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  When the video begins, you can see several police cars arrayed like battleships, but you can hear only one siren, blaring from an unmarked cruiser that comes to a stop in the middle of Fifth Avenue, in Brooklyn. It’s the first sign that something is about to go down. It’s minutes after 2am, but a small crowd has gathered. The person filming the scene swings around to the side of another cruiser parked in the...
An NYPD officer shot a hammer-wielding man near Penn Station this morning, reportedly after he tried to attack an officer with the claw-end of his weapon, according to the New York Post. The suspect, 30-year-old David Baril, was shot three or four times near the intersection of 37th Street and Eighth Avenue, shortly before 10 a.m. Law enforcement officials suspect the man is the same person who's wanted in a spree of hammer-attacks on Manhattan pedestrians around Union Square, earlier...
The common understanding of the annual cinema calendar holds that summer is for blockbusters, for kicking back at the multiplex and switching off every part of your brain not required to remember which characters appeared in the previous iteration of whatever multimillion dollar franchise's latest offering you're now submitting yourself to. It's fun! And this summer is shaping up to be the most blockbustery yet: Furious 7 is already the fourth highest-grossing film of all-time, Avengers: Age...
The crackdown on corruption in Albany continues: this morning, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was arrested, along with his son, Adam, on a litany corruption charges. This comes a little more than three months after State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver was arrested, meaning that of the "three men in a room" who wield the most power in state politics, only one remains unscathed. Has anyone checked on Governor Cuomo this morning? The...

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