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New York City prisons will halt use of body cameras after device caught fire

New York City prisons will halt use of body cameras after device caught fire

[ad_1] The New York City Department of Corrections said Sunday that it will temporarily suspend the use of body-worn cameras by its officers after one of the devices caught on fire while in use last week. The department said one officer needed treatment for burns and smoke inhalation after her body camera caught on fire without warning, while attached to her chest on Friday. “Our thoughts are with our Captain who was injured in this incident,” Corrections Commissioner Lynelle Maginley-Liddie said in a statement to The Hill. “The safety of our staff is paramount, which is why I am removing all body-worn cameras from service out of an abundance of caution while we investigate how and why this incident occurred.” The officer was taken to a hospital but not admitted, The New York Post reported, citing a corrections officer union official. There are just under 3,500 body cameras in use by the department since 2015, Corrections said, describing the incident as completely unique. An investigation into why the camera caught on fire, which includes contact …

Dozens Arrested in Weekend of Protests on US Campuses

Dozens Arrested in Weekend of Protests on US Campuses

[ad_1] (Reuters) -Police on Saturday arrested at least 25 pro-Palestinian protesters and cleared an encampment at the University of Virginia, the university said in a statement, as U.S. campuses braced for more turmoil during graduation celebrations. Tensions flared at UVA’s campus in Charlottesville, where protests had been largely peaceful until Saturday morning, when police officers in riot gear were seen in a video moving on an encampment on the campus’ lawn, cuffing some demonstrators with zip-ties and using what appeared to be chemical spray. Students across the U.S. have rallied or set up tents at dozens of universities to protest the months-long war in Gaza and call on President Joe Biden, who has supported Israel, to do more to stop the bloodshed in Gaza. They also demand their schools divest from companies that support Israel’s government, such as arms suppliers. War in Israel and Gaza The University of Virginia said in a news release that protesters had violated several university policies including setting up tents on Friday night and using amplified sound. Jim Ryan, UVA’s …

Columbia Protest Camp’s Final Moments

Columbia Protest Camp’s Final Moments

[ad_1] NEW YORK (Reuters) – The occupation of a building at Columbia University by pro-Palestinian student protesters was in its 18th hour when photos and videos dinged across students’ phones: police had parked at least seven jail buses south of the campus. The backs of New York police officers standing guard outside the gates of the Manhattan campus could be seen through the railings. Police surveillance drones appeared in the dusk sky. Even as one drone hovered over a two-week-old tent encampment set up on a lawn by students protesting Columbia’s financial ties to Israel’s war in Gaza, Columbia administrators summoned student leaders to a Zoom meeting on Tuesday. That last discussion was unsuccessful. War in Israel and Gaza Within hours, police had arrested dozens of people on burglary and trespassing charges, including at least 30 students, six alumni and two Columbia employees, and cleared out protest encampments that had spawned dozens of similar demonstrations at colleges around the world. This account of the night police swarmed the Ivy League university campus is based on …

“Everything Felt Really Dystopian”: Columbia Student Journalists on the Front Lines of Gaza Protests

“Everything Felt Really Dystopian”: Columbia Student Journalists on the Front Lines of Gaza Protests

[ad_1] When Gillian Goodman got the call at 11 p.m. on Monday evening, she expected it to be one more false alarm. The Columbia Journalism School graduate student had been in touch with various activist groups to see when they’d mobilize, but “there have been so many ‘boy who cried wolf’ moments—you think some big action is going to happen, you throw your pajamas off and rush to campus at midnight, and then nothing happens,” she told me. “But I think it’s just always about showing up.” Show up she did, to find pro-Palestinian protesters, who had spent nearly two weeks in a tent encampment on the school’s lawns in protest of Israel’s offensive in Gaza and Columbia’s investment ties to Israel, escalating their demonstration by forcing their way into Hamilton Hall. “Watching the hammer come through the window and watching them barricade the doors was one of the craziest things that I’ve seen in a long time,” said Goodman. A day later, hundreds of NYPD officers in riot gear—called in at Columbia president Minouche …

CNN host presses NYC mayor on claims of ‘outside agitators’ at student protests 

CNN host presses NYC mayor on claims of ‘outside agitators’ at student protests 

[ad_1] CNN anchor Erin Burnett pressed New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) on his claims of “outside agitators” at the recent pro-Palestinian protests at Columbia University. “Do you have any ability at this point to tell us how many of those were ‘outside agitators’ and how many of them were students at Columbia University?” Burnett said on her CNN show Wednesday, in a clip highlighted by Mediaite. Adams responded that there was “clear evidence of training that was conducted by an outside agitator, that was not a student, did not belong on the campus.” “In addition to that, we saw people participating and allowing people access to Hamilton Hall,” Adams continued, referring to the building on Columbia’s campus that was taken over by protestors on Tuesday morning. Adams then said he “received a letter from the school” and that in that letter, the school claimed that there were “outside individuals who were on the grounds, [participating} [in] this activity.” Burtnett then questioned if there would be a “breakdown” from Adams’ office or the New …

Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Morgan Spector, Glenn Close, and More Have a Well-Tailored Night With Ralph Lauren

Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Morgan Spector, Glenn Close, and More Have a Well-Tailored Night With Ralph Lauren

[ad_1] New York’s fashion set gathered Monday evening to feast their eyes on the latest offerings from Ralph Lauren, getting the first look at the designer’s fall/holiday 2024 collection inside Lauren’s private design studio. The choice of venue was inspired by the brand’s first women’s show in 1972, which saw Lauren present to a small group of editors and friends in his office. This time around, stars including Jessica Chastain, Hannah Einbinder, Morgan Spector, Glenn Close, Kerry Washington, Jodie Turner-Smith, and more were on hand for the intimate showing. There, Christy Turlington, Anok Yai, Imaan Hammam, Elaine Irwin, Karolina Kurková, and Irina Shayk, among other models, brought to life the timelessness embodied by the collection, which features shimmering gowns galore alongside impeccably cut workwear in a range of neutral, warm tones. “The woman I design for has a beauty that comes from an inner confidence,” Lauren explained in the collection’s show notes. “She dresses for herself. Her style is personal and bold. She’ll throw a hand-tailored jacket over a glamorous evening dress. She believes in …

“The Art Was My Escape”: Lee Quiñones, Subway Graffiti Pioneer, Gets the Mega-Monograph Treatment

“The Art Was My Escape”: Lee Quiñones, Subway Graffiti Pioneer, Gets the Mega-Monograph Treatment

[ad_1] Lee Quiñones always wanted to be an artist. Growing up in the Alfred E. Smith projects in New York City’s Lower East Side in the 1960s and early 1970s, he was surrounded by inspiring art—bold, colorful graffiti emblazoned on walls, storefronts, and subway cars—but he never saw anyone creating it. “This particular inscribing…was done in secret, covertly,” Quiñones says. Such stealth was necessary, since spray-painting public property was not only seen as a misdemeanor but as a sign of the municipal apocalypse. In a tumultuous era when New York City nearly declared bankruptcy, graffiti was frequently scapegoated as a social ill that was destroying the city. Quiñones knew better. He saw a coded conversation among young people, most of them Black and brown, expressing their identity and what he calls “an urgency for a sense of our belonging.” Quiñones wanted to be a part of the dialogue. He found his voice when, at age 13, a local graffiti artist named Flea led him into the subway tunnels, where artists were creating vibrant, mobile murals …

Aerosmith Frontman Steven Tyler Wins Dismissal for Good of Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Aerosmith Frontman Steven Tyler Wins Dismissal for Good of Sexual Assault Lawsuit

[ad_1] NEW YORK (Reuters) -A federal judge in Manhattan dismissed for good a lawsuit accusing Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler of sexually assaulting a former teenage model twice in one day in the mid-1970s. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said Jeanne Bellino cannot recover damages from the 76-year-old Tyler under a 2000 New York City law protecting victims of gender-motivated violence. He said it would be futile to file an amended complaint, and dismissed Bellino’s case with prejudice, meaning it cannot be brought again. Kaplan rejected an earlier complaint in February. Lawyers for Bellino did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Tyler had “vehemently” denied Bellino’s allegations, which included that he assaulted her in a phone booth as others in his entourage stood by laughing, and later assaulted her in a hotel. The alleged assaults occurred in the summer of 1975, when Bellino was 17 and Tyler was 27. Bellino said she encountered Tyler after a friend arranged for her to meet Aerosmith following a Manhattan fashion show. Kaplan said the city law was …

The Rise and Fall of Movie Maker Harvey Weinstein

The Rise and Fall of Movie Maker Harvey Weinstein

[ad_1] (Reuters) – Harvey Weinstein, the former Hollywood producer who transformed the independent film world with Oscar-winning movies such as “Shakespeare in Love” and “The English Patient,” was convicted of sex crimes in two states, but his New York conviction was overturned on Thursday by the state’s highest court. More than 80 women have accused Weinstein, 72, of sexual misconduct. He denies having had non-consensual sex with anyone. Here is a timeline of the rise and fall of one of the most powerful Hollywood producers: 1979 – Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob found independent film production company Miramax, naming it after their parents, Miriam and Max. 1993 – The Walt Disney Company buys Miramax for $80 million. The brothers stay with Miramax until 2005. 1994 – Director Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” starring Uma Thurman and John Travolta and backed by Miramax, wins the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. 1997 – Miramax wins its first Academy Award for best picture with “The English Patient.” 1999 – “Shakespeare in Love” from Miramax …

Photographing a Lost New York | Danny Lyon

Photographing a Lost New York | Danny Lyon

[ad_1] In the fall of 1966, when I was twenty-four, I returned to New York. I was finally completing the journey home I had begun when I left New Orleans in the winter of 1964. My friend, the sculptor Mark di Suvero, lived in a building on the corner of Fulton and Front Streets; I looked for a loft nearby. At the time very few people lived in Lower Manhattan. The financial district at the bottom of the island was filled with large office buildings; the place was deserted by five in the evening. Since hardly anyone lived there, there were no grocery stores or restaurants to speak of. Many streets were lined with four-story nineteenth-century commercial structures. The lofts above their street-level stores, previously used for storage, were often empty. Artists rented them. I found mine a few blocks from Mark, a fourth-floor walkup above a jewelry store at the southeast corner of Beekman and William Streets. The rent was eighty dollars. It was what was called a commercial space, about four hundred square …