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Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town

Veteran journalist and Columbia School of Journalism professor Mirta Ojito investigates Marcelo Lucero's murder—and the community in which it happened—in her new book.

Trains leaving the station at Journal Square in Jersey City. Mayor Jeremiah Healy calls the Port Authority toll hikes "a crushing blow."
Daniel T. Allen  |  September 22, 2011 8:09 AM | Comments
Commuters grumbled and the AAA threatened a law suit as the toll hikes went into effect this week. VIDEO
Rosario Lucero, center, stands near the site where her son Marcelo Lucero was stabbed to death in 2008, in Patchogue, N.Y., Monday, April 19, 2010, after his killer, Jeffrey Conroy, was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime but acquitted of murder. At left is Lucero's brother Joselo Lucero, and at right is sister Isabel Lucero. The family went to the site of the incident after they left the Suffolk County courthouse Monday. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Sam Lewis  |  September 21, 2011 2:39 PM | Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 1:00 PM | 5 Comments
Three years ago, the racially charged killing of an Ecuadorian immigrant on Long Island made national headlines. MetroFocus looks at where the players involved are today.VIDEO
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Chris Bragg for City Hall News  |  September 21, 2011 10:09 AM | 1 Comment
Walmart opponents predict an invasion of the big-box retailer in a new report set to be released on Wednesday. City Hall News reports.
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Laura Nahmias for City Hall News  |  September 20, 2011 3:55 PM | Comments
One of the principal activists in the coalition that helped legalize same-sex marriage is considering running for Manhattan borough president in 2013.
A crowd held a candelight vigil for Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi on Oct. 3, 2011. Clementi's death played a considerable role in the discourse about bullying over the past year. AP/Reen Rose Sibayan.
John Farley  |  September 20, 2011 1:10 PM | Updated: Sept. 23, 2011 11:13 AM | 5 Comments
On the one year anniversary of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi's suicide and the It Gets Better campaign, MetroFocus looks at what's changed. For some, like 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who struggled with bullying before killing himself this past weekend, the answer is not enough. For others, there is new hope.VIDEO
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September 20, 2011 10:44 AM | Comments
Over the course of the next 1,500 years the two pieces of metal in this sculpture will fuse together.
In a sense, it's a giant clock.
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Mark Katz  |  September 20, 2011 6:00 AM | Updated: Oct. 24, 2011 | 1 Comment
With news that Ray's Pizza on Prince Street will close this Sunday, humorist Mark Katz remembers creating a fraught meeting of sorts between Famous Ray and Original Ray.
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Sam Lewis and John Farley  |  September 19, 2011 6:23 PM | Updated: October 3, 2011 10:26 AM | 1 Comment
On Oct. 1, 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. On Oct. 5, a collective of worker's unions will march with the protesters, signaling the movement's growth.
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Daniel T. Allen  |  September 19, 2011 6:19 PM | 1 Comment
Some commuters dread their daily schlep, but this week's Kickstarter picks prove that the subway system can be a source of creative inspiration.VIDEO
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September 19, 2011 12:30 PM | Comments
This trip to the West Side is worth it for the whole family.
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