

Find it at

Michael Musto’s blog (La Daily Musto) and column (La Dolce Musto)
Wayne Barrett: news features and latest blogging
Tom Robbins: the column and latest blogging

News blog Runnin’ Scared, featuring Roy Edroso, and including Jockbeat by Allen Barra
Music & arts blog, Sound of the City
Food blog Fork in the Road
Ward Harkavy blogs the financial world at The Smart Asset

J. Hoberman’s film reviews
Michael Feingold’s theater reviews
Robert Sietsema’s food column, Counter Culture
Sarah DiGregorio’s food column, Fork in the Road
Rob Harvilla’s music column, Down in Front
Graham Rayman’s news features and latest blogging
Elizabeth Dwoskin’s news features and latest blogging

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Senior editor: Ward Harkavy (wharkavy at
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