The primate objects! In a string of landmark cases to be filed this week, four chimpanzees will fight for the right to retire to sanctuaries. Could dolphins be next on the docket?
It was somewhere between running a used trailer lot and a reindeer rental business that Pat Lavery first came across Tommy the chimpanzee ten years ago.Believed to be around 16 years old at the time, the primate had endured a life in the entertainment business. He was kept in a plywood cage so cramped that he could not even stand, a shelter made filthy as he was forced to crawl and shuffle in his own waste.Lavery and his wife, who already kept other rescued chimpanzees on their property in Gloversville, New York, some 30 miles northeast of Schenectady, took him in.
He’s a Metro-North veteran with a good reputation. Here’s what we know about William Rockefeller, the train engineer at the helm of Sunday’s deadly New York crash.
Early Sunday morning, a Metro-North train heading from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Manhattan derailed in the Bronx, killing four and injuring 63. As investigators seek answers, William Rockefeller, the veteran Metro-North engineer driving the train, is facing a storm of media attention. Little has slipped out about the man at the helm, but here’s what we do know so far about Rockefeller.He Was Injured in the CrashThe 45-year-old was injured but conscious when rescue crews responded to the crash.
The news that ‘New York’ will publish biweekly is a sad day for publishing. It’s also a sad day for English—‘biweekly’ means two very different things, and the confusion isn’t new.
Today’s announcement that New York magazine will begin publishing biweekly gives rise to a longstanding question: Just what the hell does “biweekly” mean, anyway?The unfortunate answer is that it means both “twice a week” and “every two weeks,” and there is no “right” meaning. The situation is the same with “bimonthly,” which can mean “twice a month” and “every two months.”It all depends on the context, and usually, people using the word make the assumption that everyone knows what they mean.
A CNN news segment turned into a family reunion when host Chris Cuomo interviewed his older brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But the anchor says he invites the criticism.
As a cohost of CNN’s New Day morning show, Chris Cuomo had every reason to interview New York’s governor Monday about Sunday’s deadly train derailment on the Metro North Hudson line.And as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s little brother, not to mention the son of longtime governor Mario Cuomo, the younger Cuomo is experienced at negotiating the sometimes awkward issues confronting a journalist who is also a blood relation to powerful politicians.“Obviously I did the intv because it was non political, and frankly, I invite the criticism—because it exposes the hollowness of a lot of what is out there,” the 43-year-old Cuomo emailed me after absorbing the predictable reproaches from various ethics cops on Twitter and elsewhere.
A Metro-North accident Sunday in the Bronx killed four and injured more than 60. From the Colorado train that fell into a creek to the North Carolina collision, see more rail disasters.
A deadly train derailment early Sunday morning in New York cast a shadow over Thanksgiving weekend, killing four and injuring at least 60 others. Thankfully, since the first U.S. train derailment in 1833, with President John Quincy Adams aboard but unscathed, the death tolls have decreased. Here’s a morbid look back at the bloodiest derailments of America’s past.August 7, 1904: 96 DeadEden, ColoradoAn express train from Colorado Springs to Pueblo was making its way over Porter Creek Gulch in heavy rains when a flash flood hit the wooden structure and derailed the locomotive.
Alabama’s Iron Bowl defeat was Nick Saban’s fault, but instead of taking the blame, he threw his players under the bus. They deserve a coach who’ll stand behind them after a loss.
Fans will remember Saturday’s Iron Bowl as one of the great college games ever played. But for the 28 seniors on the two teams, it will forever be remembered as their last regular season college game.This is a game played by kids not long out of high school, and while some suit up for the chance to get rich, most play for sheer love of the sport. Because they dazzle us with acts of extraordinary athleticism and, yes, courage, we tend to forget that under their helmets and pads, these players are just as vulnerable and needing of support as any other college kids.
Four were dead and dozens injured in an early-morning New York City train derailment, and firefighters needed help extricating the wounded. What followed was remarkable.
The first of the seven cars in the Sunday morning train derailment in the Bronx had nearly gone into to the river.The second car had twisted as it flipped onto one side and then the other, ejecting several passengers through the windows.The third car had people trapped inside.But the fourth was the most challenging to the firefighters because it was sitting at a tilt and swayed as they worked to extricate the injured.“The car was teetering back and forth,” later said FDNY Capt.
You might not expect the e-tailing behemoth to inspire the rest of us to give a little extra at Christmas, but the Smile program could change the contours of seasonal charity.
Can Amazon.com help us become a more generous country?You might have missed it during Black Friday’s race (or rather, stampede) to the bottom, with gunshots, tramplings, and arrests abounding across the country. But at the same time that galloping herds were charging towards low-priced flat screens, the online retailer Amazon was quietly pinging our inboxes with quite an announcement. Starting this week, any Amazon customer can select the charity of his or her choosing, and Amazon will automatically donate 0.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to introduce a mandatory prison sentence for anyone caught with an illegal firearm. But reams of data shows that incarceration creates more crime.
The NAACP has been saying it for decades. A few years ago, Newt Gingrich realized it was true. The ACLU has filed lawsuits to end it. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are beginning to understand it. Texas Governor Rick Perry, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal are all on board.What realization could possibly inspire consensus from such diverse voices? It is the understanding of the horrors of mass incarceration.
One man’s experience navigating the online nightmare of the Affordable Care Act left him frustrated, disillusioned, and angry.
If President Obama would like to dig inside the numbers of his plunging job approval ratings, I am happy to offer my own experience with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a data point.Call me Patient Zero, if you like, although I’m hardly the first person to be furious with what’s happened since the roll-out. Instead, I am more of a typical casualty.The problem began last week when I received a letter from Health Pass New York cancelling the Oxford insurance my wife and I have had for the last year.
Who let the dogs out? That’s what they’re asking in the White House, after new puppy Sunny got a little too rowdy at a recent event and knocked over a little girl.
The Senate’s youngest member, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, held his fellow lawmakers’ feet to the fire on gun control. A year after Newtown, he says he’s not giving up the fight.