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Abel Cedeno Allegedly Menaced by Dead Youth’s Brother

Abel Cedeno Allegedly Menaced by Dead Youth’s Brother

BY ANDY HUMM | As Abel Cedeno was leaving Bronx Criminal Court on March 6 with his family and a police escort, he was threatened by Kevon Dennis, 18, the brother of Matthew McCree, whom Cedeno fatally stabbed in their Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation classroom last September while, he has said, defending himself against […]

School Walk Out Gun Protesters Gather in Prospect Park

School Walk Out Gun Protesters Gather in Prospect Park

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In the first of several nationwide actions initiated by high school students to protest the lack of meaningful legislative action on gun control, young people nationwide walked out of their classrooms on March 14 — some for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High […]

More Guns Not the Answer

More Guns Not the Answer

BY NATHAN RILEY | Facts contradict the National Rifle Association’s belief — shared over the past week aggressively by President Donald Trump — that arming more citizens will curb gun violence. Real-life episodes disprove this movie Western version of reality, and Gays Against Guns, a group that emerged after the Pulse nightclub tragedy two years […]

Both Sides in Abel Cedeno Case Claim Vindication in New Video Evidence

Both Sides in Abel Cedeno Case Claim Vindication in New Video Evidence

BY ANDY HUMM | A brief cell-phone video released two weeks ago captures (above) a harrowing September 27, 2017 assault on gay student Abel Cedeno in his Bronx high school class by Matthew McCree, joined by his friend Ariane Laboy, as Cedeno defends himself with a knife, fatally wounding McCree and slashing Laboy. But a second […]

Prospect Park Rape Victim Allies Reject NYPD “Apology”

Prospect Park Rape Victim Allies Reject NYPD “Apology”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While the NYPD has quietly apologized to a woman who was raped in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in 1994 but accused at that time of being a hoaxer and a liar by Daily News columnist Mike McAlary, the woman’s attorney and some LGBTQ activists who believed then and now that the police abetted […]

Assembly Holds Hearing on Legalizing Pot

Assembly Holds Hearing on Legalizing Pot

BY NATHAN RILEY | Demanding that New York State stop racist law enforcement patterns by legalizing adult use of marijuana, advocates told members of the State Assembly, including Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried, a Chelsea Democrat, that police stops are traumatizing black and brown New Yorkers. At a January 11 hearing in Lower Manhattan, speaker […]

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 […]

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 […]

Released on Bail, Abel Cedeno Speaks to Gay City News

Released on Bail, Abel Cedeno Speaks to Gay City News

BY ANDY HUMM | Abel Cedeno, the bullied Bronx gay teen charged with manslaughter in the death of classmate Matthew McCree, had his bail cut in half by Judge William Mogulescu on November 29 and that bail was made by an odd combination of gay men who stepped up along with State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., […]