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Arturo the V… Do you remember rock ’n’ roll radio?

Arturo Vega, who died at age 65 on June 8, was known as “The Fifth Ramone.” His E. Second St. loft became the band’s headquarters, T-shirt factory and sometime home. He was their the spokesman, lighting director, logo designer and faithful friend, staying with them from 1974 to 1996, when the band broke up for read more here »

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Toshi Seeger, 91, co-founded Clearwater with Pete

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Toshi Seeger, an organizer and homemaker who was largely responsible for the success of her husband, the folk singer Pete Seeger, died July 9 at their home in Beacon, N.Y., just nine days before the couple’s 70th wedding anniversary. She was 91. Toshi helped produce many of Pete’s concerts and rarely read more here »

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Police Blotter, July 18, 2013

Guilty in Soho House slay A man accused of brutally murdering his girlfriend in their room at Soho House in the Meatpacking District in 2010 has been found guilty, and now faces the possibility of life in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on July 11. A State Supreme Court jury voted to convict read more here »

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After Trayvon ruling, Squadron calls for Dept. of Justice investigation

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Following George Zimmerman being found not guilty in Florida of all charges in his fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, local politicians called the verdict “shocking” and said it painfully highlights how far America still is from equal justice. The jury found Zimmerman not guilty of murder, as well as manslaughter charges State read more here »

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Council rival now backing Johnson, and so does Glick

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  | Citing “personal and family reasons,” Alexander Meadows on Monday dropped out of the City Council District 3 race. He then promptly endorsed Corey Johnson over Yetta Kurland for the seat, which is currently held by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The following day, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, New York State’s first openly gay read more here »

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Fewer but wealthier tenants for former  St. Vincent’s site

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  A gaping space is all that remains where some of the largest towers of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital, on Seventh Ave. between 11th and 12th Sts., once stood, following the demolition of a huge swath of the medical complex. What’s left — with the addition of new construction — will read more here »

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New for Stonewall’s wall

Despite its tremendous significance in the history of gay civil rights, the Stonewall Inn, on Christopher St., surprisingly lacks a proper commemorative plaque, in the opinion of new state Senator Brad Hoylman. “Stonewall had nothing of prominence,”  he noted. But that will soon change. Hoylman has worked with the Historic Landmark Preservation Center and the read more here »

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C.B. 3 has $1 million to give environmental projects

BY REY MASHAYEHI  |  About $1 million is left in a fund controlled by Community Board 3 earmarked specifically for environmentally beneficial projects within the board district. C.B. 3’s Con Edison Task Force met last month to discuss the progress on East Village and Lower East Side environmental projects that are provided funding by the read more here »

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Jail time for stealing tot’s iPhone

Feliberto Ramirez, 53, right, was sentenced to one and a half to three years in prison on July 3 in Manhattan Supreme Court for stealing an iPhone from a child. Last March 10, Aidan Tally, 3, was playing a game on his mother’s phone as she shopped for shoes in Zacky’s clothing store, on Broadway near read more here »

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4 candidates make their case for being borough president

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER   |  Three city councilmembers and one former community board chairperson want to be the next Manhattan borough president. At a forum convened by the Lower Manhattan Marketing Association on June 27, they told the audience why they are running for this office, summarizing their credentials and indicating what they would like read more here »

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