Authorities are still searching today for a suspect in yesterday’s deadly bombings at the finish line of the Boston marathon, which killed 3 people and injured 176, according to the most recent reports. Although there were numerous rumors that a suspect was detained yesterday following the detonation of two explosive devices, officials running the investigation have denied that they have anyone in custody in relation to the attack at this time. However an apartment was searched early this morning in the Boston suburb of Revere in connection to the bombings, according to authorities. Police were seen removing numerous paper bags and a duffel bag from the scene but no arrests were made. Read more…
As you have probably heard by now (or seen everyone’s red-and-equal-sign Facebook profile photo), same-sex marriage came to the Supreme Court last week. The Nine heard from supporters and opposers on the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 – two cases that could have tidal-wave shifts on the state of these laws across the country. Although cable news provided their fair share of coverage on the issue, we felt that the serious constitutional implications of the issue did not get their time of day.
We [the National Section Editors, John Surico and Jeremy Unger] spoke with NYU politics professor and law school affiliate Christine Harrington – for politics majors, you know her as the professor that teaches “Civil Liberties,” “Law and Society” and a few other constitutional seminars. Also, she predicted the outcome of the Obamacare case… so here’s our conversation with her about the legal battle for same-sex marriage in America.
Local Stops: Christine Quinn Gets Really Angry, The Best Signs From The Prop 8 SCOTUS Hearing, and #HashtaghatersMarch 26th, 2013 by Jeremy Unger
-The frontrunner to be our next mayor reportedly has, “threatened, repeatedly, to slice off the private parts of those who cross her.”
-Denny’s is opening across the street from City Hall so Bloombuuuuhg can get a little late night snack.
-The New York Times’ social media editor thinks hashtags are “aesthetically damaging” #HATER.
-Jennifer Bendery of HuffPo wins the day in SCOTUS prop 8 sign photos.
-Esquire’s Bin Laden shooter story is about to get a little more interesting.
Photo of the Day by Jess Bernstein.
Its March again, and that means once again it is time for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, otherwise knowns as March Madness. Widely considered the most exciting sporting event in America due to its unpredictability, gambling opportunities, and its ability to shut down office work areas for hours at a time, this year’s iteration of the tournament features many talented teams and interesting underdogs. And to help you defeat any 13th Step frat bro in a March Madness argument we’ve brought you the advice of three of our sports writers, Jeremy Unger, Joe Kozlowksi, and Joshua Lavine, to help you catch up on this season’s busts, front runners, Cinderellas, and important story lines. You can thank them later. (Editor’s note: The odds of actually picking every game in the tournament correctly is 9.2 quintillion to one, so we do not take responsibility for messing up your bracket.)
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At the beginning of every fiscal year, the President of the United States delivers his State of the Union address from deep inside the Capitol. In it, he fills the country in on everything he’s been up to lately, as well as the ongoing Big Picture progress of this strange scientific experiment in democracy that we read all about. And, tonight at 9pm, President Obama will be delivering all of that to you, kind citizen. Make sure you’re five feet away from Twitter at all times.
Think of the speech as a Toyota Prius hybrid of “Look at everything we’ve done!” sound clips and an Americana pep talk. State of the Union addresses generally follow the same format: the President struts in, says hello to a few people, gives his worldview, says goodbye to a few people and then we all go to bed. Once in a while, you get an exciting gesture from an audience member, like that schmuck three years ago who yelled out “You Lie!’ Yeah, that guy.
Except this speech is particularly sweet because it’s the first of President Obama’s second term. Many speculators (re: all of the media) believe it will be a ‘Part Deux’ to his Inaugural Address, in which he clarion-called the ‘liberal agenda’ by mentioning gay rights, defending the age-old safety net and recognizing climate change two or three times. Maybe the speech will be about job initiatives or the Oscars; who knows – we’re not clairvoyant! (We do know Obama will announce a 34,000 troop drawdown in Afghanistan, which is more than half of all forces stationed there, to happen this year.) Regardless, you can bet the next five months’ rent on the following few occurrences for sure.
NYU placed 33rd on Fiestafrog.com’s top 100 party schools for 2013. Wonder what JSex thinks of that?
When skating in Central Park, stick to the actual ice rink.
And you thought the Governor’s Ball lineup was good, check out who’s playing Sasquatch.
Auto searches are awesome/New York is killing everyone.
Photo of the Day by Rishi Bandopadhay.
Editor’s Note: We still can’t tell if “Gridiron G-Chat” has been one, elaborate hoax trying to convince the majority of the NYU that football does in fact matter, or a highly conceptual hybrid of fiction and poetry that will be praised for generations to come. Either way, bravo to NYU Brocal for their efforts.
Eric: Guys, last night was the end of something magical, something that touched all of our hearts and minds, the only thing that got me up in the morning: Gridiron G-Chat.
Jeremy: I don’t know if you can call what we did this season magical. Disastrous or insane would probably be a better adjective. But it definitely touched all of us, that’s for sure. Read more…
Thanks Go Out To Macklemore And Many More In Our Last Column Of The Season — Gridiron G-Chat: Week 15December 14th, 2012 by Jeremy Unger and Eric Silver
Eric: Jeremy, it’s the last one! We had a grand total of 12 viewers, but it’s been a wild ride. I’d like to thank Ari, who always believed in this column; Ken, who grimaced every time we chose to write about football; Leah Clancy, for being from Buffalo; and Macklemore, for inspiring us during our brofests.
Jeremy: ”Thrift Shop” definitely kept me going during some of these columns, that’s for sure. But you know what I’m going to miss the most? Putting my 49ers on a pedestal every week—how am I going to get my San Francisco bias out to the masses now? But anyways, since we won’t be back until the Super Bowl, why don’t you give me your Super Bowl predictions now, Eric?
Eric: I’m gonna go with the Broncos over the 49ers. Peyton Manning has so much football karma going for him right now, and remember how amazing the Broncos D has been always and forever? Also, you know, 90s flashback. Joe Montana and John Elway will be hugging themselves. It’ll be cute. Read more…
Dash Hoying is similar to the used bikes he works on; now in his late 40s, he is as much a product of a previous generation of New Yorkers as the bikes he works on. The bikes Hoying has toiled away at for years come from a time when biking in New York was a fringe activity, one done more out of absolute necessity rather than convenience. With his tattered blonde hair falling in front of his face, Hoying continues to work outside on a bike as he talks adamantly about the shops he works at, Bikes by George, which is an institution of the East Village bicycle scene.
Well Eric is out slamming people all over the place for the national champion NYU Slam Poetry team, so he can’t be here this week, but he will be back soon. And speaking of people are coming back soon, I feel like I’ve got to give my two bits on this whole Mark Sanchez thing. (For those of you are not caught up, check out Eric’s great step-by-step guide to the Jet’s QB controversy, featuring Broadway performer Lin-Manuel Miranda.) The fact that Sanchez is projected to start on Sunday against Jacksonville is ridiculous.
I don’t care if he broke two ribs – if Tim Tebow can play, he should be starting this Sunday. How can people say that the Tim Tebow experiment failed in New York, when it never really happened at all? Tebow’s only thrown the ball seven times this year, so this fear of Tebow taking over the offense needs to end, and Rex Ryan needs to finally see if all that Denver magic can be replicated in New York. But enough talking about a 5-7 team, let’s get into this weeks’ games.