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 April 16, 2018
School-based prevention programs can substantially reduce children’s cavities. They also have emerged as an important way to improve access to dental services in medically underserved areas, often serving as the sole source of dental care for children. However, questions remain about which school-based strategies are the most effective.  The New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry reports that a combination of cavity prevention strategies may be more effective than single strateg...
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by on April 7, 2018
A customer browses screens displaying recreational marijuana products for sale at the MedMen store in West Hollywood, California U.S. January 2, 2018 MedMen, a company that operates a chain of marijuana dispensaries, is opening a flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. The store will be for medical marijuana customers at first, but a representative for MedMen says that "momentum is on their side." It'll be open for business on April 20.   The marijuana industry is about...
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by on April 6, 2018
The administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it will take up to an estimated $50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and warned that the U.S. territory is not ready for another disaster. Brock Long said his agency aims to make the island’s roads, homes, bridges and electrical grid as strong as possible but noted that the next hurricane season starts June 1. “We’re running out of time,” he said during a visit to Puerto Rico, adding t...
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by on March 30, 2018
Most adults on SNAP are workers, but they turn to the program when they’re between jobs or making too little. Jennifer Donald whose family receives money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also know as food stamps, eats dinner with her sons David and Donovan, and daughter Jayla, in Philadelphia.  Sarah Ormbrek’s life used to be a lot more uncertain. She didn’t always have a job. She didn’t always have transportation. And she didn’t always have a home for herself and her...
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by on March 28, 2018
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, responding to this past weekend's March For Our Lives events across the nation, is proposing what some might call a radical solution to prevent further gun violence — repealing the Second Amendment. In an op-ed in Tuesday's New York Times, the 97-year-old Stevens writes that a constitutional amendment "to get rid of" the Second Amendment "would do more to weaken the N.R.A.'s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun contro...
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by on March 26, 2018
More than 100,000 youth, parents, teachers, and Beatles march in New York to end gun violence Students were prominent among the tens of thousands that demanded tighter gun control laws during the March for Our Lives Saturday in Manhattan. “The adults failed us and now seventeen people are dead,” said Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior Meghan Bonner from a podium on Central Park West on Saturday morning. On February 14, Bonner had hidden in her classroom in Parkland, Florida...
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by on March 22, 2018
"Their most powerful asset in their fight to bring change is their idealism," Murray says of student protestors. Bill Murray Bill Murray is currently making the press rounds supporting Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” but the actor took a break from talking about his role in the stop-motion movie to praise the Parkland high school students advocating for stricter gun control laws. Speaking to NBC’s THINK editor Megan Carpentier, Murray compared the teenagers, all survivors of the Febru...
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by on March 14, 2018
Dozens of students in Atlanta took a knee on Wednesday in a silent protest to honor the victims of the Florida high school shooting. Students nationwide took part in a 17-minute national walkout on Wednesday, exactly one month since a gunman killed 17 people and injured 14 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Administrators at Booker T. Washington High School threatened to “severely punish” students participating in walkouts, but allowed students to cond...
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by on March 14, 2018
Thousands of students, emboldened by a growing protest movement over gun violence, will stand up in their classrooms on Wednesday and walk out of their schools in a nationwide demonstration, one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida. Students in Silver Spring, Md., rallied for gun control legislation last month. Students around the country are expected to walk out of classes on Wednesday for similar demonstrations. The 17-minute protests unfolding at hundred...
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by on March 10, 2018
This morning, the health insurer Cigna announced that it plans to buy pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts for $54 billion. And with that move – long-telegraphed but seismic – the market for prescription drugs could change dramatically. The big question: will patients benefit, or will this just protect insurance company bottom lines? Like whale sharks, healthcare companies just keep getting bigger. What's the big deal? Most insurance plans use an outside firm called a pharmacy bene...
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by on March 9, 2018
BREAKING: Martin Shkreli has been sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding investors, U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto roughly splitting the difference between what prosecutors and defense attorneys had asked for. The former hedge fund manager showed little reaction to the sentence. He will receive credit for the six months he has served while awaiting sentencing. Before hearing the verdict, Shkreli addressed the court and cried as he said he was sorry and had learned from his exper...
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