Miriam Carey, Dental Hygienist Who "Made It Out" of East New York, Identified as Capitol Suspect [UPDATED]

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A woman with a small child in her car who tried to break through a barricade outside the White House, rammed a police car near the U.S. Capitol, and was ultimately shot to death by Capitol police has been identified as Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Connecticut. Carey is from Brooklyn, where she grew up in the Louis Pink Houses, a New York City Housing Authority building in East New York. She's the second Brooklyn native in two weeks to be involved in a violent incident in D.C.; the first was Aaron Alexis, the suspect in the September 16 shootings at the Washington Navy Yards.

In a weird coincidence, the Army was also holding a mock mass casualty training for first responders in D.C. yesterday. It's not yet clear whether the training was suspended during the shooting.

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Will the Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Lead to a Federal Monitor for the NYPD?

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Maybe the parts of the Community Safety Act that debuted on the council floor yesterday won't even be necessary. In an exclusive report by the Daily News last night, it's been discovered that Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department are thinking about asking the trial judge on Floyd v. New York--the case in motion downtown that questions the constitutionality of stop-and-frisk--to assign an inspector general to oversee the NYPD's actions should the practice be overturned. A controversy so bad, even Washington might get involved.

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City Advocates Shine National Spotlight on Bloomberg's Reign of School Closure

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Advocates from across the nation to meet with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (above) to demand school closure moratorium.
New York City education advocates, along with activists from 17 other cities, are bringing their fight against school closures to the U.S. Department of Education today.

The advocates have filed complaints with the Office of Civil Rights arguing that school closure policies in their cities have disproportionately impacted poor students of color, English Language Learners and special-education students. Thus, they are demanding a national moratorium on all school closures.

Zakiyah Ansari, a public school parent and founder of the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, filed complaints in July and earlier this month with the OCR documenting the failed and discriminatory results of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 12-year reign of closure on city public schools.

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N.Y.C. Vs. D.C.: An Urban Culture Breakdown

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Every year, during the hot, humid, heat waves of summer, my father and I plan a historical trip of some sort to escape the hustle and bustle of New York for a few days and surround ourselves with nothing but some good ol' Founding Father lovin'. 

Last June, we traveled to Gettysburg and Antietam to check up on the once bloody Civil War sites. After endless amounts of shirts that said "Don't Tread on Me," faux Confederate flags and that fine line between insanity and historical re-enactment, we left the small towns full of antebellum nostalgia and headed back to Yankee Town.

This time around, we headed down to Washington D.C. for three days vacationing in our nation's capital. As homegrown New Yorkers, it was only natural that we stressed the fact to people where we're from, whether it was in a hotel lobby or in the back of a cab. While we explored the federal metropolis, our city instincts began to notice inherent differences between D.C. and N.Y.C. Streets, museums and general infrastructure aide, the urban cultures of both have striking characteristics that defines what it means to be from New York... and from D.C., we guess. 

And there's more than enough to scrap them all together into this blog post. Here's a few snippets from this tale of two cities:

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'Occupy the Highway': Group From OWS Planning March From NYC to D.C.

Last night at the inaugural OWS Spokes Council, a piece of paper was thrust into the Voice's hand. We opened it: "Occupy The Highway," it said. "OWS hits the road this Wednesday at noon! The Congressional Super Committee meets Nov. 23, we'll be there to protest the Bush tax cuts that only benefit the top 1%!"

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Turns out that a contingent from OWS is really planning to march all the way down to Washington D.C. this month. They're leaving tomorrow from Zuccotti, taking the ferry into New Jersey, and walking for two weeks solid. Per their blog:

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Nancy Pelosi Comes Out In Support of Occupy Wall Street, Kind Of

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The dreaded political co-opting of Occupy Wall Street began in earnest yesterday when Nancy Pelosi appeared on Christiane Amanpour's Sunday morning show and (kind of) lent support to the Zuccotti campers. "I support the message to the establishment, whether it's Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen," she said. "We cannot continue in a way that is not relevant to their lives."


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Legality of Anwar al-Awlaki Killing; Rain Delay for Yankees; Dow Jones Slumps

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Justice Department officials have released a statement establishing the legality of the drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki, an al Qaeda leader who was born in New Mexico, was killed in Yemen yesterday in an authorized drone strike. Some questioned the legality of killing an American without trial, but the Washington Post reports the Justice Department released a "secret memo" asserting the acceptability of the attack. "What constitutes due process in this case is a due process in war," an anonymous official said. [Washington Post]


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Giant Pandas Were the Only National Zoo Animals Who Didn't React to the Earthquake

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While the rest of the animals at the National Zoo in D.C. freaked out about yesterday's earthquake, the giant pandas were just sitting around, totally indifferent. If they even noticed. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian were just lolling about on their adorable well-padded rear ends while the other animals shrieked and "belch-vocalized" and generally carried on.

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Chris Geidner of Metro Weekly Attempts to Explain Obama's LGBT Legal Reasoning (VIDEO)


Ever confused about just what the Obama administration's legal reasoning is when it comes to LGBT rights? So are we! And when we can't quite make out just what it is Obama is trying to do legally, we often turn to lawyer-journalist Chris Geidner of Metro Weekly and the Poliglot blog.

Geidner says that, convoluted as it may seem, there is a certain legal logic to the administration's approach, which appears to be building towards something. We asked him to explain it in the above video to the Voice audience.


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Smithsonian National Museum of American History To Host September 11th Exhibit

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Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress declared the Smithsonian the official repository for materials related to the tragedy, so that they could be permanently preserved. Now, from September 3 to September 11, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History will be displaying some of the items. The New York Post reports that the exhibit will include "airplane fragments, objects from Pentagon offices, and a door from a crushed New York fire truck." Objects will be displayed on tables instead of in traditional glass cases to make the exhibit more personal and intimate. The museum will also host a forum on July 26 addressing "The Public Memory of September 11," featuring presentations from the directors of the memorials in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. [NYP]

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