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Hate-crime trial enters final stage

Prosecutors have rested their case after calling a New York City police detective and a forensic biologist to the stand to testify in the ongoing hate-crime trial of Hakim Scott and Keith Phoenix, who are charged with the second-degree murder of an Ecuadorian immigrant. Scott’s defense has also rested its case as the three-week-long trial...


Letter To Rapist Read In Court; He Gets 437 Years

By K. S. Nikhil Kumar The victim had asked to speak to her attacker. She rose and came to the front of Judge Vincent DelGiudice’s Brooklyn courtroom today. The judge was about to pronounce sentence for Boker Thomas, 31, who stood convicted of multiple counts of rape, criminal sexual assault, burglary and robbery. Three court...


Cobble Hill Fire Sunday

Small commotion was witnessed on Sunday at around 12:30 p.m. when several firemen descended on the scene at the corner of Pacific and Court Streets,  just off Atlantic Avenue, in response to a fire alarm. FDNY didn’t divulge any details about the event,  but bystanders claim that a dry cleaner’s shop was the cause of...


Sak Pasé: Port-au-Prince to Nostrand Ave

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Haitian population of New York City is more than 160,000, with more than 75,000 in Brooklyn alone, although the number may be much higher. Since independence from France in 1804, Haitians have emigrated to the United States, including historic leaders like W.E.B. DuBois. The January 12 earthquake had...