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Rob Schneider’s daughter Elle King debuts first rock album

Written By kom nampuldu on Sabtu, 28 Februari 2015 | 20.49

Buying fake IDs and getting into bars are priorities for most adolescents. But when Elle King was a teen, she didn't just do it to party — she did it to perform.

"I played my first show in New York when I was 16," she tells The Post. Her mother, model-turned-doula London King, "found my fake IDs and would cut them up, but I would get another one. Finally, she just said, 'Fine, I'm coming with you' . . . to make sure I didn't drink!"

By the sound of her whiskey- and nicotine rasp, King, 25, hasn't kept completely away from vice. But it certainly helps bring home her love of rock and blues on her recently released debut, "Love Stuff."

Her mom remains King's biggest fan, but less prominent in her life is her father, comic Rob Schneider. The "Saturday Night Live" alum married London King in Vegas in 1988, but they divorced two years later.

Such parentage didn't serve King well in her teens. "I had a beautiful mother and a famous father, and I didn't know where I fit in," she recalls. That, combined with her rebellious personality, meant her personal troubles continued into adulthood. "I moved to Los Angeles for a year when I was 20 and I was hell on wheels!"

Now settled in Brooklyn, King refuses to talk about Schneider, saying only that "we just want the best for each other." She's more effusive about her stepdad, Justin Tesa, who turned her on to music.

"He taught me how to play guitar," she says. "He sends me music to listen to. I call him Daddy J!"


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RuPaul talks his wild and crazy ‘80s club kid days

These days, RuPaul is most famous for his reality competition show, "RuPaul's Drag Race," which returns for a seventh season Monday at 9 p.m. on Logo. But before the drag superstar's rise to fame, RuPaul Charles, 54, was an '80s club kid — performing his own music, emceeing and go-go dancing.

"I'm from San Diego, Calif. I knew that for my star to shine, I would have to move to New York, become an Andy Warhol superstar and then make my way back to Hollywood," RuPaul tells The Post. "I didn't become an Andy Warhol superstar, but everything else is pretty much how it worked for me. New York, I knew, would get my energy."

Now RuPaul, who splits time between LA and a place in the West Village he's had for 20 years, looks back fondly at his wild and crazy times in the mid- to late-'80s and early '90s.

This is his party New York.

1. Pyramid Club, 101 Avenue A between Sixth and Seventh Streets

Photo: Christian Johnston

"Because I was sleeping on people's couches, I kept most of my costumes and my stuff in the basement at the Pyramid . . . The Pyramid was the mecca for [Lady Bunny and me]. There was one time when I was go-go dancing [in 1984], and I came down [the] corkscrew stairs that led from the stage to the basement, and I was sweaty. When I got down there, Madonna was holding court with all of her friends in the basement. I remember they all looked at me like I was some jungle person who had invaded their space, because, you know, I'm dressed in some tribal something or whatever. She was that classic mean girl from high school who would turn her nose up at you. It wasn't like she was Kylie Minogue, who is obviously kindness and sweetness. That's not what Madonna was at all — but that's really part of the appeal with her, honestly."

2. Jane West Hotel (now The Jane), 113 Jane St. near West Street

Photo: Helayne Seidman

"[In the beginning,] when I did have money, I would rent a room at the Jane West Hotel — when I was getting some go-go dancing gigs or I could perform to my own songs. It was a dump. It had that distinctive New York smell — it's like a mixture of mold, soot and grime. The only place you can smell that now is in the subway."

3. 333 Rector Place, at South End Ave.

Photo: Lorenzo Ciniglio

"On my new album, 'Realness,' I reunite with the producer I recorded [the 1992 hit] 'Supermodel' with. His name is Eric Kupper, and I recorded 'Supermodel' at his apartment. He had a studio in his living room. I remember looking out the window and I could see the Statue of Liberty during the recording session."

4. Image Production Center, 727 Eleventh Avenue at 52nd Street

Photo: WireImage

"There was a studio there where we filmed the VH1 talk show ['The RuPaul Show,' which premiered in 1996]. We did 100 episodes. Diana Ross, my childhood idol, was my first guest. For me to have made this leap from just a few years prior sleeping on my sister's couch to having my own show and interviewing my idol was quite a reward."

5. Area, formerly 157 Hudson St. between Laight and Hubert Streets

Photo: Getty Images

"I'd see Andy Warhol at a club called Area. Everyone would be talking, 'Oh my God, Andy's here!' because he was the god of our world. His mentality and his philosophy was what we had based our whole lives on, which is this postmodern, punk, create-your-own celebrity. Anyone could be a celebrity with the right clothes and the right attitude."

6. The Hudson Piers, between Charles and West 10th Streets

Photo: Christian Johnston

"I moved to New York in 1984, and I lived here for six months, sleeping on couches or on the piers before the city spit me back out and I went to Atlanta [for a while]. There were people who were hooking up in cars, because back then you could park your car facing the Hudson, right at the river's edge."

7. Save the Robots, formerly 25, Avenue B between Second and Third Streets

Photo: Christian Johnston

"[There were] illegal after-hours clubs in the East Village, like Save the Robots. The party scene was gay, straight, lesbian, black, white, rich, poor, uptown, downtown. It wasn't so polarized. You could see the girl on the cover of Vogue and some artist who lives on the street."

8. Tompkins Square Park, Seventh through Tenth Streets between Avenues A and B

Photo: Brian Zak

"I became an overnight downtown star in 1989 when I did Wigstock [in Tompkins Square Park]. I lip-synced to 'Don't You Want My Love' [from] the 'Ruthless People' soundtrack. I think I also did Whitney Houston's 'So Emotional' and that tore the house down too… I had done a lot of campaigning and had been all over the place looking great. People were receptive because I had laid the groundwork for my ascension."
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What feminist NYC women really want in a man

"I'll come across the park to meet you," Gary offered, "But I don't know any good brunch-date places there. I'll let you suggest it."

If you're a single woman in New York City, you may have come across some curiously feminist men. I say "curiously feminist" because it's typically in dating where they show the most ardent commitment to equality. No matter how many challenges they have overcome and successes they've achieved, these capable men leave picking the bar or restaurant for the date up to you. And, they make it seem like they are simply respecting your equality.

The 'Mediator' picks an equidistant place: "You're West Village, I'm Midtown East, let's meet in the middle at Columbus Circle."

The 'Manipulator' tells you where he works before asking where you work, making you feel obligated to meet at the "cool" bar near his office. He then compliments you for not being one of those "high-maintenance" women who expect him to trek uptown when his "cool" bar is downtown.

And finally, the 'Negotiator' offers to come to you, but, to even the effort score, has you pick the venue. Gary was a Negotiator.

Having put behind me years of acquiescing to dates that made me feel less feminine, and worse, made the guy seem less masculine, I had my standard reply ready for Gary: "Whichever restaurant you choose, I'm sure I'll enjoy it."

"Otherhood" by Melanie Notkin.

"But I want to take you to a place you like," Gary volleyed back with a pretense of chivalry.

"I trust your taste," I said, putting the decision back on him. "I look forward to meeting you!" I added.

And I did. I like dating. And I love men. And I love being a woman. And I believe there is power in my femininity; being feminine doesn't make me weaker. But for too long I thought I had to meet a man in the middle, literally and figuratively, in order to prove my equality.

A woman's expectations in dating are understandably confusing. Boomers, the first generation with feminist liberty, a k a the women Candace Bushnell began writing about 20 years ago in her seminal "Sex and the City" column in the New York Observer, valued expressing their freedom of equality in dating and sex. But doing research for my book "Otherhood," I found that women of my generation, Gen X, want a remix of traditional and newer values.

They are modern, independent women who want old-fashioned romance. They expect to be valued as a man is at work, and valued as a woman at night. They're natural nurturers but don't want to take care of the date on top of taking care of themselves, their friends and family. They want men who will lean into the date so that they can finally let go and lean back.

By our second date, Gary knew what to do. He texted a restaurant and reservation time. I loved it. There is nothing sexier than a thoughtful and decisive man with a plan.

Gary felt it, too. "I realize now that I've been lazy with women. I put planning the date on them because I didn't feel like doing it. By insisting I do it, you trusted me and that made me feel a man," he emphasized with a growl.


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Hey pet owners, stop leaving Fido tied-up while you shop!

On a chilly Saturday night in the West Village, Gia Russo, 35, spotted a French bulldog tied up outside restaurant Louro. But when she inquired with the host inside, none of the patrons appeared to be the pet's owner.

"[The dog] was sitting out there for a very long time in the extreme cold," gripes Russo, a dog-owning attorney from Hoboken, NJ, who eventually received a text from the host confirming that the Frenchie had been retrieved by its owners. "As an animal person, you can't not say something."

Pet pooches tied up on the sidewalk are as frequent a sight in NYC as yellow cabs or corner bodegas — but
recent subfreezing temperatures have got some New Yorkers lashing out at dog owners they consider negligent for leaving Fido exposed to the elements unattended.

"I saw a beagle tied up outside of a cafe the other day — it had only six inches of leash to its tether, was standing on a piece of ice, and it was whining," Jaime Brandenstein, a design director who lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, recalls. "So I went into the coffee shop and asked around."

When a woman admitted to being the owner, Brandenstein, 34, told her that her dog was crying. But the owner dismissed her concerns.

"She said, 'Thanks for letting me know,' then turned away from me," Brandenstein angrily remembers.

Photo: Getty Images

Despite her outrage over the situation, Brandenstein says she does tie up her own dachshund outside from time to time — but only if the weather permits and if she can keep an eye on her pooch from indoors.

"It crosses the line when you don't have a visible line of sight or when you're tying them up in the cold," she concludes.

Michelle Wakefield, 47, partner at Cowgirl Hall of Fame in the West Village, knows that her customers are often accompanied by their pups — and goes the extra mile to make sure the pets are happy and healthy.

"We have a bench out front that people will tie their dogs to," Wakefield says. "If someone wants food to-go, then they can tie up their dog outside, come in to order, and we will bring the food out to them."

Leaving your pooch outside for too long can have dire consequences, especially when the temperatures dip and spike in the winter and summer, respectively.

Photo: Getty Images

"If an animal is shivering, it's at risk of being hypothermic," says Dr. Mark Gibson, medical director and owner of Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Park Slope. "Huskies and sled dogs may be perfectly fine, but a short-haired breed can freeze to death."

In the summer months, dogs at risk of overheating show signs such as excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling and vomiting, according to the ASPCA.

Of course, there are concerns other than the weather when it comes to leaving your pet unsupervised.

The American Kennel Club reports that 637 dogs were "dognapped" across the nation in 2014.

For puppy parents who still opt to tie up their furbabies, sidewalk confrontations may be the least of your worries.

"These days, if you see an animal shivering in the cold it's not long before someone calls the NYPD to investigate," Gibson adds. "And let me tell you, the police take animal abuse very seriously."


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This week’s couple: Dating games

Having something in common is never a bad thing, but is it possible to have too much in common?

For Raven, 26, and Denis, 25, that might have been the case.

Over dinner and drinks at Kingside restaurant in the Viceroy Hotel in Midtown, they hit it off right away, largely due to a mutual love for sports. But the night wasn't quite a home run — both ended the night thinking they'd like to get together again to watch a game, not go out on another date.

She said:

Denis beat me by two minutes, and was at the bar having a beer. I thought, he's my kind of guy — and he's tall and handsome with bright, blueish-green eyes, a great smile, and a generous hairline.

We talked about sports, family, careers, and traveling. I also noticed his manners were probably better than mine. He didn't touch his phone, and he made eye contact when he spoke.

The service at Kingside was incredible; our wine glasses stayed full. The food was fantastic. I recommend the crispy artichokes! We shared everything, which I loved.

We exchanged numbers. Since we are both soccer fans who root for the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. I'm sure I'll see him again, but I think it will be in the friend zone. I didn't feel a romantic spark, even though he was fun to hang out with.

He said:

My first impression of Raven was positive. She was warm, welcoming and easy to talk to right away.

When we started talking sports, the rest of the night became easy. We talked about our college intramural sports days and traded horror stories about seeing people getting hurt playing simple games like kickball or pickup football.

Kingside at the Viceroy Hotel treated us great. We shared wine and all our food. She had steak and my scallops were great too.

My date with Raven was a nice experience. We had a lot in common though it all felt platonic. At the end of the night, we exchanged numbers, and I wouldn't mind hanging out with her again. She seems to be a lot of fun to be around.


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Hey pet owners, stop leaving Fido tied-up while you shop!

On a chilly Saturday night in the West Village, Gia Russo, 35, spotted a French bulldog tied up outside restaurant Louro. But when she inquired with the host inside, none of the patrons appeared to be the pet's owner.

"[The dog] was sitting out there for a very long time in the extreme cold," gripes Russo, a dog-owning attorney from Hoboken, NJ, who eventually received a text from the host confirming that the Frenchie had been retrieved by its owners. "As an animal person, you can't not say something."

Pet pooches tied up on the sidewalk are as frequent a sight in NYC as yellow cabs or corner bodegas — but
recent subfreezing temperatures have got some New Yorkers lashing out at dog owners they consider negligent for leaving Fido exposed to the elements unattended.

"I saw a beagle tied up outside of a cafe the other day — it had only six inches of leash to its tether, was standing on a piece of ice, and it was whining," Jaime Brandenstein, a design director who lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, recalls. "So I went into the coffee shop and asked around."

When a woman admitted to being the owner, Brandenstein, 34, told her that her dog was crying. But the owner dismissed her concerns.

"She said, 'Thanks for letting me know,' then turned away from me," Brandenstein angrily remembers.

Photo: Getty Images

Despite her outrage over the situation, Brandenstein says she does tie up her own dachshund outside from time to time — but only if the weather permits and if she can keep an eye on her pooch from indoors.

"It crosses the line when you don't have a visible line of sight or when you're tying them up in the cold," she concludes.

Michelle Wakefield, 47, partner at Cowgirl Hall of Fame in the West Village, knows that her customers are often accompanied by their pups — and goes the extra mile to make sure the pets are happy and healthy.

"We have a bench out front that people will tie their dogs to," Wakefield says. "If someone wants food to-go, then they can tie up their dog outside, come in to order, and we will bring the food out to them."

Leaving your pooch outside for too long can have dire consequences, especially when the temperatures dip and spike in the winter and summer, respectively.

Photo: Getty Images

"If an animal is shivering, it's at risk of being hypothermic," says Dr. Mark Gibson, medical director and owner of Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Park Slope. "Huskies and sled dogs may be perfectly fine, but a short-haired breed can freeze to death."

In the summer months, dogs at risk of overheating show signs such as excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling and vomiting, according to the ASPCA.

Of course, there are concerns other than the weather when it comes to leaving your pet unsupervised.

The American Kennel Club reports that 637 dogs were "dognapped" across the nation in 2014.

For puppy parents who still opt to tie up their furbabies, sidewalk confrontations may be the least of your worries.

"These days, if you see an animal shivering in the cold it's not long before someone calls the NYPD to investigate," Gibson adds. "And let me tell you, the police take animal abuse very seriously."


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Rob Schneider’s daughter Elle King debuts first rock album

Buying fake IDs and getting into bars are priorities for most adolescents. But when Elle King was a teen, she didn't just do it to party — she did it to perform.

"I played my first show in New York when I was 16," she tells The Post. Her mother, model-turned-doula London King, "found my fake IDs and would cut them up, but I would get another one. Finally, she just said, 'Fine, I'm coming with you' . . . to make sure I didn't drink!"

By the sound of her whiskey- and nicotine rasp, King, 25, hasn't kept completely away from vice. But it certainly helps bring home her love of rock and blues on her recently released debut, "Love Stuff."

Her mom remains King's biggest fan, but less prominent in her life is her father, comic Rob Schneider. The "Saturday Night Live" alum married London King in Vegas in 1988, but they divorced two years later.

Such parentage didn't serve King well in her teens. "I had a beautiful mother and a famous father, and I didn't know where I fit in," she recalls. That, combined with her rebellious personality, meant her personal troubles continued into adulthood. "I moved to Los Angeles for a year when I was 20 and I was hell on wheels!"

Now settled in Brooklyn, King refuses to talk about Schneider, saying only that "we just want the best for each other." She's more effusive about her stepdad, Justin Tesa, who turned her on to music.

"He taught me how to play guitar," she says. "He sends me music to listen to. I call him Daddy J!"


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What feminist NYC women really want in a man

"I'll come across the park to meet you," Gary offered, "But I don't know any good brunch-date places there. I'll let you suggest it."

If you're a single woman in New York City, you may have come across some curiously feminist men. I say "curiously feminist" because it's typically in dating where they show the most ardent commitment to equality. No matter how many challenges they have overcome and successes they've achieved, these capable men leave picking the bar or restaurant for the date up to you. And, they make it seem like they are simply respecting your equality.

The 'Mediator' picks an equidistant place: "You're West Village, I'm Midtown East, let's meet in the middle at Columbus Circle."

The 'Manipulator' tells you where he works before asking where you work, making you feel obligated to meet at the "cool" bar near his office. He then compliments you for not being one of those "high-maintenance" women who expect him to trek uptown when his "cool" bar is downtown.

And finally, the 'Negotiator' offers to come to you, but, to even the effort score, has you pick the venue. Gary was a Negotiator.

Having put behind me years of acquiescing to dates that made me feel less feminine, and worse, made the guy seem less masculine, I had my standard reply ready for Gary: "Whichever restaurant you choose, I'm sure I'll enjoy it."

"Otherhood" by Melanie Notkin.

"But I want to take you to a place you like," Gary volleyed back with a pretense of chivalry.

"I trust your taste," I said, putting the decision back on him. "I look forward to meeting you!" I added.

And I did. I like dating. And I love men. And I love being a woman. And I believe there is power in my femininity; being feminine doesn't make me weaker. But for too long I thought I had to meet a man in the middle, literally and figuratively, in order to prove my equality.

A woman's expectations in dating are understandably confusing. Boomers, the first generation with feminist liberty, a k a the women Candace Bushnell began writing about 20 years ago in her seminal "Sex and the City" column in the New York Observer, valued expressing their freedom of equality in dating and sex. But doing research for my book "Otherhood," I found that women of my generation, Gen X, want a remix of traditional and newer values.

They are modern, independent women who want old-fashioned romance. They expect to be valued as a man is at work, and valued as a woman at night. They're natural nurturers but don't want to take care of the date on top of taking care of themselves, their friends and family. They want men who will lean into the date so that they can finally let go and lean back.

By our second date, Gary knew what to do. He texted a restaurant and reservation time. I loved it. There is nothing sexier than a thoughtful and decisive man with a plan.

Gary felt it, too. "I realize now that I've been lazy with women. I put planning the date on them because I didn't feel like doing it. By insisting I do it, you trusted me and that made me feel a man," he emphasized with a growl.


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This week’s couple: Dating games

Having something in common is never a bad thing, but is it possible to have too much in common?

For Raven, 26, and Denis, 25, that might have been the case.

Over dinner and drinks at Kingside restaurant in the Viceroy Hotel in Midtown, they hit it off right away, largely due to a mutual love for sports. But the night wasn't quite a home run — both ended the night thinking they'd like to get together again to watch a game, not go out on another date.

She said:

Denis beat me by two minutes, and was at the bar having a beer. I thought, he's my kind of guy — and he's tall and handsome with bright, blueish-green eyes, a great smile, and a generous hairline.

We talked about sports, family, careers, and traveling. I also noticed his manners were probably better than mine. He didn't touch his phone, and he made eye contact when he spoke.

The service at Kingside was incredible; our wine glasses stayed full. The food was fantastic. I recommend the crispy artichokes! We shared everything, which I loved.

We exchanged numbers. Since we are both soccer fans who root for the Tottenham Hotspur F.C. I'm sure I'll see him again, but I think it will be in the friend zone. I didn't feel a romantic spark, even though he was fun to hang out with.

He said:

My first impression of Raven was positive. She was warm, welcoming and easy to talk to right away.

When we started talking sports, the rest of the night became easy. We talked about our college intramural sports days and traded horror stories about seeing people getting hurt playing simple games like kickball or pickup football.

Kingside at the Viceroy Hotel treated us great. We shared wine and all our food. She had steak and my scallops were great too.

My date with Raven was a nice experience. We had a lot in common though it all felt platonic. At the end of the night, we exchanged numbers, and I wouldn't mind hanging out with her again. She seems to be a lot of fun to be around.


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RuPaul talks his wild and crazy ‘80s club kid days

These days, RuPaul is most famous for his reality competition show, "RuPaul's Drag Race," which returns for a seventh season Monday at 9 p.m. on Logo. But before the drag superstar's rise to fame, RuPaul Charles, 54, was an '80s club kid — performing his own music, emceeing and go-go dancing.

"I'm from San Diego, Calif. I knew that for my star to shine, I would have to move to New York, become an Andy Warhol superstar and then make my way back to Hollywood," RuPaul tells The Post. "I didn't become an Andy Warhol superstar, but everything else is pretty much how it worked for me. New York, I knew, would get my energy."

Now RuPaul, who splits time between LA and a place in the West Village he's had for 20 years, looks back fondly at his wild and crazy times in the mid- to late-'80s and early '90s.

This is his party New York.

1. Pyramid Club, 101 Avenue A between Sixth and Seventh Streets

Photo: Christian Johnston

"Because I was sleeping on people's couches, I kept most of my costumes and my stuff in the basement at the Pyramid . . . The Pyramid was the mecca for [Lady Bunny and me]. There was one time when I was go-go dancing [in 1984], and I came down [the] corkscrew stairs that led from the stage to the basement, and I was sweaty. When I got down there, Madonna was holding court with all of her friends in the basement. I remember they all looked at me like I was some jungle person who had invaded their space, because, you know, I'm dressed in some tribal something or whatever. She was that classic mean girl from high school who would turn her nose up at you. It wasn't like she was Kylie Minogue, who is obviously kindness and sweetness. That's not what Madonna was at all — but that's really part of the appeal with her, honestly."

2. Jane West Hotel (now The Jane), 113 Jane St. near West Street

Photo: Helayne Seidman

"[In the beginning,] when I did have money, I would rent a room at the Jane West Hotel — when I was getting some go-go dancing gigs or I could perform to my own songs. It was a dump. It had that distinctive New York smell — it's like a mixture of mold, soot and grime. The only place you can smell that now is in the subway."

3. 333 Rector Place, at South End Ave.

Photo: Lorenzo Ciniglio

"On my new album, 'Realness,' I reunite with the producer I recorded [the 1992 hit] 'Supermodel' with. His name is Eric Kupper, and I recorded 'Supermodel' at his apartment. He had a studio in his living room. I remember looking out the window and I could see the Statue of Liberty during the recording session."

4. Image Production Center, 727 Eleventh Avenue at 52nd Street

Photo: WireImage

"There was a studio there where we filmed the VH1 talk show ['The RuPaul Show,' which premiered in 1996]. We did 100 episodes. Diana Ross, my childhood idol, was my first guest. For me to have made this leap from just a few years prior sleeping on my sister's couch to having my own show and interviewing my idol was quite a reward."

5. Area, formerly 157 Hudson St. between Laight and Hubert Streets

Photo: Getty Images

"I'd see Andy Warhol at a club called Area. Everyone would be talking, 'Oh my God, Andy's here!' because he was the god of our world. His mentality and his philosophy was what we had based our whole lives on, which is this postmodern, punk, create-your-own celebrity. Anyone could be a celebrity with the right clothes and the right attitude."

6. The Hudson Piers, between Charles and West 10th Streets

Photo: Christian Johnston

"I moved to New York in 1984, and I lived here for six months, sleeping on couches or on the piers before the city spit me back out and I went to Atlanta [for a while]. There were people who were hooking up in cars, because back then you could park your car facing the Hudson, right at the river's edge."

7. Save the Robots, formerly 25, Avenue B between Second and Third Streets

Photo: Christian Johnston

"[There were] illegal after-hours clubs in the East Village, like Save the Robots. The party scene was gay, straight, lesbian, black, white, rich, poor, uptown, downtown. It wasn't so polarized. You could see the girl on the cover of Vogue and some artist who lives on the street."

8. Tompkins Square Park, Seventh through Tenth Streets between Avenues A and B

Photo: Brian Zak

"I became an overnight downtown star in 1989 when I did Wigstock [in Tompkins Square Park]. I lip-synced to 'Don't You Want My Love' [from] the 'Ruthless People' soundtrack. I think I also did Whitney Houston's 'So Emotional' and that tore the house down too… I had done a lot of campaigning and had been all over the place looking great. People were receptive because I had laid the groundwork for my ascension."
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‘House Of Cards’: Chapter 30 (GALLERY)

Written By kom nampuldu on Jumat, 27 Februari 2015 | 20.49

'House Of Cards': Chapter 30 (GALLERY) | Decider | Where To Stream TV & Movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, HBO Go
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6:16 AM:

So Heather Dunbar is all like, "Drone strikes aren't that bad," and now a lot of people are pissed, except Frank of course, because he put her up to it. Meanwhile Claire is trying to secure her spot in the United Nation Peace Resolution by speaking bad French and buttering important people up.

6:22 AM:

So now Frank tapped her to take that old guy's spot as Chief Justice. Yes, the one with Alzheimer's because Frank has no soul. Dunbar says yes and her power in that position will help him win re-election, coming up in 18 months.

6:27 AM:

Meanwhile McPoyle is helping Doug find Rachel, but it's proving rather difficult. So they're going to try and find her through her former lesbian lover, Lisa. Remember her? Maybe this will jog your memory.

6:27 AM:

Meanwhile McPoyle is helping Doug find Rachel, but it's proving rather difficult. So they're going to try and find her through her former lesbian lover, Lisa. Remember her? Maybe this will jog your memory.

6:31 AM:

New Zoey and Cumberbatch look-a-like are probably going to get it on soon. Which make me a little nauseous. Or maybe that's just because I devoured an English muffin slathered in peanut butter three hours before I normally eat breakfast.

6:45AM:

Oh, hey, it's the Sun! Hi buddy. Ok, back to the show.

6:47 AM:

In a very Richard III moment, Doug approaches Dunbar and threatens to use him or lose him to help her run in 2016, which is sure to be a huge thorn in the Underwoods' side being that he know's all their dirty laundry. Frank should have just given him his job back and all of this would have been prevented. Doug was the loyalest of lapdogs up until now.

6:50 AM:

Good morning, Detective Rawls! Ironically, the last show I binged in this capacity was The Wire so this is a welcome surprise. As always, he plays a ruthless badass.

6:53AM: OMG HE JUST BROKE JESUS. If you get 7 years of bad luck for breaking a mirror, I can't imagine what happens after breaking the likeness of the world's most famous carpenter.

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What’s New On Netflix: ‘House Of Cards’, Stand-Up Specials, March Titles And More

The weekend is here and you finally have time to watch the latest season of streaming phenomenon, House of Cards. In addition to the new season, we've curated a list of every movie and show recently added to the platform. Don't forget to check out our Official List of Everything New on Netflix for March so you never miss a new addition.

BINGE: House of Cards: Season Three (2015)

Kevin Spacey is back as ruthless leader Frank Underwood, who's settling in as President of the United States. Season Three kicks off with a huge twist and if you thought no one was safe after last season, think again. Bad for the greater good has never been better and oh, we're live-bingeing the entire thing. For our complete coverage, click here. [Stream on Netflix]

WATCH NEXT: Russell Brand: Messiah Complex (2013)

Controversial comedian and actor Russell Brand is as fired up and foul-mouthed as ever in Messiah Complex, his 2013 stand-up special that takes on political figures and contradictory religious ideologies, as well as the notion of celebrity worship — one of his favorite subjects to go totally ham on. [Stream on Netflix]

Coming March 1st:

Patch Adams (1998): Robin Williams is Patch Adams, who, after spending time in a dismal mental institution becomes an unconventional caregiver, believing— and successfully proving — that humor can cure any illness. [Stream on Netflix Sunday 3.01]

30 for 30: Or Miracles and Men (2014)
The Brothers Grimm (2009)
Evelyn (2002)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Mercy Rule (2014)
Monsters High: 13 Wishes (2013)
Monsters High: Ghouls Rule (2012)
Rules of Engagement (2000)
Teen Witch (1989)

Other titles now available:

Hawaii Five-O: Seasons One-Four (2010-2013): Starring Entourage's Scott Caan and former rom-com star turned smoking hot detective type, Alex O'Loughlin, Hawaii Five-O is a pinch of CSI forensics fare mixed with high octane car chase scenes, shoot outs, super hot lady cops, and scantily clad Hawaiians. Say hello to your new guilty pleasure. [Stream on Netflix]

1,000 Times Good Night (2013)
Alpha and Omega (2010)
Barbecue (2014)
In Bloom (2013)
The Boondocks: Seasons Two-Four (2007-2014)
Boys (2014)
Chicagoland: Season One (2014)
Chowder: Season Three (2009)
Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season Four (2002)
Death Row Stories: Season One (2014)
Open Windows (2014)
Powerpuff Girls: Seasons One-Six (1998-2004)
Ralphie May: Unruly (2015)
A Summer's Tale (1996)
Uncle Grandpa: Season One (2013)
Vessel (2014)

RELATED: Last Call! These Titles Expire From Netflix Streaming March 1st

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Bill Cosby: ‘I’m far from finished’

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Despite the number of women claiming sexual assault against Bill Cosby, the actor and comedian says he's "far from finished."

The 77-year-old is scheduled to perform on Friday evening in Lafayette, La., and issued a statement before his show.

"Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust," read the statement per Agence France-Presse. "Thank you! I can't wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift—LAUGHTER. I'm ready!"

He went on to thank theater staff and event organizers for their continued support. He didn't make any mention of the latest woman accusing him of sexual assault in 1984, but simply indicated the show must and will go on.

"Hey, Hey, Hey — I'm far from finished," she concluded his statement.

Since the fall of 2014 dozens of women have come forward claiming Cosby had sexually assaulted and/or drugged them. Some cases date back more than 40 years.

Throughout his ordeal, Cosby has remained silent while his lawyer slammed all accusations and maintains that his client is innocent.


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Vanderbilt coach sorry for yelling ‘I’ll f—ing kill you’ at player

If Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings was trying to teach sportsmanship, he had a funny way of showing it.

Stallings apologized Thursday night for an "inappropriate comment" after television cameras caught him in a profanity-laced tirade toward Commodores guard Wade Baldwin following a 73-65 victory over the Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn.

Baldwin clapped in the face of Tennessee forward Armani Moore after the game. During postgame handshakes, television replays showed Stallings appeared to shout obscenities and said "I'll f—ing kill you " to Baldwin.

Stallings told ESPN "he did not mean his words literally" when confronting Baldwin.

"I handled it completely inappropriately and I apologized to Wade — and I need to apologize to our fans and the Vanderbilt administration," the longtime coach told ESPN. "Having said that, and it may seem as though I'm trying to rationalize my behavior, sportsmanship will continue to be a high priority. I did not mean it in the literal sense and I've never touched a player in all my years as a coach. That's not me. I will learn from this and handle this situation differently in the future.

"[I'm] very remorseful of my actions tonight."

Baldwin tweeted out his support for Stallings later Thursday night:


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Harrison Ford to reprise role in ‘Blade Runner’ sequel

Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in a sequel to the dystopian, neo-noir "Blade Runner," more than 31 years after the film first premiered.

Ridley Scott directed the 1982 movie, which was adapted from the Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep."

Alcon Entertainment announced Ford's role Thursday and said Scott will serve as an executive producer on the sequel.

Production on the film will begin in the summer of 2016.

Hampton Francher, who co-wrote the original, and Michael Green have written a script based on an idea from Francher and Scott.

The story will take place several decades after the events at the conclusion of the 1982 film.

A director has not yet been confirmed for the project.


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Scott Walker steals the show at CPAC

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of union protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world

The likely Republican presidential contender made the comments on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington, where he was greeted like a rock star and overshadowed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The annual conference features more than a dozen potential Republican presidential contenders over three days hoping to win over conservative activists.

Asked how he would handle the Islamic State group if elected president, Walker said, "For years I've been concerned about that threat, not just abroad but here on American soil."

"If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world," he said, a reference to his battles with organized labor.

Walker is gearing up for a 2016 presidential contest in which foreign policy figures to play prominently.

Walker's comments drew sharp reaction from union leaders.

"It's disgusting that Gov. Walker would compare everyday heroes — educators — to international terrorists," said Betsy Kippers, a teacher and president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council.


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Suicide-ridden cherry factory could be seized by authorities

The maraschino-cherry factory where investigators discovered a hidden pot den revved back to life Thursday — but its fruit-packing days may be numbered.

Dell's Maraschino Cherries in Red Hook, Brooklyn, was up and running two days after owner Arthur Mondella fatally shot himself in the head as investigators stumbled upon his massive pot room.

But the entire enterprise and building could now be forfeited under drug-seizure laws.

Also, Dell's is being sued by California Fruit Processors for allegedly not paying for $106,120 worth of produce. The lawsuit was filed in Brooklyn federal court Thursday.

It also names Antoinette Mondella, Joanne Mondella and Joanne Capece as officers of Dell's Maraschino Cherries.

A wake for Mondella took place Thursday evening at Raccuglia Funeral Home in Brooklyn.


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‘House Of Cards’: Chapter 28 (GALLERY)

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3:56 AM:

On to the second episode of the third season before 4 AM. This is truly a victory. Right now, Claire is trying to prove herself while Frank is dealing with traitor Democrats who don't want him to run. At this hour I need something more than politics to keep me going — bring me more butts!

4:00 AM:

Molly Parker, baby! Looking fierce as fuuuuuck.

4:05 AM:

So Claire blew it at her Senate hearing and the Democratic leadership party, including Jackie Sharp, doesn't want Frank to run. It's our favorite evil power couple against the world now. FYI, I'm about to make a fat cup of coffee.

4:14 AM:

#PowerCoupleMontage. For some reason I think I hear the faint distance of the

Game of Thrones

theme.

4:17 AM:

Meet the new Zoey. She's incredibly annoying. #RIPSlugline

HOLY SHIT PAUSE.

4:18 AM: FRANK UNDERWOOD IS CRYING AND CLAIRE IS GIVING HIM A PITY FUCK. Or is it a pity fuck? Maybe they just finally wanted to fuck without Meechum around. It's super duper weird though to be honest. Guess all those late-night phone calls to Senators really riled them up.

4:19 AM

: Is that Ginuwine we hear in the background? RIDE THAT PONY!

4:23 AM:

So Claire didn't get picked for ambassador. But she ended up buying a bunch of rare eggs from some glorified girl scout instead.

4:30AM

: How To Convince The Government To Take Action, A Play In 3 GIFs.

Step One: Use broad, sweeping hand gestures to distract your foes.

4:30AM

: How To Convince The Government To Take Action, A Play In 3 GIFs.

Step Two: Point with your pointy finger to insure you know that it's them that you're talking to.

4:30AM

: How To Convince The Government To Take Action, A Play In 3 GIFs.

Step Three: Drop the F-Bomb with the force of ten thousand hurricanes.

END SCENE.

4:37 AM:

Did he say $500 billion? Turning on the closed captioning now. This speech is KICK ASS though. And this whole America Works bill seems like it could actually work.

4:40:

Wait, can we talk about how much I hate Seth. He's the Underwoods' latest bitch and sent to spy on poor Doug. If him and Benedict Cumberbatch were long lost snake brothers, I would't be surprised.

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Former Notre Dame President dies at 97

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh was always a man of conscience.

He did what he thought was right during his 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches.

Hesburgh died late Thursday night on the university campus in South Bend, Indiana. He was 97. His cause of death wasn't immediately known.

"We mourn today a great man and faithful priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame and touched the lives of many," said the Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame's current president. "With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation's great institutions for higher learning."

Hesburgh will also be remembered as a civil rights leader, a champion of immigration rights and a supporter of Third World development.

His work took him far from the university so often that the joke around campus used to be that the difference between God and Hesburgh was that while God is everywhere, Hesburgh was everywhere but Notre Dame. He was around campus enough, though, to build it into an academic power. A decade into his tenure, he was featured on the cover of Time magazine for an article that described him as the most influential figure in the reshaping of Catholic education. He was so respected by others in education that he was awarded 150 honorary degrees.

The charming and personable man found as much ease meeting with heads of state as he did with students. His aim was constant: Better people's lives.

"I go back to an old Latin motto, opus justitiae pax: Peace is the work of justice," Hesburgh said in a 2001 interview. "We've known 20 percent of the people in the world have 80 percent of the goodies, which means the other 80 percent have to scrape by on 20 percent."

During a 2000 ceremony at which Hesburgh received the Congressional Gold Medal, the government's highest honor, President Bill Clinton voiced his admiration for Hesburgh, calling him "a servant and a child of God, a genuine American patriot and a citizen of the world."

Hesburgh's goal after coming out of seminary was to be a Navy chaplain during World War II, but he was instead sent to Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., to pursue a doctorate. He then returned to Notre Dame, where he quickly rose to become head of the theology department, then executive vice president before being named president in 1952 at age 35.

His passion for civil rights earned him a spot as a founding member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in 1957 and found him joining hands with Martin Luther King Jr. at a 1964 civil rights rally in Chicago, singing "We Shall Overcome."

He was a man who wasn't afraid to challenge authority. As Notre Dame's executive vice president in 1949, Hesburgh took on powerful football coach Frank Leahy while reorganizing the athletic department. When the Vatican demanded conformity to church dogma, Hesburgh insisted that Notre Dame remain an intellectual center for theological debate. He also famously challenged the record of President Richard Nixon, who fired him from the Civil Rights Commission in 1972.

"I said, 'I ended this job the way that I began 15 years ago — fired with enthusiasm," Hesburgh recalled in 2007.

Hesburgh wrote several books, including one, "God, Country, Notre Dame," that became a best-seller. Throughout his writings, he shared his vision of the contemporary Catholic university.

"The Catholic university should be a place," he wrote, "where all the great questions are asked, where an exciting conversation is continually in progress, where the mind constantly grows as the values and powers of intelligence and wisdom are cherished and exercised in full freedom."

In keeping with that philosophy, Notre Dame underwent profound changes under Hesburgh. Control of the school shifted in 1967 from the Congregation of the Holy Cross priests who founded the school to a lay board. The school ended a 40-year absence in football post-season bowl games and used the proceeds from the 1970 Cotton Bowl to fund minority scholarships. In 1972, Notre Dame admitted its first undergraduate women. Hesburgh called it one of his proudest accomplishments.

"We can't run the country on men alone, never could," Hesburgh said 25 years after the first women enrolled. "Women ought to have the same opportunities to develop their talents as men do."

The school was rather undistinguished academically when he became president. It had 4,979 students, 389 faculty and an annual operating budget of $9.7 million. When he retired in 1987, Notre Dame had 9,600 students, 950 faculty and an operating budget of $176.6 million. The school's endowment grew from $9 million to $350 million during his presidency. When he retired, the school was rated among the nation's most prestigious.

"I'm sure I get credit for a lot of things that I'm part of but not necessarily the whole of," he said. "We began a great university, and those who followed continued the motion forward."

Despite the accolades, Hesburgh drew his share of criticism. Some said he spent too much time away from campus pursuing other issues. Others objected to the "15-minute rule" he implemented after students protesting the Vietnam War clashed with police on campus. Under the policy, students who disrupted the university's normal operations would be given 15 minutes of meditation to cease and desist or would be expelled from school.

As a young priest, Hesburgh's students included Jose Napoleon Duarte, whose 1984 election as El Salvador's president set that country on a path to democracy after years of civil war. Hesburgh's decision to have Duarte give Notre Dame's 1985 commencement address was met by protests blaming Duarte and the Reagan administration for continued political killings and poverty in the Central American nation. Hesburgh wrote that the presentation of an honorary degree to Duarte didn't mean the university has to agree with all he was doing.

Hesburgh also supported the university's decision in 2009 to invite President Barack Obama to speak at commencement. At least 70 bishops opposed Obama's appearance and Notre Dame's decision to award him an honorary degree because of the president's support of abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research. Hesburgh said universities are supposed to be places where people of differing opinions can talk.

Through it all, he stayed true to what he called his basic principle: "You don't make decisions because they are easy; you don't make them because they are cheap; you don't make them because they're popular; you make them because they're right."

Hesburgh remained active at Notre Dame in his retirement, lecturing occasionally and presiding over residence hall Masses and helping develop the school's Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Most of all, though, he was a priest. He said Mass daily throughout his life.

"I've said Mass in airplanes at 50,000 feet. I've said Mass in the South Pole. I've said Mass in jungles all over the world. I've said Mass in African huts. I've said Mass in cathedrals. Wherever I am, I've been able to do it for over 60 years every day and only miss a couple of times in all those years," Hesburgh said

Jenkins, the current president, said Hesburgh's greatest influence may have been on the generations of Notre Dame students he taught, counseled and befriended.

"Although saddened by his loss, I cherish the memory of a mentor, friend and brother in Holy Cross and am consoled that he is now at peace with the God he served so well," Jenkins said.

The university said that a customary Holy Cross funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus at a time to be announced. The university also said a tribute to Hesburgh will be held at the Joyce Center.


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Sleater-Kinney stomps on ‘90s nostalgia at Terminal 5

The '90s revival is in full swing but on Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd of grown-up Generation X-ers in Terminal 5, Sleater-Kinney effectively rendered the nostalgia irrelevant.

Brownstein with Janet Weiss, left, and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney.Photo: Brigitte Sire

The punk trio have returned after ten years of silence during which, their profile has surged thanks to guitarist/singer Carrie Brownstein playing a starring role alongside Fred Armisen in the cult comedy "Portlandia." However, Sleater-Kinney (completed by guitarist Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss) haven't reformed just to wheeze through the classics for a pay check, they've actively pushed the band to brilliant new heights with their latest album "No Cities To Love."

The bounty of fresh material was delivered with fervor and gobbled up by hungry fans with glee; the propulsive rhythms of "Fangless" provided an early highlight while the hectic, swarming riffs and Tucker's banshee voice made "Bury Our Friends" sound startlingly vicious. Sleater-Kinney formed in 1994 and in their youth, their sound veered more towards the scrappier end of the spectrum. But hearing them confidently flex their adult muscles in this way, it was simply impossible to yearn for the good old days.

"No Cities to Love"

There was nothing nostalgic about the group's socio-political stance, either. Sleater-Kinney's association with the progressive "Riot Grrrl" movement of the '90s meant that they were always keen to use their platform to advance female equality. But in 2015, that remains an ongoing fight. "Reproductive health is just a part of health," explained Tucker, referring to the planned parenthood booths placed around the venue. "And quite frankly, we're tired of asking for it."

Even the classic songs were given an added punch. A superb mid-set version of "What's Mine Is Yours" took on a Led Zeppelin-esque dynamic, with Brownstein windmilling like Pete Townshend for good measure. By the time they rounded out the night with a full-throttle run through of "Dig Me Out," they sounded less like a power-trio and more like an army. The '90s were overrated anyway; Sleater-Kinney are back, and they are now.

Opening the show was rising star Lizzo – a 26-year-old rapper/singer from Minneapolis who wins attention with her shock of curly blonde hair but keeps it with her stage presence and charisma. Musically indebted to acts such as Salt 'n' Pepa, Lizzo's old-school spirit was an instant hit during "Batches and Cookies" during which, she ingratiated herself to the crowd further by handing out some chocolate chip goodness from a basket. Beats and baked goods; a winning combination in anyone's book. Both acts return to Terminal 5 for a repeat showing on Friday night. Get close to the front to ensure you can get a taste of all the evening's treats.


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ISIS militant ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked as middle-class Brit

Written By kom nampuldu on Kamis, 26 Februari 2015 | 20.49

"Jihadi John" has been unmasked.

The infamous masked ISIS madman seen in gruesome videos beheading Western hostages was identified by media outlets Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi — a middle-class Briton with a degree in computer programming.

The BBC reported that the Kuwaiti-born Emwazi is in his mid-20s and from West London. British authorities chose not to identify him earlier for operational reasons.

"I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John," one of Emwazi's close friends told the Washington Post. "He was like a brother to me. . . . I am sure it is him."

A rep for British human rights group CAGE also believes Emwazi is "Jihadi John."

"There was an extremely strong resemblance," said Asim Qureshi, who had been in touch with Emwazi before he went to Syria, the newspaper reported. "This is making me feel fairly certain that this is the same person."

The ruthless thug first appeared in a video in August beheading American journalist James Foley.

He is believed to be the same terrorist seen in videos beheading US journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid worker David Haines, British cab driver Alan Henning and US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter.

The British-accented jihadist has been seen clad in a black robe with a black balaclava concealing all but his eyes. In the videos, he spewed threats at Westerners and then held his knife to captives' necks.

He also was seen on video with Japanese captives Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto before they, too, were slaughtered.

Emwazi is believed to have gone to Syria around 2012 and then joined the barbaric Islamic State, the Washington Post reported.

US and UK authorities had Emwazi on their radar before he left for Syria, the BBC reported. He had ties to a man affiliated with the jihadist group al-Shabab in Somalia, the BBC said.

British police declined to comment Thursday.

Commander Richard Walton, head of the police Counter Terrorism Command, told the BBC: "We have previously asked media outlets not to speculate about the details of our investigation on the basis that life is at risk.

"We are not going to confirm the identity of anyone at this stage or give an update on the progress of this live counterterrorism investigation."

A spokeswoman for the British Embassy in Washington told the Washington Post: "Our prime minister has been clear that we want all those who have committed murder on behalf of ISIL to face justice for the appalling acts carried out. There is an ongoing police investigation into the murder of hostages by ISIL in Syria. It is not appropriate for the government to comment on any part of it while this continues."

US officials also declined to comment — as did Emwazi's family, citing legal advice, the newspaper reported.


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New study finds connection between oversleeping and strokes

Researchers have found a possible connection between strokes and oversleeping.

People who sleep more than eight hours a night are 46 percent more likely to suffer a stroke later in life, according to a study by the University of Cambridge in England.

The chance of having a stroke doubled among participants who slept the most during the study.

It was not clear if sleeping longer caused the strokes, or if people who were already at risk of suffering a stroke were more prone to sleeping longer.

Nearly 10,000 people took part in the study.


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Behold, the world’s wackiest pizzas

If you want to stand out with pizza, pepperoni — America's favorite topping — just isn't going to cut it.

Wolfgang Puck started the California pizza revolution with his smoked-salmon pizza in 1982. But as Americans have discovered new cuisines — and American pizza chains have taken their brands international — the range of toppings (and crust-stuffers) has exploded.

In some cases, the crust just seems to be a substitute for your dinner plate, as restaurants top it with curry, Thai — and fries.

"We're creative people, and pizza happens to be our canvas," said Jamie Woolner, the co-owner of Pizza of Venice, a restaurant north of Pasadena, Calif. He has made pizzas featuring sashimi, foie gras, red beans and crispy rice, and truffles (not all at once). One of his regular offerings echoes Greece, with braised lamb and a tzatziki drizzle.

Indeed, toppings that once seemed unusual can become mainstream, as happened with barbecue chicken, introduced by California Pizza Kitchen Inc. 30 years ago. That company is testing a pizza that echoes a Greek chicken salad and is debating whether a Peking duck pizza being sold in its Hawaii and Hong Kong restaurants could make it in the rest of the U.S., said Brian Sullivan, the company's vice president of culinary innovation.

It recently has added to the U.S. menu a habanero carnitas pizza, which uses shredded pork and with a "10-alarm" habanero salsa on the side, that was developed in the chain's Mexican operations, he said.

Still, some of the wackiest pizzas, at least to American taste buds, come from overseas, where U.S. restaurant chains are betting on growth.

Domino's Pizza Inc. said it opened a record net 662 stores abroad last year, far outpacing the net 81 stores it added in the U.S. On Tuesday, it said it expects same-store sales to increase 3% to 6% in 2015 outside the U.S., compared with gains of 2% to 4% domestically. International same-store sales climbed 6.9% in 2014, trailing the 7.5% gain in the U.S.

One new pizza introduced last year, in southern India, is a spicy banana pizza, with green bananas, chilies and bell peppers, dubbed the South Zesty Veggie.

At Pizza Hut, a unit of Yum Brands Inc. international sales grew 6% in emerging markets and 1% in developed markets last year, while U.S. sales declined 1%. More than half of the 465 new restaurants opened abroad last year were in emerging markets.

The international operations have developed some limited-time gut-busting options, including one in the U.K. that incorporated 10 cheeseburgers in the crust, and in Singapore, double-decker stuffed pizza (the top layer is a smaller, thin-crust pie) for a couple of Christmas seasons.

In the U.S., privately held Little Caesars Enterprises Inc. on Monday launched a bacon-wrapped deep-dish pizza — just one more way food companies are trying to capitalize on Americans' ongoing love for bacon.

Here are some other unusual pizzas, both in the U.S. and abroad. Some may one day end up at a restaurant near you:

Sweet-potato-stuffed crust

The Los Angeles Koreatown outpost of Mr. Pizza, a South Korean chain, offers some pizza toppings you're familiar with. And then there's a crust stuffed with sweet potato ("gold"). Or broccoli mousse. Or egg tart.

A bulgogi (Korean marinated beef) topping makes it even more unusual — though this blog writer describes that option as his "stab at semi-normalcy."

Black squid ink pizza

Black-tinted pasta, check. But a pizza with black dough, thanks to squid ink?

Singapore's Skinny Pizza makes what it calls "a seafood fest of fresh squid, prawns, tomato salsa, onions, basil and parsley on a special squid ink crust." Look to spend S$27, or about $21.60.

In the U.S., La Nebbia, a San Francisco restaurant, makes one with squid ink, anchovies, raisins, nuts and of course mozzarella for $16.

Thai pizza

California Pizza Kitchen, which has 196 restaurants in the U.S., launched its Thai pizza nearly 30 years ago, taking inspiration from chicken satay appetizers and accompanying peanut dipping sauce.

In the pizza version, the peanut sauce substitutes for tomatoes, and fresh julienne carrots, bean sprouts and scallions go on top once the pizza is baked.

In St. Louis, Pat's Thai Pizza has more than a dozen Thai offerings that riff on familiar Thai food such as pad Thai, red Thai curry and tom yum goong soup — with a combination of mozzarella, monterey jack and cheddar cheese. They cost $8.95 or $9.95, depending on the crust.

Dean's Pizza in Long Beach, Calif., is another place to find several versions of Thai food in pizza form. Expect to pay $12.

Now that Rachael Ray has a version of this, perhaps Thai pizza will become the next mainstream topping. Her version uses peanut butter, soy sauce and a bottle of duck or plum sauce, among other ingredients.

Peaches at Pizza Hut

In Hong Kong, Pizza Hut's website is promoting a flower-shaped 7-cheese pie with a two-color-cheese stuffed crust and cornflakes among the toppings. The "Fortune Crayfish and Clam" pizza also has peach and cucumber, among other ingredients, while the "Fortune Pepperoni and Peach" adds on roast chicken and a mango mayonnaise sauce.

A regular-size version of either costs HK$150, or about $19.34.

Fries on that

Canadians love their poutine — fries, cheese curds and a brown sauce — and find ways to incorporate it in all kinds of dishes. Including pizza.

Bannock, a Toronto restaurant that pitches itself as offering Canadian comfort food, uses roast duck in its version that sells for C$18 (about $14.50). The 10″-12″ pizza, made on a traditional Canadian flatbread, is a "real showstopper" and one of restaurant's the top sellers, says Anthony Walsh, the corporate chef for Oliver & Bonacini's 13 restaurants.

"It's one of the dishes that will never, never come off the menu," he said. "There would be a revolt."

Just expect to take some home, or plan on sharing it at the table, he cautioned.

In a riff on another Canadian dish, Bannock sometimes sells a tourtiere pizza, a deconstructed version of a Quebecois meat pie with venison, an old Gouda cheese and cranberry chutney.

Vegemite Down Under

Pizza Hut first stuffed Marmite into a pizza crust in New Zealand last year. This year, it did the same with Vegemite in Australia, in a temporary offer to mark Australia Day in January, though it did get in some hot water with Vegemite owner Mondelez International Inc.

Vegemite is an Australian icon made from leftover brewers' yeast extract and other ingredients. Marmite is a bit sweeter.

For most of the rest of the world, both are an acquired taste.

Here's how one Australian summed up the pizza (right).

Chili paneer in a cone

This is one of three Indian-style options from Kono Pizza in Leicester, England. Paneer is an Indian cheese, and the other main ingredients are peppers and onions. The spices, of course, are Indian rather than Italian. And the cone is made from pizza dough.

The restaurant, a franchise of an Italian chain, also does a pau bhaji version, which includes spicy cauliflower, peas, potatoes and carrots. Meat lovers who want a mix of Indian and pizza can opt for the chicken tikka version.

Owner Raj Morjaria says the cones, about 7 inches or 8 inches tall, equal about 2 1/2 slices of pizza. Cones begin at 2.99 pounds (about $4.63) for a margherita (cheese).

The first Kono Pizza in the U.S. has opened in Edison, N.J., but it doesn't offer any of those three items. On the other hand, its menu includes breakfast pizzas in a cone, which Italians might consider equally wacky.

This article originally appeared on Marketwatch.


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EXCLUSIVE: Every New Title Being Added To Shout! Factory TV This March

The new streaming platform Shout! Factory TV is a godsend for pop culture nerds and Mystery Science Theater 3000 enthusiasts. The service is adding a slew of new titles next month including a classic musical fairy tale, 16 Werner Herzog flicks, a vintage Doctor Who spinoff, and two MST3K titles that some super fans thought would never see the light of day.


Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Final Sacrifice
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Wild World of Bat Woman
Gerry Anderson's Stingray (featuring 6 hand-picked episodes)
The Goode Family (all 13 episodes)
K-9: The Complete Series (all 26 episodes)
I Married A Witch
The Inspector General
Kentucky Fried Movie
The Long Voyage Home
Room At The Top
The Ruling Class
To Be Or Not To Be
The Trip To Bountiful

Werner Herzog Films Available March 2nd:


Aguirre, The Wrath of God
Ballad of the Little Soldier
Little Dieter Needs To Fly
Heart of Glass
The Enigma Of Kasper Hauser
Nosferatu, The Vampyre
Where The Green Ants Dream
Even Dwarfs Started Small

Werner Herzog Films Available March 16th:


Fitzcarraldo
Cobra Verde
My Best Fiend
Fata Morgana
Land Of Silence And Darkness
Lessons Of Darkness
Stroszek
Woyzeck

Other Titles Currently Available on Shout! Factory TV:


Upright Citizens Brigade: Asssscat!
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (Seasons 3-4)
Peter Gunn (Season 1)
Route 66 TV Series (Season 3)
A Room With A View
Jeffrey Ross: No Offense – Live From New Jersey
Shopping
Steve Martin: All Commercials

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Bobbi Kristina suffers seizures, remains in coma

Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition is getting worse.

The 21-year-old remains in a medically induced coma after physicians tried taking her off some of her current medicines. As a result, the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's only child began suffering from seizures, reports CNN.

As for other possible signs of recovery, sources tell TMZ the budding actress may be showing signs of organ deterioration as well.

Last week doctors performed a tracheostomy, which replaced her breathing tube. Such procedures are done when patients are expected to be on a ventilator for a lengthy period of time.

Bobbi Kristina was found face down unresponsive in her bathtub on January 31.

While an investigation into what actually happened continues, the Brown family remains close by. Bobby recently postponed his Australian tour to be with his daughter.

Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend Nick Gordon, who's reportedly been barred from the Emory Hospital where she's being treated, recently lashed out on Twitter at the Browns.


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How the Red Sox are starting to look like the Evil Empire 2.0

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Yankees have much to worry about these days. One of their biggest concerns has to be the championship commitment from Red Sox ownership.

Not only in dollars spent, but in mindset as well.

Larry Lucchino, one of those Red Sox owners, recently got banged up in a motorcycle accident in California on a road leading to the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Lucchino has been riding a motorcycle for many years and counts himself a big fan of "Sons of Anarchy.''

The Yankees and Red Sox have long had a turf war in the AL East, a war the Red Sox are winning on and off the field.

They have won three championships over the last 11 years. The Yankees have one over the past 14 years.

"We're in it to win championships,'' Lucchino said Wednesday at JetBlue Park. "We're not in it to be consistently second or consistently third. We want to win championships.''

Noted Tom Werner, another of the Boston owners: "We have a strong commitment to winning. We play for championships. We were all smarting over the [last-place] finish we had last year.

"It's our intention to play baseball in October every year. We know that we made some mistakes last year and those mistakes were compounded by injury.''

The Red Sox are beating the Yankees at their own game, with the signing this week of 19-year-old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada the latest victory.

Some maintain the Red Sox have become the new Evil Empire, the nickname Lucchino mockingly stuck on the Yankees.

Lucchino, though, didn't want any part of that comparison.

"There are a lot of things people could get me to say, but I could never admit to that," Lucchino said. "Not by a long shot in my mind.''

The Red Sox have become more of an empire, evil or not.

The Red Sox outbid the Yankees for Cuban star Yoan MoncadaPhoto: AP

They have spent $329 million on acquiring players in recent months.

"We are different. We run our clubs differently,'' Lucchino said of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. "There's a commonality in our willingness to invest in sizable sums for baseball players, whether they be short-term additions or long-term development projects.''

It's not simply about writing checks, it's about identifying talent and the Sawx have found more ways to win championships than the Yankees have in recent history. That is a testament to ownership and management.

Even though the Red Sox have only one postseason appearance over the last five seasons, Werner looks at the 10-year window from 2004 to 2013. "I look at it that we've won three championships of the last 10,'' he said. "When I look at the group of players this year, it gives me a feeling similar to 2013.

"I feel a great sense of optimism.''

The signing of Moncada, who arrived here Wednesday and then headed to Boston for a physical, speaks volumes.

"Our baseball operations people all had a very, very strong review and recommendation for this player,'' Werner said. "We put a lot of weight into our baseball [operations] people. We wanted to add depth to our organization.''

The Yankees thought highly of Moncada, too, but didn't close the deal like the Red Sox did by spending $63 million.

"It speaks volumes about our commitment to winning that we've been talking about since we got here,'' Lucchino said. "That's the basic rock on which the church is built.''
The Red Sox will cross over the $200 million mark in payroll this season after finishing in last place for the second time in three years.

"In 2003 with a disappointing season, we increased our payroll about $35 million the next year because we didn't want to finish second,'' Lucchino said.

"In 2006 we increased our payroll about $30 or $35 million. So we have invested in the future. Many times it has worked out in the short-term, sometimes there are longer-term investments. We are willing to sacrifice some profits for a winning baseball team.''

That is the way to get the championship job done.

Evil or not, the Red Sox have become the better Empire.


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Rule 5 pick will get every chance to win a spot in Mets bullpen

PORT ST. LUCIE — Sean Gilmartin has one distinct advantage over the others battling for a potential second left-handed reliever's role in the Mets bullpen this spring.

As a Rule 5 draft selection, Gilmartin must be placed on the 25-man roster by the end of spring training or offered back to his former team, the Twins.

Manager Terry Collins said he expects to give Gilmartin every chance to succeed this exhibition season in a lefty competition that also includes Scott Rice, Jack Leathersich and Diego Alvarez. As it stands, Josh Edgin is the only lefty assured a spot in the bullpen.

If the Mets go without a second lefty, they could give the job to veteran Buddy Carlyle, who has an opt-out in his contract.

"You have to give [Gilmartin] an opportunity to pitch," Collins said Wednesday. "He's got to show us what he can do. In that situation you don't want to send him out there once or twice. As we get into spring training we're going to find out, 'Can he get that left-handed hitter out?' "

Gilmartin, 24, said it will be strange preparing this spring not knowing if he will be property of the Mets or Twins on Opening Day. He may also be placed on waivers if neither the Mets nor Twins want him.

"I'm not really putting too much emphasis this spring training on [the job competition]," Gilmartin said. "Just go out there and get ready for the season, wherever I'm going to be at."

Gilmartin split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season with the Twins. At Triple-A Rochester he was 2-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 14 appearances.


Collins said he expects to address the team Thursday before the initial full-squad workout of the spring, but wouldn't divulge what his message will be.


Matt Harvey is scheduled to throw batting practice on Friday. It will be the right-hander's first time facing hitters since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2013.


The Mets have scrapped their Sunday bowling nights that had become a spring-training staple in an effort to build team unity. According to a club source, so many fans were showing up at the local bowling alley and asking players for autographs and pictures, it was almost defeating the purpose of the nights.


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What Derek Fisher is looking for from Carmelo when he returns

BOSTON — Derek Fisher is hoping Carmelo Anthony rejoins the club soon to serve as an off-the-court leader.

Anthony has stayed away from the Knicks since his knee surgery Thursday. He is still on crutches. The Post reported Monday the surgery repaired an undisclosed partial tear of his left patellar tendon that he played on almost all season.

Fisher said he speaks to Anthony daily, but hasn't seen him since the operation. Fisher hopes Anthony will soon return to extend some leadership to a 10-46 club that is bare bones and crying for a veteran presence with Anthony done and Amar'e Stoudemire nopw with Dallas.

"I think eventually he will [be with the team],'' Fisher said. "Once he's cleared to start moving around, he'll be around the team and back at the facility as his rehab picks up. He's looking forward to being back around the team from a leadership standpoint. Even though physically he's not able to play, the team still feels his impact. He's a smart basketball player. His eyes and ears can help a lot of guys out there.

"I'm checking on him each day, making sure he's good. We're looking forward to seeing him back.''

Anthony won't be allowed to scrimmage for four to six months. That Anthony played on a torn tendon brings a new perspective to his season of struggles, which was also marred by back spasms. He played 40-of-53 games — plus the All-Star Game — before he shut it down.

"I don't think any of us doubt he was limited with his movement due to his knee and the back spasms that popped up in Houston,'' Fisher said. "It was a disjointed stretch for him physically. We saw a lot of those limitations. But some of it was also trying to fit into what we were doing [in the triangle offense] and trying to balance how we're playing now and not do too much to overexert himself to make sure we have balance as a team.''

Anthony averaged 24.2 points on 44 percent shooting, 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists. His offensive rebounding, ability to get to the foul line and help with defense was most affected by the tear in his knee.

Jose Calderon is battling a sore Achilles tendon.Photo: NBAE via Getty Images

"When he's back, he'll be able to find that balance right from the beginning and not spend a lot of time trying to figure it out,'' Fisher said. "He's looking forward to the day when he can just play and not think about what's going on physically.''


Jose Calderon left the locker room with his left foot in a walking boot with what was termed a sore Achilles tendon. Calderon said more testing will be done. He said he's felt pain there for "a few weeks'' and it worsened after getting hit on a layup attempt in the first half.

Calderon said the pain is sharper, which is why he wore the boot for precautionary reasons.


Knicks rookie Cleanthony Early had been shooting bricks recently so Fisher has told him make an impact somewhere else, even play with the same passion he displayed during his career at Wichita State.

It seemed to help as Early had a better game. He had eight points, four rebounds, two steals and shot 4-for-7 from the field.

With Anthony out, Fisher has vowed to give Phil Jackson's first draft pick the playing time needed to work through his mistakes and started him last week.

Early is shooting just 33 percent.

"We talked to him about not worrying about the shot as much as a young player, to find what it is you can do to help the team,'' Fisher said. "Defensive energy and being a guy who plays with passion is what attracted everyone to him and why we drafted him. Those are the things we want to see from Cle every night. And if he makes a shot, we'll take that as well."


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