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1 Day, Start To Finish
In a Dwight Street basement. Nicolás Medina Mora Pérez was there.
• Luis Luna got cop policy changed—and an assistant chief censured and pushed out —after his arrest for video-recording.
• Jennifer Gondola fought back after a cop arrested her for filming his actions; he was suspended, then left the force.
“Bloodline” Boiling Points
Dispatches from the state’s largest-ever drug/gang sweep:
• YouTube, Facebook helped bust the Tre Bloods.
• How “White Boy Chris” filtered $2.5M in drug money.
• Biggs’ jailhouse plea: Don’t believe the hype.
• Wiley Don raps from prison.
• Judge to feds: Fix your unconstitutional “2nd class” mess.
• The ABCs of dealing, explained.
• Judge: “I was not asleep.”
That’s Not A Skeleton
— It’s Two Skeletons
by Paul Bass | Aug 15, 2014 1:26 pm | Comments (4)
There are no news breaks on the worldwide web. Right?
Well, in this corner of the web, there will be: For the first time in our nine years of publication, the Independent’s unplugging for two weeks.
by Thomas MacMillan | Aug 15, 2014 1:25 pm
• “Coyote at home base, this is Snake. We have the package,” one of the masked men in the SUV said into a cell phone, as a reporter lay blindfolded in the back seat.
• With Iron Thunderhorse behind bars, Little Owl crashes the scene on the Green.
• “Guilty—with an explanation.”
by Gina Coggio | Aug 15, 2014 1:24 pm
• Tookie’s fate reconsidered.
• Keep your undergarments on while dining.
• “I wonder if she’s dead.”
• “I rep the Ville.”
• Good vibrations.
• “That’s all I get?”
• No teacher, no cry.
• Confession hour.
• The last good-bye.
by Staff | Aug 15, 2014 1:23 pm
• Where did that bag of 335 absentee ballots come from?
• Heartless money-beholden “failure” becomes endorsed hero!
• Wild turkeys outnumber humans at the polls.
• Jane & her poodles get the story.
• McMahon’s fake vs. Murphy’s fraud.
• Zombie conspiracies revealed!
• Edward Anderson goes undercover in New Hampshire.
• Lobbied pig farmer picks a president in New Haven ... Iowa.
• A grandson of Mexican immigrants finds a way to make a living again — and sneak past security to hear a story that sounded like his own.
by Nicolás Medina Mora Pérez | Aug 15, 2014 1:22 pm
When music pioneer Héctor “el Father” Delgado came to town, he didn’t revisit his reggaeton super hits at a nightclub. Instead he rapped in tongues—at a Fair Haven church.
by Paul Bass | Aug 15, 2014 1:21 pm
• 37 years later, a spy fesses up ...
• ... and a torturer offers a victim a public apology.
• Another 7 years later, a lost reel-to-reel tape resurfaces of the “interrogation” that preceded New Haven’s political murder of the century.
by Staff | Aug 15, 2014 1:20 pm
We caught up with city inspector Rafael Ramos ...
• Cleaning up blood on a porch after a murder.
• Digging out people in a monster snowstorm.
• Condemning a slumlord’s rooming house.
• Getting the heat turned on for a shivering mother and daughter, and for another mom with two boys.
• Helping immigrants living in a squalid basement stand up to their landlord.
• Chasing the slumlords of “The Jungle.”
• Rescuing 2 goats and 24 sickly chickens.
• Taking dozens of city kids camping every summer.
• Not to mention running a thriving community theater troupe.
by Melissa Bailey | Aug 15, 2014 1:20 pm
Aboard the bus to Atlantic City—Godmother Honda Smith led fans pulling out of New Haven in a “party bus” in prayer. In the ring, Rafael Garcia the cut man spread adrenaline on a nasty gash from a headbutt. Jermaine Dawson urged his older brother to “stay focused.”
It took a village—hometown friends and family—to help boxing phenom Chad Dawson survive the blows of a veteran fighter and regain his world championship belt.
by Neena Satija, Paul Bass, Thomas MacMillan, & Melissa Bailey | Aug 15, 2014 1:20 pm
• Ceiling falls. Baby dies. Slumlords pay nothing ...
• ... stiff banks while raking in government cash ...
• ... & pick new inspectors when they fail inspection.
• Straw buyer lured into wild ride ...
• ... as a “partying” MySpacer lines up scam homebuyers ...
• ... a slum-photo doctor makes a call ...
• ... outside Goodfellas, a police commissioner slips into a car and is handed an envelope with thousands of dollars in cash by fraud scheme’s mastermind ....
•... and “Kwame” & astraw buyer leave trail of blight. (The judge isn’t impressed.)
• A “Big Liberal” gets 5 years for ripping off poor.
• Facing 30 years, scammer turns star witness—while the feds let him rebuild an empire.
by Allan Appel | Aug 15, 2014 1:15 pm
On the New Haven Green, righteous people were about to be swept up into heaven in the biblically envisioned “Rapture,” setting off months of hell on earth leading to the destruction of those left behind, fulfilling a 375-year prophecy. Johvanni Colon and Eddie Perez staked out front-row seats.