On Aug. 16, 1977–the day Elvis Presley died–Joey Ramone and a couple of his friends were moping around the Lower East Side, devastated. Still, nobody could think of a fitting homage to their idol. “Then somebody got the idea that we should buy some fresh brains,” said Joey’s friend, DeerFrances, who was there that day. Read More
Not long ago, Ida Goldberg scandalized the ladies at her Wednesday mah-jongg game. Mrs. Goldberg, a 72-year-old Long Island grandmother of nine with pinkish hair and sparkling dentures, said she didn’t think it was such a good thing that her son, Stuart, became a doctor.
“What he goes through, how long he works, how good Read More
Even as an independent commission to review the safety of New York’s nuclear facilities has put Indian Point back in the news, there are signs that the plant is letting down its guard along the Hudson River. The Coast Guard has sharply reduced its presence in recent months, and a small military contingent that is Read More
Business reporters often get their best information on companies from short-sellers, the investors looking to make money on a stock’s decline. Unlike most analysts,who have to maintain a relationship with the companies they cover, short-sellers have no such attachments. They hunt for a stock’s weaknesses-and they put their money behind their views.
But executives at Read More
This was supposed to be a bad year for Entergy, the New Orleans–based company that owns the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Westchester County. On the defensive in the months following Sept. 11 about operating a Three Mile Island–sized facility with a flawed safety record just 35 miles north of Times Square, Entergy was Read More
“You rarely meet someone who loves Columbia, and you never meet someone who likes it,” Alex Feerst said. “That’s just normal. Me and my friends had a motto: ‘If you meet someone who loves Columbia, run.’”
Mr. Feerst was trying to explain the Web site he founded-CULPA, the Columbia Underground Listing of Professor Ability-and why Read More
The noisy public debate over the fate of the Indian Point nuclear reactor came to City Hall on May 7, when energy-company executives, state officials and anti-nuke environmentalists testified before the City Council. There were a couple of novel highlights during the hearings-for example, one executive got into a discussion with a council member about Read More
On Dec. 5, 2001, ImClone Systems, a biotech company that was seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a promising anti-cancer drug called Erbitux, saw its stock peak at a price of $74 a share and begin an earthward trajectory.
On the evening of Dec. 6, ImClone’s chief executive, Sam Waksal, 54, threw his annual Read More
Structural engineer Nausherwan Hasan used to talk about the
sturdiness of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester, 30 miles
north of Manhattan, and took pride over the years as the facility churned out
safe, relatively clean power for much of metropolitan New York. Mr. Hasan knows
about these things: He helped build Indian Read More
On March 10, Senator Charles Schumer ventured to the Downtown
Athletic Club, the once shabby-chic sweat temple for the likes of Robert De
Niro and John F. Kennedy Jr. and longtime home of that symbol of youth and
athletic prowess, the Heisman Trophy. The Senator brought his cheerleader’s
smile and the governmental equivalent of a Read More