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Eric Garner died while being arrested by police in Staten Island on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Several years ago, I found myself questioning the validity of news accounts that suggested that white police officers were choosing to exercise lethal force when interacting with black male suspects. After locating reliable sources for police killing data, my colleagues and I began collecting and processing data for 2014 and 2015. Based on analysis of every use of deadly force by police officer...
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by on August 13, 2018
FBI Agent Peter Strzok The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials discovered he had been sending anti-Trump texts. Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said t...
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by on August 12, 2018
Two 11-year-old children, shown here, were able to hack into a replica of the Florida secretary of state on Friday during the annual hacking conference, DEFCON.  An 11-year-old boy on Friday was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change voting results found there in under 10 minutes during the world’s largest yearly hacking convention, DEFCON 26, organizers of the event said. Thousands of adult hackers attend the convention annually, while this year a...
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by on August 8, 2018
Manafort, Collins, Ross. The entire Trump era has been a festering pit of barely disguised ongoing corruption. But the whole sordid era has not had a 24-hour period quite like the orgy of criminality which we have just experienced. The events of the last day alone include: (1) The trial of Paul Manafort, which has featured the accusation that President Trump’s campaign manager had embezzled funds, failed to report income, and falsified documents. His partner and fellow Trump campaign a...
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by on August 4, 2018
The formal complaints against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed by fellow United Methodists under church law have been dismissed by a district superintendent. Alabama-West Florida Conference Bishop David Graves said in a statement that he and his cabinet agreed with the decision by the Rev. Debora Bishop, superintendent of the Mobile, Alabama, District. The district includes Sessions’ home church in Mobile. In June, more than 600 United Methodists sought to bring charges against Se...
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by on August 3, 2018
A homeless man sits on the sidewalk on a frigid day in Manhattan in December 2017 The economics of housing the homeless is a tricky equation, especially in New York City, which has a right-to-shelter mandate, meaning the city has to provide a temporary bed to anyone who needs it. Because of demand, the city often houses people in apartments and hotels where accommodations can be spotty and social services nonexistent. But one shelter in the Bronx, called Landing Road Residence, is ...
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by on August 2, 2018
A student accused of stabbing and killing a classmate in 2017 at Urban Assembly for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx said he was the victim of bullying. The school, which has since been closed, shared a building with P.S. 67. A legal settlement calling on the education department to do more to address bullying in schools was approved this week by a judge, despite objections from advocates. The settlement was announced in March, but the Legal Aid Society challenged the agreement. Lawy...
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by on August 2, 2018
The mother stock lasts four to six months before it has to be replaced. Gov. Andrew Cuomo created a new state panel Thursday that will come up with legislation to legalize marijuana New York, marking the state's latest step toward allowing the drug for recreational purposes. The 20-person workgroup — filled with Cuomo administration officials, college professors and law enforcement officers — will be tasked with crafting a bill to allow recreational marijuana for state lawmakers to con...
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by on August 1, 2018
Some of the worst water tanks are in the city’s public housing, cleaners say. Birds and insects were found inside the water tanks atop NYCHA’s Elliott housing development in 2017. The evidence of contamination was there in black and white – until it disappeared. The New York City Housing Authority’s handwritten “Annual Roof Tank Inspection Reports” chronicle a history of tainted drinking water tanks that the housing agency failed to report to city health officials, according to an e...
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by on August 1, 2018
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried declared the RAND report a “triumph” and said he would raise the taxes on high-income earners to protect low-income earners. A bill that would establish a single-payer health system in New York is financially feasible and could curtail spending in future years, if assumptions that range from the questionable to the improbable take place, according to a long-awaited study unveiled Wednesday. The New York Health Act would provide universal insurance coverage...
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