The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned a recent hate crime at a hight school outside of Boston, while police continue to search for suspects. Anti-Semitic writing was discovered on Marblehead High Schools softball field on Aug. 17, according to the organization. In addition to the scrawled "Jews did 9/11," a window had been broken. “This shameful act of hate goes beyond simply being offensive," ADL New England Regional Director Robert Trestan said. "The perpetrators were promoting the...
Rezoning plan could add 16 new towers to Midtown Manhattan
The city has released its long-awaiting Midtown East Rezoning plan, a controversial upzoning of the area bound by Madison and Third Avenues and 39th and 50th Streets, which would encourage taller, more modern office towers in an area that many feel is no longer attracting commercial tenants. According to Crain’s, their proposal, the first step in the formal rezoning process, would allow the tallest buildings around Grand Central, increasing the maximum density by 30 percent. Along Park Avenue...
Pizza by drone: Unmanned air delivery set to take off in New Zealand
A New Zealand pizza chain aims to become the world's first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the once-unthinkable quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people. Some of the world's biggest companies including Amazon.com Inc and Google, or Alphabet Inc as it is known, have plans to make deliveries by drone and aviation authorities in the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand have been relaxing rules to allow air deliveries.
Serbian church starts to rebuild after massive blaze
More than three months have passed since the historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava went up in flames, leaving the Flatiron landmark in ruin and heartbroken parishioners praying for the future of their cultural and spiritual site. During that time, church officials have been meeting with city agencies, and now rebuilding is inching closer to becoming a reality. Most of the cathedral — known for its woodwork and stained glass, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in...
Two arrested in connection with New Bedford stabbing that left 15-year-old dead
Two people have been arrested in connection with a stabbing Wednesday night in New Bedford that left a 15-year-old boy dead, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's office. Luis Rafael Class, 21, was charged with accessory to murder after the fact and assault and battery. He will be arraigned in New Bedford on Thursday. A 16-year-old boy was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, but officials are not releasing more information about him because of his status as a...
PPD sergeant struck by hit-and-run driver
A Philadelphia police officer has sustained serious injuries after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver early Thursday morning on Manayunk's Main Street. Around 12:30 a.m., a sergeant who was conducting a traffic stop on Main Street near Shurs Lane was thrown about 15 feet into the air by a man driving a Toyota RAV4, according to multiple reports.
Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go kills pedestrian
A Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go while driving hit two women, killing one and injuring the other, in Japan's first death related to the Nintendo Co craze. The driver said he had been distracted by the game after his arrest for negligent driving following the accident on Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the Tokushima prefectural police said. "The driver is still in custody. No decision has been made yet on whether to proceed with a prosecution," he added A spokesman for Niantic Inc, which developed Pokemon GO jointly with Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Company, said the company had added a pop-up to the Pokemon Go screen when it detected an increase in speed asking for confirmation the user was not driving. He didn't say whether the developer would take further steps to guard against accidents.
Amazon launches Amazon Vehicles to help car buyers
(Reuters) - Amazon.com <AMZN.O> on Thursday launched Amazon Vehicles, an online platform for users to research on cars, auto parts and accessories. The platform will include specifications, images and reviews on Amazon.com for a large number of car models, ranging from Tesla Motors' 2014 Model S to the iconic Ford Mustang 1965. Amazon Vehicles would be an extension of the existing Amazon Automotive store, the company said. (Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru)
Biden says expects Guantanamo prison to close before Obama leaves office
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expected the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would close before President Barack Obama leaves office in January. "That is my hope and expectation," he told a news conference in Sweden. The White House has been trying to close the facility since Obama took office but has been stymied by opposition in Congress. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; editing by John Stonestreet)
Celebrities join Native American pipeline protest in Washington, DC
Actors Susan Sarandon, Riley Keough and Shailene Woodley joined members of North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest against construction of a pipeline they say would pollute water and desecrate sacred land.
Florida governor complains U.S. not doing enough to fight Zika
By Julie Steenhuysen and Zachary Fagenson CHICAGO/MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Wednesday the federal government had so far not delivered all the Zika antibody tests and laboratory support he had requested as the state battles the spread of the virus. The complaint came as Zika cases mounted in some of the state's most popular tourist destinations and some residents pushed for more information. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported a second non-travel...
Lifetime is making a Britney Spears biopic because life is truly beautiful
Britney Spears releases her first new album in nearly half a decade on Friday — but she’s got even bigger news. The “Glory” songstress will be subjected to the Lifetime treatment, with a biopic of her earlier career in the works. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the two-hour TV flick, aptly named “Britney,” will follow Spears through her “rise to fame, fall from grace and triumphant resurrection” — just like Jesus!
Butch Walker reveals his secret political fantasy
Butch Walker’s newly released eighth album, “Stay Gold,” quickly follows up 2015's folksy, introspective “Afraid Of Ghosts,” which was influenced by the passing of his father. For this album though, the Cartersville, GA native, who splits his time between his longtime home in Los Angeles and Nashville – is ready to rock. Besides making his own music, Walker's written songs for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Pink, and produced for Brian Fallon, Fall Out Boy, and Frank Turner. As Walker tells us...
'The Intervention' is a very funny movie about serious issues
‘The Intervention’ Director: Clea DuVall Stars: Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey Rating: R 3 (out of 5) Globes It shouldn’t be funny: A group of longtime friends stage what looks like a fun 30-something “Big Chill”-style getaway — but which, in truth, is actually an intervention about one couple’s deeply unhappy marriage. It shouldn’t be funny because this is serious business. (The pair have kids, for one thing.) And it shouldn’t be funny because indies, especially ones about old friends reuniting,...
Stephen Lang talks 'Don't Breathe' and swears he's a nice guy
Stephen Lang is known as the bad guy. For one, he’s evil Col. Miles Quaritch from “Avatar,” he role he’ll be reprising in the four sequels. (Though he can’t yet say how that works, since the character did die a good death.) But in “Don’t Breathe,” it’s more complicated. In the new white-knuckle thriller, the esteemed actor plays a blind ex-military type whose home is broken into by a trio of desperate thieves. They expect their latest job to go easily. But Lang’s character — credited only as...
Fantasy baseball: When and when not to cut bait ahead of the playoffs
Last week, we took a look at some of the most widely added players across the major fantasy platforms. As we enter the stretch run, however, it may be even more important to know when to drop on a struggling player – and when to hold tight. Today, we’re discussing two players to whom owners are giving the heave-ho en masse. If you’re ready to cut the cord on a struggling player yourself, be sure to check out RotoBallers’ waiver wire rankings assistant tool to help you decide on a replacement....
For Konrad Plewa, a return from stroke to the soccer field
Konrad Plewa remembers the moment well, the moment where he thought that a recent stroke would change his life and end his promising soccer career. It was Sunday, July 31. The New York Red Bulls USL team (their minor league affiliate, aptly named New York Red Bulls II) had a game the Saturday night before, getting in around 3 A.M. after a long bus trip. Plewa started and played the full match in the center of defense, nothing drastic for a player who is a regular in their lineup. He remembers...
3 storylines to watch as Eagles face Colts Saturday night in Preseason Week 3
Here we go. Preseason Game 3. The most important part of the preseason — which isn't saying much. Sure, key players will still sit and Carson Wentz isn't healed yet from his rib fracture, but the 2016 Eagles will begin to take shape in large part after coaches look at the first and second teams against the Colts Saturday, at 7 p.m. "Every game is important," Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. "There's competition for jobs. There's competition for roster spots. There are some guys...
Giants Owner says Josh Brown's future "a football decision"
Doubts about Josh Brown’s future with the New York Giants rest not in the criminal justice system or the court of public opinion but strictly on the playing field, so said team owner and president John Mara when addressing the media on Wednesday. Last week, Brown was suspended one game by the NFL for a domestic violence arrest. All of this came after an offseason where Brown re-signed with the team, a two-year contract that rewards him for an outstanding 2015 season. But now it turns out that...