Year in review: July - December

6/20/2013, 10:56 a.m.
July Upon Charlie Rangel's re-election to the new 13th Congressional District in the Democratic primary,...
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  • Upon Charlie Rangel's re-election to the new 13th Congressional District in the Democratic primary, opponent Adriano Espaillat and his election team ask for a recount because the race is so close. Rangel is soon declared the official winner.
  • After 11 years in business, the Black-owned Hue-Man Bookstore closes its doors. The business's CEO and co-owner Marva Allen says that the store will operate as a website and continue to host events.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court decides to uphold President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
  • The NYCLU announces that through the use of a smartphone app it created called "Stop and Frisk Watch," more than 2,000 people send videos of police stopping and frisking innocent people.
  • Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America picket against Con Ed over pensions, health care and wages.
  • Over the Fourth of July holiday, the city is plagued by several shootings that leave two people dead. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is on the receiving end of backlash when he says to the media that leaders fighting against stop-and-frisk are not as vocal on gun violence in their communities.
  • The man accused of killing Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, is placed back in jail on a $1 million bond after he lies about his finances to make his original bail of $150,000. He pays $100,000 through a bail bondsman. He is released but with several restrictions as he awaits trial.
  • After the primary elections, several complaints flood the Board of Elections about many voters not knowing where to go and getting turned away due to changes in district lines.
  • A gunman opens fire in a movie theaterin Aurora, CO., leaving 12 people dead and another 58 injured. The suspect, 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes, is arrested and charged.
  • Tennis player Serena Williams wins the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.
  • A police chief in Washington, D.C., is stripped of his badge after he states that he intends to shoot first lady Michelle Obama.
  • The 103rd NAACP Convention is held in Houston, Texas. At the convention, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the organization but receives jeers when he states that he will get rid of Obamacare if elected.
  • The city is shocked after 3-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez is fatally shot after being caught in a crossfire in Brooklyn.
  • Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is missing in action as rumors suggest the troubled son of the famed civil rights leader is dealing with depression and suffering from a mood disorder.
  • The FBI determines that race did not play a role in the fatal shooting of Martin in Florida, but cites the fact that the unarmed Black 17-year-old was wearing a hoodie on the night he was killed.
  • The family of Michael Lembad is stunned after the grand jury decides not to charge the Newburgh police officers who shot and killed the unarmed 22-year-old, who allegedly approached the officers with a kitchen knife.
  • A slew of violent incidents plague the newly renovated McCarren Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
  • Wells Fargo is ordered to pay $175 million to settle a lawsuit that alleges the mortgage lender discriminated against Black and Latino borrowers.
  • The musical "Fela!" about the late Nigerian singer and activist comes back to Broadway for a month-long engagement.
  • The 38th annual Harlem Week takes place with the theme "Where the World Meets the World."
  • The community comes together to stand against violence in the Bronx after 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan is fatally shot.
  • Famed restaurateur and "Queen of Soul Food" Sylvia Woods passes at age 86.
  • Actor Sherman Hemsley, best known for his role as George Jefferson on the long-running sitcom "The Jeffersons," dies at age 74.
  • The Summer Olympic Games kick off in London, with the United State bringing home 104 medals. Gabby Douglas takes the spotlight at the games, becoming the first woman of color and the first African-American to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics.
  • The National Urban League hosts its annual national conference in New Orleans, where Obama announces the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, aimed to level the playing field for education opportunities.
  • Bronx City Councilman Larry Seabrook is convicted on nine counts of corruption charges.