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August 08, 2017 | New York Post

A Manhattan woman was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in prison for trying to murder her boyfriend ​with scalding hot oil and a knife ​after a quarrel, authorities said. Myeshia Hawkins-Taylor, 43, of Harlem, copped to attempted murder last July as part of a plea deal, according to a statement from the Manhattan...

August 07, 2017 | New York Daily News

The Manhattan DA’s office is donating $7.3 million to college education and reentry services in state prisons — which will serve 2,500 inmates over the next five years, officials said Monday. DA Cyrus Vance Jr. will use money collected during prosecutions for the initiative, boosting a program that currently relies on mostly...

August 06, 2017 | New York Times

Moving ahead with a plan that has drawn criticism from conservatives, the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is awarding more than $7 million in grants to a variety of colleges around the state to offer courses to prisoners. On Sunday, Cuomo administration officials sought to...

August 04, 2017 | NBC New York/Telemundo

An undercover investigation by the NBC 4 New York I-Team and Telemundo 47 Investiga has found the black market sale of fake safety training cards for New York City construction workers is still booming, despite more than two dozen on-the-job deaths in the last few years and outreach by local officials… In some cases, workers get fake cards because...

August 03, 2017 | New York Times

[...] The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., took an important step toward a more rational policy when he declared in June that his office would as of September no longer prosecute most people for bus or subway fare-beating, partly because the criminal charge unfairly penalizes people for being poor. The root of the problem is that low-...

August 03, 2017 | New York Post

Nearly two tons of seized ivory from the tusks of around 100 massacred elephants was crushed in Central Park on Thursday to make a bold statement about poaching and the illegal trade of “white gold.”

The massive ivory haul, which was seized by state officials and is worth about $8.5 million, includes hundreds of intricately carved...

July 29, 2017 | New York Post

A Queens drug dealer who orchestrated the cold-blooded 2012 killing of a Los Angeles law student in Midtown was found guilty of second-degree murder and other raps Friday. “Brandon Woodard’s death was nothing less than an execution — an incredibly brazen, cold-blooded killing on the streets of Midtown Manhattan at midday,” Manhattan...

July 26, 2017 | Wall Street Journal

The owners of a Manhattan antiques store pleaded guilty on Wednesday for selling millions of dollars in illegal elephant ivory...“When a search warrant was executed at Metropolitan Fine Arts & Antiques, more than $4.5 million of ivory from more than a dozen slaughtered elephants was recovered—making this the largest seizure of illegal elephant ivory...

July 26, 2017 | New York Times

The owners of a Midtown Manhattan antiques shop pleaded guilty on Wednesday to illegally selling and offering for sale over $4.5 million in ivory from more than a dozen slaughtered elephants, the authorities said. The shop owners, brothers Irving Morano, 47, and Samuel Morano, 49 — were arrested in September, about a year after undercover...

July 25, 2017 | The Oregonian

...Her kit came from a stash of 2,607 old untested kits from the three counties that made up more than half of the state's backlog: Multnomah, Marion and Lane. The counties got a $2 million grant to send the kits to a private lab in Utah to see if any of the swabs yielded traceable DNA.