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August 18, 2011 | Amsterdam News

Last week several elected officials, including Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., City Council Speaker Christine M. Quinn and Council Members Robert Jackson and Inez Dickens, announced a new pilot program to give summer internships to youth in Central Harlem. The elected officials have partnered with Khary Lazarre-White, executive director of...

August 10, 2011 | NY1

A summer internship program is giving young adults in Harlem insight into some of the city's leading businesses.

The organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol held a news conference on the steps of City Hall Wednesday to kick off the program, which escorts students on field trips and holds workshops.

With the help of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance...

August 05, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

Manhattan prosecutors said Thursday they are trying to root out a pattern of corruption in New York's concrete-testing industry as they accused a testing company—the third in three years—of fabricating results on major construction projects.
According to an indictment, employees of American Standard Testing & Consulting...

August 04, 2011 | New York Times

In 2008, a company hired to test the strength of the concrete used at major public works projects in New York, including the Second Avenue subway and the new Yankee Stadium, falsified results, prosecutors concluded, and construction executives scrambled to find a replacement.
On Thursday, the company they selected, its owner and five employees were...

August 03, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

A Virginia inmate has pleaded guilty  to a 1993 sexual assault on Manhattan’s Lower East Side after his DNA was matched last year to a sample taken more than 17 years ago, Manhattan prosecutors said.

Alberto Barriera, who is serving a seven-year sentence in Virginia on state narcotics charges, admitted to rape in the first degree...

August 03, 2011 | Associated Press

A Virginia prisoner admitted on Wednesday that he had raped a 16-year-old girl in New York almost two decades ago. The admission closed a cold case that came to the fore when a DNA sample was matched to him last year.

The prisoner, Alberto Barriera, pleaded guilty to rape as jury selection was about to start for his trial and he acknowledged...

July 20, 2011 | NY Post


Maybe it's the bad economy. Maybe it's people's desire to look past Wall Street and invest with someone they believe they can trust.

But whatever the reason, swindles of friends by friends are on the rise -- so much so, that prosecutors have coined a separate name for it.

"We call these "Affinity...

July 12, 2011 | Reuters

Investigators charged a Bronx man in three separate sexual-abuse incidents aboard New York City subways after linking him to the crimes through DNA testing, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Tuesday.

Prosecutors alleged that in each instance, Darnell Hardware, 26, entered a crowded rush-hour subway car, rubbed his genitals against a female...

July 07, 2011 | New York Post

Cold-case prosecutors cracked a 25-year-old Manhattan murder and arrested a prisoner who was just days from walking free, authorities said yesterday.

Prosecutors say they've linked Steven Carter through semen stains and DNA under the victim's finger nails to the murder of Antoinette Bennett, who was found dead in St. Nicholas Park, a...

June 15, 2011 | Our Town

By Jessica Lappin and Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

At the Amsterdam Nursing Home in Harlem, elderly residents—away from their families and loved ones—look to nursing aides for care and support. Although Jose Ramos was entrusted with protecting the nursing home’s elders, he instead preyed on a helpless victim and violated her in unthinkable ways....