Eavesdropping In: Union Square Sees Spike In Crime And Drugs, Stephen Hawking Calls Heaven A "Fairy Story"

by Mara Siegler · May 16, 2011

A Wisconsin beauty pageant winner's quest to become Miss USA has been derailed now that she's been charged with three counts of identity theft. [MJS]

Sam Lutfi is suing Brit's mom, Lynne, for defamation for writing in her book that he isolated the pop star from her parents and was a major negative influence. [KSFM]

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking has declared the idea of heaven a "fairy story." [Guardian]

Kenyan Olympic marathon gold medalist Sammy Wanjiru leaped to his death from the balcony of his apartment following a heated argument with his wife. [BBC]

The NYPD is stepping up patrols in Union Square after seeing a spike in crime and drugs. [NYP]