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my ex launched a campaign to ruin me

a brooklyn man angry over a breakup went on a scorched-earth campaign against his ex, painting her as a cocaine-using, pot-smoking cheater and stalking her online, she claims in a lawsuit.marketing exec kathryn kosmides dated derek sine for 14 months but broke up with him last year because of his “overbearing, controlling, and abusive behavior,” she said in manhattan supreme court papers.sine launched a ... of abuse when the relationship ended, kosmides claims.just a week after their may split, sine allegedly e-mailed her bosses to tell them kosmides cheated on him with her co-workers — a charge she vehemently denies.sine even sent messages to kosmides’ mother saying that when he met the 25-year-old, “she was going out every night and doing cocaine among several other drugs,” t...





‘trailers are used a lot’: how fitness craze has taken over pga tour

palm beach gardens, fla. — on any given day during a pga tour event, if you take a walk past the player fitness trailer, it might look like a popular deli, with a line out the door with players having to take a number for their turn.this is how aggressive the fitness craze has become among pga tour players. before and after their tee times, players line up to get into the massage envy player performance center, which is a state-of-the-art mobile home with every piece of equipment a fitness freak might need.so if you’re wondering how some of the more slightly built players are driving the ball 300-plus yards, that’s a reason why.“the trailers are used a lot,” said tony finau, one of the longest hitters on the pga tour. “if you’ve got a morning tee time and you want to go in th...





geno smith has been studying this whole flat earth thing

the class of 1492 has a new candidate for class president.former jets and giants quarterback geno smith joined kyrie irving as the latest prominent athlete to flirt with the “flat earth” theory – which is precisely what it sounds like – when he went on twitter to open up a dialogue about the topic with his followers saturday morning.“i been studying this whole flat earth vs globe thing… and i think i may be with kyrie on this… b4 you judge do some hw but what do you guys think?” smith posted.for the rest of the morning and early afternoon, smith’s twitter feed became a rabbit hole of earnest science lovers and flat-earth conspiracy theorists debating the merits of a concept so simple grade-school children learn it once and move on to more important matters – like readin...





bill gates needs to practice what he preaches

when one of the two richest people on the planet says that he is undertaxed, it makes for intriguing, self-righteous headlines.bill gates of microsoft fame is worth an estimated $90 billion (plus or minus a few billion) and has long been an advocate for higher tax rates for ultra-rich people like himself.he and his wife operate the bill and melinda gates foundation, which has some $41.3 billion in assets, per kpmg’s dec. 31, 2016 audit.much of the money is the result of gates’ and warren buffett’s pledges to leave half their fortunes or more to the foundation — and their donations are legal and tax deductible.while i respect gates the businessman tremendously, his position on taxes and his political jabbing don’t exactly wash with his actions.the thing with megabillionaire founde...





tech behind cryptocurrency unites with cannabis

dude, where’s my weed?it was only a matter of time before blockchain and cannabis — two of the latest wall street trends shaking up the old finance guard — would join forces, the post reports.it’s a “marriage made in heaven,” andré van regenmortel, chief marketing officer of düber technologies, a creator of technology platforms for cannabis companies, said at new york cannabis event tuesday.the fragmented nature of the cannabis industry has proved to be a major buzzkill for members all along the supply chain, regenmortel noted.enter blockchain — the ledger system underpinning most cryptocurrencies — that is often touted as the answer for all things ailing the business world, from accounting to contracts.not surprisingly, düber recently launched its own initial coin offer...





scam artists pose as finra’s ceo, make investment ‘guarantees’

robert cook, the top boss at the financial industry regulatory authority, has been impersonated — and not in a good way.scam artists, posing as the finra ceo, “guaranteed” fraudulent investments to victims — and had the audacity to put cook at the helm of the international monetary fund instead of finra, the post reports.doubling down, the financial tricksters ripped off finra’s name and logo in their dastardly correspondence – using a bogus signature from cook to promote an investment opportunity that was, in reality, an “advance-fee scam,” according to finra.finra, acting on a tip from a targeted investor, said one trickster described finra as a “recognized financial manager of the imf,” and went on to tell potential victims that “approval has been granted for the r...





my online date said she wants her husband dead: reader

dear john: in all of the commentary on renewed market volatility, there has been no mention of the “uptick rule” for short sellers.just before the collapse of the markets in 2008, the securities and exchange commission removed the long-standing requirement that to sell short, a stock must first trade at an “uptick” from the prior price/trade.when that change happened, it opened the floodgates to substantially increased volatility.a short seller may now just keep downward pressure on markets and individual securities.i wonder why this has not been addressed. is it to facilitate high-frequency trading and other lobbies of this type at the expense of the general public?do you think the sec should revisit its decision with the objective of returning some sanity to these volatile market...





could incompetence at the white house rile the market?

dear john: don’t you think that the continuing chaos, incompetency and unprofessionalism of the trump administration will bring instability to the financial markets? e.s.dear e.s.: i think that anything that causes a potential constitutional crisis in washington will hurt the financial markets. chaos is not welcome by people who invest in the dollar, bonds and stocks.right now it looks to me that the odds-on favorite for a crisis is what the democrats did with the fbi during the past presidential election. i think people will go to jail. and i think wall street will have a hard time figuring out who is in trouble and what it means for the us.certainly if trump’s presidency gets in trouble, that will also rile the stock market. but right now it looks like trump — for all the nonsense ...





gop’s tax reform law is full of typos, errors: experts

legislate in haste, repent at leisure.the gop tax law written and passed at near-record speed in december is packed with miscues, errors and typos that will confuse accountants and tax preparers and could cost the government big bucks, taxation experts say.one glitch prevents restaurants, retailers and even real-estate companies like president trump’s from deducting the costs of renovations over the short term, as congress meant.instead, what looks like a typo could force the businesses to spread out the costs over 39 years.another snafu opens new loopholes for wall street hedge funds and private equity firms.they’ll have an easier time avoiding rules that were meant to increase the taxes they pay on so-called “carried interest,” a favorite issue of trump’s on the campaign trail....





snowboarder almost squishes squirrel on olympic course

a lone nutjob nearly became olympic roadkill.a daredevil squirrel ran onto the downhill course and into the path of austrian snowboarder daniela ulbing during saturday’s parallel giant slalom at phoenix park in pyeongchang, south korea.ulbing maintained her composure and narrowly avoided the rogue rodent by a whisker.the squirrelly distraction didn’t phase ulbing, who still won the two-woman heat against russian milena bykova.that victory advanced ulbing to the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by eventual gold-medal winner ester ledecka, of the czech republic.share this:





sexual harassment reported at least 10 times at olympics

at least 10 cases of sexual harassment were reported to the newly formed gender equality support center at the winter olympics, officials said.counselors have been stationed at four sites around the olympic complex in pyeongchang, south korea, fielding sexual-misconduct allegations made by or against fans, athletes, volunteer or anyone else associated with the games, nbc news said.share this:





trey burke’s heroics not enough as kyrie irving torches knicks

wait till 2019!celtics point guard kyrie irving, out of west orange, n.j., erupted for 31 points, including 15 in the third quarter, to help boston repel the knicks, 121-112, at madison square garden on saturday.knicks fans only can dream irving will bring his talent to the garden when he’s a free agent in 2019 and the knicks next have cap space. irving put the knicks on his short wish list over the summer.this would’ve been another celtics’ blowout if not for the continued dazzle of backup point guard trey burke, who came off the bench to post a second straight 26-point game — his knicks high. he shot 10 of 19 and added eight assists. knicks coach jeff hornacek saw some of irving in burke’s performance see alsowhy kyrie irving could top knicks' long-term wish list boston ??...





china not happy with latest us sanctions for north korea

trump-administration sanctions against chinese shipping and energy firms doing business with north korea are a step too far, china’s foreign ministry griped saturday.“china resolutely opposes the us side enacting unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction in accordance with its domestic law against chinese entities or individuals,” the ministry said.china, north korea’s largest trading partner, has long-opposed any sanctions that do not come from the united nations.the united states on friday announced penalties against one person, 28 ships and 27 companies — including some in taiwan and singapore. american citizens are barred from doing business with the sanctioned companies and individuals.the penalties are the trump administration’s strictest yet against north korean n...





dad demands answers over son’s head injury at school

franklin diaz waited and waited outside jhs/ms 80 in the bronx for his sixth-grade son, who didn’t come out. he stood there for 15 minutes until another exiting student told him why:“he’s upstairs,” the kid told him, “he’s laid out on the floor, and it looks like he’s dead.”the shocked dad rushed into the mosholu parkway school, where an office aide phoned upstairs. then she told him to wait while someone came down to escort him upstairs.when diaz finally got up to the fifth-floor gym, he said, his son was sprawled on the floor, barely conscious, with teachers and students standing over him.“he was in a daze,” the dad said. “he didn’t even know where he was.”the father spoke last week — three months after his son’s nov. 22 injury, which occurred during the aft...





alum of infamous public school wants to form her own charter

she wants to make up for one of new york city’s worst principals.far rockaway, queens, native regina johnson, an alumnus of local ps 106 — the infamous “school of no” — says hooky-playing ex-principal marcella sills betrayed her students and their families.johnson, 27, is now a principal-in-residence at legacy academy, a california charter high school, and plans to found her own outpost in her old queens surfside neighborhood, which suffers from a dearth of good schools.“as one of the far rockaway students who was able to gain a college education, i feel it’s my responsibility to reinvest in the community,” johnson told the post.while johnson was a well-behaved child who earned good grades, she doesn’t have happy memories of her beach 35th street alma mater.“i remember ...





ex-correction officer allegedly put girlfriend’s mom in coma

a former city correction officer is due in court monday to face attempted-murder charges in a brutal 2016 attack that left a long island teacher in a coma. the teacher’s daughter could be there too — to cheer him on.that’s because former jail guard ralph keppler has francesca kiel, 20, “under his control as a financial, emotional and sexual hostage,” according to court papers filed by the victim’s family.arrested last month in the attempted murder of kiel’s mother, theresa, keppler has pleaded not guilty.theresa kiel, 56, barely survived the horrifying attack on a december night outside her long beach apartment. she’s been in a coma ever since, her skull crushed by a barbell, her right eye gone.the family had objected to francesca’s relationship with keppler, 27, calling ...





nfl players will try working retail at the nba store

shoppers at the nba store in manhattan might be surprised on tuesday to find six professional football players working the cash register, making custom jerseys and tidying up the store.chicago bears running back jordan howard and the pittsburgh steelers quarterback josh dobbs are among the players who will be there.they are participating in an externship program the nfl players association organized to help athletes prepare for life after football.“they’ll learn what it’s really like to work in a retail store,” said rebecca kulick, director of the nflpa externship program for fanatics, the licensing firm that runs the nba store and on-site retail for some nfl stadiums.share this:





hollis-jefferson ‘hunting rebounds’ like dennis rodman

rondae hollis-jefferson insists he is not going to dye his hair some flamboyant rainbow color. probably won’t try to date madonna, either. otherwise, the nets’ 6-foot-7 forward wants to be like hall of famer dennis rodman.“we just saw a stat that dennis rodman had 100-plus 20-rebound games. that’s like 100-plus more than shaquille o’neal,” hollis-jefferson said after practice saturday. “so i’m hunting rebounds now.”hollis-jefferson (missed 11 games, groin) and caris levert (out the past five, concussion and knee) are expected to make welcomed returns from injury monday when the nets face chicago at barclays center before a five-game road trip. hollis-jefferson wants to do his best impression of the worm — who had 33 games with at least 25 rebounds (shaq had 34 games of ...





islanders blow late lead in hard-fought loss to devils

after believing they had played some good hockey this week with only one point in two games to show for it, the islanders came up empty again saturday in new jersey.on a night that got off to a stirring start with the jersey retirement of patrik elias, the devils ended it the same way, coming back to beat the islanders 2-1 at prudential center.kyle palmieri scored both devils goals in a wild third period, deflecting home the winner off a shot from sami vatanen with 8:49 left.the islanders carried a 1-0 lead into the third period after a solid first 40 minutes, but couldn’t hang on. palmieri flew into the zone on a one-on-three and flung a wrister that got past jaroslav halak to tie it with 13:25 left in regulation. devils all-star taylor hall recorded an assist on the equalizer, extendin...





warriors and kevin durant finally beat the thunder again

oakland, calif. — kevin durant scored 28 points for golden state while avenging an embarrassing home loss to his former oklahoma city team earlier this month and another on the road in november, leading the warriors past the thunder 112-80 on saturday night.stephen curry added 21 points with five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals as golden state put on the kind of defensive performance coach steve kerr has been seeking from the defending champs.russell westbrook had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for oklahoma city, which failed to reach 100 points for the first time in the last five games. the thunder had scored at least 100 in 14 of their last 16.durant’s pretty layup off a perfect pass by curry with 3:06 left in the third put the warriors up 75-66. tha...