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Tasers might compel police to use force, opponents say

After less than a year on the job with Tasers, instances of use of force by the Massachusetts State Police has doubled. Department officials say the data could be misleading, because the devices were never fired in many cases, but civil rights advocates warn an overreliance on stun guns by law...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:28am

The Muddled History of How the Margarita Was Invented

“Cocktails,” writes famed booze historian David Wondrich, “are rarely created in the full light of history,” but how the margarita was invented is even more complicated than most.  Depending on which story you believe, the origins of the margarita involve crossing the Mexico-U.S. border (...

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 2:28pm

Everything you need to know about Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn

Lovers of beer, genre films and dine-in movie theaters, the long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn has finally arrived. The Texas-based chain’s 25th location sits on the fourth and fifth floors of Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point mall (445 Gold St.), with seven screening rooms ranging...

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 1:49pm

Try these good-for-you chocolates and candy for Halloween

Aloha Superfood Chocolate It’s magic, as far as we can tell, how Aloha crams an entire serving of fruits and vegetables into every bar, plus the usual antioxidant benefits of chocolate (10 times the amount in goji berries, in fact). The cacao is fair trade and organic, and the bars are sweetened...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:58pm

Miss New York talks miss usa in 2015 for prep and more

  Thatiana Diaz is a first generation college graduate and this year's Miss New York. She has been competing in pageants since the age of 15 and works full-time as a beauty assistant at People en Español. With the Miss USA pageant just weeks away, Metro chatted with Diaz to...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:55pm

Army soldier allegedly stabs Marine in Veterans Day bar brawl: Sources

A Veterans Day brawl at a Turtle Bay bar ended with an Army soldier allegedly slashing a Marine in the back, according to witnesses and police sources. A group of men in Army fatigues was drinking at Turtle Bay NYC on Second Ave. near 52nd St. around 7:45 p.m. when an argument allegedly broke...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:15pm

'Colony': Two dancers work in sync to see who will ‘screw up first’

Melissa Krodman and Kelly Bond are hard to tell apart. Credit: Nathan Jurgenson Anyone who’s ever shared a piano bench has hammered out a duo rendition of “Heart and Soul,” that old lesson-book standard. Choreographers Melissa Krodman and Kelly Bond played their version at a...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:14pm

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Full unedited video shows South Carolina officer shooting,killing Walter Scott

New agencies have obtained the full, raw, unedited graphic video showing Charlston police officer Michael Thomas Slager shooting unarmed Walter Scott on April 4, 2015. The video was taken by an anonymous bystander. The full clip is just over three minutes long. RELATED: South Carolina cop...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:13pm

Expiration dates: What they really mean

When you look at the expiration date on a can of Coke and it says 2014, does that mean you should toss it? What about the eggs that were only good until yesterday? There’s a fine line between being wasteful and getting sick. “A good rule of thumb is that if it’s organic, the...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:12pm

3 new books that totally get New York City living

New York City is a magical place. It must be for the things we put up with to live here. Where else is asking a broker if a listed apartment has a kitchen, a real question?Where else do people compete for fifth floor walkups — and still turn to Craigslist to enlist some stranger to move in...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:09pm

The secret, activism-filled lives of nuns in America

Since the release of “If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission” this fall, author Jo Piazza says that she receives a new note from a different Catholic nun nearly every time she checks her email. “It’s a lot of ‘Thank you for telling this story that hasn...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:08pm

Ranking the 5 best managers in Phillies history

With the announcement that Pete Mackanin will remain the Phillies' interim manager through the end of the season, it seems clear that Andy MacPhail will be the one hiring the next manager of the team. There is a lot of speculation on whom that may be, and it involves everyone from...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:51pm

Subway crimes are soaring, admits city's top transit cop

Less than a week after an NYPD transit cop was stabbed near a Coney Island subway platform, one of the city's top brass was forced to admit Monday that MTA crime was soaring. NYPD Transit Chief Joseph Fox said felony assaults on the city's subway and bus system have jumped 26.9 percent...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:48pm

Robotic exoskeleton helps man walk again at Boston hospital

In another era, Cory Cook almost definitely would have spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Since a diving accident in 2012 damaged the New Hampshire man’s spinal cord, he has been paralyzed from the chest down. After nine months of training at an area hospital, though, Cook this...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:45pm

Wine-centered weekend getaways

Sometimes you just want to know that a bottle of wine is waiting at the end of a long drive or train trip to vacation. Fortunately, many wine-centered vacations are available just a few hours from the city. Whether you want a day trip or a weekend respite, sign up for these grape-focused getaways...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:38pm

Heather McDonald casts 'The Bachelor' contestants as Republican candidates

Comedian Heather McDonald is used to be on the other side of celebrity drama. But earlier this month, a plucked quote from a podcast led to a venomous spat between herself and her former boss Chelsea Handler, an unfortunate series of events she has since apologized publicly for. McDonald worked...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:37pm

Parking paradox: Law assigning hundreds of NYC spots to car-share servicesmeant to ease parking

Tuxedo-clad Gria Jacobs has been a chauffeur in NYC for three years, she said from behind the wheel of her Mercedes. For her, looking good while driving is easy. Parking is hard. Every year, Jacobson has to shell out $3,000 to $4,000 in parking tickets, the painful price of doing business. And...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:33pm

Dine to make a difference

Through Sunday, slurp down a Rally Shake at Shake Shack ($5.50, multiple locations, www.shakeshack.com). Two dollars from each will go to the Red Cross. One dollar from every chicken and pork box sold this month at Pies-n-Thighs (166 S. Fourth St., Brooklyn, 347-529-6090) will go to the Red...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:31pm

See 'Beauty and the Beast' on stage and other things to do this weekend inPhilly

Theatre Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Thursday through Feb. 21 Academy of Music 240 S Broad St. From $26.50, Kimmelcenter.org This Broadway musical is a delight, telling the classic story of a beautiful peasant named Belle and a young prince cursed to take the form of a...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:25pm

Lykke Li: Sadness is her boyfriend

  There is something playful about the sorrow of Lykke Li. In the song “Sadness Is a Blessing,” she delivers the phrase that gives her latest album its title of “Wounded Rhymes,” but in a ringing chorus she sings, “sadness is my boyfriend.” Elsewhere on...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:23pm