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  • Authorities bust Manhattan coke ring after kingpin brags online about strip-club partying

    New York Daily News

    Authorities dismantled a Manhattan coke ring that catered to the snow habits of the wealthy with door-to-door service — at $120 a gram — after a ringleader boasted on social media about living the high life.

    Big-mouth accused kingpin Adrian (Ace) Rivera, 24, sparked the investigation when undercover cops began purchasing large amounts of cocaine from him in early 2011, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday in announcing the takedown.

  • Why Your Tax Return Isn't Safe

    The Wall Street Journal

    The millions of Americans who are rushing this weekend to file their tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service will be relieved to have beaten the April 15 deadline on Monday. But thousands of them, along with thousands of other taxpayers who have already filed, will be stunned when they learn in the coming weeks and months that their returns have been rejected.

    Why would the IRS reject them? Because these taxpayers will turn out to have been the victims of identity-theft tax fraud. The increasingly common scam costs taxpayers $5 billion a year.

  • 63 Indicted In East Harlem Gangs Crackdown

    CBS New York

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Authorities say 63 people have been indicted in a crackdown against three violent Manhattan street gangs.

    Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly say the crimes date back to at least 2009. They include three murders and more than 30 shootings as well as assaults and gun trafficking.

    The rival street gangs, known as Air It Out, True Money Gang and True Money Bosses, were battling for control over a section of East Harlem.

  • Cold-Case Prosecutions Heating Up

    The Wall Street Journal

    The successful prosecution last month of a California man in the killings of two young New York City women in the 1970s was the most dramatic sign that a revival in unsolved murder investigations was under way across the city.

    The surge comes despite the decimation of the New York Police Department cold-case squad, a once-vaunted unit that lost resources as the department shifted money and personnel to fight terror.

  • Opinion: N.Y.’s brutal trade in human lives

    New York Daily News

    In his State of the State address on Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo pledged his support for important legislative measures to combat human trafficking — a crime that does not often make headlines, but whose victims are in desperate need of our support and protection.

    Take the case of Lamont Brunson, recently prosecuted by my office for sex trafficking. To show his ownership over a 17-year-old victim — a girl who’d been forced into prostitution starting at age 12 — Brunson branded her body with a tattoo of his street name.

  • NY district attorneys call for stricter gun laws

    Thomson Reuters

    NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) - New York's district attorneys association on Tuesday called on legislators to enact stricter gun control laws in the wake of last month's deadly mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

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