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Eight years for four pairs: A common tactic used by department stores to deter shoplifting almost sent a mentally ill man to prison for four years, The News reported on Monday. Qulon McCain, 43, was caught trying to steal four pairs of socks from a Manhattan Bloomingdale’s on Nov. 9. What would normally be a misdemeanor was bumped up to a felony because McCain was caught stealing from the same store before and was given a trespass notice to stay away. McCain, who has bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, pleaded guilty to burglary and petty larceny with the possibility of reduced charges once he completed a residential program.
Never forget: Pain once again permeated the hallowed World Trade Center site on Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The now-familiar ritual of reading the names of the 2,753 people who perished in the Twin Towers was as somber and sorrowful as ever. Just days earlier, the FDNY added 22 new names to its memorial wall at Fire Department headquarters. The plaque honors those who have died of Ground Zero-related illnesses since 2001.
Numbers game: The city Department of Correction ignored concerns that data showing a drastic decline in jail violence were bogus, The News revealed on Tuesday. Former DOC head Joseph Ponte hired consultant McKinsey in 2015 to reform the agency to the tune of $5.9 million. Within two years, that contract turned into $27 million. Internal DOC emails and court documents obtained by The News show staffers repeatedly questioned the McKinsey figures showing a drop in violence in some Rikers jails.
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