Amsterdam News: 2013 Year in Review
The biggest news from the Black community in 2013
12/26/2013, 11:56 a.m.
- The MTA implements fare changes that include the increase of weekly subway passes to $30.
- Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez dies at age 58.
- As the mayoral race gets underway, Democratic candidates Christine Quinn, Bill de Blasio, John Liu and Bill Thompson begin making the rounds during their campaigns.
- Vy Higginson’s musical “Mama, I Want to Sing” celebrates 30 seasons.
- Kimani Gray, 16, is shot 11 times by two undercover police officers in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Officers claim the teen had a gun, while witnesses say he did not.
- Jorge Mario Bergoglio is voted in by the papal conclave under the name Francis as the 266th pope.
- Corrupt former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is sentenced to 20 years in prison.
- The family of the late Gil Noble announces the formation of the Gil Noble Foundation with the goal of managing the famed journalist’s archives.
- The Floyd v. the City of New York trial begins to determine the constitutionality and fate of stop-and-frisk.
- The son of FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano, Joseph, resigns after posting racially charged comments on Twitter about Blacks, Jews and the poor.
- Bob Teague, one of the city’s first Black television journalists, dies at age 84.
- State Sen. Malcolm Smith and five other people are arrested by the FBI on charges of fraud for allegedly attempting to rig the 2013 New York City mayoral election.
- Philip Banks is named chief of police, making him the highest-ranking Black officer in the NYPD.
- The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network hosts its 15th annual National Convention, with Attorney General Eric Holder speaking at the event.
- “Motown: The Musical” premieres on Broadway to rave reviews.
- The NYPD rounds up 63 gang members in East Harlem responsible for more than three murders and 30 shootings.
- The “Central Park Five” mark the 24th anniversary of the attack for which they were wrongfully convicted as the community rallies for reparations for the group.
- Common Core standardized tests are implemented, leading public school parents to mobilize and boycott.
- Dr. Lorraine E. Hale, co-founder of the Hale House Center, passes at age 86.
- Bombs go off at the Boston Marathon, leaving three people dead and 260 injured.
- The culprits are brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tamerlan Tsarnaev is killed by police while Dzhokar Tsarnaev is taken into custody.
- The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy reaches the six-month mark, and some communities are still not getting the relief they need from FEMA, the Red Cross and NYCHA.
- SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the parent company of Long Island College Hospital, withdraws the plan to close the hospital.
- Patients at Harlem Hospital report a shortage of basic supplies, which the hospital denies.State Sen. John Sampson is indicted on nine counts, including embezzlement.
- The spire is installed on One World Trade Center, making it the tallest building in the United States at 1,776 feet.
- The FBI and the state of New Jersey double the reward for information leading to Assata Shakur’s arrest to $2 million.
- Singer Lauryn Hill is sentenced to three months in prison for tax evasion.
- Chris Kelly, a member of rap duo Kris Kross, dies at age 34 after battling with drug addiction.
- A devastating tornado kills 24 people and wounds over 300 in Moore, Okla
- Later, an outbreak of tornadoes affects the Great Plains, particularly Oklahoma and Kansas.
- Around 76 tornadoes are reported in the event, including the widest tornado ever recorded, reported near El Reno, Okla., at 2.6 miles in width. A total of 10 are confirmed dead.
- Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, is found beaten and dies from his injuries in Mexico City at age 28.
- A judge decides to toss out the indictment of NYPD officer Richard Haste, who was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed Black 18-year-old Ramarley Graham.
- Former disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner enters the mayoral race.
- Assemblyman Vito Lopez resigns amid sexual harassment complaints.
- Three women missing (Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus) for more than a decade are found alive in Cleveland, Ohio, while a man, Ariel Castro, is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.
- President Barack Obama serves as the commencement speaker at Morehouse College.
- The trial against George Zimmerman, who is charged with killing Trayvon Martin, begins in Florida.
- Educator and activist Jitu Weusi passes away.
- After 10 weeks, Floyd v. City of New York, the case determining the legality of stop-and-frisk, comes to an end.