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Secret Service Failed to Lock White House Door, Unleash the Hounds

The Secret Service is considering measures to tighten security after two people attempted to enter the White House during a 24-hour period this weekend, and in the process they've highlighted some interesting details about their current procedures — such as the fact that the president has the same security system as C. Montgomery Burns. On Friday night, Iraq War veteran Oscar Gonzalez managed to scale the White House fence, sprint across the lawn, and open the door to the North Portico. According to the New York Times, officials want to know "why officers on the grounds did not deploy attack dogs that are specifically trained to stop intruders."

Now they're reevaluating security procedures. »

Rick Perry Cites Joan Rivers Death to Defend Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

As Texas Governor Rick Perry told reporters when his wife accidentally declared abortion is a woman's right, "From time to time we'll stick the wrong word in the wrong place, and you pounce upon it." Sure enough, he did it again on Sunday. During an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival, Perry was asked about HB2, the Texas law that could close half of the state's abortion clinics by requiring them to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery clinics. "Clearly, the will of the Texas Legislature — which I agree with — that it is a state's right to put particular types of considerations into place, to put rules and regulations into place, to make a clinic be as safe as a hospital," the governor said. "It was interesting that, when Joan Rivers, and the procedure that she had done where she died, that was a clinic. It's a curious thought that if they had had that type of regulations in place, whether or not that individual would be still alive."

Perry stuck a number of wrong words in the wrong place. »

Derek Jeter Opens the Door.

It’s a steamy Saturday morning, and Jeter is standing in the first-floor dining room of the brick 1830s West Village townhouse he’s renting. “Come on in,” he says. He’s wearing a gray, maize, and blue University of Michigan T-shirt in anticipation of his beloved Wolverines’ football game tonight against Notre Dame. At 40, he is ancient for a major leaguer, but up close he is leaner than he appears in uniform. With his shaved head, light-green eyes, and coiled serenity, Jeter could pass for a charismatic yoga instructor.

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Ray Rice to Argue That Elevator Video Was Unfairly Edited, Somehow

As you may have heard, Ray Rice is in the process of appealing his indefinite suspension from the Baltimore Ravens. On Sunday, ESPN reported that Rice will argue that his punishment was unfair because it was based on TMZ's "cleaned-up, whittled down and condensed" video of him knocking out Janay Palmer, as opposed to the original recording of the punch. 

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Leonardo DiCaprio, a Dinosaur, and Thousands of Others Showed Up for the NYC People's Climate March

At around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, thousands of people gathered at  Columbus Circle to begin the People's Climate March. As the name suggests, it was intended to be call for action on climate change, with similar demonstrations taking place in cities all over the world. (The events were scheduled to almost coincide with the United Nations climate summit meeting that begins on Tuesday.) Before the start of the New York City march, organizers — who include dozens of environmental and social justice groups, as well as some unions — said they were expecting about 100,000 participants. By Sunday afternoon, they said turnout had hit 310,000

Including a healthy sprinkling of celebrities. »

Cop Killed in NYPD Van Crash in the Bronx

25-year-old NYPD officer Michael Williams died early Sunday morning after the van he was in ran into a median in Hunts Point. "The van appeared to have sideswiped the divide for a block starting at Longfellow Avenue until coming to a stop near Bryant Avenue," the New York Daily News reports. The vehicle had been carrying a group of 47th Precinct cops to Manhattan to work at the People's Climate Change March and the United Nations. 

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Another Guy Tried to Break Into the White House

Less than 24 hours after 42-year-old Oscar Gonzalez jumped the fence and managed to open a door to the White House, another guy was arrested for trying to enter the presidential residence. The Associated Press reports that the would-be intruder "approached one of the White House gates on foot" on Saturday afternoon. Later, he drove up another gate in a white four-door sedan, "pulled into the vehicle screening area," and refused to leave. The surrounding streets were shut down while bomb technicians searched the car, but the White House was not placed on lockdown or evacuated. 

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Anti-Muslim Activist Will Sue MTA Over Rejection of Hateful Ad

Pamela Geller is an anti-Muslim activist with a history of paying for hateful ads on New York's public transit system. (Remember those "savages" posters from 2012? That was her.) On Friday, the New York Daily News reported that Geller's organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, was launching a $100,000 campaign mocking the Council on American-Islamic Relations's "My Jihad" initiative, which portrays jihad as a personal, nonviolent religious concept. (The CAIR's "My Jihad" ads ran in several major American cities, but not in New York.)

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ISIS Releases Dozens of Turkish Hostages Under Mysterious Circumstances

After being held captive by ISIS for three months, 49 Turkish citizens have returned home, though the circumstances of their release remain very unclear. The newly freed Turks, most of whom are diplomats and their families, were abducted from the Turkish consulate in Mosul, Iraq, on June 11. On Saturday, the hostages were reportedly brought from the Islamic State's Syrian stronghold, Raqqa, to the Turkish province of Urfa, where Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met and flew with them to Turkey's capital, Ankara.

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The High Line’s Last Section Opens Tomorrow, and Here’s a First Look

Even before it opened, the High Line was a snapshot of a vanishing moment. First came a zone of fond neglect, where weeds and wildflowers sprouted cheerfully from a toxin-laced rail bed. Some saw blight in the rusting relic, others possibility; either way, it couldn’t last. Then, in 2009 — just five years ago! — the first short but exciting segment of elevated park opened, a surreally beautiful strip of orderly wilderness that made this part of the city seem fresh. That couldn’t last, either. The park threaded its way through a neighborhood famous for meat and sex, well on the way to something more decorous and deluxe. By the time the second half-mile opened two years later, the recession had come and was starting to ebb, tourists arrived by the millions, and a crystal canyon of condos were hemming in the raised walkway. Now the High Line has reached its full length, swerving towards the sunset at 30th Street, hooking around the rail yard and its cornfield of glinting train cars, and ramping down to meet the temporary nowheresville of 34th Street. But the story isn’t over, not by a long shot. 

A preserved bit of the trestle's past. »



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