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SPECIAL REPORT: The Missing

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

219 West: Fighting For Change

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
The latest edition of our monthly TV news magazine profiles a boxing club that battles youth violence.
Our reporters also look at what some critics call the loaded language used in media coverage of the recent unrest spurred by the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. We visit with two women trying trying to change the male-dominated cycling culture and a man who evicts people from their homes.

Punishing Push For School Sports

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, about fifteen high school students from the International Community High School (ICHS) in the South Bronx stood at the gates of City Hall, where they plan to stand every Wednesday until their demands are met: sports at their school, and all small schools in New York City.

“Chancellor Fariña, you did not read our research. If you did, you would be standing with us and not against us!” belted senior Sory Konate. Other students chanted “Civil rights matter!” to the rhythm of four students drumming on bright orange Home Depot buckets. They stood behind a bright white banner embossed with the image of a clasped black fist and their movement’s social media tag, #civilrightsmatter.

Standing by, distributing fliers and keeping an eagle eye out for councilmembers, was David Garcia-Rosen, the man who had been their school dean until March, when he was removed from the school following another action calling for expanded access to sports.

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Ex-Gang Members Fight Violence

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

If you tell Big Herc that you want to become a Blood he will stretch his palm out and kindly ask you to repeat yourself. If you are stupid enough to do it, he will slap you in the face. “You still wanna be a Blood?” he’ll ask, and then keep slapping if he senses you can’t make up your mind. “I want to see where your heart is,” he might say.

Herc is short for Hercules, but his real name is Shamar Thomas. He’s a 29-year-old former marine who did two tours in Iraq, including a stretch in Fallujah in 2004. According to Herc, it’s those with weakness in their eyes—”The ones with no hearts”—who go out and commit most of the senseless shootings that kill so many people in his neighborhood of East Flatbush.

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A Push to Open Adoption Records

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Fighting Violence Like a Disease

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Brooklyn Boy Races Against Time

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Mold Takes Their Breath Away

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Mold’s Still a Growing Problem

Sunday, December 14th, 2014