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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.

Packaged marijuana seized by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officers. The New Jersey State Assembly will vote on a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in June. AP/Port Authority
John Farley  |  May 25, 2012 4:00 AM | 11 Comments
New Jersey could decriminalize marijuana. Yet, marijuana has been decriminalized in New York for over three decades, and arrests are higher than they've been since 2000.VIDEO
Council Speaker Christine Quinn discusses the responsible banking ordinance at a press conference on May 15. The legislation is based on a law passed in Cleveland in 1990. Photo courtesy of New York City Council
John Farley  |  May 25, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Will NYC's new responsible banking ordinance improve support for local communities and prevent foreclosures? MetroFocus asked Cleveland, which led the way in 1990.
Joshua Li proudly holds up his finished product, Joshua's Raceway, made with 100% recycled and reusable materials. Photo by Lin Sanders.
Georgia Kral  |  May 24, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Joshua Yi from New Jersey won a national science competition with his design, "No More Trash."VIDEO
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not taken a position at the state version of the DREAM Act. He has said he supports the federal version. AP/Evan Agostini.
John Farley  |  May 24, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
Gov. Cuomo says raising the minimum wage to $8.50 is "out of the realm of possibility." Do you think it's time for a wage hike?
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Daniel T. Allen  |  May 23, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
At the end of Internet Week, 1,800 people had a one-day opportunity to attend open houses at 55 New York tech company offices. VIDEO
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Georgia Kral  |  May 23, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
More than music and film, this year the fest incorporates a days-long session on the new entrepreneurial economy.VIDEO
Dharun Ravi, center, listens to a court officer with his attorneys Philip Nettl, left, and Steve Altman, during his sentencing in New Brunswick, N.J., Monday, May 21, 2012. Ravi, a former Rutgers University student who used a webcam to watch his roommate kiss another man days before the roommate killed himself was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail. A judge also gave 20-year-old Dharun Ravi three years of probation. AP/Mel Evans
John Farley  |  May 21, 2012 7:11 PM | Comments
During sentencing, judge said Ravi acted out of "colossal insensitivity," not hate, in spying on Tyler Clementi.VIDEO
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Honor Moorman  |  May 21, 2012 4:00 AM | 7 Comments
Students want to work on things that matter to them and matter in the real world. Social media is one of the most effective ways to connect students’ work to the world.
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Michelle Michalos  |  May 21, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
The spectacular United Palace Theater hosts a multimedia performance with the music of Philip Glass and the story of a boy who challenges the power of a black hole. VIDEO
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John Farley  |  May 18, 2012 4:00 AM | 6 Comments
As the debate over medical marijuana in New York State heats up, MetroFocus looked at who the power players are.
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