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Monday, July 04, 2011 - 09:06 AM
DSK Case Re-Awakens French Anti-Americanism (NYT)
With headlines like “Chez Perv” and “Frog Legs It” in New York tabloids, many French felt it wasn’t just Dominique Strauss-Kahn being humiliated, but France itself. Now that the case against the politician and former IMF head appears to be collapsing because of questions surrounding the accuser’s credibility, many in the country are renewing their criticisms of the “uncivilized, brutal and carnival nature of American society, democracy and justice.” Maybe the French will feel better now that tabloids are calling Strauss-Kahn’s accuser a “hooker”? Meanwhile, sources tell the New York Times, that the accuser’s story was so compelling, it brought tears to the eyes of seasoned Special Victims Unit detectives.
Anonymous Claims Credit for Fox News Politics Twitter Hack (The Guardian)
Right now the Fox News Politics Twitter is claiming President Obama was shot while campaigning in Iowa and his shooter is at large. The Twitter also wishes President Joe Biden good luck. A group loosely connected with the hacker collective Anonymous says it took over the account. A member of the group said, "We are looking to find information about corporations to assist with antisec [a concerted hacker attack on corporate and government security]. Fox News was selected because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting."
Citing Safety Concerns, Women Cyclists Less Likely to Ride (NYT)
Despite efforts by the city to make New York more bike-friendly, men on two wheels, continue to outnumber women three-to-one especially in areas where the traffic is more concentrated. A woman who owns a bike boutique store for women says her customers are apparently more interested in safety than fashion when it comes to cycling.
An Obama-Cuomo Ticket? Prominent Pols Say It’s a Possibility (NY Post)
In the wake of his gay marriage victory, Gov. Cuomo refused to say whether he would consider a run for the presidency in 2016. Now, former New York GOP boss William Powers and former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown both predict President Obama will replace Joe Biden with Cuomo. “The president is in trouble and Biden doesn’t bring anything to the table,” Powers said.
Apollo Theater Gets New Amateur Night Musical Director (DNAinfo)
Onreé Gill, who has worked with artsists like Jay-Z, Prince and Alicia Keys, describes the position as a “dream” job. Former musical director Ray Chew is now the musical director for “American Idol.”
Philanthropist Stabbed to Death by Son (DNAinfo)
Police say the head of the Weiden Schwartz Fischler Family Foundation, Barbara Schwartz was killed by her 41-year-old son Jonathon in their Upper East side home.
Mom Suing City For Not Preventing Son’s Suicide (NY Daily News)
Twelve-year-old Elijah Mendez killed himself in March 2010 and his mother says he did it because of intense bullying from classmates who thought the boy was gay. Bergouhi Elissa is suing the city because she says the school failed to stop the harassment. Elissa says she complained to the school more than 10 times, but it still failed to do anything. The city isn’t commenting.
Editorial: Nassau County Exec Mangano Islanders Plan a Bust (NY Daily News)
The Daily News editorial board takes Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to task for his plan to have tax payers borrow $400 million to build a new stadium for the Islanders hockey team. The paper says the team should raise the money themselves (as the Yankees and Mets did with their own stadiums). The state took over control of Nassau’s finances earlier this year.