- - Tuesday, March 13, 2012

NEW YORK — Most voters in New York City have no problem with the way the police department has treated Muslims, a poll showed Tuesday, despite weeks of criticism leveled against the NYPD’s counterterrorism program by Muslim activists and out-of-state politicians.

A series of articles by the Associated Press has revealed how the police department conducted surveillance of Muslim communities, infiltrating student groups, monitoring the Web activity of college students, taking notes at mosques and eavesdropping at cafes and grocery stores.

A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University after the latest stories found that 58 percent of city voters surveyed think the department has treated Muslims fairly, while 29 percent think police were unfair and 13 percent didn’t know or had no answer. Overall, 82 percent believe the NYPD has been effective in its counterterrorism efforts.

“New Yorkers overwhelmingly think their police are going a good job of protecting against terrorism, and they don’t believe they’re picking on Muslims,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the university’s polling institute.

MASSACHUSETTS

State claims to find Bulger’s autobiography

BOSTON — Prosecutors say they’ve uncovered two documents that may be autobiographies by reputed New England mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

Federal prosecutors say in a status report filed in court Tuesday they found a document entitled “My Life in the Irish Mafia Wars” at a South Boston home and another document at the apartment in Santa Monica, Calif., where Mr. Bulger was captured last year with his girlfriend.

Prosecutors say it’s unclear whether Mr. Bulger wrote the document found in South Boston but say it “appears to be autobiographical.”

The government included descriptions of the documents in a list of evidence turned over to Mr. Bulger’s lawyers.

Mr. Bulger is the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of participation in 19 murders.

PENNSYLVANIA

Man who drove onto runway was irrational, lawyer says

PHILADELPHIA — A lawyer says a man accused of speeding onto the Philadelphia airport runway was having irrational thoughts of running from people.

Kenneth Mazik was ordered Tuesday to undergo a psychiatric exam.

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