5. De Blasio bashed the commercial, which began airing Wednesday, calling it “just like the Willie Horton ad” from George H.W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign. Critics labeled that ad racist because it used images of Horton, a black convict who escaped while out on a weekend prison furlough and then committed a rape and assault, to illustrate Bush’s argument that Democrat Michael S. Dukakis was soft on crime. “It is desperate. It is divisive. It is inappropriate,” said De Blasio, the city’s liberal public advocate, who in a televised debate the previous day accused Lhota of pandering to the tea party. Lhota called De Blasio “vacuous” and even poked fun at his height, calling De Blasio “this 6-foot-6 guy saying things about me that aren’t true.” New York’s mayoral race, which has run from raunchy to raucous to downright sleepy, has now turned nasty despite or because of polls indicating that it’s no contest. If recent surveys are any guide, voters prefer De Blasio by more than 40 percentage points over Lhota. The poll numbers are eye-popping on their own, but more so considering that New Yorkers haven’t elected a Democrat as mayor since they chose David Dinkins in 1989. “The Democrats are back, big time,” said Dinkins, who served one term before losing to Rudolph W. Giuliani in 1993. Giuliani was elected twice until Michael R.
“My message to my son is that I love him and we’re going to find him. You’ll come home to your family. And for anyone who has him, please be kind and to let him go,” she said Thursday night. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said he is not holding the school safety officer who was on duty when the teen ran out of the Queens high school responsible for the boy’s disappearance. When Avonte approached the front door of his school the day he disappeared, the safety agent told him to go back upstairs, Kelly said at a news conference on Wednesday. Surveillance video then showed Avonte turning and going down another hallway, and exiting the building from a side door, he said. Surveillance video provided by the police department shows that no supervisor or monitor stopped the 14-year-old when he ran out. “Even though he’s 14, it shouldn’t matter. No one should be, you know, allowed to run around the hallways in school. And that security guard should have questioned him,” Fontaine said. Growing up autistic Police said Avonte was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. He is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds.
Buy it or hate it, New Yorkers flock to Banksy’s art
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Owners of laundromats and bodegas buy the devices from street thieves before reselling them for a profit, the lawmakers said. It is already illegal to buy or sell stolen electronics, but the bill takes the extra step of forcing retailers to prove they are the rightful owners of the phones they sell. The legislation requires anyone selling three or more smartphones to provide detailed receipts, including serial numbers, for the devices or face up to $750 in fines or 30 days in jail. The goal of this legislation is to scare black market retailers out of this terrible business, Klein said in a statement. If youre a retailer making a few extra bucks by selling stolen phones, youre now going to think twice before you open up your wallet and pay one of these criminals. The two lawmakers represent parts of the Bronx, where last year Hwangbum Yang, a 26-year-old Korean immigrant, was shot and killed while being robbed for his iPhone, police said. Authorities later found the phone for sale on Craigslist for $400. Its an epidemic across this city and we cannot wait any longer to take meaningful action, Klein said. The crime, known as Apple Picking, has become particularly popular in New York, where the citys overall crime rate increased last year due to a spike in stolen Apple devices . Klein said recently released NYPD statistics show that Apple device thefts are up 10 percent this year. The bill is the latest effort to disrupt the black market for stolen smartphones. Last year, wireless carriers agreed to share a stolen phone database so purloined devices could not be reactivated in the United States. But many officials say the database has done little to stop an underground trade that has become increasingly global, connecting buyers and sellers around the world . The market for lost or stolen phones is now worth some $30 billion a year , according to Lookout, a San Francisco-based mobile security firm. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon have pressed smartphone makers to introduce kill switch technology that renders stolen phones inoperable. This summer, both Apple and Samsung announced new anti-theft features for the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 that are designed to lock phones when thieves attempt to use them.
New York Lawmakers Take Aim At iPhone Black Market
A child poses for a photo under a new art piece by British graffiti artist Banksy in the Brooklyn borough of New York, October 17, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri By Elizabeth Dilts Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:07am EDT (Reuters) – Famously jaded New Yorkers are getting swept up in the hype over Banksy, the renegade graffiti artist who is leaving his mark across the city this month. Known for his anti-authoritarian black-and-white stenciled images, which have sold at auction for upwards of $2 million, the British street artist is treating New Yorkers to a daily dose of spray-painted art – while eluding the police and incurring the wrath of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Graffiti does ruin people’s property,” Bloomberg said in a press conference Wednesday. Reactions from other New Yorkers to the pieces – which appear overnight, usually on side streets in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn – have ranged from the defacing of images to offers of huge sums for walls Banksy has painted. “Somebody offered me a million dollars if I took down the bricks,” said Jose Goya, the manager of a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, building that Banksy spray-painted Wednesday night. Goya turned the buyer down and had Plexiglas placed over the Japanese-themed image of a man and a woman crossing an arched bridge. The art has a black squiggle spray-painted over it, the work of an apparent Banksy hater who, according to Goya, was stopped mid-defacement by a group of men who tackled him. The mysterious Banksy is calling his month in New York his “Better Out Than In” residency. Among his works so far: the image of a Ronald McDonald statue getting his red clown shoe shined, which appeared in the Bronx on Tuesday, and a livestock truck adorned with children’s stuffed farm animal toys – a mobile installation Banksy calls “Sirens of the Lambs.” Every morning, he announces the location of each piece on his website and invites people to call a hotline for droll descriptions of the artwork’s inspiration. The art is defined in part by the artist’s mystique. It is still uncertain whether Banksy, who remains unidentified since emerging in England in 1993, is one artist or a group.