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School Strives to Book a Library BY YANNIC RACK A school between Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen is using every trick in the book to provide its students with a library. The City Knoll middle school (on W. 33rd St. btw. 10th & 11th Aves.) has only been around for two years — but instead of having a room full of books, its 150 kids largely have to rely on a small stack of outdated and yellowed paperbacks. “All the books that are on the shelves are books that were left behind by the school that was here before,” said Victoria Armas, Continued on page 2
Laubach Slaying Trial Ends With Convictions BY DUNCAN OSBORNE Following a month-long trial, a Manhattan jury quickly convicted Edwin Faulkner and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera of felony murder and other charges in the 2012 killing of John Laubach. Jurors began deliberations late on Oct. 20, and had to consider depraved indifference murder, a count that the prosecution did not emphasize in its closing statement; felony murder, based on the gay couple causing Laubach’s death while committing another Continued on page 5
‘DORA’ EXPLORES A LIFE, PAST AND PRESENT Bill T. Jones, iconic choreographer and artistic director of Chelsea’s New York Live Arts, discusses part one of his “Analogy” trilogy, Nov. 4 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. See page 4.
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Police union leader Pat Lynch called for a boycott against filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (right), who called police who killed people of color “murderers” during an Oct. 24 protest at Washington Square Park.
Divided Opinion as Police, Protesters and Residents Intersect BY ZACH WILLIAMS Chelsea resident Eileen Feldman was two blocks from home on Sat., Oct. 24 when hundreds of #BlackLivesMatter protesters blocked her path at the intersection of W. 23rd St. and Sixth Ave. The delay irritated her and she was not reluctant to let that be known to those who were marching. Activist Hannah Raytaylor heard Feldman and confronted her. Protesters were about halfway through the police-permitted march from Washington Square Park to W. 42nd St. as a small group of people stopped to watch Feldman and Raytaylor debate the merits of protesting police brutality on a sunny autumn afternoon. The hottest point of contention between them was whether the controversial deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and other people of color represented the mistakes of just a few policeman or whether law
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enforcement as a whole protected a system of racial inequality. Neither convinced the other, but their conversation succinctly covered the ground that defines the ongoing national debate on how to address ongoing discrimination against people of color. “The country is more divided now than ever,” observed Feldman of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, in a later interview. Protesters, she said, “are making it sound like cops are evil…there is so much hate and moronic stuff coming out now. This county’s got to pull together. That’s why I was so pissed off.” Raytaylor acknowledged that some may expect certain protocols to be followed during moments of dissent, but she also asserted that disrupting daily life by marching provides a necessary means to achieve progress on
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