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A Bronx lawmaker is demanding that state corrections officials conduct a “comprehensive review” of all violent incidents committed by correction officers. State Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a Democrat, demanded the review Friday in response to Daily News reports about a correction officer — Lt. Troy Mitchell — who’s been accused of waterboarding inmates and brutally beating their genitals. Mitchell, who has been suspended without pay, has also cost New York State $877,637 in legal payouts over ass...
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Attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Friday expanded their lawsuit accusing President Trump of accepting gifts from foreign and state governments, suing him not only as president but in his personal capacity as a businessman. Legal experts say the move takes the "emoluments" clause of the Constitution into uncharted legal waters, since it has been interpreted as only applying to presidents in their official capacity. "The conventional understanding is that on...
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In the early 1990s, Robert Mueller had just left one of the most powerful posts in America's criminal justice system: assistant attorney general for the criminal division of the Department of Justice. Taking his experience into private practice, he was making well into six figures at a high-profile Washington law firm. Then he made a surprising call to Eric Holder, who was at the time the US attorney for Washington. "He asked me if I could use a homicide prosecutor in my office," ...
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A former MTA manager will be stalled in prison for almost four years for taking bribes from contractors. Brooklyn federal prosecutors say from 2009 to 2015 Talib Lokhandwala, then an MTA construction project administrator, took over $150,000 in bribes from two contractors doing jobs on subway lines. On Friday, Lokhandwala was sentenced to 46 months in prison. Lokhandwala, 64, told the contractors he'd send work their way if they kept up with the bribes — but if the flow of cash stopped,...
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In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into Mexico. Artificial intelligence software will comb through the social media accounts of immigrants seeking to enter the country. U.S. Border Patrol agents wa...
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by on February 22, 2018
The right is coming for the Parkland activists. First, we got the standard-issue accusations that the Florida kids who are walking out of school, tweeting, and organizing a march on Washington from their parents’ living rooms are professional protesters or brainwashed tools of the liberal establishment. Next, Ben Shapiro wrote a less conspiracy-minded, more ideologically complete articulation of right-wing objections to the young survivor-activists in the National Review. Kids, Shapiro argued, a...
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by on February 22, 2018
New York City is going to be dedicating more than $4 million in funds to expand addiction treatment and other services related to substance use disorders. New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the sum will be used to provide appropriate support for residents who are struggling with substance abuse and allow them to have increased access to professional addiction treatment services. The latest allocation is a part of a current endeavor to tackle problems related to sub...
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by on February 22, 2018
Avaaz, which the Guardian calls "the globe's largest and most powerful online activist network", and which promotes citizen action on issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption, poverty, and toxics, has been hit with a 168-page court subpoena from Monsanto. In the subpoena, Monsanto "commands" Avaaz to hand over every private email, note, or record it has regarding Monsanto, including the names and email addresses of all of those who have signed Monsanto campaigns. These includ...
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by on February 22, 2018
A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney’s office said Thursday. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016. Gardner declined comment beyond a brief ...
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by on February 22, 2018
A federal grand jury unveiled new charges on Thursday against Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates, accusing them of a broader range of financial crimes. The 32-count indictment filed in the Eastern District of Virginia includes numerous tax and bank fraud charges. Manafort and Gates already faced money laundering and other charges in federal court in Washington, D.C. They have pleaded not guilty. The charges unsealed Thursday compo...
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by on February 22, 2018
A Bronx-based affordable housing developer scooped up three parcels in the borough’s Belmont section for roughly $4 million to build a 120,000 s/f, environmentally-conscious senior assisted living facility. Foxy Management first nabbed the anchor parcel at the corner of Arthur Avenue and 179th Street for $2.1 million in an off-market sale, then picked up the two neighboring properties at 612 East 179th Street and 2010 Arthur Avenue as well as some of the adjacent air rights. Guy Vardi ...
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by on February 22, 2018
According to everything we’ve heard, 2018 will be the year that 5G stops being a distantly-whispered myth and starts becoming reality. The standards for 5G have been agreed by the telecoms industry, chip manufacturers have announced when their modems will become available, and the networks are bickering about whose ad campaign is working the best. In short, everything’s going just as we expected. But AT&T has been working to push its timeline just that little bit faster than everyone else...
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