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From jail to a job

In this Thursday, April 20, 2017 photo, Neftali Thomas Diaz, right, tries on donated work clothes with the help of his case manager David Rodriguez, at The Fortune Society in New York. At the Fortune Society, one of the social service nonprofits expected to partner with the city on the plan and a sponsor of Diaz, the mission is proving the critics wrong by training former state prison and jail inmates on how to land and keep jobs. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK — Neftali Thomas Diaz swears he’s done with Rikers Island. After being locked up twice at the notorious New York City jail for stealing a credit card and violating parole, Diaz entered a private jobs program. Once he’s ...

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A death penalty primer

An electric chair used in 1908 at Auburn Prison in New York, where William Kemmler was executed by electrocution in 1890. MUST CREDIT: photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

To understand the gruesome history of the death penalty, it is essential to comprehend how badly inventor Thomas Edison wanted to zap his nemesis George Westinghouse. Their rivalry was literally electric. Westinghouse was a purveyor of alternating-current voltage — AC. ...

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