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De Blasio announces Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia as NYCHA interim chair

A week after news that the federal government would have more oversight over the troubled New York City Housing Authority Mayor, more changes are coming to the public housing system. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Kathryn Garcia, the city’s sanitation chief since 2014, will run NYCHA as the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 9:23am

The best Twitter reactions to Nancy Pelosi's clap during Trump's SOTU address

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi clapped at President Trump during his State of the Union address on Tuesday and it quickly became a viral meme on Twitter.  Nancy Pelosi clapped sarcastically after President Trump urged Americans to reject the politics of “revenge, resistance, and retribution, and...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 4:10pm

NYC elected officials, transit activists call for bike lanes, 14th street bus even without L train shutdown

Though the complete L train shutdown has been canceled, elected officials, transportation activists and employees of Citi Bike are calling on the city to keep in place L train mitigation plans, like bike lanes and a dedicated 14th Street busway. When it was expected that the L train would be shut...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:08pm

Greek minister caught taking a puff tells EU official to butt out

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's deputy health minister has told the European Union's top health official to butt out after getting a reprimand for smoking in public. Deputy minister Pavlos Polakis was caught on video footage this week holding a cigarette...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

NYC Weather: Weekend could see some snow

Get ready to bundle up: New York City could see some snow this weekend.  New York City weather has been chilly, for sure, but it’s about to get even more wintry with a 50 percent chance of snow this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The flurries are expected to start...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:17am

Trump promises 'unity' in State of the Union address, delivers partisan rhetoric

Befitting what many have called the first reality-TV presidency, President Trump's State of the Union address was almost pre-empted by existential drama, then saved from cancellation and teased with an implausible plot twist: In the hours leading up to the speech, White House insiders indicated...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 10:33pm

State of the Union action party engages NYC teens in politics

By the 2020 presidential election, 22 million teenagers will be eligible to vote for the first time, and to help these teens be politically informed, a local nonprofit is hosting a State of the Union action party. After President Donald Trump speaks to the American public for the 2019 State of the...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 7:09pm

Government shutdown will cause 'SNAP gap,' posing challenge for NYC food pantries

Though the government shutdown ended on Jan. 25, it’s consequences are still being felt as the city faces a looming hunger crisis due to a “SNAP gap,” according to a new report from the Food Bank For New York City. The shutdown, which at 35 days was the longest in the country’s history, affected...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 2:44pm

Memories made of this: USB stick found in frozen seal poo

(Reuters) - Scientists in New Zealand say they have found a USB memory stick containing holiday photos inside a frozen slab of seal poo. The scat, valuable for studying the health of leopard seals, had been stored in a freezer for a year before it was thawed out for analysis, the...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 2:00pm

Bronx hospital caught illegally billing sexual assault survivors for rape kits

A Bronx hospital found to be illegally billing sexual assault survivors for forensic rape examinations, or rape kits, will now have to implement a new written policy ensuring survivors do not receive such bills and also pay restitution to any wrongly billed survivors as part of a settlement...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:46am

Meet Jin Park: New Yorker, Rhodes Scholar, DACA recipient, and attending Trump's State of the Union

In November, Jin Park from Flushing, Queens made history as the first DACA recipient to earn the esteemed Rhodes Scholarship. It was “one of the biggest honors” of his life, he said, and on Tuesday, he’ll experience another honor as he attends the 2019 State of the Union address as the guest of New...

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 4:33pm

City Council bills would address long waits, negative treatment at NYC welfare offices

City Council members introduced a set of oversight bills on Monday meant to change the experience of those going to New York City food stamps and other public assistance or welfare offices. On Dec. 7, police forcefully arrested Jazmine Headley and ripped her 1-year-old child out of her arms at a...

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 4:17pm

Will Amazon’s new delivery robot really work?

Meet Scout, Amazon's new delivery robot. Whether we want it or not, it’s getting clear that the future will involve robots. In a couple of years, tech experts expect robots to take online orders, pack your bags at the grocery store and greet you at the hotel reception. And soon the robot Scout...

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 12:05pm

Patriots Rams Super Bowl LIII highlights, recap

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Good thing all the New England Patriots know how to do is win. Even if it was in one of the ugliest Super Bowls ever.  For the third time in five years and the sixth time since 2002, the dynastic and veteran New England Patriots, led by...

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 11:04am

Jeff Bezos' security agent investigating who leaked the CEO's sexy texts

Jeff Bezos has deployed his private security agent to investigate who leaked the Amazon CEO's sexy texts to his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, which ended up in the National Enquirer. One of the suspects: Sanchez's brother, a gay West Hollywood Trump supporter who is connected to Roger Stone. That's...

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 3:41pm

Review of NYPD disciplinary system says dept should increase transparency

The NYPD announced a slew of changes coming to its officer disciplinary system after a panel of criminal justice professionals suggested that the police department take steps to increase its accountability and transparency. The independent panel, which included two former U.S. attorneys and a...

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 2:43pm

Patriots Rams Super Bowl LIII: Tom Brady vs. Jared Goff

When the 41-year-old Tom Brady takes the field for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Sunday, he’ll be facing a Rams franchise that he defeated in his first Super Bowl exactly 17 years to the day. While it’ll be Brady’s ninth appearance in the Super Bowl, the quarterback on the opposite sideline will...

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 11:54am

NFL: Fans in St. Louis can flush away anger at Kroenke

By Andrew Both (Reuters) - Three years after leaving St. Louis for the glamor of Tinseltown, the Rams are going to the Super Bowl, adding an extra sucker punch for many fans in the team's old hometown. Rams owner Stan Kroenke seems to be...

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 7:00am

Assembly bill would repeal vaccine opt-out for religious reasons amid measles outbreak

As New York is seeing the largest measles outbreak in decades, a bill introduced in the New York State Assembly would repeal a state provision that exempts children from getting vaccinations for religious reasons. Since September, there have been about 200 recorded cases of measles across New York...

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 2:45pm

Judge allows congestion pricing surcharge collected on Manhattan for-hire trips

A New York Supreme Court judge has lifted the block on the city’s congestion pricing surcharge, allowing that surcharge to be collected on for-hire vehicle trips in Manhattan. The surcharge  must be collected beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.  Manhattan’s congestion pricing...

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 11:58am