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A politics professor whose op-ed in The New York Times in October helped spark protests among liberal students at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., now claims the college and faculty have left him to fight the backlash alone.

Samuel J. Abrams, who has a PhD from Harvard University and an AB from Stanford University, told Fox News via email Monday evening: “Faculty have to hold the line on free speech and promote discourse. That didn’t happen at Sarah Lawrence, and I hope that my story is a warning that is heard around the country.”

Students claimed they were offended by the supposed “anti-Blackness, anti-LGBTQ+, and anti-woman bigotry” of Abrams, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College, and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and staged a large sit-in. They also presented demands, such as a “tenure review.”

Samuel J. Abrams is a professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College. (Sarah Lawrence College)

Samuel J. Abrams is a professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College. (Sarah Lawrence College)

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He said Monday evening that his philosophy was not an attack on students: “Viewpoint diversity is asking that multiple viewpoints are considered on campus and in the classroom. So that means rather than simply attack capitalism and free markets without a deep understanding of history and teach socialism, we also teach the value of markets, choice and individualism.”

He said his ideology has been to teach students the realities of adult life: “Rather than teach that government needs to get bigger, and is the solution to poverty and improving the welfare of Americans, and this is often the only view taught, we need to also teach how capitalism has lifted millions up, and allowed markets to make the nation efficient.”

Abrams said 40 professors endorsed the demand list, and 12 percent of the faculty “endorsed the students’ demand to challenge my tenure and my right to free speech and the expression of ideas.”

The college didn’t return Fox News’ request for comment.

“…With the (students’) latest attempt to attack academic freedom, the Sarah Lawrence faculty could have redeemed themselves and been galvanized to support free expression. Instead, they opted for silence — and, what’s worse, many of them were supportive of the student protesters’ demands,” Abrams wrote in The Spectator over the weekend.

He also wrote about the repercussions he received for the original opinion piece last fall: “There was a national media storm in which I was slandered and defamed, my family’s safety was threatened, and my personal property was destroyed on campus.”

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In the Times, Abrams wrote about original survey data of a “nationally representative sample of roughly 900 ‘student-facing’ administrators” which found “liberal staff members outnumber their conservative counterparts by the astonishing ratio of 12-1. Only 6 percent of campus administrators identified as conservative to some degree, while 71 percent classified themselves as liberal or very liberal.”

He added in the October opinion piece, “It’s no wonder so much of the nonacademic programming on college campuses is politically one-sided. … It appears that a fairly liberal student body is being taught by a very liberal professoriate — and socialized by an incredibly liberal group of administrators.”

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The 24-year-old man charged with killing the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family wrote a string of slogans on his hand, including "MAGA Forever," and flashed them before a court hearing Monday.

Anthony Comello held up his left hand while waiting for a hearing to begin in Toms River, New Jersey, in which he agreed to be extradited to New York.

On it were scrawled slogans including “MAGA Forever,” an abbreviation of President Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” It also read “United We Stand MAGA.”

It’s unclear what his motivations were for showing off the hand-written words.

Comello was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home.

Comello’s lawyer, Brian Neary, would not discuss the writing on his client’s hand, nor would he say whether Comello maintained his innocence.

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The New York Times reported Monday afternoon that Comello told detectives he was high on marijuana and allegedly shot Cali because he feared for his life.

Police said Cali, 53, was shot 10 times.

Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in court filings in 2014 as the underboss of the Mafia’s Gambino family, once one of the country’s most powerful crime organizations. News accounts since 2015 said Cali had ascended to the top spot, though he never was charged with leading the gang. His only mob-related conviction came a decade ago, when he was sentenced to 16 months in prison in an extortion scheme involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island. He was released in 2009, and hadn’t been in legal trouble since then.

The last Mafia boss to be rubbed out in New York City was Gambino don “Big Paul” Castellano, who was assassinated in 1985.

Anthony Comello was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home. (AP)

Anthony Comello was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home. (AP)

Officials haven’t confirmed that the Gambino crime family has posted a bounty on Comello, but “the general feeling is that there’s an ‘X’ on this guy’s back,” one source said.

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“He’s going to have some issues in jail,” a high-ranking NYPD official said.

“Maybe there’s some guys who are wiseguys in jail who will show their allegiance to the Gambinos and say, ‘We’ll take care of this guy.’”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is being sued by a contractor who claims he slipped and broke his spine at the possible presidential candidate’s multi-million dollar Hamptons home after being made to wear slippery booties so he wouldn’t scratch the floors.

Julio Guerrero, 58, says in a new lawsuit that the billionaire was so paranoid about the floors in his East Hampton mansion that he made workers wear blue slip-on booties over their shoes. While standing on a ladder to install automatic curtains at Schultz’s private gym in June 2017, he slipped and fell about eight feet. On the way down, he reportedly hit his heel on a stationary bicycle, causing him to fracture disks in his spine.

“Had he not been forced to wear the booties, he clearly wouldn’t have fallen. They’re slippery by nature,” his lawyer, Edmond Chakmakian, told the New York Post. “We appreciate that Schultz has nice floors, but unfortunately, this man paid for those floors with his physical condition.”

Guerrero’s 22-year-old daughter, Melani,says that her father’s life has changed completely because of the accident, and rendered him uncapable of doing many of the things he used to.

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Julio Guerrero, 58, says in a new lawsuit that the billionaire was so paranoid about the floors in his East Hampton mansion that he made workers wear blue slip-on booties over their shoes

Julio Guerrero, 58, says in a new lawsuit that the billionaire was so paranoid about the floors in his East Hampton mansion that he made workers wear blue slip-on booties over their shoes (Courtesy of The Law Offices of Edmond C. Chakmakian)

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“He walks like an 80-year-old man with a cane,” she said. “He’s frustrated in himself. He wants to walk normally and do daily things … he can’t take a shower on his own, can’t leave the house.”

Guerrero said in Spanish that he understands Schultz’s attempts to keep his floors scratch-free, but that it’s not safe to wear booties in his line of work.

“It’s [like] wearing socks in a home. It’s not stable, it’s not grounding, especially around construction equipment," he said.

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Schultz’s wife, Sheri Kersch-Scholtz, told the New York Post that it was their general contractor, Bulgin & Associates, who managed the ongoing construction work at their home and that she and her husband had "zero involvement."

“I hope it gets worked out and they do their due diligence and it gets handled,” she said.

Neither Schultz’s representatives nor Bulgin & Associates immediately responded to Fox News’ requests for comment.

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New York City police on Sunday released photos of tattoos on a man whose body was found floating in the water off the New York coast.

The tattoos on the man’s left arm included a money bag, boxing gloves and the words “cheat to win.” Cops received a 911 call around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday about a body floating in the water near 58th Street and Brooklyn Army Terminal in the Sunset Park neighborhood.

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NYPD released photos of the distinctive tattoos in hopes of identifying the man, who was described as being 6 feet tall, 320 pounds and between 30 and 40 years old.

NYPD said the man was also wearing a red Casio G-Shock watch.

NYPD said the man was also wearing a red Casio G-Shock watch. (NYPD)

The man also had on a red Casio G-Shock watch and black and yellow sneakers.

Anyone with information is urged to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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Law-enforcement authorities anticipate a possible assassination attempt against the Staten Island man suspected of gunning down mob boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, sources told The Post on Sunday.

Officials haven’t confirmed that the Gambino crime family has posted a bounty on Anthony Comello, but “the general feeling is that there’s an ‘X’ on this guy’s back,” one source said.

“He’s going to have some issues in jail,” a high-ranking NYPD official said.

“Maybe there’s some guys who are wiseguys in jail who will show their allegiance to the Gambinos and say, ‘We’ll take care of this guy.’ ”

Sources said Cali’s gangland cronies would likely wait until Comello, 24, was serving time in an upstate prison before making an attempt on his life.

But that wouldn’t prevent another inmate from taking matters into his own hands to try to score a reward or simply to boost his reputation behind bars, sources said.

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Comello is locked up in New Jersey’s Ocean County Jail pending charges in Wednesday night’s fatal shooting of Cali, 53, outside his home at 25 Hilltop Terrace in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island.

Investigators believe the execution-style slaying may have been revenge for Cali preventing his niece from dating Comello, sources have said.

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A 43-year-old man wanted in the killing of an NYPD cop two decades ago was busted Friday in Florida.

Lester Pearson, who was wanted in several states, was taken into custody in Jacksonville by US Marshals and local police, authorities confirmed Sunday.

Pearson allegedly shot off-duty Officer Vincent Ling in 1999 during a dispute. Ling was left paralyzed and eventually died from his injuries.

In 2005, Pearson was picked up in Louisiana by State Police with 100 pounds of marijuana, according to the U.S. Marshals. When he was being interviewed by police, he attacked one of the officers.

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Pearson was a Jacksonville area rapper, who performed as Monsta Kodi, and had gone by the name Michael Davis, according to First Coast News.

He is currently being held on $40,000 bond in Duval County, Fla., jail records show.

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A woman visiting her parents’ Long Island burial plot descended into more than despair — she sank hip-deep into their grave, a lawsuit claims.

In the real-life horror show, Joanne Cullen bent down to fix a bow on a wreath by the headstone when a sinkhole formed and began to “swallow” her up, according to court papers.

“It caused her to fall forward and smash her head on the tombstone,” cracking a tooth, her lawyer, Joseph Perrini, told The Post.

She then tried to “bounce back and she started sinking into the ground and grabbed the sides of the tombstone,” he said.

The stunned North Bellmore, LI woman cried out for help, but no one in the graveyard could hear her screams.

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The creepy calamity occurred at dusk on Dec. 19, 2016.

“Getting sucked into your parents’ grave when you go to visit them on a cool December afternoon with the sun going down … it’s terrifying and traumatizing,” the lawyer said.

Now it’s the St. Charles Resurrection Cemetery administrators’ turn to shiver in fear — after being hit by Cullen’s $5 million lawsuit in Queens Supreme Court.

The 64-year-old says the chilling incident in the Farmingdale, LI graveyard — the final resting place of her bookkeeper mother, Evelyn, and roofer father, John — has left her an emotional wreck.

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“I will never go back there again,” Cullen said through her attorney, adding she now fears walking in open fields and “has nightmares” and headaches. She also needs counseling now, the suit claims.

Perrini contends that gravediggers who backfilled an adjacent grave to Cullen’s parents left an underground void that caused Cullen to sink into the netherworld.

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New York City police have a fresh murder mystery on their hands after the discovery of human remains last week belonging to a man who may have been killed — and dismembered — 40 years ago, according to reports.

A torso, hip bones and possible lung and heart tissue were unearthed in a backyard in a working-class section of Queens Tuesday, NBC 4 New York reports.

The victim was a man, 30 to 35, but cops don’t know his identity or how he died, according to the station.

Cops found the remains behind an old two-story house in Richmond Hill after getting a call from a woman who said she knew about a murder that took place between 1977 and 1979, possibly at a barber shop.

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The woman also said she knew where the body was buried and cops found it where she told them to look, according to local media reports.

It’s unclear why the woman waited until now to divulge her dark secret.

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“She recalls now that a little over 40 years ago she was present at this house and gave us information regarding the presence of a body that was buried in plastic bags in the backyard.” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters last week.

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The New York Times reported that the woman was a child at the time living in the house.

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John Gotti Jr. took a whack at law enforcement Saturday after law enforcement sources revealed that Gambino mob boss Francesco “Frankie Boy” Cali was slain over a “personal dispute” with a 24-year-old Staten Islander — and not by his recently-sprung uncle Gene Gotti.

“I wonder if these tremendously insightful law enforcement individuals are going to issue an apology to Gene Gotti,” Junior, 55, told The Post.

“He has grandchildren and to have to endure the last several days of that propaganda nonsense. I’m sure it was hurtful to the kids and this is the problem we have today,” he said.

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Gotti took aim at some law enforcement officials “who are quick to speculate and their government cooperators are all too eager to contribute to these wrong theories and therefore you put individuals into a position where they are guilty until proven innocent. It goes to show you how broken the system is….Thank god there are cameras to help law enforcement to do their jobs,” he added sarcastically.

One law enforcement source involved in the Cali investigation offered this response to Gotti’s apology demand:

“Tell Junior we will apologize once his family apologizes to the Castellano, Lino and Johnson families, and all the other families whose relatives they killed and got away with. He should stick to the movie business, or whatever else he’s doing to pay the bills.”

“Tell Junior we will apologize once his family apologizes to the Castellano, Lino and Johnson families, and all the other families whose relatives they killed and got away with. He should stick to the movie business, or whatever else he’s doing to pay the bills.”

— Law enforcement source

Cops were previously probing whether the Staten Island rub-out was part of a brewing American-vs.-Sicilian power struggle with Gene Gotti looking to wrest control, sources said.

Gene Gotti, 72, was released from federal prison in September 2018 after 29 years behind bars for heroin dealing.

Junior Gotti called the theories that his brother had anything to do with the killing as “governmental fiction and the papers are all to eager to adopt this type of story.”

Said Junior: “Today, an arrest was made. A 24-year-old individual who did it for personal reasons, not street reasons. Is somebody going to apologize to Gene and his family?”

He added: “What troubles me to the core is the simple fact that for two days the Gotti name has been put into the press for these negative reasons and it’s been done because it could be done. It’s easy…

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“It bothers me because (Gene’s) family was so excited to come home … And to come home and deal with this nonsense … Geno never complained. He’s cut from his brother’s (John Gotti) cloth.”

Junior, who between 2004 and 2009 was a defendant in four racketeering trials which all ended in mistrials, said newspaper sales spike “8 to 12 percent when there’s a Gotti on the front page.”

Junior said that if it wasn’t for surveillance cameras, “law enforcement would have gotten a government cooperator or cooperators to corroborate their theory and Gene Gotti and others would have been charged for that murder (Cali) within a year.”

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The NYPD on Saturday announced that a suspect had been taken into custody and is expected to be hit with murder charges in the slaying of Francesco Cali, the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family.

The suspect was identified as Anthony Comello, 24, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at a news conference on Saturday.

The suspect “is currently being held in jail in New Jersey pending court appearances, where we anticipate we will have him returned to Staten Island to face murder charges for the death of Francesco Cali, which occurred on this past Wednesday evening,” Shea said.

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Shea noted the investigation was still in its early stages, and added that several questions remained, including a clear motive.

Cali, 53, was killed Wednesday night, shot outside his New York home. Authorities have been examining surveillance video that captured Cali as he exited his home, in the Todt Hill section of Staten Island, around 9:15 p.m. after a man backed his vehicle into Cali’s parked Cadillac SUV.

It’s unclear whether this was a setup or an accident, according to Shea. Cali was shot several times, he said.

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The truck involved in the encounter has since been recovered, though the murder weapon has not, according to the police official.

The NYPD has “an arrest warrant in hand from the Richmond County DA’s office,” Shea said during the news conference, adding that the suspect’s arrest will happen upon coordination with prosecutors in New Jersey.

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“I don’t anticipate that will be done today,” Shea said. “That’ll be done in the days to come and then we’ll work on extradition.”

When asked about the suspect’s arrest record, Shea said he "crossed paths in some limited circumstances with the NYPD," including getting a parking ticket on Staten Island the day Cali was killed.

Fox News’ Frank Miles and Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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