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1987...In a case that attracts national attention, three white teenagers from Howard Beach, Queens, are convicted of manslaughter in the death of Michael Griffith, a young black man who was killed by a car when the teens chased him onto the Belt Parkway.

1988...All aboard a Pan Am 747 jet bound for New York are killed when a terrorist bomb blows up the plane over Lockerbie, Scotland.

1994...More than 40 straphangers are hurt, some of them critically burned, when a firebomb explodes on a southbound Number 4 train at the Fulton Street station in Lower Manhattan. Police arrest Edward Leary, an unemployed computer technician from New Jersey, who claims he was under the influence of antidepressants. He is sentenced to 94 years in prison.

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