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Hounded

East 68th Street, Trump Palace courtyard, 12pm Crabby Lady: Must you walk your dog in here? You don’t even live in this building. Woman With Beagle: My ex-husband does. So even Sophie knows where shit goes. Crabby Lady: Carry on.

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Nominated: The Laurel Hester Story

Among today’s Oscar nominees is Freeheld: The Laurel Hester Story, nominated for Best Short Documentary. Laurel Hester was the Ocean County, New Jersey cop who upon her diagnosis with terminal lung cancer in 2005, battled the authorities to have her police pension assigned to her partner after her death. After a long, ugly fight with county officials, Hester finally won …

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NYC Hospitals Test 134,000 For HIV

In a letter to the New York Times, City Council Speaker Christin Quinn announced that an additional $5.6M funding for rapid HIV tests has allowed the city’s hospitals to test almost 134,000 patients over the last year. Quinn: “The only way to truly combat this crisis is to ensure that all New Yorkers take a simple first step to learn …

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Clinton Leads By 12 Points In California

Clinton is leading in a new poll of California voters. The latest Field Poll, taken among 377 likely Democratic primary voters Jan. 14-20, gives Clinton a 12-point lead over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, 39 percent to 27 percent. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards comes in a distant third with 10 percent, and by more than 2 to 1, his …

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Adoption Rights For Euro Gays

Good news from Europe: (Strasbourg, France) In a ruling that could have far-reaching consequences the European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday that the exclusion of individuals to adopt children simply because of their sexual orientation is discriminatory and in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights. [snip] “Henceforth, France will no longer be able to refuse approval to …

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Fed Make Emergency Interest Rate Cut

Yikes. It’s gonna be a grim day on Wall Street. The Federal Reserve, responding to an international stock sell-off and the likelihood of a sharp drop in America on Tuesday morning, cut its benchmark interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point. The Federal Open Market Committee lowered its target for the federal funds rate on overnight loans between banks …

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Oscar Noms Are In

Here are this year’s Oscar nominations: Best Picture: Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood. Best Actor: George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd), Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley of Elah), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises). Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Julie Christie (Away …

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Snap Queens

Well, you can’t say last night’s Democratic debate was boring. Hillary and Obama both got off some good lines. “You worked for a SLUMLORD!” “Oh, yeah? Well, youuuuu sat on the board of Wallllll-mart!” My favorite moment was when Obama told Hillary that sometimes he didn’t know if he was running against her or her husband. Ooh, suh-NAP! Hillary was …

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Afternoon View – Center City Philly

I hitched a ride back from DC with the Thruple, who brought me as far as their glam high-rise on Washington Square Park, Philadelphia. This is their view to the west, the downtown/Center City area. Independence Hall is a block to the north from here. Fancy!

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Obama Calls Out Black Bigots

Speaking from Martin Luther King’s former pulpit at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, Barack Obama called out African-Americans for their own bigotry towards Jews and gays. “For most of this country’s history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes …

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