Libyan Rebels Capture British Troops; NYC Rape Stats Soar; “Sheen’s Korner” Reportedly Boring (Sunday Links)


The U.K. is negotiating with Libyan rebels to free captured British special forces troops held in eastern Libya, according to CNN. Up to eight men are being detained after “a secret mission to put British diplomats in touch with leading opponents of Moammar Gadhafi ended in humiliation.” [CNN]

Rape cases in New York City are up 34.3 so far this year, more than any other type of crime. In some places, it’s worse: for example, rape is up 84 percent in Brooklyn South. [NYP]

Last night Charlie Sheen had his first webcast, “Sheen’s Korner,” broadcast live on Ustream. I didn’t tune in, having better things to do, but it attracted over 100,000 viewers despite reportedly being awkward and boring. Sheen did unveil his new “Winning” tattoo, though. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Psychiatrists no longer talk to you — they just give you drugs. [NYT]

This story about a blind man who taught himself to “see” via echolocation (like a bat) is un-fucking-real. [Men’s Journal]

The owner of the jewelry store from which Lindsay Lohan allegedly stole a necklace sold the surveillance video from the incident, which could have ruined the prosecutor’s case. [TMZ]

A driver crashed into a McDonald’s McPlay Palace on Utica Avenue yesterday. Luckily, no children were playing there at the time. [Gothamist]