(Gordon M. Grant for The Wall Street Journal) Michal Litwiniec, left, Marek Otwinowski, Pawel Czepukowski and Igor Gawlikowski, members of the Polish group Karbido, rehearse at their musical table, which has a bass attachment and hidden strings. The group performs in the U.S. for the first time this week. (Keith Bedford for The Wall Street Journal) Participants in Harlems African American Day Parade are pictured Sunday. Former city Comptroller Bill Thompson appeared at a breakfast for the eventon Monday announced he would be bowing out of the race for mayor. (PJ Smith for The Wall Street Journal) Former World Wrestling Foundation wrestler Bruno Sammartino is pictured with memorabilia at the Italian American Museum in New York on Sunday. Columnist Ralph Gardner met the wresting legend during Little Italys San Gennaro festival. (Keith Bedford for The Wall Street Journal) The blistered shishito peppers at Milkflower, a new pizzeria in Astoria, Queens, owned and operated by brothers Peter and Danny Aggelatos. (Adrian Fussell for The Wall Street Journal) From left, Atlas Social Club owners Asi Mazar, Josh Wood, Pablo Raimondi and Benjamin Maisani pose for a photo. The quartet is targeting sophisticated, older-than-35 gay men hitting the town.
Fake online reviews exposed by New York attorney general
Generally, this sends a strong warning to any company thats considering the same dishonest practices, he says. A lot of people might not have known that posting fake reviews is against the law. The first of its kind in the Big Apple, Operation Clean Turf was a year-long probe into the reputation management industry and the deceptive practices of manipulating consumer-review websites, a press release from the attorney generals office says. The practice, also known as astroturfing, violates multiple New York state laws against false advertising. Posing as Brooklyn yoghurt shop owners, representatives from the office asked various companies to help them combat negative online reviews. Some of the companies offered to write fake reviews. Some of the 19 companies, the investigation found, even advertised online on Craigslist, for instance for freelance writers to write the deceitful reviews. I need someone who is a YELP expert to post positive reviews for a spa that will not be filtered using legitimate existing yelp accounts must have at least 10 friends on Yelp, the press release cites as an example. Please be a yelp expert!! I will pay $10 per-review after 3 days they must meet the criteria above. Many of the punished companies used fake identities and bogus online profiles to write the reviews, the investigation found. They even paid freelance writers from as far away as the Philippines, Bangladesh and Eastern Europe between $1 and $10 per review, the news release says. Each of the 19 companies entered into an agreement with New Yorks attorney general to cease their fraudulent practices and were ordered to pay between $25,000 and $100,000 in penalties.
Knicks-Nets Battle for New York gets super-expensive
Chris Kaman, Dallas Mavericks to Los Angeles Lakers: He wont replace Dwight Howards production, but Kaman is a veteran center and was a smart hire by the Lakers in free agency. Tim Fuller, USA TODAY Sports Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay Kidd was drafted second overall out of Cal by the Mavericks in 1994. Michael Conroy, AP Kidd’s court vision was obvious from his earliest days, but his shot had not been harnessed until his 30s. He shot worse than 40% from the field in his first stint with the Mavs. Porter Binks, USA TODAY Sports Kidd and fellow 2013 retiree Grant HIll shared the 1994-95 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Richard Drew, AP Kidd was teamed up with fellow young rising stars Jamal Mashburn, left, and Jim Jackson, right, in his early time with the Mavericks. But the grouping didn’t work out, and all three were traded midseason in 1996-97. AP Kidd led the NBA in assists per game three times with the Suns and made the all-NBA first team three times. David Zalubowski, AP Kidd teamed up with Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway in 1999 on the Suns, giving them two exciting point guards and 1990s stars. Hardaway’s health problems limited the duo. Eric Draper, AP Kidd played many times with Team USA, including winning gold at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics. His pass-first style was key to balancing rosters full of All-Stars. Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports Kidd went blond with the Suns briefly, but that didn’t keep him from some of his best statistical seasons. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports Kidd was traded to the Nets in 2001 and immediately put his stamp on the team for his best seasons. Daniel Hulshizer, AP Kidd was at his best with the Nets from Day One, finishing second in 2001-02 NBA MVP voting behind Tim Duncan. Michael Madrid, USA TODAY Sports Passing was always Kidd’s greatest gift, and he finished his career averaging 8.7 assists a game. Donna McWilliam, AP Kidd led the Nets to the 2002 NBA Finals, where they were swept by Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Spors Kidd again led the Nets to the Finals in 2003, but they again were beat, this time 4-2 by Tony Parker and the Spurs. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports Kidd and ex-wife Joumana have three children, a son and twin daughters. But their 2007 divorce, after a decade of marriage, was nasty as she accused him of domestic violence. Todd Plitt, USA TODAY Sports Kidd teamed up with Dirk Nowitzki on the Mavericks to finally break through for his first title in 2011. He started every game during his 4 seasons with the Mavs, though his production had declined. Don Emmert, AFP/Getty Images The Mavericks beat the favored Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals, with Kidd consoling Heat star LeBron James after the finish. Jesse D. Garrabrant, NBAE/Getty Images Kidd paired well with Carmelo Anthony, who he played with for Team USA, on the Knicks, where he finished his career in 2012-13. Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Sports Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay 30. Philadelphia 76ers (16-66). Thaddeus Young, left, and Evan Turner will be 25 this season. That makes them veterans (and possible trade bait) for a team that seems bound for a high draft pick. Howard Smith, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 29.