2013-14 New York Knicks Preview
Some even have a new costume featuring a different character for each day of the convention. There were zombies, plenty of Catwomen and “Ghostbusters” characters galore. Pretty much anything goes at Comic Con. The more elaborate the better, as people stopped to pose with one another, making friends along the way. Some have been going for years. For others, the 2013 New York Comic Con was a first. Parents brought their kids, and students played hooky from school. An estimated 130,000 people are expected to walk through the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City throughout the weekend. That’s a jump from last year’s 116,000 convention-goers. People traveled as far as Hawaii to take it all in. Many celebrities will be sitting on panels and meeting with devoted fans, including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Seth Green, Sylvester Stallone, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Sigourney Weaver, actors from “Game of Thrones” and the cast of TV’s “The Walking Dead.” Approximately 700 exhibitors from the publishing, TV, film and comic worlds are on site to get the word out about their projects. Though not as big as San Diego’s Comic Con , the New York convention is definitely growing. Stallone was out and about signing autographs. Saturday will see “The Walking Dead” panel, which will screen new footage from the upcoming season. Also on Saturday, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb will fill fans in on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” ABC’s “Avengers” spin-off.
Airbnb host creates petition to confront New York lawmakers
Airbnb host creates petition to confront New York lawmakers The battle between Airbnb and New York state becomes more entrenched as thousands of members sign a petition asking lawmakers to fix a “poorly written law” and allow them to operate freely. (Credit: Screenshot by Donna Tam/CNET) Airbnb just got a few thousand more supporters in its ongoing dispute with New York state. The rent-out-your-home service has thrown its weight behind a petition authored by a New York City host named Mishelle. In the petition, she asks the state’s senate to fix what she calls a “poorly written law,” which could curb Airbnb’s reach in the region. “The reason this is happening is because of a poorly written law originally designed to stop slumlords from running illegal hotels with dozens of rental apartments,” Mishelle writes. “As a New Yorker just trying to pay my bills, I don’t understand why they think I’m a slumlord.” “I figure that if we get 20,000 people to sign the petition, we’ll get the state Senate’s attention,” she continues. “If we hit that goal by October 20th, I pledge to deliver the signatures to every senator myself.” As of this writing the petition has more than 18,500 signatures, the majority of which were gathered within the last 24 hours. Airbnb also got behind the petition on Monday by sending out an e-mail to its thousands of New York members. One member forwarded the e-mail to CNET. “The New York attorney general has subpoenaed the records of almost all of our New York hosts,” Airbnb’s global head of community Douglas Atkin wrote in the e-mail. “We are fighting the subpoena with all we’ve got, but poorly written laws make for even worse enforcement, and unless you help to stop it once and for all, the laws may never get better and New Yorkers will continue to suffer.” The debacle between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Airbnb has been ongoing over the past year, but it got heated when Schneiderman filed a subpoena earlier this month. The subpoena requests three years’ worth of data on thousands of Airbnb New York hosts. Airbnb has said that it has 225,000 community members in New York. The Attorney General’s Office is specifically looking for data on 15,000 hosts — it’s unclear if this includes almost all of Airbnb’s New York hosts.
He doesn’t have the explosiveness that earned him a living anymore, but he’s still a smart enough player to know how to score. World Peace brings a championship pedigree and can still defend and make corner threes. He can spell Anthony and play with him in a small lineup. Prigioni started at the end of last season and that lineup worked well. He doesn’t take over games, but he protects the basketball and picks up full- court. At 36, Prigioni is a proto-type second point guard. If Prigioni starts some, Udrih is capable. Martin came in last season and made a big impact, especially on the defensive side. He’s a great veteran who gives you 15 minutes a night of great defense and intensity. There’s a lot to like about this group and the versatility of the Knicks roster as a whole. “We’ve got to assemble all of these pieces together and make sure that it works,” said Woodson. “I like the guys we’ve assembled. We’ve got some versatility.” COACHING: Woodson finished third in NBA Coach of the Year voting last season.