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Government
6:33 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Charges Against Silver Detailed; Assembly Democrats Close Ranks

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is surrounded by media as he leaves a federal courthouse in New York, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Silver, 70, was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income. A magistrate judge in federal court in Manhattan later released the lawmaker on $200,000 bail.
Credit AP Photo/Seth Wenig

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest, and $3.8 million dollars in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized, as federal prosecutors accuse him of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara laid out the charges against Silver, saying the Speaker used his "titanic " powers in office to amass a  "tremendous " personal fortune by running two separate schemes that involved millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

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Crime
11:52 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Long Island's Triangle Gang War Of 2012

The Linden Triangle is an intersection of streets in Hempstead on Long Island.  Nearby is a park; there's a charter school, a Mercedes Benz dealership.  Not really surprising for your average Long Island suburban neighborhood.  But the Linden Triangle is not average.  Theses streets form a hub for drug sales, shoot-outs, and a deadly gang war.  Journalist Kevin Deutsch spent quite a bit of time with the people who live amid the violence  that plagues the Triangle.  He writes about the gangs, the community, and the police in his new book.  It's called,

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NY State of the State
6:29 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo Challenges Teachers, Lawmakers, In Budget Proposal

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address and executive budget proposal at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Albany, N.Y.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his joint State of the State and budget message, proposing a $141.6 billion spending plan that in part sets up a show down with teachers and education advocates.

The governor wants 100 more charter schools and an overhaul of teacher evaluations, which he says are "baloney," because virtually all teachers are rated as adequate.

"98% of the teachers rated effective," Cuomo said. "Who are we kidding, my friends?"

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Culture
10:27 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

In Bridgeport, An MLK Day Spent In Service

Millions of Americans get the day off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but thousands of people across the country spend the day volunteering as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service. They volunteered in Bridgeport, too- about 500 of them, as part of several different community service groups coordinated by the University of Bridgeport.

Some painted walls at a homeless shelter. Others packaged food baskets for needy children. Justin Brantley coordinated about 15 volunteers from Bridgeport public schools.

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Crime
10:15 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Bridgeport Officer Acquitted Of Federal Civil Rights Violation In Videotaped Beating

A still from the Youtube video uploaded in 2013, two years after the incident.
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A federal jury in Bridgeport has acquitted Bridgeport Police Sergeant Clive Higgins in the 2011 beating of Orlando Lopez-Soto in Beardsley Park.

The event was captured in an amateur video recorded by a bystander and uploaded to YouTube two years after it happened. The video shows Lopez-Soto fall to the ground face-down in a grassy area, after he was hit with a stun gun. Two policemen run up to him; one starts kicking and stomping him. Then another police car pulls up, and a third officer gets out. That officer is Clive Higgins.

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