Writer's $600 Sneakers Render Him Incapable of Relating to Loved Ones

Every November, media types, ourselves included, trot out the trope that spending time with family during Thanksgiving is necessarily a difficult thing. Your sister is hateful, your uncles are racist, your nana's candied yams are a brutal, sunset-hued chore to be endured. Today, we meet the saddest victim of these… » 11/26/14 3:35pm Yesterday 3:35pm

Bill Cosby Mistress and Alleged Rape Victim Believes Her Daughter Is His

Shawn Brown is the only woman Bill Cosby has admitted to having extramarital sex with on record: in 1997, he told Dan Rather, "If you said, 'Did you make love to the woman?' the answer is yes." In a new interview with the Daily Mail, Thompson details an alleged rape at Cosby's hands and claims that he fathered her… » 11/26/14 12:30pm Yesterday 12:30pm

NYPD Training Boss: Cops Will Stop Saying "Fuck" and Beating People Up

The only thing NYPD officers love as much as hitting people in the face with their fists, feet, and other assorted objects, it sometimes seems, is a well-placed F-bomb. According to deputy commissioner for training Michael Julian, all that stuff's on its way out. » 11/25/14 6:00pm Tuesday 6:00pm

No Justice: Darren Wilson Walks Free as Grand Jury Fails to Indict

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in August, was not indicted by a grand jury today. » 11/24/14 9:23pm Monday 9:23pm

Woman Allegedly Kills Herself While Waving Gun She Bought for Ferguson

With the Darren Wilson decision on the horizon and the possibility of renewed unrest in Ferguson, paranoid Missourians are buying lots and lots of guns. In a story that sounds too pat to be true, one such new firearm owner allegedly accidentally killed herself over the weekend while waving her gun and saying "we're… » 11/24/14 1:45pm Monday 1:45pm

Fred Armisen Gives Five-Minute Improvised Master Class in NYC Accents

If you've ever wondered what separates New York's toughest accent (The Bronx) from its second-toughest (The Rockaways), how East Villagers talk differently from their counterparts on the West, or why Long Islanders sound so flabbergasted all the time, allow Fred Armisen and his considerable improv skills to… » 11/24/14 10:45am Monday 10:45am

Cosby Lawyers Bullied National Enquirer Into Pulling Rape Story in 2005

Though the multiple rape allegations against Bill Cosby only truly picked up steam this year, they've been around for a long time. In 2005, the National Enquirer planned to publish an investigation into the claims, but Cosby's lawyers threatened a lawsuit. The tabloid published a puff-piece interview with Cosby… » 11/21/14 2:58pm Friday 2:58pm

Cops Think Diaper Teen Enrolled in 6th Grade to Recruit Kids for Porn

Seventeen-year-old Ricardo Javid Lugo, who authorities say posed as a 12-year-old to enroll at Hurst Hills Elementary School as a sixth grader, was arrested for possession of child pornography. Police believe Lugo recruited victims at school for himself and a 28-year-old man with whom he lived. » 11/21/14 11:55am Friday 11:55am

An Innocent Rapper Could Go to Jail for Life Just for Releasing an Album

If you'd like to hear Tiny Doo's mixtape No Safety, you can do so here. But be aware that by listening to it, you may somehow be implicated in nine California shootings for which 14 men are about to stand trial. Tiny Doo himself is one of those men, and even prosecutors admit that the only crime he committed is… » 11/20/14 3:55pm 11/20/14 3:55pm

Lemony Snicket Makes Series of Racist Jokes at National Book Awards

After Jacqueline Woodson accepted the National Book Award in young people's literature for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming last night, host Daniel Handler shared a "joke" about her with the audience: she's allergic to watermelon. Get it? Because she's black. You can feel the tension in the room through your screen. » 11/20/14 10:55am 11/20/14 10:55am