John A. Oswald

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A rainbow over One World Trade comforts nation as we remember 9/11

Rainbows everywhere.Social media has been abuzz since Thursday morning when New Yorkers started snapping photos of a rainbow shooting across Manhattan.Many saw it as originating around the One World Trade and, understandably, connected it to Friday's commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001 Muslim...

Friday, September 11, 2015, 8:17 AM

Joe Biden gets emotional with Colbert discussing 2016 doubts, his late son

Vice President Biden, who many Democrats are urging to join the presidential race as Hillary Clinton’s fortunes sink, says he’s not convinced his heart is in a 2016 run.
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Friday, September 11, 2015, 7:00 AM

Cuomo, with Vice Presdent Biden, to call for $15 minimum wage: Report

There's an interesting political pairing today -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden will appear together as the governor proposes that the state minimum wage go to $15 per hour for everyone.Cuomo earlier this year backed the successful drive to boost the minimum wage to $15 for fast...

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 9:04 AM

James Blake demands apology as cop in false arrest put on ‘modified’ duty

James Blake, who at one time was the fourth ranked tennis player in world, has this to say about what New York City cops put him through: “It shouldn't have happened.”But it did. On Wednesday morning, as he waited for a car outside the Grand Hyatt to take him to the U,S, Open, he said was set upon...

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 4:11 AM

VIDEO: Start time and where to watch iPhone 6S streaming announcement

Today's Apple unveil is expected to break the Internet, so be prepared.An updated iPhone 6 -- the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus -- is the main event.Apple will broadcast the event live on a dedicated livestreaming site that can be reaached here. The event begins at 1 p.m. EDT.RELATED:Hidden iPhone...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 10:24 AM

Tom Brady calls Donald Trump 'good friend' and has Trump cap in locker

It's official: Tom Brady and Donald Trump have had a 13-year bromance.The two reportedly like to chat on the phone, judge pageants, and play golf — not that there is anything wrong with that.RELATED: Brady speaks out on Deflategate.Their close ties were the subject of rampant social media...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 11:34 AM

Plan to restrict Rikers visits hits poor and minorities harder, advocates say

Prisoner-rights groups will take to the steps of City Hall Tuesday to speak out against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for sweeping new restrictions on visits to inmates at the notorious Rikers Island jail.The NYC Jails Action Coalition (JAC) argues that the changes will inordinately target minorities...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 9:10 AM

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is still in jail and she’s still NOT Rosa Parks

Supporters will rally Tuesday outside the jail where Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to marry gay couples, sat all weekend.Her fellow extremist Christians have compared her to Rosa Parks, the black Civil Rights legend who refused to sit at the back of the bus. And they’ve also been...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:05 AM

Sex columnist Dan Savage takes on anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

Outspoken sex columnist Dan Savage didn't hold back when it came to the subject of Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis Wednesday night on MSNBC.“She is a hypocrite,” Savage said of the woman who cites her religious belief in illegally refusing to give gay couples marriage licenses.Citing her three...

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 4:22 PM

Are Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany, Olivia Cooke Star Wars-bound?

There’s new Star Wars gossip to obsess about: There’s a report that director Rian Johnson is looking for a new female lead for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and among those in the running is “Jane the Virgin” actress Gina Rodriguez.RELATED:Tatiana Maslany: We don't explore feminism in a vacuum on '...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 6:01 PM

The Metro6: Wes Craven dies, Kanye West and Serena Williams dream

THE VMA REPORTFrom the Red Carpet to Yeezy’s White House run, Metro has the full skinny on MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards.The fabulous Red CarpetKanye West new stage invasion: The White HouseMiley Cyrus’ insane outfitsThe list of awardsALL EYES ON SERENA WILLIAMS The U.S. Open kicks off in Queens,...

Monday, August 31, 2015, 8:54 PM

President Obama gives Joe Biden blessing for White House run: Report

Joe Biden has gotten the boss's "blessing."CNN has reported that President Barack Obama has told the veephe would not stand in his way or counsel him against a run.A senior Democratic source told the network that if the former Delaware senator does run, he would announce by Oct. 1.Related: Bushwick...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:43 PM

Gay panic! Homeland Security raids Rentboy, has your names, emails

There’s a whole different kind of gay panic going on Wednesday morning in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and around the planet after America’s terror hunters, with the backing of the NYPD, took down Rentboy.com.Homeland Security, the federal government agency set up after after the Sept. 11, 2001...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 3:51 PM

VIDEO: Most shocking dashcam, drone footage of Tianjin explosions

If pictures are worth a thousand words than video of an event like the deadly chemical warehouse explosions in China is ... well, we have no words.
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Friday, August 14, 2015, 2:18 AM

James Holmes beats death penalty in Aurora theater massacre, gets life in prison for 12 'Batman' slayings

To tears and quiet sobs from the families of the 12 people he shot dead, a Colorado jury sentenced madman James Eagan Holmes to life in prison, without parole for the 2012 massacre at a packed multiplex.The death penalty phase of the case against Holmes ended without the unanimous vote needed to...

Friday, August 7, 2015, 6:41 PM

Explaining the TWO Republican debates on FOX

Ok, Metro faithful, we're gonna do our best to explain the Fox network's Republican debate to you. Uh, we mean, debates.A funny thing happened on the way to Thursday night's anticipated showdown with 14 of the 17 candidates -- yes 17.Fox decided to have two debates. The original idea was that the...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:28 AM

Lady Gaga gets Tony Bennett epic cake for crooner's 89th birthday

By now, the world knows Lady Gaga is a good egg.How good? We'll let the photos of the gi-normous cake she got for her performance partner, Tony Bennett.Bennett turned 89 Monday and appeared quite touched as Gaga had the cake wheeled out onto the Kennedy Center stage Saturday night.Duff Goldman 's...

Monday, August 3, 2015, 8:49 AM

VIDEO: ‘Blacklisted’ Cara Delevingne can give two s--ts if you don’t get her

If you’re on #TeamCara, you think Cara Delevingne is a smart no-nonsense talent who rejects frivolity. If you’re not, you think she’s a sarcastic beyotch.Some may even say she’s both after a team of California news anchors pilloried the 22-year-old model-actress for being “in a mood” Wednesday...

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 4:30 PM

Corruption sweep bags state senators John Sampson and Thomas Libous

Two more powerful Albany politicians were convicted this week, the latest sign that federal prosecutors' vow to clean up corruption in New York state's capital continues apace.And to show that the effort is bipartisan, one was a Democrat, the other a Republican.On Friday,John Sampson, a Democrat...

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 2:40 AM

Metro6: Omar Sy speaks; City Hall 'sexism' war; murder at the movies

Good morning, @metronewyork. Sad, sad news today, after last night's movie theater shooting in Louisiana. That story -- and more -- in the Metro6.CAT STOPS (TRAIN) TRAFFICIf you were delayed on the A, C and E lines Wednesday night, don't blame theMTA(this time).A cat, apparently named George, who...

Friday, July 24, 2015, 6:45 PM