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State Sen. Malcolm Smith, city Councilman Halloran arrested in ‘bribery plot’ to rig mayor race

State Sen. Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning on charges they were plotting to rig this year’s mayoral election through fraud and bribes. The pols allegedly formed an alliance built on cash payments and fraud to get Smith — one of the state’s top Democrats — placed on the GOP …

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Details of mayoral race bribery scheme implicating state Sen. Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran shine light on devious tactics

They toasted their greed inside a Manhattan hotel, raising glasses in one hand while reaching for payoffs with the other. Valentine’s Day meant envelopes stuffed with cash. And Election Day meant trying to bribe their way onto the citywide ballot — or even into City Hall as Mayor Bloomberg’s successor. The corruption complaint that left …

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NYC’s Coney Island hopes for rebound after Sandy

At the beginning of each tourist season, the entrepreneurs who pitch the thrill rides, hot dogs, sideshows and souvenirs at gritty Coney Island gather along its famous boardwalk to pray for two things: good weather and large crowds. Never have they prayed harder than now. Five months after Superstorm Sandy’s surge swamped New York City’s …

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Neveah Mosher, 13-Year-Old From The South Bronx, Reads Over 300 Books A Year

Neveah Mosher — a 13-year-old from the South Bronx — read more in 2012 than some people do in their entire high school careers. According to HooplaHa.com, the middle schooler reads 300 books a year. This is a goal she set for herself because she wants to be the first person in her family to …

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Harlem Earth Day Celebration

It’s time for the second annual Harlem Earth Day initiative, presented by Harlem Park to Park (HP2P). Celebrity chefs, authors and activists will be among the headliners of the monthlong program. The initiative, sponsored by Con Edison, Land Yoga, MIST, Friends of Morningside Park and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, is designed to celebrate Global Earth …

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Corporate Volunteers Learn Lessons in The Bronx

One afternoon last week, three Ernst & Young associates boarded the subway near their Times Square headquarters and rode to The Bronx to meet with a group of T-shirt designers. One associate from the global professional services firm helped a team calculate production costs, while another discussed brand identity and the third reviewed design sketches. When the …

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MTV’s Video Music Awards move to New York means major profits for downtown Brooklyn businesses

It’s music to their ears – and cash registers. Downtown Brooklyn business owners are already licking their chops and cooking up ways to cash in on MTV’s biggest night. Local restaurants, clothing shops and hotels are already coming up with promotional ideas to rake in even more customers when the MTV Video Music Awards come …

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Achebe – I Flew On the Torn Pages of “Things Fall Apart”

My literary career kick-started on the torn pages of Things Fall Apart (TFA), the classic novel by Chinua Achebe – whom I am too afraid to prefix ‘Late’. I still have vivid memories. I was five. At Ojira, Otukpo, Benue. And, Like many girls my age then, unschooled. That was the age when girl education was still given …

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