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The inquiry's wide scope has some faculty questioning whether silencing dissent at the university — particularly that of pro-Palestinian voices — was its real objective. At the same time, critics — including elected officials and Jewish organizations — have long maintained that the school was a hotbed for antisemitism and said the inquiry was overd…
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José Colón has watched many people die behind bars. The 42-year-old is serving a sentence of 30 years to life at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, and has spent the last few years caring for other incarcerated men who are sick and dying. As Colón ages and his own health deteriorates, he is seeing firsthand why he doesn’t want to become one of them. …
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A crazy month in New York City sports continues. In playoff basketball, The Knicks come home to Madison Square Garden for a winner-take-all game 7 against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semi finals. Meanwhile, in hockey, the Rangers are on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals in the NHL playoffs. This weekend, sports journalist …
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The trial of a former president taking place in New York City. And a courtroom drama happening a block away is also getting a lot of attention. That would be the trial of New Jersey Senator Bob Menenez, who is charged with bribery and corruption along with his wife and two businessmen. WNYC's Nancy Solomon spent much of the week in the courtroom. S…
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A state initiative aimed at helping homeless New Yorkers living on the streets and subways has placed more than 450 individuals in long-term or permanent housing in two years, new data from the governor’s office shows. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Safe Options Support program deploys trained social workers, clinicians, nurses, case managers and people who h…
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School districts across our region and the country continue to look for strategies to address learning loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. But Union City School District, home to some of New Jersey's lowest-income students, is meeting academic goals without a lot of state assistance. Silvia Abbato, superintendent of Union City District schools, and Ma…
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Officials in Newark are bringing back a dormant curfew. Starting May 3, the city mandated that people younger than 18 be accompanied by an adult if out after 11 p.m., with only a few exceptions. After curfew, kids and teenagers can be stopped by police, who will call in a trained social worker and try to contact their parents. City officials have f…
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Many psychiatric patients at New York City’s public hospitals are cooped up during their stays with no opportunity to go outside, sometimes for weeks or months at a time, according to a new report by a state watchdog agency that monitors treatment of psychiatric patients and a nonprofit legal group. Morning Edition spoke with WNYC's Caroline Lewis …
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If you go out for coffee, you've probably noticed that prices keep going up. According to our friends at Eater New York, the average price of a specialty coffee drink is between $6 and $7 these days. Melissa McCart, the editor of Eater New York, joins us to talk about some of the reasons for the increase. Speaking with Weekend Edition host David Fu…
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The New York City mayor's race doesn't kick in until next year. We still have a presidential election to deal with between now and then. And at this moment, Mayor Adams is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. But the list of people who might be ready to challenge him continues to evolve. This week, New York state senator Zellnor Myrie said …
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Lawmakers in New Jersey are moving ahead with a bill that would revise the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The controversial measure could be voted on by the full state Senate and Assembly as early as Monday. CJ Griffin is a media and public interest attorney whose legal work focuses on OPRA. She’s also a fierce opponent of the new bill and…
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The five-week course called Culinary Career Pathways for New New Yorkers was launched in April by the nonprofit group Hot Bread Kitchen, which trains New Yorkers for jobs in the food industry. But the benefits and possibilities extend far beyond the individuals in this classroom.
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All New York State high school students are now required to fill out a financial aid application for college or submit a waiver opting out by the time they graduate, under recent state law sponsored by State Senator Andrew Gounardes. It comes after the Education Department redesigned the FAFSA or “free application for federal student aid” with the …
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As we inch closer to Election Day in November, WNYC is turning some laundromats in the New York metro area into hubs of civic dialogue. We’re calling the project 'Suds and Civics.' George Bodarky, who leads our Community Partnerships Desk, joins Morning Edition to share some of what he and his team have been hearing from people between loads about …
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NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell continues to use social media to attack judges, reporters, and now other city officials with whom he disagrees. Chell recently posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that councilmember Tiffany Caban "hates our city," after she criticized the NYPD arrests of pro-Palestinian protesters at Columbia University and City …
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Barbara Thomas stood in the middle of a busy underground hallway entering the New York State Capitol last month, one of roughly a dozen older activists in yellow T-shirts who handed out coaster-sized stickers of yellow roses to lawmakers and lobbyists whizzing by.More than a decade ago, her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer. Thomas said he wa…
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New York City is known for its iconic cultural institutions like the Met and MOMA, but it's also home to many neighborhood gems.  WNYC's Community Partnerships Desk is highlighting some of these treasures across the five boroughs. In this segment, we pay a visit to a center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn that's built around one of America's first free …
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In late March, a federal judge ruled that New Jersey's unusual county line ballot system was likely unconstitutional, and couldn't be used in this June's Democratic primary. The 'county line' is the way 19 of 21 county political organizations in the state, displayed their preferred candidates on the very ballot voters see in voting booths. But now …
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30 years ago, the Knicks and Rangers treated New York City to an unforgettable spring. The 1994 Knicks pushed the Houston Rockets to a 7 game NBA championship series. And the Rangers won their only Stanley Cup since 1940. This spring has been giving us some flashbacks. Both teams have moved on to the second rounds of their respective playoffs. And …
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