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Metro Briefs 9/11 - 9/17

A roundup of news around the city.

De Blasio signs solitary confinement oversight bill at Rikers Island

Amid growing criticism from relatives of inmates and jail reformers, including the U.S. Department of Justice, which recently reported on a “deep-seated culture of violence” at Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will track and limit ...

Activists advocate ‘Stop the Violence’ campaigns across the city

As the summer winds down, community activists throughout the city have been advising local youth to curb the rampant violence that has senselessly claimed the lives of and hospitalized numerous victims this season.

'Chokeholds not illegal,' Bratton says

Nothing leaped from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s mouth like the words “Chokeholds are not illegal,” during his oversight appearance Monday before the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety.

Primary night in New York

Several candidates had victories after Tuesdays primary election.

Through the eyes of Tommy Harris: A 9/11 reflection

Sept. 11 always tugs on Tommy Harris Jr.’s heart.

Komen Central Park breast cancer walk draws thousands

The weather was perfect Sunday, Sept. 7, and thousands of breast cancer survivors and their supporters ran and walked in the New York City Race for the Cure.

Central Park Five get money, but no apology

The men known as the Central Park Five will now get their $41million from the city for their wrongful convictions.

NYPD’s ‘Hip-Hop Squad’ Keeps Close tabs on Rappers

In the wake of the Suge Knight shooting in Los Angeles, the New York Police Department’s special unit that keeps tabs on hip-hop stars at their shows and parties has stepped up surveillance.

Brooklyn organization fights Ebola

Brooklyn’s Imani House, Inc. helps low-income youth, families and immigrants create viable neighborhoods where residents take responsibility and make life-changing decisions for improvement, not just in their community, but globally as well

Booker Leads in Senate Race

As the Senate’s only Black Democrat, Cory Booker emerged as one of the two most-sought-after Senate Democrats on the campaign trail.

Renee Collymore—A force in the classroom and community

Renee Collymore wrote “WE WON” after being declared winner of the 57th committeewoman/district leader seat in the 2012 election.

City Council hearing on NYPD retraining

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton will face the New York City Council at an oversight hearing Sept. 8 to discuss the department’s plans to evaluate its current training procedures and his pledge to retrain, from “top-to-bottom,” 35,000 officers, after the recent ...

Clinton Hill framed in cultural art

Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, resident L.B. Brown is founder of the Clinton Hill Simply Art & Framing Gallery.

Olanike Alabi enjoying her campaign for district leader

On Labor Day, Olanike Alabi proudly joined a million or so partying people at the Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade.