In celebration of New York Magazine’s 50th anniversary, this series, which will continue through October 2018, tells the stories behind key moments that shaped the city’s culture. Dermot Shea has a name and a face straight out of a stereotypical New York City cop TV show. Adding to Shea’s throwback vibe is the world-weary rasp in his voice, a product of his blue-collar Queens roots and a thousand late nights in squad rooms. Shea’s 48-year-old head, though, is stuffed with algorithms. He knows the changes in grand larceny rates by precinct and in shooting incidents by time of day, plus the recidivism metrics for robbery suspects, broken down by Bronx blocks, updated as of an hour ago. Yet Shea, the NYPD’s chief of crime-control strategies, isn’t simply some numbers geek. He is also immersed in the subtleties of how to question a drug dealer and the genealogy of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang. His look and sound is classic patrol guide. But … [Read more...] about The Controversial Crime-Fighting Program That Changed Big-City Policing Forever
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Dozens of climate activists were arrested after they blocked major intersections in Washington, D.C. early Monday in a show of protest ahead of this week's United Nation's climate summit in New York City. More than 60 countries will attend the summit, which begins this week, and activists are seeking to pressure U.S. lawmakers and other world leaders to create legislation that will address climate change. The protest, called Shut Down D.C., is loosely associated with the Metro D.C. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and Black Lives Matter D.C. According to Reuters, nearly 1,150 people had signed up for the protests on a dedicated website by Sunday night. "We hope with by our actions on Monday, we can raise public awareness of this issue and understand it's just not going to be taken as business as usual, that we need some drastic action on climate change issues in the relatively near future," said a spokesman for Shut Down D.C., Mike Golash, according to CBS affiliate … [Read more...] about Dozens arrested as climate activists block traffic throughout Washington, D.C.
In a photo via the Legal Aid Society, Nicholas Feliciano with his grandmother, Madeline Feliciano, in 2018. Feliciano, 18, had a history of suicide attempts, but guards at Rikers Island stood by for seven minutes as he tried to kill himself. (Via Legal Aid Society via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY NY RIKERS SUICIDE BY JAN RANSOM FOR DEC. 12, 2019. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. -- less In a photo via the Legal Aid Society, Nicholas Feliciano with his grandmother, Madeline Feliciano, in 2018. Feliciano, 18, had a history of suicide attempts, but guards at Rikers Island stood by for seven ... more Photo: Via Legal Aid Society, NYT Photo: Via Legal Aid Society, NYT Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 In a photo via the Legal Aid Society, Nicholas … [Read more...] about ‘They saw him hanging and did nothing’: A teen’s agony in Rikers
Investors and hedge fund managers who use unsavory business practices to extract every bit of value from distressed companies before dumping them for maximum profits are known as “vulture capitalists,” and they are doing serious damage to working Americans. Small towns across rural America, coal mines in Wyoming and even well known companies like Toys R Us and Sears have fallen victim to the predatory actions of vulture capitalists, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of American jobs in the last decade.Vulture capitalists generally attempt to buy up enough debt or stock to control decision-making within a company. They then engage in extreme cost cutting measures in order to make the company seem profitable or force the company to borrow even more money — often provided by the hedge fund itself. The hedge fund then sells off the company for a profit after inflating its stock price or calls in the debts from the company owed to the hedge fund, often forcing … [Read more...] about How ‘Vulture Capitalists’ Get Rich By Destroying American Jobs
It sounded like an aluminum bat hitting a streetlight. Like a car crash. My uncle Ron Fletcher, a luthier, got up from a workbench at his home, in Lower Manhattan, and looked south out a window, down Lispenard Street. He saw smoke and called out to his wife, my aunt Marya Columbia, a violinist, who was in bed. It was just before nine on the morning of September 11, 2001. Together, they raced up to the roof. They watched the second plane hit, then the first tower fall. It looked as if the building sank into a pile of smoke, which fell low with it and then rose and spread across the sky. They went downstairs to turn on the TV and missed the second collapse. Later that morning, they were evacuated from their apartment, and, after they were allowed back in the evening (only after showing an I.D. that confirmed their address), they went for a walk. They’d seen people trudging past their apartment, covered with a fine, light-gray dust. That same dust coated the street, the ground. Ron … [Read more...] about The Continuing Legacy of 9/11
The Department of Justice on Monday released a statement announcing it had arrested two men who had conspired to assist ISIS. The two men, who originally came to the U.S. as refugees from Somalia, had spoken with an undercover FBI agent “whom they believed was a supporter of ISIS ideology,” the DOJ press release said. “These communications revealed the defendants’ desire to travel overseas in order to fight on behalf of ISIS or to conduct an attack within the United States if they were unable to travel. Ultimately, the defendants purchased airline tickets to travel to Egypt, with the intention to travel on to Sinai and join ISIS,” the DOJ said. The two men, Ahmed Mahad Mohamed, 21, and Abdi Yemani Hussein, 20, were arrested on July 26 after they checked in at the Tucson International Airport for their flight to Egypt. While both men came to the U.S. as refugees, Mohamed “had obtained lawful permanent resident status and Hussein remained a … [Read more...] about Somalian Refugees Arrested ‘For Conspiring To Provide Material Support To ISIS,” DOJ Says