Organizers announced today that Pittsburgh-based rapper Jasiri X will perform 10 Frisk Commandments, a reworking of the classic Notorious B.I.G. anthem that enumerated practical advice to drug dealers seeking safety while pursing profits.(1)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday, the latest stop in his post-Aurora gun control tour.
On CNN, Bloomberg trotted out a new argument: that the police should go on strike until gun controls are tightened.
"I don't understand why the police officers across this country don't stand up collectively and say, 'We're gonna go on strike," said the mayor. "We're not gonna protect you, unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what's required to keep us safe."(3)
ATLANTA, Ga.—Outside the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, I ran into John Carter, "not of Mars," he said with a grin.
This was John Carter of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. His parents brought him from there to Warner Robins, Georgia 30 years ago, when he was three years old. Now the clean-cut case manager said the move had been "a blessing from God."
George Zimmerman's arrest dominates city papers, but shares attention upstate with visits from Andrew Cuomo and Bill Owens
George Zimmerman's arrest for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin was a massive national story yesterday.
In New York, the major New York City newspapers led with the story but the coverage was somewhat less dominant in other parts of the state, where the Zimmerman arrest shared the front pages with more local events, like a visit from Governor Andrew Cuomo or a congressman touring Plattsburgh for the first time.
Before traveling to Washington today, Bloomberg denounced the Stand Your Ground laws that initially shielded Trayvon Martin's shooter from prosecution. No "civilized society" should have such a law, he said.
But a version of the law was introduced here in New York, by George Maziarz, a member of the New York State Senate Republican conference.
Bloomberg denounces the N.R.A. and 'shoot first' laws, just as charges against George Zimmerman are announced
Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Washington today to announce a new initiative aimed at overturning “Stand Your Ground” laws nationwide.
The laws give people relatively broad authority to use deadly force to protect themselves against perceived threats, which came into play in the case of Travyon Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, who was not arrested after the incident.
But in a case of bad timing for the mayor, news broke today that the Florida attorney general would announce charges against Zimmerman this evening.(4)
John Feinblatt, a 60-year-old West Village father of two, is that exceedingly rare gun-control advocate who feels that his side can play offense.
This may have something to do with the natue of his employment: He is Michael Bloomberg's chief policy adviser and oversees Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition that, enabled by the mayor's money, continues to press a fight that the Democratic Party has long since abandoned.(15)
Post on Trayvon 'Hoodwink': The issue is Sharpton and Jackson, according to a 'prominent former NAACP leader'
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(1)
In Albany today, a handful of state legislators donned hooded sweatshirts in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager killed last month by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman.
As the Martin case has gotten greater attention, critics of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk strategy, like Assemblyman Karim Camara, who participated in the press conference today, have used it to highlight what they see as fundamental problems with the city's policing tactics.(1)
Asked about Trayvon Martin this morning at a news conference, the mayor said, "The gun lobby is writing our nation's gun laws."(17)
Schumer calls for a D.O.J. investigation after the Trayvon Martin shooting, and echoes Santorum on Romneycare
Senator Charles Schumer said he was sending a letter to the Department of Justice asking them to expand their investigation of the Trayvon Martin case, and the so-called "stand your ground" laws that allowed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman who has admitted killing Martin to avoid arrest.(1)
Mayors against Illegal Guns, the gun-control group co-chaired by Mayor Bloomberg, is looking for out-of-work lawyers to research doctrine related to the Trayvon Martin case.(6)