Plane Crash, Gay Bash, and Mary Jo Kopechne

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• Not much new was revealed overnight about the plane crash that killed Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and gave a jolt to the UES. Turns out the hit building's tenant list is full of semi-boldface names including, weirdly, the Mets' third-base coach Manny Acta. [NYT, NYDN, NYP]
• In a repellent turn to a repellent story, a suspected racial-bias attack turns out to be a gay bash turns out to be a robbery. Four Sheepshead Bay youths are charged with luring a man via e-mail to a Plumb Beach cruising spot to rob him; the victim broke free, fled, and was struck by a car. Prosecutors say the hate-crime tag still applies. [amNY]
• Rep. Chris Shays, the GOP congressman from Connecticut, achieves the impossible by somehow managing to lower the discourse level of the Foley scandal. How? By bringing up, apropos of nothing, Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddick incident. Early and Often's take here. [NYDN]
• The Columbia Queer Alliance is puzzled by the light attendance of the public-makeout event it staged on the university's Low Library steps. The turnout reportedly shrank ten times compared to last year's, despite an effort to involve the shy and the single (who were offered apples to kiss). [Bwog]
• And the Post's Andrea Peyser unleashes a jaw-dropping attack on "sluttish, revolting monster" Madonna for "raping Malawi" (by adopting an African child). Choice quote: "Madonna has traveled far beyond her... loser antics to grab attention — and flesh." Don't worry, a slave auction gets mentioned too. [NYP]