8:20 AM EDT, Thu August 22, 2019
48 mins ago

Texas death row inmate maintains innocence in 1998 slaying of college student until his execution — ‘Lord forgive ‘em. They don’t know what they’re doing.’

A Texas death row inmate maintained his innocence in the 1998 rape and murder of a college student until he died by lethal injection Wednesday night at the state prison in Huntsville. Larry Swearingen was executed at 6:47 p.m. for the death of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter, who vanished from her...
1 hour ago

Jets defense has a ‘Feelings Report’ to keep players from being too sensitive to criticism

There’s no place to hide anymore. If you have thin skin, you’re likely not long for this place. Gregg Williams has hammered home one non-negotiable point during this offseason: Nobody is above criticism. So, Gang Green has posted a “Feelings Report” in the defensive meeting room, a list comprised...
1 hour ago

NYC to aggressively expand homeless outreach program in subway

The city is ramping up its efforts to get homeless people off the subway and into permanent housing. The Department of Homeless Services and the NYPD on Thursday announced they are expanding a series of initiatives to convince thousands of homeless people who take refuge on the subway to accept...
1 hour ago

TLC launches new data portal that shines light on Uber, Lyft’s obliteration of NYC’s cab industry

The Taxi & Limousine Commission on Thursday launched a new website that provides unprecedented detail into where yellow cabs have lost riders in recent years, and where app-based companies like Uber and Lyft have filled in the gap. With just a few mouse clicks, the website allows people to see...
3 hours ago

Aging, harmless and locked away: New York needs to parole far more elderly prisoners

Valerie Gaiter, the woman serving the longest sentence in New York State, recently died behind bars after spending nearly 40 of her 61 years at the Bedford Hills prison in Westchester County. The disease that killed her was throat cancer, which the prison system failed to diagnose or treat until...
3 hours ago

The truth about gentrification: It doesn’t accelerate displacement of low-income residents, though it may have other negative consequences

Thirty years after Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” debates about gentrification are still raging throughout government, in communities and among academics. I recently co-authored a pair of articles showing that, at least in New York City, gentrification has not triggered the widespread displacement...
4 hours ago

Ex-Trump construction worker files federal claim accusing president’s company of stiffing him: ‘They treated me like a slave’

An undocumented immigrant who used to work for President Trump’s construction company claims he was cheated out of tens of thousands of dollars in overtime pay and benefits, saying the job made him feel “like a slave." Ecuadorian national Jorge Castro, who worked on a team of construction laborers...
4 hours ago

For pizza’s sake: Mayor de Blasio has ridiculous sympathy for one New York institution while squeezing small businesses across the city

How much for a slice of steaming hot hypocrisy, and do you mind if it gets eaten with a knife and fork? On the verge of his umpteenth trip to fail to win over primary voters in New Hampshire, Mayor de Blasio reacted to the news that a legendary Brooklyn pizza joint was shuttered by state authorities...
5 hours ago

Readers sound off on open birth records, veteran suicides and Gloria Steinem

Open birth records and adoption Brooklyn: Hurrah for your support for open birth records (“Children’s best interests,” editorial, Aug. 19)! But regarding your statements about preserving family bonds, you have got it all wrong. Research on open adoption doesn’t include families where there was...
6 hours ago

Yankees’ struggles in Oakland continue with third straight loss

OAKLAND — Aaron Judge and J.A. Happ have been close to putting it together all season, but Wednesday night, with the Yankees facing a potential playoff team, it was not close enough. Happ got chased in the fifth inning after putting the Yankees into a hole and the Bombers offense and Judge, who...
7 hours ago

Brett Gardner left out of Yankees lineup because of an ingrown toenail

OAKLAND — Brett Gardner was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game Wednesday because of an ingrown toenail. The veteran outfielder had the toenail removed after Sunday’s game, but was sore, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before the second game against the A’s at the RingCentral...
8 hours ago

Texas woman finds 3.72-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

A Texas woman found a 3.72-carat yellow diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas last Friday. Amanda Hollingshead, 27, said a spur-of-the-moment decision brought her to the park that day. “I was just going to pick up a transmission that day, but my siblings were in town and wanted...
8 hours ago

Country singer Drake White reveals he’s suffering from brain ailment

Days after Drake White suffered an alarming collapse at an outdoor concert, the country music singer revealed that he has been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation. The ailment is an irregular coil of brain veins and arteries that disrupt blood flow. He was diagnosed with it in January, but...
9 hours ago

East Rochester man arrested after video captures him spraying black teen with hose, claiming to be in KKK

An East Rochester man captured on video spraying a black teenager with a garden hose and claiming membership in the KKK during a dispute outside his home was arraigned and charged with second-degree harassment Wednesday, police said. Glen Nicodemus, 59, shouted, “I’m a Ku Klux Klan member,” at...
9 hours ago

Bubonic plague fears curtailing upcoming Phish festival

Hey, Phish fans. Ditch the tents and stock up on antibiotics. An upcoming three-day Colorado extravaganza featuring the longtime progressive rock group won’t be suitable for sleepovers thanks to a bubonic plague threat. The Labor Day weekend event with the Vermont-formed band will still take place...