Manhattanite Loses Case Against 'Loving, Sensitive' Nephew She Was Suing
It took a jury in Connecticut just 25 minutes to decide against a Upper East Side resident Jennifer Connell who sued her 12-year-old nephew for $127,000. She had claimed she broke her wrist when he jumped into her arms as she arrived at his birthday party four years ago. She describes the boy as “very loving” and “sensitive,” and said he — then 8 years old — abandoned his brand new bicycle and shouted, “Auntie Jen, I love you” as he ran to hug her. Connell said the injury she sustained has made it difficult to hold a plate of hors d’oerves at dinner parties. [NYDN; ctpost, via The Guardian]
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Quiz: Americans Don’t Have a Solid Grip on Gun Violence. Do You?
A simple question posed by YouGov, “How many people do you think are killed each year in the U.S. by gun violence?” has a telling answer. It turns out that most people who answered didn’t know or were way off. The Washington Post suggests the way we answer the question gives insight to why America still hasn’t done anything about gun control. [Washington Post]
WNYC Opens New Division Dedicated to Podcasts
Big news on the public radio front: New York’s WNYC is expanding with a new division called WNYC Studios, that will focus specifically on producing podcasts, aka more iPod fodder to hold you over until Serial returns. Shows to come out of the new studio will include a radio hour hosted by New Yorker editor David Remnick, as well as pilots hosted by writer Roxane Gay and “Daily Show” comedian Jessica Williams, the New York Times reports. [NYT]
Tracy Morgan Does Stand-Up Comedy First Time Since Car Accident
Tracy Morgan is back! The 46-year old comedian, who has been recovering from numerous injuries, following a car accident in June 2014, unexpectedly appeared in a New York comedy club Monday night.
He later tweeted of photo of himself during his show at the Comedy Cellar.
This weekend, the comedian will host "Saturday Night Live," where he was a cast member for seven years, according to USA TODAY. [USA TODAY]
Would The Nancy Drew Series Make A Good Podcast?
The "Goosebumps" movie starring Jack Black is set to open this weekend, and the writers at The AV Club looked at how some other famous young adult book series could be reimagined for 2015. Suggestions included mobile games based on "The Baby-Sitters Club" and "Encyclopedia Brown," a YouTube channel based on "Sweet Valley High" and a podcast based on Nancy Drew's mysteries. [AV Club]
A Look Inside the World of WeWork
Take a trip inside the weird, wacky world of WeWork, the coworking startup that — in what feels like the blink of an eye — valued at $10 billion. The company has not only snapped up lots of office space in New York and San Francisco but picked up some labor disputes from the people who clean their offices along the way. In this installment of its regular “Surreal Estate” column, The Awl peers inside the culture of this millennial office space behemoth by going to some parties.
NASA: 1. Conspiracy Theory Moon Landing Doubters: 0.
In case you missed it, last week NASA released 8,400 high resolution photos of its Apollo missions, including of course, the famous moon landing.
You can view the full archive of photos on Flickr, but, as Popular Science points out, sorting through them is time-consuming. To get a quick jolt of awe, they’ve picked two videos made by people who culled the archives for us and set the images to music. They’re a nice break, especially if you’re on a space kick after seeing "The Martian." [Popular Science]
Not Just for Kids
Halloween candy isn’t just for kids. Travel + Leisure put a grown-up spin on seasonal candy consumption by pairing wine with popular Halloween sweets like Tootsie Rolls, Hot Tamales, Milk Duds and Rasinettes. [Travel + Leisure]
No One Knows Who Chris Pratt Is
Billy Eichner, of "Billy on the Street" fame, took actor Chris Pratt out on the streets of NYC to see if passersby could recognize him in the wild. Most have no clue who the star of "Jurassic World" — a movie that holds the record for highest-grossing domestic and foreign opening weekends according to Box Office Mojo — and "Guardians of the Galaxy" not to mention "Parks and Recreation" is. [EW]
This column was complied by DNAinfo staff members Lisha Arino, Julia Bottles, Jeanmarie Evelly, Emily Frost, Noah Hurowitz, Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, Eddie Small, Danielle Tcholakian and Shaye Weaver