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Probe Finds Poor Security at New York City's Rikers Island

by Associated Press
Rikers Island

satanslaundromat, Flickr 

Water bottles filled with vodka that go uninspected. Lunch boxes packed with drugs allowed to bypass X-ray machines. Razor blades and other objects waved on through, even when they set off metal detectors.

   Gaping security holes at the city's Rikers Island jail allowed guards and other staffers to easily smuggle in all manner of contraband - including heroin, marijuana, booze and weapons - to the inmates they are supposed to be watching, city investigators found.

Strike a Chord: Does Bullying Cause Suicide?

by Jeff Coltin

Diego Grez, wikimedia

There must be dozens, or even hundreds of videos like it on Youtube. A teen gets bullied at school, goes home, get bullied online, and then, attempts suicide.
They are powerful, and most end with a message of hope: "you can stop bullying, you can prevent suicide."

Bratton Names Training Head as First NYPD Deputy

by Associated Press
NYPD squad car.

Andre Gustavo Stumpf, Flickr 

The head of training at the New York Police Department who served two presidents and has a history of working on civil rights was named the NYPD's second in command Wednesday after the chief named to the job abruptly quit.

   Benjamin Tucker, a retired NYPD officer and lawyer, is revamping the department's use of force training and is uniquely qualified for the job of first deputy commissioner, Commissioner William Bratton said. The job entails handling both community and police relations, he said.

Strike a Chord: What's a School to Do?

by Jeff Coltin
HSMSE at City College

HSMSE at City College, Jeff Coltin, WFUV News

Last spring, a student at the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College in Manhattan died by suicide. Five months later, a group of sophomores, who asked to stay anonymous, said the tragedy doesn't come up much.

Cuomo Re-elected to a Second Term

by Jeff Coltin
Andrew Cuomo

Jeff Coltin, WFUV News

Promising to take the state higher than ever before, Andrew Cuomo's been re-elected to a second term as Governor of New York. The Democrat was widely expected to cruise to victory as Cuomo outspent Republican challenger Rob Astorino nearly 10 to 1. In Manhattan last night, Cuomo talked of a unified New York.

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