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NYT reporter by day, covering Brooklyn courts; novelist by very early day (EVERYBODY RISE, coming Aug. 18 from St. Martin's Press).

Family of Akai Gurley, Fatally Shot by Officer in Brooklyn, Sues New York City — The family of Akai Gurley, the unarmed man shot and killed in a Brooklyn housing-project stairwell by a police officer last year, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Brooklyn Supreme Court, names the police officer, Peter Liang, who shot Mr. Gurley; the officer's partner at the time, Shaun Landau; and the New York City Housing Authority, which runs the city's housing projects.

Construction Company Admits to Defrauding New York Clients — The construction company's plum New York projects included redoing the seats at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater, building a charter school in Red Hook, and remaking, from brick and glass, the Fiterman Hall at the Borough of Manhattan Community College after it was damaged in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Training a Cat to Walk on a Leash — THERE are outdoor cats and there are indoor cats. When I brought home Mac, a 4-year-old orange tabby, from a shelter last year, I realized I had acquired a demanding combination of the two.

Schumer to Recommend Brooklyn Prosecutor for U.S. Attorney Post — Robert L. Capers, a Brooklyn federal prosecutor for over a decade, will be recommended by Senator Chuck Schumer as the next United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Senator Schumer confirmed the selection in an interview Thursday. Mr. Capers would replace Loretta E.

3 Somali Natives Who ‘Went Home to Fight’ Plead Guilty to Terror Charges in Brooklyn — Hours before jury selection was to start in their trial, three Somali-born men pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to support a terrorist group, stemming from their fighting for the Shabab in Somalia.

Emotions Run High as Damion Hardy Is Sentenced to Life Term for Killings — Friends and family members of people killed by Damion Hardy packed one side of a Brooklyn courtroom on Monday as he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. After a three-week trial, Mr. Hardy, 40, was convicted last month of six murders and of running a drug gang out of the Lafayette Gardens housing project in Bedford-Stuyvesant in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Brooklyn District Attorney to Appeal New Trial for Man Convicted in 1991 Killing — One month after a Brooklyn judge ordered a new trial for a defendant convicted of a 1991 murder, the Brooklyn district attorney has filed notice that he will appeal the decision. The defendant, Rosean S. Hargrave, was released from prison in April, after Justice ShawnDya L.

Queens Pizzeria Owners Are Charged in Cocaine Smuggling Operation — A pizzeria in Corona, Queens, was the center of an international cocaine-trafficking ring that stretched from Costa Rica to Italy, federal authorities said on Thursday. The husband-and-wife team running the restaurant, Gregorio and Eleonora Gigliotti, hid shipments of cocaine in refrigerated cargo containers marked "fresh cassava," the authorities said.

New York to Adopt a Uniform Bar Exam Used in 15 Other States — New York State will begin using a standard bar examination given in 15 other states next summer, making it the largest state so far to adopt what amounts to a national credential for lawyers, the state's chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, announced on Tuesday.

Partial Verdict for Teenager Whose Stray Bullet Killed Man on Brooklyn Bus — After five days of deliberations, jurors on Thursday said they could not reach a decision in the most serious charge against Kahton Anderson, who was 14 when he fired a gun on a Brooklyn bus and killed a 39-year-old father last year.
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May 22, 2015

RT @brianstelter: TLC statement: "Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air"

May 22, 2015

RT @StMartinsPress: RT @hopedellon: Fabulous illustrated excerpt from @StephCliff's debut novel, 'Everybody Rise': via @thr #Aug18

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