The only hint of their presence in Midtown’s Hotel Pennsylvania—the lobby still garlanded for the holiday season and crowded with milling tourists—was a 20-something guy shuffling around in medium-rinse jeans and a lackluster black leather jacket. He might have been one of the tourists himself were it not for the fluorescent pastel sign he held reading: THIS WAY TO BRONYCON! Pictured on the sign was a pink and purple pony in a green field.
The so-called Bronies—a herd of mostly male, mostly white, mostly mid-20s fans of the animated TV show “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”—have had plenty of press coverage of late, but this in-your-face mass gathering was not so typical. Although BroNYCon is held several times a year, Saturday’s was the biggest one to date.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Even after coming under investigation for sexually abusing boys, Jerry Sandusky raked in almost half a million dollars in “consulting fees” from the kids charity he allegedly used as a recruiting ground for victims.
Sandusky took an annual $57,000 consulting fee from the Second Mile between 2000 until 2008, according to the organization’s tax forms. The payments totaled $456,000 and were made after the former Penn State football defensive coordinator came under scrutiny in 1998 from campus police and the local district attorney after allegations he had victimized a boy. In 2002, he was allegedly seen raping a different boy by a Penn State assistant coach.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual informal study, Thanksgiving dinner for a group of 10 people — including a turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, carrots, celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk — will cost an average of $49.20 this year, an increase of $5.73, or 13 percent, from last year’s survey.
Lacquered red drums, glittery blue marching band type bass drums, bongo drums, tambourines and a cowbell, an overturned bin painted streaky red and hand-lettered with “OCCUPY WALL STREET,” slapped at with palms and mallets and drumsticks, anything really.
NEW YORK — On the 18th day of Occupy Wall Street, the protest against corporate greed that began as a small group of grassroots activists and spread to dozens of cities across the U.S. and abroad, several big names joined the shouting masses in Liberty Square.
A New York City metalworking union has filed a RICO suit, alleging corruption and wrongdoing, against the major developers who they say are denying workers fair wages and benefits. In addition to the suit, however, union leaders say they aim to rehabilitate the public’s perception of unions.
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) announced Monday that he has filed papers necessary for his candidacy for the Wisconsin Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) in 2012. However, Thompson stopped short of making an official campaign announcement.
A campaign spokesman told Raw Story that an announcement of candidacy could be expected “in the near future.”
A small township in western Pennsylvania is fighting back against fracking and attempting to write a ban on the practice into their local Bill of Rights, but they may be thwarted by their own town council.
Peters Township in Washington County, population 21,213, is home to the Peters Township Marcellus Shale Awareness Group, an activism group formed after residents viewed Josh Fox’s anti-fracking documentary “GasLand.”
When Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s anti-abortion pledge Wednesday, the pro-life group claimed a significant victory: they’ve gotten virtually all GOP candidates to vow to appoint only pro-life cabinet members and high-level administration personnel, as well as to promote anti-abortion legislation.
Almost all GOP candidates have signed the pledge — but not former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.