by on February 2, 2018
A rescued miner gestures out a bus window A rescue operation is underway to release 955 workers from a gold mine in South Africa after a power cut left them trapped. A spokesman for the mine's operating company said on Friday morning that power had been restored to a lift to release them. The miners have been trapped underground since Wednesday night. South Africa is a leading gold producer, but safety in the industry is often questioned. The Beatrix mine is in Welkom town, ab...
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by on April 18, 2018
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York is moving to change New York state law so that he and other local prosecutors would have the power to bring criminal charges against aides to President Trump who have been pardoned, according to a letter Mr. Schneiderman sent to the governor and state lawmakers on Wednesday. The move, if approved by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature, would serve notice that the legal troubles of the president and his aides may continue without the effor...
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by on November 25, 2017
A painted wall outside a women’s organization in Nicaragua names and shames, a kind of brick-and-mortar #MeToo. Inscriptions on the wall in front of the Colectivo de Mujeres de Matagalpa tell the stories of violence against women: names of the accused, descriptions of attacks, and more. In a country with high levels of gender-based violence, civil society repression, and decreasing funding for women’s groups, this is risky. But the Nicaraguan organization is brave. The work of its w...
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by on February 2, 2018
Gov. Cuomo says New York will continue to provide Obamacare initiatives despite federal attempts to thwart the legislation. New York’s Obamacare program reached a new high, with more than 4.3 million people signing up for healthcare coverage, state officials announced Thursday. The 2018 totals marked an increase of about 700,000 people from a year ago, officials said. The 2018 enrollment period ended on Jan. 31. "Covering 4.3 million New Yorkers is truly a historic milestone," said ...
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by on February 2, 2018
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance will decline to prosecute most cases of subway turnstile jumping starting Thursday, his office said. In September, Vance's office began offering diversion programs and adjournments for most cases of subway fare evasion, but the NYPD continued making arrests at a pace greater than the DA had hoped. Under the new policy, Vance's office will still prosecute if the person is on a list as a known public safety risk, but hopes to significantly tamp down arre...
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by on April 18, 2018
Following DNC Reform Comission Report on New York Democratic Party, New Yorkers Demand NY Democratic Party Stop Self-Inflicted Voter Suppression, Change Voting Deadline Rules  
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by on November 24, 2017
"As Indigenous Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people, we are entitled to flaunt our survival." There are too many reasons why this Thanksgiving is the most difficult for me as a queer, nonbinary, Indigenous person. As the not-so-distant memories of #NoDAPL linger, my people in Puerto Rico still recover after Hurricane Maria, and 14-year-old Native boy Jason Pero lies cold after being killed by police; colonialism has never felt so raw. With little recourse, I find hope ...
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by on February 2, 2018
With U.S. President Donald Trump now in office, the campaign rhetoric that created anxiety and uncertainty around the globe is giving way to actual presidential policies. While candidate Trump did not elaborate much on his foreign policy agenda, he was very vocal about a few things: in addition to obliterating the self-proclaimed Islamic State and getting tough with China on trade, one of his highest priorities would be to “dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.” The 2015 agreement that ...
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by on April 18, 2018
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo touts New York state as a progressive beacon for the rest of the country. But his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, says that’s not true when it comes to recreational marijuana. It’s not legal in New York state. Cuomo was asked about the issue during a recent exchange with reporters on Long Island. "Given what’s happened in Massachusetts, California, what could happen in New Jersey, do you feel as if New York is behind on this at all?" NY1 Reporter Zack Fink asked Cu...
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by on November 25, 2017
Thomas Jefferson was a man of many contradictions when it came to race. As the dust-up over the infamous Google memo earlier this year made clear, a new front in the culture wars is forming around disputes between science and identity politics. Pockets of scientists and self-proclaimed “skeptics” are uniting around the notion that politics related to the identities of people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and Muslims represent an adulteration of the fruits...
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by on February 2, 2018
Billionaire Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor pictured leaving U.S. District Court in Phoenix in October 2017. New York is the latest state to sue opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics.  Attorney general of New York Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that his office was suing Insys, alleging that the company carelessly marketed their extremely potent fentanyl spray Subsys. The complaint alleges that Insys told sales reps to get providers to prescribe higher and higher doses ...
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by on November 25, 2017
No group stirs the Trumpian ire quite like rich black folks. I do not like sports. There are lots of other things I hate more—cancer, genocide, lite jazz—but ultimately, they’re all separated by a matter of degrees. I don’t care who won last night’s game, who’s in anyone’s brackets or how great the Whatchamacallits are "looking this year." But while the sporting aspect of sports may strike me as boring, for the past few years, I’ve been pretty taken by the on- and off-field political comm...
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