by on April 19, 2018
549 NYCHA-owned playgrounds have hazardous conditions and lack of repair and maintenance records. On April 4, 2018, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released an audit of New York City Housing Authority playgrounds’ conditions and maintenance. NYCHA is responsible for the maintenance of each development’s playgrounds. Results from playground inspections are required to be entered into NYCHA’s electronic system for tracking maintenance and physical repair work. However, the Comptroller’s audit shows ...
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by on April 22, 2018
When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House. At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White House counsel, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. He suggested to some Trump allies that he might make a good chief of staff. But when Trump built his West Wing team, the brash New York lawyer did not make the cut. Some in Trump’s inner circle worried abo...
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by on November 27, 2017
From urban planning and tech corners, there's resistance to a proposed streetcar that would otherwise seem to make transportation easier and faster. om Grech, President, CEO of Queens Chamber of Commerce with Lawrence Simmons, outreach director at Friends of BQX. (Photo by Gerri Hernandez, courtesy of Friends of the BQX) Last week the the group Friends of the BQX showed off a prototype of a streetcar the organization hopes could be the newest form of transportation for the Brooklyn ...
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by on April 22, 2018
About four months before William Wheeler arrived as a freshman at the University of Pikeville and relaunched the university’s Black Student Union, a group of about 125 white nationalists marched through the streets just blocks away. They chanted and carried signs on April 29, 2017, hoping their message would resonate in a county that continues to suffer from a sharp decline in the coal industry. The rally — condemned at the time by many Pikeville residents and local officials — contributed...
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by on April 22, 2018
Tribes say they should be exempt from Medicaid work requirements. The Trump administration has allowed three states — Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana — to begin instituting Medicaid work requirements, and at least 10 other states have submitted or are preparing applications. The Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job if they want to keep their health care — a policy that tribal leaders say will threaten access to care and reverse centuries-old protections. ...
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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 April 22, 2018
Starbucks’ anti-racism announcement has put the ADL in the spotlight, and not in a good way. Twitter is running down facts on the ADL — including its work getting American cops trained in the tactics Israel uses against Palestinians. Why do corporations and politicians still believe the ADL is a “civil rights” organization? Sit down for some history. Starbucks’ plan to shut down stores on May 29th for anti-racist training, including the Anti-Defamation League, has brought new scrutiny to ...
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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 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 19, 2018
Nathalia Fernandez has all the advantages heading into Tuesday’s special election for the 80th Assembly district in the Bronx. As a Democrat, she has an eight-to-one registration advantage over Republican Gene DeFrancis in the district whose tail stretches from Van Cortlandt Village through Bedford Park and Norwood, and whose heart is in the Allerton, Pelham Gardens and Morris Park neighborhoods. Her campaign funds, while modest at $21,000, are about 10 times what DeFrancis reports. She’s got th...
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