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Friday, May 14, 2021

My hometown of Newburgh was the scene of some intense crime-fighting action yesterday, as the FBI rounded up scores of Bloods, Latin Kings and other hardened local gang members.

Yes, it’s a sobering thought, that the little town in which I grew up is, improbably, host to an urban-proportioned criminal element. Not that this sorry state of affairs is news by now. Somehow, Newburgh’s dug itself into this hole, and it’ll take more than one day’s daring Fed raid to correct things.

The funny thing: Said daring raid occurred only one day after the New York Times ran an in-depth article about Newburgh’s troubles. In that article, the FBI cited the need to “build a case” prior to any big crackdown.

I guess the case got built, in a sudden way — fifty miles down the river, too. Perhaps the cops have learned that Hudson Valley gangbangers are devoted readers of the Times, and figured the law-enforcement cover was blown. Amazing what investigative crime work can uncover!

Newburgh can thank the power of the press for the long-arm-of-the-law display. Too bad it had to come to that before anything at all happened.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 05/14/2010 07:44pm
Category: New Yorkin', Publishing, True Crime
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The thirteenth cookie is cracked in “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr. You’d think that that would portend an unlucky result, namely in the form of an ominous fortune.

Alas, the fortune-cookie culture doesn’t appear to be superstitious (outside of the basic premise behind a psychic slip of paper). Instead of gloom and doom, today’s fortune promotes problem-solving through aesthetics:

A beautiful person is with you, confide your problems.

So, beauty should inspire you to unburden yourself? Not sure the beautiful people would appreciate being a default emotional dumping ground. And are we to infer that ugly folks are unsatisfactory recipients of soul-baring info? This cookie guide to interpersonal relations confounds me.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 05/14/2010 06:50pm
Category: Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune, Photography
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