From street level, few visitors to the Big Apple would realize that many New Yorkers are secret gardeners as apartment complexes in Manhattan tend not to have much space on the ground to cultivate plants. But high above the city streets, many buildings have converted their roof space to create garden areas. Some buildings have tree houses, sunbeds and even lawns, where New Yorkers can sunbathe while enjoying an unrivaled views of their city. However, commercial photographer Peter Massini from Connecticut flew across Manhattan at a height of 1,500 feet in his Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter to capture these
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey told a federal jury Thursday that Chaka Fattah wrote to him in 2008 hoping to earn his support for a lobbyist seeking an appointment as an ambassador from the Obama White House. But Casey knew nothing at the time about prosecutors´ allegations that Fattah was accepting bribes from the man, the senator told reporters after testifying on the ninth day of the congressman´s federal corruption trial. "We received a lot of requests - in most cases from the individual" seeking appointment, Casey told jurors. He added later that he was not inclined to support the lobbyist,
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tells WVIR-TV that he’s co-sponsoring a bill on access to contraception at pharmacies, because “if it’s a constitutional right, you should be entitled” to seek birth control without having to overcome "arbitrary barriers." “If it´s a constitutional right, you should be entitled to seek this kind of medical care and not have arbitrary barriers put in your way," Kaine told WVIR while explaining the Access to Birth Control Act he is co-sponsoring. (Video) The Access to Birth Control Act would mandate that pharmacies order the birth control prescription requested by a customer or refer the customer
Baylor University is making sweeping changes to its athletic and academic leadership in the wake of a sexual assault scandal involving numerous football players. The school announced Thursday it has suspended coach Art Briles with intent to terminate him after eight seasons. In addition, school president Ken Starr has been removed as president and will transition into role of chancellor; he remains a professor at the Baylor law school. Dr. David Garland has been named interim university president. Athletic director Ian McCaw has been sanctioned and placed on probation. A report from Pepper Hamilton, an outside law firm hired by Baylor last fall,
Newsrooms are still reluctant to report emphatically that Katie Couric´s gun documentary was selectively edited, despite the existence of audio evidence and an admission from the film´s director. Instead, some reports have been couched in language suggesting the Yahoo news anchor and documentary director Stephanie Soechtig have only been accused of editing interviews with pro-Second Amendment activists. "Gun supporters claim Katie Couric documentary deceptive," read an Associated Press headline Thursday. Newser published a headline of its own that same morning that said, "Katie Couric Accused of Deceptive Edit in Guns Film."
Peeing in the street, loitering, littering, drinking alcohol out of a bagged bottle and other quality of life crimes are to be decriminalized in New York City. Under bills expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio soon, police will no longer automatically treat such crimes as criminal offenses, but instead serve civil summonses to pay a fine in court. But not everyone is happy. Councilman Steve Matteo (R-Staten Island) said: ´We don’t want people to think it’s okay to urinate in public. (Photo) ´We want there to be real consequences because there’s a big difference between a criminal fine
On Wednesday night, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda. Whereas last week Congress voted to reject this proposal—known as the Maloney Amendment—last night they voted to ratify Obama’s 2014 executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies. And, of course, “discrimination” on the basis of “gender identity” can be something as simple as having a bathroom policy based on biological sex, not gender identity, as we learned last week from Obama’s transgender directives. And “discrimination”
An energy and water spending bill failed on the House floor Thursday after a Democratic amendment to ensure protections for the LGBT community was included in the legislation, a continuation of a fight that could endanger the rest of the appropriations process this session. Members on Wednesday night adopted a Democratic amendment to the 2017 energy and water spending bill that would enforce a 2014 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s top aide Paul Manafort suggested the billionaire won’t select a woman or a minority to be his vice presidential candidate because “that would be viewed as pandering, I think.” In an exclusive sit down with the Huffington Post, Manafort said Trump should pick someone with significant political experience. “He needs an experienced person to do the part of the job he doesn’t want to do. He sees himself more as the chairman of the board, than even the CEO, let alone the COO,” Manafort explained. Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, during a previous appearance on
The Guardian has admitted that a rogue reporter fabricated interviews in articles for the newspaper and falsely claimed to have been present at events he wrote about. Joseph Mayton, a freelance who has been writing for the Guardian since 2009, has been accused of making up quotes in some of his stories, even filing interviews with people who later said they had never spoken to him. The Guardian, which was instrumental in bringing about the Leveson Inquiry into press standards with its investigation of phone-hacking at the News of the World, has now removed 13 of Mr Mayton´s articles from its
World leaders are “concerned” about how a Donald Trump presidency would affect relationships between their countries and the United States, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy said today in Japan. “I think people are concerned,” Kennedy, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, told ABC News. “What they’re concerned about is the future, and so what does this mean for the American alliance.” Kennedy, who said she hasn’t followed the presidential campaign closely, pointed to the case of Japan, saying the alliance between the two countries has grown to its strongest point in the past seven decades. “We’ve seen this alliance go from 70 years,
At Moscow´s Kazachya Lavka, or Cossack Store, you don´t need to be rich to be a Cossack. Their fake-fur version of the famous red papakha hat will set you back about $10. The full regalia, from head to toe, and including the horsemen´s infamous nagaika leather whip, will cost the ruble equivalent of about $100. Today, the store has branches in several large Russian cities and its online shop delivers throughout the country. While it might be a boon for small business, the widespread availability of Cossack garb comes at a price. In May, a group of men in papakhas attacked
Homeland Security has discovered more three-year amnesty applications it approved in defiance of a federal judge’s firm injunction, lawyers told the court late Wednesday — less than a week after the judge delivered a vicious spanking to the administration for repeatedly bungling the case. Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said as they were preparing for their latest update to the court, they discovered three more three-year amnesties they had sent out, after Judge Andrew Hanen had ordered them not to. Mr. Rodriguez blamed “human error” and said the permits, known specifically as employment authorization documents or EADs, were
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) called U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Gail Heriot, a law professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, an “ignorant bigot” for Heriot’s testimony Tuesday that the guidance issued by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, which says students may use bathrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity, was “teaching young people a terrible lesson.” The exchange occurred during a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee’s Task Force on Executive Overreach. “I don’t usually call out witnesses, but here’s what the written testimony says,” Lofgren began. “We are teaching young people
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the December 7, 1941, Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that killed more than 2,400 Americans. President Obama is visiting Hiroshima this week, the site of the August 6, 1945, dropping of the atomic bomb that helped end World War II in the Pacific Theater. But strangely, he has so far announced no plans to visit Pearl Harbor on the anniversary of the attack. The president, who spent much of his childhood in Hawaii, should do so — given that many Americans have forgotten why the Japanese attacked the United States and why
Donald Trump is picking up critical support in his race for the White House. Since clinching the Republican nomination, the presumptive GOP nominee edged Hillary Clinton in the RealClearPolitics average of polls for the first time. Surveys from every major public poll show a toss-up race between Trump and Clinton, with a slim advantage for Trump. The election is still 6 months away and early polling is not necessarily predictive of final results. That said, a recent survey of “political insiders” by Politico confidently predicted that Clinton would crush Trump in a landslide in November. Politico’s surveys of “insiders” have
Saudi police have arrested a man after he shot a male doctor shortly after he helped deliver his wife’s baby. It is understood the suspect was angry that the hospital had allowed a male doctor, named locally as Muhannad al-Zabn, to treat his wife during birth. The man, who has not been named, is believed to have wanted a female doctor to deliver the baby and was upset that the male doctor would have seen his wife naked. (Photo) The baby was born in April at the King Fahad Medical City in the Saudi city of Riyadh, according to Gulf News.
LOS ANGELES- Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said Wednesday night a State Department report critical of her use of a private email server is not "going to affect either the campaign or my presidency." The report by the State Department inspector general said Clinton clearly violated federal government policy when she instructed aides to set up a private email server former to use in her home, rather than use a government-issued one. The inspector general´s report said there was no evidence Clinton ever sought permission to set up the email server and that, if she had, she would have been
OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- Two Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana have collided with each other and crashed in the waters about 25 miles east of Oregon Inlet on Thursday morning. The U.S. Coast Guard responded, and they -- along with a Good Samaritan fishing vessel -- rescued four crew members. Coast Guard Fifth District Command Center watchstanders were notified at 10:30 a.m. that two planes collided and four people were in the water. The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Jamie recovered all four survivors. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a rally Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center in California amid a heavy police presence. (Snip) In preparation, Anaheim police passed out fliers that outlined how to peacefully protest. According to reports, some protesters shouted expletives and others held provocative signs, but only one demonstrator was thrown out of the rally for disruption. During his opening speech, Trump addressed the roaring crowd and then said, “I got here and they all said we have a great crowd but we don’t have time for the national anthem. I said, ‘Yes we do, we have
Its delegate count has him reaching the quota thanks to a small number of the party´s unbound delegates. They told AP they would support him at July´s Republican convention. Mr Trump, who defeated 16 other Republican contenders, reportedly has 1,238 delegates - one more than needed. Republicans are expected to finalise their nomination at the convention in Cleveland in July. [Snip] If confirmed, Mr Trump will face former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who are vying for the Democrat nomination. On Wednesday, the New York billionaire suggested going against Mr Sanders in a TV debate in California before
One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.—Milton Friedman The story of the 340B discount drug program is a classic example of a government program that has been hijacked. Established by the Veterans Healthcare Act of 1992, 340B was intended to give veterans and the indigent discounted drugs. Pharmaceutical companies could sell through to government veterans programs but had to offer a small amount of drugs at costs to help poor and indigent vets. According to the program’s requirements, covered entities must not resell or otherwise transfer 340B drugs to ineligible patients. Thanks
The California Democratic primary is up for grabs, according to a poll released Tuesday that shows Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a statistical dead heat. The survey of likely voters, from the Public Policy Institute of California, shows the former secretary of state ahead of the Vermont senator by just two percentage points – 46 to 44 – a gap that´s smaller than the poll´s 5.7 percentage-point margin of error. Clinton will likely clinch her party´s presidential nomination before the Golden State´s polling places close on June 7, with a combination of earned delegates and the so-called ´superdelegates,´ party
WASHINGTON -- Some 4,000 U.S. military veterans and their families stopped receiving benefits over the past five years after they were wrongly declared dead, the newest in a string of problems to emerge from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA said benefits were mistakenly terminated for 4,201 veterans from 2011 to 2015 but subsequently reinstated. Just in 2015, benefits were incorrectly terminated for 1,025 veterans. The mistakes were largely due to employee error or wrongly interpreted data by the department´s computers, the VA told U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., after several veterans were wrongly declared dead in the Tampa area. The
Nags Head, N.C. — Four airmen were safely rescued off the North Carolina coast after two fighter jets collided midair, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Officials said the crash happened about 25 miles east of the Oregon Inlet, in Nags Head. No additional information was immediately available.
The liberal wing of the Democratic Party is gaining strength, and asserting its power. When Hillary Clinton formally claims the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination this summer in Philadelphia, she will inherit a party in the throes of a revolution — one in which her side seems likely to lose in the long term. The upheaval has been decades in the making, as the party has evolved from choosing relative centrist nominees such as Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry over more liberal contenders, to Barack Obama, who positioned himself to the left of Hillary Clinton in 2008. Now, even