If you clean your plate with the dishwasher, machine wash your clothes or use the freight elevator to take out trash, you might knock out power to the neighborhood. Read More
Today was in fact the hottest day of the year for New York City, with tempatures rising to 107 degrees Fahrenheit before a storm slammed down upon the city, lowering it by 20 degrees and bringing some hail and lightening strikes along for the ride. Meanwhile, New York City power provider ConEd—which is in the middle of a particularly nasty labor dispute—pulled the trigger on a Brown-Out power management strategy for parts of Manhattan.
But don’t expect to catch them at Yoga To The People. According to a New York Times Style section profile of Ms. Murdoch, private yoga instruction with her powerful friends is one of the many perks she’s gotten used to since escaping a tough upbringing in China and marrying octogenarian billionaire Rupert.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan will get a promotion in a few weeks when he travels to the Vatican to receive a red hat symbolizing his elevation to cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church. The honor means a lot to the two million Catholics in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens and the nearby northern suburbs. But it should mean a lot to non-Catholic New Yorkers, too. If he is blessed with good health, the 61-year-old archbishop very likely will be a fixture in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and in the city’s larger civic community until around 2025. Get used to him.
Archbishop Dolan, of course, has been on the job for nearly three years already, so it’s not as though he needs an introduction. But his new title will give him more prominence and influence—not to mention new head gear.
off the record
The spate of scandals in the New York Police Department is disheartening. Officers have been accused of crimes ranging from gun-smuggling to ticket-fixing. Others have been convicted of planting false evidence—drugs—on suspects to meet arrest quotas that the department insists do not exist.
Clearly something is amiss in the department. But calls for an outside, independent body to monitor the department are overheated and, simply, wrong-headed. True, the department’s own Internal Affairs Bureau clearly has not been doing its job. But the proper response to the department’s institutional flaws should begin with a reform of the institution itself, not with the imposition of an outside entity that very likely would do more harm than good.
Ezra Klein and Annie Lowrey were married this weekend. Ms. Lowrey recently left Slate for an economic policy reporting position in the Washington bureau of The New York Times. Mr. Klein is a Washington Post columnist, MSNBC contributor and member of D.C.’s new media-spawned “Juicebox Mafia.”
Foursquare gives the honorific of mayor to users who have checked into a venue the most. Often these loyal users are rewarded by the venue with discount or prize.
But today Foursquare downsized mayors by removing their ability to edit the venue. Until now, mayors were sort of like Wikipedia power users; they Read More