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  • Trevor Noah on Trump’s Medical Report: ‘It’s Like Medicine Is Gaslighting Us’Trevor Noah on Trump’s Medical Report: ‘It’s Like Medicine Is Gaslighting Us’

    On Tuesday, the official White House physician said in a press conference that President Trump is in overall good health — a report the certainly surprised Trevor Noah. “To us, the non-experts, the only thing that looks healthy about Donald Trump is that he’s shaped like a food pyramid,” the ... More »

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  • School Closures, Delays Around Tri-StateSchool Closures, Delays Around Tri-State

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  • New NYC Transit President starts work with subway rideNew NYC Transit President starts work with subway ride

    It was a good commute on the downtown 4 train around 7 a.m. Tuesday. Andy Byford began his new job as the President of New York City Transit with a ride and he says it will be a regular thing on the subway and buses. He took the train from Grand Central to Bowling Green, which is in front of MTA Headquarters. He described his first commute as "flawless." “New York City’s public transit system has driven New York City to become the bustling, successful metropolis that it is, and it’s an honor to be trusted with the huge responsibility to modernize the system and bring it to the high levels of performance and customer service that New Yorkers truly deserve and rightfully expect,” Byford said. Byford acknowledged the challenges ahead and the age of the New York City system. NYC Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer welcomed him to the city via an Instagram post and invited him to a transit town hall in Queens. "‪Andy Byford had a flawless commute. Congrats and welcome. No such luck on the 7 right now," Councilmember Van Bramer wrote. Byford has worked for the London Underground system, railway in Australia and he was the CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission, the third largest transit system in North America, for five years. He says his priorities are improving service on subways, buses and in paratransit service. He has a daunting task ahead of him. New York City has one of the oldest and largest transit systems in the world. Byford will be responsible for ensuring the success of the Subway Action Plan, which aims to stabilize and modernize the entire system. He called for a new spirit of work with transit crews and greeted some on his way into the office. On his first day on the job, Byford said he is committed to improving the cleanliness, reliability, and safety of the transit systems. He addressed the issues he would like to see fixed, including declining bus ridership and lack of accommodations for people with mobility impairments. "I haven't come here to be a tourist, I've come here to get a job done," he said.

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  • How the city can survive 
automation—and prosper from itHow the city can survive 
automation—and prosper from it

    Automation is threading through every level of the city’s economy, from warehouses and food courts to trading floors and operating rooms. But in recent years, a booming economy has hushed... To view the full story, click the title link.

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  • The whole story of New York's failure on reproductive rightsThe whole story of New York's failure on reproductive rights

    To the editor: Your brief article “New York trails other states on reproductive rights laws in 2017” neglects to tell the complete story of the state Legislature's shocking, repeated... To view the full story, click the title link.

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  • Nowhere fastNowhere fast

    “No F trains at this station” has become an all-too-
familiar refrain for weekend straphangers traveling to and from Brooklyn and Queens. While that messaging is perfectly direct,... To view the full story, click the title link.

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  • To fight congestion, get serious about UberTo fight congestion, get serious about Uber

    The work of traffic engineer Bruce Schaller has indisputably demonstrated how the proliferation of Uber vehicles—and to a lesser extent Lyft’s—is a major cause of the congestion... To view the full story, click the title link.

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  • David Harbour Is Willing to Officiate a Fan’s Wedding If His Cake and Retweet Demands Are MetDavid Harbour Is Willing to Officiate a Fan’s Wedding If His Cake and Retweet Demands Are Met

    David Harbour is, without a doubt, living a great life. The Stranger Things star is the next Hellboy, he has a phenomenal Instagram, and he’s fully leaning in on his sexy status. And, since Harbour is a stand-up guy, he’s willing to spread that joy to his fans — provided ... More »

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  • What Would Happen if NYC Got a Nuclear AlertWhat Would Happen if NYC Got a Nuclear Alert

    After an accidental alert warned Hawaiians of an impending ballistic missile strike, many are wondering what would happen if a strike was incoming. Erica Byfield reports on what would happen in New York City.

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  • Woman Dies After Being Shot in Face Near NYC BodegaWoman Dies After Being Shot in Face Near NYC Bodega

    A woman has died after being shot in the face by a man during some sort of argument just outside a Bronx deli, police say. Wale Aliyu reports.

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  • Possible strike looms at Hunts Point Produce MarketPossible strike looms at Hunts Point Produce Market

    Their three-year contract expires at the end of the day Tuesday, and Teamsters Local 202 President Daniel Kane Jr. said both sides remain far apart regarding a wage increase for the workers.

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  • Meteor shower likely cause of flash and noise near DetroitMeteor shower likely cause of flash and noise near Detroit

    It was a quite a sight in the sky in Michigan Tuesday night.

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  • Cuomo Includes Tax Overhaul Ideas, Congestion Pricing In State Budget ProposalCuomo Includes Tax Overhaul Ideas, Congestion Pricing In State Budget Proposal

    ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday offered an election-year budget that seeks to soften the blow of federal tax laws that could stick New Yorkers with billions in additional taxes. The proposal also lays out spending on schools and mass transit while also confronting greater uncertainty in federal funding. Further, as CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported, the proposal includes congestion pricing. Cuomo unveiled his $168 billion spending proposal on Tuesday. Lawmakers hope to approve a final budget by the April 1 deadline. As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, it is clear that the last thing Cuomo wanted to do was run for reelection at a time when his constituents are being asked to pay higher taxes – even if the federal government is the culprit. “Washington hit a button and launched an economic missile, and it said, ‘New York,’ on it,” Cuomo said. Thus, as part of the budget proposal, the governor called for restructuring the state’s tax code to find was to work around the federal law – which limits the deductibility of state, local and property taxes. “It is hard. It is complicated. But it is doable,” Cuomo said. The governor offered up several possibilities – among them changing the income tax to a payroll tax, and allowing taxpayers to make charitable contributions to the state instead of paying taxes. Charitable contributions are deductible. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown) is not wild about the payroll option – which would shift income taxes from an employee-paid system to an employer-paid system. “Just the concept of the payroll tax is very challenging,” Flanagan said. The governor’s 2019 budget proposal holds most spending flat in order to eliminate a $4.4 billion deficit. It increases education spending by $769 million and sets aside $254 million for emergency work on New York City’s transit system. The governor’s budget address started with a focus on the possible tax code changes, and it was going smoothly until Cuomo proposed a 3 percent increase in school funding, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported. “It’s not enough,” Assemblyman Charles Barron (D- Brooklyn) protested. The assemblyman repeatedly interrupted the governor, wanting more for education, until he was asked to leave, Jones reported. “How about that as a suggestion, assemblyman?” Cuomo said to Barron. “How about you listen to it first and then you say it’s not worth it?” The proposal also includes congestion pricing. For over a decade, the four bridges over the East River connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn and Queens have been the target of mass transit advocates who have yearned to put tolls on them. Governor Cuomo Outlines the FY2019 New York State Budget https://t.co/1zOLVKMvjv — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 16, 2018 But Cuomo told CBS2’s Kramer that the “Fix NYC” panel is “going to be talking about a zone rather than bridges.” Hanging his hat on his panel of experts, Cuomo’s congestion pricing plan will raise money for mass transit by charging drivers to enter Manhattan’s central business district. Boundaries, fees and exact hours the fees will be charged would be worked out later. “The bridges were a crude instrument,” Cuomo said. “Really what you want to do is keep people out of the highly congested areas at the time of the highest congestion and we now have the capacity to put up tolling machines on any corner, any block.” Kramer asked the governor if the hours could be adjusted so, for example, shift workers or hospital workers could get to work with out paying a fee. “That’s just what this commission has worked on because the variables are infinite,” he said. “You can pick times, you can do discounts, you can do whatever you want with the technology that we now have.” Sources say the plan is also expected to add a hefty surcharge for app-based car services like Uber and Lyft. Mayor Bill de Blasio prefers to tax millionaires to fix the subways. As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, de Blasio cautioned that he wanted to see the whole plan – but he raised questions about Cuomo’s congestion pricing proposal. “How do you make sure it’s not a regressive tax where folks who have lots of resources are all too happy to pay to come into Manhattan and other people who don’t have so many resources can’t?” the mayor said. De Blasio also asked how the state would make sure the plan was fair to Brooklyn and Queens. “What do they get back?” he asked. The mayor emphasized that he thinks his millionaires’ tax proposal is still the best solution for the MTA’s money woes. Reaction from New Yorkers was mixed. “That’s horrible because, you know, we’re not making money to begin with and now it’s going to cost more money to come into the city,” said driver Fahim Hannan. “I think it’s a really good idea,” said Upper West Side resident Lesley Weinsberg. “Traffic’s gotten worse and worse and it’s difficult to get around.” More congestion pricing details are expected later this week from the “Fix NYC” panel. Cuomo says he’s also hoping to restructure the state’s tax code to soften the blow of the new federal tax overhaul enacted by Washington Republicans. The overhaul will sharply increase taxes for many New Yorkers. Cuomo also called for a study on the effects in New York if New Jersey legalizes marijuana.

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  • Bushwick tenants suffer in cold with broken water pipeBushwick tenants suffer in cold with broken water pipe

    The tenants of 1231 Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn have been living without heat for nearly a week.

    ABC 7 New York / 4 h. 9 min. ago
  • Queens Landlord Charged With Illegally Converting Single-Family Home Into Multi-Unit DwellingQueens Landlord Charged With Illegally Converting Single-Family Home Into Multi-Unit Dwelling

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The insatiable demand for affordable housing in New York City at times creates an illegal supply of rentals. Now, for the second time in five years, a Queens man has been charged with illegally converting a single-family home into a multi-unit dwelling. On first glance, it’s not clear why the home in Elmhurst would need three satellite TV dishes. A resident insisted there was nothing illegal happening there. “No illegal conversion,” the man who didn’t wish to be identified told CBS2’s Tony Aiello. When asked if they’d allow a camera crew in for a look, the resident claimed “it’s not a perfect day today.” It certainly proved to be a bad day for the owners, 53-year-old Segundo Chimbay and his wife, 52-year-old Maria Chimbay. The Queens District Attorney charged them with illegally converting the home on forlay street into five small apartments, including one in the attic and one in the cellar. Authorities say at one point fifteen people lived there, all of them sharing one kitchen on the first floor. Rents were between $750 and $1,400 a month, according to authorities. The Chimbays also allegedly told renters to ignore the vacate order placed on the front door. It’s an ongoing problem in a city where affordable housing is in very tight supply. Utility poles placed throughout Elmhurst don homemade advertisements boasting of rooms for rent. “Usually rent for 10, 12 people. It’s for to save money,” Elmhurst resident Cesar Palio said. “It’s dangerous, it’s not legal.” Chimbay has been through this before, charged in 2013 with illegally converting four homes. He got probation, which ended in October. “That’s a lie, that’s a complete lie,” the unnamed resident told CBS2 of Chimbay’s probation. The charges against Chimbay include reckless endangerment and scheme to defraud. They carry up to seven years in prison.

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  • Snow arriving in NY area could make for messy morning commuteSnow arriving in NY area could make for messy morning commute

    Another round of snow is moving into the New York area, and it could make for slick road conditions on Wednesday morning.

    ABC 7 New York / 4 h. 24 min. ago
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church troubled by alleged K2 sales out frontSt. Francis of Assisi Church troubled by alleged K2 sales out front

    NEW YORK — St. Francis of Assisi Church is the place where FDNY chaplain Mychal Judge preached. He left the Franciscan Friary on West 31st Street on a fire truck, before he became the first, official casualty of the 9/11 terror attacks — killed in the collapse of the Twin Towers. It's the same place where the late NYPD Detective, Steven McDonald, used to hold "Walks of Remembrance" for Father Judge. Now the friars — and local businesses — are upset about what they claim is going on outside. A property manager from West 31st Street e-mailed PIX11 to complain about a man and woman who live under a scaffold across from the church, alleging they sell "sticks" of synthetic pot rolled with tobacco to the homeless and mentally ill. The product is commonly known as K2. Many of the indigent people are traveling through West 31 Street, off 7th Avenue, to get fed at the friary's soup kitchen. One church employee who didn't want to be identified said of the couple — a male and female — "They're here 24 hours; they don't move from that spot." The employee said the woman carried a handbag with the "sticks" inside, and we watched a number of men approach the couple during the time we spent on West 31st Street during lunch hour Tuesday. When the man and woman noticed our camera, they confronted us. "We're homeless, we can't help that, leave us alone," the woman yelled at yours truly and my colleague. When I asked the couple if they sold K2, the man said "No" and the woman answered indignantly, "Would I be sleeping on a damn sidewalk if I was selling something?" "Why don't you do something about the homeless," she yelled, "instead of talking s--t all the time?" A second church employee pointed out that Bellevue Hospital, Methadone clinics, and Penn Station are all close by, places where the homeless or mentally ill often go for services — or to sleep. An alleged K2 dealer was arrested near Penn Station last August with 180 "sticks" in his possession. Seven other people were rushed to hospitals in August 2016, after smoking K2 in the area. PIX11 observed a man with a yellow hood approach the couple and then walk a few feet to a wall, where he lit something and started puffing. He was later seen begging outside a Dunkin' Donuts just yards away. The second church employee said this kind of behavior is routine. "Most people are the homeless people. They beg for money on the side of the street and then after that, they take the money and go buy the stuff over there." K2 became more difficult to buy after October 2015, when Mayor DeBlasio signed several laws banning the sale of K2 products in delis and bodegas. Visits to emergency rooms were spiking, and police joined forces with the feds to raid K2 storage facilities and delis. There was also concern millions in profits from K2 sales were going to the Middle East and Africa to finance acts of terror. It seems that K2 dealers adapted by doing street sales of "sticks" for $3 a piece. We met one homeless man smoking a rolled cigarette on 7th Avenue, after noticing him near the scaffolding on West 31st Street minutes before. The man said his name was Castrina, and he denied he had bought the rolled cigarette under the scaffold. He called the product "Tops" — claiming it was tobacco. We asked the man why he liked smoking the sticks, which he paid $3.50 a piece for. "It keeps me warm," he said, as the smoke came wafting out of his mouth. We asked him a second time if he got high from the stick. He paused a long time and then smiled, "Maybe a little." When we contacted the NYPD, a department spokesperson told us she had called the Midtown South Precinct, which has a homeless unit that keeps track of the area around Penn Station. The police spokesperson said, "They haven't received any complaints. They will be on the lookout for this."

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  • Person Struck, Critically Injured In Queens Hit-And-RunPerson Struck, Critically Injured In Queens Hit-And-Run

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police late Tuesday were on the scene of a hit-and-run in Queens. The incident happened around 10 p.m. at 35th Street and Queens Boulevard in the Sunnyside section of the borough, police said. The vehicle was traveling north on 35th Street while the victim was crossing Queens Boulevard. Police remained on the scene at 11 p.m. The victim — a 26-year-old man — was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst in critical condition, police said. He was expected to survive. The vehicle was described as a dark-colored sport-utility vehicle.

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  • What New Yorkers Should Do If There's a Nuclear AlertWhat New Yorkers Should Do If There's a Nuclear Alert

    Hawaii went into high alert Saturday when an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency clicked the wrong link that lead to a state-wide alert of an incoming ballistic missile.Photo Credit: Jhune Liwanag via AP

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  • Woman Shot to Death After Line-Skipping Argument at BodegaWoman Shot to Death After Line-Skipping Argument at Bodega

    A woman has died after being shot in the face by a man during some sort of argument just outside an NYC bodega, police say.Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York

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  • Cuomo Says Budget Will Defend New York Against Trump’s ‘Economic Missile’Cuomo Says Budget Will Defend New York Against Trump’s ‘Economic Missile’

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a $168 billion spending plan that called for a raft of ideas to counter President Trump’s tax changes.

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  •  The End of the F***ing World Recap: Hitchhiker’s Guide The End of the F***ing World Recap: Hitchhiker’s Guide

    Everything I said in my first recap about this show having the potential to be cloying? I take it all back. I am officially, unreservedly on board with The End of the F***ing World.First off, this episode seems to prove that far from being an actual psychopath, James is a ... More »

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  • Cuomo’s Congestion Pricing for New York City Begins to Take ShapeCuomo’s Congestion Pricing for New York City Begins to Take Shape

    The governor ruled out new bridge tolls in favor of creating a geographic zone where drivers would be charged fees depending on their vehicle and the time of day.

    NYT / Region / 4 h. 55 min. ago
  • NYPD Officers Deliver Baby on Manhattan StreetNYPD Officers Deliver Baby on Manhattan Street

    A New York City newborn is boasting true street cred after being delivered on a Manhattan street Tuesday morning.

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  • Daughter charged after man’s body found encased in concrete inside crawl spaceDaughter charged after man’s body found encased in concrete inside crawl space

    BRIGHTON, CO — The daughter of a man whose body was found inside a Colorado home has been charged with first-degree murder, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Dayna Jennings, 44, was arrested Wednesday in the death of her father, 69-year-old William Mussack, whose remains were found inside a home in the 10000 block of Eliot Circle in Federal Heights. Court documents say his body was found in the crawl space encased in concrete and Jennings admitted to pouring that concrete. Although those documents do not list a cause of death, it does say family members believe Mussack was drugged because of a prior incident where he was found unconscious for 15 hours last December after taking a bite of a hamburger Jennings gave to him. Jennings has been charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and tampering with a deceased human body. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 15 in Adams County District Court. Family and friends had been searching for Mussack for two weeks and notified authorities in late December. Police executed a search warrant on the home on Wednesday where Mussack's body was found. The Federal Heights Police Department said Jennings and Mussack shared a house. Neighbors said Jennings' boyfriend also lived at the home. Authorities have not said when they suspect Mussack was killed.

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  • Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Parts Of Tri-State AreaWinter Weather Advisory In Effect For Parts Of Tri-State Area

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Snow is headed towards parts of the Tri-State area Tuesday. A winter weather advisory is in effect through Wednesday for parts of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut and southeast New York. Forecasters are calling for snow to start falling late Tuesday and continue into Wednesday. A coating to two inches of snow are possible in the city with two to four inches possible for parts of New Jersey and the Hudson Valley. Forecasters say there could be more snow farther north and west. CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn says only snow will be seen north and west, while some rain is expected to be mixed in with borderline temperatures along the coast. New York City is expected to see about three hours of real snow. The track of the storm was still under observation late Tuesday, although the models were coming in line late Tuesday. The city has suspended alternate side parking rules for Wednesday in advance of the storm. To check the current forecast, click here. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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  • Seth Meyers Evaluates Trump’s Job on Puerto Rico’s Recovery EffortSeth Meyers Evaluates Trump’s Job on Puerto Rico’s Recovery Effort

    After Puerto Rico was hit by the devastating Hurricane Maria last fall, President Trump told reporters that the White House deserved a “10” for its recovery efforts. “I bet young Donald Trump wasn’t one of those kids you’d let grade their own homework,” Seth Meyers quipped on Late Night’s “The ... More »

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  • Brooklyn building has no water since pipe burst nearly 2 weeks agoBrooklyn building has no water since pipe burst nearly 2 weeks ago

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn — Dozens of people have been living a nightmare situation in Bushwick since pipes burst during the freezing cold almost two weeks ago. Residents at 1231 Broadway haven't been able to shower or flush their toilets. There's no water in their sinks. Tenants need three blankets at night because of the cold. Pipes have burst around the city as New York weathers the cold. Water flooded the hallways of the Bushwick building after its pipe burst. Tenants say it's just the latest problem following years of neglect by absentee landlords. Frustrated residents have taken their anger out to the public. They rallied in front of the building Tuesday. Many of the tenants are Mexican immigrants and claim their landlord is discriminating against them by not making repairs. They hope city agencies and the courts will get their landlords to take remedial action. PIX11 has reached out to the landlords several times, but they have not responded to requests for comment.

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  • Nassau cops seek escaped prisoner in Hempstead VillageNassau cops seek escaped prisoner in Hempstead Village

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  • LI school officials poised to review detailed state-aid figuresLI school officials poised to review detailed state-aid figures

    ALBANY -- School officials on Long Island are poised to review the nuts and bolts of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's funding plan, especially detailed numbers in computerized "school runs" released Tuesday night.

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  •  This Is Us Recap: Let’s Go to the Mall This Is Us Recap: Let’s Go to the Mall

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  •  The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap: A Very Important Date The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap: A Very Important Date

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  • NYPD Traffic Officers Help Deliver Baby On West SideNYPD Traffic Officers Help Deliver Baby On West Side

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two NYPD officers stopped to help deliver a baby early Tuesday while they directed traffic in Hell’s Kitchen. As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, the two NYPD officers had just started their day enforcing “do not block the box,” when an exception arose. “This is definitely at the top of the list of an experience I will never forget,” said Officer Tiffany Phillips. Phillips and her partner, Officer Carlos Guadalupe – both 12-year veterans – were flagged down by a man at Tenth Avenue and 41st Street. He and his wife were trying to get to Northwell Health Lenox Hill Hospital, but the baby was not waiting. “They were scared in the beginning,” Phillips said. “When the baby was born, the baby was not breathing, so I believe any parent would have been scared and frantic. But once the baby started breathing, things started to calm down a little bit.” One officer went to a hotel close by to get blankets. And the baby was not breathing at first, so they put him on his abdomen and gave him a few pats, and he started coughing and breathing. The mother and her son were taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and were said to be doing fine.

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  • ‘Beauty Myth’ Writer Says Yale Blocked Harassment Claim‘Beauty Myth’ Writer Says Yale Blocked Harassment Claim

    Naomi Wolf sought to file a complaint with the university against the famed literary critic Harold Bloom, who she says groped her while she was a student in 1983.

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  • Mathilde Krim, pioneer of AIDS research, dies at age 91Mathilde Krim, pioneer of AIDS research, dies at age 91

    Mathilde Krim, a prominent AIDS researcher who galvanized worldwide support in the early fight against the deadly disease, has died. She was 91.

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  • Celgene in talks to buy Juno Therapeutics on heels of Impact dealCelgene in talks to buy Juno Therapeutics on heels of Impact deal

    Celgene is looking to buy yet another biotech company. The Summit, New Jersey-based company is looking to purchase Juno Therapeutics, just one week after it announced that it was taking over Impact Biomedicines in a $7 billion transaction. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, but Juno had a market value of about $5.5 billion as of Tuesday afternoon. According to The Wall Street Journal, the discussions will likely produce a deal in the coming weeks. Juno (NASDAQ: JUNO) shares surged more than…

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  • LIRR investigating after black sludge pours out of faucet on trainLIRR investigating after black sludge pours out of faucet on train

    Imagine going to rinse your hands and black sludge comes out of the faucet. That's exactly what happened to a woman on an LIRR train.

    ABC 7 New York / 5 h. 55 min. ago
  • ACCUWEATHER ALERT: Snow moving into the Tri-StateACCUWEATHER ALERT: Snow moving into the Tri-State

    A "clipper system" is expected to spread snow across the Tri-State area through the night and into Wednesday morning. Much of the steadiest, accumulating snow will occur overnight, causing slick spots on most untreated surfaces.

    ABC 7 New York / 5 h. 59 min. ago
  • Chelsea bomber deserves life sentence, prosecution saysChelsea bomber deserves life sentence, prosecution says

    Prosecutors on Tuesday urged a Manhattan federal judge to sentence Chelsea bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi to life in prison as they disclosed he joked in jail about the pressure cooker bomb used to wreak havoc and wondered how non-Muslims with their hands "drenched with Muslim Blood" could judge him.

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  • Trump hotels swarmed with ‘s—hole’ reviews on YelpTrump hotels swarmed with ‘s—hole’ reviews on Yelp

    Five days ago, the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC had an average Yelp rating of 4 out of 5 stars. As of today, that average had dropped two full stars after hundreds of reviews describing the hotel as a “s—hole” were posted with the lowest-possible one-star rating. Almost 800 reviews describing the hotel using the expletive were posted between Thursday and Monday, according to New Knowledge, a company that tracks the spread of misinformation online. The reviews follow reports that President Donald Trump had used the word “s—hole” in describing African countries while discussing immigration with lawmakers last Thursday. Trump has acknowledged using “tough” language during the conversation, but says he did not use that word. “What a total ‘s—hole’… Run by a deplorable,” read one of the comments posted on the customer review website on Monday.. Similar comments were also posted on the Yelp pages for Trump hotels in Chicago and Hawaii, as well as for Mar-a-Lago. As of the end of 2017, the president had spent nearly a third of his time in office at the private Florida club. One dubious review posted about the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago featured photographs showing a dirty bedroom and bathroom purportedly in the hotel. It was obvious at a glance that the photos were not from the hotel, and about two days later, the post was removed. Yelp placed a message on many pages for Trump-owned or branded properties that read, “This business is being monitored by Yelp’s support team for content related to media reports.” A spokeswoman for Yelp told CNN, “these media storms are complicated situations that create a dilemma for Yelp, but we’ve chosen to take a strong and consistent stance on managing them.” The spokeswoman said that reviews that are not based on firsthand experience violate the company’s terms of service, but that due to the high volume of posts submitted during a “media storm,” they can take a few days to remove. Ryan Fox, co-founder of New Knowledge, told CNN that some Twitter users were encouraging people to write fake reviews on Trump Yelp pages. “These initial tweets by social influencers about “s—hole” reviews on Yelp serve as an example of passive orchestration of social manipulation through influence,” he told CNN. The Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment.

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  • Cuomo proposes state tax overhaul to counteract federal reformsCuomo proposes state tax overhaul to counteract federal reforms

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    New York Post / 6 h. 3 min. ago
  • Young woman reunites with FDNY firefighter years after he saved her life from Bronx fireYoung woman reunites with FDNY firefighter years after he saved her life from Bronx fire

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  • Jaguars Patriots: Jags named Sacksonville for a reason
Jaguars Patriots: Jags named Sacksonville for a reason

    That the New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship is not much of a surprise.   That the Jacksonville Jaguars are as well? OK, that's a surprise.   But as the NFL season comes down to four remaining teams, the Jaguars are by far the least likely of the bunch to make it this far, with the Eagles and Vikings representing the NFC.   Consider that prior to this season, the Jaguars had finished 5th-worst or lower in every season since 2011.   Now, led on offense by quarterback Blake Bortles - who almost lost his job prior to this season - and star rookie running back Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars are not to be taken lightly.   Just ask the Steelers, who couldn't wait to head to New England for the AFC Championship Game . . . now they'll have to wait another year.   But despite a bit of a Bortles resurgence and Fournette rookie emergence, it's been the Jaguars defense that has played lights out and gotten them to where they are today (though the 45-42 win over the Steelers might not back that up).   Nicknamed "Sacksonville", the Jaguars' extremely dangerous defense has been a storyline all season. They were without a doubt the AFC's best defense, leading the conference in total yards allowed per game (286.1), pass yards allowed per game (169.9), and points allowed per game (16.8).   They allowed the lowest completion percentage for opposing quarterbacks (56.8), the lowest opposing quarterback rating (68.5), finished second in sacks (55), second in interceptions (21), and second in forced fumbles (17) - five of which were returned for touchdowns. The Jags also scooped and scored one against the Steelers on Sunday.   So what does all of this mean?    The people at TB12 Headquarters will need to be working overtime this week to make sure Brady can withstand what will be a full-on attack by the Jaguars defense.   So that means throw on extra layer of recovery sleepwear. Maybe it's double the avocado in his ice cream, sprinkled with Himalayan pink salt. Do not let him within 10 yards of a nightshade vegetable, either.   Historically speaking, it's been opposing defenses that can pressure Brady and throw off his timing that have had success against the Patriots. Both the Broncos and the Giants have won big games against an overwhelmed Patriots offensive line and hurried Brady.   The Titans were not able to get to Brady for a single sack on any of his 13 pressured dropbacks, according to Pro Football Focus.   That’s highly unlikely to be the case this weekend.   But while the Jaguars will most likely bring that pressure, the Steelers proved that you could be successful against it. According to Pro Football Focus, Ben Roethlisberger was pressured on 30.6-percent of his dropbacks, but threw for three touchdowns and a 120.6 passer rating on those plays.    Big Ben connected on six of eight deep balls (over 20 yards) for 190 yards and four touchdowns. Of course, it helps when you’re throwing to Antonio Brown.   New England will look to establish the run next week as well, with Jacksonville’s run defense a little bit more down to earth over the course of a season than its pass defense.   */ The Jags allowed 116.3 rushing yards per game this season (10th in the AFC), so players like Dion Lewis and James White could be used more out of the backfield, while Rex Burkhead reportedly is expected to return.

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  • Pence red-faced as pastor described Trump's 'shithole' remarks: Report
Pence red-faced as pastor described Trump's 'shithole' remarks: Report

    Well, that was awkward. Vice President Mike Pence blushed while a pastor denounced President Trump's "shithole countries" remarks from the pulpit during a service Pence attended, the "New York Daily News" reported on Monday. Rev. Maurice Watson spoke out against Trump to murmurs of agreement from his congregation. “I stand today as your pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of the nations of Africa and of our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” he said at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, Maryland. “And I further say: Whoever made such a statement, whoever used such a visceral, disrespectful, dehumanizing adjective to characterize the nations of Africa, whoever said it, is wrong," said Watson. "And they ought to be held accountable.” Attendees voiced agreement; some rose to their feet and applauded as Pence blushed, according to people attending the service. Watson said he was “led by God to do it,” because many of his parishioners were born in the countries Trump belittled. The controversy known as "Shitgate" or "Shitholegate" raged throughout the weekend. It originated in a bipartisan meeting on an immigration deal, in which President Trump described the Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" and suggested that fewer immigrants be accepted from those areas and more from Norway, the Washington Post reported. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed the remarks, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) obliquely backed him up. The issue is at the crux of a spending bill, which must be approved to avoid a government shutdown by Jan. 19. Sunday's incident wasn't the first time Pence was admonished from the stage while he sat in the audience. At a November 2016 performance of the musical "Hamilton," the cast delivered an unscripted entreaty for the incoming Trump administration to work on behalf of all Americans. Trump accused the cast of harassing the vice president-elect, while Pence said he wasn't offended by the remarks.

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  • Bruins with unique opportunity to bury the Canadiens
Bruins with unique opportunity to bury the Canadiens

    If you are a Bruins (24-10-8) fan, you really couldn’t have drawn things up any better this week at least in terms of what the team can potentially do their most bitter rival - the Canadiens (18-20-6) - over the next few days. Boston beat Montreal 4-3 in a thoroughly entertaining shootout at the Bell Centre on Saturday night. Now, the Habs come to TD Garden for a game on Wednesday (7:30, NBC Sports) before the Original Six clubs meet once again on Saturday night (7, NESN) in Montreal. It’s extremely rare to see the same opponent this many times in such a short span during the regular season but nobody could possibly argue which team is in better shape heading into these two pivotal matchups. Despite a 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas (25-17-3) on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Boston is still 7-0-3 in its last 10 games and its point-streak was extended to a whopping 13 games (9-0-4). The B’s have two games in hand over Montreal and yet they have amassed 14 more points than former head coach Claude Julien’s struggling outfit. The Canadiens lost an overtime contest of their own on Monday as they fell 5-4 to the Islanders (23-18-4) at home. In that game, Montreal fired 56 shots but they were stymied by the immortal Thomas Greiss, who made a career-high 52 saves to pick up the key two points for New York - which is in a real dog fight for a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Let’s be honest here: the Canadiens are far from a good team in 2017-18. Beset by injuries to key players like defenseman Shea Weber and the underachievement of other top players like Max Pacioretty (who has been the subject of numerous trade rumors), the Habs are likely to finish way outside of the playoff race in the East. This is precisely what makes them so dangerous though to the Bruins and any other contender in the NHL: they have absolutely nothing to lose while they play out the string on this ill-fated campaign. Montreal is 3-5-2 in its last 10 games with a goal-differential of minus-23 overall. As you would expect, they are terrible on the road (7-12-1) - whereas the Bruins are great at the Garden (14-5-4) and very good on the road (10-5-4) with a solid goal-differential of plus-29. “Teams are coming and they look at the way we play,” noted ageless Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “They’re going to be, obviously, motivated to play us. We’ve just got to make sure we’re ready for everybody who comes into this building or who we’re going to play.” In between these latest installments of the best rivalry in hockey, Boston visits the Islanders on Thursday and Montreal goes to Washington (28-14-3) on Friday (7:30). I’m not predicting that Julien will be fired but you’d have to think that he’s on the hot seat and after all, the easiest thing to do in times like these is to blame the coach. Plus, he’s already been fired once before from the Canadiens so this second go-around always had an expiration date on it anyway. 

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  • ‘I want to educate and entertain’: Jerry Bruckheimer talks ’12 
Strong’
‘I want to educate and entertain’: Jerry Bruckheimer talks ’12 Strong’

    While Jerry Bruckheimer’s career is littered with plenty of examples of blockbuster Hollywood spectacle at its finest, the producer also likes to bring true stories to life, too. “12 Strong” follows in the vein of “Remember The Titans” and “Black Hawk Down,” bringing the antics of the first U.S. Special Forces that were sent into Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11 to the big-screen. Their story was kept under wraps from the public until Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book “Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story Of A Band Of US Soldiers Who Rode To Victory In Afghanistan” was released back in 2010. During my conversation with Jerry Bruckheimer earlier this month the producer admitted, after it was put in front of him, it didn’t take long for the project to pique his interest. “I think it is a unique story about men that deserve to be remembered, who were accomplishing something that had been classified for a long time.” “I like making movies that not only entertain but are educational. I like making pieces about people who should be remembered. People who changed things for the better. They would have been forgotten if it weren’t for Doug Stanton, who wrote the book, and us for making the movie.” Bruckheimer also saw “12 Strong” as an opportunity to make a “very cinematic,” and timely film about what is currently going on and “people working together to make the world a better place.” “It’s about the professionalism of the military force, and these guys are highly intelligent, but also deadly. It is also a realistic portrayal of what is going in the world and what happened in that time period over in Afghanistan. How a small military force goes into a foreign country and bonds with the Muslim and Afghan people to rid a common invader.” While some artistic license is required for films of this ilk, Jerry Bruckheimer insisted that the reaction from those who were there has only been positive, especially when it comes to “the essence of the story.” “Based on the reactions of the people we have shown it to, including the real special forces that were over there, they really believe that we got the essence of the story.” “The most frightening thing for a producer is when you make a movie about real people. You’re scared that people might come up to you and go, ‘That never happened. That’s misrepresentation.’ Fortunately on this movie it is quite the opposite.” You’ll be able to discover the story of “12 Strong,” which has an all-star cast of Chris Hemsworth, Navid Negahban, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes, Rob Riggle, William Fichtner, and Elsa Pataky, when it is released on January 19. 

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  • Eagles fan allegedly punched police horse
Eagles fan allegedly punched police horse

    An intoxicated fan allegedly disgraced the Eagles' playoff win on Saturday by punching a Philly police horse. A Lehigh County man caught sneaking in to see the Eagles without a ticket responded by punching a Philly police horse that was patrolling the stadium area, police said. Taylor Hendricks, 22, of Whitehall, Pa., is now facing charges of aggravated assault, assault on a law enforcement office and cruelty to animals, the Philadelphia Police Department said. The incident began at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, as the Eagles were playing the Falcons. "Security personnel at Lincoln Financial Field ejected the defendant because he was intoxicated and did not possess a ticket," a police report stated. There was no clear motivation for why Hendricks allegedly attacked the horse who was with the Mounted Unit providing security for the game: according to the police report, he simply walked up and started throwing blows. "After the male was ejected he walked over to a mounted officer and began punching the horse in the face, neck and shoulder area," the report said. The officer on the horse also sustained some blows to the legs before another officer grabbed Hendricks and put him in custody. Luckily, neither the horse nor the officer were injured, police said. Hendricks pleaded not guilty and is reportedly currently free on bail. The Eagles beat the Falcons 15-10 and advanced on to Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Vikings.

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  • How will Eagles attack Vikings NFL best ever third down defense?How will Eagles attack Vikings NFL best ever third down defense?

    Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich says the Vikings defense is the best his team has faced all year. And the statistics say he's right. "I think one of the reasons why is they can get pressure with four and cover with seven," the coach said Tuesday, shrugging off rumors he might be a top candidate to coach the Titans next season. "Any time you can get pressure with four and cover with seven, that's kind of been the key to our defensive success. That's a winning formula. That's been a proven winning formula for a long time, so I think this week is a good test of that." According to some numbers crunching, the Vikings defense is the best of all time on third downs (or at least the best in the last two decades). They allow a conversion just over 25 percent of the time, which is a remarkably good rate (the Eagles are third best in the NFL at 32 percent). "I think they are the best maybe ever," wide receiver Torrey Smith, who is preparing to face them Sunday afternoon said. "Statistically it's pretty crazy." A week ago, in their 15-10 win over the Falcons, the Eagles were exceptionally successful at giving themselves third and manageable situations. Only three times out of 13 third down situations versus Atlanta did Philly need more than seven yards, averaging around five yards per attempt. As fans no doubt know Carson Wentz' accolades on third down were incredible, and his injury certainly hurts the team's third down approach. But even under Nick Foles Saturday the Birds had six third downs with less than four to go. If they can do that again, they might be able to withstand the Vikings treacherous defense. "It's huge especially against a team like that, that can make plays on third down and get off the field," Smith said. "That's a key to our success. We have been good on third down and manageable." So, if third and short is important, than first and second downs become important too. Suddenly, against a team like the Vikings, a three of four yard gain on the early downs becomes a necessity. "I think like last week we need to get in rhythm," Reich said. "We need to stay in phase. We had a lot of third-and-manageables last week. I think we avoided negative plays. We had obviously a few negative runs … We didn't have too many penalties. … Last week I think we had three drives of over 10 plays, so that's the challenge against going up against one of the better defenses in the league." One of the biggest reasons for the third down success since Wentz' injury has been the play of Corey Clement, who has scored a surprise six touchdowns this year — two of them through the air. Saturday against Atlanta he had five catches, two of which netted first downs.  "That's been a surprise," Reich admitted, "a running back from Wisconsin who is running power. You’re thinking he's going to come in here and be your third-down back. But he's worked very hard at it and really made a role for himself."

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  • Rockets Lakers LeBron NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers more likely
Rockets Lakers LeBron NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers more likely

    The odds that LeBron James signs with the Lakers this summer are growing steadily following reports of “discontent and concern” in the Cavaliers locker room. There is a feeling within the organization that their problems aren’t fixable this season. As for future seasons, many are pointing to the fact that the Cavs own the Brooklyn Nets pick this summer and that the hope of a young stud helping LeBron into the twilight of his career will be enough to convince him to stay in Cleveland. Several issues with that: 1. The Nets pick likely won’t even be that good. The Nets currently have the seventh worst record in the NBA. You think LeBron is staying in Ohio because he likes Luka Doncic’s game? 2. Isaiah Thomas will be a free agent. The Cavs are struggling mightily since he returned. Would he want to run it back in Cleveland even with LeBron? 3. Mission accomplished. LeBron believes that he’s already done enough for the city of Cleveland by ending its decades-long championship drought. That has been LeBron’s mindset for two years. (See: LeBron’s tweet to departed Cleveland GM David Griffin “We got us 1!”)   Here is an idea of how bad things are in Cleveland (via Cleveland.com): “Rotations are awful. IT (Isaiah Thomas) is so much worse than Kyrie (Irving) defensively it’s insane," a league source said. "There is not a great feeling anywhere. They need to limp into the All-Star break and get away from each other.” The feeling surrounding the Lakers right now isn’t much better, and the record surely is worse (15-28, the sixth worst record in the NBA). But with the Cavaliers, Lakers and Rockets the only three teams that consistently come up in regards to where LeBron will play basketball next season – the Lakers remain the odds-on favorites. The Rockets would need to trade PJ Tucker, Ryan Anderson, Nene and Chinanu Onuaku without taking any salary back – and even then it’s not enough for Houston to sign him to a max deal (according to SB Nation). Plus, there’s this:   When LeBron went to the Heat, it was a unique situation. Dwyane Wade was one of his best buddies in the NBA, and he had already won a title. LeBron didn’t mind sharing the spotlight with him. James Harden is still hunting for his first title, and it’s easy see Harden and LeBron’s egos clashing. Harden is one of the NBA’s premier alpha dogs and wants to win his first title as his team’s No. 1. Yes, the Lakers’ cap situation is messy too, but LA has a clearer financial path to signing both LeBron and Paul George than Houston does in signing both LeBron and Chris Paul (re-sign) this summer. There will need to be some serious financial sacrificing from LeBron and others in both destinations, but it would be much easier to get a deal done in LA.

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  • Trump's Mar-a-Lago failed a Florida health inspection
Trump's Mar-a-Lago failed a Florida health inspection

    President's Trump's Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, underwent emergency repairs in order to pass a health-department inspection last November, a new report says. In the Nov. 8 inspection, the club was cited for smoke detectors that lacked flashing lights to guide the hearing-impaired during a fire, 15 food-safety violations, and "slabs of concrete missing from a staircase, exposing steel rebar that could cause someone to fall,” the Miami Herald reported on Monday. The club's two main kitchens got substandard marks for the second time in 2017. "Among the no-nos was the staff’s failure to track the freshness of potentially hazardous foods, including curry sauce dated Oct. 21 pulled from a freezer and improperly marked, milk stored at 49 degrees instead of the safe temperature of 41 degrees, and cases of hot dogs stored on the ground of the walk-in freezer," reports the Herald. The violations were considered "high priority" and required a follow-up visit a week later. The club was re-checked on Nov. 17 and met standards, a report said. Trump began his Thanksgiving vacation there a week after that. Mar-a-Lago's kitchens were previously found to violate safety codes in a February 2017 inspection. A week before a visit from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, inspectors cited sushi that was ready for consumption that had "not undergone proper parasite destruction" and food stored in broken coolers that at temperatures high enough to cause spoilage. Trump has owned Mar-a-Lago, a 1920s-built property with two restaurants and a B&B since 1985; he has branded it the "Winter White House." The president has been accused of using the presidency to promote and profit from his properties. Soon after the election, the initiation fee for Mar-a-Lago was raised from $100,000 to $200,000 a year, with $14,000 annual dues. According to financial disclosure forms filed by Trump, the club had $29.7 million in revenue from June 2015 to May 2016.

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  • Metro Sports Debate: The state of the NFL QB is piss poor in 2018 - or is it?
Metro Sports Debate: The state of the NFL QB is piss poor in 2018 - or is it?

    Matt Burke – Metro Boston: We began this conversation as a debate about who would wind up winning Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, but there was far too much agreement. Even Philly Sports Editor Evan Macy said he was afraid he’d agree with me far too much on my Patriots points, given that the Pats are heavy favorites this week against Jacksonville and would be 6.5 favorites over the Eagles in the Super Bowl (Vikings – Patriots is currently a pick ’em). So we shifted the conversation to the state of the QB in the NFL. With Blake Bortles, Case Keenum and Nick Foles all appearing in league championship games this weekend, is the state of the QB in the NFL in 2018 really as piss poor as it seems? Joe Pantorno – Metro New York: Is this the worst foursome of QBs left ever? Burke: Yes. Unless you want to say Brady brings the average up. Pantorno: I want to look back at the 2000 season. Because the Ravens won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer and faced Kerry Collins in Super Bowl 35. Burke: Ouch, yeah. That’s bad. Pantorno: Ehhh … Ravens beat Rich Gannon in the AFC Championship game. Giants beat Daunte Culpepper. Burke: Culpepper was decent. Pantorno: Yeah, so I still take this year as the worst. Culpepper and Gannon save it from being the worst. Evan Macy, Philly Sports Editor: “Will Super Bowl 52 be the worst ever?” That’s what we should debate. Pantorno: Bah. Burke: But going into next season, even with Wentz healthy – I think the state of the QB in the NFL is piss poor. Pantorno: BLAKE BORTLES IS IN THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. Of course it is lol. Macy: Yeah, I can’t argue that. NFC East has – sorry Joe – one good QB now. Pantorno: No offense taken. It’s true. Burke: Like Mariota and Jameis Winston are supposed to be studs by now. Pantorno: Dak regressed like a son of a gun. Burke: Ditto with Matt Ryan. Goff was good this season, but who’s to say he doesn't regress? Macy: It’s the NFL’s fault. They’re over-drafting these guys, then starting them on bad teams. The Aaron Rodgers technique doesn’t exist anymore … it’s why Jimmy G is so good. Pantorno: Mmmmm. I like it. Watch 4-5 QBs get taken in the first round this year. Because of this new mindset. Macy: And they start on teams that suck with new coaches and fail. Pantorno: Disaster. Macy: Put one of these guys [in the 2018 NFL Draft] on the Patriots or Saints, let them sit for two years with a great coach, and they become Pro Bowlers. Burke: I mostly agree. Though Garoppolo was the exception to the rule in New England. Matt Cassel, Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett were all mostly crap. Pantorno: So by this equation, does that mean Pat Mahomes succeeds in Kansas City? Burke: Definitely. Alex Smith has to be done in KC. They’re not going to fire Andy Reid, and there has to be change there this offseason. Pantorno: I could see Alex Smith going to the Jets. Burke: That’d actually be a good spot for him. Pantorno: Yeah, for sure. Won’t be too pricey (like Kirk Cousins) either. You pretty much know what you’re getting with him, unlike Case Keenum. Macy: Agree with that, too. Burke: This is hurting my original point that the league doesn’t have as many bona fide stud QBs as it did, say, five or six years ago (Brady, P. Manning … Rivers, Roethlisberger, Rodgers, E. Manning all in their prime), but the two breakout QBs of this season both ended up going down with season-ending injuries. If Wentz and Deshaun Watson are the real deal – and they both certainly look like it – the state of the QB is probably in good shape. This season might just be an outlier and it’ll be a thing where everyone’s like, “Hey, remember that stupid year when BLAKE BORTLES MADE THE AFC TITLE GAME?!” Macy: I mean, the injuries of Wentz and Watson, the demise of Manning and somewhat Roethlisberger, the irrelevancy of Rivers and the emergence of defenses in Philly, Minnesota, Jacksonville and even Tennessee and Buffalo … it’s not a normal year. I wouldn’t be concerned about QB play but I would be concerned with this damn over-drafting. Pantorno: If the Jaguars have taught us anything this year, it’s that teams can win despite poor quarterbacking. If you have the right pieces on the other corners of the roster, there shouldn’t be this gold rush to try and aggregate every single promising arm (there’s an arms race joke in here, just too simple to make it). Burke: So if you guys were running teams, when would you pick a QB in the draft (if at all)? Say you were the Browns, who need everything? Pantorno: I can see two quarterbacks possessing legitimate first round talent this season in Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold. If I don’t have a top two or three pick, I’m not using a first round pick on one – whether it be Baker Mayfield or Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen. I’ll get a top-tier prospect at another position of need to make my roster deeper. That way whichever QB comes in, whether it be this year or next, they have a better chance of surviving. Macy: It’s too blanket a question. Because the Eagles had the pieces to make Carson Wentz successful. If the Eagles didn’t trade with the Browns for that second pick, I think Wentz is a failure in Cleveland. Burke: God, I think Wentz would have succeeded anywhere. Some guys are just that good. Pantorno: It’s such a shame that such a stud is in the Giants’ division.

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  • Which team is really better, the Eagles or the Vikings?
Which team is really better, the Eagles or the Vikings?

    For the second straight week, the No. 1 seeded 14-3 Eagles (including last week's win against the Falcons) will be around three point underdogs in Las Vegas. And once again, the team has an underdog mentality and motive to beat the incoming Vikings Sunday evening in the NFC Championship game. The teams are strikingly similar when comparing roster strengths and weaknesses, which makes for a very interesting match up. With Carson Wentz' brilliant season in the rearview, Nick Foles will lead the Eagles against his former teammate with the Rams Case Keenum. From quarterback plan on down, the teams are very equal in many measures. Here is a detailed breakdown of who has an edge at each position. Quarterbacks: Advantage Vikings This one could really go either way. Both Foles and Keenum have extremely similar stats, from win percentage to touchdown rate to quarterback rating. Foles has a 87.4 quarterback rating and has completed around 60 percent of his passes. He has thrown for more touchdowns in his career with 61 in 49 games. Keenum has a completion percentage near 62 percent and a QB rating of 86.0. He has thrown 46 touchdown passes in 41 games. The nod goes to Keenum, slightly, due to his almost MVP quality season at the helm of Minnesota this season but Foles is not inferior by any means. Running backs: Advantage Eagles The Birds have a better run game, but by a razor thin margin having outgained Minnesota by less than 200 yards this season. Philly has the third best running game in the NFL, though Minnesota has scored 15 touchdowns on the ground to just nine by the Eagles. Philly is more efficient, as LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and company have run for 4.5 yards per carry, second best in football. The Vikings gained 3.9 yards per rush, with Jerrod McKinnon and Latavius Murry handling most of the duties. Wide Receivers/tight ends: No advantage With Wentz, the Eagles would win this category — they threw for 38 touchdowns this season in contrast for 25 for the Vikings. But on paper the rest of the numbers are incredibly close. The Eagles outgained the Vikings through the air by just 38 yards this season. The accomplishents of the Eagles' three biggest threats — Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz roughly equal those of Minnesota's Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph. Offensive line: Advantage Eagles The Eagles' offensive line boasts two Pro Bowlers (Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks on the right side) and an All-Pro (center Jason Kelce). The run blocking is among the best in the NFL and the offensive line is a clear area of strength for the Eagles. However, the Vikings have allowed fewer sacks and quarterback hits — though Wentz' manuverabiluty and out of the pocket movement does explain a litte bit of that. Defensive line: Advantage Eagles Philadelphia and Minnesota had 38 and 37 sacks on the year respectively. However, the depth and talent on the Eagles defensive line, led by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham and reinforced by Vinnt Curry, Derek Barnett, Chris Long and Timmy Jernigan makes them one of the most potent units in the NFL.  Linebackers: Advantage Vikings With Jordan Hicks out, the Eagles tandem of Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks has been solid. But Kendricks' brother Eric had 113 combined tackles this season as well as six deflected passes and gives Minnesota a brief edge at linebacker. Secondary: Advantage Vikings The Vikings are very good against the pass, and very good on third down. With a secondary of household names, they are a unit good enough to really caused the Eagles wide receivers problems. "They have some playmakers with petigree," Eagles receiver Torrey Smith said. "They area bunch of first rounders running around. Seeing [safety Harrison Smith] on the back end and what he can do in the box or back deep, obviously [cornerback Xavier Rhodes] is playing extremely well and the young guy [cornerback Trae Waynes] on the othereside, we've watched him grow. They are a great secondary. As always we will have our hands full." Special teams: No advantage The Vikings are a slightly better return team and the Eagles are a little better in their kicking game. A costly turnover on a botched punt return last week against the Falcons yielded the only touchdown allowed in the game. Philly will need to keep its special teams clean to prevail again. Overall: No advantage There couldn't be two more evenly matched teams if the NFL tried. Both equads allow almost the same yards defensively per game and collect the same number of yards. Both have former back up quarterbacks leading an offense stocked with potent weapons. The Eagles front four is fierce as is the Vikings back four. Vegas may have this game as a three-point Minnesota edge, but in reality and in Philadelphia, things are absolutely positively dead even.

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  • Source: Two California expansion teams might not enter NASL
Source: Two California expansion teams might not enter NASL

    The NASL might he having a hard time fielding a league, with multiple sources within the league and throughout United States soccer saying that two California teams might be victims of the league’s uncertainty. California United FC, set to enter the NASL as an expansion team for the upcoming season, has told players it likely won’t be entering the league this year. One source said that the team would consider possibly playing in the NPSL this season or may simply not field a team. In addition, sources tell Metro that San Diego 1904 FC is exploring options and may not compete in the NASL this year. The league is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Last year, the USSF did not give the NASL Division II status ahead of the 2018 season, something that the league has held the past several seasons. San Diego has explored the possibility of playing in the USL one source said. In addition, the possibility of joining the NISA is an option as well a source close to the situation said. The possible defection of two California teams, prominent in the league’s recent expansion announcements, perhaps signal some rocky days ahead for the league. 

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  • Matt Damon apologizes for sexual harassment comments
Matt Damon apologizes for sexual harassment comments

    From Rose McGowan to Minnie Driver, Matt Damon has taken quite a bit of heat from a lot of people over his recent controversial comments about sexual harassment in Hollywood. The actor seems to have learned his lesson, though, as he took to the "Today" show on Tuesday morning to apologize for his remarks. While speaking with host Kathie Lee Gifford about his philanthropic efforts with the organization Water.org, Damon used the appearance to also express his regret over his statements about sexual harassment. "I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this," Damon told Gifford. While the "Today" host praised Damon for being a "good listener," Damon didn't want to be let off the hook and quickly reiterated his repentance over how he handled talking about the topic. "Not in this case," Damon said. "Ultimately, I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So for that I am really sorry." The Academy Award-winning star went on to say that he supports the Time's Up movement, but will now be taking a "back seat" in the conversation. "A lot of those women are my dear friends," Damon said. "I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing and want to be a part of that change and want to go along for the ride, but I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while." Check out Damon's full interview with Gifford below.

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  • Anti-Defamation League: Anti-Semitic Incidents Almost Doubled In NYC This YearAnti-Defamation League: Anti-Semitic Incidents Almost Doubled In NYC This Year

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