Billionaire Marc Rich, who invented oil trading and was pardoned by President Bill Clinton over tax evasion, racketeering and busting sanctions with Iran, died yesterday in Switzerland aged 78.
Rich fled the Holocaust with his parents for America to become the most successful and controversial trader of his time and a fugitive from U.S. justice, enjoying decades of comfortable privacy at his... » more
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday handed a significant victory to gay rights advocates by recognizing that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits and paving the way for same-sex marriage in California. The court, however, fell short of a landmark ruling endorsing a fundamental right for gay people to marry. The two cases, both decided on 5-4 votes, concerned the constitutionality... » more
Walk into Dale Talde’s Park Slope restaurant Talde on almost any night, and it’ll be jumping. Drinks flow, the chef’s interesting Asian-American dishes make their way to the 65 tables, and an energetic buzz engulfs the foodie hot spot, which opened last year.
Talde’s restaurant cred stems back to his days in hot spot Buddakan’s kitchen, but his fame came from being a contestant on season four... » more
Two years after he left his congressional office in disgrace following a lewd picture scandal, Anthony Weiner now has the lead among Democrats vying to be mayor, according to a poll released last night by The Wall Street Journal, WNBC/4 and Marist College.
Weiner had a 25% approval rating among registered Democrats, five points higher than City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has been... » more
Everyone knows Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.
Yet few outside the comedy world know the man who taught and inspired them. His name was Del Close, and for more than 30 years, he was the force behind the Chicago improv scene that thrived at places such as Second City and Improv Olympics.
Close died in 1999, but New York improv troupe the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) has been... » more
All parents think their kids are talented. They may encourage that talent with things like piano or ballet lessons. Donnie and Joe Emerson’s father went far beyond that.
In the late 1970s, he built a recording studio on his farm so his teenage sons could record an album of original songs. Instead of rocketing them to fame, the album of soulful soft rock went nowhere, and Emerson eventually... » more
It’s been seven years since the last time Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte made it to America for performances.
But the U.S. shouldn’t take it personally; during that time, she has produced a documentary, put out a live album and DVD, recorded an album of new material and sang at the Summer Olympics closing ceremonies.
And, she still somehow found time to have a second child. “The cycles... » more
In 2002, newly elected Mayor Mike Bloomberg tried to bring nonpartisan municipal elections to city government. The effort failed, but 11 years later you might not know it.
Nonpartisan elections, which are used in about 80 percent of American cities, are supposed to take backroom politics out of the candidate selection process and open up campaigns to a freer flow of ideas. In removing party... » more
Your book "Sex, Lies & Cookies" predominantly chronicles your relationships and work experiences. How do cookies fit in there? When I was younger and dating, I ended up baking for guys in hopes that they would fall in love with me. [I did that] rather than thinking "Is this guy even cookie-worthy?" or "Do I even like him?"
What are some of the sources of... » more
It's hard to pinpoint the defining element of Italian food, a cuisine with the multiple personalities exhibited by the country's myriad geographical regions.
But according to Italian Trade Commissioner Dr. Pier Paolo Celeste, all Italian food focuses on "basic and fresh ingredients, and is naturally very healthy."
To celebrate the country's cuisine and culture, the Italian... » more