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On Volatile Day, Immigration Activists Descend on Varick Street ICE Office

On Volatile Day, Immigration Activists Descend on Varick Street ICE Office

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO, REPORTING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as congressional leaders scrambled Thursday to forge an agreement on the fate of roughly 800,000 Dreamers, federal agents in Manhattan from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained a leading immigration rights advocate, Ravi Ragbir, as he did a routine check-in with government officials. When […]

Corey Johnson Faces the Daunting Budget Realities of Trump’s America

Corey Johnson Faces the Daunting Budget Realities of Trump’s America

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As Corey Johnson assumes the role of speaker of the City Council, he has made some important and expensive promises that multiple constituencies are expecting him to keep. But he is also facing the prospect of cuts in federal and state dollars that could make fulfilling those promises difficult. “Almost a third […]

DNA Vindicates Lesbian Rape Victim Smeared by Daily News

DNA Vindicates Lesbian Rape Victim Smeared by Daily News

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Nearly 24 years after a lesbian was raped in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and then called a liar and a hoaxer in the pages of the New York Daily News by columnist Mike McAlary, the NYPD is reporting that it linked the DNA found in that case to a man who is […]

Mr. Speaker

Mr. Speaker

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | One thing was said over and over again about Corey Johnson as the City Council convened to elect its new speaker — the 35-year-old works hard. “Everybody in this body cannot deny that Corey Johnson worked harder to be the speaker of this body than anybody else in this body,” said Laurie […]

Ten Federal Judges Have Now Rejected Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Ten Federal Judges Have Now Rejected Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | President Donald Trump’s July 26 tweet announcing that “the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military” — an approach amplified by an official August 25 memorandum — has encountered unanimous resistance from 10 federal judges who have had […]

Abel Cedeno Lawsuit Aims to Help All LGBTQ Students

Abel Cedeno Lawsuit Aims to Help All LGBTQ Students

BY ANDY HUMM | Abel Cedeno, the gay teen charged with manslaughter for using a knife to defend himself in September from two students at his Bronx school he says were attacking him — leading to the death of Matthew McCree and the wounding of Ariane Laboy — has filed a lawsuit against the city, […]

Guilty Plea in 2012 Elderly Manhattan Man’s Murder

Guilty Plea in 2012 Elderly Manhattan Man’s Murder

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Before pleading guilty to the murder of an 87-year-old man in the man’s Murray Hill apartment, Miguel Abarentos was preparing to offer an extreme emotional disturbance defense in the 2012 homicide. “He was hyper-sensitive to certain slights,” Toni Messina, Abarentos’ attorney, said following the 30-year-old’s plea in Manhattan Supreme Court on […]

Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Federal district judges on opposite coasts dealt setbacks to President Donald Trump’s anti-transgender military policy on December 11. In the Washington, DC, District Court, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected a motion by the Justice Department in Doe v. Trump to stay her preliminary injunction that requires the Defense Department to allow transgender […]

Supreme Court Denies Review in Gay Rights Case

Supreme Court Denies Review in Gay Rights Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court announced on December 11 that it will not review a decision by a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled on March 10 that a lesbian formerly employed as a security guard at a Georgia hospital could not sue for sexual orientation […]

Justices Press Both Sides Hard in Wedding Cake Case

Justices Press Both Sides Hard in Wedding Cake Case

BY MATTHEW SKINNER | The courtroom of the Supreme Court of the United States was the site on Tuesday of a high-stakes debate over the future of the right to refuse service or public accommodations based on religious grounds and the fate of American civil rights laws, as the justices questioned four attorneys at the oral […]

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