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Oumou Fofana


The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Alumna
St. John's University Alumna

New York Post
NYPD officer killed in tragic car crash identified as Garman Chen

Officer Garman Chen, who works out of the 76th Precinct in Carroll Gardens, was driving north on the busy highway near 23rd Street at about 2:30 a.m. when he lost control of his black Lexus and smashed into a barrier pole supporting a pedestrian footbridge, police and sources said.

New York Post
NYPD officer dead, 2 critically injured in crash on FDR: sources

A young, off-duty NYPD officer who dreamed of one day becoming a detective was killed early Saturday in a horrifying one-car crash along FDR Drive. Brooklyn-born cop Garman Chen was traveling "at a high rate of speed" north on the highway near East 23rd Street at about 2:30 a.m.

New York Post
Bronx boy in critical condition after falling out of ninth-floor window

A seven-year-old boy is fighting for his life after plunging out of a ninth-floor window Saturday morning in the Bronx. The child, who police sources said is special needs, fell at around 10:50 a.m. at 1453 Harrod Avenue, near East 174th Street in Soundview, police said.

New York Post
Shelter residents who ate rancid chicken salad claim city altered expiration labels

The city is being sued for dishing out bad bird in a Brooklyn homeless shelter. Four shelter residents say they became violently ill with food poisoning after the city-run Fort Greene Shelter served expired chicken salad two weeks ago - and filed a notice of claim Thursday that they're planning to slap the city with an $8 million lawsuit.

New York Post
Thousands of counterfeits seized in raid at Brooklyn flea market

Eight people were arrested and more than 2,000 allegedly counterfeit items seized in a raid on a Brooklyn flea market Saturday, authorities said. The raid unfolded at the AquaDuck Flea Market in East New York just before 1 p.m., according to city Sheriff Joseph Fucito, who said there were so many fake goods, "our evidence truck is full."

New York Post
'Google him,' NYPD widow urges as Queens street renamed in honor of slain husband

It's hardly the prettiest block in New York City. Still, a block of 172nd Street in Jamaica, Queens now has a new, and some would say sacred, name - "Detective Keith L. Williams Way" - and the slain officer's widow gave an impassioned speech at Saturday's street-renaming ceremony, describing the beauty she sees there.

New York Post
Man busted for stabbing victim in eye with stolen knife in Brooklyn

A Queens man was arrested after he stabbed another man the eye with a stolen knife outside a Brooklyn bodega early Saturday morning, officials said. Terrell Herring, 28, went behind the counter of a store on Broadway near Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick at about 1:40 a.m. and grabbed a knife, according to police.

New York Post
Elderly in Queens apartment facing 4 months without elevator

A six-story Queens apartment building with a large elderly population is losing its only elevator for four months starting Monday - leaving its residents up in arms. "I am angry and frustrated," said Farida Ghani, 75, a longtime resident of the 66-unit, pre-war building at 40-66 Ithaca St. in Elmhurst.

New York Post
Post reporter tests Brooklyn Navy Yard's self-driving shuttles

As I prepared to step into the Brooklyn Navy Yard's new self-driving shuttles, I felt nervous. "If the car can operate by itself, then why would it need a safety driver up front?" I thought to myself. But once we zoomed off, I quickly got comfortable.

New York Post
Self-driving vehicles have arrived in New York

A fleet of six driver-less shuttles will roll into Brooklyn's Navy Yard Wednesday -- offering workers and visitors free rides around a mile-long loop of the complex as well as a glimpse of a future where robots rule the roads.

am New York
Keep your umbrella handy for spotty rain showers this week

Get your umbrellas ready because there will be an unsettled pattern of showers this week, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS said forecasting the timing of the rain has proved difficult, however the "most likely" time periods look to be Sunday night, then Monday night into Tuesday.

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State preps project to get trucks off Hunts Point side streets

After receiving federal approval, the state is moving forward with an interstate improvement project aimed at driving Hunts Point truck traffic off local streets. The state Department of Transportation intends to award a contract by August for $1.7 billion in work on a southern portion of the Bruckner Expressway, which spans the Robert F.

am New York
Firsthand accounts of a subway in shambles

When East New York resident Tola Lucas got on the A train headed for Kennedy Airport the day after Christmas last year, he was ready to board a long haul flight to Nigeria. But when the train pulled into the Grant Avenue station, it stopped and stood still for the better part of a half-hour - an all-too-familiar refrain for New Yorkers riding the subway.

am New York
Muslim Day Parade fills Madison Avenue

Hundreds of people marched in midtown Manhattan Sunday for the 33rd annual Muslim Day Parade. The procession's theme was "mercy for all," which Mohammad Malik, a trustee at Muslim Majlis of Staten Island, said celebrated Muslims' commitment to spreading peace and loving people of all religions.

Neighbors Plant Over 1,000 Flower Bulbs In East Flatbush - BKLYNER

EAST FLATBUSH - Junior troops of the Saint Vincent Ferrer Girl Scouts helped members of the Tilder Block Association plant over 1,000 flowering bulbs along East 31st and East 32nd Streets this Saturday. Come next year, daffodils, iris, crocus, hyacinths, tulips, and gladiolus will delight residents and passers by.

NY Daily News
NYPD cop critical after teen dragged him along road in stolen car

A Brooklyn cop, the married father of a 2-year-old girl, was in critical condition Sunday after a teenage boy driving a stolen car dragged him more than two blocks, police sources said. Officer Dalsh Veve, 35, fired his gun twice as he was pulled along the pavement in East Flatbush, striking the 15-year-old driver, Justin Murrell, in the face, sources said.

NY Daily News
Three masked men spewing racial slurs rob Queens college student

Three masked men snatched a Queens college student off the street, threw him into a van, and robbed and threatened to kill him as they showered him with racial epithets, police said Friday. A black van rolled up to 21-year-old Shaan Farooqi, a City Tech student of Pakistani descent, on 165th St.

NY Daily News
In-laws charged with stealing ashes of S.I. woman's dead wife

They found true love in life, and pure hate in death. A Staten Island widow, reeling from her wife's death, watched helplessly as her homophobic in-laws stole her bride's ashes - and her stepdaughter. The widow's cruel kin then took their 12-year-old granddaughter and the ash-filled urn to The Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, secretly burying Elina Cataldo's remains on Monday.

NY Daily News
St. John's ignored Black History Month, angering students

Students at one of the city's most diverse universities have complained to officials about the lack of online support for minority-related events like Black History Month. The controversy started when St. John's University, a private university in Queens, posted well wishes for students who celebrated the Lunar New Year.

NY Daily News
Thief who lost arm 'getting what he deserved': Attorney

It's the bad karma defense. The sneaker-stealing teen gunman who lost an arm when struck by his robbery victim's runaway SUV was simply getting his just deserts, a lawyer for the driver said Saturday. Philippe Pierre, 39, arrived in Brooklyn Criminal Court before a crowd of sobbing family members to face an attempted murder charge in the Friday crash with suspect Zachary Sam, 17.

TUC Magazine
Behind The Seams: Laurel Dewitt

I had the privilege to have a sit down with Metal Apparel and Accessories designer Laurel Dewitt. We had the chance to discuss what attracts her celebrity clients to her work, her biggest challenges in perfecting her craft, and more. Oumou Fofana: Your work has been featured on celebrities such as Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Amber Rose, Vanessa Hudgens and more.

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