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  • Hundred-year-old mobster’s daughter gushes over dad’s freedom

    06/24/2017 1:24:13 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 06/23/2017 | CATHERINA GIOINO LARRY MCSHANE
    The daughter of century-old ex-Colombo family underboss John (Sonny) Franzese was thrilled Saturday after her long-jailed dad’s first day of freedom in eight years. “I’m very delighted that he’s home,” said Loraine Scorsone after the 100-year-old gangster — sprung from prison Friday — spent the night with family at her Brooklyn home. Franzese was the oldest inmate in the federal prison --SNIP-- Franzese was accompanied by his sons Carmine and Michael, a former mob prodigy once dubbed “The Yuppie Don.” A third son, mobster John Jr., became an informant and testified against his namesake in 2010.
  • New York judge still rakes in $175K salary in jail

    06/24/2017 12:26:06 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 23, 2017 | Julia Marsh
    A New York judge is raking in $175,500-a-year in her state-taxpayer-funded salary — for sitting in jail. Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has been locked up since June 5 for violating her parole for a DWI conviction. “You’re ruining my f–king life,” Astacio reportedly whined to cops when they found her behind the wheel of her car on the side of the highway around 8:00 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2016. She reeked of alcohol and refused a Breathalyzer, according to reports. Still she got off with a $500 fine, a one-year conditional discharge and an interlock device on her...
  • Grandmother says 16-month-old girl beaten into coma by her father is brain dead

    06/23/2017 9:03:05 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 31 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 22, 2017 | Thomas Tracy, Laura Dimon, Leonard Greene
    A 16-month-old girl who cops said was brutally beaten by her dad on Father’s Day may be losing her brave fight for life, according to her grandmother, who said the child is brain dead. Little Nylah Lewis remained in critical condition Thursday at Maimonides Medical Center with multiple skull fractures and bleeding on the brain — four days after Shaquan Taylor, 19, allegedly pounded on her tiny body during a Father’s Day visit. Relatives said the girl needed a blood transfusion.
  • Truckers to get overnight toll discount during NYC construction

    06/21/2017 7:44:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Fleet Owner ^ | June 13, 2017 | Neil Abt
    Truckers entering New York City by bridges and tunnels operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive a 50 percent discount on tolls during overnight hours this summer. From July 10 and Sept. 1, trucks will receive the discount between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. at the Henry Hudson Bridge, Whitestone Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, RFK Triborough Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. The move is part of an effort to alleviate “the near-term summer crisis,” MTA said in...
  • New York attorney general scours social media to sue pro-life protesters

    06/21/2017 2:52:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 21, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    The New York attorney general says Kenneth Griepp was 15 feet from an abortion clinic. He went to federal court this week to try to push him an extra foot away. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also admitted to having investigators scour social media and track license plates of pro-life protesters, helping to build his case against 14 protesters he said were getting too close to the Choices Women’s Medical Center, a women’s health and abortion clinic located in Jamaica, Queens, on a weekly basis since 2012. Mr. Schneiderman’s lawsuit filed Tuesday says the protesters, who are members of different churches...
  • Verdict vacated for heroin dealer convicted in Preet Bharara’s lone U.S. Attorney court appearance

    06/20/2017 8:54:44 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    © Copyright 2017 All rights reserved. ^ | Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 9:51 AM | VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS
    The only trial during which Preet Bharara sat at the prosecutor’s table while serving as Manhattan U.S. Attorney did not go smoothly — despite the presence of the high-profile lawman. Judge J. Paul Oetken vacated a conviction last week from the jury trial of John “JJ” Pauling, assailing prosecutors for using “misleading” charts and alleging the defendant conspired to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin — without adequate proof.... Bharara, 48, who was fired from his post by President Trump on March 11, did not make arguments to jurors or question witnesses.
  • Syracuse mayoral candidate says he assaulted people, sold drugs, carried guns

    06/20/2017 4:46:29 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 26 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | BY CHRIS BAKER
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- While asking a roomful of voters to elect him, Raymond Blackwell said he has assaulted people, carried a gun to parties and tried selling drugs... The comment was part of a head-turning closing statement during a mayoral candidate forum Monday night at the Southwest Community Center. Blackwell offered details from his youth as a reason people should vote for him. He said growing up on the streets means he knows what a lot of people in the city have gone through.... Blackwell is one of six Democrats hoping to make it to the primary ballot in September.
  • 2 Men Arrested “Scouting” Areas… Their Ties Will Make You Shake

    06/18/2017 5:00:23 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 17 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | June 18, 2017 | Tiffani Grey
    Two Middle East immigrants in the United States have been arrested in connection with terrorist activities after the FBI found out their chilling ties to the terrorist organization known as Hezbollah. This is a wake-up call to every American. According to a news release from United States Attorney’s Office, District of New York, “Ali Kourani and Samer El Debek, a/k/a ‘Samer Eldebek,’ were arrested on Thursday, June 1, 2017, on charges related to their alleged activities on behalf of Hizballah[sic], a designated foreign terrorist organization. “ Kourani was reportedly living in the Bronx in New York, while Eldebek was living...
  • City of Utica 'gone' because of refugee flood

    06/16/2017 5:16:29 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 55 replies
    WND ^ | Liam Clancy
    In a post that quickly went viral, blogger Loretta the Prole outlined how a flood of Muslim refugees changed the face of her hometown of Utica, New York, forever. The piece, titled “My Hometown is Gone,” was written in response to the recent increase in refugee numbers and was designed to “convey what it is like living in an Islamizing area,” according to Loretta. “I’m from the Utica, N.Y., area. Utica is the city nicknamed by the UN ‘the city that loves refugees!’ Soon every American city will be a city that loves refugees! Get ready!” the piece begins sarcastically....
  • Why you might see more people peeing on the streets of NYC this summer

    06/14/2017 12:11:56 PM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 13, 2017 | Tina Moore
    New Yorkers should prepare for a loud, smelly summer. As of Tuesday, scofflaws who commit certain quality-of-life violations — including urinating, boozing or blasting loud music in public — will get little more than a slap on the wrist.
  • GOP rep. received threatening email with subject line 'One down, 216 to go...' shooting

    06/14/2017 11:34:48 AM PDT · by detective · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/14/17 | Olivia Beavers
    Shortened title. Full title: GOP rep. received threatening email with subject line 'One down, 216 to go...' after lawmaker shooting The office of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) received a threatening email with the subject line “One down, 216 to go…,” shortly after a shooter opened fire on GOP lawmakers who were at a congressional baseball practice, according to her office. The person who sent the email then wrote in the body of the email, "Did you NOT expect this?" "Did you NOT expect this? When you take away ordinary peoples very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among...
  • Kuhner's Corner: Why liberals fantasize about killing Trump

    06/14/2017 6:28:50 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 9 replies (Boston) ^ | June 13, 2017 | Jeff Kuhner
    The question must be asked: Do many liberals secretly wish that President Trump be assassinated? Sadly, the answer is: yes. There is no other conclusion that can be drawn. Take the latest anti-Trump leftist outrage. In New York City, liberals in the theater have added a perverse twist to their long-running series, “Shakespeare in the Park.” In an adaptation of Julius Caesar, the role of Caesar is played by an actor who strongly resembles Trump—the distinctive blonde hairstyle, the long red tie and power business suit. Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia, is played by someone who is supposed to be Melania Trump,...
  • Legal defense fund for "art"

    06/13/2017 9:22:46 AM PDT · by Drango · 4 replies
    Vanity | June 13, 2017 | Drango
    I’m starting a legal defense fund for art. I’m providing the seed funding for a legal defense fund for anyone spitting in the face of an individual funding the NY Public Theater. See pages 32-35 Normally, spitting in someone’s face is assault, but in today’s world we can redefine assault as art. Consider that Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn, that Rachel Dolezal is now black,, that Al Gore is a scientist and a boy won a Connecticut State track race, it’s easy to define what we want assault to be. It’s art. To be clear, we are NOT...
  • Cuomo for President domain taken. (Vanity)

    06/12/2017 9:03:21 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    Domain search ^ | 06/12/2017 | Vanity
    I got bored and decided to search for a 2020 election domain. Cuomo's domain came up full.
  • Hezbollah Terrorists Caught in US Planning Attack

    06/12/2017 11:17:38 AM PDT · by detective · 26 replies
    The Clarion Projest ^ | June 11, 2017 | Ryan Mauro
    The pace of jihadist activity has been so intense lately that an incredibly important story has been barely reported on: Two terrorists belonging to Hezbollah, a puppet of the Iranian and Syrian regimes, have been arrested for planning attacks in the U.S., with one scouting potential targets in New York including JFK International Airport. Both are citizens who entered, exited and re-entered the U.S. Although the Iranian and Syrian regimes regularly organize terrorist attacks through its Hezbollah proxy, the plotting of attacks on U.S. soil and on Americans overseas is very significant, but not unprecedented. The two arrested terrorists are...

    06/12/2017 10:08:36 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 47 replies
    CNN serial plagiarist Fareed Zakaria went to see a production of Julius Cesar in New York’s Central Park, a play that we now know depicts the gruesome assassination of President Trump. Nothing wrong with that. Zakaria might not have known what he was in for. But after it was over, Zakaria so enjoyed the bloody spectacle, was so enthused, he declared the play a “masterpiece” and publicly recommended it to others.
  • Delta, Bank of America drop sponsorship of Shakespeare in The Park That Shows Trump Assassination

    06/12/2017 6:45:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 06/12/17 | Kate Feldman
    Delta Airlines and Bank of America pulled out of their sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater on Sunday over a production of “Julius Caesar” that re imagines the main character as President Trump. Shortly after Delta, who was a four-year sponsor, made its announcement, Bank of America yanked its support as well. The Shakespeare in the Park play tells the story of the leader assassinated by Roman senators over the fear that he’s becoming too tyrannical, but rather than the original setting, the production stages Caesar (Gregg Henry) and his wife, Calpurnia, (Tina Benko) with Donald and Melania Trump lookalikes....
  • Two Sponsors Drop Out Over Trump-Like ‘Julius Caesar’ (Trump lookalike 'murdered' onstage in NYC)

    06/12/2017 6:24:41 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/12/2017 | Liam Stack
    New York’s Public Theater lost support from two high-profile corporate donors on Sunday, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America, amid intense criticism of its production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” which depicts the assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler.(snip) “Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste,” the company said. “We have notified them of our decision to end our sponsorship as the official airline of the Public Theater effective immediately.” Bank of America followed hours later, saying it would withdraw financial support from the production of “Julius Caesar” but would not end its...
  • Geneva (NY) Foundry Action Committee States Demands

    06/12/2017 3:38:21 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 21 replies ^ | 6/12/2017 | By News Release
    WE, GENEVA RESIDENTS CONCERNED ABOUT THE POISONED FOUNDRY ZONE, DEMAND: •An apology from the city government to the community •All communications from the city about the foundry zone in both English and Spanish, and an interpreter at council meetings •Signage and fencing on the foundry site alerting people of the contamination there •An immediate public and independent investigation of what the city knew, when they knew it, and why they didn’t tell residents •Private residences must be decontaminated before the foundry site •No new development before our neighbors are cared for •The city must inform every resident in the contamination...
  • Puerto Rican terrorist leads parade on float with Mark-Viverito

    06/11/2017 12:53:21 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06/11/2017 | Caroll Alvarado, Reuven Fenton and Max Jaeger
    Controversial onetime convicted terror leader Oscar Lopez Rivera may have declined the Puerto Rican Day Parade’s “National Freedom Award,” but he was still at the head of the event Sunday — with the City Council speaker right by his side. Lopez Rivera — who did 35 years behind bars for his ties to the Puerto Rican terror group FALN — was on the first float out of the gate at the Manhattan parade, and speaker pal Melissa Mark-Viverito hopped on to join him at 62nd Street. Organizers offered to honor Lopez Rivera in the parade, but he declined after a...