An actress who has appeared in The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries has pleaded guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. President Barack Obama and outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Shannon Rogers Richardson was arrested in June (13) amid allegations she sent three 'poisoned' notes to Obama, Bloomberg and his colleague Mark Glaze, threatening harm if they continued to push for tougher gun control laws.
The actress, who also goes by Shannon Guess Richardson, originally tried to pin the blame on her estranged husband, Nathaniel Richardson, who filed for divorce in June (13), but she has now taken responsibility for the crimes.
Richardson entered the guilty plea on Tuesday (10Dec13) in Texarkana, Texas.
Former Lcd Soundsystem star James Murphy is hoping to revolutionise the sound of New York City's subways by creating individual soundtracks for each station for the benefit of weary commuters. The rocker is hoping to share some of his musical talents with the millions of residents who use one of the world's busiest transit systems each week.
In an interview with U.S. radio programme Sound Opinion, Murphy reveals he is keen to create distinct soundtracks for more than 400 underground stations in the New York City area, so commuters and tourists alike will be able to associate each place with a specific sound.
He explains, "I've been fighting for 14 years to get all the subway turnstiles to make music. I want to make every station in New York have a different set of dominant keys, so that people who grow up will later on in life hear a piece of music and say, 'Oh, that’s like Union Square.' It's such a brutal city. I think one little gift of kindness would be nice."
Murphy previously approached outgoing New York mayor Michael Bloomberg with the idea, but got nowhere. He is now hoping newly-inaugurated city leader Bill de Blasio will help him realise his symphonic subway dream.
Heavy metal legends Metallica performed at the New York Yankees' stadium on Sunday (22Sep13) in honour of retiring baseball star Mariano Rivera. The sportsman was feted in a special presentation prior to a game against the San Francisco Giants at the Yankee Stadium, and Metallica were there to serenade him with their hit Enter Sandman, which became Rivera's theme tune in recent years and has marked his entrance onto the pitch since 1999.
The rockers played with special guitar picks designed in the style of the Yankees' kit, and presented Rivera with gifts including a giant amp emblazoned with the world 'Sandman' and his kit number, as well as the rockers' autographs.
Sunday was also declared Mariano Rivera Day by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Rivera says of the tribute, "The whole thing was special. I wasn't expecting something like that... (There were) a lot of emotions. It was more than what I was thinking," while a post on Metallica's Twitter.com page adds, "Exit Sandman! Thank you Mariano!"
Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness served as co-chairmen at the New Yorkers for Children autumn gala this week (beg16Sep13). The X-Men star and Furness were joined by Gayle King, Selita Ebanks and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday (17Sep13) for the event in aid of children in foster care, according to the New York Post's Page Six column.
Jackman says, "I love what New Yorkers for Children does. It's at a grass-roots level, it doesn't throw money here and there, it really looks after kids with what they need emotionally as well as financially."
Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson has thrown his support behind New York City mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, whose ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle. The Taken star is backing Quinn for office ahead of the Big Apple's mayoral election in November (13), when New Yorkers will go to the polls to decide on a replacement for incumbent leader Michael Bloomberg.
Voicing his support for the flame-haired politician, he says, "I am proud to endorse Chris Quinn to be our next mayor. I was an amateur boxer before I was an actor - and I know a good fighter when I see one. No one will work harder than Chris Quinn for New Yorkers who need a fierce advocate in City Hall."
The pair has met before - Quinn presented the star with the Thomas Manton Irish Man of the Year Award in March (13), on the fourth anniversary of the death of his wife Natasha Richardson.
Quinn's Irish grandmother emigrated to the U.S. aboard the doomed Titanic liner in 1912. She survived the disaster.
Late salsa icon Yomo Toro is set to have a New York street named in his honour. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg authorised plans to rename a road after the legendary guitarist this week (begs01Jul13) as fans marked the first anniversary of his death.
Toro was born in Puerto Rico but regularly performed to sold-out audiences at the Palladium nightclub in Manhattan and at the El Teatro Puerto Rico venue in the Bronx.
He died at a Big Apple hospital on 30 June, 2012, after suffering kidney failure at the age of 79.
Director Brett Ratner is making amends with the gay community following his 2011 homophobic slur scandal by helping to raise over $25,000 (£16,129) for lesbian Christine Quinn's New York City mayoral campaign. The moviemaker stepped down as the producer of the 2012 Oscars after he admitted he never allowed actors to practice on set because rehearsals were for "fags", causing a major backlash from gay rights groups.
Ratner apologised by shooting a public service announcement for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and now he has thrown his support behind Speaker of the New York City Council Quinn, who is hoping to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg when he retires at the end of his current term.
The Rush Hour director raised $28,400 (£18,322) in campaign donations from his Hollywood friends, including Rob Reiner and Tom Hanks, and Quinn insists his efforts have gone a long way in helping the gay community forgive the star for his past mistakes.
She tells the New York Post, "What Brett Ratner said when he was preparing for the Academy Awards was completely unacceptable. (But) he went about fixing it and making it better and making sure he never does that again. He didn't just talk the talk of an apology, he walked the walk of an apology... He made amends in a public and real way and has turned a mistake around into something that has become positive in moving forward."
An actress accused of mailing letters laced with ricin to U.S. President Barack Obama has been indicted in Texas. Shannon Rogers Richardson was taken into custody by police in early June (13) over allegations she sent three poisonous notes to Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his colleague Mark Glaze, threatening harm if they continued to push for tougher gun control laws.
The actress, who had bit parts in TV dramas The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries, originally tried to pin the blame on her estranged husband, Nathaniel Richardson, who recently filed for divorce, but on Friday (28Jun13) she was formally charged by officials at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas.
The 35 year old, who is currently pregnant with her sixth child, was hit with two counts of mailing a threatening communication and one count of making a threat against the President of the United States.
If convicted, she faces up to 15 years behind bars.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is to become a grandfather for the first time. His daughter Georgina is expecting a baby later this year (13) with her boyfriend Ramiro Quintana, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Daredevil high wire walker Nik Wallenda is hoping to follow his recent Grand Canyon stunt by making New Yorkers look up. The stuntman crossed the Grand Canyon on a tightrope on Sunday (23Jun13) and now he plans to walk between the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.
But he faces an uphill battle before he can even start preparing for the stunt because New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly insists he won't grant the necessary permits.
The top cop says, "It’s dangerous to cross the Grand Canyon, and obviously, there’s water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Here, we have thousands of New Yorkers."
Unperturbed, Wallenda is hoping to meet with Big Apple mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo in a bid to get them on his side for the battle with the police commissioner.