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Who would replace Jennifer Lopez on 'American Idol'?

Jennifer Lopez could be taking her final bow as a judge on Fox's "American Idol." E! is reporting that sources close to J.Lo told reporter Mark Malkin that she is planning on leaving the world-famous singing competition because she is "too busy."Lopez's schedule certainly is a packed one — between...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 10:10 PM

The Big Issue: Last two years are critical to Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy

For Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who heralds himself the education mayor, Thursday could prove crucial in the legacy he’ll leave behind.Thursday is the deadline for the city and the United Federation of Teachers to reach an agreement on the terms for teacher evaluations. Implementing evaluations, which...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 2:41 PM

David Diaz: A Queens kid with French flare

Executive chef David Diaz has spent his first few months at Brasserie Beaumarchais enticing diners with a menu offering all the favorite, but surprisingly light, flavors of France. From Tartare de Boeuf au Couteau to Coquilles Saint Jacques, Diaz, a Queens native, has brought a fresh flare to the...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 12:45 PM

New sexting claims in Greg Kelly rape accusation

Police sources now say the woman accusing “Good Day New York” host Greg Kelly of rape exchanged as many as 17 flirty text messages with Kelly before and even after the alleged attack.The woman, a 30-year-old paralegal, met Kelly, the son of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, on the street in October. The...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 1:27 AM

NYPD: Amanda Cummings' suicide not a result of bullying

The uncle of a Staten Island teen who killed herself still maintains she was mercilessly bullied before her death, despite an NYPD investigation that found no evidence she was harassed.Fifteen-year-old Amanda Cummings died after she threw herself in front of a city bus in December.Police sources...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 1:14 AM

Family of Amanda Cummings vows legal fight

The family of 15-year-old Amanda Cummings is calling on her friends and classmates to come forward and reveal the students who they say viciously bullied her before she died Monday after jumping in front of a city bus.“I want names. I want to know who these kids were,” Amanda’s uncle, Keith...

Thursday, January 5, 2012, 1:51 AM

Family: Bullies drove Amanda Cummings to her death

A Staten Island teen is dead in what was likely a suicide after she was bullied for years, according to her family.Amanda Cummings, 15, died Monday at Staten Island University Hospital from injuries she sustained after a witness reported seeing her jump in front of a bus on Dec. 27.She was...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 2:20 AM

More international students coming to US for grad school

American campuses are becoming increasingly popular destinations for international students who want to attend grad school, according to new research. The Council of Graduate schools reports that new enrollment from foreign students increased by eight percent in 2011. There hasn’t been gain that...

Sunday, November 20, 2011, 9:37 PM

Post-college job hard, post-college debt easy

The majority of new graduates are struggling to secure careers, as the unemployment rate among them is the highest ever recorded at 9.1 percent. It's a fact that could not come at a more unfortunate time, considering they are also facing more student loan debt than any class before them.According...

Monday, November 7, 2011, 11:31 PM

The beat goes on at Occupy Wall Street

To the fury of Lower Manhattan dwellers, Occupy Wall Street protesters show no signs of putting away their drums.Last week, protesters met with members of Community Board 1 to address noise complaints from residents who live near Zuccotti Park. CB1 drafted a resolution calling on protesters to...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 3:11 AM

Fall into the season at Cooperstown, NY

Now is the perfect time for a getaway to Cooperstown, N.Y. This picturesque little town is famous for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but there is much more to it for those who seek an autumn escape from urban living.Pamper yourself Check in at the Otesaga resort and let the relaxation begin. This...

Monday, October 24, 2011, 10:42 PM

Group: Occupy Wall Streeet should do more to fight hate speech

The head of the Anti-Defamation League says Occupy Wall Street is not doing enough to publicly condemn the hate speech that’s occasionally popped up in their camps.The incidents are isolated: One man has been spotted at Zuccotti Park time after time, say protesters, holding a sign that reads “...

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 2:18 AM

Star power at Occupy Wall Street

A parade of celebrities has poured into Zuccotti Park since the Occupy Wall Street movement began more than a month ago, attracting the likes of everyone from Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore to “Gossip Girl” star Penn Badgley.The Rev. Jesse Jackson swung by Monday night, where he linked arms with...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 2:09 AM

‘Like Crazy’: Based on a true story?

The highly anticipated indie flick “Like Crazy” has already won the Dramatic Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Audiences will get the chance to see it when it hits theaters on October 28. But 27-year-old Desiree Pappenscheller says she has already seen this story. She knows it by...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 1:20 AM

Occupy Wall Street: Downtown taken over by living dead

If you noticed zombies shuffling through the Financial District yesterday, it wasn’t filming for a new horror movie.Instead, it was the Occupy Wall Street protesters sending the message to those who work in the neighborhood that they are unthinking drones who act more like zombies than people.The...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 2:42 AM

Occupy Wall Street: Bankers respond to protesters

Those who work on Wall Street are ostensibly the subject of fury from the Occupy Wall Street crowd. Except many say they are confused as to what exactly it is the protesters want.“I think they should focus their efforts on something that is more worth their time and stop disrupting our workday,”...

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 2:37 AM

Occupy Wall Street: Pepper-sprayed protesters share their pain

What does it feel like to be pepper-sprayed by the NYPD? Two “Occupy Wall Street” protesters told Metro their experience.Chelsea Elliot, a 27-year-old Brooklyn resident, can be seen getting pepper-sprayed on Saturday in a YouTube video. She told Metro she saw a woman get slammed to the ground by...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 2:31 AM

Occupy Wall Street protest: They’ll be there for the long haul

They’re not going anywhere.The several hundred protesters who have gathered in Lower Manhattan as part of the Occupy Wall Street campaign have set up camp in Zuccotti Park across the street from the World Trade Center.“Roze,” 25, came down from Connecticut for the protest and vowed he’s not leaving...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 2:56 AM

Taking the fourth-year option

Are you facing the reality of having to stick around college for an extra year? Rest assured — at some schools, you won’t have to pay for it.It’s called the four-year degree guarantee, and it could be your golden ticket if graduating on time isn’t realistic for you. The concept is becoming...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 1:16 AM

'Occupy Wall Street': Protesters break out tents for downtown stay

Thousands of people could descend upon Wall Street this weekend in a combined effort to voice their message. What that message is, however, is not yet entirely clear.The “Occupy Wall Street” movement is rapidly gaining momentum online, calling on 20,000 people to set up tents and makeshift kitchens...

Friday, September 16, 2011, 1:50 AM