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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.

a friend helps clean up a home belonging to Eileen Mannix in the Midland Beach neighborhood in the hard hit Staten Island borough New York, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle.
Christina Knight  |  November 20, 2012 3:13 PM | 2 Comments
Recent news of storm deaths and condemned homes come from tight-knit communities in New York City that few outsiders are familiar with, or can even place on a map. VIDEO
Map courtesy of the Center for Urban Research.
Andy Beveridge for Gotham Gazette  |  November 20, 2012 12:14 PM | Comments
The next City Council will likely be demographically similar to the current one, though there may be an increase in both Asian and Latino membership.
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NJ Today  |  November 20, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
The purpose of the money raised is to assist hurricane victims beyond the money they receive from insurance and FEMA. VIDEO
Jacob Riis Park on the Rockaway Peninsula, nicknamed "The People's Beach," is now a massive short dump. Photo courtesy of the DSNY.
Georgia Kral  |  November 19, 2012 3:18 PM | 1 Comment
The Army Corps of Engineers estimates 3.6 million cubic yards of debris will ultimately be carted out of NYC.VIDEO
Gov. Chris Christie has responded with indifference to questions about whether he's interested in being a vice presidential candidate. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, his polling numbers have dropped slightly. Flickr/forwardstl
David Cruz for NJ Today  |  November 16, 2012 5:30 PM | Comments
The contract, which includes the heretofore unheard of concept of merit pay for certain teachers, was celebrated as a potential game changer across New Jersey, and the country.VIDEO
Members of the New York State Senate at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. At the end of the legislative year, the Senate and Assembly approved Cuomo's teacher evaluation plan. AP/Hans Pennink
David Howard King for the Gotham Gazette  |  November 16, 2012 3:39 PM | Comments
Lessening the impact of storms has diverted attention from campaign financing, the minimum wage and marijuana possession laws.
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David Cruz for NJ Today  |  November 16, 2012 10:47 AM | Comments
After Hurricane Sandy, FEMA and the Small Business Administration don’t always fill the gap left by insurance coverage.VIDEO
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Christina Knight  |  November 15, 2012 2:39 PM | Comments
An expert psychiatrist gives parents advice on helping children with post-storm anxiety and schools help students cope when they return to class.VIDEO
The share of total income going to the top 1 percent in NYS and NYC rose sharply between 1980 and 2010. (2011 and 2012 projected.) Graph courtesy of the Fiscal Policy Institute.
Georgia Kral  |  November 15, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
The Fiscal Policy Institute's report shows the gap between the city's and state's rich and poor has been a trend since the 1970s.VIDEO
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Mike Schneider for NJ Today  |  November 14, 2012 11:34 PM | Comments
Martin Robins, founding director of the Alan Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University and former executive director of NJTransit gives an update on the NJTransit recovery.VIDEO
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