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Guggenheim Exhibit Under Fire—and It's Not Open Yet

Pit bulls made to charge toward each other without ever touching in video at Guggenheim

(Newser) - In just two weeks, NYC's Guggenheim Museum is set to open an ambitious three-month exhibit on experimental works from Chinese artists, many of which the New York Times deems "deliberately shocking." None more so, though, than a piece by a pair known as "the bad couple... More »

This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

After Black Discharge at Niagara Falls, a $50K Fine

Governor calls the unsightly incident 'inexcusable'

(Newser) - On July 29, tourists were understandably bummed when stinky black water—a combination of wastewater and sewage— was discharged right next to the Maid of the Mist and Rainbow Bridge docks at scenic Niagara Falls, the Buffalo News reports. Now, the state of New York is fining the Niagara Falls... More »

As Showtime Readies Series, Seamstress Is Denied Parole

Joyce Mitchell helped 2 inmates escape from New York state prison

(Newser) - A state board has denied parole to a tailor who played a key role in a prison break that's the subject of a Showtime miniseries being filmed in the northern New York region where it happened. Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years for... More »

'Netflix Is a Joke' Billboards Confound Social Media

But the company behind them isn't surprising

(Newser) - Stark-white billboards with a single message—"Netflix is a joke"—written on them have been causing confusion among passers-by and on social media since popping up in Los Angeles and New York this week, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Mashable quotes some of the reactions on Twitter: "Who'... More »

Celeb Chef Alters Restaurant Name After Disturbing Find

Tom Colicchio says he didn't know about racial beliefs of men he named it after

(Newser) - A celebrity chef has spent tens of thousands of dollars to quietly change the name of his Manhattan restaurant after he discovered its meaning had racial undertones. Per the New York Times , Tom Colicchio, the lead judge on Bravo's Top Chef, originally called his eatery in the New York... More »

Supporters to NFL: Sign Kaepernick Before Season

NAACP says player is being blackballed because of kneeling for national anthem

(Newser) - Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are demanding he be signed by a team before the National Football League season starts next month. ESPN reports that thousands gathered outside the NFL's New York City headquarters on Wednesday to show their support for the free agent, who... More »

NY Courts Rep Fired After Worst Possible Butt-Dial

'I barely show up to work,' David Bookstaver said on reporter's voicemail

(Newser) - The New York state court system's longtime communications chief was fired Thursday after inadvertently telling a reporter that he "barely" went to work at his $166,000-a-year job. David Bookstaver's firing came a day after the New York Post reported he "accidentally butt-dialed" a reporter's... More »

NYC Transit Workers Describe 'Leaking' Corpses on the Job

MTA union reps: Bodies from train accidents are stored in worker break areas, bathrooms

(Newser) - Ever wonder where the bodies of people hit by subway trains are brought to immediately after an accident? "Whatever room happens to be nearest" in New York City's subways, even if that room is an employee lunchroom, bathroom, or other break area, a transit union source tells the... More »

King of Kale Eating Retains His Title

Gideon Oji downed 360 ounces of kale in 8 minutes

(Newser) - When it comes to chowing down on kale, Gideon Oji is once again the top dog, beating back a challenge from hot-dog-eating champ Joey Chestnut. Oji gulped down 22.5 16-ounce bowls of the leafy green vegetable in eight minutes during Sunday's Kale Yeah! Competition at the Erie County... More »

First Black Woman to Lead West Point Cadets: 'Humbling'

Simone Askew has assumed duties as first captain of the Long Gray Line

(Newser) - Simone Askew marched into history Monday as the first black woman to lead the Long Gray Line at the US Military Academy. After an early-morning 12-mile march back to the gray stone academic complex at West Point with 1,200 new cadets she led through the rigors of basic training... More »

The Cheetos Restaurant You Didn't Know You Wanted Is Here

Just for 3 days in New York City, starting next Tuesday

(Newser) - Frito-Lay is getting in on New York City's "Restaurant Week" (which is really more like "Restaurant Month") by opening a pop-up eatery with a menu full of Cheetos-themed cuisine. The Spotted Cheetah opens its doors in lower Manhattan for just three days next week, starting on... More »

Cops: Girl Poured Boiling Water on Friend at Sleepover

11-year-old is hospitalized with severe burns

(Newser) - It's rough: Police in the Bronx say an 11-year-old girl suffered severe burns on her face and upper body after another girl at a sleepover poured boiling water on her while the victim was sleeping, reports the Daily News . Jamoneisha Merritt remains hospitalized with second-degree burns, while an unidentified... More »

A Noise Came From a Bag. Tiny Legs Were Sticking Out

Harriette Hoyt, 17, accused of trying to kill daughter

(Newser) - Police in upstate New York are describing a horrifying crime that might've proved deadly if not for what the Elmira Star Gazette describes as a "miracle." According to the Elmira Police Department, a 17-year-old girl placed her 8-month-old daughter in a plastic bag and abandoned her behind... More »

Serial Killer 'Son of Sam' Recounts His 'Walk in Darkness'

David Berkowitz says he was 'lost and confused'

(Newser) - "I didn't see it at the time," but "I was just very lost and confused," David Berkowitz says of his outlook during his killing spree in New York 40 years ago. In his first major TV interview in a decade, Berkowitz, 64, recounts shooting 13... More »

'El Chapo' Hires Experienced Legal Team

Jeffrey Lichtman suggests witnesses for the prosecution aren't credible

(Newser) - Days after public defenders argued his case should be dismissed , Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has said adios and hired a private legal team. Jeffrey Lichtman says Guzman has hired himself and Marc Fernich, who successfully defended the son of mafia boss John Gotti in a 2005 racketeering trial, along... More »

Rapper Accused of Murder Thought He Was Being Hit On

Kidd Creole reportedly went to work immediately after alleged stabbing

(Newser) - A New York prosecutor says a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five stabbed a homeless man to death in Manhattan after he became enraged because he thought the man believed he was gay and was hitting on him, and he feared he would be robbed, reports the... More »

Secret Service Now Stuck in Trailer Outside Trump Tower

They couldn't agree on lease terms with Trump Organization

(Newser) - The agency tasked with protecting President Trump and his family has had to leave a command post amid a lease dispute with the Trump Organization. The Secret Service vacated its command post in Trump Tower, in a unit one floor below the president's apartment, to a trailer on the... More »

Hip-Hop Legend Charged With Murder

Kidd Creole accused of stabbing homeless man in Manhattan

(Newser) - One of the founding members of the 1980s hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was arrested in New York City in connection with the fatal stabbing of a homeless man, police say. Nathaniel Glover, 57, also known as Kidd Creole, was arrested Wednesday night on murder charges, reports... More »

Trump to Cops: Get Rough With Suspects

'Don't be too nice'

(Newser) - Talking tough on illegal immigration and violent crime, President Trump appeared Friday to advocate rougher treatment of people in police custody, speaking dismissively of arresting officers who protect the heads of handcuffed suspects while putting them in patrol cars, the AP reports. "Don't be too nice," Trump... More »

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