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Here's a Photo of Tom Hanks Taking Up Two Subway Seats

As many of you know, the MTA is attempting to crack down on the widespread epidemic known as "manspreading" through a public awareness campaign on its subways. But do you need to follow the rules if no one around you seems to be bothered by your oafish habits? Here, then, is a photo published by the London Evening Standard, featuring Tom Hanks sitting — no, practically lounging — across two subway seats. Normally, the internet/we would lather in fury at such entitlement, but since there do not seem any pregnant women, elderly folks, or many people at all nearby, we're judging this a good sit. Carry on, but remember Hanks: we're watching.

NYU Arsonist’s Lawyer Suggests That Victim Was So Drunk That She ‘Participated’ in Being Set on Fire

Last week, various news outlets reported that 20-year-old former NYU student Jaime Castano had been arrested for setting his female classmate on fire as she slept in his dorm-room bed. (Castano also Snapchatted a video of the 19-year-old girl waking up and trying to put out the flames as he sang a still-unnamed song.) Now the New York Daily News reports that Castano's lawyer is attempting a somewhat-difficult-to-believe victim-blaming strategy.


12-Year-Old Girl Managed to Call 911 After Her Father Shot Her in the Head

After searching for several hours, the NYPD found 34-year-old Jonathon Walker dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday. Walker, whose body was discovered in his car near JFK airport, fatally shot his 31-year-old girlfriend, Shantai Hale; her 62-year-old mother, Viola Warren; and the couple's 7-year-old daughter, Kayla Walker, at the family's Brookville, Queens, home around 5:40 a.m. on Saturday. Walker's other daughter, 12-year-old Christina, managed to call 911 to report what had happened, despite also having been shot in the head by her father, who fled the house after the murders.


ISIS Reportedly Executes Japanese Hostage

According to footage posted online on Saturday morning, ISIS has executed one of its two Japanese hostages. In the video, Kenji Goto announces that his fellow prisoner, Haruna Yukawa, has been beheaded. (He displays what appear to be photos of Yukawa's decapitated body.) Goto also says that the Islamic State is now demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, who is currently imprisoned in Jordan for participating in the 2005 bombing of a hotel. "It is simple," he says. "You give them Sajida and I will be released." The militants had previously requested $200 million for Yukawa and Jogo's freedom.


Colorado Teen Who Tried to Join ISIS Gets 4-Year Sentence

Shannon Maureen Conley, a 19-year-old nurse's aide from Colorado who wanted to join the terrorist group ISIS, appeared in a hijab and civilian clothes for her sentencing hearing Friday. Judge Raymond Moore handed down a four-year sentence but announced from the bench that she needs psychiatric help. "I'm not saying that her decisions were all a product of mental illness ... But she's a bit of a mess," said the judge. "She has no history in the criminal justice system. She is very young ... Teenagers make dumb decisions a lot." 


City Council Wants Doctors at Youth Sports Games

The New York City Council is considering a bill that will require doctors to be present at all pee wee football games, so that youngsters can be screened for concussions on the spot and receive proper medical treatment. The legislation would bring youth football regulations up to par with high school athletics, and also require a doctor or a trainer at full-contact practices.


Sheldon Silver’s Arrest Is Huge, But Preet Bharara Is Waging an Even Bigger Case

Preet Bharara is a bit of a prig. The trait is highly familiar in big-time New York prosecutors: Rudy Giuliani and Eliot Spitzer possessed it in spades. And it’s an indispensable quality in white-collar cops — the political and financial systems need upright enforcers of the rules to keep the most roguish operators from straying too far outside the lines, and to protect the citizenry that can’t afford to buy insider connections.

Yet moral rectitude isn’t always pretty, and the current U.S. Attorney’s righteous attitude was on full display yesterday during the press conference where he explained the charges leading to the arrest of State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.


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