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Stuck in ice? Five weary dolphins are trapped behind a drifting pack of ice off the coast of Sea Cove, Newfoundland. They have been stuck in this shrinking area for four days and are in urgent need of rescue. Somehow the dolphins got separated from the open Atlantic, said Mayor Winston May of the Canadian province. According to an expert from the Whale Release and Strandings group, the dolphins will drown if the ice continues to cover the open area. The dolphins need to surface above water in order to breath.  At the moment, the Canadian federal Fisheries Department does not have an icebreaker to send.  Sadly, the dolphins are crying out for help..literally. “They’re not going to survive much longer,” said May. “You can hear (the dolphins) crying all night long,” he said. Hopefully, Canada will figure out a way to rescue the dolphins before it’s too late.

Paying for pollution? You betcha. BP Products North America, the international energy company, will shell out almost $180 million to settle a Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency pollution case. Back in March 2005, an explosion and fire killed 15 people and injured more than 170. The British oil company division will pay $161 million for pollution controls, another $12 million in penalties (whoa!) and then yet another $6 million for an air pollution reduction project near their refinery in Texas.The company already plead guilty to breaking the Clean Air Act and will pay $50 million in fees. Somehow, it doesn’t seem like these expensive environmental mishaps are hurting this company.


Bryant Park

New York Fashion Week Goes Green. By adding recycling bins for bottles, cans, aluminum, glass, plastic and cardboard, Coca-Cola Recycling LLC helped the Mercedes-Benz Fall Fashion Week Fall 2009 Collections, Feb. 13-20 make a green statement. Twenty-five bins were placed throughout the Bryant Park complex to allow anyone to “Give It Back.” See you can have style and be green too! Hopefully, other major fashion events will partner with Coke or other recycling companies to make being green chic!

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Plane Crash in Buffalo, New York Felt Nationwide


Is it just me? Or does it seem like there have been way too many plane crashes lately? First, we had the plane go down into the Hudson River about a month ago. And now, we have a plane (that departed from Newark) crash into a Buffalo, New York neighborhood. Strangely, both of these flights originated in the New York metropolitan area. Should we be concerned about traveling in and out of the Big Apple?  The official report is that a Continental Airlines commuter plane (flight 3407 leaving Newark, NJ bound for Buffalo, NY) carrying 49 passengers crashed into a suburban Buffalo house late Thursday. The crash killed everyone on-board and one person inside the home. However, the mother and daughter who lived in the house made it out safely and were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board has collected the data recorders and cockpit voice equipment to search for clues as to the reason for the crash.

The details about the crash victims are just starting to come in. There was a senior adviser for the Human Rights Watch – Africa Division, Alison Des Forges; a widow of a 9/11 victim, Beverly Eckhert; and a cantor, Susan Wehle, were killed in this crash. These passengers along with the others on this flight will not be forgotten.


“It’s hard to make sense of it today, but God hasn’t left us,” New York Gov. David Paterson said at a news conference, expressing hope that people could find comfort in the few stories of survival — or luck — in the crash.

Reality TV Star “New York” Apologizes to Jennifer Hudson

I don’t know if you all have seen reality TV star, Tiffany “New York” Pollard’s, apology to Jennifer Hudson. Apparently, she said some awful things to Hudson about her fiance, David “Punk” Otunga (who was on I Love New York 2), being sexually-ambiguous. Although I don’t normally get into the rumor mill variety, I like the fact that New York is apologizing.  It’s takes a big person to say they were wrong. Kudos to her. And our prayers do go out to J-Hud and her family.

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Osama or Obama: Freudian Slip, Intentional Jab or Honest Mistake?

According to the Albany Times Union today, Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) last name was misspelled as “‘Osama’ on hundreds of absentee ballots mailed out this week to voters in Rensselaer Country,” New York. Is this a Freudian slip or a simple mistake?

Although the Democratic and Republican county officials claim it was a “typo” and “honest mistake,” I am personally finding this screw-up a bit hard to believe. The right wing has been trying to use Osama Bin Laden and Barack Obama interchangeably as well as emphasizing the “Hussein” in Obama’s name to draw attention to his Muslim background. It is not hard for me to believe that someone wanted to underscore Obama’s “otherness” and this typo wasn’t so innocent. Besides, when does a “b” look like a “s.” And these letters aren’t anywhere close to one another on the keyboard. And for something this important, like a voting ballot, shouldn’t you have proofreaders?!

Although I am a glass half-full kind of bella, I’m not quite buying the innocent typo excuse.


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Los Angeles vs. New York

I figure I might as well stay on this PopandPolitics bent today…

New York

New York

So, my new editor of PopandPolitics.com, Tricia Romano, has her own blog entitled nobodywalksinla.com, which I suppose highlights why she luvs LA.  As a L.A. resident currently in New York city, I found her posting on NY completely hilarious. And I recently wrote my own ode to Los Angeles. And I honestly find NYC a bit overrated. So, I had to share.

Here is a portion of the post. Be sure and check out the entire piece, “I couldn’t help myself, diatribe on New York.”

Consider: New Yorkers, who pay out the nose for rent and other costs of living, put up with an unbelievable amount of people, dirt, grime, and stress, are heavily invested in believing that they live in the “Greatest City in the World.” Because if it’s not the center of the universe, then why are they putting up with all this bullshit? I think they hate L.A. so voraciously because the public image of L.A. is an easy target, (blonde, fake, tan, insipid, shallow, ect), and also because they know in their bones, they’d actually like it better if they just tried to live somewhere outside of Hollywood or Bev Hills. It’s almost a case, of someone doth protest too much.


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New York star sighting – A.J. Calloway

Okay, so I let the cat out of the bag about my other New York city star sighting. Two weekends ago, while another friend of mine was in town, we headed down to Soho for a day of shopping and people watching. After getting our fill of spending money, we noticed a great Italian restaurant, Ciprani, with outside seating – just perfect for people watching. And the food looked soo yummy. After requesting a menu and scanning it for something to order and looking at the prices (We learned to do that in NY after sitting down at a restaurant that not only didn’t take our favorite friend VISA but also had nothing we wanted to eat.), we got a great outside table.

Well, who would you think walked by and requested a table, the gorgeous A.J. Calloway, best known for his previous job as host on B.E.T.’s 106 & Park with fly girl, Free. He left that gig years ago and now works for Extra as their New York city correspondent. Anyhoo, Mr. Tall & Handsome, sans dreads, sat down right next to us and struck up major conversation. He was so handsome that I had to remind myself – you are a married woman (LOL). (And single bellas out there, I think he is married too.) So we spent half of our early dinner chatting away with Mr. TV himself. We even joined in the conversation briefly with his two friends that arrived later on. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day in Soho. It’s funny how conversation and attention from a great looking guy makes a bella feel even more beautiful!

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West Coaster turns New Yorker….Danyel Smith of VIBE

Here is a great article on New York magazine’s blog – 21 Questions about VIBE Editor in Chief, Danyel Smith. She is a west coaster turned New Yorker. What an interesting concept! The piece is posted below. (And I must say… 42 looks good on Ms. Smith.)
Age: 42 Neighborhood: Work: Murray Hill; home: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Occupation: Editor-in-chief, Vibe magazine; vice-president/editorial director, Vibe Media Group; author of the novels More Like Wrestling (Crown, 2003), and Bliss (Crown, 2005).
Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Lena Mary Calhoun Horne.
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York? Fancy? Babbo. Almost always? Salmon cakes and grits at the Usual on Vanderbilt, in Brooklyn.
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? Ask and answer questions.
Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary? I did.
What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway? If I hadn’t just seen Terrence Howard in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, it would be Fantasia in The Color Purple. Before that, it was waaaaaay back when Stockard Channing was in The Little Foxes.
Do you give money to panhandlers? Yes, even more, when I’m sad.
What’s your drink? A Jameson and ginger ale. With a cherry if times are happy.
How often do you prepare your own meals? More often than not. I’m from California, so even after fifteen years here, “takeout” remains a phrase for quotation marks or italics.
What’s your favorite medication? Aleve and Turner Classic Movies cure most everything.
What’s hanging above your sofa? We can see Prospect Park. Kinda.
How much is too much to spend on a haircut? When you only get two a year, you can splurge.
When’s bedtime? When does the last episode of any version of Law & Order, on any channel, end? And does my DVR count?
Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square? I know old Times Square only from the movies. But I do like that Dave & Buster’s.
What do you think of Donald Trump? I wish he would call me with some real-estate advice. I’d be able to really see Prospect Park.
What do you hate most about living in New York? That the subway system is not exactly like Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in Northern California.
Who is your mortal enemy? Time!
When’s the last time you drove a car? Everyone snaps on me because I’m from the West, and I should know how to, but I don’t know how to drive. That said, the last time I drove a car was seven years ago in Hollywood.
Who should be the next president? A genius pragmatist with a poet’s heart.
Times, Post, or Daily News? Nytimes.com.
Where do you go to be alone? Walking. From Barnes & Noble to City Bakery to McNally Robinson to Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery to … well, on and on like that.
What makes someone a New Yorker? Being cool with not having real space. And knowing, on the morning of September 11, 2001, in the sunny comfort of my parents’ den in California, that even if it’s about Amtrak, it’s time to get — immediately — home to Brooklyn.
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