Motel's shutdown may push some to the street

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Victor Mikhael, a convenience store owner, has made 380 police calls this year alone to report crimes at the Economy Inn, which is next door to his 34th Street Sunoco station, writes my colleagues Linda Hersey.

Prostitution. Drug deals. Threats. Assaults. “You name it. I’ve seen everything go on over there,” said Mikhael, about the motel, which the city officially declared a public nuisance Tuesday. The

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