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Nov 13, 2013

“Treme” actor pursues class-action profiling lawsuit vs Macy’s

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Rob Brown, the actor from the
HBO show “Treme,” sought to broaden his racial profiling lawsuit
against Macy’s on Wednesday into a federal class action lawsuit,
with his lawyer saying Brown hoped to use his celebrity for
“social change.”

Brown withdrew the lawsuit he filed last month in New York
State Supreme Court against the department store and the New
York City Police Department and, instead, filed it with the U.S.
District Court in lower Manhattan seeking class-action status.

Nov 13, 2013

Iran rockers ‘blinded with rage’ at shooting death of bandmates

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Surviving members of the exiled
Iranian rock band the Yellow Dogs said on Wednesday they were
“blinded with rage and paralyzed with grief” over the fatal
shooting of two of their bandmates in New York City.

In their first extensive comments since the attack Sunday
night, Koory Mirzeai and Siavash Karampour, the Yellow Dogs’
bassist and singer, said in a statement they had not seen
shooter Ali Rafie in more than a year before his shooting spree.

Nov 13, 2013

Before NY shooting, Iranian band thrived while another struggled

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When the Yellow Dogs were still playing secret gigs in their native Iran, even the unruly hairstyles of the four 20-something members of the indie-rock band were enough to get them in trouble with the police.

But on the streets of Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn thick with young musicians, they blended in effortlessly after arriving in 2010 to seek asylum and the freedom to play the wiry, punk-inflected music they loved.

Nov 11, 2013

Members of Iranian rock band slain in Brooklyn shooting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An Iranian rock musician shot dead three people, including two members of an indie band who had fled Tehran, and wounded a fourth man before killing himself in Brooklyn, authorities said on Monday.

Victims Soroush and Arash Farazmand, who were brothers, were the guitarist and drummer in the Yellow Dogs, a band that formed in Iran’s capital and performed covertly before its members sought political asylum in the United States in 2010, their publicist Ashley Ayers said.

Nov 9, 2013

New evidence offered for authenticity of Pollock’s purported final work

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New evidence of the authenticity of a drip painting said by some to be abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock’s final work, was presented at a conference of art experts on Friday.

The painting, including polar bear hairs trapped in the paint that match a pelt rug from his studio, is owned by Ruth Kligman, an artist who was Pollock’s mistress and the only one to survive when a drunken Pollock crashed his car in which she and a friend were riding in 1956.

Nov 4, 2013

Tempest in a toilet costs New York restaurant workers their jobs

NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Restroom attendants at
Balthazar, the trend-setting French-style bistro in New York
City, will soon be relieved of their duties watching others
relieve themselves after a customer wrote on his influential
business news website that it is a demeaning job.

Henry Blodget, founder and editor of Business Insider,
published an account on Friday of his consistently uncomfortable
encounters with bathroom attendants in the restaurant in
Manhattan’s upscale Soho neighborhood.

Nov 3, 2013

Suspected L.A. airport gunman planned ‘suicide’ mission: congressman

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – The suspected gunman in last week’s deadly attack at Los Angeles International Airport wrote a note saying he intended to die after killing at least one security officer, the chairman of a key U.S. security committee said on Sunday.

Twenty-three-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia also discussed weaknesses in airport security in the “suicide” note before Friday’s attack, Michael McCaul, the Republican chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security told CNN.

Oct 30, 2013

New York’s Tammany Hall, byword for corruption, gets landmark status

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The former home of Tammany Hall, which became a byword for patronage and corruption as the headquarters of New York City’s powerful Democratic political machine, has been declared a historic landmark.

A vote to protect the four-story neo-Georgian building in Union Square was held on Tuesday by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Oct 27, 2013

Rocker Lou Reed of Velvet Underground dies at 71

NEW YORK, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Lou Reed, the pioneering
songwriter and musician behind the Velvet Underground, one of
the most influential rock bands which fused art and music in
collaboration with artist Andy Warhol, died on Sunday at the age
of 71, his literary agent said.

Reed died at a home he shared in Long Island, New York, with
his wife Laurie Anderson following complications from a liver
transplant he had earlier this year, Andrew Wylie, the agent,

Oct 27, 2013

Colorado prosecutor unsure if he would have charged JonBenet parents

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A Colorado prosecutor said his predecessor’s decision not to prosecute the parents of slain child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was made because of a lack of evidence to prove the case, but could not say if he would have made the same choice.

In his first comment since the unsealing of papers on Friday that showed a grand jury had voted to indict Ramsey’s parents in 1999, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett noted that prosecutors face a higher burden of proof than a grand jury.