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An attacker is apprehended after stabbing 2 on the A train

A 40-year-old man stabbed one fellow A train rider and a bystander who rushed to help him in lower Manhattan on July 30. The incident happened at the downtown W. 4th St. station just before 7:30 p.m. The attacker then led police on a chase through downtown before they ultimately apprehended him.

According to police, the assailant was seated on the A train with his backpack in an adjoining seat when his first victim approached him. The 55-year-old man requested that he move his bag so that he could have a seat next to him. When he refused to do so, the older gentleman picked it up himself.

What are your rights if police want to enter your home?

With all of the talk of impending raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are making sure that people who may be the targets of these raids know their rights if ICE agents show up at their door. However, how many people know their rights if any law enforcement officer comes to their home?

It's easy to be frightened and intimidated by uniformed officers demanding -- or even asking -- to come in. However, it's essential to remember that you have rights. You just have to know how to assert them in a way that doesn't endanger your (or anyone's) safety or create more legal problems than you may already have.

What New Yorkers should know about the Child Victims Act

In approximately six weeks (on Aug. 15), New York's Child Victims Act will take effect -- just months after being signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The purpose of the law is to deal with our state's statutes of limitations on civil and criminal legal accountability for these crimes -- which are among the most restrictive in the country. Let's take a look at what this law means for survivors of child sex abuse.

The Child Victims Act first provides a one-year window (beginning Aug. 15) that allows child sex abuse survivors to file a lawsuit against their alleged perpetrator as well as any institution (such as a church or school) that knew about the perpetrator's actions and helped cover them up and/or did nothing to stop them. During this window, there will be no restrictions regarding when the abuse occurred or how old the survivor is currently.

Church sex abuse case sad, instructive on several levels

"To this day, and every day that I am alive, I feel haunted."

So says a New York resident now in his 40s regarding his enduring trauma over repeated rapes and other sexual assaults he says a Catholic priest inflicted upon him in his youth.

As New York reduces marijuana prosecutions, arrests continue

As the push to legalize recreational marijuana gains traction in New York, with help from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, several prosecutors throughout the state have announced that they'll no longer prosecute low-level marijuana possession cases. Things like smoking or burning marijuana in public are now considered violations instead of misdemeanors. That means they won't give someone a criminal record that can impact their chances of getting a job or housing.

However, these changes haven't stopped state and local police from arresting people -- some more than others -- on these charges. In Westchester County, 163 people were arrested in the first quarter of this year, even though the DA announced the changes in his office in mid-January. Most of those arrested were black or Hispanic, and most of the arrests were in Yonkers.

Boy Scout sex abuse victims have rights

The future of the 109-year-old Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization may be in jeopardy. The uptick in sexual assault lawsuits against them in recent years may be to blame for its ultimate demise.

Financial statements released by the BSA organization in recent years have revealed that the funds that would have allowed them to remain afloat are quickly dwindling. In fact, their financial resources are so limited at this point that the organization has considered filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Hospital's letter about alleged abuser prompts lawsuit

Last year, former patients of a once-esteemed endocrinologist who had practiced at Rockefeller University Hospital received a letter stating that the hospital had evidence of multiple cases of sexual molestation by the growth specialist, who worked at the New York City research hospital from the 1940s until 1982.

According to the hospital, it had learned that the doctor had engaged in "inappropriate" behavior with a number of his patients -- mostly boys. Many patients were brought to him by parents concerned that they weren't growing at a normal rate. Among his treatments were growth hormones. However, there are numerous reports that the doctor touched boys in a sexual manner and took nude photos -- some of which were close-ups of their genitals.

What penalties exist for driving while intoxicated in New York?

Drugs and alcohol can significantly affect the fine motor skills, including coordination, of those who consume them. This is why New York motorists are subject to stiff penalties if they're convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Motorists who a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher can be charged with a DWI in New York. That number drops to .04 for commercial drivers.

FDNY firefighter saved by defibrillator he requested

Many people would assume that firehouses are among the safest workplaces around. However, last year, one veteran firefighter with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) noted that the building where he worked in Queens had no automated external defibrillator (AED). He believed it should, so he submitted a request to management and the AED was installed.

Several months later, in September, that AED likely saved his life. The 63-year-old firefighter went into cardiac arrest. His colleagues used the AED to resuscitate him and then got him to the hospital.

Tips for taking your prescription medications on vacation

If you're planning a vacation this spring or summer and you need to bring one or more prescription medications with you, be sure that you have the proper documentation to prove that these are your prescriptions. Many people don't realize that possessing prescription drugs without a prescription can land you in jail.

Whether you're traveling within the state, driving down the coast or flying across the country, it's best not to take any chances -- particularly if you're taking schedule 1 drugs that are often sold illegally and can be easily abused -- like oxycodone, Xanax, Adderall and Valium.

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