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In a tragic accident, a 21-year-old Italian man was crushed to death by a giant crucifix dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II. The incident occurred on Thursday, just days before the Polish pontiff will be made a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican. Bizarrely enough, the man, Marco Gusmini, had been living on a street named after the other to-be-canonized Pope, Pope John XXIII. Read about it here…[Telegraph]

Five members of Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community were arrested this week in connection with beating a gay black man in Williamsburg last December. Two of the men were plucked from Israel, where they fled to avoid charges. The beating left 22-year-old Taj Patterson with a broken eye socket, a torn retina, bruises and blood clotting. The men will be charged with a hate crime. Read about it here…[Gothamist]

A man many refer to as “cucuy,” which means “boogeyman” or “monster” in Mexico is accused of stabbing a 3-year-old boy in the neck multiple times. The toddler is suspected to survive. Police are still searching for a motive. Read about it here…[HuffPost]

The NYPD is having a hell of a week. After shooting his partner in the wrist while the two were drinking at a restaurant in Queens, Detective Jay Poggi of the New York Police Department was charged with driving while intoxicated. Why? Well, he had to drive his partner to the hospital. Did we mention they were both on duty? Read about it here…[Gawker]

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