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Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Bill Thompson (D)

by Veronica Volk
Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson

Edwin Martinez1, flickr

This isn’t former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s first rodeo.  Four years ago he ran against and lost to Mayor Bloomberg by 4.6 percent, but this race has been different altogether.  Last time around it was his adamant stance on term limits that lit a fire under his campaign; in this race he may not have such a clear rallying point. 

NY Requires Colleges to Report Crimes to Police

by Associated Press
NYU.

BuLu Chien, Flickr 

New York is requiring colleges and universities to notify police within 24 hours after a violent felony is reported or someone goes missing from university housing.

   The amendment takes effect in January. It strengthens the state law adopted after Suzanne Lyall disappeared from the State University at Albany in 1998 that required schools adopt and implement plans for investigating cases and coordinate with police.

Morning Brief: December 19

by Jeff Coltin
Colbert Action Figure

Colbert action figure, Chris Huggins, flickr

The final episode of The Colbert Report aired last night, and lots of guests were on hand to send the faux newsman off, including NJ Senator Cory Booker, President Bill Clinton, and Star Wars creator George Lucas. As the show ends, so does the Colbert character—the conservative blowhard pundit.  Colbert (the real one) will of course be taking over for David Letterman some time in 2015.  We here at Fordham University got a little taste of that in 2012 when Colbert spoke with Timothy Cardinal Dolan about faith.

Feds Sue NYC Over Rikers Island Jail Violence

by Associated Press
Rikers Island Jail.

Timothy Vogel, Flickr 

Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" toward young inmates.

   The move comes a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the 10-jail lockup to announce the end of solitary confinement for 16- and 17-year-old inmates, a policy change initiated after the 2 1/2-year federal probe released in August.

More New York Students Graduate

by Associated Press
Graduating Student.

Penn State Beaver, Flickr 

New York's high school graduation rate improved slightly to 76.4 percent last year, despite the state's adoption of new learning standards.

   Big gaps remained, though, between the rates of white and minority students graduating, and those of students attending high- and low-needs districts.

   State statistics released Thursday show 76.4 percent of students who started high school in 2010 finished in four years, compared to 74.9 percent in the previous class.

Morning Brief: December 15

by Jeff Coltin
Stuyvesant High School

Pointsof NoReturn, wikimedia

New York magazine released its annual “Reasons to Love New York” list.  It includes serious reasons like “We Protest Passionately and Peacefully” and “Craig Spencer Risked his Life to Safe Others,” and more fun ones like, “We were All Taylor Swift Once,” and “New York Rap Is So Awesomely Weird.”  One list entry getting some more press is the story of Moh

Internal Probe Moving Swiftly in Chokehold Death

by Associated Press, Tom Hays, Colleen Long
NYPD Car

Giacomo Barabaro, flickr

The New York Police Department's internal affairs unit is now investigating whether any officers will be disciplined for their roles in the videotaped arrest that ended in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
 
The internal probe was on hold pending the outcome of a grand jury's decision on whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo should face criminal charges.

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