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Pregnancy may have been motive for shocking murder of 14-year-old

A desire to avoid the consequences of pregnancy may have been the motive behind the grisly slaying and burning of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found on a Brooklyn beach in January, according to a family spokesman.

Christian Ferdinand, 20, of Limestone, Maine, was arrested on Thursday and charged with second-degree murder.


Novel portrays '60s Brooklyn amidst Vietnam War backdrop

Shifting between 1960s Brooklyn and Vietnam, Jim McGinty’s novel “Right to Kill: A Brooklyn Tale” begins with a scene on the Culver Line subway train, which “snaked through Brooklyn on an elevated steel platform that disfigured the otherwise tranquil neighborhood of Gravesend.” McGinty tells the story of Sean Cercone, a law student who makes his way from Gravesend to Marine officer training and eventually to brutal combat in Quang Tri, Vietnam.


Two sentenced to life without parole in murder-for-hire plot

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog sentenced Ragene Powell-Dickerson, 29, and Jimmy Copeland, 26, to life without the possibility of parole on Monday for their role in a murder-for-hire plot that began with sexual text messages and ended in the June 2010 death of Dwyane Burnett.


Now it's Sampson: Another Brooklyn pol caught in corruption scheme

U.S. attorney for the Eastern District Loretta Lynch on Monday announced an indictment against Brooklyn state Senator John Sampson. 

Sampson, 47, is charged with two counts of embezzlement, five counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A state senator for 16 years, Sampson represents the 19th Senatorial District, which encompasses Canarsie, East New York, Spring Creek, parts of Brownsville, Georgetown, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Flatlands, Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay.


State Sen. John Sampson charged with embezzlement

State Sen. John Sampson has been indicted on charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

Sampson was a court-appointed referee to watch over escrow accounts for sales of foreclosed properties in Brooklyn. It's alleged he embezzled $440,000 between 1998 and 2008.

He's also accused of funneling funds into his failed campaign for Brooklyn DA.



A once-powerful Brooklyn state senator was arrested today in a widening corruption scandal that has resulted in criminal charges against other lawmakers and turned some into wire-wearing informants.

FBI agents took Sen. John Sampson into custody early Monday at an undisclosed location. He was to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later in the day.

Prosecutors were expected to detail the charges at a news conference.


Jeffries: NY flood problems need NY solutions

Rather than treating Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island as generic disaster sites, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), when examining areas that have been devastated by Superstorm Sandy, should look for “New York solutions to New York problems.” 

So said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn-Queens) at a community press briefing Monday in his office at the Shirley Chisholm State Office Building in Fort Greene.


NYPD officer, son dead in apparent East Flatbush double murder-suicide

A New York City police officer shot her 1-year-old son, the baby's father and then herself in an apparent double murder-suicide at her Flatbush home Monday morning, police said.

The bodies were discovered after her 19-year-old son, who was sleeping in his bedroom, heard an argument between the two adults and saw his mother with a gun, said chief police spokesman Paul Browne. The young man escaped through a window and called 911, but by the time police arrived moments later, the three others were dead, Browne said.


Effort underway to landmark Jackie Robinson house

Thursday, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams joined community members in East Flatbush to proclaim his effort to get New York City landmark status for 5224 Tilden Avenue, better known to the public as the Jackie Robinson House. Robinson lived at this address in East Flatbush from 1947 - when he earned the Rookie of Year award with the Brooklyn Dodgers - through 1949, when he was voted Most Valuable Player.


Jackie Robinson's daughter excited about film

STAMFORD, Conn. — Jackie Robinson's daughter says she and her family are excited about a new movie about her father, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

Sharon Robinson tells The Advocate of Stamford that "42" does a good job of highlighting the resistance and prejudice faced by her father, who died in 1972, and it could help people discuss the lack of equal opportunity.



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