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Apr 22, 2013

Words of Nelson Mandela take over Times Square’s billboards

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A film installation celebrating the words of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, is taking over many of the electronic billboards of New York’s Times Square for a few minutes every night for the month of April.

The short film was commissioned by the Tribeca Film Institute, an arts organization co-founded by actor Robert De Niro. It is being played shortly before midnight across many of Times Square’s glowing screens for the rest of the month.

Apr 21, 2013

Boston bombing suspects did not have valid handgun licenses

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, who police say engaged in a gun battle with officers early Friday after a frenzied manhunt, were not licensed to own guns in the towns where they lived, authorities said on Sunday.

In the confrontation with police on the streets of a Boston suburb, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were armed with handguns, at least one rifle and several explosive devices, authorities say.

Apr 20, 2013

Flight of Boston Marathon bombing suspects ended in mayhem

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – As a massive manhunt geared up for the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing on Thursday evening, the brothers wanted in the attack decided to take their chances by venturing into the streets near their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Before the night was out, one of the young men was dead, crushed beneath his own hijacked getaway car, while the other cowered in a boat, bleeding heavily, as police closed in.

Apr 20, 2013

Czech Republic is not Chechnya, diplomat points out

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – Make no mistake: the Czech Republic is not Chechnya. That’s a distinction the Czech ambassador to the United States wants to make crystal clear after news emerged that the two suspects in Boston Marathon bombing had Chechen origins.

“The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities – the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation,” Petr Gandalovič, the Czech ambassador, wrote on the embassy’s website on Friday.

Apr 16, 2013

Trial starts for former aides to New York mayoral hopeful Liu

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Opening arguments began on Tuesday in the conspiracy trial of two former fundraising associates of John Liu, New York City’s comptroller and a Democratic contender in this year’s mayoral election.

Jia Hou, the former treasurer for Liu’s campaign, and Xing Wu Pan are charged with breaking campaign financing laws by helping donors to Liu’s 2013 mayoral election campaign fund circumvent individual donation limits through so-called straw donors, who are illegally reimbursed for their donations. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Apr 10, 2013

Producers, ousted director of Broadway’s “Spiderman” settle dispute

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The producers of Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” have reached a settlement with Julie Taymor, the musical’s ousted director and co-author, in a copyright dispute stemming from the show’s troubled debut, the parties said on Wednesday.

The terms of the settlement in the long-running dispute were not made public, according to spokesmen for Taymor and the producers.

Apr 10, 2013

New York City to pay Occupy Wall Street protesters for damaged property

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City has agreed to pay Occupy Wall Street protesters more than $100,000 for property damaged or lost when police cleared out their encampment in a downtown Manhattan park in 2011, according to court documents signed on Tuesday.

The settlement includes $47,000 for books and library equipment lost or damaged in the raid on Zuccotti Park, where the protesters, campaigning against economic inequality, had camped for nearly two months, setting up tents and a ramshackle library.

Apr 10, 2013

New York City to pay Occupy Wall protesters for damaged property

NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) – New York City has agreed to
pay Occupy Wall Street protesters more than $100,000 for
property damaged or lost when police cleared out their
encampment in a downtown Manhattan park in 2011, according to
court documents signed on Tuesday.

The settlement includes $47,000 for books and library
equipment lost or damaged in the raid on Zuccotti Park, where
the protesters, campaigning against economic inequality, had
camped for nearly two months, setting up tents and a ramshackle
library.

Apr 9, 2013

Gambling nun pleads guilty to theft from New York churches

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A Roman Catholic nun with an admitted gambling addiction faces up to six months in prison for stealing about $128,000 from two churches where she worked in western New York, prosecutors and her attorney said on Tuesday.

Sister Mary Anne Rapp, 68, pleaded guilty on Monday to grand larceny in Orleans County, just west of Rochester, New York. In addition to time in prison, she will make partial restitution of the stolen money, prosecutors said. Sentencing is scheduled for July 1.

Apr 2, 2013

N.Y. politicians arrested in mayoral race bribe scheme

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A high-ranking Democratic New York State senator was arrested on Tuesday and charged with trying to buy a place on the Republican ticket in the city’s next mayoral race, an effort that prosecutors said was part of a wide-ranging bribery scandal and reflected pervasive corruption in New York politics.

Five other politicians, all Republicans, were also arrested and charged with collectively accepting more than $100,000 in bribes in meetings in parked cars, hotel rooms and state offices, according to court papers.