Knicks Morning News (2018.08.20)

  • [NYTimes] Johnny Kline, Globetrotter Turned Advocate, Is Dead at 86
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 5:05:41 PM)

    After overcoming heroin addiction, he became a drug abuse counselor and founded an organization to help long-forgotten black basketball players.

  • [NYDN] EXCLUSIVE: City preschools shut out hundreds of kids with severe disabilities
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Paola Estevez knows when her daughter Jacelyn is suffering, even though the brown-eyed 3-year-old is limited by severe autism and knows only a few words.

    So it didn’t take long for the Bronx mom to realize that the little girl was in pain from her commute to the special education preschool classes…

  • [NYDN] A wayward teen, a manipulative priest, and decades of turmoil
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Decades after he says he was sexually abused by a priest who mentored him, Jim VanSickle struggles to reconcile his appreciation for the man who changed the course of his life with the persisting inner turmoil he also caused.

    VanSickle, 55, was 16 years old when, he says, the Rev. David Poulson…

  • [NYDN] HOMETOWN HERO: Subway conductor Kevin Bartsch saved a dying straphanger’s life — but broke MTA rules to do it
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    A quick-thinking subway conductor saved the life of a straphanger after he suffered a heart attack on the F train.

    But in doing so, conductor Kevin Bartsch also had to break the rules.

    Bartsch showed plenty of heroism in the March 28 incident — and he also showed the MTA where there’s room for…

  • [NYDN] First Lady Melania Trump joins cyberbullying summit — as her husband uses social media to tear into critics
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Melania Trump is moving forward with her anti-cyberbullying platform, despite her husband’s habit of berating and belittling opponents and critics online.

    The First Lady will attend a summit on the subject Monday, delivering “brief remarks addressing the positive and negative effects of social…

  • [NYDN] Why we had to tame Uber: And what other cities should learn from New York’s victory
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Three years ago, we saw a crisis coming. So we took a stand against corporate greed, worker exploitation and congested traffic with a reasonable proposition: Limit the flood of new for-hire vehicles dispatched by companies like Uber and Lyft.

    The reaction was swift. The industry assaulted us with…

  • [NYDN] The funding to save local journalism: Importing an idea from San Diego
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 2:00:00 AM)

    Mary Walter-Brown came to New York the other day on a mission to help save our local journalism. She may seem an unlikely savior to New Yorkers. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University, she went west to work in San Diego, which has the weather L.A. wishes it had.

    But Walter-Brown has something…

  • [NYDN] Harvest their due: The fight for farmworkers’ rights presses on
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 1:10:00 AM)

    More than two years ago, farm worker Crispin Hernandez, fired by an upstate dairy for meeting with union activists, challenged the Jim Crow-era state law that excludes New York’s 100,000 field hands — and only field hands — from the right to organize, despite the state Constitution explicitly granting…

  • [NYDN] Same old sleazy story: At NYU, profs fail the test by rushing to defend an accused colleague
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 1:05:00 AM)

    When a powerful man stands accused of preying on young women, feminists rightly scold any and all colleagues who lock arms and reflexively rush to his defense.

    Which makes it especially outrageous that scholars with impeccable feminist pedigrees prematurely ran interference for a female NYU philosophy…

  • [NYDN] Hang in, Elon: The billionaire innovator is struggling
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    Stretched thin and popping Ambien, Tesla founder Elon Musk has proclaimed the past 12 months “the most difficult and painful year of my career.”

    Shouldn’t he of all people know how to recharge his batteries?

  • [NYDN] LOVETT: Cuomo wants DNC delegates from New York to support rule limiting superdelegates
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo wants Democratic National Committee delegates from New York to vote this week in favor of a proposed rule change to limit the impact of superdelegates in choosing the party’s presidential candidates.

    “The superdelegate system undermines a fundamental principle of our democracy…

  • [NYDN] Former Pataki aide leaves D’Amato’s lobbying firm to work for Molinaro campaign
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 12:55:00 AM)

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

    David Catalfamo, a former top aide to the state’s last Republican governor, George Pataki, has formally joined the GOP gubernatorial campaign of Marc Molinaro.

    Catalfamo, who had…

  • [NYDN] NY attorney general’s office won’t defend state ethics panel against GOP lawsuit
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 12:55:00 AM)

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

    ALBANY — State Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office recused itself from representing the state ethics commission in a GOP-filed lawsuit seeking to determine if the panel is investigating…

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on Aretha, Cuomo, and school funds
    (Monday, August 20, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Hallandale Beach, Fla.: Aretha Franklin blossomed out of her father’s church to become the most distinguished female black artist of all time, breaking boundaries while placing nearly 100 hits on Billboard’s R&B Chart, 20 of them reaching No. 1. The Queen of Soul’s hits included “Respect,” (You…

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — August 20, 2018
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope for August 20, 2018

    We might struggle to find a sustainable pace today, but it doesn’t come easily at first. Thankfully, the optimistic Sagittarius Moon forms a sweet trine to the heartfelt Leo Sun, inspiring an I-can-do-it attitude. Additionally, the future…

  • [NYDN] Off-duty FDNY EMT killed in Queens motorcycle crash: cops
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    An off-duty FDNY EMT died in a motorcycle crash in Queens Sunday night, police said.

    Police and medics responded to the crash at about 10:25 p.m. on Utopia Parkway by 80th Drive, near the St. John’s University Campus in Hillcrest.

    Medics rushed the 25-year-old victim to Queens General Hospital,…

  • [NYDN] Michael Avenatti visits New Hampshire as he considers 2020 bid
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 8:15:00 PM)

    GREENFIELD, N.H. — An attorney who has bedeviled President Donald Trump during the past year over his personal relationships and immigration policies made a presidential pitch of his own to Democratic voters in New Hampshire on Sunday.

    Michael Avenatti, who represents adult film actress Stormy…

  • [NYDN] #MeToo activist Asia Argento reportedly settled lawsuit with actor who accused her of sexual assault
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 7:55:00 PM)

    NEW YORK — The New York Times reports that Italian actress Asia Argento recently settled a lawsuit filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17.

    Argento is one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement.

    The Times says that Argento,…

  • [NYDN] Woman almost raped in Brooklyn after mistaking attacker’s vehicle for a livery car, police say
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 7:40:00 PM)

    A woman leaving a Brooklyn restaurant and bar hopped into what she thought was a livery car — and was nearly raped by the driver, police said Sunday.

    The woman, 39, got into the wrong car about 5 a.m. Aug. 6 in front of the El Gran Mar de Plata on Fulton St. by Logan St. in Cypress Hills.


  • [NYDN] Mets use small ball to beat Phillies, scoring eight runs with just one extra-base hit to back up Jason Vargas’ solid start
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 7:25:00 PM)

    Maybe the Mets took some pointers from the Staten Island team that played before them in Williamsport on Sunday.

    The big league club, following in the footsteps of their Little League counterparts, received solid pitching and timely hitting to beat the Phillies, 8-2.

    Jason Vargas backed up his…

  • [NYDN] Gregory Bruno delivers another gem to help Staten Island move closer to playing for U.S. title at Little League World Series
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 6:20:00 PM)

    Gregory Bruno got his Staten Island team to Williamsport with a perfect game in the Regional Championship. On Sunday, he delivered another gem to put them one win away from playing for the U.S. title.

    Bruno went 5.1 innings, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out six in Staten…

  • [NYDN] Ariana Grande’s big show and everything else you should know about Monday’s Video Music Awards
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 6:05:00 PM)

    Ariana Grande gets by with a little help from her many, many friends.

    The singer will take the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards Monday to belt her latest single, “God Is a Woman,” with some help from a “diverse” group of more than 50 female dancers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


  • [NYDN] Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen reported in bank fraud probe for over $20 million in loans
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 6:00:00 PM)

    Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is under scrutiny for over $20 million in loans obtained by his and his family’s yellow taxi businesses in New York, it was reported Sunday.

    Federal probers are investigating possible bank fraud charges against Cohen for the loans from two lenders that cater to…

  • [NYDN] White House parts ways with speechwriter who had ties with white nationalists
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 5:35:00 PM)

    The good news is that a White House aide with ties to white nationalists has left the White House. The bad news is that he was there in the first place.

    Trump speechwriter Darren Beattie reportedly left the West Wing after CNN made inquiries about his having spoken at the conservative H.L. Mencken…

  • [NYDN] Steve Bannon says GOP must rally behind Trump to survive
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 5:10:00 PM)

    WASHINGTON — The former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, has a dire warning for Republicans.

    Bannon tells The Associated Press that he believes the GOP would lose 35 to 40 seats in the House if the election were held today, thereby ceding their majority to Democrats he’s…

  • [NYDN] New Jersey school board candidate withdraws after racist Facebook rants resurface
    (Sunday, August 19, 2018 5:10:00 PM)

    A New Jersey man vying for a seat on his local school board has dropped out of the race after racist Facebook posts referring to black people as “animals” and “f–king monkeys” resurfaced.

    Richard Jankowski, 51, withdrew his name from the running for a seat on the Monroe Township Board of Education…