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Bad Neighbors Distributed Islamophobic Flyers in a Bensonhurst Apartment Complex

Muslims living in Bensonhurst's diverse Shore Haven apartment complex seem to have some rather lousy neighbors. Residents of the 1,343-unit development came across flyers telling Muslims to leave the country, and informing them that they are "terrorists and bastards." The flyers, written in all caps, underlined, and making heavy use of exclamation points, also accused Muslims of being the "second Holocaust" and featured the image of a woman in a full face veil with a strike through it. Apparently some people think that's how you wish others a happy Eid.


A Water Main Break Flooded UCLA

There was no getting through Sunset Boulevard tonight as a burst water main shot water 30 feet into the air. The 30-inch pipe sprang a leak around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, right next to UCLA's campus. By the time the water supply was turned off several hours later, a hole more than 10 feet in diameter had formed around the affected area. 

The incident occurred near the university's athletic and parking facilities. According to reports, the school's track and athletic fields were completely flooded, and water creeped around the Pauley Pavilion as workers tried in vain to keep it out. The famed pavilion had undergone a pricey renovation just a few years ago, to the tune of $136 million.


Mayor de Blasio Happy to Discuss the Bathroom Situation at Gracie Mansion

Never one to miss an opportunity to demonstrate that he is definitely not Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio "gushed," as the New York Post put it, about his favorite aspect of his family's new home. "The No. 1 development for our family in this move is not having to wait in line for the bathroom," he said. (The de Blasios' place in Park Slope has only one bathroom; New York City's official mayoral residence has five.) "Now there will not be a line for the bathroom, or conflicts over the bathroom." That alone probably makes Dante's longer commute to high school seem worth it.

Stephen A. Smith Suspended for Half As Long As Ray Rice Over Domestic Violence Comments

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocks a woman unconscious, and the NFL suspends him for two games. First Take host Stephen A. Smith says that sometimes women can "provoke wrong actions" and should "try to make sure it doesn't happen," and ESPN gives him seven days. Everyone comes away looking awful.

"ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week," the network said in a statement today. "He will return to ESPN next Wednesday."


Rikers Island Guards Charged With Providing Inmates With Painkillers and Cocaine

Another day, another problem with Rikers Island: The New York Times reports that two guards, 26-year-old Steven Dominguez and 30-year-old Infinite Divine Rahming, have been arrested and charged with repeatedly accepting money to smuggle drugs, including cocaine and oxycodone, to inmates inside the massive prison complex. (The two were originally arrested for cocaine possession in late June and have been in jail since.) Deleon Gift, who resigned from Rikers this spring, was also arrested and charged with taking $500 from an undercover officer to bring what he thought was oxycodone to a prisoner back in February.


Impeachment Mania Is Sweeping Both Parties

This week, House Republicans are moving forward with their plan to sue President Obama for executive overreach — specifically, the White House’s delaying of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. It’s a silly piece of political performance art designed to amp up the Republican base. But something much sillier has rapidly subsumed it — a political meme that is rallying conservatives and liberals alike, and that an idle media has amplified with gusto. Welcome to impeachment mania.


Why Do Times Square Spider-Men Keep Getting Arrested? Spider-Man Himself Explains

"Okay," Spider-Man told me last night. "I'll tell you the reason Spider-Man's the one that's always getting into problems. It's the costumes."

This particular Spider-Man was on a quick break from his solemn duty: standing at the corner of 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue to take pictures with passersby. By day, he goes by the name Paul Smith, and he says he works in marketing for Liberty Tax Service. Just moments before, a pedestrian had shouted at him, "Hey Spider-Man, how come you beat up that cop?"


Plagiarizing Wikipedia Is Still Plagiarism, at BuzzFeed or the New York Times

The New York Times says it is "looking into" accusations that a recent article on the painter Piero di Cosimo lifted most of its first paragraph straight from Wikipedia. The similarities, in a piece by reporter Carol Vogel, were first pointed out by MediaBistro's FishbowlNY, and are of particular media interest following the firing of BuzzFeed's viral politics editor Benny Johnson for similar offenses (albeit at least 41 of them), which included plagiarism not only from Wikipedia but even flimsier sources like and internet cesspool Yahoo! Answers. But with journalism living increasingly online, where prominent attribution via links is a vital part of the lexicon, and aggregation widely accepted so long as proper credit is given, the source of the words is irrelevant.


Bronx Man May Have Been Killed While ‘Elevator Surfing’

Early Monday morning, EMS workers were called to the Adams Houses in the south Bronx, where a man named Tito Morales was found crushed between an elevator car and the wall of an elevator shaft in between the building's 18th and 19th floors. The 20-year-old tattoo artist was pronounced dead at the scene. Since then, "police sources" have told the New York Post that they blame the gruesome incident on "elevator surfing," a dangerous activity that involves riding on top of the car "like a roller coaster."


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