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Serena Williams flung her racket straight up and jumped for joy, hopping and skipping and screaming and generally looking like someone who had just won her first U.S. Open title or earned her debut at No. 1.Serena Williams flung her racket straight up and jumped for joy, hopping and skipping... more
Now you see it, now you don't.
A Queens truck driver took a move from the magician's playbook, making his license plate seemingly disappear as he drove through a toll plaza without paying the $40 fee, the Port Authority said Wednesday.
Orlando Payano's tractor-trailer had a cable running from the license plate to the dashboard cigarette lighter when PA police stopped it recently on the Staten Island side of the Goethals Bridge, authority spokesman Steve Coleman said.
A tug on the lighter flipped the plate underneath the big rig's belly - and beyond the range of surveillance cameras used to identify toll-beaters, officials said.
"This is probably the most unusual thing we've seen," Coleman said.
PA police charged Payano, 30, of South Ozone Park, with toll evasion and license plate destruction. The rear license plate was bent, partially concealing its markings, Coleman said.
Reached on the road in Buffalo Wednesday night, Payano said he was mystified by the charges and may retain a lawyer to try to quash them. He insisted his truck has an E-ZPass tag.
"I don't have any cable or anything," he said. "It's not true." Payano said he didn't notice that the rear plate on the trailer was bent.
PA Officer Edward Benenati was watching cars and trucks on the New Jersey side of the bridge on Aug. 26, focusing on license plates to detect efforts to conceal their markings, when he saw the plate on Payano's truck flip upward, Coleman said.
When police pulled the truck over on the Staten Island side, the plate was back in its correct position, Coleman said. Officers then spotted the cable and discovered that the plate was mounted on a spring-activated hinge, enabling it to be maneuvered, he said.
"Kudos for this terrific police officer who was paying attention, was aware and alert. ... This was a terrific catch," PA Police Superintendent Sam Plumeri said.
Investigators haven't determined if Payano has used the plate trick at other crossings, Coleman said.
Port Authority toll plazas do not have gates that lift after a toll is paid. The authority relies on surveillance cameras and random patrols to catch toll-beaters. The one-way toll for the Goethals Bridge for a five-axle truck is $40. Now you see it, now you don't. A Queens truck driver took a move from the... more
Jonathan Kane's February
James Chance and The Contortions
Matthew Dear & Ryan Elliott (Spectral Sound, USA)
Hey Convict! (Golf Channel Recordings, Australia)
Performances by: Jonathan Kane's February James Chance and The Contortions... more
In what is billed as the first outdoor, regular season game in professional basketball history, the New York Liberty will host the Indiana Fever at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, July 19.In what is billed as the first outdoor, regular season game in professional basketball... more
Photos of Billy Joel's concert at Shea Stadium on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. Joel's concerts on July 16 and 18 are the final concerts at the Queens venue.Photos of Billy Joel's concert at Shea Stadium on Wednesday, July 16, 2008.... more
Nas’ potential is so immense that it puts him in the uncomfortable position of living up to a level of artistic greatness that presumably doesn’t exist. Case in point, Illmatic was an unintentional classic. It came at a time when Hip Hop wasn’t begging for a savior. Nas just became its leader. There was no pressing cultural issue that demanded an icon. Nas just rolled his young sleeves up and menaced the microphone. There wasn’t enough media attention surrounding Nas to question - or demand change to - a controversial line like “When I was twelve I went to hell for snuffing Jesus” off of his guest spot on “Live at the Bar-B-Que” as there is today. There was no pressure to make a classic. And that’s how classics are made.
Since that template has been set, everyone has expected Nasir Jones to eclipse that timeless piece of work. The fact of the matter is that it will be impossible to nail it like Illmatic did. It was equal parts timing and brilliance. But Nas has been trapped under that microscope of critics and fans alike and often succumbed a bit to the pressure. It’s not Nas’ fault. It never appeared that he made Illmatic with the idea of making millions. It just happened that way.
Every piece of work since has been compared to his debut and it appeared that even Nas was uncomfortable with what he saw in the mirror. Realizing he has no peers in today’s generation of Hip Hop artists, Nas has stood alone in this industry. And it does indeed get lonely at the top. Because of that, he has created work that is more reflective of those who are artistically beneath him rather than put the blinders on and do what he does best. Each of his 7 works following Illmatic have embraced this to some capacity. Some have been critically acclaimed (Stillmatic) while others have been critically panned but commercially successful (Nastradamus). Regardless, it seemed that Nas was too conscious of what people thought rather than making what he thought was great.
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This is truly historic news! Tonight at 7pm is the very first Astoria, Queens Current Meetup, to be held at the Bohemia Hall and Beer Garden.
I have no idea where any of my connections live, but if you or someone you know live in the area and wanna share a pitcher, I'm buying the first round. Look for some sort of wacky "current" banner or placard inside or out, depending on how crowded it is.
Follow the link for the details, here's the ideas I'm hoping to talk about:
* Recording discussions about stories we read on current.com.
* Video debates/local podcasts
* Collaboratively reporting on local issues that may be of interest to the current community.
* Covering local politics
* Street Interviews
* Commiserating with fellow travelers
This is truly historic news! Tonight at 7pm is the very first Astoria, Queens Current... more
LL Cool J has not had a platinum-selling album in nearly ten years, and he says he has himself to blame. "With all my television and film projects, the quality level of my recent albums has suffered," LL said, while speaking with Rolling Stone. "This is a record that I actually, honestly believe from the deepest part of my soul, I would buy — every record you make is not like that."
"Mr. Smith" credits his lyrical improvement to the Hollywood writer's strike, which gave him more time to focus on music. He estimates that he threw away two full albums worth of material from his original version of the forthcoming Exit 13. Fellow Queens native 50 Cent will likely lend his support, and LL says the album showcases "a whole other level of dedication, commitment, creativity." Wyclef Jean, Lil Kim, Jim Jones, KRS-One, Method Man and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora are all slated to be featured.
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http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.7228LL Cool J has not had a platinum-selling album in nearly ten years, and he says he has... more
NYC: Decoys, Complexes, and Triggers: Feminism and Land Art in the 1970s @Sculpture Center thru 7/28This exhibition focuses on work by women artists who made significant contributions to the development of sculptural practice in the 1970s. They explored the formal constructs of Post-Minimalism: altering notions of sculptural scale, introducing non-traditional mediums, as well as adapting unusual landscape and interior sites.
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1st edit of "We are all Sean Bell"...The peoples reaction to the Sean Bell trial verdict. All power to the people...for more info go to www.justiceforsean.net , www.october22-ny.org www.criticalresistence.org , www.nationalactionnetwork.net1st edit of "We are all Sean Bell"...The peoples reaction to the Sean Bell... more
"Three detectives were found not guilty Friday morning on all charges in the November, 2006, shooting death of Sean Bell, who died in a hail of 50 police bullets outside a club in Jamaica, Queens.
The verdict prompted several supporters of Mr. Bell to storm out of the courtroom, and screams could be heard in the hallway moments later. The verdict comes 17 months to the day since the Nov. 25, 2006, shooting of Mr. Bell, 23, and his friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, outside the Club Kalua in Jamaica, Queens, hours before Mr. Bell was to be married."
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The detectives were found not guilty on all felony and misdemeanor charges in the November 2006 death of Sean Bell, who died in a hail of 50 police bullets outside a club in Queens.
The NYT's is doing a an hourly blog gauging the respsonse of New Yorkers. Al Sharpton is calling for peaceful protests.
Justice Arthur J. Cooperman, who delivered the verdict in State Supreme Court, said many of the prosecution’s witnesses, including Mr. Bell’s friends and the two wounded victims, were simply not believable. “At times, the testimony of those witnesses just didn’t make sense,” he said.
While his decision prompted several supporters of Mr. Bell to storm out of the courtroom, and there were a few small scuffles outside the courthouse, by late morning there no suggestions of any broader unrest around the city. Mr. Bell’s family members made no comment as they left, and they immediately drove to visit his grave at the Nassau Knolls Cemetery and Memorial Park in Port Washington.
The verdict comes 17 months to the day since the Nov. 25, 2006, shooting of Mr. Bell, 23, and his friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, outside the Club Kalua in Jamaica, Queens, hours before Mr. Bell was to be married. The detectives were found not guilty on all felony and misdemeanor charges in the... more
Be a Nigger Too,” a controversial track off Nas’ forthcoming album, Nigger garnered praise from some in the Hip Hop community, but not everyone is fawning over Nasir’s dive into all things “The N Word.”
NY Oil—one of the only artists to have a video banned from YouTube....
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Be a Nigger Too,” a controversial track off Nas’ forthcoming album, Nigger... more
With Young Buck being recently ousted from G-Unit, a war of words seems to be ensuing, with 50 Cent leading the charge. In a recent interview with MTV, Fif alluded to Young Buck having a drug problem...
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http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.6772With Young Buck being recently ousted from G-Unit, a war of words seems to be ensuing,... more
Welcome to the first annual JAM Awards - a celebration of Justice, Art, and Music!
Current Host Anthony Marshall is back in New York City to celebrate the memory of Jam Master Jay and congratulate the people in the hip-hop community who have lived his legacy after his passing.
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http://current.com/jamWelcome to the first annual JAM Awards - a celebration of Justice, Art, and Music!... more
This episode of Indie Heat Video Magazine is hosted by Female Singer / Rapper / Lyricist Amanda Diva at the Lupe Fiasco after party at theY3 Adidas store in Buckhead Atlanta GeorgiaThis episode of Indie Heat Video Magazine is hosted by Female Singer / Rapper /... more