Gary Kane

Senior Editor

gary.kane@metro.us

NYC creates Bias Response Team in wake of hate incidents

Alarmed by a surge in reported incidents of hate at subway stations and bus stops, the city is creating a Bias Response Team to help victims report harassment and assaults to police, officials announced Tuesday.The team will be manned by employees of the city’s Commission on Human Rights and...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:45 AM

Tech giants forge alliance to combat online terrorist content

Facebook is forming an alliance with Microsoft, Twitter and Google-ownedYouTube to combat the proliferation of terrorist content online, the company said in a news release.The online corporate giants are creating a shared database of “hashes,” unique digital fingerprints, for terrorist images and...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 5:44 AM

Friend starts online campaign to help letter-bomb victim with medical bills

A close friend of the Philadelphia man who was seriously injured by a letter bomb last week has begun an online campaign to raise money to help defray his medical expenses.Talbot Smith opened a crowdfunding page on the YouCaring website with a goal of raising $25,000 to help pay the medical bills...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 5:57 AM

State commits $2.5M to combat underage drinking on campuses

Alcohol is still the most abused drug on college campuses nationwide, so New York State is allocating $2.5 million to combat underage drinking at SUNY and CUNY schools, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.The money will be used by 20 campuses to help them develop coalitions to work on strategies to...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 3:22 AM

Woman, 85, gravely injured in Bronx apartment fire: FDNY

An 85-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition after a fire ripped through the top floor of an apartment building in the Bronx, officials said Monday.Firefighters found the woman unconscious in a smoke-filled hallway at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday as they fought the blaze in the five-story...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 2:05 AM

Parents council approves rezoning for Upper West Side schools

An elected parents committee has voted to approve a proposal remapping school zones on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, after 25 meetings in two years were held in an attempt to reduce overcrowding and promote racial integration.However, the vote to ratify the new map drawn by the Education...

Thursday, November 24, 2016, 2:34 AM

Big Apple Circus under big debt cancels shows

The Big Apple Circus announced Monday that it has filed for relief in federal bankruptcy court after an attempt to “Save the Circus” fell short of its fundraising goal,The annual one-ring performance under the Big Top will be cancelled for the first time in nearly 40 years, unless the circus can...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 12:24 AM

Schneiderman issues bulletin on hate crime

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is requesting that law enforcement agencies statewide be vigilant about identifying and reporting possible hate crimes.Surrounded by civil rights advocates Thursday in Manhattan, Schneiderman said he sent a bulletin to local district attorneys and...

Friday, November 18, 2016, 4:09 AM

Charter school chief Eva Moskowitz won't take job as Trump's education secretary

Charter school champion Eva Moskowitz declared Thursday that she has no interest in serving as education secretary in a Donald Trump administration.Moskowitz, CEO of Success Academy, was mentioned as a candidate for the cabinet post by Trump’s transition team early in the week and fueled...

Friday, November 18, 2016, 12:34 AM

Fewer books borrowed at NYC libraries: report

Fewer people are borrowing books, videos and other items from New York City libraries, but a growing number of residents are attending such library programs as film screenings and English language classes, according to city data.Use of the city’s libraries has fallen, according to a report issued...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 3:30 PM

New York ranks high in post-election hate incidents: SPLC

New York State has reported 15 hate incidents since the election of Donald Trump as president, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.The state is among the places nationwide with the highest number of hate incidents, which includes acts ranging from physical assaults to racial emails to Nazi...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 3:30 PM

Undocumented immigrant seeks sanctuary in Philly church

An undocumented immigrant from Mexico is living in a northeast Philadelphia church to secure sanctuary from federal agents seeking to deport him.Javier Flores, 40, moved into the Arch Street United Methodist Church on Sunday, according to Juntos, an immigrant support group.Flores, father of three...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6:33 AM

Drug lord smuggled heroin aboard Spanish navy training ship: prosecutors

An accused Colombian drug kingpin who authorities say smuggled heroin and cocaine aboard a historic Spanish navy ship was arraigned in New York City Monday after being extradited to the U.S.Jorge Luis Hoayeck, 52, is accused of shipping more than 17 pounds of narcotics on the Juan Sebastian de...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 1:44 AM

Loyal opposition will fight 'hateful attitudes': Cuomo

While pledging to help President-elect Donald Trump govern on behalf of forgotten Americans, Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared his take on the outcome of the election: “We are soul sick.”In an open letter published Sunday night in the New York Daily News, Cuomo warned that Democrats will honor the election...

Monday, November 14, 2016, 10:14 PM

Times columnist nabs hotel intruder

A would-be thief provided a bit of column fodder for New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof, who encountered the man in his hotel room.Kristof wrote about the incident Saturday on the Time’s website.Earlier that day, Kristof discovered an intruder in his room at the Franklin Hotel. The man...

Monday, November 14, 2016, 5:22 AM

Swastikas drawn on dorm room doors at The New School

Swastikas were drawn last weekend on four dormitory doors at The New School, the private research university in Lower Manhattan.University President David Van Zandt condemned the graffiti as “completely abhorrent and antithetical to our core values” in a news release.At least one of the swastikas...

Monday, November 14, 2016, 3:18 AM

Philly's sanctuary city status threatened under Trump administration

Philadelphia will remain a sanctuary city to the immigration community, Mayor Jim Kenney pledged Thursday.The mayor was responding to a question about President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to kill all federal funding to sanctuary cities, which decline to cooperate with federal immigration...

Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:42 AM

Thousands pay tribute to slain officer

Veteran NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo will be remembered as a hero who lost his life protecting a fellow officer, speakers recalled Thursday at his funeral.Tuozzolo was killed last week as he and Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo confronted a gunman who had taken his estranged wife and toddler son hostage in the Bronx....

Friday, November 11, 2016, 5:39 AM

Metro poll: Many readers stunned by election, would consider emigrating

Donald Trump stunned much of the nation with his victory and readers who participated in Metro’s latest unscientific poll seemed to reflect that reaction and many added they would consider emigrating to another country as a result.We asked readers this question before the voting began on Election...

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 3:30 PM

Mass. police officer faces rape charge

A Massachusetts police officer was arraigned Wednesday on a charge accusing him of raping a 20-year-old man on Halloween.Brian Butler, a veteran police officer in Salem and husband of the city’s police chief, was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail on rape and indecent assault and battery charges,...

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:45 AM