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Abel Cedeno Denied Protection Order

Abel Cedeno Denied Protection Order

BY ANDY HUMM | Abel Cedeno, the bullied Bronx gay teen charged with manslaughter in last September’s fatal stabbing of classmate Matthew McCree, is back in court on June 25. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark is vigorously prosecuting him, but she is also responsible for prosecuting Kevon Dennis, McCree’s brother, who with co-defendant Jonathan Espinal is […]

Longtime Gay Death Row Inmate’s Appeal Denied

Longtime Gay Death Row Inmate’s Appeal Denied

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court has denied a petition from South Dakota gay death row inmate Charles Russell Rhines, who challenges the fairness of his death sentence in light of evidence that some jurors took anti-gay stereotypes into account while determining his sentence. In line with normal practice, the Supreme Court merely listed […]

Defendant Points to Third Man in 1993 Gay Murder

Defendant Points to Third Man in 1993 Gay Murder

BY DUNCAN OSORNE | Taking the stand in his own defense, the man who is accused of the brutal 1993 murder of James Hawkins testified that a third man armed with a knife entered Hawkins’ Chelsea home while he and Hawkins were partying there and that Hawkins was alive and uninjured when he fled the […]

Scott Long Brutally Beaten In Oakland

Scott Long Brutally Beaten In Oakland

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Violence is always badly timed, but this was oddly unfortunate, coming during a celebratory weekend. Scott Long had just marked his birthday, and his roommate, Samir Taha, would soon be doing the same. Instead, on Saturday, June 9, on his way home carrying a bag of party supplies, Long was attacked and […]

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, […]

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