David Letterman announces star-packed guest list for final ‘Late Show’ episodes

The king will be escorted out by a full royal court. David Letterman, the longest-running late-night host ever, wraps up his 33-year reign as host of “The Late Show” on May 20 — and over the next five weeks, a battalion of famous guests will march through CBS’ Ed Sullivan Theater to say goodbye. It’s a tribute to one of the most influential careers in TV history, one that saw an Indianapolis weatherman eventually pull down the $40-million-a-year job of putting America to bed. The A-list guest parade was set to start Monday night with Sarah Jessica Parker and continue Tuesday with Billy Crystal. Michael J. Fox and Amy Sedaris are Wednesday night’s guests, along with musicians Ben Bridwell and Iron & Wine. On Thursday Letterman chats up Kevin James and comedian Tom Dreesen, with music by Tracy Chapman. Alec Baldwin visits on Friday, with music from John Mayer. The remainder of the still-unslotted guests feels like the invite list for God’s Oscar party: George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, Howard Stern, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Oprah Winfrey. Interestingly, the musical guests aren’t so much current superstars as artists who reflect Letterman’s own taste, including the Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Elvis Costello, the Dave Matthews Band, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Mumford and Sons, Amos Lee and Ralph Stanley. Other guests will be announced. There may be some politicians — members of the Second Estate have made appearances on Letterman’s couch during his reign (see sidebar) — but the just-announced lineup suggests Letterman is keeping the emphasis on entertainment for his victory lap. There are no completely out Continue Reading

Mets’ David Wright says it’s way too soon to talk about October

With a record crowd at Citi Field Monday, Mets fever is alive and well in Queens. And while the the Mets talked all winter about being a playoff team, David Wright says it’s way too early to start worrying about October baseball. He even said this team should not be compared to the 2006 squad that rolled to the NL East title or the 2007 and 2008 teams that fell just short. “Let’s not go crazy,” Wright said Monday of the Mets’ 4-3 record. “It’s early but I love the energy that these guys bring. I like the personality and the clubhouse atmosphere that we have.” RELATED: METS FANS SET TO FLOCK TO SEE MATT HARVEY'S RETURN TO CITI But Terry Collins welcomed the challenge, saying “it’s time” for a new bar to be set. “You should be expected to win, with the pieces we added,” said Collins. “Look at last year — without Harvey in the rotation and not a healthy David Wright, we played pretty stinkin’ good. I’m not afraid to talk about it, talk about winning.” GM Sandy Alderson had a more measured approach, saying he saw “encouraging things about the first six games,” including the bullpen’s effort over that stretch. “I think we’ve got depth, not totally proven, a little bit inexperienced. I like the pieces that we have.” THAT’S GOLD, JERRYMets fan Jerry Seinfeld and new relief pitcher Jerry Blevins, who has been nothing short of dominant since he was acquired in a trade with Washington last month. The southpaw pitched a scoreless eighth inning Monday against the heart of the Phillies’ batting order, getting lefties Odubel Herrera (flyout) and Chase Utley (groundout) before whiffing Ryan Howard to end the inning. RELATED: DEGROM, METS LOOK PERFECTLY FLAWED IN HOME OPENER “It definitely can’t hurt to see the guys beforehand, know their type of swing,” Continue Reading

Former Army Gen. David Petraeus remains adviser to Obama administration, NSC despite being charged with mishandling classified information: reports

Philandering former Army Gen. David Petraeus has remained a trusted White House adviser despite copping to sharing classified information with his mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell — and lying to the FBI about it, according to reports. Petraeus, who no longer has CIA security clearance, has been advising the National Security Council and the Obama administration on Iraq and ISIS since last summer, Newsweek reported Saturday. The former CIA director and Iraq war hero has enjoyed a cushioned fall from grace after being charged with only one count of mishandling classified information in a plea green-lit by Attorney General Eric Holder this month — a move blasted by critics as a sweetheart deal. The four-star retired general, once touted as a possible presidential candidate, faces only a $40,000 fine and probation after copping to the misdemeanor charge. Expert: Gen. David Petraeus is right guy to advise White House, but still is a risky move Petraeus is due back in court for a hearing on the deal April 27, in Charlotte, N.C. Prosecutors and FBI special agents that worked the case are livid the 62-year-old military hero didn’t face felony charges. Petraeus admitted to sharing highly confidential “black books” with Broadwell, 42, and then later lying to the FBI about the security breach. Petraeus and Broadwell began an affair while working closely on the book “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus.” Although unlikely, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler could toss the lenient arrangement and sentence the disgraced adulterer to up to a year in prison, a $100,000 fine and five years’ probation. Nine other lower ranking leakers have faced serious jail time. But, according to Newsweek, the administration hammered out the deal and has kept Petraeus close to dissuade him from joining other high-ranking ex-officials who have been critical of the Continue Reading

David Accam scores early for Chicago as NYCFC falls to Fire

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — David Accam scored his first MLS goal and the Chicago Fire beat 10-man New York City FC 1-0 on Friday night. Chicago (3-3-0) won its third straight game, while NYCFC (1-4-3) had its winless streak reach six. Accam, an offseason signing, capitalized on a defensive mistake in the 20th minute. NYCFC backup goalkeeper Ryan Meara came out of his area to prevent the ball from going out of bounds, but he mishandled it and Accam dribbled back to an empty net.  “David is an exciting player, and when we saw him it was like ‘Wow, he could be available and let’s go after him’, and we did,” Chicago coach Frank Yallop said. “He’s excited to be here and I thought he played fantastic tonight and I still think there is more in him.” Accam put pressure on NYCFC’s defense for most of the game. He was taken down from behind on a breakaway in the 23rd minute, which sent Andrew Jacobson off the field with a red card. He also curled a shot off the post in the first half and forced quality saves by Meara in the 63rd and 83rd minutes. Meara started in place of Josh Saunders who was suspended one game Thursday for a high foot against Portland. Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson earned his second shutout of the season in the Fire’s first game since April 4. “The coaches did a good job on keeping us sharp,” Chicago’s Harry Shipp said. “We had two intrasquad scrimmages, and we really worked on keeping our fitness up the past three weeks. Guys were fitter now than they were our last game, so I think that was good.” Continue Reading

David Bowie to reissue ‘Fame’ single in limited edition disc for 40th anniversary

David Bowie is re-releasing his hit single "Fame" in a limited 40th anniversary edition picture disc. Originally released in the summer of 1975, "Fame" came from his ninth studio album, "Young Americans." The new 7" picture disc will be released on July 24, 2015. The song was Bowie's first number one hit in the US and was co-written by John Lennon. The former Beatle's vocals can also be heard on the track. The special anniversary disc will also feature an alternate mix of the song "Right." Continue Reading

‘No question about it’: Billionaire GOPer David Koch says Scott Walker can beat Hillary Clinton ‘by a wide margin’ in 2016

Republican Scott Walker would clean Hillary Clinton’s clock in a showdown for the Oval Office, billionaire industrialist David Koch said Monday. Koch, whose network of conservative donors has pledged to spend close to $1 billion on the 2016 election, emerged from a Manhattan event with Walker to pronounce him a “a tremendous candidate” who would have no problem taking down the Clinton juggernaut. “No question about it,” Koch said outside the posh Union League Club on Manhattan’s east side after hearing Walker speak at a New York GOP fundraiser. “If enough Republicans have a thing to say — why, he’ll defeat her by a major margin,” Koch predicted. Walker and 18 other potential White House contenders spent two days busting on Clinton at a Republican leadership summit in New Hampshire last week — and Koch said the amount of attention they’re paying her isn’t a bad thing. As candidates gear up for a GOP primary, “They can be very, very effective in diminishing her points of view,” he said. Koch said he questioned Walker on his views on public education at the closed-press event and found his response “brilliant,” although he declined to provide details. According to a source who attended the event, Koch "made it clear that he would be neutral in the primary from a financial perspective, but that he had a personal preference for Walker." During the stump stop, Walker addressed members of the state GOP’s “Empire Club,” who pay a $1,000 annual membership fee that gives them access to exclusive events like Walker’s speech. Outside the ritzy private club, union protesters taunted the Wisconsin governor for his bitter battles against organized labor in his own state. Huddled in a persistent drizzle, they chanted, blew whistles, and waved signs calling him a “job killer” and mocking him for having said Continue Reading

David Cone makes pitch for an Amazin’ year for the Mets

David Cone was a Met in the late 1980s, the last time it could be said New York belonged to the National League team in town. He was also an important Yankee during the Torre dynasty in the late ’90s that painted the city with pinstripes for nearly two decades and counting. If anyone is qualified to offer some perspective on the question the Daily News poses in this special section — is this the year the Mets begin to take back New York? — it’s surely Cone. 2015 BASEBALL PREVIEW: NL EAST | NL CENTRAL | NL WEST | AL EAST | AL CENTRAL | AL WEST Keep in mind that, as an analyst for the YES Network, Cone has stronger ties with the Yankees than the Mets these days. And who would argue if he made the case that the separation the Yankees have created between the two franchises over the last 20 years has changed the equation forever. Instead Cone doesn’t hesitate to say the Mets could once again have their own special hold on the city, albeit with a disclaimer or two. “Twenty years of Derek Jeter turning a whole younger generation into Yankee fans is going to have some residual effect even though he’s gone,” Cone said one day late in spring training. “But there’s no doubt when the Mets are winning, baseball fans come out of the woodwork in New York. “It’s always been that way. There are closet Mets fans out there, just waiting to come out. And I think casual baseball fans get a little more excited when the Mets are winning.” In addition to playing for both teams in town, Cone lived in Manhattan during his playing days and for years after, and he was out and about enough, interacting with fans, to have a feel for such things. METS SCOUTING REPORT: A POSITION-BY-POSITION BREAKDOWN At the same time, Cone is quick to add that he doesn’t see the Yankees headed for the type of long-term slide that opened the door in Continue Reading

Yes, David Dinkins was a criminal justice pioneer: Hillary Clinton was right to praise the former mayor as “a leader we can look to” as we reform policing in America

Hillary Clinton delivered the first important speech of the 2016 presidential campaign in New York on Wednesday, kicking off what she pledged would be an honest conversation about race and justice in America, and, beyond that, a period of meaningful reform. As the speech drew to a close, she acknowledged “a leader we can look to” on issues of policing and public safety, a man who helped make his city “both good and great”: David Dinkins. Some long-time New Yorkers cocked an ear: David Dinkins? The mayor whose tenure saw the highest homicide rates in the city’s history? The one from the Bad Old Days? FREDDIE GRAY 'TRIED TO INJURE HIMSELF' IN POLICE VAN: REPORT Yes, that David Dinkins. The mayor many New Yorkers still associate with violence, chaos and disorder was in fact one of the most important criminal justice reformers in New York’s history. He scaled up quality-of-life policing and oversaw the beginning of the 1990s crime drop. But he combined a tough-on-crime approach with a commitment to civilian oversight, minority hiring and community policing, demonstrating that public safety and better police-community relations need not be mutually exclusive goals. BALTIMORE POLICE FINISH INQUIRY INTO FREDDIE GRAY'S DEATH Dinkins did not come to office wanting to focus on the police. Though he pledged during the campaign to be “the toughest mayor on crime” New York had ever seen, his heart was in old-style liberal social services — children’s health, libraries, housing. Yet crime and policing soon became the central issues of his mayoralty. Partly this was because crime itself spiked. Partly it was because the city press blamed Dinkins for high crime rates and made crime reduction the primary test of Dinkins’s mayoralty. (“One would have gotten the impression that on Dec. 31, 1989, there was no crime,” he griped in his memoirs.) In Continue Reading

‘Suicide Squad’ director David Ayer shares first cast photo – but where’s Jared Leto?

Superhero fans are getting their first glimpse at DC Comics' upcoming "Suicide Squad" — except Jared Leto. The upcoming comic book flick's writer-director David Ayer tweeted a photo of the cast gathered at a table read Wednesday, but the "Dallas Buyers Club" star, who is playing the Joker, was nowhere in sight. Also missing was Scott Eastwood, who confirmed his casting last week. His role hasn't been revealed yet. But other headliners were front and center, including Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg) and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller). Also pictured were "Lost" alum Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) and just-announced additions Ike Barinholtz (Hugo Strange) and Adam Beach, whose role was still unknown. "Cast read through today!" Ayer announced on Twitter. "Did Jared Leto take the photo?" one fan asked. Continue Reading

David Tyree: You can count on Giants’ Odell Beckham to use his head

All it took was one spectacular catch last year to change Odell Beckham’s life forever, in a way few could understand. One of those who could was David Tyree, who once pinned an Eli Manning pass to his helmet in Super Bowl XLII, and his life was never the same. And while he never got the level of fame that Beckham achieved so quickly last season, Tyree still understands how hard it can be to handle the unending attention, the offers, the media requests and the adulation and demands of fans that come with it. For the wrong player or person it could be too much to handle. But Tyree isn’t worried about Beckham at all. “I don’t know if it can get more torrential than what he experienced his first year,” Tyree, the Giants’ director of player development, told the Daily News. “Expectations are high. I know a lot of times we talk about how we overcome adversity, but some of our biggest challenges might be how we handle success. “He’s up for that right now.” That’s saying a lot, considering the type of life Beckham has had since (and during) his incredible rookie season, when he caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games. He’s hung out with LeBron James and his childhood hero, David Beckham. He went to the Pro Bowl, where Hall of Famer Michael Irvin predicted he was destined for greatness. He’s produced more viral videos of his athletic feats than he would’ve done if he was a cat playing the piano. He’s endorsed products, started new business ventures, signed thousands of autographs. And of course he made the rounds in Phoenix during Super Bowl week, where he was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. The downside of that is every move of his is now watched and every word he says is subject to a mass interpretation. That’s particularly true in the social media age — an age Tyree is glad to have missed. Continue Reading