Articles by Colleen Long

Tragic London Fire Raises Questions About ‘Stay Put’ High-Rise Safety Rule

A catastrophic blaze at a London apartment tower has brought new scrutiny to a long-accepted, counterintuitive rule for people in tall buildings: If the blaze breaks out elsewhere in the structure, don’t automatically run for the stairs. Stay put and …

New York City House Fire Kills 5, Including Children

Investigators are scouring for clues about what sparked a fast-moving New York City house fire that killed five people, including two young boys and two teenage girls. The fire broke out Sunday afternoon, on a street full of single-family homes …

Plunging Temperatures in Northeast Lead to Icy Conditions Following Storm

Concerns about falling temperatures and icy conditions on roads and sidewalks across the Northeast followed a late-season storm that plastered the region with sleet and snow. Tuesday’s powerful nor’easter paralyzed much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor, but fell short of the …

NYPD to Track Potential Problem Officers With New Database

The New York Police Department is trying to root out its problem officers and monitor patterns of potential misbehavior by creating a database that combines information from several city agencies on lawsuits, misconduct complaints, internal probes and such seemingly mundane …

NYC Blast Probe Highlights Problem of Stealing Gas

It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building’s gas line, and it was leaking. The issue was quickly resolved. But seven months later, authorities suspect …

Doctor Recovers From Ebola, Leaves New York City Hospital

A Doctors Without Borders physician who was declared free of Ebola said Tuesday he was living proof that early detection and isolation can stop the spread of the deadly virus, and he called for a better focus at the center …

NYPD: Terror Threat More Complex Than Ever

Air strikes in Iraq, ongoing unrest in Syria and the beheadings of two American journalists are casting a long shadow over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. While there is no specific threat against New York ahead of …

Fire Deaths Prompt New York to Eye Illegal Subdivisions

City fire and buildings officials will search for new ways to target landlords who unlawfully subdivide their properties, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday in the wake of a fire that killed a family living in illegal housing. Bloomberg said city …

Temporary Walls Turn New York City Apartments into Firetraps

The firefighters were trapped in what amounted to a burning maze: a Bronx apartment illegally divided into extra rooms for the sake of making a buck in this cramped city. With flames licking at their bodies and black smoke making …

Rutgers Student Sues Imus, Claiming Radio Host Harmed Her Reputation

A member of the Rutgers women’s basketball team sued Don Imus and CBS this week, claiming the radio personality’s sexist and racist comments about the team damaged her reputation. Kia Vaughn filed the defamation of character lawsuit in state Supreme …