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Goldman has a long, cozy history with New York Fed

Written By kom nampuldu on Selasa, 30 September 2014 | 18.18

So, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D- Mass.) wants Congress to investigate Goldman Sachs' relationship with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. This comes after a whistleblower tape-recorded conversations in which Fed officials seem to be treating Goldman with too much deference.

It's all words. Since Sen. Warren likes Wall Street's campaign contributions as much as the next politician, I doubt she'll follow through.

But if some miracle descended upon Washington and there actually is an investigation, I suggest Congress look at two columns I wrote.

The first, on Sept. 29, 2009, shows numerous calls between Goldman Chairman Lloyd Blankfein and Treasury Secretary (and ex-Goldman co-chair) Hank Paulson during the 2008 financial crisis.

These calls show just how well-connected Goldman was and is in Washington.

No firm should be this close to government policy makers.

The second column, which ran on Jan. 6, 2011, discloses how William Dudley, the head of the New York Fed and a former Goldman exec, was lunching with Goldman Chief Economist Jan Hatzius during a period in which Fed officials were not supposed to have contact with outsiders.

The Fed didn't seem to care when I broke that news. Neither did the politicians in Washington. And despite the noise Warren is now making, they won't care this time either.

Uber drivers are getting into a lot of trouble at Newark Airport. And you might be surprised at what it's costing them.

The innovative ride service hooks its drivers up with those who need a lift through a convenient app. And Uber, as you probably heard, has taken the world by storm as people in New York City and elsewhere look for a more convenient way to get from here to there rather than standing in the street trying to hail a yellow cab.

Regular Uber — using cars that have limousine license plates and commercial insurance and registrations — isn't the problem at Newark. UberX, which the company describes as a less expensive "ridesharing" service, is a different story.

Port Authority police have been stopping UberX drivers curbside at Newark and blasting them with thousands of dollars worth of tickets. And — the biggest punishments of all — they impound the cars, with the guy behind the wheel also facing a one-year suspension of his driver's license.

The Port Authority calls this crime "hustling." A spokesman says the PA doesn't keep track of tickets given out for this offense at Newark. But it does keep tabs of incidents of hustling that escalate and result in arrests. So far this year, there have been 134, compared with 110 in 2013.

How much does hustling cost the UberX driver? There's a $1,200 fine for illegally transporting passengers for hire; $1,200 for operating a limo without a special registration; $1,200 for failure to equip the car with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher; and another $1,200 for not having a two-way radio.

An Uber driver makes about $80 for a Newark Airport-to-Manhattan fare after the company gets its cut.

Let me see, that adds up to — a big operational problem for a company attempting to keep its prices competitive with yellow taxis.

An Uber spokesperson tells me, "We fully stand behind our driver partners and will cover any financial and legal costs if they are wrongly cited." And one driver who was ticketed at Los Angeles International Airport says the company did send a lawyer to fight his case.

But here's the rub: The drivers at Newark Airport aren't being wrongly cited. They are breaking the law, even if the law wasn't written for the digital age. So the drivers may be stuck for the cost despite what Uber says.

The problem apparently doesn't exist at JFK or LaGuardia because the Port Authority in New York has told Uber to take its ridesharing service and X-it. And the company apparently has taken the hint.

Uber told me it's just trying to "help administrators tackle long taxi queues … we welcome the opportunity to work together." Well, the Port Authority apparently doesn't care.

Here's how UberX drivers can avoid being hassled at Newark: They should know the full names — first and last — of the people they are picking. Someone should hop into the front seat as though he or she is family.

And a peck on the cheek wouldn't hurt since cops use a lack of apparent familiarity as a sign that the driver is doing something illegal.

One UberX driver reported being cited after he had a minor accident coming out of the Lincoln Tunnel on his way from Newark. "Why are these people in your car?" the cop asked. The driver reported on the Web site Uber Driver Diaries that he told the cop they were friends, "very new friends."

Wrong answer. Ticket, ticket, ticket, ticket.

I forgot to mention in my last column that the e-mail in which two Philadelphia Census Department workers discuss the more than 120 computers lost before the last presidential election is available online.

Search for my column dated Sept. 25, and you'll see how careless Census was with your personal information and how disreputable people could have messed with economic results in September 2012.

Congress is now looking into the matter.

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George Clooney and Rande Gerber are BFFs

This is the Pitts.

To serve as his best man at Saturday's wedding, George Clooney turned not to famous buddy Brad, but to Rande Gerber, a titan of the night-life world who really does spell his first name like that.

Gerber, who runs a string of high-end cocktail lounges, including New York's the Roof and Living Room, first met Clooney some 20 years ago at his Paramount Hotel hot spot, the Whiskey.

Gerber and his wife, supermodel Cindy Crawford, are among Clooney's closest friends, and they often vacation together. The group was on a 2002 getaway in Italy when Clooney spotted a house for sale in the Lake Como region. He later bought it.

George Clooney with his new bride Amal Alamuddin with Rande Gerber and his model wife, Cindy Crawford on a boat in Venice.Photo: AP

Not content to just travel together, Clooney and Gerber also live together — in a manner of speaking. The two own adjoining houses in Los Cabos, Mexico.

The bros also jointly own a tequila company, Casamigos. Cases of the stuff were reportedly flown to Italy for the wedding reception.

Clooney even tapped Gerber to decorate his LA house. The bar magnate tricked out the (then) bachelor pad with dark woods, chandeliers and a large photograph of Steve McQueen.

The two buds like to ride motorcycles together, and Gerber has called Clooney the funniest person he knows. Quit sucking up. He made you best man already.

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Judge finds Argentina in contempt of court

A Manhattan judge took the extreme and rare action of finding a sovereign nation — Argentina —in contempt of court on Monday.

Judge Thomas Griesa, acknowledging it was an unusual ruling, said 'the court holds the Republic of Argentina is in civil contempt of court" because of the nation's recent efforts to evade his earlier orders.

Argentina recently passed legislation allowing some bondholders to swap their US debt for Argentine law bonds that ostensibly avoided Griesa's order to pay back $1.6 billion owed to hedge fund mogul Paul Singer and other creditors.

"Both [bondholder groups] have to be dealt with," said Griesa.

The ruling was a big victory for the Singer group.

"This is an extreme sanction," said Argentina's lawyer, Carmine Boccuzzi of Cleary Gottlieb.

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All aboard the George and Amal love boat

As the sun set pink over Venice on Saturday evening, George Clooney rode up the Grand Canal in a water taxi in his last few minutes of public bachelorhood.

A very happy George Clooney during his wedding weekend.Photo: AP

The 53-year-old actor looked happy and relaxed, waving to the crowds of well-wishers who shouted "Auguri, George!" ("Congratulations, George!") as he arrived at the luxury Aman Canal Grande Resort, where the ceremony would take place.

The water taxi was dubbed "Amore."

The groom wore a classic tuxedo by Armani.

And the bride, Amal Alamuddin, wore a breathtaking Oscar de la Renta gown.

But while the ceremony itself was kept private — the couple banned cellphones during the vows because they didn't want photos appearing everywhere — Clooney and the lovely Alamuddin seemed more than happy to pose for shots during the long wedding weekend.

On Friday, high-profile guests, including actor Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso, as well as night-life impresario and best man Rande Gerber and his wife Cindy Crawford, arrived in Venice.

Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso board a boat while Rande Gerber and his wife Cindy Crawford wait on a balcony to join the fun.Photo: GC Images

Later, Clooney, Gerber and pals headed to Da Ivo for a bachelor party dinner, where they drank tequila and red wine. Alamuddin, dressed in a stunning Alexander McQueen number, headed to the Aman resort with her mother, sister and lawyer friends.

The main event was held on Saturday night. Guests were given preapproved cameras that routed all photos to a centralized database, according to TMZ. The party was said to last until the wee hours.

On Sunday, the couple hosted a brunch at Venice's Belmond Hotel Cipriani, emerging again on Monday for a civil ceremony held at the Venice Town Hall. Every single appearance was the epitome of style and grace: Alamuddin sported four exquisite outfits fit for a classic Hollywood movie — including a dramatic wide-brimmed hat straight out of "Now Voyager." (And at an estimated $13 million cost, the wedding had a Hollywood budget, too.)

Over the course of her wedding weekend, Amal was spotted wearing: Giambattista Valli, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and Stella McCartney.Photo: INF ; GC Images ; Splash News (2)

Clooney knows how to strike that fine balance between privacy and media participation; after all, when you're one of the world's most famous actors and you get married in Venice, you're pretty much begging the paparazzi to come along for the ride. It's tough to make a quick getaway on foot down those narrow, winding streets, and it's difficult to hide when you're waiting at your water taxi stand.

But the Oscar-winning heartthrob and his bride didn't seem to mind the attention.

George Clooney, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber enjoyed a morning coffee date.Photo: EPA

We saw him smiling while stepping into water taxis, waving to the crowd. There was Clooney sharing a wedding-day morning coffee with Crawford and Gerber — even bantering with photographers, who shouted, "Is this really happening, George?" "Yeah, right now!" Clooney replied in mock alarm, pretending to check his watch-less wrist for the time.

Even Clooney's regular Venetian taxi driver, Alessandro Greco, had been invited to the wedding and intended to take the day off from the taxi business, leaving his assistant in charge, according to reports from Us Weekly. (Greco also reportedly acted as witness at the couple's civil ceremony on Monday.)

But in a way, it was like we were all invited. There was so much for the casual laptop observer to enjoy about the occasion, not the least of which was the fact that the dapper Clooney's new wife is a 36-year-old human rights lawyer who, by pretty much everyone's account, is a wonderful person, in addition to being incredibly intelligent and great at what she does. Seriously, I have lawyer friends who have worked with her, and they rave about her. When was the last time you heard a lawyer say something good about another lawyer — or anyone, for that matter?

Bill Murray waves to the crowd while on a boat.Photo: Splash News

But what really knocked the whole thing out of the park — the Laguna, as it were — was the fact that Bill Murray was a wedding guest.

The 64-year-old actor recently delivered fantastic love advice to a Charleston, S.C., bachelor party he crashed.

"If you have someone that you think is The One, don't just sort of think in your ordinary mind, 'OK, let's pick a date. Let's plan this and make a party and get married,' " he advised. "Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you're still in love with that person, get married at the airport."

We can only hope that he delivered a similarly awesome toast to Clooney and his lady, and that it will at some point (soon, please) be leaked to an eager public. Don't let us down, Bill!

Auguri, George and Amal!

Where were Brangelina?

This probably halved the catering bill. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their gigantic brood of children were wedding no-shows. Rumors had Clooney falling-out with his friend because Pitt's young'uns trashed his Lake Como palace.

More likely: scheduling conflicts.

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Four spectacular outfits and a wedding for Mrs. Clooney

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Over the course of her wedding weekend, Amal was spotted wearing: Giambattista Valli, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and Stella McCartney. Photo: INF ; GC Images ; Splash News (2)

Blooming Bride

Amal in Giambattista Valli CouturePhoto: Getty Images

The bride wore Oscar de la Renta for the Saturday nuptials, but her first post-wedding appearance on Sunday called for something equally exquisite. Cue this Giambattista Valli Couture dress — a structured, floral macramé-embroidered number fresh off the Italian designer's spring 2014 runway.

Fit for McQueen

Amal in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueenPhoto: Splash News

For a Friday night pre-wedding dinner, Alamuddin stunned in a scarlet high-low gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Printed in an abstract baroque motif, the dress was a dramatic statement perfectly suited for an evening in the fabled Floating City.

La Dolce Vita

Amal in Dolce & GabbanaPhoto: Splash News

Alamuddin kicked off her enchanted weekend on Friday with a black-and-white dress by the masters of Italian glamour: Dolce & Gabbana. She accessorized the retro-inspired frock — from the designers' spring 2013 collection — with slingback heels and a hatbox lovingly monogrammed "A" and "G."

Practical Magic

Amal in Stella McCartneyPhoto: Splash News

Following the formal fête, the British barrister settled on bespoke Stella McCartney for Monday's civil ceremony. The smart-chic ensemble comprised billowing trousers that extenuated her leggy frame — paired with a matching top and wide-brim hat straight out of an Old Hollywood film.

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Why hasn’t Kim Jong Un been seen for 3 weeks?

Written By kom nampuldu on Senin, 29 September 2014 | 20.50

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's authoritarian leader makes no public appearances for three weeks, skipping a high-profile event he usually attends. An official documentary shows him limping and overweight and mentions his "discomfort." What follows is a smorgasbord of media speculation about what's eating Kim Jong Un.

Maybe it's gout, unidentified sources tell South Korean reporters, or diabetes, or high blood pressure. A thinly sourced British report says the Swiss-educated dictator has been laid low by a massive cheese addiction. A headline in Seoul offers up the possibility of a common South Korean obsession: fried chicken and beer.

So what's going on? Maybe not much.

As is always the case, much more than what's seen publicly is happening behind the well-guarded scenes with North Korea's No. 1. But just the fact that Pyongyang acknowledges that Kim is ailing suggests that he may not be suffering from anything particularly serious. The hugely micromanaged state media, for instance, were tight-lipped when Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, suffered major health problems late in his rule.

The intense outside fascination with even scraps of information creates a scramble in South Korea and the West to play up any hint of change or turmoil in a country notorious for resisting outside prodding and for releasing information only as it sees fit.

Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju watching a performance by the Moranbong Band in Pyongyang, North Korea on September 3.Photo: EPA

North Korea is unique: a poor, largely cloistered, fiercely proud, nominally Stalinist country led from its founding in 1948 by a family that has passed down power through three generations. It's also in possession of a handful of crude nuclear bombs and working toward producing nuclear-armed missiles that could target the mainland United States.

Because of this, there's powerful curiosity about what would happen should Kim Jong Un be incapacitated. Kim is believed to have been groomed for the leadership by Kim Jong Il after the elder man suffered a stroke in 2008. Kim Jong Un, who is thought to be 31, reportedly has at least one young daughter but no adult heirs.

The recent health speculation started when Kim, always a large man, began showing up in pictures and video noticeably heavier, and with a distinct limp. For more than three weeks, he hasn't been seen performing his customary public duties in state media coverage, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry, which monitors the North.

And then, on Thursday, his usual seat was empty at a session of the country's rubber stamp parliament. Although Kim Jong Il occasionally missed the meetings, it was the first no-show for Kim Jong Un since he took over after his father's death in late 2011, Seoul officials said.

The same day as the parliamentary meeting, the North aired a documentary with footage from August that showed a limping Kim inspecting a tile factory. "Our marshal continues to light the path for the people like a flame despite his discomfort," a narrator said.

In a picture released on August 24, Kim Jong Un inspects the November 2 Factory of the Korean People s Army.Photo: Getty Images

The documentary, which was shown again Monday, marked the first and only time state media have made a direct comment on Kim's health since he took power, the Unification Ministry said.

South Korean officials told reporters Monday they don't think anything serious is happening, but that hasn't stopped the rumors.

North Korea's propaganda specialists carefully construct their media images, especially those of Kim, with an eye on the domestic elite and, to a lesser extent, on foreign, mostly South Korean, audiences.

The recent images of Kim limping and the documentary are "an attempt to quell rumors within the North Korean public and show confidence that Kim's health problems are trivial," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Dongguk University in Seoul.

Kim Jong Il was reportedly a very sick man in the last years of his life, but state media was silent about the reported 2008 stroke.

Kim Jong Un is usually a near-constant one-man show in state media, but he has kept a low profile before. In 2012, he wasn't seen publicly for about three weeks, South Korean officials say.

Senior North Korean officials do vanish on occasion – sometimes for good.

Kim Jong Un takes a photo with the Korean People's Army paratroopers on August 30.Photo: Getty Images

After surviving several earlier purges, Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was publicly shamed and then executed on treason charges in December 2013. In 2012, North Korea purged its army chief, which also caused wild speculation in Seoul, including a report from a South Korean newspaper, citing "unconfirmed intelligence reports," that Ri Yong Ho may have been wounded or killed in a blaze of gunfire when soldiers loyal to him resisted an armed attempt to detain him. Ri's fate is still unknown.

Whatever's going on, avid North Korea watchers will get another chance for a carefully staged look on Oct. 10, when the North stages a celebration of the founding anniversary for the ruling Workers' Party.

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‘Transparent’ Season 1, Episode 6 Recap

Jill Soloway's breathtakingly beautiful new series, Transparentis about to become Amazon's first big hit. The show's pilot received rave reviews when it debuted last spring, and today you can stream the entire first season on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Get ready to meet and fall in love with the Pfefferman clan — a family that will either be torn apart or brought back to together by the revelation that their father is transgender.

When last we checked in, Maura's (Jeffrey Tambor) secret is out now and everyone in the entire family knows, including Josh (Jay Duplass).

How Is Maura Doing?

Maura might be learning how to be a woman, but she still has to be a father. He starts making errant promises to all three of his children with the caveat that they can't tell the others what's happening. He tells Ali (Gaby Hoffmann) that he'll pay for her schooling, Josh that he'll sell the house and give him some money to start a record label, and finally, he tells Sarah (Amy Landecker) that she and Tammy (Melora Hardin) can stay in the house. Obviously, he can't keep all three of these promises. Oh, and he still has to deal with bigotry from Sarah's ex-husband, Len (Rob Huebel).

Whoa. What happened with Len?

Len crashed a family dinner that Tammy and Sarah were hosting. He's obviously frustrated and confused, He not only became hateful, but he picked up a knife. Maura raised her voice and calmed him down. He explained it to him like this: "Baby, you need to get in this whirlpool or you need to get out of it."

So, Sarah And Tammy Hosted A Family Dinner?

Yup. They are building a family together in the Pfefferman family house. Bianca and Sarah's kids are staying with them. Maura's encyclopedias have been co-opted to enhance Tammy's design aesthetic. It's good. However, Sarah had the unenviable task of trying to explain to her kids that their grandfather was a woman. But we think the kids took it well.

Ali Is Going Back To School?

She wants study, uh, women's studies. She and Syd (Carrie Brownstein) sit in on a cringe-worthy feminist lecture that's being taught by Syd's ex. It's a hilarious scene that satirizes some of the more extreme arguments in modern feminism. Afterwards, Ali corners a trans man and pries into his personal life for more insight into what's happening with her father.

Is Josh Coming Around?

Josh is as lonely and as confused as ever. First, he goes to an online trans kink site in the hopes that he can get answers about his father's transition from a trans woman. The problem is this trans woman is only there to try to turn him on. Josh winds up seeking solace in a surprising place: the Temple. He goes to Shabbat services and afterwards has a sweet flirtation with Raquel, the female Rabbi (Kathryn Hahn).

What Else Happened?

We saw young Mort try to get young Shelly to give over a pair of her underpants under the guise of foreplay. She didn't think anything of it. Meanwhile, we also saw Maura and Marcy (Bradley Whitford) letting loose in a hotel. Maura wants Marcy to accompany her to a trans camp, but Marcy is wary.

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Ichiro makes mystery of Yankees future with 3,000 in sights

BOSTON — One future Hall of Famer ended his career on Sunday. Another doesn't know what's going to happen next.

Derek Jeter played his final game in a 9-5 win over the Yankees, hitting behind Ichiro Suzuki, who is a free agent.

The Cooperstown-bound outfielder made some cryptic comments regarding his situation in The Bronx.

"Obviously, there are a lot of things that go on that even the fans or media can't see that go on inside," Ichiro said through an interpreter. "But what I can say is the experiences I had this year … are gonna help me in the future."

When asked if he wanted to stay with the Yankees, Ichiro would only say, "That might be a question maybe you shouldn't ask right now."


But he would like to get to 3,000 hits with someone in the majors.

"Obviously, you want to get there, but that's not why you play the game and that's not why I'm gonna play the game," said Ichiro, who has 2,844 after a triple on Sunday. He added that he felt "great."

Ichiro was an in-season acquisition who played a key role in getting the Yankees to the playoffs in 2012. General manager Brian Cashman made a slew of moves this year that kept them in the race and now he has to figure out how many of them to bring back.

Chase Headley could stay on as the regular third baseman.Photo: Getty Images

"It's an interesting time," said Chase Headley, one of those acquisitions, coming from San Diego. "Not a lot of players are making it to free agency now. It's tough to do. Hopefully it works out in my favor."

While fellow in-season acquisitions Brandon McCarthy and Stephen Drew are also free agents, the Yankees are facing a big decision regarding a home-grown talent hitting the free-agent market — closer David Robertson.

"Whatever happens, happens," said Robertson.

Headley's case will be one of the more interesting cases, given the team's unique situation at third base with Alex Rodriguez on his way back.

"I know they have a player under contract," Headley said in response to a question about Rodriguez. "We'll see how that shakes out. We'll see what my role would look like."

He made it clear he considers himself an everyday player — ideally at third base.

"I feel like that's what I do the best," said Headley, who also played first base this season. "I want to be a guy that plays. At what position? Obviously, third base I think is my strongest position. I don't want to be a part-time guy."

While Headley helped stabilize the lineup, McCarthy was a huge addition to the rotation after struggling with Arizona.

"I was happy with the way it turned out," said McCarthy, who added he was also interested in returning to The Bronx. "It was a long road to get back to where I wanted to be."

Drew didn't find that success after his trade from the Red Sox. After missing spring training and the two months of the season because he didn't sign a contract, Drew never got going offensively and insisted 2015 isn't even on his mind yet.

"This year was totally crazy," Drew said. "I'm looking forward to a normal offseason. But I really like New York. They have something special here. We'll see how things play out."

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‘Django’ actress didn’t cooperate because of racial profiling at 16

The "Django Unchained" actress accused of having public sex with her boyfriend says she refused to give into a police request for identification because she was racially profiled as a teenager.

"Some experiences stay with us. When I was 16, my father was driving me home from a school play when we saw flashing lights. We hadn't been speeding," Daniele Watts wrote in an op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times published on Saturday. "I remember my father asking the police officer what was wrong. The officer ignored his question and demanded information."

Watts made headlines in September after her run-in with the police went awry.

In her Los Angeles Times column, Watts says the incident during her teenage years left her father "disturbed."

"As we drove off, I asked my dad why he had given up his license when he had done nothing wrong," she wrote. "He gently explained to me what so many African Americans of his generation know too well: 'You don't want to mess with the police. They can judge you unfairly and make life very hard.'"

Watts went on to describe several more times in which she was stopped by the police, ending with her most recent incident involving her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas, on September 11.

"I was standing on the grass near a public sidewalk when a Los Angles Police Department officer approached Brian," she wrote. "He said he had received a call about a couple engaged in lewd conduct and asked for our IDs. A few minutes before, Brian and I had been making out in his car; I was sitting on his lap. We were not having sex, and both of us had our clothes on."

After asking and answering a number of questions about her own actions during the stop — and about racial profiling in America — Watts asked, "If I had nothing to hide, why didn't I just hand over my identification?"

She answered, "But in saving myself time and pain, I would have lost something far more valuable: my right as an American to limit intrusions by police. … California law does not require you to produce identification simply because a police officer demands it."

Watts also warned against being submissive to police and allowing them to abuse their authority.

"I objected — and I continue to object — because if we are unclear about our rights, and we continue to believe that in every case when a police officer tells you to do something, you have to do it, as I was told, we allow the police to abuse their power."

Watts concluded her piece: "We have rights because people throughout history struggled and even died to secure them. If I had handed over my ID, I would have denied their efforts. And I would have turned my back on the 16-year-old who watched her father endure an unfair and humiliating stop by police."

The officers involved in the detainment are under investigation by the LAPD's internal affairs department.

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North West gets her own front row seat at Givenchy

PARIS — Mademoiselle North West is barely over a year old, but she's already commanding what fashionistas may have spent entire careers working toward: A front row seat at Givenchy.

Kim Kardashian and North WestPhoto: Getty Images

The celebrity offspring was seated in pride of place at "AA5 bis" next to proud mom, Kim Kardashian, in a revealing Givenchy black bodice look, and dad Kanye West. ("Bis" is a French term for additional, or last minute placing — which suggests that North's presence had been confirmed only fashionably late.)

The 15-month-old North West gave her mom a run for her money in the fashion stakes: in a demure black Givenchy tulle dress with patent black leather shoes and stylish thick white laces.

In fact, there was so much attention on the little star that people almost forgot the reason they were there: Riccardo Tisci's ready-to-wear clothes.

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