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Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Worried That Humans Are Too Stupid For Aliens.

By ScottCWaring

A lot of people ask StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson if extraterrestrial life exists and why haven’t we encountered any alien life yet.

“Maybe they have visited us in Times Square,” Tyson tells us. “But no one noticed because everybody who hangs out in Times Square is just a little crazy.”

A more serious concern, though, is that maybe humans are so stupid and uncivilized that aliens have decided we’re not worth encountering.

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about aliens and why it actually might be a good thing that aliens haven’t visited Earth yet.

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Mandela Day celebrations around the world

The world is celebrating Nelson Mandela Day with acts of community service and messages of goodwill to the former South African president who remains hospitalized on his 95th birthday. Here are some of the international events:

UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. hosted an informal General Assembly in honor of Mandela with former United States President Bill Clinton and co-prisoner and Mandela friend Andrew Mlangeni scheduled to speak. U.N. staff also helped to rebuild homes in Long Island destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

WASHINGTON: The Congressional Black Caucus celebrated the life and legacy of Mandela at the Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. House Speaker John Boehner and South Africa’s ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool were among guests slated to speak at the ceremony.

NEW YORK: The Tribeca Film Institute partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to commemorate Mandela Day with a video display in Times Square and a meeting in Duffy Square. A picture of a Mandela portrait by South African artist Paul Blomkamp with the words “Happy 95th Birthday Madiba!” was featured on a Times Square monitor throughout the day.

TORONTO: A community celebration featuring live music and family activities was at the Nelson Mandela Park Public School.

PARIS: The South African embassy in Paris hosts its annual Nelson Mandela Day drive to collect clothes, toys and non-perishable food items for charity. The embassy accepts donations until Aug. 31. The Hotel de Ville hosts a free exhibition, “Nelson Mandela: from Prisoner to President,” where visitors can learn about Mandela’s journey through films, photographs and sculptures. The exhibition will run through July 6.

ROME: An exhibit about Mandela’s life at an anti-racism center was visited by South Africa’s ambassador to Italy, Nomatemba Tambo.

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION: Three astronauts from the International Space Station honored Mandela in a video message that included words from Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, among others.

“Nelson Mandela is the symbol of what humankind must strive for: Peace, brotherhood and a common goal to better every life on this planet. Our work here on the International Space Station mirrors exactly what Mr. Mandela spent his life trying to accomplish,” astronaut Karen Nyberg said for the group.

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Trayvon Martin Protests In New York City Draw Hundreds, About A Dozen Arrested (PHOTOS)

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By Jess Wisloski, Tom Liddy and Stephanie Keith

UNION SQUARE — Hours after the decision of a Florida jury was released, clearing neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of manslaughter and murder charges in the 2012 shooting death of the unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, hundreds of protesters amassed in Times Square to decry the verdict.

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Zimmerman verdict protesters block Los Angeles freeway

People protesting the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial clashed with police Sunday night in Los Angeles, with one group of protesters blocking a major freeway.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a splinter group from a larger protest walked down an on-ramp to the Interstate 10 freeway in the Mid-City section of Los Angeles and stood in the eastbound lanes, closing portions of the traffic artery for approximately 25 minutes.

The Los Angeles Police Department called a citywide tactical alert at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time following the freeway incident.Motorists were urged to avoid the area around the 10 Freeway and Crenshaw Boulevard due to jammed traffic.

The Times also quoted an LAPD spokesman who said that at least one arrest was made after rocks and D-cell batteries were thrown at officers at the corner of Washington Boulevard and 10th Avenue. Police also fired non-lethal rounds at the demonstrators. No injuries were immediately reported.

Zimmerman, 29, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman had confessed to shooting the teen, but claimed to act in self-defense. Prosecutors said that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, had profiled Martin and followed him, creating a confrontation.

n New York City, hundreds of protesters marched into Times Square on Sunday night, zigzagging through Manhattan’s streets to avoid police lines.

Sign-carrying marchers thronged the busy intersection, chanting “Justice for! Trayvon Martin!” as they made their way from Union Square.

Some tempered their anger, saying they didn’t contest the jury’s decision based on the legal issues involved.

But “while the verdict may be legal, a system that doesn’t take into account what happened is a broken legal system,” said Jennifer Lue, 24, an Asian-American resident of Harlem.

Rev. Jacqueline Lewis told the Middle Collegiate Church congregation in Manhattan Sunday morning, “We’re going to raise our voices against the root causes of this kind of tragedy,” while Baptist Pastor Jack Hakimian reportedly expressed disappointment and resignation at the Impact Miami Church in North Miami.

In South Florida, a wary populace awoke to relative calm Sunday, as fears of mass and violent protests proved unfounded in the face of a highly-visible police presence.

“I haven’t seen any evidence of problems yet, and hopefully there won’t be any,” Ed Shohat, a Miami-Dade’s Community Relations Board member, told The Miami Herald. “We do not believe (violence) will happen. Frankly, Miami is a … more mature community than … 25, 30 years ago when we had violent reactions to criminal court verdicts.”

Meanwhile, Mark O’Mara, who defended Zimmerman at trial, suggested his client’s safety was at risk. “There still is a fringe element that wants revenge,” O’Mara said. “They won’t listen to a verdict of not guilty.”

However, Martin supporters — for the most part — somberly grieved the verdict in a non-violent fashion.

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Taliban Denies Role in Boston Bombing

By Rob Quinn As investigators hunted for clues in the Boston Marathon bombing , the Pakistani Taliban denied involvement, CNN reports. “Wherever we find Americans we will kill them, but we don’t have any connection with the Boston explosion,” said a spokesman for the group, which claimed responsibility for the attempted Times Square bombing…

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Gordy-Francois Connection Led Chrysler To 'Motown' Musical

By Dale Buss, Contributor

Just-opened Motown: The Musical is getting some mixed reviews in New York, but Chrysler Group CMO Olivier Francois has no doubt that the production “is here to stay. It’s going to be the next big deal on Broadway.” And given the marketing potential of being associated with Berry Gordy Jr.’s musical ode to himself and the iconic Motown artists he nurtured, Francois was surprised that one of Chrysler’s Detroit rivals didn’t try to beat Chrysler to a partnership with the show. “The miracle is that clearly [the show] could have spoken to GM and Ford as well as Chrysler,” Olivier told me. “They are part of the story; they are also from Detroit.” Gordy signed a sponsorship agreement with Chrysler which has included not only financial backing for the show but also producing a special Motown edition of its Chrysler 300 sedan, starring Gordy in a TV ad for the car, and chipping in for a billboard in Times Square and other marketing support that the New York Times said has a value of $6 million to $8 million. Francois believes that, in addition to the Chrysler brand’s embrace of the Motor City in its “Imported From Detroit” brand positioning, his own past in Europe as a music producer played a role in gaining the confidence of the Motown founder — and Motown: The Musical  playwright. “I happened to meet Mr. Gordy through common friends, and clearly for an old music guy coming from Europe, that was a treat for me,” Francois recalled. “We connected because we speak the same language; it is more like conversation from a dad to a son.” Chrysler “wasn’t looking for something” when Francois heard about Motown: The Musical from Gordy. “But we felt we wanted to be part of it,” Francois said. And Gordy’s story “is a perfect embodiment of our brand values — hard work, believing, being a visionary, doing things differently, taking risks, breaking a pattern — that’s us.” Interestingly, Francois and his background in music are given a lot of credit for Chrysler’s being able to land Eminem in 2010 to star in the “Born of Fire” TV ad, which introduced the “Imported From Detroit” theme in the Super Bowl in 2011. If Motown: The Musical can light up Broadway in a fashion similar to how the Eminem spot ignited the recovery of Chrysler, Francois and his musicality will have one two-for-two.

From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dalebuss/2013/04/15/gordy-francois-connection-led-chrysler-to-motown-musical/

A Qi Grows in Times Square

By Tanya Steel On a block that was long known purely for its infamous adult film theaters, a glamorous restaurant has sprouted. White leather banquettes, white marble floors, lucite chairs and ornate chandeliers encased in lucite boxes comprise the stylish interior of a new Thai restaurant that is partly owned by the renowned and talented Pichet Ong. Qi Bangkok Eatery showcases the best of Ong’s native city, a place that fuses the cuisines of its border countries–Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, and Burma. Ong, who made his name as a pastry chef of unique talents, created a menu of inventive twists on classic Thai dishes: Lemongrass Chicken Wings, Five Spice Stewed Beef with Chinese Broccoli, Panang Duck Curry with String Beans and Keffir, Grilled Chiang Mai Pork Sausage with Crispy Pork Skin. Not content with the usual sliced mango with sticky rice or fried bananas, Ong pumps up the volume on the desserts, such as a Passionfruit Cheesecake with a Sesame Crust, Caramelized Bread Pudding with Five Spice Creme Anglaise, and a Tamarind Parfait with an Oreo “Soil.” The block’s former denizens would think they were in another world–and they’d be right. (675 Eighth Avenue, New York City; 212-247-8992; qirestaurant.com/timesquare)

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Police arrest man dressed as Cookie Monster in New York City

A man dressed as the Cookie Monster has been accused of shoving a 2-year-old in New York’s Times Square and has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Queens resident Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez was arrested Sunday afternoon. He was arraigned Monday on charges including aggressive begging. He didn’t enter a plea.

A Connecticut family posed for a photo with the man dressed as the “Sesame Street” character. Police say he demanded $2 but the family refused to pay. A criminal complaint says the man shoved the toddler and yelled obscenities at the family.

Quiroz-Lopez has no prior arrests. His lawyer hasn’t returned a message seeking comment.

In December, a performer dressed as a Super Mario Brother was accused of groping a woman in Times Square. His case is pending.

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Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Close The NASDAQ Stock Market on April 8, 2013

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Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Close The NASDAQ Stock Market on April 8, 2013

PARSIPPANY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NAS: PCRX) today announcedthat David Stack, president and chief executive officer of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, will close The NASDAQ Stock Market on Monday, April 8, 2013, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of the commercial launch of EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension). Members of the Pacira team will join Mr. Stack at the ceremony at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in New York City.

“We are honored to preside over The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell to mark the one-year anniversary of the commercial launch of EXPAREL® and its successful market traction in that first year,” said Mr. Stack. “We continue to see tremendous growth in new customers and expansion in hospitals that have gained experience with the product, supporting our belief that EXPAREL provides a significant opportunity to improve patient care as well as hospital economics and provide a new treatment for postsurgical pain.”

The ceremony will be broadcast live beginning at 3:50 p.m. ET and can be accessed at: http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx.

About Pacira

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NAS: PCRX) is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the clinical and commercial development of new products that meet the needs of acute care practitioners and their patients. The company’s current emphasis is the development of non-opioid products for postsurgical pain control, and its lead product, EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension), was commercially launched in the United States in April 2012. EXPAREL and two other products have utilized the Pacira proprietary product delivery technology DepoFoam®, a unique platform that encapsulates drugs without altering their molecular structure and then releases them over a desired period of time.

Additional information about Pacira is available at www.pacira.com.

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NYC 'zombie' finds Long Island cat in Times Square

Usually it’s zombies causing a disaster, not saving the day.

A Times Square haunted house promoter in full zombie makeup is being credited with rescuing a cat that disappeared from his Long Island owner’s home two years ago.

Jeremy Zelkowitz says he spotted Disaster the cat crossing 42nd street early Saturday morning.

Zelkowitz dropped Disaster off at a nearby animal hospital, where staff scanned a microchip that had been implanted in the cat. The chip identified his last owner as New York City police officer Jimmy Helliesen (HEL-ih-suhn).

Helliesen said Thursday he adopted Disaster two years ago, but the cat fled after six months. Helliesen doesn’t know how Disaster ended up in Manhattan, saying his journey must have been “quite an adventure.”

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Jeremy Zelkowitz, Zombie, Saves Disaster The Cat In Times Square; Cop’s Feline Missing For 2 Years

By The Huffington Post News Editors

And you thought zombies were only in it for brains.

A zombie whose job is to stalk the streets of New York City put his undead instincts on hold Saturday to save a cat that was darting through traffic. What 22-year-old Jeremy Zelkowitz didn’t know is that this particular cat — named Disaster — had been missing from his NYPD cop owner for two years, the New York Daily News reports.

Zelkowitz wears a blood-colored jacket and dark makeup to attract passersby to Times Scare, a house of horrors near Times Square in Manhattan. So onlookers were surprised to see him in costume, chasing a black cat down the street on Saturday.

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Easter Sunday Gang Wilding Feared In Times Square, NYPD To Flood Area With Extra Cops

By The Huffington Post News Editors

NEW YORK — The NYPD will flood Times Square and Midtown with extra cops on Easter Sunday to prevent any violence that’s historically followed the Javits Center‘s car show, DNAinfo.com New York has learned.

In recent years, marauding teens took to the streets following the show in what the mayor called a gang “wilding” that’s seen dozens of arrests.

In 2010, more than 50 people were arrested as youths stormed businesses, harassed throngs of pedestrians and shot four people in separate acts of violence.

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Celebrity Week In Review: Amanda Bynes’ Bizarre Behavior Continues, Stars Don Bikinis And More (PHOTOS)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

What a week — well what a week, for Amanda Bynes.

The troubled 26-year-old was spotted acting bizarrely (again) in Times Square then hopped on Twitter to talk about it. Plus, she uploaded seven weird “selfies” to prove she’s as strange as she appears.

Also this week, Justin Bieber spoke out about his recent behavior, saying that he’s “young” and makes “mistakes.”

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Jeffrey Hillman, Barefoot ‘Homeless’ NY Man, Reportedly Has 30 Pairs Of Shoes, Spotted With Cash Wad: New York Post (VIDEO)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

The story of the barefoot, purportedly homeless New York man has taken one more surprising turn.

Jeffrey Hillman, better known as the man who made headlines when a voyeuristic photo of a cop offering him shoes and socks went viral, is back in the news. Hillman, who gained Internet fame this past winter, was counting a stack of cash on a Bronx-bound subway train from Times Square on Sunday night, according to the New York Post’s video above.

What’s more, Rev. John Graf of Bedminster, who pays the Army veteran’s utility bills, said Hillman has 30 pairs of shoes at home and has been working the streets for years, according to the news outlet.

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Video: Blue Lamborghini Aventador flambées eyeballs on New York City school run

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Regardless of how unsure we are of the back story in this video, we don’t doubt how cool it would be to get picked up from [insert place here] in a Lamborghini Aventador. In this case, the driver says he picks up his former neighbor’s daughter from New York-area high school in an Aventador, and with most of us heading to the Big Apple tomorrow for the New York Auto Show, we’re wondering if this guy might be available to shuttle us from the airport to the hotel. It never hurts to ask.

After picking her up, they then head for a quick tour of Times Square with a trio of GoPro cameras recording the whole thing… missing out on a great opportunity to catch about five minutes of Aventador exhaust note, the video, for some reason, pipes in some awful background music. What is entertaining are the reactions that people have to seeing the car – whether from kids or adults – as the car has a magnificently beautiful Azure Blue paint job.

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The Dow's Big Shift and the Next Generation of Big Oil

By Alex Planes, The Motley Fool

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On this day in economic and financial history …

The Dow Jones Industrial Average made a big change on March 17, 1997. Four companies exited that no longer exist in the same form today — Texaco (absorbed), Woolworth (changed name and business model), Westinghouse (also changed name and business model), and Bethlehem Steel (went bankrupt) — were removed. All four were longtime components. Bethlehem Steel, the “newcomer,” had been a member since 1928, and gray-haired Texaco was the earliest of the foursome to join, becoming the last addition of the 12-member Dow in 1915. In place of these stalwarts, the Dow’s overseers added Hewlett-Packard , Johnson & Johnson, Travelers, and Wal-Mart.

Three of the four new additions have remained in the Dow ever since. Travelers was out in the next Dow shift as a consequence of its historic merger with Citigroup , which brought Citi into the index as a replacement. Travelers managed to regain its spot on the Dow in 2009, after Citi spun off the insurance giant in 2002 and then nearly collapsed during the financial crisis. Here’s how the foursome has performed in the 15 years since they were first added, against the performance of the Dow itself:

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average: 109%
  • HP total return: 23%
  • Wal-Mart total return: 523%
  • Johnson & Johnson total return: 291%
  • Dow return until Citigroup removal: 26%
  • Citigroup total return (to 2009 removal): (71%)
  • Dow return, Travelers reinstatement to 15-year anniversary: 66%
  • Travelers total return since 2009 reinstatement: 107%
  • Travelers hypothetical 15-year total return: 262%

The 1997 shift turned out to be rather hit and miss, but the Dow rarely has perfect timing. The 1997 replacements have more going for them, thanks to Wal-Mart and J&J’s outperformance, than an ill-considered tech-heavy shift made in 1999 at the very height of the dot-com bubble.

HP joins the Big Board
Hewlett-Packard moved on up in a different way decades before it joined the Dow, as its stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on March 17, 1961. This was four years after the company’s successful IPO and was later recounted by co-founder David Packard in his book The HP Way:

The first day of our public listing on the New York Stock Exchange did not start smoothly. A few of us flew to New York the day before the event and stayed uptown at the Essex House. Early the next morning, we set off for Wall Street. It never occurred to me to take a taxi; instead, we jumped on the BMT subway and headed downtown. Unfortunately, I wasn’t much of a subway navigator; after much debate, we made the wrong connection at Times Square. We arrived at Wall Street several minutes late and were immediately ushered into a huge corner office and greeted by the chairman of the exchange, Keith Funston. He chuckled when I explained that we’d gotten lost on the subway. I …read more
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Apple Needs to Fight Back Before It's Too Late

By Rick Munarriz, Munarriz, The Motley Fool

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Apple finds itself in an unusual position these days.

It’s the underdog. It’s the unloved. It’s the one clawing for technological relevance. It’s the one backpedaling as it desperately reaches for its slingshot.

As all eyes turn to Times Square tonight for Samsung’s shiny new Galaxy S IV smartphone introduction, Apple investors are hoping the class act of Cupertino aims well.

I’m an iPhone
Apple’s marketing chief went on the offensive yesterday. Phil Schiller was chatty with a few major financial news outlets, talking down Google‘s Android as a way to play up Apple’s position.

“When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with,” he told The Wall Street Journal. “They don’t work seamlessly together.”

“With their own data, only 16% of Android users are on year-old version of the operating system,” Schiller told Reuters, going on to point out that more than half of Android smartphone owners are running software that it more than two years old.

Apple hasn’t really had to take shots since its successful “I’m a Mac” ads attacking Microsoft to prop up computer sales back when Macs were a material contributor to Apple’s business. Mac sales accounted for just 10% of Apple’s revenue in its latest quarter.

Fighting ire with ire
A surprising report earlier this week claimed that Samsung actually outspent Apple in advertising last year.

It makes sense. Have you been seeing as many Apple ads as you used to come across? Unlike the “I’m a Mac” ads that would hammer Windows Vista, the ads that the tech giant is putting out these days do more in singling out iOS benefits than calling out the competition.

Samsung isn’t playing so nice.

It tripped up Apple’s iPhone 5 launch last year by putting out a series of ads mocking the folks waiting in line for Apple’s new smartphone, playing up the Galaxy S III’s superior features.

Were the ads effective? Well, Apple shares have surrendered more than 35% of their value since the iPhone 5’s launch. You be the judge.

No more Mr. Nice “i”
It will be interesting to see if Schiller reaching out to media yesterday to knock Android is the beginning of another attack strategy.

Dissing Microsoft clearly paid off. Apple belittled Windows so much that even Windows 7 and Windows 8 haven’t been enough to preserve the PC industry. It whetted appetites for something more, and that’s when Apple unleashed the iOS revolution.

Apple’s been battling Samsung in the courtroom for a long time. The legal fisticuffs have been flying worldwide. However, Apple needs to go on the attack, especially if tonight’s S IV features are seen as truly bar-raising updates.

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