Canadian Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for her tales of the struggles, loves and tragedies of women in small-town Canada that made her what the award-giving committee called the “master of the contemporary short story.”
“Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov,” the Swedish Academy said in announcing the award on its website, comparing Munro to the 19th-century... » more
A 25-year-old man caught selling MetroCard swipes died after running from police on Tuesday, the NYPD said Wednesday.
Barrington Williams, who lived in the Bronx, bolted when approached by cops on the mezzanine level of the East 161st Street subway station for the B/D train lines around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the NYPD. He was quickly apprehended but became "unconscious and unresponsive"... » more
A Charlotte, N.C., cop is facing manslaughter charges for shooting a man who apparently was seeking help after a car crash.
Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, was charged with shooting Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, a former Florida A&M football player who early Saturday apparently sought help from a home where the woman inside thought he was trying to rob her, according to the Charlotte Observer.
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The city Tuesday announced its first "engagement center" for chronically absent students.
The West Harlem-based center aims to reduce truancy by keeping track of students; attendance and progress, letting them pick a school-based mentor and assigning each one with a trained advocate. The center will be staffed with social workers and officials from the city Department of Education,... » more