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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.

No Backpacks, Bags Allowed at NYC Bike Tour

by Associated Press

asterix611, flickr

An annual bike tour across New York City's five boroughs that draws tens of thousands of riders is beefing up security after this month's Boston Marathon bombings.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour officials said Friday backpacks, saddlebags, panniers and hydration packs will not be permitted at this year's tour on May 5.

Organizers said checkpoints along the route will be set up to ensure compliance with the new rules. Confiscated items won't be returned.

Organizers say water bottles, fanny packs and small bike frame bags will be permitted.

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