Why the New York Press Misread the Primary
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.
The New York press was predictably tardy about noticing this trend. It failed to detect the scope of class resentment among Democratic voters. 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.
No, really. Pamela Anderson is running in the ING New York City Marathon in November and yes, the Baywatch babe trains on the beach. And, surprisingly, she only needs one sports bra. People think Im crazy, says Anderson. But that has never stopped the buxom blond before. She has posed nude for PETA and Playboy, mastered the Argentine tango and skating figure eights for stints on Dancing With the Stars and the U.K.s Dancing on Ice, and has published two novels (Star and Star Struck). Bottom line, she knows how to get results. I like to do things that people think maybe I cant do, and this is definitely one of those things, says Anderson, calling the Daily News from her Malibu mansion after shopping for Nike running sneakers with her trainer. You know, somehow I learned to dance, learned to skate, and all these things that people thought I couldnt do. Now, Im running a marathon. The Canadian-turned-California girl volunteered for the punishing run to raise $500,000 on Crowdrise for Sean Penns J/P Haitian Relief Organization , which provides victims of the countrys 2010 earthquake with new homes, health care and schooling. The charity wanted her to simply hug their elite runners crossing the Central Park finish line, but Anderson, who has visited Haiti twice since the devastating disaster, suggested taking it a step further. Todd Maisel/NY Daily News Pamela Anderson will join thousands and thousands of other runners in the NYC Marathon and make her way across the boroughs, starting with a shlep over the Verrazano Bridge. People do things for other people that they wouldnt ordinarily do for themselves, she says. Haiti is such a magical place.