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Anti-tax fervor has found a novel, new expression in Spain. To duck a value added tax that was increased to 21 percent Sept. 1, a municipal theater in a Catalan village has taken to selling carrots in lieu of tickets. The carrot serves as your admission ticket.
The carrots are no bargain. Patrons have to pay 13 to 15 euros each — $17 to $19 — to see a play. But because carrots are considered...Read more »
Security workers who search the cabins of planes for dangerous objects while they’re on the ground between flights at JFK Airport complain that when security clashes with avoiding flight delays, security loses.
The employees of Global Elite Group, a private security contractor based in Garden City, are supposed to search each seat, tray table, overhead bin and seat back pocket for weapons,...Read more »
Newspaper cartoonists, including Newsday's Walt Handelsman, contribute their visual jibes and jokes to "Political Slant: Editorial Cartoons," a Hofstra University Museum exhibit that opens Monday.
Three down. Five to go.
In reaching another contract settlement with Westchester County union workers -- the latest was the Corrections Superior Officers Association -- County Executive Rob Astorino took another step toward having all workers contribute to their health care premiums.
Still elusive, however, is the county’s largest union, the Civil Service Employees Association, which...Read more »
Stand by for the “kissing room,” commuters. Once upon a time, it was the place in Grand Central Terminal where New Yorkers waited to greet soldiers home from war or college kids back for holidays -- where joyous reunions unfolded nonstop with hugs and kisses all around.
Today the space feels like an awkward anomaly. Off Grand Central’s main hall, it’s too large and too quiet -- with a purpose...Read more »
I can’t claim they were the first words my daughter learned, but I’m pretty sure “The Princess Bride” provided the first full speech she was able to recite:
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
And I’m saying there’s a pretty good chance multiple generations in your family can recite that speech too. When the movie “The Princess Bride” hit theaters...Read more »
The unwritten code of the subway says that when a situation is fraught with danger, you never want to escalate it. You never want to challenge the angry-looking guy who’s staring at you from across the aisle and muttering under his breath. Is Armageddon erupting in his head? You don’t want to find out.
Today I’m upset with Pamela Geller because she has broken the code. She has an ad going...Read more »
Sorry Nassau, Suffolk and Rockland. Westchester County is No. 1. Again.
Westchester landed the top dishonor of having the highest property taxes in the nation in 2011, according to U.S. Census data.
Only this time, the county held a unique position of being the only one that crossed the $10,000 median threshold, which means half of the county’s property owners pay upwards of that figure...Read more »
In what is becoming a bit of a habit, Mitt Romney managed to release some highly sought information Friday in a way that multiplied the questions he faces by a factor of, approximately, two gazillion.
What he released were his 2011 tax returns, along with an oddly worded statement from his tax people, Price Waterhouse Coopers, saying that the Republican presidential candidate had paid taxes...Read more »
Do voters ever know anything about judicial candidates? Probably not, which may explain why there's such a high ballot drop-off for these races.
But voters in Michigan are learning at least one thing about a candidate there for state supreme court -- that her sister was on "The West Wing."
Much of the cast has reunited for a four-minute campaign ad ostensibly about the...Read more »