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Controversial ‘Fighting Activist Attorney’ Lynne Stewart Mourned at Funeral

Mourners salute Lynne Stewart as casket leaves. (Photos: Mary Reinholz)

Detractors of the late Lynne Stewart view her as a mouthpiece for evildoers who was imprisoned for helping a convicted terrorist communicate with his violent followers. Her mostly leftist supporters clearly revere the once prominent Lower East Side lawyer as a zealous defender of the poor and the grievously oppressed. During a funeral service held Saturday morning at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, dozens of them joined Stewart’s relatives and friends in mourning her death and celebrating her life as an activist. They made it plain that Stewart did not go gently into that good night. Nor would they.

“She had tremendous love and she taught us not to be afraid,” said Zenobia Brown, Stewart’s physician daughter by Ralph Poynter, her longtime second husband. “We will not be going quietly and we will make mom proud– whether it’s for helping political prisoners or [providing] financial support” for her varied left-wing causes.

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East Village Precinct Honors Fallen Officer With Blood Drive

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Inside the 9th precinct’s stationhouse, there’s a shrine on the first floor for fallen police officer Bianca Bennett, a 27-year-old rookie cop who was killed in a fiery car crash in the Bronx on Feb. 1. She was a passenger in a 2012 Dodge Charger driven by Sgt. Randolph Price, who suffered serious burns. Both cops were off-duty at the time of the horrific accident.

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A Champion of Cuban-American Cultural Exchange Grapples With a State of Flux

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It was a March night in 1973. Sandra Levinson was working late when a bomb exploded in the inside hall of the Center for Cuban Studies, a leftist non-profit she had co-founded eight months earlier with documentary filmmaker Saul Landau and photojournalist Lee Lockwood. At the time of the blast, CCS was located in a Greenwich Village building on Barrow and West 4th Streets.

Shards of glass sprayed Levinson’s third-floor office. She told me her glasses were broken when a window fell on them. But Levinson, a former reporter for the now defunct Ramparts magazine and a one-time political science instructor at City College of New York, was wearing a heavy poncho and escaped what could have been fatal injuries. The Iowa native believes that the perp was a Cuban exile opposed to the late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, possibly part of a group of violent extremists.

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Can a Radical Firebrand and His Strange Bedfellows Strengthen WBAI’s Signal?

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As an aspiring stand-up comic, Randy Credico played on Las Vegas stages trod by Don Rickles and Frank Sinatra, but at age 27 he blew the opportunity of a lifetime. During what could’ve been a career-making appearance on The Tonight Show, he took aim at the Reagan administration and compared UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick to Adolph Hitler’s beloved Eva Braun.

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Yippie! There’s Gonna Be a 51-Foot Joint at the Presidential Debate

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When you tune into the first presidential debate next week, expect a few pot shots.

Longtime yippie leader Dana Beal intends to march with a 51-foot replica of a marijuana joint at Hofstra University in Long Island. He’s hoping it’ll get the attention of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has thus far failed to respond to a letter that pot activists hand-delivered to her Brooklyn campaign office in June. In it, they called on the Democratic nominee to remove cannabis from a federal list of dangerous drugs should she win the White House in November.

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East Village’s New Top Cop Hears Complaints, Asks For Help Finding Shooter

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Vincent Greany in white shirt. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Capt. Vincent Greany, the 9th Precinct’s freshly minted top cop, was peppered with complaints last night about persistent quality of life offenses ranging from noisy rooftop parties to an excess of rats. In turn, he asked East Villagers for help finding someone who shot a 24-year-old in Alphabet City early yesterday morning.

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Shops and Union Square Theatre Vacate Tammany Hall, Clearing Way For Makeover

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There was a closing sale today at Frank’s Wine and Liquor store on 46 Union Square East, one of four stores forced to leave the historic Tammany Hall Building on the brink of a massive renovation. Already shuttered are Trevi Deli, a smoke shop, and a newsstand.

The big moving vans came Friday to clear out Tammany Hall’s most prominent tenant, The Union Square Theatre around the corner from Park Avenue South at 100 East 17th Street. Within a matter of hours, it was a ghost building, emptied of all vestiges of the Tony-Award winning hit comedy, 39 Steps, which had played on Broadway and other venues for 1,135 performances starting in 2008.

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