A homeless man with a lengthy criminal past is the prime suspect in the fatal beating of a transgender woman in Chelsea, the Daily News has learned. Medics found Brenda Bostick, 59, on the ground with severe head trauma on Seventh Ave. near 29th St. at 10:30 p.m. on April 25. The homeless woman was discovered just a few blocks from the W. 25th St. shelter where she had been staying, sources said. She died Thursday at Bellevue Hospital, and her death has been ruled a homicide. (Snip) Investigators say Griffin, who’s been arrested 28 times, bashed Bostick’s head with a pipe.
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Scenes from the open-air Rotten Apple insane asylum. No mention of the standard hate crime enhancement, as the oft-arrested assailant also is of a protected and honorable breed.
de Blasio´s NYC cesspool. Which one of his voting base will he pretend to have sympathy with? The homeless guy who will vote 10 times for him or the guy pretending to be a woman who will vote 10 times for him?
Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died at home aged 67, according to the legendary bands official website. Becker along with fellow bandmate Donald Fagen wrote some of the 1970s biggest hits, including ´Rikki Don´t Lose that Number´, ´Do It Again´ and ´Reelin´ in the Years´. No cause of death has been announced, but Becker underwent surgery last month and missed Steely Dan´s Classic East and West concerts in July as he recovered from the unspecified ailment. (Snip) According to Rolling Stone, Becker´s doctor had advised him not to leave his Malibu home during his post-operative period.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Donald Trump should preserve a program giving legal cover to young undocumented immigrants, potentially creating a rift between the president and Republican leadership. An Obama-era initiative known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allows unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the country as children and have clean legal records to get work permits and avoid deportation. Mr Trump has sent mixed signals on his intention for Daca but a threat by Republican attorneys general to sue if Mr Trump does not suspend the program is forcing a decision.
South Korea’s military says North Korea is believed to have conducted its sixth nuclear test. The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul says in a statement South Korea’s military has strengthened monitoring and readiness and is mulling a variety of possible responses that could be pushed together with its ally the U.S. The apparent test came just hours after North Korea claimed that its leader has inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile. Earlier, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says a magnitude 5.6 quake in North Korea was artificial and it’s analyzing whether the North conducted
A Texas high school cited “student safety” concerns as the reason for shedding its nearly 60-year-old Confederate namesake, General Robert E. Lee. This marks the second time in a week that public education officials in the Lone Star State used the rationale to strip a slice of history from a campus. North East Independent School District trustees held a special meeting Tuesday night where they voted unanimously, 7-0, to change the name of Robert E. Lee High. Last Thursday, Midland ISD administrators framed “student safety” to nix a few bars of the southern favorite “Dixie” out of their school fight song.
Americans spent more money on taxes than they did on food and clothing last year, according to data released earlier this week. In an assessment of “Consumer Expenditures” for 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the average bill for federal, state and local taxes was $10,489. By comparison, Americans spent $9,006 on food and clothes, with most of that going toward food. (Snip) While it may not come as a surprise that American households are shelling out to Uncle Sam, the data showed that bill has risen sharply in recent years — the average tax bill rose 41 percent overall since 2013.
Binmen are filing reports on millions of families for rubbish and recycling ´offences´. Town hall chiefs have ordered them to rifle through domestic garbage and record where recycling is ´contaminated´ with food or other waste. The dustmen are also told to report householders who put out their waste at the wrong time, overload their bins, leave the lids open or fail to use slop caddies. CCTV is used to record infringements and offenders risk £60 fines. Almost seven million ´incidents´ were recorded by councils last year compared with only 1.8million the year before. Officials are using the measures to try to cut collections
Walking along the idyllic brick sidewalks of downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, locals and tourists who pass the Olde Towne Butcher on the corner of William St and Charles St might notice a grayish-brown stone protruding from the sidewalk that is about the size and shape of an overturned bucket. A bronze marker at its base reveals that this stone was formerly used to auction off slaves. (Snip) “We feel uncomfortable because it represents something that we never want to see again. Hopefully it reinforces in us the sense that we all have a role in making sure that it never happens
Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who once were owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship under a ruling handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C. US District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled Wednesday in a long-standing dispute between the Cherokee Freedmen and the second-largest tribe in the United States which claims more than 317,000 citizens. ´The Cherokee Nation can continue to define itself as it sees fit,´ Hogan wrote in the ruling, ´but must do so equally and evenhandedly with respect to native Cherokees and the descendants of Cherokee Freedmen.´
William C. Bradford, a Trump administration appointee who heads the Energy Department´s Office of Indian Energy, resigned Thursday after claiming this week inflammatory comments that appeared to have been made by him online were the result of hacking. (Snip) The account that appeared to be Bradford questioned Obama´s birth certificate and called the former president´s mother "a fourth-rate p&*n actress and w@!re." On Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden sent letters to the FBI and the DOE requesting more information about Bradford´s claim that he was hacked. In June, following his appointment to the Department of Energy, The Washington Post reported
The owner of the Indians appears to be reluctantly submitting to eliminating Chief Wahoo. The logo, which features a smiling cartoon image of a Native American, is considered by many to be one of the most offensive team logos in professional sports. The public backlash has been so prevalent that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred began pressuring the organization to get rid of Chief Wahoo. In a statement to the New York Times, Pat Courtney, a spokesperson for MLB, said Manfred communicated to Cleveland his “desire to transition away form the Chief Wahoo logo … we have specific steps in an identified process,
Jackson, Miss. — The U.S. Supreme Court is asking attorneys for Mississippi’s governor to file arguments defending the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. The court on Tuesday set a Sept. 28 deadline for the filing. Mississippi has the last state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem. Critics say the symbol is racist, and supporters say it represents history. Carlos Moore, an African-American attorney in Mississippi, filed suit in 2016 seeking to have the flag declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery. (Snip) Mississippi has used the flag since 1894, displaying its red field and tilted blue cross dotted with 13 white stars
An 84-year-old man was punched in the head by a subway psycho who said he hates white people, but the plucky victim says he’s taking it in stride and feels sorry for his attacker. John Stewart was riding a Brooklyn-bound J train after boarding at Sutphin Blvd. in Jamaica on Aug. 23 at about 2:30 p.m. when, he said, he dropped his cane onto another straphanger’s legs. “I was trying to hold my cane and the pole at the same time. Apparently my cane fell on his legs and that’s what upset him. But I don’t condemn him,” he said.
President Donald Trump may want to tighten requirements on who can immigrate to the United States, but Rev. Jesse Jackson thinks he should instead worry about his own citizenship in heaven. "Trump says you must be able to speak the language of English, [be] qualified, and have a job skill," Jackson said Monday. "Jesus would not qualify to come in Trump´s country—he would not qualify to get into Jesus´ kingdom." Jackson made the comment Monday at the "Ministers March for Justice," which was spearheaded by Rev. Al Sharpton and featured ministers from various traditions united in opposing the Trump administration.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that America is still committed to traditional alliances and values, despite doubts that have emerged due to the "actions and statements of our president." McCain said in remarks Saturday at the Ambrosetti Forum, a major economic and policy conference, that he realizes that he comes to Italy "at a time when many are questioning whether America is still committed to remaining engaged in the world, to upholding our traditional alliances and standing up for the values we share." "It is true that there is a real debate underway now in my country about what kind
John McCain, Arizona´s Republican senator, has written a stirring op-ed in the Washington Post calling for an end to Washington dysfunction and imploring his fellow legislators to stand up to President Trump. "We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities," McCain wrote of Mr. Trump. "We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don´t answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation."
Michelle Obama looked ever the A-lister as she stepped out for a workout and a yacht trip in Mallorca, Spain. The former First Lady, 53, shielded herself from the sun with shades and a black hood to enjoy a hike around the island on Thursday. She was surrounded by members of her staff tagging along for the sweat session, with members of her security team flanking her. Michelle is in Mallorca to visit American diplomat James Costos and his partner, Michael Smith. Her husband, former President Barack Obama, does not appear to have accompanied her on the international trip. The
A Utah nurse screamed “help me” after a cop handcuffed her for refusing to draw blood on an unconscious patient July 26, police body camera footage showed. The video showed University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels, an Alpine skier who participated in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympic games, calmly explaining to Salt Lake Detective Jeff Payne that she could not draw blood from a patient who had been injured in a car accident, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Wubbels told Payne the patient was required to give consent for a blood sample or be under arrest. Otherwise,
Now we know why the FBI made the absurd claim that it would not release its files on the Hillary Clinton email investigation for alleged lack of public interest. The FBI was covering up its obstruction of justice in the, er, “matter” knowing full well that former Director James Comey had already exonerated Hillary Clinton before the alleged investigation was complete and all witnesses had been interviewed and months before Comey falsely claimed in his announcement that no competent prosecutor would take Hillary’s case. In withholding the files sought under Freedom of Information Act requests, the FBI forgot that it and
Thousands of Dreamers have used a loophole in federal law to get on a full pathway to citizenship, top congressional Republicans revealed Friday, citing government data withheld by the Obama administration but provided by the Trump administration. The Dreamers were all part of DACA, the legally questionable amnesty program that’s under scrutiny right now as President Trump decides whether to scrap the Obama-era amnesty. The House and Senate Judiciary Committees revealed that more than 45,000 DACA recipients were approved for “advance parole,” which is permission to leave and reenter the U.S. despite not being in permanent legal status here. But under a
The U.S. Justice Department has no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s statement in March that phones in Trump Tower were wiretapped at the order of his predecessor, Barack Obama, before last year’s election, according to a court filing Friday. The assertion came in a motion filed in a Freedom of Information request from a government transparency watchdog, American Oversight, which sought information about any surveillance involving Trump, (Snip) “Both FBI and NSD confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” the Justice Department filing said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday gave a major boost to legislative efforts to preserve protections for young undocumented immigrants -- and urged President Donald Trump to not tear up the program. Trump told reporters Friday he was still mulling the decision. Responding to a question about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on his hometown radio station WCLO in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan said Congress was working on a legislative fix to preserve the program.
America tried to let Hillary Clinton off the hook. Despite cries of “lock her up” during the campaign, most of the nation had little appetite for prosecuting her after the election, with even Donald Trump willing to give her a free pass. “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Trump told The New York Times two weeks after his victory. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.” But the Clinton e-mail scandal, like Clinton herself, won’t go away. It remains a blot on the legacy of the Obama administration, the Justice Department and the
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Eves believes “Maine’s whiteness is bad news” according to remarks he delivered during a Maine People’s Alliance event this week. According to Maine First Media and Big League Politics, the former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives delivered the remarks while addressing a group of nearly one hundred activists and grassroots supporters Wednesday evening at the “Resistance Rising” forum event put on by the Maine People’s Alliance in Lewiston. Eves reportedly said Maine is going to be in trouble if it does not attract a more diverse population. Organizers of the event ironically noted that the Wednesday’s gathering
Former President Barack Obama´s D.C. office space has pushed him past all of his predecessors when it comes to his post-presidential office space paid for by the government. Obama´s $1,153,000 budget request for 2018 surpasses former President George W. Bush´s by $100,000, the Washington Times reported. The request is also $200,000 more than former President Bill Clinton – who maintains his post-presidency office in Harlem. All living former presidents could learn something from President Jimmy Carter, whose budget is just $456,000, with an Atlanta-based office. Former President George H.W. Bush is requesting $942,000. The information was contained in an analysis