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Ticket glitch gives rail passengers free rides for seven years

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If you discovered a glitch in the system which let you get free train tickets on your debit card, would you own up to it? Three commuters have been arrested and charged with knowingly exploiting the problem to buy $800,000 worth of Long Island Rail Road tickets and MetroCards, many of which they resold, according to the police and prosecutors.

Not everyone who benefited from the software glitch, did so knowingly. Since 2001, hundreds of rail riders have been rewarded from a computer gremlin which allowed vending machines on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad to dispense free tickets on some debit card transactions.

The problem was first spotted in May, reveals the New York Times, and let to the uncovering of a series of suspicious transactions tied to a pair of debit cards issued by First Republic Bank. New Yorker Lisa Foster Jordan, 38, was arrested on May 28 and charged with fraudulently obtaining thousands of tickets and MetroCards worth about $800,000.

Last week, the police arrested two more people in connection with the scheme, Foster Jordan’s husband, Cary Grant (yes really!) and Chris Clemente from Manhattan. Lawyers representing the trio say they will be pleading not guilty.


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August 16, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Montauk Monster fails to attract monster price on eBay

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Some people have no shame! The people who spiced up our summer with the Montauk Monster are now apparently trying to cash in by selling their websites on eBay. As we revealed last week, the whole beastie story was probably just a silly marketing trick to promote interest in next year’s B-movie comedy Spinterheads, produced by Darren Goldberg.

Now it seems hoaxers have put three uninspiring and unofficial Splinterheads websites up for sale. So far though, they haven’t had much luck with bids ‘shooting up’ from 99 cents yesterday to $1.04 today. As we feel a bit bad for them, we might dig into the Gotham News purse and get it up to $2. Or maybe not.

Part of the problem, monster fans say, is that the Splinterheads movie appears to have nothing to do with monsters – it’s about carnies instead.

Nicky Papers, who started up her own website to investigate the mystery, was unimpressed with the development. As she correctly says, “What good is seeing a movie about a bunch of carnies if the Montauk Monster isn’t involved?”

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August 14, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Shhh! Don’t tell Denise: Charlie is the top TV earner

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He hasn’t been in a decent movie since Platoon but Charlie Sheen doesn’t care. A new poll by TV Guide shows he’s coining it in, thanks to his role on lacklustre sitcom, Two and a Half Men. Apparently, Sheen gets $825,000 for each weekly episode.

That’s more than enough to keep money-grabbing ex Denise Richards in the style she is accustomed to. She might now want to get her hooks into Sheen’s fellow CBS star William Petersen, who takes home $600,000 an episode for portraying investigator Gil Grissom on the hit police drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Meanwhile, despite all her complaining about the mean script writers, Katherine Heigl is the best paid female TV actress, raking in $13 mil for her role on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s unlikely she will complain about that.

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August 6, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Bat’s amazing! Gotham vigilante closes in on unsinkable record

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No one has put Gotham on the map more than its fictional defender, Batman. And, perhaps in part due to the tragic death of Heath Ledger, Caped Crusader epic “The Dark Knight” appears to be closing in on the all time US box office record of $600.8 million set by Titanic. The movie, which stars anti-mummy’s boy Christian Bale, has soared to a $394.9 million haul in just 17 days, according to Sunday’s studio estimates and Warner Bros head of distribution Dan Fellman predicts it will sail past the $400 million mark by tomorrow night.

Despite Bale’s alleged shenanigans, since bagging an opening weekend haul of $158.4 million, Dark Knight has gone from strength to strength. According to Fellman, it will top $500 million, if not overtake Titanic’s record, which – like the boat – was thought to be pretty unsinkable.

New York Post movie critic Kyle Smith agrees with Fellman, though he thinks Titanic’s record willl stay afloat for now. “I think it can [break the record] though it’s highly unlikely it will approach the $600 million “Titanic” took in,” says Smith on his imaginatively-titled blog Kyle Smith Online.

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August 4, 2008 at 12:11 am

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Is it an elephant, is it a plane? New superjumbo lands at JFK

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IS it an elephant, is it a plane? It’s a plane, of course – but not just any plane. It’s the world’s biggest commercial jet, which landed save and well at Kennedy airport at the weekend. Though it’s as wide as a football field, the double-decker Emirates A380 made a smooth landing at Kennedy Airport Friday following a 14 hour maiden journey from Dubai. The $320 million “superjumbo jet” – which can carry nearly 500 passengers – measures 79 feet, 7 inches high and has a wingspan of 261 feet, 8 inches. It even boasts bathrooms with showers, private first-class suites and an onboard lounge with a bartender.

Passengers, lucky enough to be able to afford to fly on the super jumbo, gave it a big thumbs up. “When we got off the flight, I didn’t feel like we had been on a 13-1/2-hour flight,” raved Freeda Moraes, who flew with her husband, Harry. “We were quite fresh, not tired. It was quite a wonderful experience.”

Meanwhile, it isn’t only the passengers who had to fork out a lot of money for the privilege. New York’s Port Authority invested about $179 million to upgrade the taxiway and bridges just to accommodate the flying beast.

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August 3, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Merry Christmas, Wall Street: here’s your pay cut

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Wall Street bankers will have to tighten their belts this Christmas – or at least pull up those silly suspenders they all wear. A review of the latest statements from the Big Apple’s largest financial companies shows that pay and benefits are going to be slashed.

The money men are all right for now but they will get hit in the pocket when it comes to handing out the end of year bonuses, with a $10 billion slashing anticipated. In total, the city men will have received $18 billion less than they did the previous year.

The New York Times laments, “A decline in bonuses of that magnitude would easily eclipse the drop of 2001, the year of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when total bonuses declined by $6.5 billion.” It’s all very sad, sniff, sniff. Mind you, they get paid too much anyway so no one else will really be complaining …except their wives.

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July 27, 2008 at 7:21 am

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You’re Fayed! Apprentice’s Trump sells to rich Arabs

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Trust billionaire developer Donald Trump to know how to cut a sweet deal on his luxury penthouses. The Donald has been secretly selling off suites in his eagerly-anticipated $800 million Trump Soho Hotel, exclusively in the United Arab Emirates.

Penthouses in his 46-storey Trump hotel condominium in downtown New York are being snapped up by Arab buyers even before they had been built – at an estimated cost of $15 million each. A highly satisfied Trump crowed to via satellite link, “The Trump Organisation has amazing support from people in the Middle East and Dubai. The Trump brand is perfect for the Dubai real estate buyer.”

That’s probably because they are the only ones who can afford the Trump brand…

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July 26, 2008 at 10:13 pm

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