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'He Blew Up The House And The Kids!' Caseworker's Anguished 911 Call

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Recordings of an increasingly frantic social worker's 911 calls to police on Sunday are adding more detail to the horrible events leading up to a Washington state man's apparent decision to kill himself and his two young sons.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Prosecuting Mortgage Crimes

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gretchen Morgenson, business reporter for the New York Times, continues the conversation about going after after mortgage fraud and other financial crimes. Listeners, what do you think? Where would you start when it comes to investigating financial crimes that led to the 2008 collapse?

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WNYC News

Lawmaker Moves to Curb Religious Theft, Vandalism

Monday, January 30, 2012

State Senator Jeffrey Klein says there have been four acts of vandalism or theft at churches and synagogues in his Bronx district in the last two months.

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Features

Chasing Crime With a Spot News Photographer

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In honor of the latest Weegee photo exhibit at the International Center of Photography, titled Murder Is My Business, WNYC tagged along with a modern crime photographer from the New York Daily News to see how shooting for the tabloids has changed from the days when Weegee was shooting lurid images of fresh murders and breaking news.

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The Takeaway

File-Sharing Site Megaupload Shut Down by FBI

Friday, January 20, 2012

Megaupload.com one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites was shut down yesterday on charges that it illegally shared movies, TV shows, and e-books. A federal indictment accuses the company of costing copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue. In retaliation hacker groups went after several Web sites including those of the Justice Department and Universal. Ira Rothken is a lawyer for Megaupload.com.

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WNYC News

Suspect In Natalee Holloway Case Pleads Guilty To Murder In Peru

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Joran Van Der Sloot killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores on May 30, 2010, five years to the day after Holloway's went missing in Aruba. He has been arrested twice, but never charged, in relation to the Alabama teen's disappearance.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Peter Hessler on an American crime reporter in Japan

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Peter Hessler on an American crime reporter in Japan.

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The Takeaway

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a... Real-Life Superhero?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

There are over 300 registered superheroes in the United States. Coming from all walks of life, they patrol the streets, stop crimes, and do community outreach in homemade costumes. While each real life superhero has a different reason for taking up the cause, the one thing that's certain about this eccentric bunch of concerned citizens is that their ranks are growing: The New York Initiative, a New York City-based collective of superheroes, has gone from four members to 12 in 2011.

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WNYC News

Mayor: City Continues to be Safe, In Spite of Economy

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is focusing on the positive as the year comes to a close. With the police and fire commissioners at his side, Bloomberg announced the city is on track to record just over 500 murders for 2011.

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WNYC News

Crime Keeps Falling Despite A Recession — But Why?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Some experts say its Americans responding to their better nature, others say it's smarter policing.

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The Takeaway

As Police Departments Shrink, Officer Shooting Deaths Increase

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Even though the housing bubble burst nearly five years ago, local governments are only now beginning to feel its repercussions with significantly lower tax revenues. Many municipalities across the country have chosen to bridge this gap by cutting services, specifically in police departments. In 2011, there were fewer cops on patrol than there have been in 25 years. This precipitous drop coincided with a 13 percent increase in the number of officers killed in the line of duty.

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WNYC News

McQueary Repeats Allegation About Sandusky

Friday, December 16, 2011

The key witness in the case against the former Penn State assistant football coach says in open court that "I believe Jerry was sexually molesting" a young boy.

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The Takeaway

Feds Accuse Arizona Sheriff of Civil Rights Abuses

Friday, December 16, 2011

The country's "toughest sheriff" has had his gold star revoked. A scathing U.S. Justice Department report released Thursday found that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office carried out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos and held a "systematic disregard" for the Constitution amid a series of immigration crackdowns that have turned the lawman into a prominent national political figure.

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WNYC News

Update: Sandusky Waives Right To Preliminary Hearing

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says he's innocent. Authorities have charged him with more than 50 counts involving the alleged sexual abuse of at least 10 boys.

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WNYC News

Virginia Tech: Same Gun Used To Kill Officer And Suspect

Friday, December 09, 2011

Authorities don't know what the shooter's motive was or if he had any connection to the officer who was killed. They aren't ready yet to release his name. He was not a Virginia Tech student.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Violence Interrupters

Thursday, December 08, 2011

WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez discusses her reporting on violence interrupters, and what they do to try to stop violent crime in the city. Director of Save Our Streets Crown Heights Community Mediation Center Amy Ellenbogen, and violence interrupter for Harlem's Street Corner Resources, Dedric Hammond who goes by Beloved, join the conversation. 

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The Takeaway

Death Sentence Dropped for Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal

Thursday, December 08, 2011

He has been described as "the world's most famous death-row inmate," but that description is no longer true. On Wednesday, prosecutors in Philadelphia said they were dropping the state's efforts to execute former Black Panther and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal. His sentence will be converted to life in prison, without parole. District Attorney Seth Williams said it was "time to put the case to rest" for the city of Philadelphia. It was 30 years ago this week that Mumia Abu-Jamal, former journalist, was arrested for shooting a police officer Daniel Faulkner.

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WNYC News

The Mob Goes Green - Organized Crime Profits With New Jersey Recycling

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A New Jersey panel finds organized criminals are using loopholes in state law to earn money off of recycling and waste businesses through shady dealings.

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The Takeaway

DEA Agents Launder Mexican Drug Money as Part of the War on Drugs

Monday, December 05, 2011

Each year, millions of dollars of Mexican drug money pass through the hands of American Drug Enforcement Administration officials. Undercover American narcotics agents launched the money laundering operation in order to trace the drug cartels. This is not the first instance of a U.S. governmental agency using illegal means to fight the war against drugs in Mexico. While the effectiveness of either program stopping the flow of drugs into the U.S. remains unclear, their impact on Mexican citizens is less ambiguous.

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WNYC News

Michael Jackson's Doctor Gets Four-Year Sentence

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray gave Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol. The pop star used it to help him sleep and prosecutors showed that Murray's gross negligence contributed to Jackson's June 2009 death.

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