| Jun 9, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Lowell Peterson, exec director of the Writers Guild of America East, has been tapped to testify before the New York City Council on allegations of unpaid overtime and illegal working conditions in reality TV shows.
The council has scheduled the hearing...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 8:30 PM
A New York City Council member has asked ITV Studios and Leftfield Pictures, producer of "Pawn Stars," to testify at the council's "Real Reality of Reality TV" hearing on June 25.
Council member Daneek Miller asked the companies to provide written...
| May 7, 2014
| 1:05 PM
Chicago and its home state of Illinois may have a reputation for corruption in politics, with its long list of governors, aldermen and even a mayor who have been tossed in jail.
But some are wondering whether the Empire State is now giving the Land of...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 10:44 AM
Michael S. Roth slams the American Studies Assn. for "unfairly singling out Israel" in its vote to boycott that nation's academic institutions; he calls the action an "irresponsible attack on academic freedom."
As a 39-year member of the American...
| Jan 21, 2014
On paper, "liberal intolerance" is something of an oxymoron, like "jumbo shrimp," "loyal opposition" or "conspicuous absence." But what makes oxymorons funny is that they are real things. There are jumbo shrimp. Absences can be conspicuous, opponents...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 2:30 PM
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sure to make a pitch for keeping CBS' successor to "Late Show with David Letterman" in the state, so today he issued a Top Ten list to honor the departing host.
The list is boosterism more than anything else, coming on the...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:34 PM
Production rivals New York and Los Angeles are engaged in a tug of war over the "Late Show."
A day after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti urged CBS to move "Late Show" to L.A., the New York City Council followed up with its own charm offensive.
"For 32 years,...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 6:45 PM
The New York City Council introduced a bill on Wednesday that would impose a 10-cent fee on all plastic and paper grocery bags, the Associated Press reported.
In January, Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to ban plastic bags; big grocery...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 8:18 PM
NEW YORK — Anderson Cadet arrived at the Varick Street courthouse in an orange jumpsuit, shackled at the wrists, prepared to fight his deportation without an attorney.
In immigration court, there is generally no right to free legal counsel. Many...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Amid the ongoing legal fights over same-sex marriage and the growing acceptance of homosexuals and their rights, there remains an area where gay participation remains controversial: the annual rite of spring known as the St. Patrick’s Day parade....
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:10 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley's brother has apparently split with the governor on two election issues, backing a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and signing a petition to put the state's same-sex marriage law on the November ballot.