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Police Seek Information on Gay Man’s 1991 Murder

Police Seek Information on Gay Man’s 1991 Murder

BY NATHAN RILEY | It started with a 2015 phone call from New Zealand to the NYPD’s Cold Case Squad answered by Detective Bob Dewhurst. Trish wanted to know if anything could be done to find her brother’s murderer from more than two decades earlier. It’s a case that touches on fears shared by gay and […]

A Seismic Shift on Legal Pot

A Seismic Shift on Legal Pot

BY NATHAN RILEY | Call it shop for pot, adult use, or tax and regulate, legalization makes a boast that Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio would never utter — use by youth 12 to 17 years will decli Reluctantly, the governor and the mayor are shifting their postures from anti to pro as the examples […]

Despite Acquittal, Man Assigned Sex Offender Registry Status

Despite Acquittal, Man Assigned Sex Offender Registry Status

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an April 26 ruling that received surprised comment from the media, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed by a 6-1 vote a decision by Kings County Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice to assign sufficient points under the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act to a man acquitted of all […]

Calls to Protect Gay Student in Bronx Slay Case

Calls to Protect Gay Student in Bronx Slay Case

BY ANDY HUMM  | City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, the Council’s LGBT Caucus, and two other Bronx councilmembers are calling on Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark to secure an order of protection for Abel Cedeno — the gay student charged in the September 27 classroom fight that left Matthew McCree dead — from McCree’s brother, […]

EXCLUSIVE: Dead Youth’s Brother Allegedly Targeted Witnesses

EXCLUSIVE: Dead Youth’s Brother Allegedly Targeted Witnesses

BY ANDY HUMM | At 3 p.m. on September 27, hours after a morning fight in a Bronx classroom that left Matthew McCree dead and the bullied gay teen Abel Cedeno, who says he was defending himself with a knife, charged with manslaughter, McCree’s brother, Kevon Dennis, aided by an accomplice, Jonathan Espinal, is alleged to […]

On Central Park West, Saying No to Guns

On Central Park West, Saying No to Guns

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | They couldn’t get to the epic march in Washington on March 24, but 175,000 New Yorkers rallied here in solidarity against gun violence in the March for Our Lives. This youth-led movement was sparked by the February 14 shooting of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, […]

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 […]