Only In New York: Millionaires With Malaise

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“His ethical standards and his drive to do good regardless of the circumstances is something I adore.” In addition to working with artist Garry Brown (The Massive), a major appeal for Kot with Iron Patriot is “the ability to create a story about America and its legacy positive, negative, everything in between,” Kot says. “I am interested in exploring the empire as some of its decisions come back to haunt it (and) the ideas of freedom and liberty.” James Rhodes gets a solo book and sweet red, white and blue armor with Ales Kot’s “Iron Patriot.” (Photo: Marvel Comics) Among other highlights from the convention: DC Comics is bringing back fan-favorite heroine Stephanie Brown in next year’s weekly series Batman: Eternal. A former Robin and Batgirl, the character hasn’t been seen since the publisher relaunched its entire superhero line in the fall of 2011 with “The New 52” campaign. Aspen Comics is debuting two female-centric series for 2014. Lola follows a girl searching for her parents in a post-apocalyptic landscape, and Damsels in Excess centers around a princess who’s targeted by her peers in four nearby kingdoms. Valiant Comics pays homage to its 1990s incarnation in two ways: It will bring back the original “world’s worst superteam” with Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody with original creators Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright plus its Eternal Warriorseries will have a “4001 A.D.” timeline that combines futuristic times with lots of action. “The Six Million Dollar Man” never received a sixth season on TV in the 1970s, but it gets one in comics next year. (Photo: Dynamite Entertainment) Dynamite Entertainment’s The Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six comic picks up where the ABC show left off after five seasons in the 1970s. Bionic astronaut Steve Austin and his handler Oscar Goldman are forced to deal with government traitors as well as the return of the villainous android Maskatron. Dynamite has also paired Gold Key comics and A-list writers for four new series: Greg Pak’s Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Frank Barbiere’s Solar: Man of the Atom, Fred Van Lente’s Magnus: Robot Fighter and Mark Waid’s Doctor Spektor.

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But in New York, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong and other concentrated wealth centers, the growing gap between the rich and super rich has rarely been wider. In an entertaining piece in the New York Observer, Richard Kirshenbaum writes of a friend (whom he doesn’t name) who no longer feels important in New York because he’s only a millionaire. It’s what Kirshenbaum calls the “millionaire malaise.” “I’m 1990s money in a new age with one less zero,” the friend says. Now, it takes at least $100 million to matter in New York. He says he feels like a “loser” because of his $10 million apartment. His wife’s 8-carat diamond is out-blinged by a friend’s 20-carat rock. He’s proud of his floor seats; another guy buys the team. “You think you’re a player, flying your family first class, then so-and-so asks for your tail number, and they look at you like you’re taking the bus because you’re flying commercial,” he says. Of course, no one should feel the least bit of sympathy for the underloved millionaires or the emotional pain they suffer for being Lear-less. Ask any of the more than 11 million out of work what it means to feel economically powerless. But the millionaire malaise stems from a rapid growth in inequality not just between the 1% and 99ers, but also between the 1 percent and the 0.0001 percent. A paper by Scott Winship at Brookings shows that the “poorest” household in the top 0.01% had nearly 17 times the income of the poorest member of the 1%.

New York police make arrest in 1991 slaying of ‘Baby Hope’

New York City police have arrested Juarez, a cousin of the 4-year-old girl dubbed &quotBaby Hope,” whose body was found crammed in a picnic cooler along Henry Hudson Highway in northern Manhattan in 1991, after he confessed early on Saturday to sexually assaulting and then smothering her, police said on Saturday. By Kevin Murphy, Reuters Posted Oct. 13, 2013, at 6:41 a.m. HANDOUT | Reuters Artist renderings of 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo, dubbed &quotBaby Hope,” whose body was found in a picnic cooler (bottom right) along Henry Hudson Highway in northern Manhattan in July 1991, are seen in this image from a poster issued by the New York City Police Department when the crime occurred. New York City police have arrested a cousin in the killing of a 4-year-old girl dubbed Baby Hope, whose body was found crammed in a picnic cooler in 1991, police said on Saturday. Conrado Juarez, 52, early on Saturday confessed to sexually assaulting and then smothering the girl, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told a news conference. Police detained him at a Manhattan restaurant on Friday, more than 22 years after the girls death, he said. Juarez was arrested on the murder charge and was awaiting arraignment, according to New York electronic court records. The girl, dubbed Baby Hope by investigators, was never reported missing and was only recently identified. Kelly named her as 4-year-old Anjelica Castillo. Her bound, asphyxiated body was discovered stuffed underneath cans of soda inside a blue-and-white cooler alongside the Henry Hudson Highway in northern Manhattan in July of 1991. She had been starved and sexually abused, police said. New York police announced on Tuesday they had identified the girls mother after following through on a tip they received over the summer. Her identity was confirmed through DNA testing and she was cooperating with the investigation, they said.