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My Patrol With Bill Bratton

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He helped create a ‘new’ New York City and now he’s back on the beat. A ridealong on his old turf—the subways—with the police commissioner.

The police commissioner’s gaze swept from the surrounding straphangers to the window of the door at the end of the subway car. He was about to prove anew that there is no more exalted position in the city than that of a cop on patrol.NYPD Commissioner William Bratton was officially on a tour of the subways late Tuesday night, but it was with a patrol cop’s eyes that he spied a man striding up and down the aisle of the next car in a manner that was sure to intimidate the other passengers as the train rumbled downtown.

Immunity

‘Stand Your Ground’ for Felons

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Next week, Georgia’s legislators will decide if they want a really crazy bill, or one that’s full on Gary Busey.

You may have heard that the Georgia state house and senate—much like their brethren in legislatures throughout the land where representative democracy has become besotted with punch-drunk Tea—has in their wisdom decided to pass a Guns R Us bill. It’s not so much legislation as it is the good sense do everything in their power to expand gun violence  in their state, short of requiring babies to drink milk from a 100-round drum magazine.Guns in K-12 schools? Check! Eliminating state licenses for gun dealers? But of course! Limit the governor’s powers to regulate guns during a “state emergency?” Can you say UN-led supranational hit squad riding shotgun aboard a black helicopter piloted by President Obama specifically coming to your house to take your handgun?!It’s all in there folks, and then some.

Classy Gas

Fracking King’s Double-Cross

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Thanks to a series of shady deals with former subsidiaries—and massive cuts in royalties to unsuspecting landowners—the controversial shale gas firm is now awash in cash.

At the end of 2011, Chesapeake Energy, one of the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies, was teetering on the brink of failure.Its legendary chief executive officer, Aubrey McClendon, was being pilloried for questionable deals, its stock price was getting hammered and the company needed to raise billions of dollars quickly.The money could be borrowed, but only on onerous terms. Chesapeake, which had burned money on a lavish steel-and-glass office complex in Oklahoma City even while the selling price for its gas plummeted, already had too much debt.

UP IN THE AIR

Drone Spies Harlem Rescue

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While safety crews were still searching for survivors, a man launched his drone to get a better look, drawing congratulations from some, and criticism for his recklessness from others.

Brian Wilson, a 45-year-old from New Jersey, was just leaving his apartment in New York City for work when his roommate informed him that two buildings at the northwest corner of 116th and Park Avenue in Harlem had collapsed.“[He] said ‘Hey, you should go there with your drone,’” Wilson tells The Daily Beast. “So I grabbed it and ran.”A systems specialist at GAGE Strategies, Wilson spends most of his days developing systems to “help young entrepreneurs” who want to start a drone business.

My Building Exploded. I Survived.

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He may no longer have a home, but unlike some of his neighbors piano man Colin Patterson miraculously escaped from his East Harlem home unscathed after it blew up around him.

After the explosion up in East Harlem on Wednesday, Colin Patterson stood in the street in a flannel pajama top, saying he could not explain how he survived.“It’s a miracle!” he announced. “I’m a miracle!”The 53-year-old piano technician’s eyes were wild and his mouth was caked with black dust. “The whole building fell on me!”He said he was about to get dressed in his first floor apartment at the back of Absolute Piano when a thunderous blast tore through the building.

HOOP-LA

America's Knicks Top Model

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Hall of Famer Phil Jackson is set to become head of basketball operations for the New York Knicks. But can he box out owner James Dolan, and rebuild the team from scratch?

The New York Knicks will be holding a press conference on Tuesday at 11am, at which time they will formally announce that Phil Jackson, will be taking over as the team’s new president and Zen Master. For long-suffering fans, this is presumably a moment to rejoice. Jackson has a record 11 NBA championship rings to show for his tenure as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, and garnered two more as a player over the course of his 13-year career.

Boom

‘Like Someone Kicked My Door In’

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On the smoky streets surrounding two collapsed buildings, eyewitnesses describe a morning of terror.

“It was so loud. I was in the basement and it sounded like someone was kicking my door in,” Jimmy said on the corner of 117th Street and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, a neighborhood where he lives and works as a superintendent for apartments buildings like the ones that collapsed Wednesday morning, killing two and injuring at least 22.Just around the corner from the wrecked buildings, a woman hurried down the street, pushing a stroller as tears poured down her face while speaking desperate, anguished Spanish to someone on the other end of her phone.

Where Next?

The Best Free Agents

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The Denver Broncos snatched Aqib Talib who was released by the Patriots, it was the first big deal in a frenzy of negotiations. Where are the best free agents going?

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about March Madness, CPAC’s aftermath, or the blind auditions of The Voice. It’s NFL free agency, the annual whirlwind of offseason activity that reshapes the terrain of America’s real pastime. This year, the action began Tuesday afternoon, and with teams allowed to spend $10 million more than last year, the game of hot potato is already scorching.It can be hard to keep track of all the moves, like when the San Francisco 49ers trade a sixth-round pick for a backup quarterback that looks like Sunshine from Remember the Titans.

REALITY FIGHTS

‘Mob Wives’ ... Mob Rat?

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While the murder trial in Brooklyn Federal court possessed a storyline with all the dramatic trappings of a must-watch reality TV program, the most captivating part was that it wouldn't be publicized.

The mob trial in Brooklyn Federal court channel-hopped from ABC's New York Med to VH1's Mob Wives as two figures from two different reality shows took the stand in as many days.On Monday, there was Dr. Tara Margarella a trauma resident turned plastic surgeon who was once featured on the show New York Med. She testified about her desperate efforts to save the victim in this murder and robbery conspiracy case.On Tuesday, it was Hector Pagan, ex-husband of Mob Wives star Renee Graziano.

Women and Work

Princeton Mom Is Right (Kind Of)

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For many women, the advice from “Princeton Mom’s” new book about marriage and motherhood is salient, despite what feminists may say. But it doesn’t apply to all of us.

Susan Patton, aka Princeton mom, has evoked so much ire from feminists that it almost feels a bit like a betrayal to the sisterhood to give the woman any more ink. But not only am I going to give her more attention, I am going to do something even more shocking for someone who considers myself a feminist. I’m going to admit that part of Patton’s message is right.Before my fellow feminists start chasing me with pitchforks (or do the Internet equivalent of responding angrily on Twitter before actually reading my entire argument), please allow me to explain.

Who Is Frazier Glenn Miller?

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon dissects the story of Miller, a 'nightmare image' of 'hate groups nestled in the heartland' who went on a Kansas killing spree on Sunday.

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