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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.

Senator Carl Kruger will discuss a possible plea deal with a judge on Tuesday. AP/Mike Groll.
Matt Draper  |  December 20, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: Dec. 21, 2011 7:00AM | Comments
As State Sen. Carl Kruger resigned amid bribery charges, MetroFocus took a look back at New York's naughtiest pols of 2011. There was no dearth of eligible candidates...
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Joshua M. Bernstein  |  December 20, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Every couple of months, I become a tour guide. I don't take foreigners to the Statue of Liberty or Times Square. That’s not my bag. I’m a journalist and a beer lover, not necessarily in that order. Thus, I lead a homebrewers tour in Brooklyn.
A rendering of Cornell's plans for a campus on Roosevelt Island. It isn't official yet, but sources with inside knowledge of the tech campus competition have indicated Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce Cornell as the winner on Monday. Image courtesy of Cornell University.
John Farley  |  December 19, 2011 11:02 AM | Updated: December 20, 2011 10:00AM | 3 Comments
The mayor announced that Cornell University was the winner of Applied Sciences NYC, a competition to build a massive new tech and engineering school in NYC. VIDEO
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Dori Fern  |  December 19, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
After a 13-year quest to find the perfect potato pancake, the winner of Edible Brooklyn's best latke contest found inspiration in several unlikely places. Read her story and get her recipe for "double happiness" latkes.
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John Farley  |  December 19, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
Meet some of New York City's most interesting and accepting Protestant and Catholic church leaders, and learn where you can find them this Christmas.
Rendering of Stanford's design for a campus on Roosevelt Island. Image by Redsquare, Inc.
John Farley  |  December 16, 2011 2:45 PM | Comments
In a surprising twist, the California-based institution pulled the plug on its proposal to build a high-tech campus on Roosevelt Island. VIDEO
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn believes the Republican Party's opposition to gay rights will hurt them in the next election season.Flickr/Ennui Poet
City Hall News  |  December 16, 2011 9:36 AM | Comments
Another banner week for "Cuomo the Barbarian." Christine Quinn, David Grandeau, and Eva Moskowitz are among the winners and Ravi Batra, Carl Paladino and Cyrus Vance Jr. are among the losers.
A segment of the abandoned Rockaway Branch LIRR in Queens. Community activists are hoping to transform the tracks into a greenway, despite past resistance from Community Board 6. Flickr/LisaSez.
John Farley  |  December 16, 2011 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
As a result of the High Line's success, New Yorkers have begun to see their imaginative ideas for abandoned infrastructure less as quixotic dreams, and more as real possibilities.
Emergency text message alerts were received across the city today. MetroFocus/ Georgia Kral
Georgia Kral  |  December 15, 2011 2:47 PM | Comments
Wireless customers across New York City received emergency alert texts Thursday during a FEMA alert system test. The whole country will be wired for the alerts by April.
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Daniel T. Allen  |  December 15, 2011 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
For "Thru-Line," 44 musicians will perform the same snippet of Bach on every subway platform along the F train on Dec. 21. MetroFocus spoke with the composer and musicians making it happen.VIDEO
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