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"Saturday Night Live": 40 Years on NBC


As part of the 40th anniversary of "Saturday Night Live," I have many wonderful memories of riding the elevator with the likes of the late Gilda Ratner and John Bellucci, and having Bill Murray ask me to let him borrow my NYPD Press Credentials, while I worked as a news writer, editor and producer at NBC.

I recall watching "SNL" over the years, sitting in on Thursday rehearsals, during my lunch hour, attending the actual program in studio 8H and of-course, staying up late to watch the live program.



The Latino College Expo is hosting the 23rd Annual College fair preceded by a 5th Annual Leadership Summit for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are affiliated with program agencies, high schools, and community-based organizations. This educational event will be held on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 from 12pm-3pm at New York University's Kimmel Center.



NYC is the world’s most wasteful mega-city. Besides being a consumerist utopia where people buy, and throw away, a staggering amount of stuff, it is also a densely populated, steadily aging city.

Faucets, toilets, or pipes, are constantly leaking. An armada of commerce-beckoning lights are always on and a fleet of gas-guzzling cars still clog our crosstown traffic and city roadways.

Nearly twenty million New Yorkers use more energy, suck down more water, and spew out more solid waste than any other mega-metropolitan area on earth.

Bronx Foreclosure Center Opens


The Bronx Foreclosure Center is located at Bronx Civil Court. The Center will be staffed by counselors who will give free legal and housing advice to those in danger of losing their homes.

All to often homeowners at risk of foreclosure don’t know their rights, or the help that is available to them. By having a Foreclosure Center in the Bronx Court House, homeowners at risk of losing the American Dream will be able to seek assistance faster and find ways to keep both their homes and their financial security.



The Faith & Politics Institute’s Becoming America Congressional Delegation to Visit Jackson Heights, Queens, One of New York City’s Most Diverse Neighborhoods

Congressional Delegation to Meet with Local Faith Leaders, Immigrant Groups: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to Share Family’s Immigrant Journey

Presidential Medal of Freedom


The White House will host a long list of distinguished Americans, which includes another baseball great — Willie Mays — as well as musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan, retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, classical musician Itzhak Perlman, composer Stephen Sondheim, film director Steven Spielberg, and singers James Taylor and Barbra Streisand. Another posthumous medal will go to long-time U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, D-N.Y.

The 17 award winners will be awarded during a ceremony today, Nov. 24, the White House said.

Honorees, according to the White House:

Where's Qaddafi and Who Are These Rebels?


Where is the world is Moamamar? Who are these rebels?

In 1999, Qaddafi escaped judgment by turning over two underlings to pay for his criminal murder of 270 innocent people eleven years earlier in 1988.

In 1988 Qaddafi murdered all 243 passengers and 16 crew members on Pan Am Flight 103, which he had bombed. In addition he killed Eleven people in Lockerbie, Scotland, who died as large sections of the plane fell on the town and destroyed several houses.

It would have been nice if NATO had taken Qaddafi out back in 1988, or even in 1999.

Fight 'Pooper Trators'


Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined NYC Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty and Bronx Community Board #7 District Manager Fernando Tirado to announce a new information and enforcement campaign aimed at keeping Bronx streets free of canine waste.

The photo shows Borough President Diaz holding a “pooper scooper,” which typically cost about $20 each—a contrast to the $250 fine “pooper-trators” will receive for failing to clean up after their pet.



On this December 1, 2013 there are now only 24 days until Christmas. Christmas Day falls on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.

Whether you are being naughty, or very nice... Do you wish to know how many hours, minutes and seconds are left before that magical day?



Long Island University's Brooklyn campus, in a contract fight with the faculty union, tells 400 professors not to come to work and cuts them off from health insurance.

Hundreds of LIU faculty union members were told that their services were no longer required and that their positions, their health insurance, and their campus email accounts were being cut off. Classes for the semester started Wednesday.



The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.