WASHINGTON — The target was a New York City titan — plain-spoken but Teflon, irresistible to the tabloids and insistent upon loyalty from his associates. The defendant, Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, had accumulated power as the head of the Genovese crime family, feigning insanity to conceal his guilt. A prosecutor in Brooklyn was at last prepared to cut him down , using witnesses the government had flipped. “He couldn’t stop people from talking about him,” the prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann, said of Mr. Gigante, addressing jurors at the end of a career-making federal court case in 1997. “When there’s a large organization to run, you cannot erase yourself from the minds, and more important the tongues, of your conspirators.” Two decades later, Mr. Weissmann has turned his attention to a more prominent set of prospective conspirators: He is a top lieutenant to Robert S. Mueller III on the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible … [Read more...] about Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s Legal Pit Bull
Jam or Cream First? Notes From One Woman’s Decade of Eating Scones.
When Sarah Merker sat down one day in 2013 to snack on a scone at one of Britain’s many, many historic sites, she had no idea that she was embarking upon a quest that would take her a decade to complete and transform her into a kind of national celebrity. She and her husband had just become dues-paying members of the National Trust, a conservation society that manages historic properties like castles and country manors across England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scotland’s are managed separately). The idea was to reward herself with scones for visiting and learning about the sites, and to write a blog that rated the history, and the baking, each on a five-point scale. Her blog posts eventually formed the basis of “ The National Trust Book of Scones ,” a blend of recipes and her irreverent historical insights, published in 2017 just after Ms. Merker had eaten about 150 scones on location. And when Ms. Merker, 49, visited her 244th and final National Trust property this month, she … [Read more...] about Jam or Cream First? Notes From One Woman’s Decade of Eating Scones.
Jan. 6 protestor who used stolen baton, strobe light against Capitol police gets 4 years
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for March 21 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. A Virginia man who assaulted police with a stolen baton and used a flashing strobe light to disorient officers trying to defend the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in prison. Geoffrey Sills of Mechanicsville, Virginia , was convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon, obstruction of Congress and robbery for his role in the violence at the Capitol's Lower West Terrace tunnel, where police were beaten and crushed as they tried to beat back the angry mob of President Donald Trump supporters. The 31-year-old has already served a year and a half behind bars since his June 2021 arrest. NYC NEWSPAPER EDITOR ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED POLICE INTERFERENCE AT CAPITOL RIOT In a separate case on Tuesday, a judge declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach an … [Read more...] about Jan. 6 protestor who used stolen baton, strobe light against Capitol police gets 4 years
FILM REVIEW; First, Go Cold Turkey, Then Go to Cold Jersey
''Garden State,'' Zach Braff's small, smart, off-kilter comedy, has the cheek to present itself as ''The Graduate 2004,'' although its affectionate subversion of a popular classic also stamps it as ''The Anti-Graduate 2004.'' From its story of the awakening of an emotionally numbed young man -- played by Mr. Braff, who wrote and directed the movie -- to its editorial use of a contemporary pop soundtrack that throws in vintage Simon and Garfunkel (''The Only Living Boy in New York''), ''Garden State'' obsessively refers to that 1967 generational landmark. The New Jersey suburban landscape to which Mr. Braff's 26-year-old alter ego, Andrew Largeman, returns from self-imposed exile in Los Angeles is a universe apart from the lotus land where he has lived for the last nine years in a chemical stupor. Because ''The Graduate'' established the stock vision of suburban alienation that has persisted through ''American Beauty'' and beyond, you expect ''Garden State'' to uphold the cliché. … [Read more...] about FILM REVIEW; First, Go Cold Turkey, Then Go to Cold Jersey
Advanced Prosthetic Technology Restores Sense Of Touch For Amputee
Advanced prosthetic technologies have restored a sense of touch for an amputee and are assisting others with spinal injuries to feel “whole” again, CBS News reported Sunday. Brandon Prestwood lost his left hand in 2012 after someone turned on an industrial conveyor belt he was reassembling. After years of using a hook to replace the hand he had lost, Prestwood volunteered to try out experimental prosthetics in a project sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs which has given him back a basic sense of touch, CBS News reported . “It doesn’t feel exactly like my right hand. It’s a tingling sensation,” Prestwood told the outlet. “It’s not painful. It’s kind of like, if your hand’s been asleep, right at the end, right before it wakes up … for me, it’s pleasant, it’s a pleasant tingling.” Strides in prosthetic technology allow amputees and those with brain-controlled robotic limbs to feel a sense of touch using advanced prosthetic technology. Scott Pelley … [Read more...] about Advanced Prosthetic Technology Restores Sense Of Touch For Amputee
Art Collectors Find Safe Harbor in Delaware’s Tax Laws
NEWARK, Del. — It may not summon up a sense of international intrigue like Geneva or Luxembourg, but this small city, just off the Interstate and down the road from Wilmington, can now boast that it has joined those more glamorous locales as a tax haven for art collectors. Fritz Dietl, who for years watched collectors ship artworks from sales in New York to tax-advantageous free ports overseas, has opened his own here in a former foam peanut packing factory beside the train tracks. He is gradually filling it with plywood crates containing artworks. The warehouse, he says, offers art owners the same benefits as its better known European counterparts: discretion, security and tax savings. “In the past, they would have shipped it to Switzerland,” he said one morning recently, gesturing at about 20 large crates in a 16,000-square-foot, climate-controlled space. The artworks packed in the crates were worth in total about $10 million to $15 million, he said. But more would … [Read more...] about Art Collectors Find Safe Harbor in Delaware’s Tax Laws