Did Authorities in New York City Lose More Than 1,300 Confiscated Knives?

True gravity knives, like the one seen here, are virtually extinct on the modern market.
The following story has been updated to include a statement from the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Documents from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. show that a program used since 2010 to justify aggressive prosecution of New York's controversial gravity knife law was marked by dysfunction and was, in its most important respects, never completed, or even begun.

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Department of Investigation Announces Two Schoolyard Sexual Assault Cases in One Day

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Yesterday, the Department of Investigation announced the findings of two sexual assault investigations that occurred in New York City schools. Tyshaunna Roberts, 22, a dance teacher at an after-school program in Queens, has been charged for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female student.

In the Bronx, Angelyn Donald, principal at P.S. 386, was recommended for termination after the Special Commissioner of Investigation's office discovered she failed to report the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old student at the hands of 40-year-old teacher Anthony Criscuolo.

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Brand It, Post It, Sell It: How Millennials Are Reshaping Business As We Know It

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Laura Murray, an FIT student by day and live music photographer by night, has a fascination with exposure: "Being able to show people things that are going on all over the world sounds incredible." She admits on her website that she has a "slight case of wanderlust" and her dream job would be a band's designated photographer. To satisfy and achieve both journeys, she had to start off with basic grassroots marketing that required little cost: she handed out promotional marketing cards anywhere she snapped photos at, made up stickers with her name on them and assisted photographers in every way possible. 

But her biggest obstacle was the ambiguity that came with a popular form of artwork like photography: she had equipped herself with skills in the field throughout high school and college but she also knew that thousands of other people her age could muster those same talents.

"It seems that everyone with an SLR (single-lens reflex) camera these days wants to get into photography, just no one knows your name," she said. It was her goal to stand out among the rest - a credo of the entrepreneurial spirit. In the usual fashion of small business, she had to brand herself. And what better way to do that by using her name.

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NY AG Eric Schneiderman's Subpoenas Aimed at Private Equity Firms, Bain Capital & Romney Donors Included

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In a few weeks, this might be the Issue of the Election or the Story That Brought Romney Down. At this point, only time can tell.

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has begun to send out subpoenas to investigate the tax situations in numerous private equity companies situated in the Big Apple, including Bain Capital, Republican hopeful Mitt Romney's coup de grace and the subject of his Horatio Alger story. 

According to the piece, the legal action is focused on the belief that these private equity companies "converted certain management fees collected from their investors into fund investments;" in a simpler diction, the companies are charged with writing off millions of dollars worth in taxes - Bain saving almost $200 million that could have gone to the state government's tax base.

The investigation rides off the coattail of a trove of documents Gawker leaked last month that gave us all a glimpse into the dark, shady world that is Bain Capital and private equity. Downsizing, leveraged buyouts and dollar signs were in abundance as well as long lists of management fees skirted off into the capital gains domain. But although the documents provide the basis for the AG's argument, the subpoenas came before the leak and have no connection to them.

Nonetheless, a look inside what made Mitt rich beyond belief with illegal implications could be destructive in the eyes of voters.... especially when all of his friends are involved, too.
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The Reason(s) Behind the No-White-After-Labor-Day Rule (Blame the One Percent!)

Tomorrow is Labor Day - that first Monday of September where people eat, drink and travel, all in the name of summer's end and universal workers' rights. It is the mark of a season's passing and one holiday that comes with a set rule overused in jokes and conversational side comments: you cannot wear white after Labor Day. 

For whatever the reason, once that day came along on your calendar, it becomes socially unacceptable to wear the most basic color mankind has in his armoire. No more white tees, white underwear, white pants, white handkerchiefs and absolutely no white fedoras.

Well, I never understood this holiday law and, therefore, never abided by it. It just didn't make sense to me: why would anyone not wear white after Labor Day? And when does that rule expire? Is January 1st like a reset button for this totalitarian fashion statement? Who was enforcing this rule, anyway? Was there actually fashion police out there, like that really shitty prime-time television show on E!? I was a curious child, nonetheless.

Well, this year I wanted to get to the bottom of these questions that I've been sheltering inside of me at the beginning of every September for years now. So, this morning, I did a bunch of research, flipped through a few files, dusted off some archives and found a handful answers to the no-white-after-Labor-Day social agenda. 

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'Stain' Found as the Search for Etan Patz Continues

This could be a breakthrough. 

According to CNN this morning, FBI officials have discovered a mysterious 'stain' on the concrete wall in the basement of a SoHo apartment. The site - a half-block away from where the young Patz vanished a little over 30 years - once belonged to long-standing suspect, Othniel Miller, and is at the center of the re-invigorated investigation

As of now, it has not been concluded that the stain is actually blood. The 'stain' was spotlighted with the use of the chemical luminol, which can detect blood but is not always spot-on. The part of the wall that contains it, however, has been chain-sawed out and will be sent to a federal laboratory in Virginia, where officials will find out a) if it is blood; and b) who it belongs to.

The clue could be the most significant development in a case that has confused the FBI and the country for more than three decades.

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Sleepy JFK Security Guards Fired; Sleepier Boss Stays On

Guards from Covenant Aviation Security feel they have been wrongfully fired for sleeping on the job, the New York Post reports today. They say say their supervisor Ronald Denig commits the same offenses that they do. With all of the chaos going on around at the country's airports, it's no wonder that the guards fell asleep. It's an exhausting job!

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Why Men Fake Orgasms, by a Man Who Has Faked an Orgasm

The New York Post noted a fun statistic to emerge from a survey by the editors of Men's Health and Women's Health of 2,000 people's sex habits: 17% of the men surveyed have faked an orgasm. Some people think that this "is a statistic
that raises more questions than it does answers." Indeed! So we talked to a guy who has faked an orgasm.

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Happy Birthday, John Lennon: Here's Your Google Doodle and an FBI Investigation

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Imagining John Lennon today.
Tomorrow would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. Back in 1971, he gave his famous interview with Rolling Stone, saying the following:

"I was different, I was always different... A couple of teachers would notice me, encourage me to be something or other, to draw or to paint -- express myself... And then the fuckin' fans tried to beat me into being a fuckin' Beatle or an Engelbert Humperdinck, and the critics tried to beat me into being Paul McCartney."
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