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NYC’s Police Chief: Largest-ever gun seizure by an undercover cop was really because of ‘stop and frisk’

At a press conference this morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Department Commissior Ray Kelly announced the largest gun seizure in the history of the city. Nineteen people were arrested on charges that they were running “a gun pipeline” that led from the Carolinas into New York…

What women hear when New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner speaks

On September 10, 2013, registered Democrats in New York City — many of them women — will head to the polls to determine their party’s candidate for mayor (and, mostly likely, the next mayor of New York City, given its demographics). And it is for that reason, nominally, that former…

Newark, New Jersey introduces transparent ‘stop and frisk’ policy as alternative to New York City’s

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police in the city of Newark, New Jersey, have enacted new, highly transparent “stop and frisk” procedures that civil libertarians have called a model for the country and an alternative to the New York City policy rejected by a U.S. judge. New Jersey’s…

New York City’s ban on giant sodas struck down by appeals court

New York’s bid to ban giant, sugary sodas on public health grounds suffered a new setback on Tuesday when an appeals court upheld a ruling striking down the proposed legislation. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has championed the measure as part of the fight against an obesity epidemic and rampant diabetes,…

Anthony Weiner confirms newly revealed sex chats are his

By Francesca Trianni NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner confirmed on Tuesday that some newly revealed sexually explicit online chats and photos, published this week by a gossip website, were sent by him. Weiner, 48, resigned from the Congress in June 2011 after admitting he…

New York City council overrides Bloomberg veto to enact paid sick days

On Thursday, the New York City Council overrode a mayoral veto of a paid sick day policy for the city’s workers. According to the Associated Press, more than 1 million workers will be affected by the new policy, which advocates say will keep workers from having to prioritize their financial…

New York beaches re-open seven months after Hurricane Sandy

Seven months after deadly superstorm Sandy devastated the coastline of New Jersey and parts of New York, all New York City beaches opened Friday at the start of the three-day Memorial Day weekend. New York City has eight public beaches along 14 miles (23 kilometers) of coastline — Brooklyn (southeast),…

Third gay man strangled to death in NYC stokes fears in LGBT community

Three gay men, all middle aged, have been found strangled to death in New York City since Jan. 26, stoking fears in the LGBT community, reported the New York Daily News. Authorities say the deaths do not seem to be connected but are instructing people to be careful when meeting…

German woman inherits 4 paintings stolen from New York City in 1998

More than 23 years after they were snatched from a New York gallery, four valuable paintings have turned up in the western German city of Cologne, police said Friday. The works valued at $345,000 (258,000 euros) when they were stolen in July 1988 surfaced in a collection bequeathed to a…

New York law stubs out synthetic marijuana

Synthetic marijuana, which is sold openly in shops and gives smokers a high, was banned Thursday across New York after being linked to serious health risks. It will be no more “Mr Nice Guy,” or “Smiley Dog,” “Spice,” “Galaxy Gold” or any other brands of the fake pot, which until…

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