Bestselling author Nelson DeMille incorporates into The Lion (Grand Central Publishing), his just-released sequel to 2000’s The Lion’s Game, a highly entertaining mix of page-turning action and thinly-veiled national security briefings.
Florida has been dubbed ‘heaven’s waiting room’ but Long Island’s East End might rank a close second in that regard, based on Dan Rattiner’s just-published In the Hamptons Too (SUNY Press/Excelsior Editions, June 2010).
The Garden City and Floral Park Belmont Festivals, to be held on Friday evening, June 4, give Long Islanders a festive way to mark the night before the thoroughbred racing world convenes in Elmont for the Belmont Stakes.
Before a major game against a longtime rival, players usually try to say all the right things in front of the media. The twin goals: lower expectations, and avert the appearance of an incendiary article that can enrage an opponent by appearing on their locker room wall.
Given the seriousness of the state’s budget situation, the Paterson administration’s plan to furlough temporarily about 100,000 unionized state employees for one work day a week is a prudent public policy decision.
Days before Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby, one Las Vegas casino was offering a generic proposition wager on whether any of the 20 3-year-old thoroughbred horses running in the Derby would win this year’s Triple Crown.
If you’re wondering why former state Senate majority leader Joseph Bruno is looking at jail time next week, and former Governor Eliot Spitzer is being celebrated this month at a New York City film festival, I can explain this reversal of fortune.
The February 2005 capture of Christopher DiMeo is one of the Nassau County Police Department’s (NCPD) finest hours, and involved so much drama that the Arts & Entertainment Channel debuted last week a program on the case. It will air again on A& E on Thursday, April 22 at 11 p.m. and can be viewed in its entirety online at www.aetv.com.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy has held that office for six-plus years and his current term expires in December 2011, so why did Newsday publish last week a detailed analysis of Levy’s campaign contributors?
National Lampoon’s Animal House told the story of a fictitious college fraternity chapter which brought about its own demise. With their fate sealed, one of the fraternity brothers declared that the situation demanded a “really stupid and futile gesture be done on somebody’s part.”
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Mike Barry, a corporate communications consultant, has worked in government and journalism. Email: MFBARRY@optonline.net