“I’ve never been in one of those carriages—they’re too slow for this fast-paced life,” says Bruce McCall, the artist behind this week’s cover, “The Cart Before the Horses.” McCall, who lives near Central Park, sees the carriages everyday, but they have been on the minds of New Yorkers ever since Mayor Bill de Blasio made a campaign promise to abolish them. Not everyone agrees with that decision: a recent poll showed that sixty-four per cent of city residents support them, and the actor Liam Neeson, writing in the Times, has entreated the Mayor to reconsider. “I didn’t take a great political stance about it. I just thought it was funny to see the horses pulled by the driver,” McCall says.
“I’m on the side of the defenseless animals, but the other point about horses for me is that they clog traffic. I drive a lot in New York, and getting behind one of those carriages is a roadblock. They commandeer the road; they’re turning onto Seventh Avenue or Eighth Avenue to go to or from the stables, and all traffic has to stop for them. They always take precedence, and that seems weird. A nineteenth-century traffic jam in this day and age seems silly.”
On Friday, in Laborers Local 236 v. Walker, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge to Wisconsin’s Act 10, a controversial law restricting the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Specifically, the Seventh Circuit rejected the claim that the law’s limitations on collective bargaining violated union members’ First Amendment rights of association and to petition the government. The Journal- Sentinel has more here.
There were 51 fouls called during the Warriors’ 109-105 win against the Clippers in the opening game of the first-round series on Saturday. But on Sunday, the NBA issued a statement admitting there should have been one more foul called.
NEW YORK — Even as he’s taken the reins of film’s biggest franchise, Joss Whedon has toyed and tinkered with homegrown projects produced outside the system — the smash Web series “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along” in 2008 or the financed-on-a-shoestring update of “Much Ado About Nothing” released to theaters last year.
Mystery surrounds a shooting incident on a country road in eastern Ukraine that left at least one person dead and ratcheted up tensions in the region, where pro-Russian groups have seized government buildings and set up roadblocks in defiance of authorities in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.