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Nov 1, 2013

NY’s Barclays Center box holders claim shabby treatment due to race

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A group of Barclays Center luxury box holders sued the giant events center in Brooklyn on Thursday, claiming they have been treated badly because they are black.

The federal lawsuit filed by Ludwig’s Drug Store, which seeks $4 million in damages, claims its manager and two other staffers who bought into the box have been “harassed, followed and questioned.”

Oct 23, 2013

Kennedy cousin convicted of murder is granted new trial, attorney says

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A Connecticut judge on Wednesday ordered a new trial for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who was convicted more than a decade ago of murdering a teenage neighbor, his defense attorney’s office said.

Skakel’s attorneys had argued before state Superior Court Judge Thomas Bishop that his previous defense attorney, Mickey Sherman, did not competently defend him.

Oct 21, 2013

Gay marriage becomes legal in N.J. after Christie drops opposition

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – New Jersey on Monday became the 14th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage after Governor Chris Christie withdrew its legal opposition to same-sex nuptials.

The state’s highest court on Friday unanimously denied the Republican governor’s request to put gay marriage on hold while the state’s appeal was to be heard in January.

Oct 18, 2013

Waves of change wash over Jersey Shore in Sandy aftermath

BRICK TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (Reuters) – Navigating neighborhoods ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, the mayor of Brick Township, New Jersey, can tick off which residents are rebuilding and which ones gave up and left.

As waterfront communities like Brick continue to rebuild after the storm, concerns are emerging that the iconic character of the beach shacks, bungalows and boardwalk arcades that define the Jersey Shore will be lost.

Oct 10, 2013

Alumna gives $100 million to Pennsylvania prep school

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – A small private prep school in Pennsylvania has received a $100 million gift from an alumna, one of the largest ever gifts to a U.S. independent secondary school, officials said on Thursday.

The gift to Mercersburg Academy comes from Deborah J. Simon of Indianapolis, a 1974 graduate, and the Deborah Joy Simon Foundation, said school spokesman Wallace Whitworth.

Oct 8, 2013

NYC police identify mother in Baby Hope case, unsolved since 1991

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City police said on Tuesday they identified the mother of a girl dubbed “Baby Hope,” whose body was found crammed inside a picnic cooler on the side of a highway more than 20 years ago.

The identity of the slain girl remained a mystery until police got a tip this summer from a woman who said she thought she knew Baby Hope’s sister.

Oct 8, 2013

Neiman Marcus Christmas Book delivers lavish gift ideas

By Ellen Wulfhorst

(Reuters) – The super rich have one less thing to worry about, now that Neiman Marcus released its holiday catalog on Tuesday with gift suggestions topping $1 million.

His & Hers 2013, the most extravagant selection in this year’s Christmas Book, is an outdoor entertainment system – a giant-screen television that emerges from an underground storage place, speakers and hundreds of movies – listed at $1.5 million.

Oct 4, 2013

Alex Rodriguez sues Major League Baseball, Selig

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez, embroiled in a doping scandal, has sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig and accused them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career.

The embattled slugger, suspended for 211 games for using performance-enhancing drugs, claims the league and commissioner are engaged in “vigilante justice” and are interfering with his lucrative contracts and business relationships.

Oct 3, 2013

New York City Opera files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The New York City Opera filed
for bankruptcy protection on Thursday after announcing earlier
this week that it had failed to raise enough money to stay open
and would close its doors.

An urgent fundraising appeal by the 70-year-old company,
dubbed “The People’s Opera,” raised only about $2 million of the
$7 million it said it needed by the end of September.

Oct 1, 2013

New York City Opera closes doors, plans bankruptcy filing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City Opera, established 70 years ago as “The People’s Opera,” said on Tuesday it was closing and filing for bankruptcy protection after failing to raise enough money to stay open.

The opera company had been hosting an urgent fundraising appeal, saying it needed to raise $7 million by the end of September to stay afloat.