by on May 21, 2018
Affordable housing is vanishing as landlords exploit a broken system, pushing out rent-regulated tenants and catapulting apartments into the free market. Residents of 25 Grove Street in the West Village say they were harassed after the building changed hands in 2015. “It’s been a nightmare,” one longtime tenant said. The assault began shortly after a new owner bought the building at 25 Grove Street in June 2015. Surveillance cameras arrived first, pointed at the doors to rent-regulated...
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by on May 21, 2018
Is there anything robots can’t do? They can perform our jobs, get periods and now . . . grow human organs. Scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine have developed an automated system that uses robots to produce human mini-organs from stem cells. According to Science Daily, the ability to mass produce “organoids” promises to expand the use of mini-organs in basic research and drug discovery. “This is a new ‘secret weapon’ in our fight against disease,” the universit...
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by on May 21, 2018
A victim of clerical sexual abuse has said that Pope Francis told him that God made him gay and that his sexuality "does not matter." Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse, spent three days with Pope Francis at the Vatican in April, in which he discussed his sexuality and the abuse he suffered at the hands of a Chilean priest. Describing his encounter with the Pope to CNN, Cruz said: "You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter. God made you like this. God loves you like this. Th...
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by on May 19, 2018
A Buffalo business executive who is a defendant in a federal case involving the alleged bid-rigging of massive upstate development projects pled guilty Friday afternoon and agreed to cooperate with the government. Kevin Schuler, a former executive at the Buffalo development firm LPCiminelli, pleaded guilty before before U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan. Schuler pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a bribery charg...
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by on May 19, 2018
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, speaks during a news conference with Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, left, and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, right, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in New York Nearly 40 legislative staff members who worked for the Independent Democratic Conference or its members lost their jobs after the breakaway group rejoined the mainline Democratic Conference, according to an analysis of the ...
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by on May 18, 2018
As the opioid epidemic rages on, many still have misconceptions about what heroin really does – and how we can end the crisis The War on Drugs Expanded the Ways People Use Heroin – and Set the Stage for the Opioid Crisis  In a society that's lost its faith in religion and institutions of government, does the opiate of the masses become, simply, opiates? Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 55 – and despite a push for reform, those numbers aren't budging...
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by on May 18, 2018
To little fanfare, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday to create a new penalty for assaulting law enforcement officials. If it becomes law, the Protect and Serve Act of 2018 would make it a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for “knowingly caus[ing] serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, or attempts to do so.” Similar so-called “Blue Lives Matter” bills have been snaking their way through state legislatures across the cou...
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by on May 18, 2018
STATE SENATE CANDIDATE ZELLNOR MYRIE. PHOTO FROM MYRIE CAMPAIGN WEBSITE A Brooklyn State Senate candidate is demanding the New York Police Department (NYPD) to implement criminal justice reforms recommended in a federal court-appointed facilitator report. Democratic State Senate Candidate Zellnor Myrie State Sen. Jesse Hamilton Zellnor Myrie, who challenging incumbent State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D-Central Brooklyn) in the upcoming Sept. 13 Democratic primary, called for th...
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by on May 18, 2018
The split among Democrats over whether to support a narrow bill or push for sentencing reductions spilled into the open on Friday. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries wrote that some of his opponents’ criticisms of the bill are “without any basis in reality” and are a “litany of falsehoods.” President Donald Trump on Friday embraced a bipartisan prison reform proposal, but a sharp divide among Democrats on the issue threatens to undermine the deal. The discord was on display Friday as Rep. Hakeem ...
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by on May 17, 2018
Thursday marks the 64th anniversary of the Supreme Court abolishing segregated schools in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. That means a generation of Americans has been born, attended public schools, matured into adulthood, raised children of their own, and now reached retirement age — all outside the shadow of America’s own system of legal apartheid. This year’s commemoration will be bittersweet for many education activists: Linda Brown — who was in third grade when her fat...
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by on May 17, 2018
And we haven’t even gotten into obstruction. Thursday is the first anniversary of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel, and President Trump’s legal team is planning to mark the occasion by turning up the pressure to shut down the probe. “We are going to try as best we can to put the message out there that it has been a year, there has been no evidence presented of collusion or obstruction, and it is about time for them to end the investigation,” Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer...
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by on May 17, 2018
Although cops allege that rapper T.I. was drunk and disorderly during his recent arrest, in a newly leaked jail video it appears that the rapper was quite lucid when he was questioning a police officer as to why he was arrested in the first place. On Wednesday morning, T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) was arrested after trying to enter his gated community. In an interview with TMZ, T.I. said the guard was sleeping at his post when he tried to gain entrance, and when the guard phoned his w...
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