The Metro-North train that derailed on Sunday was reportedly going 82 mph when it jumped the tracks entering a 30-mile-an-hour curve, according to authorities. The derailment killed four people and left 63 injured.
The New York Post reports that the train's engineer, William Rockefeller, told investigators that he had "zoned out" as the train sped towards the curve. Sources tell the Post that Rockefeller explained that he was "jolted back to the reality" when a whistle went off warning him that the train was going to fast.
According to the data from the train's "black box" Rockefeller didn't apply the brakes until five seconds before the derailment. Authorities are reportedly looking into whether or not Rockefeller was drinking or on the phone when the crash happened. The Post reports that the 46-year-old engineer denied that he had been drinking.
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Are chimpanzees people—just like corporations? Chimps deserve to be considered legal persons with some of the same rights as people—including the "fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned," according a lawsuit in New York state. The Nonhuman Rights Project has filed a writ of habeas corpus demanding an end to the "unlawful detention" of a 26-year-old chimp called Tommy, who is being kept in a "small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed," reports the New York Times. The group, which has been planning this legal strategy for years, plans to file suits this week seeking the freedom of three more chimps on the basis that they have a "fundamental right to bodily liberty ."
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Yesterday, the Supreme Court declined to hear Amazon.com's and Overstock.com's attempt to end NY State's practice of charging sales tax on Internet-bought goods. The ruling does not address when the Amazon drones will mis-deliver Justice Scalia's Seinfeld DVDs!
Earlier this year, the New York Court of Appeals ruled, 4-1, that the online retailers had to charge sales tax. Further, as WWD reports, Amazon and Overstock also has "contracts with local affiliates, such as blogs that post links to the Amazon and Overstock Web sites."
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An exhaustive new report commissioned by Governor Cuomo explores the state's problem of rampant public corruption, and offers several recommendations—both specific fixes and systemic overhauls—in order to quell it.
The report, released last night by the Cuomo-appointed the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, identifies a lengthy list of public officials charged with misusing public funds. Among descriptions of misdeeds is one memorable excerpt from the criminal complaint filed against former Queens councilman Dan Halloran, whose poetic musings on the topic of corruption we stillwant tattooed to our lower backs.
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