New York Has Third Lowest Gun Death Rate In Nation

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The Violence Policy Center released its annual state rankings yesterday, and New York comes in strong, as the state with the third lowest per capita rates of gun fatalities in 2013, the year the study examined.More »

Ex-Prisoners Are Committing Fewer Crimes That Land Them Back in Jail, Authorities Say

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Courtesy of RAPP Campaign
Speaker at a RAPP Campaign event this spring at Columbia University
Fewer inmates than ever are landing back in prison for new crimes, according to the most recent data from state correctional authorities.

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Video: Nightmare Passenger Stabs Cab Driver, Makes Him Crash, Steals His Phone and Money

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NYPD via YouTube
A black car crashed in Bushwick this weekend after the passenger inside repeatedly stabbed its driver. The fare made off with the victim's phone and his cash. According to the NYPD, the driver picked the passenger up just before 11 a.m. on Saturday outside 1234 Halsey Street in Bushwick.

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Look Out for These Eleven New York City Scams

All illustrations by Curtis Tinsley
Tourists are easy (and the only?) targets for MTA card scammers.
December is the final busy month before New York sees its tourism dip in January and February, and with all those out-of-towners comes the opportunity for easy money to be made at subway stations, in Times Square, and even at one of the city's museums. So, with a month left before Christmas, we present this 2014 guide to New York scams, old and new. These first-hand accounts show you're always capable of having the wool pulled over your eyes, whether you're a tourist or a lifelong New Yorker. Happy holidays!

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How Do You Steal 30 Cars in 75 Days? Make Most of Them Honda Accords

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Tom Huck
This week's feature story dove into the life of Reynaldo Nazario, an old-school car thief who used old-school methods to steal older-model cars. In October 2012, Bronx prosecutors charged him with stealing 30 cars over a 75-day stretch. To boost the cars, Nazario used shaved keys. He had 10 keys, from various models of car, filed down with sandpaper. With the right touch, these keys can turn on a car's ignition.

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Cycling on the Sidewalk: The New Stop-and-Frisk?

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Some call it "stop-and-frisk by another name." Others say it's an excuse for cops to up the number of outstanding arrest warrants.More »

Grieving Mother on Charges Against Cab Driver: 'It's a Traffic Violation for Killing a Child'

By now, 10 months on, the details of Cooper Stock's death are well-known: The nine-year-old was in the crosswalk, under the signal, holding his father's hand when he was run down by a cab driver a little after 8:45 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014.

Partly because of the heartbreaking circumstances and partly because of the timing -- shortly before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious new initiative to combat pedestrian deaths in New York City -- the story has been repeated in countless articles since.

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Stephen Colbert is a Knife-Wielding Criminal -- And Here's the Video Proof!

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Stephen Colbert brazenly flaunts an "illegal" knife in 2010.
This week's cover story is about the NYPD's very strict -- and some say ridiculous -- interpretation of a state statute regulating "gravity knives."

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On Switchblades, 'Cheap Dime Store Hoods' and That Wet End, Lachance

Categories: Crime, Politics

Credit: YouTube clip from Stand By Me
Ace is about to look significantly less tough than he does right now.
My favorite scene in Stand By Me -- which I could more or less recite word for word if you're interested -- comes near the end, when the movie's diminutive hero, Gordie Lachance, stands up to a neighborhood bully.

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Early-Summer Spike in Gun Violence Followed by Safest August in 20 Years

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Joe Lhota via YouTube
Joe Lhota was wrong.
There was a moment back in June when CompStat computers kept spitting out calculations that showed gun violence on the rise and, gradually, a dark, sinking thought settled over the city: What if Joe Lhota was right and the streets of New York would be bathed in blood before summer was over? What if we chose...poorly?

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