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Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.

Uberti: MTA worker offers a case study in bad getaways

Police say Joel Grasman, 51, a veteran NYC

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

The extended arm of a stolen New York City crane truck struck several power lines as a joyriding transit employee drove it through his Elmont neighborhood Tuesday morning. Unfortunately for suspect Joel Grasman, however, lightning didn’t strike at the right moment, he wasn’t traveling 88 mph and the vehicle lacked a flux capacitor.

Grasman’s original plan wasn’t so heavy: Head to Jamaica transit...

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Up on the Board: Guantanamo hunger strike, low necklines and MTA windfall

the front gate of "Camp Six" detention facility

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The editorial board believes the United States needs to move more aggressively to release terrorism prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, many of whom have been held without charges or trial for 11 years. Holding them without due process is, in a word, un-American. Now, 93 of the 166 suspects are on a hunger strike. The Obama administration must live up to the president’s promise to shutter Guantanamo,...

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