Monday, March 31, 2008

'Final Home Opener' at Yankee Stadium Postponed Til Tuesday

Historic Home Opener Rained Out

The beginning of the end will have to wait. The final opening day at Yankee Stadium was postponed because of rain Monday, pushing back New York's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The game was rescheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, previously an off day in the series

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hell Gate to be upgraded

Astoria's Hell Gate Bridge is another western Queens structure where rehabilitation has been stalled and is now ready to resume, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said.

Amtrak will begin renovating the bridge on April 1 and complete work in one year, he said. Residents have long complained that the bridge poses dangers to pedestrians by leaking water and shedding debris.

"For too long this trestle, a landmark in our community, has been a sorry eyesore," Vallone said. "This bridge should be a neighborhood gem, not a crumbling piece of stone."

Amtrak put up scaffolding to fix the bridge nearly a year ago, but little renovation has since taken place, Vallone said. For years, rocks and pieces of plaster have fallen from the structure and damaged parked cars, he said. Water has also leaked from the bridge and frozen during the winter, causing one of Vallone's employees to slip and break her wrist, the councilman said.

Starbucks: Not So Fast on New Calorie Counts

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Starbucks says it's going to take a little more time to start listing calorie counts on menus at its New York City outlets.

The coffee giant said earlier this week that it would post the
calorie data by Monday, though a city deadline for doing so has been
postponed until April 15.

But Starbucks said Friday it would comply with the rule when it takes effect.

TSA Changing Procedures for Body Piercings

Transportation Security Administration says it will change the way it
searches passengers with body piercings after a Texas woman complained
she was forced to remove a nipple ring with pliers in order to board a
plane. In the future, passengers can allow a visual inspection. Mandi
Hamlin (right) had demanded an apology. VIDEO

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ex-Official Cleared to Continue Work on Big City Projects

Ex-Official Cleared to Continue Work on Big City ProjectsBy PATRICK McGEEHAN and RAY RIVERA

Daniel L. Doctoroff, who left City Hall for a private position, may remain involved in city projects that were begun while he was deputy mayor for economic development.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Did Clemens Lie ????

GOP Lawmaker's Report Questions If Clemens Lied
top Republican on the congressional committee investigating whether
Roger Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs has released a report
questioning whether the seven-time Cy Young Award winner lied in his
testimony before the panel last month. Read the Full Report

Home prices fall a record 10.7% in past year

Home prices in 20 major U.S. metro areas have plunged a record 10.7% in the past year as prices continued to decelerate, Standard & Poor's said Tuesday.
The 20-city Case-Shiller home price index fell a record 2.4% from December to January, the 18th consecutive decline in prices. For 10 major cities, prices fell 2.3% in January and 11.4% for the past 12 months.
"No markets seem to be completely immune from the housing crisis,' said David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P.
Of the 20 cities, only Charlotte, N.C., has managed any gains in the past year, rising a meager 1.8%. For the fifth straight month, all 20 cities recorded lower prices compared with the previous month.
Home prices in 10 of the 20 cities have fallen at double-digit rates in the past year.
In a separate report, the Conference Board said consumer confidence plunged in March to the lowest level since the start of the Iraq War, while consumers' expectations about the economy over the next six months fell to the lowest level in 35 years. See full story.

Internet addictions: A real medical menace?

Alcohol, drugs, food, sex, and even shopping are all candidates for medical treatment and are recognized as genuine mental disorders, so what about the Internet? Internet addiction -defined as "excessive gaming, sexual pre-occupations, and email/text messaging" - is becoming so common that at least one psychiatrist says it merits inclusion in psychiatry's official handbook of mental illness, the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders."

Dr. Jerald Block of the Oregon Health and Science University is the latest voice pushing for this inclusion, noting that tech junkies display genuinely debilitating behavior, including drug-like cravings, withdrawal, and a constant need for more and better gear - just like a substance addict might exhibit.

But other doctors comment that Internet addiction, while it may be real, is too new of a condition and needs further study before being medically classified. There might be something to this: No one wants people being medicated or institutionalized if they aren't genuinely ill.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Mega Millions Jackpot Swells to $95 Million

Posted: Sunday, 23 March 2008 7:21AM

Mega Millions Jackpot Swells to $95 Million

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery drawing has grown to $95 million.

None of the tickets sold for Friday's $83 million drawing matched
all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball. The winning numbers were: 5,
8, 17, 19 and 41, and the Mega Ball number was 21.

Six second-prize winners matched the five lotto numbers to win
$250,000 each. Another 44 players each won $10,000 by matching four
numbers and the Mega Ball number.

One California player matched five numbers, and another eight players
matched four of the five lotto numbers, plus the Mega Ball number. The
prize amounts in California are different than what prize winners in
the other Mega Ball participating states would receive.

The next Mega Millions drawing will be held Tuesday night.

Fanciful Hats Take Over Fifth Avenue at Easter Parade

Easter Parade: Hats Incredible!
hats are the standard attire for the Easter Parade, which started out
as a chance for prosperous New Yorkers to strut their holiday finery
after church and has evolved into spring's answer to Halloween. The
parade was immortalized in the 1948 movie ``Easter Parade'' starring
Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and has been bringing smiles to faces
ever since.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Governor for New York, Pledging Unity

New Governor for New York, Pledging Unity
New Governor for New York, Pledging Unity
James Estrin/The New York Times
Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson being sworn in on Monday as the 55th governor of New York by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye in Albany.

Gov. David A. Paterson offered wisecracks to an audience that clearly ached to move beyond a sordid ordeal.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Posted: Monday, 17 March 2008 1:36PM

Sea of Green up Fifth Ave.

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The 247th consecutive St. Patrick's Day Parade is marching through New York City today.

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You can't walk 5 feet in midtown Manhattan without seeing or hearing bagpipes.

The pipes were callin' on Monday in a sea of marchers, step dancers,
men in kilts, smiles and, of course, green during New York City's St.
Patrick's Day parade.

The crowd was up to seven people deep in some places along the Fifth
Avenue route. Amid the Irish music, bagpipes also were playing "God
Bless America."

Sixth Body Recovered at Crane Site in NYC

Sixth Body Recovered at Crane Site

Rescue workers on Monday recovered another body from the two-block swath of wreckage where a crane collapsed on Saturday.

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David Paterson Sworn In as New York's Governor

David Paterson Sworn In
Paterson was sworn in as New York's first black governor following
Eliot Spitzer's resignation amid a prostitution scandal. Paterson, who
is legally blind, is the state's 55th governor. He succeeds Spitzer,
who resigned at noon.

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Still a 'Search Operation'

Crane Accident - 3 Still Missing

people are still missing as rescue crews removed pieces of a broken
crane that crushed a Manhattan town home in one of the city's deadliest
construction accidents. Four construction workers were killed and 24
other peoples were injured. Photo by 1010 WINS reporter Steve Sandberg.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Your next gadget may come with a pre-installed virus

From iPods to navigation systems, some of today's hottest gadgets are landing on store shelves with some unwanted extras from the factory — pre-installed viruses that steal passwords, open doors for hackers and make computers spew spam.
Computer users have been warned for years about virus threats from downloading Internet porn and opening suspicious e-mail attachments. Now they run the risk of picking up a digital infection just by plugging a new gizmo into their PCs.

Recent cases reviewed by The Associated Press include some of the most widely used tech devices: Apple iPods, digital picture frames sold by Target and Best Buy stores

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ashley Alexandra Dupre Naked

As if teasing the publishers of Penthouse and Playboy, the most famous hooker of the week, Ashley Alexandra Dupre is butt-naked on the cover of today's New York Post. The "aspiring singer," a charge as yet unproved, had five million hit ...

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Crane Collapses, Kills at Least 4, Devastates Manhattan Block

Fatal Crane Collapse
giant crane toppled over at a construction site and smashed into a
block of residential buildings Saturday, killing at least four
people and creating a horrifying scene of destruction on
Manhattan's East Side. The big, white crane, which looked to be
at least 15 stories tall, demolished parts of several buildings as it
fell and at least one apartment building appeared to have been
completely pulverized.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Meet Woman Allegedly at the Center of the Spitzer Scandal

Woman Behind Spitzer Scandal
New York Times identified the call girl allegedly behind the Eliot
Spitzer scandal as a 22-year-old aspiring musician from Manhattan.
The real name of the prostitute identified only as "Kristen'' in
court papers was identified in the report as Ashley Alexandra
Dupre, originally from New Jersey.

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Spitzer Resigns, Citing Personal Failings

NY POST: Spitzer Notifying Top Officials

Monday, March 10, 2008

Report: Spitzer Involved in Prostitution Ring

-- Gov. Eliot Spitzer has told senior advisers that he had been
involved in a prostitution ring, The New York Times reported Monday,
citing an anonymous top administration official.The Times reported that a person with knowledge of the governor's role
believes the governor is identified as a client in court papers. Four
people allegedly connected to a high-end prostitution ring called
Emperors Club VIP were arrested last week.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Patrick Swayze Marches On Despite Terminal Cancer

Actor Patrick Swayze seems determined to live his life despite the tragic pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

While the news of his diagnosis is making headlines worldwide, Swayze is keeping busy with work, as the A&E pilot "The Beast," in which he plays an unorthodox FBI agent, is being considered to be turned into a series by the cable network.

However, the 55-year-old actor is not neglecting treatment, and his doctor George Fisher is optimistic about Swayze's future, who was reportedly given only several weeks to live.

"Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment," Fisher said in a statement.

"All of the reports stating the timeframe of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue," Fisher added. "We are considerably more optimistic."

Swayze is currently undergoing chemotherapy – not radiation – and he has not lost his hair (which can sometimes happen as a result of chemo), the star's publicist, Annett Wolf, told People.

"Patrick is continuing his normal schedule during this time, which includes working on upcoming projects. The outpouring of support and concern he has already received from the public is deeply appreciated by Patrick and his family," she added.

Police Investigating Letters Sent to Capitol Hill Regarding Times Square Explosion

-- Police are investigating letters that arrived Thursday at Capitol
Hill offices containing a photo of the Times Square military recruiting
office before it was bombed and including the words ``We did it.''

A law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity
because the case is ongoing, confirmed the letter's contents and said
police are investigating.

Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a Capitol Police spokesman, said she had
received media calls asking about the letter. She said she had made
some initial checks but had not been able to confirm reports of the

The Associated Press obtained a copy of an e-mail from the office of
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to other lawmakers Thursday that reads:

``A few offices on the House side have received a letter today
addressed to 'Members of Congress' with a picture of a man standing in
front of the Times Square recruiting station that was bombed in New
York today with the statement 'We did it.' He is standing in front of
it with his arms spread out and he's attached his political manifesto.''

The e-mail says the recipients were told to leave the letters alone and call police.

For the third time in three years, someone riding a bike and armed with small explosives has struck in Manhattan.

Giving It Away....Forbes list

There is a philanthropic convergence at the head of this year's billionaires' list. Warren Buffett, who tops the rankings, has pledged to turn over most of his fortune to the charitable foundation hitherto funded by the fortune of the man he replaces at the top, William H. Gates III

This combination putsThey have the wealth to do so. And, pace Buffett, who is outsourcing the disposal of his money to Gates, they are still young enough to have the energy and fire to undertake such ambitious and challenging philanthropy. They work on a global scale and apply the skills and approaches of business to the work of doing good.

This is reflected in our list of the largest U.S. charitable donations by billionaires last year. It is dominated by gifts of at least $100 million for specific health and education objectives the pair at the forefront of a new wave of entrepreneurial philanthropists. They are eschewing traditional areas of giving such as the arts in favor of big global social issues, particularly poverty, health and education.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Cheap Food Still Available in Astoria; Bronx Pizza Will Get Better

Astoria: Wow, cheap-eats prices may be going up in elsewhere, but at Omonia (the café that baked the elaborate wedding cake for My Big Fat Greek Wedding),
you can get a $12 brunch that includes an entrée, dessert, a
morning cocktail, and coffee, tea, or juice. (And it’s good.) [Foodista]

Bronx: Peter Meehan found someone to drive him to
Trattoria Zero Otto Nove on Arthur Avenue to try the margherita
that’s been getting blog buzz as "the best Neapolitan pizza in
New York City.” It’s good, he says, but needs work (and
less sweet sauce). [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
Slice’s Adam Kuban, Ed Levine’s, and DJ Bubbles also tried
Zero Otto Nove and found potential not perfection. The grilled pizza
from Coals at 1888 Eastchester Road was also dubbed "surprisingly good" during the same trip. [Slice]

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Yankees announcer Murcer awaiting test results after undergoing brain biopsy

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- New York Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer was resting in a Houston hospital after undergoing a brain biopsy Monday.

Results weren't expected until later in the week.

All-Star outfielder who played 17 seasons in the major leagues, Murcer
had surgery in December 2006 -- four days after being diagnosed with a
malignant brain tumor.

An MRI exam last week showed an area of
concern, which could be scar tissue or another tumor, so Murcer went
back to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for
additional tests.

"Bobby is doing great and is resting
comfortably after this morning's biopsy," his wife, Kay, said in a
statement Monday through Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo. "He could be
released as early as tomorrow. Results won't be available until later
this week."

Monday, March 03, 2008

Queens cabbie claims he did 'right thing' for abandoned baby

The cabbie who fooled New York
with the heart-tugging tall tale of a baby deserted in his backseat
remained unrepentant last night, insisting, "I did the right thing."

Klever Sailema, who went from .hero to fraud in less than 48 hours,
.insisted his big lie was only meant to mask a benevolent .attempt to
save the adorable 6-month-old girl from being ditched in the cold.

"I feel bad, but ultimately I feel like I did the right thing. My
intentions were not to lie to the police," the 45-year-old livery cab
driver, an Ecuadoran immigrant, told the Daily News.

The baby, now identified as Daniella Perez,
was first abandoned by her 14-year-old mother, who bolted more than a
week ago, leaving the brown-eyed little girl with pierced ears in the
care of her father, .Carlos Rodas, 27, Sailema said.
Six-month-old Daniella broke the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere when Sailema claimed she was left in his cab.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Plaza Hotel Reopens After Three-Year Renovation

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Hundreds of tourists and ordinary New Yorkers flocked to The Plaza Hotel Saturday to take part in the landmark's reopening after a three-year, $400 million renovation.

``They say this place is the world's most famous hotel,'' said
doorman Freddy Davila, who worked for the hotel for 15 years before it
closed in 2005. As he welcomed visitors up the red-carpeted steps and
through the revolving doors, he added: ``It's wonderful to be back.''

``We just had to see inside,'' said Owen Mathieu, visiting from
Marblehead, Mass. ``We've seen it in the movies. Everybody's heard of

The Plaza, which is a National Historic Landmark, first opened in
1907. Marilyn Monroe was photographed here, the Beatles stayed here and
Frank Lloyd Wright lived here. The hotel ballroom was the setting for
Truman Capote's ``Black and White Ball'' and the wedding of Richard
Nixon's daughter Julie. Movies shot at the hotel include ``North by
Northwest,'' ``Barefoot in the Park,'' ``Crocodile Dundee'' and ``Home
Alone 2.'' Owners have included Conrad Hilton and Donald Trump.

Many fans also know the hotel from children's books by Kay Thompson
about a naughty little girl named Eloise who lives at The Plaza. A
portrait of Eloise hung in the lobby for nearly 50 years; hotel
officials say it will be back up later this spring.

The Plaza's current owners, Elad Properties, originally planned to
convert all guest rooms into condominiums, but the plan was criticized
by preservationists and the hotel workers' union. Negotiations with
Mayor Michael Bloomberg led to a deal that resulted in 282 hotel rooms,
down from the original 805, and 181 apartments.

Police: Arrests Made in Abandoned Baby Case

-- A cab driver who touched of a citywide hunt for the parents of a
baby whom he claimed had been abandoned in his car was arrested
Saturday after police determined his story was a hoax.

Police said the driver, Klever Sailema, knew all along who the child
was, but hid the truth to help an overwhelmed Bronx family abandon the
infant, who had been born to a 14-year-old girl and man twice her age.

1010 WINS Audio: Steve Sandberg Reports l Terry Sheridan with Reaction from Taxi Drivers Spokesman Fernando Mateo

The ill-conceived plot collapsed late Friday night and several people were under arrest Saturday.

The arrests were a stunning development in a case that had
captivated the city after pictures of the adorable baby girl were
published in newspapers and broadcast on TV.

Police didn't immediately say what had broken the case open, but a
family friend, Stuart Caban, told reporters that he had brought the
14-year-old mother to police Friday evening after finding her walking
along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, carrying a newspaper with her
daughter's picture and sobbing.

``She was depressed, scared, crying. She loved her daughter. She
wanted to be with her,'' said Caban, a 23-year-old bail bondsman.

Caban said the girl told her she hadn't wanted to leave the baby,
but ran away after a violent fight with the father. It wasn't clear
whether she knew about the plot.

The 44-year-old cabbie had been hailed as a good Samaritan after he
dropped the baby off at a Queens firehouse Thursday, saying the child,
who was about 6 months old, had been left in his car by a stranger.

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