New York Creates State-wide Court System To Help Prostitutes

By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff Amtrakas high-speed Acela Express service between New York and Boston is shut down today due to a power problem in the New York area, and will remain out of service at least through Sunday, Amtrak says. The railroad said it would add extra cars to regular Northeast Regional trains to accommodate people who planned to take the Acela. Delays should be expected due to the use of diesel locomotives. Amtrak said there was a acommercial power problema with the utility providing the power, Con Edison, and the railroad would resume normal operations aas quickly and safely as possiblea when power is restored. The railroad said it would decide later whether service would resume on Monday. Traffic built along Interstate 95 in the New York area this morning as tens of thousands of Metro-North Railroad commuters scrambled for alternate routes to get to work between Connecticut and New York City, the Associated Press reported. A high-voltage feeder cable failed early Wednesday at a suburban New York station, knocking out power to Metro-Northas New Haven line, the AP reported. The broken circuit could take two to three weeks to repair, the New York-based utility Consolidated Edison said. The outage forced the cancellation of Acela service because the electric-powered Acela runs in Metro-North territory for part of its journey from New York to Boston, Amtrak said. aWhen operating over a host railroadas territory, in this case, Metro-North, Amtrak must follow all rules and regulations set forth by the host railroad. In this case, we are unable to operate our electrically powered Acela trains, due to an incident involving the loss of overhead wire power on their property,a Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said in an e-mail.

Scott Lev/NHLI via Getty Images NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Stepan is back in the fold with the New York Rangers, agreeing to a two-year contract that should have him back on the ice in time for the season opener. Negotiations had been tense in recent days as the sides worked on a deal to get the restricted free-agent forward signed and into training camp. A contract was finally worked out Thursday, one week before the Rangers start the regular season at Phoenix. The 23-year-old Stepan, expected to be the Rangers’ No. 1 center, led the team with 44 points last season and was second to Rick Nash with 18 goals while playing all 48 games of the lockout-shortened campaign. He had been seeking $3.5 million per season, while the Rangers were offering around $3 million. The new deal is for a total of $6.15 million – $2.3 million this season and $3.85 million in 2014-15. Signing Stepan was a critical move for the Rangers, who are starting the season under new coach Alain Vigneault without captain Ryan Callahan and speedy winger Carl Hagelin – both recovering from shoulder operations. Stepan set career highs last season with a plus-25 rating and six game-winning goals. He tied his high with four power-play goals. Stepan went over the 40-point mark for the third straight season, tying for the NHL lead with four short-handed points. In 12 playoff games, Stepan had a career-best four goals – including winners in Games 3 and 4 of New York’s first-round victory over Washington. In 212 regular-season NHL games overall, Stepan has 56 goals and 140 points.

New York Rangers sign Derek Stepan to two-year contract

Every prostitution case not resolved at arraignment via a guilty plea or dismissal will be transferred to the special courts, where judges will determine with prosecutors and defense attorneys whether individual defendants are in need of services. The courts will link defendants with shelters, healthcare and drug treatment services, job training, education and other resources, and charges will be dismissed or reduced based on compliance with court-directed programs. In recent years, New York has passed a series of laws aimed at shifting the focus of prosecutions from sex workers to the pimps that employ them and the johns that hire them. The state made sex trafficking a crime in 2007, giving prosecutors a new tool to go after those who profit from prostitution. The legislature also passed a law allowing prostitution defendants under the age of 18 to enter into diversion programs and avoid jail time. The average sex worker first enters the industry in the United States at age 12 to 14, Lippman said. There is no clear data on how many young Americans are sold for sex. Estimates range from 1,400 to 2.4 million, according to the National Academies report, and experts say any tally is likely low because such crimes often go unreported. Asia Graves of Baltimore became a victim as a homeless 16-year-old when she accepted a ride with man who soon began selling her for sex. “When I told him I wanted to leave, he beat me for the first time. … Men came to the hotel and had sex with me. He told me he would kill me or let these men kill me if I did not have sex,” she told U.S. lawmakers in June.

New York Giants: Why Tom Coughlin’s Plan to Stay the Course Is Right Thing to Do

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[Giants GM Jerry] Reese told everyone they were on notice in the offseason, B/R reader Mark Jacobs wrote in another comment. [Owner John] Mara needs to put Reese on notice for this debacle. Even a B/R featured columnist, Dan Hiergessel, offered his suggestion on how to fix the woeful-looking 0-3 Giants: Give us Bill Cowher, a first-round linebacker, five city dump trucks up front and all will be good. Yet amidst the apparent turmoil surrounding his teams rocky start, head coach Tom Coughlin promises his team will stay the course, according to Newsday . “Your team is your team,” Coughlin said. “I think you have to deal with reality. The messages are very strongly presented. I don’t need that kind of example.” Coughlin, Reese, the coordinatorseverybody in the Giants organizationhad a plan for the 2013 team, and they are opting not to stray from it. Some unexpected developments and injuries have required this plan to be flexible, but, right now, the Giants are not considering gutting it from the inside out. And thats the right thing to do. Under different circumstances, a drastic change would be understandable. If we were talking about a different franchiselike the Cleveland Browns , who recently traded their most valuable player in running back Trent Richardson a move like that would be expected. Or if this staff had never proven its full potentiallike Andy Reids cast in Philadelphia, which lost three consecutive conference titles before the Eagles fell short in their only Super Bowl appearance of Reids tenureit would be conceivable to shake things up.

New York ‘geniuses’ scoop nine spots as MacArthur Fellows out of 24 nationwide

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Nine of the 24 MacArthur Fellows “geniuses” named Wednesday live in the metro area. Local grant winners include two choreographers, two writers, a photographer, two pianists, an anthropologist and a neuroscientist. Washington Heights resident and novelist Karen Russell, 32, is the youngest 2013 McArthur Fellow. “It was just overwhelming in so many ways,” said winner Kyle Abraham, a dancer and choreographer who lives in Brooklyn and runs the Abraham.in.Motion dance company. “I’m still taking it all in. I will for probably a long time.” “I think it is going to alleviate a lot of the stress and pressure and create a process that’s a lot more energized when we’re in the studio together,” said Abraham, 36, who relied on food stamps just three years ago. Novelist and essayist Donald Antrim is also a professor at Columbia. The long list of 2013 winners also includes an Alaska immigration lawyer, a Boston College medieval historian and other luminaries. All will receive a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 over five years. New York choreographer Alexei Ratmansky is artist-in-residence at American Ballet Theater. Park Slope novelist and The Afterlife essayist Donald Antrim said he has trouble remembering the moments that immediately followed learning about his win. I did go into a kind of shock, said Antrim, 55, who teaches at Columbia and said he has spent a lot of years being broke. Jeremy Denk, a classical pianist and writer, is releasing his latest album ‘The Goldberg Variations’ on Sept.