03 31 2015
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Sarah Burns looks at one of the most notorious wrongful convictions in NYC

On April 19, 1989, Patricia Ellen Meili entered Central Park around 9 p.m. Unfortunately, on this occasion, she would be sadistically beaten, brutally raped and left for dead, with 80 percent of the blood draining from her body by the time she was rushed to the hospital ... it was not long before they had somehow extracted confessions from five teenagers from Harlem, none of whom had ever been arrested or even in serious trouble before. They were only exonerated after having completely served sentences ranging from 6 to 13 years when a serial rapist named Matias Reyes, a DNA match to Exhibit A, confessed to the crime in 2002.


'Where's the Birth Certificate' is not a product of well-reasoned analysis

Four years ago, Black conservative Shelby Steele took a calculated risk when he published a book explaining why Barack Obama wouldn't win the Presidential election of 2008 ... With the help of Donald Trump, the notion that Barack was born outside of the U.S. began to catch fire this spring, at least until the President finally called a press conference on April 27thI think most folks considered the birther issue put to rest once and for all, but now along comes another tome with the same title as Blue's. This "Where's the Birth Certificate?" ...


New book chronicles the author's secret lineage

Michael Sidney Fosberg was raised in a lily-white, Chicago suburb at the height of the Civil Rights Movement by his Caucasian mother and stepdad. Consequently, he grew up blissfully unaware of the fact that the real father he'd been separated practically at birth from was black.
A Jew-fro and a slightly swarthy complexion were all that made Michael stand out in family photos taken with his parents and two younger siblings.


Obama's sister has crafted an 'instant classic'

When Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng was growing up on the island of Java, her mother pinned a postcard over her bed of a Georgia O'Keefe painting entitled "Ladder to the Moon." The surreal tableau, which featured a ladder suspended in the desert air and stretching towards a lonely half-moon hanging high in the sky, served to whet the imagination of the bright youngster with an insatiable curiosity.


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