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COVID-19 cases are rising in New York City schools, and parents, teachers, advocates and health experts are expressing concerns that the Department of Education (DOE) in-school testing program isn’t screening enough students and staff to catch outbreaks. Declining staff testing and a small pool of eligible students mean that in-school test results …
 
A coalition of medical experts from New York City hospitals has pledged to tackle racially biased computer algorithms that are used to diagnose diseases or decide routes of patient care. It aims to do away with at least one algorithm that uses race as a factor in determining patient treatment within the next two years. This announcement to launch t…
 
New York City has a new program underway to crack down on reckless drivers. In early November the Department of Transportation sent out 160 letters to drivers who've racked up five tickets for running red lights or fifteen tickets for speeding in school zones since October 2020. Those drivers are now required to take a 90-minute course or risk losi…
 
Brooklyn's own, They Might Be Giants are back with a new album - a multimedia experience called BOOK. And after four decades of albums and tours, Grammy awards, and seemingly countless TV themes and movie songs, the new project reveals the duo losing none of their ambition. Collaborating with photographer Brian Karlsson and graphic designer Paul Sa…
 
Rutgers University officials were deep into preparations for a year-long celebration of the institution's 250th anniversary in 2016, when students recognized a major part of the story behind its founding was missing. "It did not include an acknowledgement of the history of slavery," said Marisa Fuentes, an associate professor in the Department of H…
 
Back in April, WNYC's Morning Edition invited listeners to submit poems on the theme "emergence." The response was tremendous. Even further back, last March, Morning Edition featured interviews and music with some of the winners of WQXR's Artist Propulsion Lab. These were New York City musicians, chosen by our sister station, to receive support for…
 
New York health officials have identified five cases of the new omicron variant in Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced in a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday evening. A 67-year-old vaccinated Suffolk County resident tested positive for the variant on Tuesday after traveling back to New York from Sou…
 
Omicron is here. Thursday evening, New York officials announced that they had detected five cases of the omicron variant in New York State. One is a 67-year-old woman in Suffolk County with some vaccination history, but it's unclear if she was fully inoculated or boosted. Two were found in people in Queens, one in a person in Brooklyn and the other…
 
Whenever a fresh coronavirus variant emerges, the public often hungers for answers. What could it mean for my family? My job? My health? Since the omicron variant was first reported, the common response from health experts — cited across CNN to The New York Times to NPR — is that it could take “two weeks” to know whether immunity and vaccine protec…
 
Like many New Yorkers, I was eager to get a booster when the city opened up eligibility to everyone on November 15th. But to my shock and frustration, Bellevue Hospital denied me a shot the same day for a peculiar reason. I was vaccinated in December 2020 as part of a clinical trial for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. More than two billion doses ha…
 
Attorneys are alleging abusive and racist treatment of detainees at an immigration detention center at the Orange County Correctional Facility in the Hudson Valley, where some undocumented immigrants from New York City were moved in recent months after detention facilities closed New Jersey. The Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University’s Scho…
 
Early on in the pandemic, the New York state legislature granted former Governor Andrew Cuomo extraordinarily broad emergency powers that allowed him to dictate the statewide response to COVID-19. Lawmakers later rescinded those powers amid the scandals that led to Cuomo's resignation last summer, but coronavirus cases are once more surging in part…
 
The MTA is spending over $30 million dollars to upgrade its payroll system as part of an effort to crackdown on overtime abuse. But a report finds some employees still use the old paper-based “honor system.” The MTA has been trying to get its workers to use a biometric time clock—a device they clock in and out with, using their fingerprints. This c…
 
New York City narrowed the inequality gap between 2014 to 2019, defying a national trend, as the bottom half of earners steadily increased their share of income faster relative to wealthier ones, an analysis of annual state tax data by the Independent Budget Office shows. For more, go to Gothamist.com.…
 
A Newark police officer charged with vehicular homicide after he allegedly hit a pedestrian and took the dead victim's body home was also found to be under the influence. A spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor said in her initial press release that she inadvertently omitted the fact that Officer Albert Guzman was also charged with DUI. The r…
 
When you think about ice skating in New York, one image probably comes to mind. The Rink at Rockefeller Center. But New Yorkers have lots of great options - and some of them have much lower prices and fewer crowds. Gothamist photographer, Scott Lynch joins WNYC's David Furst for a roundup of the best places for outdoor skating in New York City.…
 
New Jersey residents who missed rent payments due to the pandemic are running out of time to apply for state assistance as the eviction moratorium comes to an end. Tenants have until December 15th to apply to the state’s rental aid program and will be entered into a lottery to fairly distribute the remaining federal dollars. But individual counties…
 
It's the day before Thanksgiving, and families are getting together — some for the first time since the pandemic began. But COVID is on the rise in parts of the state. We talk to New York Governor Kathy Hochul about COVID, why she isn't requiring vaccines for MTA workers, and other news.WNYC Radio
 
New Jersey’s troubled Department of Corrections is without a Senate-confirmed commissioner. The newly empowered prison ombudsperson’s office doesn’t have an actual ombudsperson. And the state’s only women’s prison — the focus of multiple probes due to systemic violence — continues to make headlines for sexual assault involving officers. As Governor…
 
COVID-19 has a knack for rebounding just as life starts to reopen a bit more in New York City. This fall, many businesses began hybrid operations — with a mix of office time and work-from-home schedules. International travelers are flooding back into the boroughs — a potential boon for the hard-hit hospitality industry. And holiday travel has almos…
 
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