by on January 6, 2018
US President Donald Trump (L) listens with US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen during a meeting with Republican Members of the Senate about immigration at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2018.  World leaders who use Twitter help foster “necessary discussion,” the social media platform said in an apparent defense of President Trump’s tweets. The calls for Twitter to block Trump from its service were renewed on Tuesday after the president boasted his “nucl...
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by on March 22, 2018
New industrial modern loft building for Bronx area scarce with residential options. On March 14, 2018, the City Planning Commission held a hearing on the Willow Avenue Rezoning application. The applicant, Markland 745 LLC, seeks to develop a mixed-use, mostly residential building on Willow Avenue between East 133rd and East 134th Street in the Port Morris section of the Bronx. The property is currently occupied by a three-story commercial office building and a single-story warehouse. The c...
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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 June 19, 2018
Amid President Trump’s headaches confirming cabinet secretaries, from neophyte Rex Tillerson to conflict-prone Scott Pruitt to unprepared Betsy DeVos, all of whom squeezed through, Wilbur Ross was a tonic. With his blue power suit and decades of dealmaking, he had the look and the résumé of a commerce secretary. And unlike his boss, Ross promised to divest from almost all his holdings upon entering government, drawing bipartisan praise en route to an easy confirmation. “You have really made ...
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by on December 30, 2017
The Republican Party that controls all branches of our federal government recently decided that the most important thing they could do is to cut taxes on the already-wealthy. They have promised us that this money is going to trickle down to average Americans. They’d better hope that it does, because a new UN study has found that more and more Americans are slipping into extreme poverty, and we now have the highest percentage of children living in poverty in the industrialized world. Ring of ...
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by on February 8, 2018
In Maryland, closing arguments are scheduled to begin today for two Baltimore police officers who are part of what has been described as one of the most startling police corruption scandals in a generation. The officers were part of an elite plainclothes unit called the Gun Trace Task Force—but, according to prosecutors, the unit acted more like a criminal outfit. In his opening argument during the trial, the lead federal prosecutor, Leo Wise, said, “They were, simply put, both cops and ...
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by on August 15, 2018
A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a community-managed nonprofit organization or association established to provide permanent affordable housing and build community assets in the territory that it owns and governs. CLTs are grounded in community participation and stakeholder cooperation. This article looks at five diverse case studies of existing CLTs around the world—from the model’s founding in the Deep South to its application in post-industrial Boston and Albuquerque, and informal settlemen...
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by on February 19, 2018
A federal judge approved an emergency $300 million loan that will keep Puerto Rico’s troubled electric utility in operation, averting a threat of more power outages at a time when the island is trying to recover from last summer’s devastating hurricanes. The Central Palo Seco power station of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or Prepa Judge Laura Taylor Swain of U.S. District Court in New York on Monday signed off on the loan from the island’s central government. Her decision c...
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by on April 28, 2018
Several Asian-American legislators consider the decision a huge victory. A judge ordered the National Weather Service to reinstate Chinese-American scientist Sherry Chen. After a long legal battle, a Chinese-American hydrologist who was wrongly accused of espionage is finally getting justice.  Chief Administrative Judge Michele Schroeder ruled Tuesday in favor of Sherry Chen, whom the National Weather Service had fired in 2015 even after the espionage case against Chen had collapsed...
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by on January 30, 2018
A new coalition of Canadian companies is calling on the local telecom regulator CRTC to establish a local piracy site blocking program. The plan is the first of its kind in North America, aimed at lowering local piracy rates. Opponents, however, believe the proposal goes too far and equate it to a censorship deal. In recent years pirate sites have been blocked around the world, from Europe, through Asia, and even Down Under. While many of the large corporations backing these blocka...
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by on September 16, 2018
Not trained in screenshots. The Massachusetts State Police Department tweeted a screenshot of a computer monitorThursday to help illustrate the extent of a series of gas explosions and fires that had occurred throughout Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, Massachusetts. One person has died and about 20 more are injured, according to WBUR, Boston’s public radio station. The screenshot of a browser, which has now been deleted, included a map of the affected area, an update on the numbe...
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by on February 21, 2018
My foundations of education class and I discussed the Parkland, Florida shooting a few days after the tragedy. My students tended to echo some of the most common and least credible arguments about the issue of mass shootings and gun violence. However, they were both willing to share and then eager to discuss and look at evidence. One student, for example, noted that he is a hunter and gun control makes him uncomfortable. Others mentioned mental illness and made analogies such as a...
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