Last year was a down year for the Mo Better Jaguars Pop Warner program of Brownsville, Brooklyn. As we chronicled in a November feature story, the 2013 season was the first time none of the program's teams made the playoffs. But while it was a down year, it did not lack flashes of hope.
This week the Voice took part in a national project with 50 other alternative press journalists that named the country's worst elected officials. The list named 53 politicians from 23 states -- including the District of Columbia -- who fit into one of five categories: hatemongers, sleazeballs, blowh ... More >>
Pop Warner, America's largest youth football organization, faces a crisis. The increasing awareness of the damage football can do to the brain has convinced more and more parents to keep their children away from the sport. Politicians from California to New York have proposed banning tackle football ... More >>
America's views on youth football are shifting quickly. This was particularly apparent last week -- specifically on Thursday. That day, ESPN reported that participation in Pop Warner dropped by 10 percent from 2010 to 2012, and Robert Morris University released the results from a poll showing that 4 ... More >>
Brownsville has been known for its boxers. Tough, relentless sluggers. The community takes pride in its old sons, passing down stories and memories, keeping the earliest stages of their legacies alive. The coaches for the Mo Better Jaguars -- subjects of this week's cover story -- lived at the cen ... More >>
After the eight round of the bout, Curtis Stevens's corner threw in the towel. Stevens had fought a solid a fight, showed a strong chin, excited his hometown Madison Square Garden crowd with a few thudding hooks that wobbled Gennady Golovkin, the middleweight champion who has now strung together 15 ... More >>
The parents sat along the long green benches at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, watching their sons' Pop Warner football practice. Some discussed the kids' game on Sunday--that fumble at the end of the second half changed everything! Some flipped through newspapers. Some munched on sour candy. The ... More >>
Two men have been arrested for shooting killing a one-year-old boy in a gangland dispute with the boy's father. The two men were taken into custody in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the same day of 16-month-old Antiq Hennis's funeral. The suspects are awaiting extradition to New York.
It's pretty simple, really: if you want to beat the rap for a public urination ticket (or a ticket for pot possession, littering, spitting, or riding a bicycle on a sidewalk) all you have to do is wait for the right day and show up at a Brooklyn church for Safe Surrender, a semi-regular event put on ... More >>
It's been a banner week for dogs in New York. Tuesday saw the indictment of 39-year-old Leslie Alexander, who had been using his Brownsville home to train dogs to fight in the very cruel, very illegal dog-fighting circuit. (The cops initially went there on a warrant for guns and drugs and instead fo ... More >>
Someone dies a diabetes-related death every 90 minutes in New York City, according to a disturbing new report out from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. That's 11 percent of citywide deaths in 2011, or nearly double the proportion it was in 1990, when 6 percent of citywide deaths had diab ... More >>
In a week filled with headlines of a fired LAPD cop gone on a killing spree after posting a murderous 'manifesto' on Facebook, this story should unsettle you. Yesterday, the New York Post reported that NYPD deputy inspector Joseph Gulotta was virtually targeted on the social network when an anonymo ... More >>
As we know, New Year's Eve brings out the worst in people. An hyped-up party atmosphere mixed with thousands of people mixed with alcohol will produce that blowback; on my walk from the Flatiron District to the East Village at around 2am, I witnessed two huge fights, five ambulances and a streaker p ... More >>
The New York City Health Department yesterday renewed a recommendation to gay men who've had sex with a man they met via-a digital "app": get a meningitis vaccine.In the last 12 months, there have been a total of 11 cases of meningitis within the City's gay community, two of which were diagnosed wit ... More >>
Championship boxing at Barclays Center
On Thursday night, at around 11:45pm, Franze Williams, 32, was non-fatally shot in the stomach at his apartment building on Tapscott Street in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. He was taken to the nearby Browndale Hospital and treated for his gun wounds.Soon after, police officials ... More >>
Waka Flocka Flame is the sort of of hip-hop artist who doesn't so much rap or flow as he shouts his ass off. It's a formula that imbues the Atlanta-based rapper's songs with a boisterous, visceral appealand one that he's looking to continue with the release of his second studio album, Triple ... More >>
The NYPD is on track to stop and frisk 700,000 people this year.About a hundred people gathered outside Pace University this afternoon to protest stop-and-frisk, the NYPD policy under which, over the last eight years, more than 3 million innocent New Yorkers -- overwhelmingly black and Latino ... More >>
Yesterday, President Obama announced that the U.S. will be withdrawing all of its forces from Iraq by the end of the year. The Washington Post reports there are about 39,000 troops in Iraq today, and all will come home except a small contingent of Marines who are assigned to protect the embas ... More >>
viaAnders Behring Breivik, the suspected Norway killer. The death toll from yesterday's horrific violence in Norway is now reported to be 91, mostly from the youth camp shootings on Utoya island. At the camp, at least 84 people died, some as young as 16. The bombing in Oslo killed 7 and injured 9 ... More >>
Well, the year is nearly half over, and it's time to do a bit of handicapping of the city's crime statistics. In general, some sections of the city are experiencing a spike in assaults, and a rash of economic crimes--burglaries and grand larcenies, mainly. Overall, citywide crime, according ... More >>
The good news? The overall number of foreclosures in New York City dropped dramatically in 2010 after a spike in woeful 2009. The bad news? The number of foreclosed buildings is still staggering, and the city's overall rate of foreclosures is high. Those are part of the mixed bag of conclusions ... More >>
Carlotta Brett-Pierce: Accused of starving and beating her little daughter to death.Bad stuff: "The words of a [5-year-old] son could doom a Monster Mom accused of starving and beating his 4-year-old sister to death." (Daily News) "Strangulation, bludgeoning, face-stomping, castration with a co ... More >>
Suspects in Friday night Fort Greene shootingsCops are looking for four suspects after five teens were wounded by gunfire Friday night outside Bishop Loughlin High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, after a basketball game with Christ the King High School. The next day, a 16-year-old girl was shot ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
• Switzerland has refused to extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S. over a child sex case (regarding a 13-year-old girl) dating from 1977, and he has been freed from house arrest. "The reason for the decision lies in the fact that it was not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty a ... More >>
Christopher SadowskiEarly today, Brenddy Garcia, 19, of Brownsville, Brooklyn, was charged in the double homicide of Darnell Morel and Ricardo Williams that took place on the No. 2 subway line Sunday morning.
rachelleb.comThe U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing the fish wholesaler and importer M. Slavin & Sons for male-on-male sexual, racial, and national origin harassment. The suit charges that some of M. Slavin's owners and managers subjected male and especially black American ... More >>
Looks like it's time to PANIC again: a Queens assistant principal is reported "critically ill" with swine flu. The Times says the unidentified educator is on a respirator. Three Queens schools -- P.S. 5 in Elmhurst, Intermediate School 5 in Corona, and Intermediate School 238 in Hollis, aka the Susa ... More >>
A poor Mexican child, who travelled with his family from his native land to Brownsville, Texas, has died just short of his second birthday from swine flu. The attendant headlines all read "First U.S. Swine Flu Death," and everyone is panicking even more, as is their patriotic duty. The Times hollers ... More >>
Yesterday armed robbers killed El-Hajj Kareem Shabazz in the video store he owned in Brownsville, reports the New York Daily News. Friends and relatives recall him as generous to all, including underfunded customers. "The really stupid thing," said Shabazz' imam, Umar Jordan, "is... if these people ... More >>
It’s Pride month and marches are popping up even in the not-so-gay-friendly outer boroughs—a phenomenon explored in last week's Queer Issue. On Saturday, the folks at Make the Road by Walking hosted their own march through Bushwick to recognize the largely Latino and African-American LGBTQ ... More >>
A woman accused of castrating and killing her father garners support from an unusual source
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