Number of Shooting Victims Has Increased in 14 NYPD Precincts Over the Last Five Years

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It's unfair to judge a police department solely against the crime stats of the previous year. Numbers can fluctuate from one year to the next. What matters is improvement over the long run.

Over the past few months, there has been much attention on the rising number of shootings in New York City this year--up 10 percent from this time last year. Must be the fault of new mayor De Blasio or new stop-and-frisk policies, some have said. But then there's also this stat: the number of shootings are down 22 percent from this time two years ago.

This is the message the NYPD has been trying to get people to understand. The city is, in fact, getting safer with time.

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New York Post Reporter to Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan: "You Look Fabulous! But You Should Eat More."

The latest installment of the New York Post's Cecily McMillan fashion watch.
Occupy Wall Street activist and New School graduate student Cecily McMillan was back in Manhattan criminal court Thursday morning, just weeks after her release from Rikers Island, where she served two months after being convicted of assaulting a police officer. The 25-year-old McMillan still faces another criminal charge, this one a misdemeanor, for obstruction of governmental administration. After a brief hearing, McMillan and her attorney, Martin Stolar, left the courthouse trailed by the usual press scrum, who immediately drilled down on the real story: McMillan's physical appearance.

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A Brief New York Post Guide to Womanhood

Another week, another brilliant, thoughtful, nuanced New York Post story about a prominent woman. This week it was their front-page headline about how Chirlane McCray was a "bad mom" for not wanting to spend every second with baby Chiara. McCray talked to New York magazine about how, as a later in life first-time mother, she struggled to switch gears: "I could not spend every day with her," she told the magazine. "I didn't want to do that. I looked for all kinds of reason not to do it. I love her. I have thousands of photos of her--every 1-month birthday, 2-month birthday. But I've been working since I was 14, and that part of me is me. It took a long time for me to get into 'I'm taking care of kids,' and what that means."

In their writeup, the Post's Bruce Golding boiled that down to McCray "neglecting" Chiara, who, he notes, went into treatment for substance abuse 18 years later. Coincidence? Or bad mom-ing?

By now, of course, that Golding story has been roundly raged about and mocked and thoughtfully analyzed every which way. But maybe the New York Post is right. Maybe all of us, not just Chirlane, are doing it wrong. As mothers. As wives. As women. Instead of continually messing up your life, why not just relax and let the Post tell you how to behave? Much like wandering out into the snow to die, it only feels cold at first. A few helpful hints:

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The New York Post Is Freaking Out About This "Vicious" High School Confessions Facebook Page [Updated]

One of the many terrifying memes being circulated on Forest Hills HS Confessions
It's really hard to figure out the moral universe in which the New York Post resides. Homeless children living in dangerous, vermin-ridden, sexual assault-plagued shelters? No big deal. Woman reports being raped? Meh, she probably made that up. But halt the presses, call out the National Guard, break out the desk liquor and huff into your paper bags, everybody, because some high school students have a Facebook page.

That's the gist of this masterful piece of reporting, which apparently took no less than three of the Post's crack team. Titled, "'Mean Girls' meets 'Gossip Girl' in vicious school Facebook page," it's about, as the authors put it, "the students' dark secret," a page in which two anonymous moderators put up confessions sent in by the students of Forest Hills High School in Queens.

And it's bad. Real bad. Some of these kids are having S-E-X.

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"Satmar Slumlord" or "The Livelihood of the Synagogue?" Menachem Stark's Mixed Legacy

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Surveillance camera footage shows Menachem "Max" Stark forced into a Dodge Caravan outside his office late Thursday night. On Friday afternoon, Stark's badly charred body was discovered in a smoking trash can at a Long Island gas station.

With that information in hand, two local papers dispatched reporters to learn more about Stark. The New York Times found a family man, a pillar of his community whose death drew more than 1,000 to a local synagogue. The New York Post found a scumbag landlord with a long list of enemies -- so many enemies that the paper ran its story with the headline "Who didn't want him dead?"

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New York Post: City Government Is "Too Generous" With Homeless Families

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The Auburn Family Residence, the shelter described in the NYT series.
Is the latest New York Post editorial a parody of a New York Post editorial? Written by an angry libertarian teenager who doesn't understand why poor people can't "just get a job," like the afternoon gig he's got at Wingstop that helps pay for his Xbox games? That's seemingly the only way to parse this demented masterpiece, written in response to the New York Times's heartbreaking five-part series on the city's homeless families, "Invisible Children."

The NYT series focused on one 11-year-old girl, Dasani, who makes her home in Fort Greene's Auburn Family Residence, a falling-down shelter that houses nearly 300 other homeless children and their families. The series is a painstaking, precise look at how Dasani's family got there; her mother, Chanel, and stepfather, Supreme, are both unemployed drug addicts who struggle to provide for Dasani and her seven siblings. But the series also lays some serious blame with the city and the Bloomberg administration:

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Six Skin-Crawling Passages from Sandra Guzman's Complaint Against the New York Post

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Sandra Guzman
BOO. Happy Halloween! In honor of today's holiday, we figured we'd share some creepy crawlies of our own, culled from the pages of Sandra Guzman's civil complaint against the New York Post and its editor, Col Allan. Guzman is suing over alleged employment discrimination on the basis of her race, national origin, and sex. The original suit was filed in 2009, after Tempo, the Latino interest section headed by Guzman, folded and she was fired. The suit is back in the news when a court dismissed Guzman's claim against News Corp., the Post's holding company, and ruled that the suit would go to trial.

Guzman, who is Puerto Rican, was not only subjected to racist nicknames, it seems, but also '90s-style race and gender humor at her expense and the expense of other women and people of color at the company. The 41 pages go by quickly; it's a pretty fun hate-read.

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Tabloids React To NYPD Shooting Two Women Near Times Square By Writing About "Gangbangers" and "Drug Thugs"

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Theodora Ray, 54, after being accidentally shot by the NYPD.
On Saturday night, as you've likely heard, the NYPD tried to shoot a disturbed man as he was running in and out of traffic near the Port Authority. Instead, they hit two women standing nearby. Theodora Ray, 54, was hit twice in the leg; according to friends interviewed by CBS, she remained hospitalized at Bellevue Sunday night, recovering from surgery. Sahara Khoshakhlagh, 35, was grazed in the buttocks, treated, and released from Roosevelt Hospital Saturday night. Her husband told the New York Post they'd decided not to comment, leaving the Post to deal with their larger problem: how does a newspaper cover the NYPD's shooting of two random bystanders in the most flattering possible light?

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Tabloids Completely Freak Out Over City Council's Vote for More Oversight of the NYPD

Today's Post cover. Come on, guys.
Yesterday was a particularly historic moment for New York's City Council, which voted to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of two NYPD oversight bills. The successful override means that an independent inspector general will be appointed to help regulate the department, and that more people will be able to sue for experiencing racial bias at the hands of the police. Or, if you're the Daily News, it means "THERE WILL BE BLOOD."

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In Response to Censorship Request, New York Post Publishes Incredibly Bitchy, Fairly Hilarious Collection of Bill de Blasio Photos

We originally used this one to illustrate a Musto column about a de Blasio meet-and-greet with drag queens.
Here's the thing about reporters: They're incredibly contrary. (Also, not that hygienic, and so poorly dressed we should probably have our own clothing drive. But that's a different post.) So, when you're a politician, or you work for a politician, and you do something like send an e-mail "asking" (instructing) that only one particular photo of your candidate be used? You should probably prepare for an onslaught of different, less flattering photos of your guy, perhaps from a time when his facial hair was not what it could be.

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