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“Thank you, New York Times,” the North Carolina Republican Party’s rather sarcastic letter began. “We southern hillbillies are always honored when the Old Gray Lady’s beacons of intelligence bestow their political wisdom from on high.”
The offense that sparked the missive was a July 10 New York Times editorial–entitled, “The Decline of North Carolina”–that blasted the state GOP for “tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality in the courtroom and access to the ballot.”
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Never shy about speaking his mind, State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. suggested in his latest missive that long-shot mayoral candidate Erick Salgado could net far more publicity for his campaign if he just declared himself gay, solicited prostitutes and tweeted photos of his underwear.
“Salgado could declare that he is a homosexual, go to the City Hall Clerk, get a license, marry another man in a public garden, and become the very first male New York City mayoral candidate who is officially married to a man,” Mr. Díaz, a booster of Mr. Salgado, wrote in his ongoing series of “What You Should Know” statements.
Tennessee lawyer Chris Sevier recently came to a devastating conclusion: real life sex is nothing like porn–nobody moans like a dying animal IRL–and it is all Apple’s fault.
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Thus far in his short-lived campaign, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has avoided criticizing his once-unopposed opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, in his bid to become the city’s next comptroller.
That changed this morning, when Mr. Spitzer implied that Mr. Stringer is beholden to “special interests.”
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America: home of the free, land of the status update. But for a British teen on holiday here in New York who wanted to keep her friends updated on Facebook, the former doesn’t hold true. Casey Snook, 14, incurred $6,000 in data-roaming fees on her iPhone as she discovered upon returning from her trip.
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Less than 24 hours after the controversial verdict was released in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, rallies erupted across New York City.
Crowds began converging on Union Square around 2 p.m. this afternoon, chanting “No Justice, no peace,” and passing out stickers which read “We are all Trayvon.” Marvin Knight, 70, held a sign that read “A creepy-ass cracker stalked and killed Trayvon Martin.” Others carried signs featuring the photograph of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American who was brutally murdered in the 1950s.
Manhattan Borough President and city comptroller candidate Scott Stringer was among the many politicians in attendance, voicing his anger with the verdict.
Anthony Weiner’s usually private wife, Huma Abedin, joined her husband on the campaign trail on Sunday, shaking hands, posing for photos and subjecting herself to reporters’ questions for the first time since her husband jumped into the mayors race.
Ms. Abedin, a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who stood by her husband’s side through his sexting scandal, appeared relaxed and happy as the two made their way through a street fair on West 111th Street and then greeted diners and shoppers along Frederick Douglass Boulevard this afternoon in Harlem–often hand-in-hand.
City officials and various candidates for office joined in the flood of outrage tonight following the not guilty verdict in the racially-charged trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the mayoral race’s only major black candidate, released and tweeted a terse, one-line statement slamming the decision, which was read tonight just before 10 p.m.
Jack of all trades If you recently moved to a new apartment and are looking for some non-Ikea works to spruce up the place, Twitter cofounder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has just the item for you. The creative Mr. Dorsey has put a pencil drawing he did up for sale on Square’s marketplace. For just $1,000, you can own a 4-panel pencil sketch of a gingko leaf, appropriately signed by “@jack.” But you might want to wipe that sneer off your face: the proceeds go directly to Charity:Water, so we don’t think Mr. Dorsey will be launching a personal moneymaking venture as an artist anytime soon.
Although former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s comptroller campaign hogged much of the limelight this week, the mayoral bid of another scandal-scarred pol, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, plodded along this afternoon as he headed into El Barrio to meet with senior citizens.
Flanked by a handful of reporters–whose ranks appear to be shrinking as the campaign wears on–Mr. Weiner entered the Casabe Houses for the Elderly, and strolled over to the cafeteria where many of the residents were busy eating fried fish with tartar sauce. After Mr. Weiner joined in, residents began to question who exactly was sitting next to them.
“No comptroller,” Mr. Weiner said, beaming, when one senior suggested he was running for that office. “That’s the other guy.”