Kelly Jane Torrance 1 June 2018 6:46 PM 1 June 2018 6:46 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp When Mark Thompson, a Briton, took over as CEO of the New York Times in November 2012, he was under a dark cloud. He’d just served as Director General of the BBC, and the corporation had been accused of covering up the sex crimes of one of its biggest-ever stars, the late Jimmy Savile. Ever keen to demonstrate objectivity, the Times ran an opinion piece a few days before Thompson took over, asking whether he was really the right man for the job. ‘Since early October,’ wrote columnist Joe Nocera, ‘all anybody has asked about Thompson are those two most damning of questions: what did he know, and when did he know it?’ That’s precisely the sort of objectivity that the New York Times could desperately do with now, especially when it comes to reporting on Britain. Nearly six years after Thompson’s … [Read more...] about What’s the New York Times’s problem with Britain?
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IN PICTURES: THE RISE OF LEEDS'S OWN NEW YORK MOBSTER 0 Have your say His story reads like a script for one of the gangster movies so beloved of Hollywood in the 1930s. Guns, bootlegging and stints in New York’s notorious Sing Sing prison. Romance with a cinema sex symbol. Stakes in two dozen nightclubs. Money – and plenty of it.And his name? Owen Madden, born into poverty in 19th century Leeds. Yet by the age of 40, he was New York’s top Prohibition-era mobster.Long since demolished, the cramped terraced house stood on the site now occupied by Leeds Bus Station, a stone’s throw from Millgarth Police Station. Madden’s parents, Francis and Mary, had ended up in Leeds after their families fled the Irish potato famine of the 1840s. Working as a cloth dresser in a local mill, Francis is said to have dreamed of starting afresh with his brood in America. Mary eventually made the big move, crossing the Atlantic in early 1901 on the White Star … [Read more...] about Revealed: The incredible rise of the New York gangster from Leeds
It took a chemical weapons attack in Syria by Putin’s ally (“Animal Assad,” in Trumpian twitter-speak) and gruesome pictures of dead children to prompt the criticism. But the belated rebuke of Putin was short and cryptic enough that it seemed to underscore the strange mystery of why Trump, while allowing his government to pursue an increasingly confrontational series of policies aimed at countering Russia, has never publicly disavowed his oft-stated admiration for the strongman leader who ordered his spies to intervene in the U.S. election on Trump’s behalf. Tweet or no tweet, as Trump now contemplates a retaliatory strike on Putin’s Syrian partner, it’s more clear than ever that Russia remains the signal foreign policy dilemma of the Trump presidency — the issue on which the president has split, repeatedly, with top advisers like his now-booted secretary of state and national security adviser. Just a few days ago, Trump spoke once again, if a … [Read more...] about Trump vs Putin? Time to be ‘scared’
Sunday Crunch is compiled today by Annabelle Dickson and Kate Day. View in your browser. 5 THINGS TO KNOW — How do you solve a problem like violent crime? It was the question which preoccupied the weekend papers and those shows which aired today (well done Andrew Marr, Niall Paterson and John Pienaar for getting out of bed this morning.) After a week in which nine people were stabbed to death in London, Home Secretary Amber Rudd unveiled a serious violence task force along with new laws for those who carry weapons, in a piece for the Sunday Telegraph. Labour was underwhelmed. On Sunday with Niall Paterson, Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh warned the government it couldn’t prosecute its way out of this problem. — Russian pushback: The Russian and U.K. governments continue to trade blows over who is to blame for the nerve agent attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last month. Foreign … [Read more...] about POLITICO Sunday Crunch: Knife crime — New center? — Hacker MP
Police in New York have finally solved a rape case that remained up in the air for more than two decades. In 1994, a woman was jogging through Brooklyn's Prospect Park in the middle of the day when she was attacked by a stranger. The woman, who was 27 at the time of the incident, was choked from behind, dragged up a slope and raped. The victim, a Yale graduate, then went to New York Police to report the crime, and was able to provide a detailed description of her attacker. But despite these details, the NYPD cast doubts on her initial statement. The police shared these views with the media. Following this up, the late New York Daily News columnist Mike McAlary wrote in a story that he had found out via a police source that they thought the woman had made the rape up. Metro reported that the woman, who was a lesbian rights activist planned to stage a rally after reading about the New York Daily story. The NYPD responded by saying that semen had been found on her body and clothing. … [Read more...] about DNA breakthrough solves New York rape case after 23 years