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Sergeant in Danny Chen case will be tried in a court-martial

BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Local advocates are hopeful that new developments in the investigation into Private Danny Chen’s death will see justice served on at least two — and hopefully all eight — of the soldiers implicated in the East Village soldier’s apparent suicide. Sergeant Travis Carden, 25, from Fowler, Indiana, will be tried in read more here »

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Soho Journal publisher sentenced in Hamptons S&M mortgage fraud

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  On Mon., Feb. 27, Donald MacPherson, the publisher of the Soho Journal, was sentenced in Suffolk County Court to four to 12 years in prison for his leading role in a massive mortgage fraud involving mostly Hamptons properties. MacPherson, 68, his wife, Carrie Coakley, 41, former county legislator George Guldi and read more here »

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L.E.S. church leaves P.S. 137 as pastor declares, in parting, ‘There’s a higher power than the law’

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  For its last Sunday worship in P.S. 137 on Feb. 12, the Lower East Side Fellowship held a double-long, two-hour service. A fledgling evangelical church, they had been gathering in the school auditorium, at Grand St. and East Broadway, for all of their two-and-a-half years of existence. With the deadline looming read more here »

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‘Angry Birds’ raid leads to broader discussion on counterfeit goods

[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by Aline Reynolds " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Yan Liang, a store owner at 153 Centre St., complained of being fined $900 on two separate occassions for selling a counterfeit toy gun that she thought was authnetic. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Unlicensed vendors loitering along Canal Street aren’t the only ones selling counterfeit read more here »

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Barney Rosset, publisher of Miller, Ginsberg, Beckett

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. But habit is a great deadener. At me too someone is looking, of me too someone is saying, He is sleeping, he knows nothing, let him sleep on. “Waiting for Godot” When Barney Rosset, who left us last week, read more here »

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Rose Vialotti, 98, local romance led to marriage to Village doctor

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Rose Vialotti, born and bred in the Village and the widow and mother of physicians, died Fri., Feb. 17, in a Saddle River, N.J., hospice at the age of 98. Called “a woman before her time” in the eulogy by her son, Dr. Charles Vialotti, Jr., Rose Vialotti went to college read more here »

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Council votes for medical pot bill

BY PAUL DeRIENZO  |  The New York City Council passed a resolution by voice vote Wednesday calling on the New York State Legislature to pass a pair of bills that would legalize the medicinal use of marijuana. There were at least three dissenting votes. One vote came from Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. (Democrat, of read more here »

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Police Blotter, week of March 1, 2012

Belt saves officer One of two police officers who traded gunshots with a suspect in the Baruch Houses on the Lower East Side during the early hours of Mon., Feb. 27, escaped with his life when his gun belt deflected a bullet headed for his belly, police said. The suspect, Luis Martinez, 25, was shot read more here »

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Tantalizing Taste for a good cause

Chefs are pulling out their best recipes to feature at the 10th anniversary of A Taste of Greenwich House on Mon., March 12, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. It’s all in the name of supporting Greenwich House’s 12 social-service and arts programs, including treatment for victims of child abuse, medical care for read more here »

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N.Y.U. students fret debt will go up with mega-plan

[media-credit name="Photo by Tequila Minsky" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] On the eve of Board 2’s big vote on N.Y.U.’s application for its superblocks development plan, university students and faculty rallied against the ambitious scheme on Tuesday at Gould Plaza on W. Fourth St. They decried the proposal as irresponsible and wildly expensive. (See Page 2 for more read more here »

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