June 27, 1988 |
Tawana Brawley's advisers yesterday accused U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani of conspiring with WCBS-TV to publicize the story of a man who claimed he recorded them debunking her sexual-assault story. "Rudy Giuliani may be your fair-haired boy, but he is our civil rights nightmare," the Rev. Al Sharpton told reporters at Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Brawley's mother, Glenda, has taken "sanctuary" in the church to avoid arrest for contempt of a grand jury that is investigating Tawana's case.
January 7, 1995 |
An act of everyday heroism led to tragedy yesterday in the Bronx. James Chenault, a veteran welfare clerk and Vietnam vet, was riding an elevator in his Bronx office building when it apparently stopped slightly above the second floor and the doors opened. As Chenault, 55, held the door open with his back to allow a woman to get off, a second woman got her foot caught as she tried to step off, and Chenault quickly moved to free her. He did, but while he was still in the doorway, leaning in, Car No. 1 lurched suddenly upward, the doors still open.
December 18, 2007
THE CITY'S Commission on Human Relations says it will take about two months to decide whether cheesesteak entrepreneur Joey Vento discriminates against customers who don't speak English. Two months? Two minutes would be more like it. This case is weak where it needs to be strong. There's no proof anyone was denied service because he failed to adhere to the sign on Vento's steak-shop window: "This is America. When ordering, please speak English. " Say what you will about the sign.
March 2, 2007
Political supporters known as "bundlers" are an inevitable part of federal election campaigns. Bundlers are wealthy or well-connected individuals who promise to raise, well, bundles of cash for a candidate, in return for who knows what. In the case of former Texas state Sen. Teel Bivins, the reward for being a "bundler" for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 was an appointment as U.S. ambassador to Sweden. Bivins was a Bush "pioneer" in 2000, raising at least $100,000 from other donors.
September 4, 2008 |
A star was born last night. Feisty and smart, tripping rarely on her words, Sarah Palin accomplished what she needed to do, introducing herself as a legitimate national candidate who knows how to gleam through a TV camera. Speaking authoritatively and forcefully as an energy expert, while also presenting herself as a hockey mom, Palin charmed and invigorated her audience at the Republican National Convention. "The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull," she quipped: "lipstick.
January 10, 2008
If this is chaos, let's have some more. The results of the presidential primaries in New Hampshire have kept both races wide open, giving voters in New Jersey and elsewhere a chance to cast meaningful votes. That's good for democracy. The danger of this early primary calendar was that the races would be settled by mid-January, with only Iowans and New Hampshire residents having their say. But the lack of front-runners is turning the Democratic and Republican primaries into the most exciting in recent memory.
November 4, 2001
Afghanistanism used to be a derisive term applied to pundits who delighted in pontificating on far-flung topics, while ignoring local problems. These days, most Americans understandably engage in constant Afghanistanism. The word no longer refers to some remote area whose repressive government and dire living circumstances make for an interesting intellectual exercise. Now it calls to mind the front line of the war on terrorism. Yet on Tuesday - Election Day - Americans necessarily must shift back to thinking locally.
April 11, 2006 |
Hillary Clinton lends her fund-raising strength to Democratic Senate candidate Bob Casey Jr. today, hosting an event for him - in Chicago. Despite their differences on a key issue - she favors abortion rights, he opposes them - Sen. Clinton (D., N.Y.) has emerged as a generous supporter. The former first lady and potential 2008 presidential candidate gave more money to Casey in 2005 than to any other candidate. Her political action committee, HILLPac, donated the maximum allowed by law, $10,000, records show.
February 20, 1999 |
Gov. Ridge says he's going to hold New York City to its promise not to ship the city's garbage to a place that doesn't want it. So he's asking municipalities outright whether they're willing to take the Big Apple's trash. Meanwhile, Philadelphia officials want to know more about the possible shipment of thousands of tons of New York waste onto southbound barges through a Northeast Philly dock. "We're not rejecting it out of hand and not prejudging them in any way, shape or form," said Kevin Feeley, Mayor Rendell's spokesman.
September 3, 1997 |
Former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said Philadelphia reminds him of the Charles Dickens story "A Tale of Two Cities. " "Your national image is of a city on the move," Bratton told reporters yesterday. "But evidently there is another city not as well known that is of great concern. Something is not happening here that is happening in other cities. " Bratton, saying he was relying on media reports and the opinions of the legislators who recruited him to speak here, was commenting on the relatively skimpy decline in crime here when compared to other cities.