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Bail granted in weapons case

Bail has been granted for a Manhattan woman accused with her boyfriend of possessing weapon-making instructions and a substance used to make bombs.

Morgan Gliedman was nine months pregnant when she was arrested last month. She has since given birth and had a court appearance Tuesday on her weapons possession charge.

Her bail was set at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash.

She and Aaron Greene were arrested after police executed a search warrant at their apartment.

Police and prosecutors say a plastic container with a white powder known as HMTD was found in the living room.

Police have been investigating whether the couple had any larger plans or ties to any radical groups.

Authorities say both defendants had drug problems.

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Man gets life in prison for teen's killing

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A Queens man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing a 19-year-old as he stood with other people outside a bar.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced the sentence Tuesday for Miguel Viruet, 37.

Christian O'Hara was shot on May 5, 2010 in Richmond Hill.

Viruet was summoned to the bar by his brother. When he got there, he was told that his brother was drunk, had been punched and was not allowed back in.

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Authorities said Viruet initially left the bar, but returned and stood across the street as he fired about nine rounds in the direction of the people standing there.

Viruet was convicted last month of second-degree murder and illegal weapon possession.


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Candidate sues over limit on contributions

A mayoral candidate has filed a lawsuit to stop the city's Campaign Finance Board from enforcing limits on campaign contributions.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday George McDonald filed a lawsuit Monday in Manhattan state Supreme Court challenging the city's strict limits on donations.

McDonald is seeking the Republican mayoral nomination. He is the founder and president of the Doe Fund, a nonprofit focused on helping homeless people.

According to city law, a candidate cannot accept an individual donation in excess of $4,950 for the primary and general elections combined.

McDonald has accepted donations that exceeded city limits from a number of individuals.

McDonald told the paper he believes city laws are rigged to favor "professional politicians" and those who can finance their own campaigns.


Bill to banish use of 'mentally retarded'

The New York City Council wants to banish the use of the words "mentally retarded" from all official documents and websites. It wants to use substitute them with"developmentally disabled."

Councilman David Greenfield plans to introduce the bill to remove the "derogatory term" Wednesday.

He told the Daily News "people use it in an insulting way."

He said the legislation would bring the city in line with the state and federal governments, where the term was changed years ago.


Queens seeks its own High Line style park

Queens wants its own High Line park, and the 3-1/2-mile stretch of retrofitted rail track would be called the Queensway. The Trust for Public Land recently got behind the idea, bolstering the efforts of the Friends of the QueensWay.

According to The New York Times, the Trust hired Adrian Benepe, the recent city parks commissioner who's overseen the creation of many greenways.

Last month, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo awarded the Trust a $467,000 environmental protection grant that will help pay for a community planning survey and feasibility study.

Unlike the High Line in Manhattan, the proposed Queens park would welcome not only walkers, but bicyclists too.

About 250 people live within a mile of the abandoned Queens tracks, which run through Rego Park, Forest Park and Glendale.

From wire reports

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