Alexi Friedman

News Editor

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Prison where Aaron Hernandez found hanged claims to have ‘constant' supervision of inmates

The Massachusetts state prison where Aaron Hernandez was found hanged early Wednesday morning in his cell is a high security facility with “maximum external and internal control and supervision of inmates," according to the state website. So, what happened? So far, state officials have...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 10:44 AM

MS-13 street gang suspected in killing of 4 young men in Long Island: Police

Suffolk County Police have issued an “all hands on deck” into the suspected gang-related killing of four young men this week. Authorities believe the violent Central American street gang known as MS-13 is responsible for the killing of a 16-year-old boy, two 18-year-olds and a 20-year-...

Friday, April 14, 2017, 12:02 PM

Which team is the most popular in New York: Yankees or Mets?

Our long national nightmare is over. Well, maybe not, but at least it’s baseball season.With Opening Day around the corner, one question must be answered: Which New York team do New Yorkers love the most, the Mets or Yankees?The answer: Yes.A preseason poll released Friday found that the Mets held...

Friday, March 31, 2017, 1:47 PM

MTA says L train shutdown will be 3 months shorter

For L train riders dreading the looming shutdown, there is a bit of good news. Just a bit.The MTA announced it will reducethe amount of time needed to close the CanarsieTunnel for repairs, from 18months to 15 months. The announcement was made Friday, with the MTA saying it will seek board approval...

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 1:03 PM

Canadian searchers recover bodies of 2 snowshoers from Boston buried in avalanche

Search crews in Canada have recovered the bodies of two Boston residents caught in an avalanche while snowshoeing in Alberta's Banff National Park,according to multiple reports.The man and woman, both 32,were reported missing last week. Their bodies were found Friday, under 6 to 10 feet of snow on...

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 11:29 AM

'Fearless Girl' statue supporters call on NYC to make it permanent

There is a movement afoot to make permanent a bronze statue of a little girl staring down a bronze statue of a very large charging bull in the Financial District.It has come in the form of two online petitions and a separate push by local elected officials.The 50-inch "Fearless Girl," which now has...

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:30 AM

SEPTA announces fares hikes on trains, buses

It will cost more to ride the buses and rails.SEPTA has announced proposed farehikes to take effect July 1.The agency called the increases "modest," and said they would span "across all modes of travel and methods of payment."Single-ride tickets will increase from $2.25 to $2.50, while tokens and...

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:49 AM

South Boston St. Paddy's Day parade route shortened because of snow

The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade weathered one storm last week, when organizers decided to bar a gay veterans group from marching, then reversed course and allowed them to participate.Now the parade has to make accommodations following the snowstorm that dumped several inches on the ground...

Friday, March 17, 2017, 10:40 AM

Suspect faces murder charges in hit-and-run death of EMT in the Bronx

The man who authorities say stole an ambulance then ran over and killed anEMT Thursday night in the Bronx, now faces murder charges.Jose Gonzalez, 25, of the Bronx, is charged with murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, the NYPD said this morning.The EMT,...

Friday, March 17, 2017, 9:05 AM

Cuomo proposes $1.4B project to revitalize central Brooklyn

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has targeted the perennially underserved area of central Brooklyn for a massive revitalization project, which would pump $1.4 billion into those neighborhoods.Called “Vital Brooklyn,” the multi-year project would seek to transform the area, addressing affordable housing, parks and...

Friday, March 10, 2017, 1:11 PM

$1.5B Javits Center expansion project in NYC continues Gov. Cuomo's construction push

In his continuing push to leave a legacy of massive building and infrastructure projects around New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presided over the groundbreaking of a $1.5 billion expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.Once completed in 2021, the project on Manhattan’s far West Side is...

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 10:15 AM

Hate crime spike prompts New York to spend $25M to boost security at schools, day care centers

Following the recent spike in the number of reported hate crimes in different locations, New York State will spend $25 million to boost security around schools and day care centers at particular risk.Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Thursday, noting a bomb threat that was called in to the...

Friday, February 24, 2017, 9:53 AM

Snow emergency declared for Philadelphia

City officials declared a snow emergency, beginning just after midnight Thursday, as a snowstorm targeted Philadelphia and much of southeastern Pennsylvania, making the morning commute particularly treacherous.Up to 6 inches of snow is expected fall, with accumulations beginning around 4 a.m.,...

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 2:08 AM

Damaging winds and flooding expected in NYC on Monday

A high wind warning is in effect for New York City for Monday, with 1 to 3 inches of rain expected to fall, and wind gusts of up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.The nor’easter will bring heavy rain later this afternoon, with a flood watch also in effect from 1 p.m. through late...

Monday, January 23, 2017, 6:12 AM

Your last-minute guide to becoming a Canadian citizen

When all the electoral votes were counted on Nov. 8, Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only one scrambling to figure out what she was going to do for the next four years. Americans logged onto Canada’s Immigration Department website in such vast numbers that it crashed under their collective despair....

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 5:25 PM

North Philly man dies after police deploy Taser, strike him with baton during scuffle: Reports

A man died after a Philadelphia police officer used an electric stun gun on him and another hit him with a baton during a scuffle in North Philly early Thursday morning, according to news reports. The weapon's charge, however, never penetrated the man's skin, according to reports.Officers responded...

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 8:33 AM

President Obama and the 'mirage' of a post-racial America

Chad Dion Lassiter is a professor of race at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and president of Black Men at Penn School of Social Work Inc. He spoke with Metro on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, about the polarized state of race relations in the United States as the first black president leaves...

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 5:01 AM

More body parts found at Bronx waste transfer station

Authorities have made another grim discovery of body parts at a Bronx waste transfer station where a woman's torso and leg were found the day before. Investigators are also looking into body parts found at a Kearny transfer station. Two arms without hands were found at the Metropolitan Transfer...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7:58 AM

Masked gunmen kill 3 people inside Jersey City home: Police

Authorities are investigating a triple killing that happened in a Jersey City home on Monday night.Two masked gunmen approached 101 Fulton Ave. in a van, around 10 p.m., entered the building then opened fire in an apartment, killing three people, NBC4 reported. Witnesses said the suspects fled the...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:39 AM

Contract expires for thousands of NYC subway and bus workers

The contract for 44,000 New York transit workers who operate the city's subways and buses has expired, as negotiations between the union and the MTA ended without a deal late Sunday night.Mass transit was running on schedule on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, and officials were set to return to the...

Monday, January 16, 2017, 6:37 AM