Lindsay Lohan may flee to Monaco to avoid jail time if community service hours aren’t completed by deadline: report

In her latest act, LiLo may be going from floozy to fugitive. Lindsay Lohan is plotting to flee to Monaco to avoid another jail stint if she doesn’t complete her community service on time, TMZ .com reported Saturday. The perpetually-troubled star managed to show up for community service at a Brooklyn daycare last week in a bid to avoid jail. The 28-year-old actress must complete 115 hours before May 28 to satisfy the probation requirement in her 2012 reckless driving case in California. Santa Monica prosecutors say they will likely ask for six months of jail time if Lohan isn't able to meet the deadline. “If she doesn’t get it done, she won’t go back to California for her court hearing,” reported. One of Lohan’s wealthy friends apparently owns a hotel in Monaco — and has made it clear that she can stay as long as she wants, the gossip site reported. Lohan couldn’t be reached — but she said Monday that she was thrilled to be back in New York. “Happy to be home in nyc with my family and friends. Missed this place,” the actress said in a Twitter message. Her father blasted the TMZ report. “Why would she even come back and attempt to do it, if she plans on leaving?” Michael Lohan told the Daily News. “By no means do I ever think Lindsay would flee to go anywhere.” Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Charter Communications will buy Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion

NEW YORK — Charter Communications will spend $55.33 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable in a cash-and-stock deal that would instantly create one of the largest TV and Internet providers in the U.S. The deal comes a month after Comcast walked away from a bid for Time Warner Cable after intense pressure from regulators. There has been a wave in consolidation in the cable industry. Providers are beginning to lose TV subscribers, costs for TV, sports and movies are rising and they are facing more pressure from online video services such as Netflix and Hulu. The deal for Time Warner Cable was backed by John Malone’s Liberty Broadcast Corp., giving the cable pioneer a jewel he has pursued for years. It also puts Charter in the same league with Comcast, the country’s biggest cable provider and the owner of NBCUniversal. The bigger Charter will have nearly 24 million customers, compared with Comcast’s 27.2 million. Charter on Tuesday also said it would buy Bright House Networks, a smaller cable provider, for $10.4 billion as part of the deal. Liberty Broadband is expected to own about 20 percent of the bigger Charter. Charter Communications Inc., based in Stamford, Connecticut, will provide $100 in cash and shares of a new public parent company equal to 0.5409 shares of Charter for each outstanding Time Warner Cable Inc. share. The transaction values each Time Warner Cable share at about $195.71. The companies on Tuesday valued New York-based Time Warner Cable at a total of $78.7 billion, including debt. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Community groups to rally in Brooklyn for safe summer after numerous shootings, stabbings over weekend

The Big Apple turned bloody in the first warm weekend of spring with at least 19 people wounded in a procession of rapid-fire shootings grimly bookended with the murders of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy and a 30-year-old man, authorities said. The mayhem began when Dontea (Ted) Bascom, 16, was shot to death and his 13-year-old cousin Michael Parnell was critically wounded Friday night in the Marcy Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant. It continued through Sunday afternoon, as community activists gathered at the scene of the attack to condemn the killings and demand a sitdown with Mayor de Blasio to discuss his plans for avoiding a violent summer. “These are human beings that live here, not savages. They need our help. So we’re here saying to the mayor it’s time to act,” said activist Tony Herbert, who organized the rally. As they spoke, gun blasts in Cypress Hills left 30-year-old Steven McKoy with fatal wounds to his head and torso following an argument with two men on Jamaica Ave. near Miller Ave. at 7:15 p.m., police said. “I went outside and he was lying in the middle of the street. I saw the bullet in his head,” said one witness at the scene. Police are searching for the Marcy Houses shooter and are also hunting for multiple suspects in at least 15 incidents across the city. A 36-year-old man was shot in the leg and his 24-year-old girlfriend was grazed in the leg while standing on Bergen St. in Brooklyn early Saturday, police said. Then a 21-year-old man was shot in the head on Shepherd Ave. near Fulton St. in East New York at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday, cops said. Two men in their 20s were both shot in their right legs as they walked on Saint Marks Ave. in Crown Heights about two hours later, police said. A 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg on Dumont Ave. near the Tilden Houses in Brownsville about 12:45 p.m. Saturday, officials said. A man in his 50s was shot in the leg during an argument on New Continue Reading

NYC to open applications for communities to apply for neighborhood .nyc domains

With .nyc the fastest-growing city domain on the planet, the de Blasio administration is prepping to launch new neighborhood sites that will localize the world wide web even further. The city is opening applications in the next few months to allow communities to apply for 400 neighborhood website names like, and The application process is opening as .nyc is booming, with close to 77,000 registrations in just six months. That’s more than .London at 60,049, .Tokyo with 37,283 and “.Koeln” — the German city of Cologne, which is at number three with 22,624, according to the tracking website The only other American city in the top 10 is, which is at number 10 with 14,231. The city held those names back when the .nyc bidding process opened last year, so that they could be used for the “public benefit,” said Jeff Merritt, the city’s Director of Innovation. Neighborhood non-profits, community groups, and Business Improvement Districts are welcome to apply. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

McDonald’s hires former White House press secretary as global communications chief

McDonald’s has hired former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs as its executive vice president and global communications chief, the struggling company announced Tuesday. They also hired Silvia Lagnado, former chief chief marketing officer of Bacardi, as a chief marketing officer. “Robert and Silvia are both highly-respected, talented leaders who will bring a wealth of experience and outside perspective to McDonald’s as we build a more modern, progressive burger company,” McDonald’s President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said, according to a release. Easterbrook said the two will play critical roles in turning around the company after six consecutive quarters of same-store sales declines in the U.S. The appointments are the latest in a series of changes since Easterbrook took over as company CEO in March. McDonald’s has also simplified store menus, limited the use of antibiotics in chicken, extended breakfast hours and started offering premium burgers in the last few months. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Slain Savopoulos family, known for their philanthropy and community engagement, was beloved in their elite D.C. neighborhood

They were a wealthy Washington family living the good life. The Savopouloses lived in a $4.5 million mansion in one of D.C.’s ritziest neighborhoods. They owned a vacation home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. And parents Savvas and Amy Savopoulos were leading figures in D.C.’s elite social circles — philanthropists whose three children were educated at prestigious private schools . “The community where they lived really loved them,” family friend Coco Palomeque told the Washington Post. That community is now in mourning. Savvas and Amy Savopoulos — as well as their 10-year-old son Phillip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa — were savagely murdered inside the family home last week. TIMELINE OF SAVOPOULOS FAMILY'S FINAL HOURS Their charred bodies were found after the mansion went up in flames May 14. Three of the victims were bludgeoned, and Philip was burned beyond recognition, authorities said. Suspect Daren Wint, 34, who once worked for Savvas Savopoulos, was captured in Washington Thursday night after a multi-state manhunt. Savvas Savopoulos, 46, was the CEO of American Iron Works, a multimillion dollar construction materials supplier based in Maryland. He was also the head of Sigma Investment Strategies, a hedge fund that he founded, and regularly traveled to its headquarters in Puerto Rico. In his spare time, Savopoulos trained in martial arts. He was even planning to open a studio in Chantilly, Va., according to The Post. Savvas and his wife Amy, 47, were regularly photographed at D.C. charity events. They donated at least $100,000 to the National Cathedral School. And they were listed in the so-called Green Book, a who’s who of Washington’s social elite, according to CNN. D.C. MURDER SUSPECT'S ARREST RECORD SHOWS VIOLENT PATTERN Amy Savopoulos was an uber-active Continue Reading

Transgender community needs more positive stories like Bruce Jenner’s, specialist says

In a very personal interview with Diane Sawyer, Bruce Jenner courageously claimed, “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” As a transgender individual and a mental health therapist who specializes in working with the transgender community, I can confidently say that Jenner has followed a path of gender identity exploration that mirrors that of others who have struggled with their own gender identities. The interview highlighted common themes that transgender individuals often face: identity/gender confusion, discrimination, fear of rejection from loved ones, loneliness/isolation, suicide, religious/spiritual conflict, and the struggle to accept the assigned gender expression. For Jenner, and for many transgender individuals, gender transition and self-acceptance are lifelong tasks. KIM KARDASHIAN SHOWS SUPPORT FOR STEPDAD It is the unfortunate truth that many transgender individuals turn to suicide, self-harm, or substance abuse in order to cope with the psychological difficulties that can arise due to their medical condition. Jenner is very fortunate to have a support network, yet this is sadly not the case for many other transgender individuals who often experience discrimination and rejection on a daily basis. Seeking professional help from a qualified mental health therapist can provide much relief for those struggling with the stresses that arise from “being born in the wrong body.” EXCLUSIVE: SEE NEW YORK HOME WHERE BRUCE JENNER STARTED 'JOURNEY' It is my personal and professional opinion that we need to hear more stories like Jenner’s. Education is the only thing that stands a chance in standing up to the fear that is so often the root of societal discrimination and shame. Like Jenner, I also hope that one day, all transgender individuals can receive the acceptance they so deserve. I think Jenner hit it right on the head when he said, Continue Reading

Massive WWII-era bomb found near New Jersey community college, detonated at military base

It was the day the ground shook in New Jersey. A specialist explosives team detonated a powerful 500-pound World War II-era bomb found on the grounds of a community college, reports AP. The unexploded bomb was discovered on Thursday during excavation work for a new building at Middlesex County College. Bomb disposal teams say it was the largest explosive their team ever had to detonate. The college is situated on the former Raritan Arsenal. College officials evacuated construction workers after the discovery of the bomb, but classrooms and other campus facilities were not affected. The unexploded ordnance was taken to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and detonated. Adam Usher, a staff sergeant who leads the 87th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, says his group receives up to three emergency calls a week, but none had ever involved such a large bomb. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NYPD official hails benefits of cameras as ‘good for the community’

The smartphone can be a cop’s best friend — unless that officer’s name is Michael Slager. That, in essence, was the message the NYPD’s new training czar tried to impart Monday to officers at the Police Academy at the start of a three-day policing seminar. “Cameras actually help you,” Deputy Commissioner of Personnel Michael Julian told the Daily News. “Cameras protect you. If you're doing the right thing, they're going to help you police the community.” Julian’s message that beat cops are now under a constant microscope came a week after Slager was fired by the North Charleston Police Department after a cell phone video caught him fatally shooting an unarmed black man in the back. Julian said he understands what they are preaching to police officers might sound counterintuitive — especially after Slager was charged with murder. “They think the person with the camera is the enemy, and that's the problem,” he told The News. But a good police officer won’t get “jammed up.” “You're doing the right thing — and you're less likely to do the wrong thing because you're being recorded,” he told The News. “That's good for you and good for the community. Stop thinking cameras are demonic. They're actually a help.” So instead of trying to duck cell phone videos, Julian said cops should “give them a location with a clear view.” “Here, stand over here,” Julian suggests officers tell whoever is recording them. “Put the person in a better position to film you.” Julian also wants cops to clean up their language. He said when he first broached the idea to disbelieving officers, he was told by one that he had a “First Amendment right to curse.” “You’re right, you have that right,” he said. “But the reality is Continue Reading

Two city hotel owners apologize after furor in gay community over Ted Cruz event

They're very, very sorry about hosting Ted Cruz. After a huge backlash, two openly gay city hoteliers have issued a public apology for throwing an event with Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who opposes gay marriage. In statements posted on Facebook, hotel proprietors Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass atoned for hosting Cruz. Late Sunday night, Reisner wrote that he was "shaken to my bones" by the torrent of emails, calls, and texts he received after spending time with the Texas senator. "I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights," Reisner said on Facebook, as first noted by the New York Times. "I've spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz' statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees," he continued. By Monday morning, more than 9,000 people had liked the "Boycott Fire Island Pines Establishments & Out NYC Hotel" page on Facebook. Weiderpass, the co-owner of the Hell's Kitchen hotel, wrote that he shared Reisner's "remorse" and apologized profusely. "The people that know me know the work that I have done over the last 20 years for the advancement of gay rights," he said in a separate posting. "Today, I came to realize that I might have nullified my past efforts and accomplishments in just one week." The post-backlash mea culpas struck a markedly different tone from Reisner's earlier statement that he'd considered the event a chance to "to have a candid conversation with Senator Ted Cruz on why he should rethink his view on gay marriage." Continue Reading