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Kathleen Horan

Reporter, WNYC News

Kathleen Horan appears in the following:

16 Charged in Gun Trafficking Case

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sixteen members of two East Harem gun trafficking networks have been charged with selling more than 100 illegal firearms — including an AR-15 assault riffle — in what is one of the city’s largest takedowns of it kind in recent years.

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NYPD Shooting Victim's Mom Meets With Queens DA

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The mother of an unarmed National Guardsman who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop has met with the Queens prosecutor.

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Heated Exchanges at Hearing on NYPD Reform

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Council members traded barbs during a hearing on a package of bills that would alter NYPD operations – and includes major changes to the department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

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WIll Tougher Penalites Curb the Uptick of Rape in the City?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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A spike in sexual assaults — including a rash of high profile cases — has state and local lawmakers calling for harsher penalties against sex offenders and increased support for victims.

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Council Seeks to Ease Growing Fines for Restaurants

Monday, October 08, 2012

WNYC

Dimly lit storage closets. Dented food cans. Improper signage. These are some of the violations for which the city's restaurants can be fined, and each infraction can cost owners anywhere from $200 to $2000 apiece.

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Passenger: NYPD Shooting of Driver Unprovoked

Friday, October 05, 2012

A passenger said nothing was done to provoke police to fatally shoot the specialist in the Army National Guard driving on a New York City highway on Thursday.

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1 in 4 Given Solitary Confinement in State Prisons, Study Finds

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

One in every four people in New York's state prisons is sentenced to forced isolation that deprives them of necessary interactions, according to a report by the New York Civil Liberties Union released Tuesday.

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Kelly Says Bronx DA's Claims of Unlawful Arrests Are 'Not Substantiated'

Friday, September 28, 2012

WNYC

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defended the NYPD’s policing of public housing on Friday following revelations that the Bronx District Attorney won’t prosecute those arrested for trespassing unless the arresting officer submits to an interview.

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In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of Kaiim Vieira

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kaiim Vieira was born in a Brooklyn hospital 18 years ago today. He grew into a six-foot-two teen who had a knack for getting folks to laugh even when they didn’t want to. He used to call his mother by the nickname “Muffin.”

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Civilian Complaint Board Starts Hiring for Prosecuting Unit

Monday, September 17, 2012

WNYC

The civilian board that reviews complaints against the NYPD has started the hiring process for a new unit that gives it the power to prosecute officers.

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Rival Brooklyn Gang Members Swept Up in Takedown With Help of Facebook

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Forty-nine members of warring gangs in East New York are facing murder and other charges — swept up in a crackdown by law enforcement after they used social media to taunt and intimidate each other, officials announced Wednesday.

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Man Arrested in Central Park Sexual Assault

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A man with a history of violence has been arraigned on charges he retaliated against a 73-year-old birdwatcher who took a compromising photo of him by raping her in Central Park.

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Wake Set for Bronx Bodega Worker As Family Pushes for Probe Into Death

Monday, September 10, 2012

WNYC

The wake for the 20-year-old Bronx bodega worker who was shot and killed by a police last week while fleeing an armed robbery will be held Tuesday in Washington Heights as the family of the young father pushes for an independent probe into his death.

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Police Accidentally Shoot Worker to Death

Friday, September 07, 2012

A 20-year-old Bronx bodega worker was shot dead by police as he tried to leave the building during an armed robbery Friday morning in what police said they believe was an accident, authorities said.

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In Harm’s Way: Remembering the Life of Ronald Wallace

Friday, August 31, 2012

Ronald Wallace III had a grin almost as wide as his size 13 sneakers. He flashes it in countless family photos that his parents thumb through in their Brooklyn apartment.

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Looking to November, Disability Advocates Call for Accessible Polling Places

Monday, August 27, 2012

WNYC

A Federal Court Judge will hear testimony Monday about how to make city polling sites more accessible for people who use wheelchairs or have vision impairments.

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Brownsville Teen Mourned

Friday, August 24, 2012

WNYC

Relatives and friends of a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed on Friday, held an evening candlelight vigil at the intersection of Tapscott and Blake Avenue in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn where he was gunned down.

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Commission Begins Balancing Act of Redrawing Council Lines

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WNYC

All 51 City Council districts will have redrawn lines before the 2013 election.  The changes are expected to reflect the results of the newest census data for New York City, which showed demographic shifts in population, including increases within certain minority groups.

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New York City's 5 Boro Taxi Plan: Winners, Losers and What's Next

Monday, August 20, 2012

The city's new outer-boro street hails, inspired by the color of Granny Smith apples (photo: Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

New York  City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he is not expecting legalized street hail service for livery car passengers "for a while."

Officials said the plan will be on hold at least until the new year, with a ruling not expected before January.

The city is appealing a State Supreme Court decision blocking the city’s plan to sell 18,000 livery street hail permits as well as 2000 yellow medallions. The estimated billion dollars in revenue from the medallion sale -- as well the expanded cab service promised by the Bloomberg administration -- hangs in the balance.

The winner so far in this saga is the powerful medallion lobby, including the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade-- chief plaintiff in the lawsuit against the 5 Boro plan. This trade association has been a successful litigant against other city taxi polices, including legally nixing a mandate several years ago by the Bloomberg administration that cabs get at least 30 miles to the gallon.

The potential losers are livery customers and drivers. The city estimates more than 120,000 -150,000 illegal street hails occur a day. Many who live beyond Manhattan and rely on non-yellow cab service said they welcome more taxi regulation for these cars—including distinctive taxi markings, so they know a taxi driver is authorized to pick up passengers--as well as greater price regulation.

Krystle James, 27, of East New York, said since livery fares can be unpredictable she tries not to hail cabs on the street, instead writing down the number of a passing livery cab and calling their office. She thinks this helps her get a firm price on the cab so there’s no haggling later.

But that’s what Tariq Mohammad, 27, from Bedford-Stuyvesant loves about livery cab hails on the street. “I’ll start off really low like $10, he’ll start off higher, $20. We’ll meet in the middle, $14-$15, I’ll give him a dollar tip. $16 bucks, I save $4,” he said.

Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said he hopes livery drivers who were planning to operate legally and buy the new permits will “hang tight” as the appeal process plays out.

“We’re going to push for the fastest possible outcome”, he promised.

Sources in the both the livery and yellow cab industry expect a compromise will eventually be struck.

Guy Palumbo with Global Transportation Network Consultants said he thinks it’s time for all sides to try and finally hash out some kind of plan soon. “At this stage the liveries and the taxis should develop a workable plan so when a decision is rendered they have a way forward,"  Palumbo said.

(Stephen Nessen contributed reporting.)

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12 Hours Behind the Wheel in NYC, With No Food Or Drink

Thursday, August 09, 2012

(photo by Kathleen Horan)

If you're traveling by taxi this summer, chances are your driver is hungrier than usual. Nearly half of licensed drivers in the city are Muslim—and they’re not eating because they’re observing Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and reflection. That means thousands of cabbies are working 12-hour shifts without food, water or caffeine.

Muslims break their daily fast at sundown. One recent evening, the West 29th Street curbside in Manhattan held so many taxis that the street glowed yellow. This commercial district in Manhattan has free evening parking, a boon for drivers.

Around 8 p.m., as the day's light faded, cabbies rushed into a mosque called Masjid Ar-Rhahman. A mountain of their shoes rose in the vestibule. Soon their sung prayers emanated from a loudspeaker at the top of the mosque. Outside, vendors selling prayer books and sweet treats waited patiently for the cabbies to emerge from inside.

Driver Lansana Keita was one of the first ones out. He smiled as he ate his first food of the day, a sweet rice concoction that resembled rice pudding. "You need something soft after fasting all day, to help your metabolism to digest,” he said.

Keita said his biggest obstacle during Ramadan is keeping up his stamina during a shift that typically features mind-numbing traffic, the threat of parking tickets and the never-ending drone of the TV in his backseat. He said driving on an empty stomach while dealing with the daily guff from passengers becomes a spiritual exercise.

"When someone cusses on you, you have to let it go," he said. "When someone wants to have drama with you, you have to let it go--those are the principles of Ramadan.”

Drivers who chose not to eat in the mosque huddled on the sidewalk in small groups to consume their long-awaited meals.

"I love this: it’s called pakora, samosa and chana,” said Mohammed Tipu Sultan, a driver of 10 years, about his Bangladeshi meal. Sultan made the food disappear in a hurry, like anyone would after fasting for 16 hours.

(photo by Kathleen Horan)

Driver Yehya Abdeen was on his way to get his first caffeine fix at a local cafe before resuming his night shift. He said a purpose of Ramadan is to teach patience—a trait city cabbies aren't always known for.

"I try to be nice all the time, but we try to be more nice during Ramadan," he said, before joking, "But it’s hard when you don't take your coffee, you know?"

During Ramadan, Muslims are required to pray more than the usual five times a day. So you may see drivers stopping to kneel in the direction of Mecca on squares of cardboard or small rugs in the back of bodegas and restaurants.

(photo by Kathleen Horan)

Or at JFK airport. At the airport's taxi lot, hundreds of drivers were lined up awaiting a fare to Manhattan. About two dozen drivers made use of a makeshift prayer area, bowing and kneeling next to a pair of public restrooms.

Tely Diallo, a tall driver in a gingham shirt, was about to jump into his cab again. He paused to complain that it’s hard to make enough money when you're pulling over to pray an extra two hours a day.

"You can't really do what you've got to do," he said. "You can't pray on time. I was supposed to be praying a long time ago but I couldn’t because you're always in a rush, you want to get the lease money."

(photo by Kathleen Horan)

Cabbie Mohammed Waheed said it helps that so many other drivers are fasting with him during the holy month. "The fifteen of my friends who are cab drivers—they all fast," he said.

Muslims, including many New York taxi drivers, will be observing Ramadan this year until the weekend of August 18, when the fasting ends and the completion of a month of self-control is celebrated.

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