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New York Woman Busted in Green Card Scam

While Washington is writing and re-writing Executive Orders regarding illegal immigrants, one New York woman established herself as a one-woman dating site for illegal immigrants wanting American residence. “I apologize to the American people,” said Liana Barrientos. “I could have let people in this country who could have killed us.” Barrientos wed ten men over more »

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What to Do If You’re Sexually Assaulted

Dr. David Newman, a former emergency room physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, was sentenced on Monday to twenty-four months in prison after admitting to sexually assaulting four female patients. Newman was also remanded to three years of post-release supervision. Newman pleaded guilty to a sole count of first-degree sexual abuse and four counts more »

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Hate Crimes: An Early Legacy of Donald Trump

Donald Trump didn’t divide the country. He didn’t introduce racism, bigotry or xenophobia. What Trump and his rhetoric have validated the racism and bigotry already present in many of his supporters. Trump made it “okay” to be stupid…and mean…and a bigot. A Muslim, Off-Duty Cop Officer Aml Elsokary thought it was another average day when more »

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Why Do You Need a Lawyer If You Are Offered Pre-Trial Diversion

Marcy Wills was charged with felony theft. She met the criteria for pretrial diversion and started to get her life back on track. When she had trouble paying the related fees and court costs, her case was sent to trial, she was found guilty and sent to jail. There’s the catch in the pretrial diversion more »

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A Sign of the Times

When you take the subway in New York, look about. You may recognize a sign of the times, or maybe you won’t. In the 1980s, “safety zones” were constructed by the New York Transit Authority in an attempt to make taking the subway a bit  less frightening. Now, those signs are coming down. Homage to more »

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ECUADOR DIGEST Possession of small amounts of drugs decriminalized

Ecuador has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana and four other drugs. The move, which was expected, came last week when the National Council of Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs (CONSEP) published a table of drug possession limits. The limit for marijuana possession was set at 10 grams. CONSEP said that the more »

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Former Riker’s Island Guard Pleads Guilty to Murder in Inmate’s Death

Byron Taylor, 32 has pleaded guilty to helping in a cover-up regarding the fatal beating of an inmate, Ronald Spear. Prosecutors accused Taylor of helping in holding down Spears while another corrections officer repeatedly booted Spears in the head. Spears died a little while later. Taylor, formerly listed to be tried in October, told the more »

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Cellphone Alerts Used in Manhunt for NYC Bomber

Just before 8 in the morning Monday, New Yorkers’ phones started screaming — in unison. Each phone received the same message: “WANTED: Ahmad Rahami, 28-year old male. See media for pic. Call 911 if seen.” No links. No images. No context into which one could place the message. Some people stumbling around before the coffee more »

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Fracking Up the Empire State

Fracking Up the Empire State

Earthquakes, cancer clusters, and deformed babies. The rates of these tragedies increase steadily in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. The cause: runaway fracking — or hydraulic fracturing. Fracking has been operating for decades, but it’s not been fully utilized until relatively recently. Now, fracking is becoming an issue in places most people don’t think of more »

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Abuse of Position of Trust Enhancement Applies Even to a Secretary with a Fancy Title

During the course of her employment with three different employers, Laurie Bradshaw embezzled more than $240,000.  Bradshaw defrauded these three Chicago area employers by taking advantage of her position with these companies in which they entrusted her with such duties as coordinating purchases from vendors, opening a new office for one of the companies, and more »

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