“Text Stops” Give New York Drivers a Place to Safely LOL

(USATSI) Former New York Giants linebacker Carl Banks knows a little bit about New York Giants football. Banks spent nine of his 12 NFL seasons with the Giants (1984-92) and won two Super Bowls with the team. Banks also has a front row seat to the 2013 Giants thanks to his job as a radio analyst for the team. And from that front row seat Banks doesn’t seem to like what he’s seeing from the 0-3 Giants. “They don’t like themselves,” Banks told WFAN in New York . “That’s what it really comes down to. They don’t like each other. They’re not willing to fight for each other. When you have a premier quarterback in this league, and you don’t have enough self-respect — not for him, but for yourself — to protect him to do your job, I think it speaks volumes. I think these guys really do need to all stand in (front of) the mirror, and it’s gut-check time.” Protecting the quarterback has been a problem for the Giants. Eli Manning has been sacked 11 times the season, tied for second most in the NFL. Manning was sacked seven times in the Giants 38-0 loss to Carolina on Sunday , marking the most times he’s been sacked in a game since 2008. “I think the most disturbing aspect of it is…

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He allegedly used bedding and towels to set fires at two New York City boutique hotels where he worked as security director for four years total. By Thomas Tracy , Vera Chinese AND Mark Morales / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, September 22, 2013, 7:33 PM Comment FDNY officials claim Mariano Barbosa set fires in New York City hotels so that they would temporarily shut down and he could go to a free hotel room and drink the afternoon away. Conflicting pictures emerged about a hotel security director in New York who allegedly set fires to get out of work, with a co-worker calling him a normal person as authorities gave new details about his four-year spree. Mariano Barbosa, 26, is being held on arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief charges and prosecutors revealed how he committed the crimes. Frank Franklin II/AP The Yotel Hotel in New York offers a luggage robot. Too bad a security director can’t also be replaced by an automaton, or the Yotel could have avoided several fires allegedly set by former security chief Mariano Barbosa. Barbosa lit up bedding materials in his first fire in February 2009 while heading security at the Soho Grand Hotel, according to court documents. Barry Winiker/Getty Images The Soho Grand Hotel in downtown Manhattan has the dubious distinction of being where former security director Mariano Barbosa allegedly set his first deliberate fire. At the Yotel Hotel, Barbosa used a towel in three separate incidents and bed sheets in two others from October 2011 to this month, court documents show. RELATED: CITY CORRECTION OFFICER WHO TORCHED BROOKLYN BUILDING CHARGED WITH ARSON Kendall Rodriguez Mariano Barbosa was arraigned Sunday morning in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges that he allegedly set series of arson fires in New York City hotels where he worked. A Yotel co-worker was stunned. He was a normal person, I was surprised, just like any one else, the worker said.

Former New York LB Carl Banks: Giants don’t like each other

Frequent air travelers have become accustomed to seeing cell phone parking lots on the outskirts of airports. These special waiting areas are designed for drivers to use when theyre picking up a passenger from the terminal, the idea being that they keep cars from lingering curbside, lessen traffic from cars circling endlessly in the pickup lanes, and keep everyone safer by ensuring that people chatting or texting on the phone have a place to do it safely, with their car in park. In truth, these Text Stops are really just repurposed rest facilities that already exist. Rest stops, parking areas, and Park-n-Ride facilities are simply being outfit with new signage specifying each as a new Texting Zone and encouraging drivers to use them instead of attempting the old one-handed-quick-look method of surreptitiously texting from your lap. In total, 91 locations have been outfit with the new signage. Additional road signs with messages like It can wait, Text Stop in 1 mile, have been erected along the roadways surrounding the new Texting Zones to encourage drivers to use them. Texting while driving is becoming a major problem nationwide, and especially in New York. This summer, over 21,000 tickets were handed out in the state for texting behind the wheel a 365 percent increase in distracted driving tickets since the prior years season. New York originally banned texting while driving in 2009 and increased the penalties for distracted driving as of July 26. First time offenders now must pay a fine of $150 if theyre caught ROFLing on the road. Of course, given that New York has 31 Interstate Highways spanning a combined 1,674 miles, its unlikely that the Text Stop program will put an end to all texting while driving. There are just too many cars on the road and too many miles between the facilities for them to completely cure the problem. For drivers that find the urge to text too great despite these efforts, apps are available for almost all handsets to help reduce your temptation to text. Among the most noteworthy apps are Textecution ($30), which prevents your handset from sending texts if youre moving faster than 10 miles per hour, and DriveSafe.ly ($14/year), which reads incoming texts aloud and auto-responds to them without the driver having to touch the phone.

Under Bloomberg, neighborhood after neighborhood has become a hip playground for the rich. Many working and middle class people feel shut out of their city. Yet the dailies missed this story until it smacked them in the face. As de Blasio’s numbers rose, the press began to notice him, but the underlying issue of class was not addressed. He was accused of taking contributions from slumlords (the News) and chided for being a Boston Red Sox fan (the Times). But his ideas were briskly dismissed. “Tired,” a News editorial called his tale-of-two-cities theme. “Divisive,” snarked the Post. At his victory rally, a Times reporter noted “the well-worn liberal script” of his speech. We’re supposed to have an ideologically diverse press, but in this case all the papers agreed. Casting about for reasons to explain Quinn’s loss, the press seized on her ties to the mayor. She performed badly “largely because of her close ties to him,” the Times’s Jim Dwyer declared.