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WEEK IN NEWS: Prison puzzles, a rent fight, an avalanche of suits and NYPD blues

2019-08-18

Luis Munroe, a disabled Iraq veteran if fighting NYU over his right to take over the apartment he grew up in. (Angus Mordant/for New York Daily News)

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Do you have a story you think we should tell? Call us at (212) 210-NEWS or email us at [email protected]. This is your paper, and we are committed to covering the issues that matter to you. Here are some of our top stories from the last week:

MCC mysteries: A serial bank robber was mistakenly released from the Metropolitan Correctional Center just three days before sex fiend financier Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself inside a cell at the federal prison, the Daily News revealed Thursday. On Aug. 7, career criminal Michael Matthews, 58, was cut loose, authorities said. Two days later, once Matthews realized he was let go in error, he reported back to the lower Manhattan clink. The feds are looking into how Epstein, 66, managed to hang himself and how Matthews was freed.

Booted: Iraq war vet Luis Munroe says New York University is trying to boot him from the rent-controlled college-owned apartment he shared with his late father. Munroe, 40, claims NYU is not honoring his succession rights to the flat and that as disabled Marine, he meets the required one year residency to stay in his lifelong home. “I felt kind of like an unwanted stepchild,” Munroe told The News Tuesday. “They just wanted to do what was convenient for them.”

First wave: The clock started running Wednesday on the one-year window that allows victims of child sexual assault to bring claims against their alleged abusers that were previously barred by the statute of limitations. Hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed under the Child Victims Act, legislation that has been championed by The News.

Help the helpers: Two NYPD cops took their lives this week, bringing the number of officers lost to suicide this year to nine. Mayor de Blasio and police union head Pat Lynch made impassioned pleas to NY’s Finest to stay alive. De Blasio wrote a note to the rank and file about losing his father, who killed himself when the mayor was 18. Lynch posted a video on Twitter, saying “Don’t f-----g do it!” All the while, no concrete solutions were offered.

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