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  • Homicides Up 5%; "Safe" Neighborhoods Share the Pain

    published Dec 24, 2008

    While the city is boasting of another historic crime drop, they are soft-pedaling -- with the egregious cooperation of the press -- one sobering stat: the homicide rate has actually risen five perce... More >>

  • Yes, Commercial Real Estate Diving Too

    published Dec 23, 2008

    Watching the financial news wires these days is kind of like waiting for a tidal wave. You know the bad news is coming, and you can't do much about it. That must be a familiar feeling for the pashas o... More >>

  • Lehman Brothers Still Spending Cash It Doesn't Have

    published Dec 22, 2008

    From the department of the kind of appalling, the bankrupt Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers is still trying to lease office space, Crain's New York Business tells us. Apparently, the remnants of the ... More >>

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    Will Run for Food

    published December 17, 2008

    In the final seconds of the five-mile New York Road Runners Team Championships in Central Park this August, a 33-year-old Kenyan named Evance... More >>

  • Ray Kelly's Social Life? Fabulous, Darling!

    published Dec 15, 2008

    City's top cop keeps his celebrity badge bright and shiny. By Graham Rayman Police Commissioner Ray Kelly must have New York City's crime under control, because he certainly seems to have a lot of t... More >>

  • Prognostication is a Lonely Business

    published Dec 10, 2008

    Some guy no one has ever heard of comes out of nowhere to predict, with uncanny accuracy, that Barack Obama will win the presidency.No, we're not talking about Nate Silver. You've probably heard of Na... More >>

  • The Giants and a Rush to Judgment

    published Dec 02, 2008

    We can always count on Macy's to try to corner the market on the Yuletide spirit and crush all who stand in its way. But the retailer, already smacked down by the recession, was bitten by the Law of U... More >>

  • More Heads Roll in Wake of Rikers Jail Murder

    published Dec 01, 2008

    Remember in Goodfellas when Robert De Niro's character, Jimmy Conway, whacks everyone who can tie him to the Lufthansa heist? Correction Commissioner Martin Horn seems to be doing something similar &... More >>

  • Rikers Death Forces Out High Jail Official

    published Nov 26, 2008

    In the widening fallout from last month's murder of a teenager on Rikers Island, Correction Commissioner Martin Horn has forced the early retirement of one of the highest-ranking officials in the depa... More >>

  • City Jails Chief Gets Off With Only a Few Sentences

    published November 26, 2008

    The New York City Council managed an extraordinary feat Monday morning. The council hosted beleaguered Correction Commissioner Martin Horn in... More >>

  • Russian Prof: U.S. Finished, Russia to Mop Up

    published Nov 25, 2008

    Could the U.S. economic crisis lead to the breakup of the Union? An esteemed Russian political analyst says it will. According to the Drudge Report, Professor Igor Panarin argues in Monday's Izvesti... More >>

  • Follow-Up: Grand Jury Will Hear Case of Teen Killed at Rikers

    published Nov 20, 2008

    Bronx prosecutors have told the family of a teen fatally beaten in a city jail last month -- whose case is covered in the current Voice -- that they will take the case to a grand jury shortly after Th... More >>

  • Teen Murder at Rikers Jail

    published November 19, 2008

    The fatal beating last month of a teenager on Rikers Island has sparked new fury about how the huge jail complex is operated. The teen,... More >>

  • Bernie Kerik Denounces Critics as "Cockroaches"

    published Nov 12, 2008

    In a rare three-part interview shot last month, Bernard Kerik -- the indicted former New York City police commissioner and ex-Giuliani era hack -- puts his attack dogs in the laundry room and holds ... More >>

  • Wall Streetwalkers: The Sleazy Lehman Brothers Subsidiary

    published November 5, 2008

    Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld told Congress on October 6 that the Wall Street investment bank was destroyed by a "financial tsunami"—a... More >>

  • Bloomberg Hawks Bloomberg (L.P.) To Finance Guys

    published Oct 28, 2008

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg might have officially stepped away from running the company that made him a billionaire, but that doesn't mean he's stopped giving it a plug whenever he can. In a speech this... More >>

  • The Police and the Punk Band Leftover Crack

    published September 17, 2008

    For months now, the members of Leftover Crack, a punk band known for songs like "One Dead Cop" and "Nazi White Trash," have been... More >>

  • Actual Coverage of McCain-Obama at Columbia

    published Sep 12, 2008

    Has the oil industry gotten to Barack Obama? Last night at the National Service Forum at Columbia University, Obama declared that his "bold" energy plan would reduce America's dependence on foreign o... More >>

  • Should the New 9/11 Museum Tell the Whole Truth?

    published September 10, 2008

    For a vivid example of the struggle going on over the legacy of 9/11, one had only to travel last Thursday from John Jay College on Tenth... More >>

  • Sotheby's, a Retired Teacher, and California Artist Martín Ramirez

    published August 27, 2008

    Last January, at the intersection of art and money, a retired teacher living in rural California quietly contacted Sotheby's. And so began a... More >>

  • Nightline's Bad Journalism 101

    published Aug 06, 2008

    ABC News Nightline has weighed in on the A Long Way Gone saga, and the verdict is that all is kosher in Ishmael Beah’s memoir about his days as a child soldier during the Sierra Leone civil war. (... More >>

  • Woman-on-Woman Rape Claim at Rikers

    published August 5, 2008

    A new crisis is roiling the scandal-plagued city Correction Department, the Voice has learned: A female inmate says she was sexually... More >>

  • Columbia's Knotty Noose Problem, Part 2

    published July 9, 2008

    By last October, nearly two years had passed since plagiarism allegations had first been made to the administrators of Columbia Teachers... More >>

  • Columbia's Knotty Noose Problem

    published July 2, 2008

    Last October 9, a Tuesday, someone tied a noose to the third-floor office door of Columbia Teachers College professor Madonna Constantine, a... More >>

  • Columbia Fires 'Noose' Professor for Plagiarism

    published June 17, 2008

    In a move that surprised even college insiders, Columbia Teachers College has fired controversial professor Madonna Constantine, the Voice... More >>

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