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De Blasio certainly fits that mold. He takes his political queues from the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Keep in mind that De Blasio has never had a real job and is a professional politician who says that fighting for equality was his lifes work. No surprise, then, that President Barack Obama, who himself has never had a real job, endorsed his candidacy. De Blasios big idea: free universal prekindergarten for all children, paid for by a tax on those New Yorkers earning more than $500,000. His most interesting claim to fame is his past support for Nicaraguas Sandinista party. Given his avowed socialist world view, it is no surprise that two of his opponents expressed alarm about his political beliefs. Its pretty obvious we think very, very differently about the way the governments of the world should work, Joseph J. Lhota, the Republican Mayoral nominee, said at a news conference, adding: In his own words, he called himself a democratic socialist. Its really unfortunate that thats the level that weve come to in this city. Adolfo Carrion Jr., the Independence Party candidate for mayor, was even more pointed in a statement to The New York Times, accusing Mr. De Blasio of propping up a brutal dictatorship in Central America, and asserting that his political philosophy was inspired by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. What ever happened to Fiorello La Guardia, New York Citys Mayor from 1934 to 1945? New York voters who are surprised by the radical views of De Blasio and other local Democratic politicians in New York City can thank Mike Bloomberg. The Mayors national media presence and disdain for local politicians nicely cloaked the left-wing menagerie that is the New York City Council. The former congressman and sexual exhibitionist, Anthony Weiner, was one of De Blasios main opponents in the Democratic primary. Incredibly, some believe that Weiner may still be a spoiler for De Blasio should he enter the Mayors race as an independent. De Blasio is the hero of New York liberals and has virtually no ties to the business community. While he is not yet in thrall to the city teachers and other public sector unions, De Blasio will need to either raise taxes significantly or confront the unions a la Governor Cuomo to maintain NYCs growing population of Millennials in the fashion to which they are accustomed.
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Richard Parrinello, of Brookhaven, New York, kept the snakes in his detached garage, all neatly stacked in containers and at the right temperature, according to Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA. Burmese pythons are illegal in New York, and Parrinello’s were taken from the house to a reptile sanctuary in Massachusetts while the rest of the snakes are still in his garage, according to Jack Krieger, communications director for the Town of Brookhaven on Long Island. Gross said all the snakes appeared to be in good health and there was no animal abuse or neglect. “It was a well-maintained facility, it was very clean and organized, it was a business,” Krieger said. By the numbers: Pets Parrinello kept an online website, “Snakeman’s Exotics,” which advertised a collection of pythons, boa constrictors and hognose snakes available for sale both domestically and internationally. After weeks of investigation into alleged workers compensation fraud, the town of Brookhaven, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County Police and the SPCA executed a search warrant in Parrinello’s home, where he lives with his wife and 10-year-old son, according to a news release from Brookhaven. Undercover investigators spoke to Parrinello, who claimed to have $500,000 in inventory stored on the premises, including snakes, turtles and turtle eggs, the news release said. Authorities also say they found a few tarantulas and a couple of freezers with frozen mice and alligator carcasses. Krieger said Parrinello wasn’t arrested or charged with any criminal activity, but he was running a business out of his residence in a residential area, which is a violation of the town code. Town Law Department officials are still investigating and will likely issue numerous violations in the coming days.
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks to Detroit Pistons: The headstrong point guard helped carry the Bucks to the playoffs, but that relationship has long been fractured. In acquiring Jennings in a sign-and-trade, he Pistons are taking the gamble that hell become more of a passer and improve his 39.9% shooting. Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports 11. Kevin Martin, Oklahoma City Thunder to Minnesota Timberwolves: The best shooter on the market, Martin leaves the Thunder with a hole on the bench after getting a better offer from the Twolves. Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports 12. O.J. Mayo, Dallas Mavericks to Milwaukee Bucks: After breaking out while Dirk Nowitzki was injured, Mayo earned another shot at being a star and should lead the Bucks in scoring this year. Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 13. Andrei Kirilenko, Minnesota Timberwolves to Brooklyn Nets: Hell make a third of what he could have with the Twolves, but the Russian small forward is going to be an essential part of the Nets as a defensive leader and versatile reserve. Brace Hemmelgarn, USA TODAY Sports 14. Luis Scola, Phoenix Suns to Indiana Pacers: One of the most basketball-savvy power forwards in the game, Scola will take a bench role with the Pacers, happy to have been traded to a contender. Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports 15. Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings to New Orleans Pelicans: The 2009-10 rookie of the year was stuck in a rut with the Kings, but a sign-and-trade deal could give him new life with the emerging Pelicans. Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports 16. Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers to Phoenix Suns: After three years developing behind Chris Paul, Bledsoe was traded and could start at either guard spot for the Suns as a top scoring threat. Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports 17. Monta Ellis, Milwaukee Bucks to Dallas Mavericks: The enigmatic gunslinger didnt get the money he hoped for in free agency, but he landed with a Mavericks team that could use his scoring from the perimeter. Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports 18. Greivis Vasquez, New Orleans Pelicans to Sacramento Kings: An accessory in the Tyreke Evans sign-and-trade deal, Vasquez led the NBA last season with 704 assists (9.0 a game). Anthony Gruppuso, USA TODAY Sports 19.