Knicks Morning News (2018.08.06)

  • [SNY Knicks] Westgate sets Knicks’ win total over/under at 29.5
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 7:05:00 PM)

    Westgate Las Vegas set the Knicks’ over/under win total at 29.5 wins, which is the fifth-fewest total among all 30 NBA teams.

  • [NYTimes] ‘Really Bold Move’: W.N.B.A. Union Praises Aces’ Boycott After 25-Hour Trip
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 1:18:52 AM)

    A series of travel delays opened players up to an increased risk of injury, and two of the union’s officers agreed that not playing was the right call.

  • [NYTimes] Sports of The Times: Donald Trump and the Black Athlete
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 11:34:15 PM)

    After attacks on Stephen Curry and N.F.L. players, President Trump’s broadside on LeBron James followed an obvious pattern.

  • [NYTimes] Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner Are the W.N.B.A.’s Iconic Duo. Don’t Wait.
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 8:01:22 PM)

    They’re great apart but even better together. Taurasi and Griner have spent years tailoring their games to each other, and another championship for the Phoenix Mercury may be the reward.

  • [NYDN] President Trump changes story in Twitter rant admitting Trump Tower meeting was to gather intel on Hillary Clinton
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 3:20:00 AM)

    Not that there was collusion, but if so, it was “totally legal.”

    President Trump went on a Twitter tirade Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in the crosshairs of the Robert Mueller investigation was to gather information on his political rival Hillary…

  • [NYDN] Two crazy uncles, spouting off: That’s Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Smoke from the barbecue drifts into the trees as kids splash in the pool. A minivan wheels into the driveway bearing cousins from the distant exurbs.

    On the porch, two elder uncles occupy matching rockers. They survey the annual family picnic and mutter about how rotten everyone is and how the…

  • [NYDN] Single-payer in New York: Who’d pay?
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    The impact of a single-payer plan on New York depends on several uncertain factors, but one thing is certain: The plan would shift health-care spending through the state instead of private insurers.

    This means substantial new taxes would replace premiums and out-of-pocket costs for New Yorkers….

  • [NYDN] Wake up, Google: Don’t enable the Chinese government’s state repression
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Sergey Brin’s family left the Soviet Union in the late 1970s, when he was 6 years old. Brin’s company effectively left China in 2010, when he was in his late 30s.

    The two were related. Living under a system that censored political speech, Google’s co-founder told the New York Times at the time,…

  • [NYDN] A turn for the better: The NYPD’s new take on farejumpers
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    In a move designed to reduce the number of annual arrests and make better use of the time of cops on the beat, the NYPD announced last week that fare-jumpers with the lowest-level warrants will no longer be automatically arrested.

    This makes sense.

    Instead of getting taken to the station-house,…

  • [NYDN] LOVETT: New York State Senate GOP to conduct hearing into parole of cop killers and Cuomo conditional pardons
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    ALBANY — Upset with the recent releases from prison of several cop killers like Herman Bell, state Senate Republicans are planning a public hearing into the state parole system.

    The hearing will also look into Gov. Cuomo’s recent decision to grant widespread conditional pardons to more than 24,000…

  • [NYDN] Water bugs: Keep tourist cruise companies from hawking their wares in city parks
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The 20,000 people heading to Liberty and Ellis Islands on a nice summer day (an $18.50 ferry ride on Statue Cruises) make for a tempting target for hustlers hawking tickets for other harbor boats. While competition is fair, illegally selling tickets in Battery Park isn’t. These other boats don’t…

  • [NYDN] Cuomo campaign spends big on N.Y.-made wine for governor’s mansion
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 12:55:00 AM)

    ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo’s campaign, which has delighted in linking Democratic primary opponent Cynthia Nixon to her cosmo-drinking character Miranda Hobbes from “Sex And The City”, spent nearly $12,265 in February stocking the governor’s mansion with New York wine.

    Cuomo, according to his July campaign…

  • [NYDN] Nixon’s the one–at the top of the Democratic primary ballot
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 12:50:00 AM)

    The following is an expanded version of the second item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:

    ALBANY — Actress Cythnia Nixon has beaten Gov. Cuomo—for the much-desired first spot on the Sept. 13 Democratic primary ballot.

    Nixon’s name will come before Cuomo’s based on a…

  • [NYDN] Teachout relies heavily on out-of-state money for NY attorney general race
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 12:50:00 AM)

    The following is an expanded version of the third item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:

    Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout has relied heavily on donations from outside the state in her bid for state attorney genera, records show.

    According to numbers provided by her…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on lemonade stands, News writers and Airbnb
    (Monday, August 06, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Lemonade appeals to New Yorkers

    Manhattan: Last week, my daughter and some of her fellow New York City elementary school kids set up a lemonade stand in Columbus Circle to help raise money for The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights and New York Cares. Cecelia, 5, and I hatched the idea,…

  • [NYDN] Ackert: Of course Matt Harvey’s return to Citi Field will be talk of the town, even though he isn’t pitching
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 10:55:00 PM)

    Of course this is going to be how Matt Harvey is welcomed back.

    The right-hander, who once was considered the darling of the franchise and a prince of this town, will not pitch in this three-game series, but obviously he will still be the focus of the media’s attention as the rebuilding Reds visit…

  • [NYDN] Mets place Anthony Swarzak on 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 10:55:00 PM)

    The Mets have placed reliever Anthony Swarzak on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, the team announced Sunday. The move is retroactive to Aug. 4.

    “It’s pretty frustrating,” Swarzak admitted. “Any time you’re dealing with an issue in your throwing shoulder, you’ve got to…

  • [NYDN] Ackert: After devastating sweep by Red Sox, it’s time for Yankees to face the inevitability of a Wild-Card game
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 10:40:00 PM)

    That was not a nightmare.

    Andrew Benintendi’s hopping ground ball up the middle and the Red Sox capping a four-run rally that started in the ninth with a 5-4 win in the bottom of the 10th were all too real.

    That capped a worst-case scenario for the Yankees, who were swept by the Red Sox this weekend,…

  • [NYDN] One dead, one critically injured when motorcycle collides with car in Queens
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 9:35:00 PM)

    A motorcycle passenger was killed and the bike’s operator was severely injured in a Queens crash Sunday night, police said.

    The motorcyclist was riding along 162nd St. in Howard Beach about 9 p.m. when the bike collided with a car that was turning left from Cross Bay Blvd., police said.

    The motorcycle…

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — August 6, 2018
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope for August 6, 2018

    We are bouncing off walls today as the jittery Gemini Moon skips through a wide range of aspects. It’s as if we can’t sit still because we’re bothered by little things we might normally let slide. We may vacillate between extreme negativity…

  • [NYDN] Carnival association president William Howard — organizer of Labor Day’s New York Caribbean Carnival Parade — dies at 75
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    William (Bill) Howard, president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association that presents the Brooklyn’s massive New York Caribbean Carnival Parade on Labor Day, died Sunday morning in his Brooklyn home. He was 75.

    Howard was also a longtime community leader and a valued confidante and…

  • [NYDN] Vintage plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 8:30:00 PM)

    BERLIN — Determining why a vintage plane crashed in the Swiss Alps will be challenging since the 79-year-old aircraft did not have black boxes and was traveling in an area without frequent radar readings when it plunged into a mountain, killing all 20 of the people on board, investigators said…

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: Viral video shows wild assault and melee in Brooklyn nail salon
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 8:25:00 PM)

    A Brooklyn nail salon employee was busted after being caught on camera hammering a customer with a stick in a wild viral Facebook video, police said Sunday.

    Huiyue Zheng, 32, was charged with assault and weapon possession. She was freed on personal recognizance after a hearing Saturday in Brooklyn…

  • [NYDN] Daniel Royer lifts Red Bulls with late goal off nifty assist from Bradley Wright-Phillips to beat LAFC
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 8:15:00 PM)

    With the New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Football Club locked in a stalemate with 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Bradley Wright-Phillips took down a long ball from Marc Rzatkowski with his right foot and took a second touch into the box.

    The ball was on the foot of one of Major League Soccer’s…

  • [NYDN] ‘Facts of Life’ star Charlotte Rae reportedly dead at 92
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 7:25:00 PM)

    Charlotte Rae, the actress best known for roles on “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Facts of Life,” reportedly died Sunday.

    She was 92.

    The stage and TV actress was home in Los Angeles when she died, according to Entertainment Weekly.

    Rae’s most iconic role was as housekeeper Edna Garrett, the wise and…

  • [NYDN] ’60 Minutes’ boss Jeff Fager won’t return to work after vacation as scheduled amid sexual misconduct investigation
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 7:00:00 PM)

    Jeff Fager, the executive producer on “60 Minutes,” has extended his vacation as CBS continues investigating allegations of a widespread culture of sexual misconduct at the network.

    Fager was scheduled to return to work Monday, but will instead delay his return, CBS said in a statement Sunday.

  • [NYDN] Venezuela detains 6 in failed drone attack aimed at President Nicolas Maduro
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 6:45:00 PM)

    CARACAS, Venezuela — Authorities detained six people suspected of using explosives-laden drones in a failed bid to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, officials said Sunday, in what one witness described as a terrifying attack that shook her apartment building.

    The government alleged…

  • [NYDN] Gun-packing teenager robs 9-year-old boy’s lemonade stand
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 6:15:00 PM)

    MONROE, N.C. — Deputies in North Carolina say they’re on the lookout for a teenager who robbed a 9-year-old’s lemonade stand at gunpoint.

    The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday the stickup happened alongside a traffic roundabout in Monroe, about 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) southeast of Charlotte.

  • [NYDN] Steven Seagal named special envoy on ‘U.S.-Russian humanitarian ties’ by Putin
    (Sunday, August 05, 2018 6:10:00 PM)

    Steven Seagal has been tasked with strengthening the cultural ties between the United States and Russia.

    The 66-year-old actor was named a “special representative” by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday, responsible for promoting relations between the two countries “in the humanitarian…