Dispatches: Gotham's New Outrage: Truants!

Gotham's New Outrage: Truants!

A sweet foretaste of summer hangs in the air on this hazy spring morning in the Bronx. The sun shines invitingly; the trees' buds are bursting open -- in short, a perfect day for cutting school. But hooky players beware: New York City police department van No. 5932, piloted by Officers Michael DiAngelo and Walter Krajeski, is on patrol, part of a new, '50s-style anti-truancy program launched by new, '50s-style mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

The officers' hunt begins in earnest at 9:30, after a stop for a bran muffin and coffee. "We always give 'em a little play," says DiAngelo. "But if...

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