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    Sarah Jessica Parker is among the more than 170 New York business leaders who are urging Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo to fix New York City and urgently boost their COVID-19 recovery response.  The Sex in the City star and 176 other NYC business leaders sent a letter on Friday to de Blasio and Cuomo warning that up to a third of the city's small businesses may permanently close if a plan isn't put in place.  Parker runs her SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Collection - a shoe and accessories business - from New York and is known to frequently greet customers in her flagship Manhattan store. The 55-year-old paid a visit to the Midtown store as recently as Thursday.  Scroll down...
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    Michigan health officials suspect a resident has contracted the rare and life-threatening disease Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) after being bitten by a mosquito, they announced Tuesday.   It's the first human case of EEE in the state so far this year, and the sixth in the US.  Last year, the US saw an unusual spike in the number of people bitten by infected mosquitoes. By early October 2019, at least 30 people had been infected with the disease, which kills about 30 percent of people who catch it.  After identifying a likely case in Barry County, Michigan, officials there are urging area residents to stay inside - especially after dark, when mosquitoes are more active - and pan to spray pesticides...
    MONROVIA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Bobcat Fire burning above the San Gabriel Valley foothill communities continues to grow, prompting new evacuation orders for some residents in the Antelope Valley.Residents of Juniper Hills south of Fort Tejon Road and east of 96th Street East, and east and south of Valyermo Road and west of Bob's Gap Road, were advised by officials Wednesday evening to be ready to evacuate. On Thursday afternoon, that warning was upgraded to an evacuation order that included the nearby Devil's Punchbowl area.Accommodations for 300 large animals are available at the Antelope Valley Fair Grounds.Officials lifted evacuation orders earlier Wednesday for parts of Sierra Madre and residents north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue in...
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    High-earning New Jersey residents will face an increased “millionaires tax” under a new budget deal announced Thursday — despite warnings from critics that it could lead the wealthy to flee the Garden State. The agreement — which Gov. Phil Murphy touted as providing “middle-class tax relief and tax fairness” — also includes a $500 rebate for two-parent families with at least one child and annual income below $150,000, according to reports. Single parents earning less than $75,000 will also qualify for the rebate checks. “Our promise to help the middle class and those striving to join it is a promise that will be kept,” Murphy said during a morning news conference in Trenton, according to the New York Times....
    High-earning New Jersey residents will face an increased “millionaires tax” under a new budget deal announced Thursday — despite warnings from critics that it could lead the wealthy to flee the Garden State. The agreement — which Gov. Phil Murphy touted as providing “middle-class tax relief and tax fairness” — also includes a $500 rebate for two-parent families with at least one child and annual income below $150,000, according to reports. Single parents earning less than $75,000 will also qualify for the rebate checks. “Our promise to help the middle class and those striving to join it is a promise that will be kept,” Murphy said during a morning news conference in Trenton, according to the New York Times. The...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police say gang disputes have been fueling shootings lately in the Northwest Side neighborhoods of Albany Park and Ravenswood Manor. Residents have been asking for a plan to curb the gang violence, but as CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported Wednesday night, the shootings have continued right on. There was another shooting Wednesday night that left a man dead in Albany Park. Even before that, residents expressed they were fed up in a conversation this week about staffing numbers and strategy. But command staff at the Albany Park (17th) District did not have all those answers, and there have been several shootings this week alone. The latest shooting happened at Lawrence and Monticello avenues. A man...
    A new poll has found that nearly half of New York City's highest earners have considered moving elsewhere during the coronavirus pandemic, flashing a warning signal over the city's evaporating tax base. The survey of 782 New York City adults earning at least $100,000 a year was conducted between July 13 and August 3, and commissioned by the Manhattan Institute, a politically conservative think-tank. The high-income demographic accounts for more than 80 percent of New York City's income tax revenue. The survey found that 44 percent of high-income New Yorkers say that they have considered relocating outside the city in the past four months, with cost of living cited most frequently as the top reason.  Manhattan residents are seen packing a U-Haul...
    Firefighters and rescuer from the Miami Fire Department come together to send aid and resources to Tallahassee, the capital of the state of Florida has suffered from the approach of dangerous Hurricane Sally. Personnel from the department are already en route with specialized resources and several members of the South Florida rescue team are preparing to provide support to residents affected by the devastation left by the catastrophic Hurricane Sally. “The team we carry can do any type of rescue in landslides” and flood zones, explained Eric Sánchez, in charge of Task Force 2 in South Florida. At least 45 members of the South Florida Task Force 2 rescue team with part of a large...
    Karen Johnson, 77, spent about three years in the Highland Springs Care Center in Beaumont. “She was at an unlocked memory care facility in Hemet, but she got to the point with her Alzheimer’s and dementia … where she needed to be in a locked facility,” said her daughter, Dena Garcia. Eye of the Storm Southern California Nursing Homes during the Coronavirus Pandemic Latest installments in a continuing series Part One:  What do Southern California nursing homes hard hit by COVID-related deaths have in common? We spoke with experts, nursing home administrators and advocates to find out. Part Two: A tale of two Pasadena nursing homes. One, Gem Transitional Care Center, hard hit by COVID deaths and another, Camellia...
    Firefighters continued to fight Tuesday to protect infrastructure around Mount Wilson as the Bobcat Fire approached the observatory and transmission towers valued at more than $ 1 billion. “Strategic launch operations are underway to protect the infrastructure around Mount Wilson,” the Angeles National Forest tweeted Monday night. ”Firefighters are taking advantage of the favorable weather conditions. Crews and equipment will be tending the Bobcat Fire during the early hours of the morning. By Tuesday morning, the size of the fire had increased to 41,773 acres with 3% containment, up from 6% the day before, according to the Angeles National Forest. Fire trucks were stationed near the observatory to try to protect it, the US Forest Service...
    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It’s a recipe for small business success in a Westchester County city. A multi-billion dollar development firm is helping a mom and pop restaurant survive during the coronavirus pandemic, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Tuesday. Built with love over 22 years, the Aguilar family was not sure Taqueria El Chino in New Rochelle would survive a seven week shutdown. “It was very stressful. Numbers were going down tremendously. It was better to close because basically there was like no business,” Irma Aguilar said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do...
    More than 200 marauding macaque monkeys have been castrated in Thailand after a spate of raids on homes in search of food.  The primates have roamed freely into the city of Songkhla, meeting little resistance due to the coronavirus lockdown.  On Tuesday, a team of wildlife conservationists rounded up the animals, drawing them into cages with bait before knocking them unconscious with tranquilizers. The captured monkeys were marked with numbers so that they can be easily identified in future before being castrated. More than 200 marauding macaque monkeys have been castrated in Thailand after a spate of raids on homes in search of food The primates have roamed freely into the city of Songkhla, meeting little resistance due to...
    New York City's wealthiest residents should be prepared to 'step up and help' close the Big Apple's gaping $4.2 billion deficit by paying higher taxes, Comptroller Scott Stringer said. The warning issued today comes just weeks after state Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a desperate plea urging the richest residents to return to the city to help save it from economic ruin. Stringer told Bloomberg TV he believes the city could save $400 million by refinancing debt and as much as $1 billion through efficiencies. The wealthy may need 'to pay a little bit more to get us through this crisis,' he said. 'People of great wealth have done great in the city in the last 10 or 20 years, they...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City From drag racing to partying at Clason Point Park, Community Board 9 members and residents are fed up. CB 9 Assistant District Manager Shirley Alonzo told the Bronx Times that the board had received numerous complaints over the past several months about racing, sex, drugs and music all night at the park. She said she understood the gravity of the recent budget cuts to the NYPD and the Parks Department, but it seems like the revelers don’t care. Alonzo said that Clason Park is becoming a nightclub and garbage dump. “People with limited venues to go to are going to public...
    ARMED vigilante residents have set up roadblocks and are checking ID's after the Oregon fire was allegedly started intentionally. Mike Reese, sheriff of Multnomah County, said Saturday that deputies told people such activity was illegal and the roadways remained open. Reese said authorities have fielded extra patrols. 8Residents have allegedly set up roadblocksCredit: KPIC 8Deputies found fireworks on FridayCredit: Twitter 8Neighbors put it out using a shovel and waterCredit: Twitter "The sheriff's office will not tolerate illegal activity of any kind, including civilian roadblocks," Reese said. Earlier this week authorities refuted rumors that anti-fascist activists were setting fires in Oregon. Four people have now been arrested on the West Coast for deliberately starting blazes as wildfires rage. Cops detained two...
    A Hollywood screenwriter helped arrange to have 60 boulders lined up on a pedestrian sidewalk in a Los Angeles underpass to keep homeless people from setting up tents in the shaded area on a day when temperatures reached 111 degrees. Peter Iliff, whose credits include Point Break and Varsity Blues, and other residents outraged advocates on behalf of the homeless population who condemned what they regarded as a cruel measure that forced them into the unseasonably hot sun. Iliff and other local residents had a crew place the boulders in the I-10 freeway underpass that connects Reynier Village with the Culver City Arts District last Sunday, September 6. ‘The city was not able to do it for us, so we...
    A new five-million person city near Beijing, China, is being designed as a model of sustainability to withstand the effects of climate change and future disease outbreaks. The proposal from Barcelona-based Guallart Architects won a contest to design a community in Xiong’an, promoted by Chinese President Xi Jinping as “a new standard in the post-COVID era.” Source: Ema Dimitrova/Youtube As reported by Fast Company, the “self-sufficient city” would include courtyards with native plants and garden plots, wooden buildings that use on-site solar power, large balconies for gardening, rooftop vertical farms, and streets made for pedestrians and bikes rather than cars. These features would allow residents to produce resources locally and reduce the carbon footprint from residents and from the...
    By Elaine Lies, Kiyoshi Takenaka and Chris Gallagher YUZAWA, Japan (Reuters) - It's noon on a warm day in the Japanese town where Yoshihide Suga, Japan's next prime minister, grew up, but more than half the stores in a downtown shopping arcade are shuttered and sidewalks stretch empty except for the rare elderly passerby. A building proclaiming "I Love Yuzawa" stands abandoned. A giant department store nearby hulks over the street, mostly unusable because it doesn't meet earthquake safety standards but too expensive to tear down. The remote part of Yuzawa where Suga grew up, 480 km (300 miles) northeast of Tokyo, captures key challenges his administration will face: half the residents in the area are over 60. Depopulation and...
    Los Angeles County public health officials on Saturday reported 1,177 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 more related deaths. The report brings the county’s total number of cases to 253,176 and deaths to 6,197, officials said. Among the new cases, 71% were people younger than 50, according to the Public Health Department. Those ages 30 to 49 accounted for 35% of the total, the most of any age group. L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer called for the young to be more vigilant. “We need the help of our younger county residents to slow the spread even more than we are doing now, so that we can move into lower tiers that allow for the reopening of more...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff ELIZABETH BOROUGH (KDKA) – Protesters took the streets of Elizabeth Borough for a Black Lives Matter march on Saturday. As they made their way through the town, tempers began to flare as one protester clashed with armed residents. Those residents told the protester they were there to protect property. According to the protesters, they have had incidents like this one in the past. Overall, the demonstration remained peaceful and without incident.
    CEOs from more than 150 top companies have demanded that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to address public safety and fix 'quality of life issues' that have deteriorated the city.  Chief executives from companies Lyft, Macy's, Goldman Sachs and more signed the letter to de Blasio and asserted that they were sure that the city would 'remain a thriving global center of commerce, innovation and opportunity.'  But despite New York having an infection rate below one per cent for more than 30 days, the CEOs said there was widespread anxiety over public safety, cleanliness and other quality of life issues that are contributing to deteriorating conditions in commercial districts and neighborhoods across the five boroughs.'  Chief executives...
    The number of empty rental apartments in Manhattan has trebled in 12 months as New Yorkers look to flee the coronavirus pandemic and a surge in violent crime. More than 15,000 rental properties are now on the market, the highest figure on record and a huge jump compared to last August's figure of 5,600.   Prices are down by four per cent since last year after a slump in demand, according to a report by Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel - while realtors in the Hudson Valley have enjoyed a boom in business from New Yorkers desperate to avoid the 'cabin fever' of another lockdown.  Studio apartments in Manhattan have seen a particularly stark collapse, with new leases down by 27 per...
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- It was a day unlike any other in the Bay Area, as smoke filled skies cast a dark glow across the region. Despite the weather, people in the East Bay got out and went about their day....Photographers lined up along Treasure Island Road Wednesday evening, to get potentially once-in-a-lifetime snaps of San Francisco's skyline, cloaked in a cloud of orange.VIDEOS: Apocalyptic orange skies seen across Bay Area from wildfire smokeEMBED More News Videos VIDEOS: Apocalyptic orange skies seen across Bay Area (1 of 6) The North Bay saw bright orange skies filled with smoke on Wednesday as wildfires continue to burn in the area. "It's really sad, the condition, the way it is, but...
    AUBERRY, Calif.  —  The driver of the dusty pickup slowed and lowered his window, reached out and cautiously lifted the steel cable that was hovering over the dirt road and connected to a downed power pole on the shoulder, blocking his exit from this burned out Auberry hamlet. The driver, who declined to give his name because he was in an evacuated area of the massive Creek fire in the Sierra, had two passengers — a local firefighter who used his connections to get them all access into the area and also refused to give his name, and resident Mark Van Aacken. The fire has burned more than 160,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of structures. Together, the trio were...
    PLUMAS COUNTY (CBS13) — The latest on the wildfire burning in the Plumas National Forest that has prompted evacuations: 11 p.m. Evacuation orders have been expanded to the Kelly Ridge and Copley Acres communities, the Butte County Sheriff said. In a tweet, the sheriff’s office said all previous evacuation warnings have become orders. Additionally, Highway 162 is closed from Canyon Drive to Foreman Creek in Butte County due to the fire. Video loop of the #Northcomplex #Bearcontingency wildfire. Leading edge indicates extreme fire weather conditions with multiple vortices along the leading edge of the wildfire aka fire whirls. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/sUBlxkfOep — NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) September 9, 2020 10:55 p.m.  Immediate evacuations ordered for Butte County residents east of Miners...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has added four more states to New York's mandatory quarantine list, taking the total number to 34.  As of Tuesday, people arriving from Delaware, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia will now have to spend 14 days in quarantine before they are able to head outside.  States are added to the list if their number of positive tests exceeds 10 percent over, or the number of positive cases exceeds 10 per 100,000 over a seven day rolling average.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has added four more states to New York's mandatory quarantine list, taking the total number to 34 New York instituted the mandatory quarantine alongside neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut back in late June.  After initially being...
    A city in China has sparked outrage after the authorities planned to score their citizens’ behaviour through a smartphone app that monitors people’s daily lives. Officials in eastern Chinese city Suzhou introduced the rating system, loosely translated as the ‘Civility Code’, to encourage people to become the model citizens in the eye of the government, reported Chinese media. Each resident starts with a score of 1,000, with rewards and plus-points for volunteering, minus for running a red light, according to the app. The city’s new plan was widely criticised by Chinese social media users. Many called it ‘suffocating’ and ‘pointless’ while others compared it to the popular British TV series Black Mirror. A city in China has sparked outrage...
    I remember exactly where I was when I heard that the first big coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. was at a nursing home . I had pulled over in my car to return work texts and hit the news as an afterthought. My skin started to burn. I felt panic. It was going to be a death march.  A little over a year before, after 16 years of scraping by as an artist, I had returned to work as a union organizer. It wasn’t meant to be permanent, but more of a side hustle to cover a gap. I did not expect I would enter the world of nursing homes just months before COVID-19. Inside facilities, I learned that workers,...
    BOULDER CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- Limited power, cell service and access to water are causing frustration for residents in parts of the Santa Cruz Mountains.Many residents evacuated in the CZU Lightning Complex Fire recently received the green light to return home. However, now they're asking, what's the point?"It is very frustrating," Robert Autrand told ABC7 News. "I want to go home."The fire forced Autrand and his family from their Boulder Creek home, weeks ago.RELATED: What we know about LNU, CZU, SCU complex fires in Santa Cruz, Napa, Sonoma, San Mateo counties and beyondThey finally got the all-clear to return, but quickly realized current living conditions leave a lot to be desired."There's no internet, no water. No power. We couldn't do...
    After nearly 20 years, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has changed course and is taking down the U.S. flags installed on the overpasses in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and local residents are outraged. The government agency explained its decision in a statement on its Facebook page. "The New Jersey Turnpike Authority appreciates and applauds patriotism. We try to express patriotism ourselves every day by maintaining dozens of American flags at properties in our right of way — office buildings, toll plazas, service areas, maintenance facilities, State Police buildings, warehouses," the statement read. "Those flags are treated with the utmost respect by Turnpike Authority personnel. They are flown on suitable staffs....
    THE FBI raided a Pennsylvania nursing where hundreds of residents and staff tested positive and dozens more have died - and another where staff stole patients' stimulus checks. Investigators from the FBI and state attorney general's office as well as other agencies used a search warrant to enter the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center Thursday, where 447 residents and staff had contracted the coronavirus and another 73 people died from it. 5Authorities from the FBI and Pennsylvania's AG office raided two rehabilitation centers where over 440 residents contracted the coronavirusCredit: AP:Associated Press Authorities also raided the Mt. Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center about 40 minutes away in Pittsburgh, which is owned by the same company that owns Brighton and is...
    Konta out of US Open after Cirstea upset 14 Iconic Fast-Food Items That Changed Our Lives Forever Property tech companies are helping landlords spy on residents, collect their data, and even evict them. Critics are calling it an invasion of privacy that could reinforce inequality. © Anti-Eviction Mapping Project "Landlord Tech" shows where tenants have reported the use of surveillance technologies like facial recognition in their buildings. Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Landlords are increasingly using facial recognition software and other surveillance technologies to track tenants' movements and collect their data. The companies selling "proptech" claim their products make residents safer, but some say flaws and biases mean they're really just accelerating gentrification and invading people's privacy. Researchers with the...
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- All Oaklanders who are 18 years old and younger can get free meals at 22 Oakland Unified School District schools starting Thursday, district officials said Wednesday.Families can pick up food from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, including 10 meals per child on Thursdays to last the weekend.RELATED: Steph and Ayesha Curry work with Alameda County Community Food Bank, Oakland school district during school closuresEveryone is urged to practice social distancing and wear a mask to protect themselves and others.No "Grab and Go" meals will be distributed on Monday, Sept. 7, because it's Labor Day.Young people going to charter schools, private schools and receiving homeschooling are eligible, which was the case over the summer...
    A Florida sheriff's department has been accused of surveilling and harassing residents for years under a sprawling 'intelligence program'.   Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco implemented the program after he took office in 2011 and promised that it would make communities safer by relying on data to reduce and prevent crime.   But a bombshell investigation by the Tampa Bay Times revealed that the program is rife with harassment, intimidation and flagrant use of force against residents who are not suspected of committing crimes.  Nearly two dozen people targeted under the program detailed their experiences in interviews with the Times, sharing how deputies swarmed their houses in the middle of the night, ticketed them for tiny offenses like overgrown grass, and stalked...
    FBI agents have raided two nursing homes in Pennsylvania, including one facility that was the source of the worst coronavirus outbreak in the state.   The FBI on Thursday executed search warrants at Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County, as well as its Mt Lebanon site in Allegheny County, the Justice Department confirmed.   U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said agents from the FBI, the office of inspector general for Health and Human Services, the IRS Criminal Investigation unit and the state attorney general's office were on the scene.  FBI agents executed search warrants at Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center - which had the worst coronavirus outbreak in the state - on Thursday  Agents from several federal and state...
    President Donald Trump seemed to suggest that North Carolina residents should attempt to vote twice in order to ensure the integrity of the state’s absentee ballot system. The White House now says the president was not specifically urging North Carolina voters to break election law. “No one has fought harder for an election system that is fair and free from fraud and abuse than President Trump,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told Daily Caller this morning. “This idea that he is encouraging people to vote twice is yet another example of the media taking him out of context and ignoring the facts.” WILMINGTON, NC – SEPTEMBER 02: President Donald Trump speaks to a small crowd at the USS...
    Census results help determine how the federal government distributes billions of dollars among states, counties, and cities each year. Funds that are going to be badly needed in the next few years, but the residents of the City of Miami are not making themselves count and that could cost millions of dollars. The census helps determine the number of representatives in Congress, as well as funding for hospitals, schools, and fire and rescue stations. In addition to emergency assistance in times of crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic. And nearly half of the homes in Miami have not responded. So far only 52% of the homes in the city of Miami have completed...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — As Latinx San Franciscans continue to account for more than half of the city’s overall COVID-19 cases, new statistics released Wednesday by the University of California at San Francisco and the city’s COVID-19 Latino Task Force suggest testing at transit hubs could help reduce numbers. The latest data comes from testing conducted at the 24th Street BART station in the Mission and builds on data from a report released in April by the Latino Task Force and UCSF. Last month, volunteers with the task force tested 2,622 people at the 24th Street BART station – an easily accessible transit hub – during a six-day period, averaging about 100 tests per hour. Among the participants, 235...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBE IMAGESFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he will allow visitors into nursing homes and assisted living facilities, nearly six months after the state blocked visitation during the first wave of coronavirus infections. DeSantis said during an appearance in Jacksonville that he would sign an executive order lifting the ban on visitors, while also allowing “essential” caregivers to touch long-term care residents. Two elder-care advocacy groups criticized the move to reopen facilities, asking why it is coming now and questioning a decision not to mandate that visitors be tested before entering facilities. The executive order will take effect immediately, said Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Mary Mayhew, who headed a DeSantis-appointed task force that came up with...
    A destroyed structure following unrest after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Aisha I. Jefferson Several Kenosha, Wisconsin, residents told Insider they were disappointed in law enforcement's response following the police shooting of Jacob Blake last week. During nights of civil unrest, parts of the city burned as armed citizens attempted to protect their properties from being destroyed. A Kenosha County Sheriff's spokesman told Insider its deputies were "severely outnumbered." One armed vigilante who said he was there to protect a boarded-up business has been charged with killing two protesters. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. With President Donald Trump set to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, some residents wonder if more could've been...
    The New York State Well being Division introduced an emergency rule Monday that requires elevated testing to differentiate whether or not people are contaminated or die from the coronavirus or influenza because the flu season approaches. The brand new edict, which works into impact instantly, requires coroners and funeral administrators in addition to hospital and nursing properties to check for each sicknesses. Nursing properties are presently required to check all staffers for COVID-19 weekly, a rule operators need relaxed. “Whereas the human toll this virus has taken on New Yorkers is immeasurable, these laws will guarantee now we have essentially the most correct dying information attainable as we proceed to handle COVID-19 whereas making ready for flu season,” Well...
    NORTH LAWNDALE — Neighborhood groups are joining forces to create an academy for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in North Lawndale. The organizers behind the STEAM Partnership Academy are looking for feedback from neighbors as they plan the programs the academy will offer. Lawndale residents can give feedback through a survey. The STEAM Partnership Academy has been in the works for years as part of the neighborhood’s Quality-Of-Life Plan launched in 2018. Residents working to improve education in Lawndale determined a STEAM school would be a major goal of the plan to meet the needs of local students. Several schools in Lawndale have closed in recent years, including Frazier Charter School. At least five schools in the neighborhood have...
    New York City residents with cash are fleeing the Big Apple in droves and moving to nearby suburbs as the COVID-19 pandemic has enabled them to work from home while Manhattan office buildings stay largely empty. Real estate brokers in the surrounding areas of the city including the Hudson Valley, Westchester County, New Jersey, and Connecticut are reporting soaring demand for houses in recent months. Compared to 2019, there was a 44 per cent jump in the number of July home sales for suburban counties just outside of New York City, according to figures compiled by Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants. That includes a 112 per cent increase in Westchester County; a 73 per cent increase in home...
    A photo circulating of two young California girls relying on Taco Bell's free Wi-Fi to complete their homework assignments has concerned local residents and reignited worry that the 'digital divide'  during the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, a number of schools across the country kicked off the year with virtual lessons that saw of children experience their first day of classes over a computer screen.  Many administrators scrambled to create feasible curriculum that could be taught uniformly during in-person classes, online lessons or both.   But a photo shared to social media last week highlighted the plight of students who don't have immediate access to internet, broadband or technology - raising fears that some students may get left behind academically.  The picture, originally...
    WHEATON, Ill. (WLS) -- DuPage County officials Sunday plan to announce charges filed in connection with armed home invasions and a shooting in Wheaton and Lombard last week.DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin, DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, Wheaton Police Chief William Murphy and Lombard Police Chief Roy Newton will hold a press conference Sunday morning in Wheaton to provide more details about the incidents.The first break-in was the morning of Aug. 23 in the 1700-block of East Evergreen in Wheaton. Police said the residents went outside about 5 a.m. to investigate suspicious activity when two men confronted one of the residents.Police said that's when the second suspect entered the home and attacked someone inside. As another resident inside the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- "American Idol" made history last season when they became the first reality competition show to continue broadcasting remotely, and they're getting ready for the new season with virtual auditions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Sunday.The series will return in spring 2021 for its fourth season on ABC welcoming back host Ryan Seacrest and judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan in the search for the next superstar!The show is now hosting an "Idol Across America" live virtual audition tour!The remote auditions are happening across all 50 states and Washington D.C., giving hopefuls the chance to showcase their talents to an "American Idol" producer.Tri-State hopefuls will have the chance to audition on Aug....
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There is a water shortage with outages in Allegheny County. Allegheny County says there is a water shortage in McKeesport, White Oak and Versailles. Officials say residents may be low water pressure or no water in parts of the three areas. “Utility working to address,” the county said on Twitter. McKeesport/White Oak/Versailles: Water shortage with outage, low water pressure and no water in some parts of all three areas. Utility working to address. — Allegheny County (@Allegheny_Co) August 29, 2020 Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story
    Louisiana officials gave a grim warning to residents just hours before Hurricane Laura made landfall: Rescue efforts won't begin until after the massive storm and its surge have passed.  Hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana and Texas faced mandatory curfews and evacuations on Wednesday and Thursday, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm when it made landfall. Officials warned residents that didn't evacuate that they would need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.  "Those choosing to stay and face this very dangerous storm must understand that rescue efforts cannot and will not begin until after storm and surge has passed and it is safe to do so," the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement. ...
    RNC Video For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.On the fourth (and thankfully last) night of the Republican National Convention, sandwiched between a live speech from Debbie Flood, a business owner in Wisconsin, and a recorded video message from Ann Dorn, the widow of a retired St. Louis police officer, came a video about public housing in New York City. It was weird to see a pro-public housing video in support of a president with a long history of housing discrimination. It was even weirder trying to figure out who the video was for. It opens with New York City Housing Authority residents, people who live in the country’s largest government housing project,...
    Contra Costa County will allow gyms, nail salons and massage services to reopen for outside business Friday, but health officials cautioned that smoke from Northern California’s wildfires may create unhealthy air. “Based on what we are able to see, we can be cautiously optimistic that there is a gradual downward trend in county cases, testing positivity rates and hospitalizations,” Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County’s health officer, said Wednesday in a statement. “We need everyone to understand this is a reason to keep up what we are doing and not let down our guards.” The new order also will permit hotels and short-term rentals to reopen for personal travel, not only essential business. Farnitano said the seven-day average of the...
    Louisiana officials gave a grim warning to residents just hours before Hurricane Laura made landfall: Rescue efforts won't begin until after the massive storm and its surge have passed.  Hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana and Texas faced mandatory curfews and evacuations on Wednesday and Thursday, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm when it made landfall. Officials warned residents that didn't evacuate that they would need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.  "Those choosing to stay and face this very dangerous storm must understand that rescue efforts cannot and will not begin until after storm and surge has passed and it is safe to do so," the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement. ...
    HURRICANE Laura made landfall in southwestern Louisiana as a ferocious Category 4 monster with 150 mph winds and “unsurvivable” 20ft surges.  The National Hurricane Center said the storm, which intensified rapidly before plowing into land, came ashore at 1 am CDT near Cameron, a 400-person community near the Texas border. 9This satellite image shows Hurricane Laura reaching the coasts of Louisiana and TexasCredit: AFP or licensors 9A single truck is parked in an open lot as heavy rains from hurricane Laura fall in Lake CharlesCredit: AFP or licensors Potentially catastrophic impacts will continue, forecasters said. It is feared winds of up to 150ft could rip apart buildings, level trees and toss vehicles like toys. And forecasters fear that a 20-foot...
    VERMILION PARISH, Louisians -- Hurricane Laura is taking aim at the Gulf Coast as a menacing Category 4 hurricane, raising fears of a 20-foot storm surge that forecasters said would be "unsurvivable" and capable of sinking entire communities.Evacuation orders have been issued as officials beg residents to flee the coastal communities in the path of the storm.RELATED: Residents running out of time to evacuate, Galveston Co. judge saysEMBED More News Videos Galveston County Judge Mark Henry is concerned for residents on Bolivar as Laura approaches. In Louisiana, one sheriff's office cautioned any residents who didn't heed the warning were taking their lives into their own hands. The Vermilion Parish Police Jury issued a mandatory evacuation for low-lying areas where tidal...
    A group of residents in the New York City neighborhood of the Upper West Side is reportedly looking into taking legal action against the Big Apple following a number of recent policies that have dramatically increased levels of homelessness and crime in their area. According to ABC 7, the situation is particularly bad in the Upper West Side — a neighborhood long considered to be one of the wealthiest areas of the city — because of a program implemented under Mayor Bill de Blasio that moved homeless individuals into hotels in the area to protect them from COVID-19. One resident has claimed that she no longer feels safe after one man followed her to her home and remained outside her...
    HURRICANE Laura, a major Category 4 storm, is strengthening to near Category 5 as it makes its way toward the Texas-Louisiana border. The hurricane, which is projected to make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday, now has 150-mile-per-hour winds and result in "large and destructive waves [that] will cause catastrophic damage," the National Hurricane Center said. Authorities have advised those in coastal Texas and Louisiana to evacuate as soon as possible. Forecasters fear that a 20-foot storm surge could be "unsurvivable" and could devastate entire communities when it makes landfall. 7Hurricane Laura is making its way towards land along the Texas-Louisiana borderCredit: Alamy Live News 7Images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration capture the storm approaching land 7Residents in...
    American officials are said to be in talks with members of the British Government about creating a potential 'transatlantic air bridge' which would allow air travel between New York City and London amid the coronavirus pandemic.  An anonymous source told Britain's The Telegraph on Wednesday that the 'discussions are going on at a very senior level' and that the air bridge would 'be vital to get business going again'.  When approached for a comment, a spokesperson from the United Kingdom's Department for Transport did not deny the claims.  DailyMail.com has contacted the Federal Aviation Authority and representatives from the New York state and city governments for a statement.  Under current rules, UK citizens are prohibited from vacationing in the United States...
    Residents of New York City’s Upper West Side are threatening to sue the city after hordes of homeless people were placed in luxury hotels in the neighborhood due to the coronavirus crisis. At the moment more than 13,000 homeless people are being housed in 139 hotels across the Big Apple, including three luxury hotels – The Belleclaire, The Lucerne and The Belnord – on the Upper West Side. But residents of the upscale neighborhood complain that the move-in of the vagrants has brought with it increased crime, random violence, drugs, public urination and open prostitution. Some locals claim sex offenders have also moved into the streets. Residents have hired an attorney to sue the city to transfer the homeless back...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is demanding COVID-19 data from the governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan to probe whether rules around testing nursing home patients caused the deaths of thousands of elderly people. The department sent letters to the Democratic governors Wednesday telling them it may investigate whether they violated the civil rights of elderly people through their handling of the pandemic.  New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan all issued rules at the peak of the pandemic ordering nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients back through their doors. The controversial move has come under intense scrutiny in recent months, especially given that elderly people and those with pre-existing health conditions are most vulnerable to the killer...
    HURRICANE Laura has grown to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm in the last 24 hours, with authorities advising residents of coastal Texas and Louisiana to evacuate as soon as possible. Forecasters fear that a 20-foot storm surge could be "unsurvivable" and could devastate entire communities when it makes landfall. 7Hurricane Laura is making its way towards land along the Texas-Louisiana borderCredit: Alamy Live News 7Images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration capture the storm approaching land 7Residents in Lake Charles, Louisiana, have been told to evacuate as the storm is currently moving in, about 200miles off landCredit: AP:Associated Press The storm has grown by nearly 70 percent in the past day alone, drawing energy from the warm Gulf...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As seniors cope with living alone during the ongoing pandemic, the "Cheer a Senior" program is tackling isolation and loneliness by helping with not only shopping or errands, but also build long lasting connections.The initiative was launched after Senior Services at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton found dozens of Orange County seniors vulnerable to depression and social isolation."Older adults who are lonely are much more likely, for instance, to be a fall risk. They're much more likely to be a target for elder abuse or for scams that are directly aimed at older adults," said Karyl Dupée, clinical supervisor with St. Jude Medical Center Senior Services, part of Providence St. Joseph Health System.More than 80...
    MONTEREY COUNTY (CBS SF) — Fire officials in Monterey County finally had good news to report as containment on the River, Carmel and Dolan Fires continued to increase as of Tuesday morning. The Carmel Fire, which has been burning for six days, has stayed at the same size as it was Tuesday night at 6,695 acres, but firefighters increased containment from 20 to 30 percent. The River Fire, which has been burning for eight days, has also stayed the same at 48,424 acres and is 33 percent contained. Last night, the fire was 28 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The fires have not spread outside of the containment areas, but unburned vegetation inside the area will continue to burn,...
    MONTEREY COUNTY (CBS SF) — Fire officials in Monterey County finally had good news to report as containment on the River, Carmel and Dolan Fires continued to increase as of Tuesday morning. The Carmel Fire, which has been burning for six days, has stayed at the same size as it was Tuesday night at 6,695 acres, but firefighters increased containment from 20 to 30 percent. The River Fire, which has been burning for eight days, has also stayed the same at 48,424 acres and is 33 percent contained. Last night, the fire was 28 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The fires have not spread outside of the containment areas, but unburned vegetation inside the area will continue to burn,...
    The Orrville, Ohio-based mostly Smucker (SJM) on Tuesday claimed double-digit gross sales will increase for brand names these as Folgers coffee, Jif peanut butter, Smucker’s jams and jellies, and Uncrustables frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The progress in Smucker’s client meals products and espresso manufacturers assisted raise the firm’s quarterly revenue by 11% to $1.97 billion for the a few months that finished on July 31.While Folgers and Jif posted respective sales will increase of 13% and 14% for the quarter, the models looking at the greatest advancement have been Smucker’s at 25%, Uncrustables at 35% and baking mainstay Crisco, at 50%.“Far more individuals are paying for our brand names, they’re repeating buys at a bigger level, and they...
    REGIONS across Spain including in Madrid and Gran Canaria are back in voluntary lockdown as coronavirus outbreaks continue across the country. Tielmes in Madrid, La Barquilla in Cáceres and Valleseco in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria have asked residents not to leave their homes if possible. 4Regions across Spain have gone back into voluntary lockdownCredit: Alamy Live News The tourist resort of Valleseco in Gran Canaria has only seen three positive cases of coronavirus, but the local mayor had warned he doesn't want to take any chance given the high number of positives elsewhere on the island.  He has asked 4,000 residents to confine themselves on a voluntary basis and not to leave their homes if possible to avoid...
    NEW ORLEANS -- As two powerful storms menaced the Gulf Coast Monday, forecasters feared Marco would drive seawater onto the shore and unleash torrential rains just two days before Laura lashes the same region with potentially more powerful storm surge and hurricane-force winds.Forecasters raised the ominous possibility that warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico could super-charge Laura into a powerful hurricane. Laura's center was remaining just off Cuba's shore and was not expected to weaken over land before entering the gulf."Laura will be moving over the very warm and deep waters of Gulf Stream and Loop Current located over the southeastern Gulf, which could trigger a brief period of rapid intensification," the National Hurricane Center wrote in a Monday...
    RESIDENTS of southern states have begun boarding up and fleeing as twin hurricanes are expected to hit land at the same time. “You have until nightfall this evening to finish your preparations for Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura. Wherever you are when it gets dark tonight is where you should plan to ride out these storms for at least 72 hours,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted. 6Satellite image shows Tropical Storm Marco approaching into the US Gulf CoastCredit: AFP or licensors 6People stand in long lines before entering Costo to pick up supplies as they prepare for Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura Credit: Getty Images - Getty 6People tie down their vessels along Lake Pontchartrain as they prepare...
    When Facebook announced its plans to build an 8,500-mile fiber optic cable between Asia the West Coast, Tierra Del Mar residents staunchly opposed the projects. They worried about their old roads, the noise, and the threatened bird species nearby. However, Facebook’s permits were approved and they began, much to the disappointment of nearby residents. On April 28, 2020, one of their drill bits hit a rock and broke off 50 below the seafloor. They waited until May to notify state officials about the occurrence, but later in mid-June, finally informed them that they also left 6,500 gallons of drilling fluid inside containers, a drill tip, and at least 1,100 feet of pipe. Facebook claims that leaving the equipment will have no negative environmental...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police arrested a local activist on Edgerton Avenue at Hasting Street on Friday night after “multiple complaints from area residents.” Police say Lorenzo Rulli faces disorderly conduct and harassment charges. Additional charges could follow, police say. Police say they “confiscated a megaphone as an instrument of crime.” Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.
    They flooded Mercer County by the dozens, hailing from New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, armed with bogus debit cards.  They nearly returned home with more than $250,000 stolen from Santander Bank ATMs across New Jersey.  Police in Mercer County were able to stop 58 of them on Tuesday -- and seize more than a dozen suspect vehicles, a handgun and drugs, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri. Only 15 of the 58 people charged in the Santander Bank ATM thefts this week in Mercer County were state residents, Onofri said. Here's the breakdown: Hamilton Township:  Police arrested 20 credit card theft suspects, including four from Maplewood in Essex County: Jerry Trujillo, 24, Zaire Lewis, 18,...
    They flooded Mercer County by the dozens, hailing from New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, armed with bogus debit cards.  They nearly returned home with more than $250,000 stolen from Santander Bank ATMs across New Jersey.  Police in a half dozen counties were able to stop 58 of them since Tuesday -- and seize more than a dozen suspect vehicles, a handgun and drugs, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri. Only eight of the 58 people charged in the Santander Bank ATM thefts this week in New Jersey were state residents, Onofri said. Here's the breakdown: Hamilton Township:  Police arrested 20 credit card theft suspects, including four from Maplewood in Essex County: Jerry Trujillo, 24, Zaire...
    LATROBE, Pa (KDKA) – In an alley in Latrobe, with a bag full of groceries in hand, Amy McLendon is doing what needs to be done. This visit to drop off food is one of the many things McLendon and a group of volunteers at Laurel Area Faith in Action do for residents 60 and over. The interfaith organization focuses on the Latrobe, Derry and Ligonier areas. And they do a lot for the nearly 500 residents they serve. McLendon, the executive director of L.F.I.A., listed the many things the group provides. “We provide transportation to doctors and hospitals, we also pick up prescriptions, have people who cut the grass. But the prime movers of the organization are the volunteers,”...
    Many Black Americans are pushing back on activist’s calls to shrink or abolish the police, especially in cities rife with crime, the Wall Street Journal reported. Community leaders, business owners and residents in areas grappling with poverty and crime are growing tired of calls from activists to defund the police, and believe the protesters are mostly outsiders unwilling to do the work that is required to improve Black communities, according to the WSJ. Residents of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, which has suffered from an 80% increase in shootings this year compared to 2019, reportedly want a police department that better serves them, and are skeptical of efforts to defund police.  An Englewood neighborhood resident (2nd L) exchanges words with protesters (R)...
    Bay Area residents with weekend plans on their minds must prepare for one that will be take place amid smoke and ash, and government officials, air experts and weather forecasters all repeated one message to them Friday. Do not leave your residence. “It’s gonna be ugly,” National Weather Service meteorologist Cynthia Palmer said. “That is essentially it.” And there is potentially more ominous news for residents and firefighters, an approaching tropical storm that could bring rain and more fire-causing lightning as early as Sunday. Forecasters are watching the remnants of Hurricane Genevive, which hit Mexico this week and has since weakened into a tropical storm. Palmer said weather front from the hurricane is heading north and could create issues as...
    (CBS DETROIT) – In a Detroit first, a self-driving, accessible, paratransit shuttle is being deployed to transport senior citizens and the underserved to and from appointments and other needs at a local hospital.   Passenger departing the Navya Autonom® Shuttle used in DMC Self-Driving Shuttle Service.   The deployment – a partnership between Navya, NextEnergy, Bestmile, Flagstar Bank, IXR Mobility, and AARP, as well as DTE, and Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification PlanetM – aims to enhance accessibility for residents of two communities, Brush Park Manor Senior Center and Brewster Homes, through the use of a self-driving shuttle featuring an ADA compliant wheelchair ramp manufactured by BraunAbility. With these integrations, the service expects to solve the problem many residents of each community...
    A Portland man has selflessly provided some financial assistance to cash-strapped residents applying for emergency relief checks.  The man - who has not been identified - reportedly withdrew up to $10,000 from an ATM outside the OnPoint credit union in Hillsboro on Thursday, before distributing $100 bills to each of the people waiting in line for economic help.  Kathryn Davidson was one of the hundreds of people lined up outside the credit union to apply for the $500 relief check - part of a new financial assistance package announced by the Oregon state government earlier this week.  Davidson told KOIN that she initially noticed the man pull up in a luxury Jaguar, and he appeared bothered by the fact that the...
    WASHINGTON  — One in five U.S. nursing homes faced severe shortages of protective gear like N95 masks this summer even as the Trump administration pledged to help, according to a study released Thursday that finds facilities in areas hard-hit by COVID-19 also struggled to keep staff. Significantly, there was no improvement from May to July in the shortages of personal protective equipment, known as PPE, or in the staffing shortfalls, according to the analysis of federal data by academic researchers. The summer has seen the coronavirus surge across the South, and much of the West and Midwest. People living in long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the U.S. population, but account for 43% of coronavirus deaths, according to the...
    SCOTTS VALLEY – The CZU Lightning Complex Fire burning in the mountains of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties swelled to 48,000 acres Thursday, leading authorities to completely evacuate the communities of Felton, Zayante and Scotts Valley. “It’s an historic event,” said Ian Larkin, chief of CalFire’s San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit. “We have not seen fires burn like this in either one of these counties for many, many years. And those fires were much smaller than what we have in front of us today.” Crews saw a growth of 700 to 1,000 acres an hour in heavy timber, said CalFire incident commander Billy See. “That’s a dangerous rate of spread for our firefighters and for all those residents out there,”...
    Landlords in Manhattan are pleading with companies to bring workers back into their offices, saying that restaurants and shops in commercial districts are in danger of going under while people work from home. Meanwhile moving companies in New York say they are so busy they are turning customers away. Property owners and managers have been quietly pressing top employers including Goldman Sachs, Blackstone and BlackRock to return their workers to downtown offices, casting it as a civic obligation, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. 'I've been really pushing the CEOs to bring people back into the office,' Jeff Blau, the developer behind the Hudson Yards project, told the outlet. 'I've been using a little bit of guilt trip and a little bit of...
    Mexico's fastest growing cartel has allegedly deployed drones packed with C4 explosives as it battles against armed residents for control over a city. For over a year now, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel has attempted to exert its influence on the western city of Tepalcatepec. However, a group of armed residents say they have withstood the attacks and are fighting back despite countless deaths and injuries on both sides.  Now the residents say the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which also has a presence across several cities in the United States, have turned to equipping drones with explosives as part of their menacing strategy. In interviews with Mexican outlets Noticieros Televisa and La Silla Rota, armed men who form part of Tepalcatepec's...
    CHICAGO — The Police Department is expanding its neighborhood policing program to three more parts of Chicago. The program focuses on appointing district coordination officers who meet face-to-face with residents and give them their emails and phone numbers. Residents can contact the officers about non-emergency issues instead of calling 911. The program was piloted in the 25th District on the Northwest Side and will soon start in the 9th, 10th and 11th districts on the South and West sides, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Supt. David Brown announced Thursday. Training for officers and supervisors will begin in September and they’ll start their work in the fall. “This is what policing is and should be,” Brown said at a press conference....
    VICTIMS of the Flint water crisis are set to get $600 million in compensation this week. The millions would largely go to the children in Flint who were poisoned by lead-tainted tap water after officials changed the city's water supply. 3Protests erupted int he city over the unsafe water Credit: Getty Images - Getty 3To save money, Flint water supply switched from clean Detroit treated water to the Flint RiverCredit: AP:Associated Press Flint residents said the water tasted metallic and that it often appeared light green and sometimes even brown. People in the city with a population of nearly 100,000 people began feeling ill and experienced skin rashes, hair loss and other bizarre symptoms. Flint had a change in...
              Eight Minneapolis residents filed a lawsuit Monday against the City of Minneapolis and Mayor Jacob Frey for the negative repercussions of defunding the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). The plaintiffs allege that city officials’ words and actions concerning law enforcement caused a severe uptick in Metro’s crime rates. The plaintiffs are represented by the Upper Midwest Law Center (UMWLC), who issued a press release the day after the suit was filed. “The petition alleges Minneapolis’s leaders have violated their duties to fund, employ and manage a police force as required by the City Charter. Rather than work to improve public safety, the City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey are making the city a more...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City NYC Ferry service is expanding to where some critics have been urging for an extended period of time – from Astoria to 90th Street on the East Side of Manhattan. Leaders from the NYC Ferry, operated by Hornblower through the city Economic Development Corporation, say this comes at no additional cost to taxpayers and that the small detour across the East River changes nothing about the ferry services subsidy. James Wong, Executive Director of the NYC Ferry, explained that they hope to serve a more diverse crowd of riders by providing straightforward access between the widely immigrant communities of northeast Queens...
    Outlasting a field of 11 candidates, Jamal Osman won the August 11 special election for the Ward 6 seat on the Minneapolis City Council. He replaces Abdi Warsame, who resigned in March to become executive director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.  That move left residents of Ward 6 — which includes the Seward, Cedar-Riverside, Philips West, Elliot Park, Stevens Square, and Ventura Village neighborhoods — without council representation for months, at a time when the city was dealing with several issues directly affecting ward residents: a lack of affordable housing and growing homelessness; the unrest and damage to Ward 6 businesses following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers; the future of the policing in the city. ...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore city released 911 calls from the deadly explosion last week. In the 14 calls, you can hear as panicked neighbors call 911 after they heard a blast and their homes shook. It was just before 10 a.m. when an explosion leveled three homes and severely damaged a fourth home along Labyrinth Road in northwest Baltimore near Reisterstown Road. Two people were killed in the blast and seven others were injured. “It went boom,” one caller said when describing the blast, saying she was working at home a few blocks away when the explosion caused her home to rattle. Another woman, who lives one block over, called 911 just after the blast and said she saw the...
    A Florida city has been flattened by a possible tornado that downed power lines, uprooted trees and flooded streets, as rescuers try to reach residents trapped inside their homes. Severe storms tore through central Florida Tuesday afternoon, hammering the city of DeLand, around 34 miles north of Orlando.  Homes were damaged, tree limbs were ripped in two and cars were overturned by the thunderstorm which wrought a destructive path through neighborhoods.  No injuries have been reported as of Tuesday night but rescuers are going door to door checking on residents and the Red Cross has been drafted in to provide emergency assistance to anyone displaced by the freak weather. The National Weather Service had earlier issued a tornado warning for the...
    A group of Minneapolis residents are suing the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey for failing to manage the city’s police force amid a surge in violent crime, Alpha News reported. The eight residents allege that the recent actions of the City Council and mayor have driven out officers, which the leaders have no plans to replace as the city moves toward plans to defund the police, Alpha News reported.  “Minneapolis is in a crisis. The city faces a violent crime rate that has skyrocketed this year. It is the responsibility of the City Council and the Mayor to make Minneapolis safe. Instead, the City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey have violated their duties to fund, employ and manage...
    DENVER (CBS4) — United States Congresswoman Diana DeGette and Congressman Jason Crow spoke out Tuesday in support of legislation to protect the Postal Service, saying budget cuts would cause “irreparable harm” to veterans, seniors and people living in rural communities. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images) President Donald Trump opposes legislation to provide additional funding for the Postal Service, saying it will not be able to handle mail-in ballots in the November election. DeGette called it “an unprecedented attack on our Democracy and our voting system,” but said the impacts go far beyond the upcoming election. “I’ve heard from hard working families who are struggling to pay their bills, because their paychecks haven’t arrived in the mail. I’ve heard from small business...
    Sark is known for its stunning coastal views. Brett Charlton/Getty Images The car-free island of Sark, part of England's Channel Islands, has just under 500 residents.  The island's declining population led local Swen Lorenz to create the Sark Society, which is encouraging new people to move to the island. Residents only have to pay a small tax each year to live on the island, which has sandy beaches and coastal hiking paths. People get around the quaint village by walking, biking, or using a horse and carriage. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The tiny and picturesque island of Sark, which is located off the coast of England, has a dwindling population. Now, it's hoping to entice...