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Many vaccinated people thought the days of masking and social distancing were behind them. But with the rise in cases, that seems less likely. Dr. Stephanie Silvera is a public health professor who specializes in epidemiology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She spoke to WNYC's Morning Edition host Michael Hill about how vaccinated peop…
 
Federal prosecutors say the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album once owned by convicted former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has been sold at auction to an anonymous buyer for an unknown price. "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" is unique in a few ways: it's never been commercially released, there's just the one copy encased in a silver box, and …
 
Some parents of students with underlying conditions that could put them at greater risk for Covid-19 are concerned about the city’s plan to exclusively offer in-person learning this fall. Some said they are struggling to navigate the public school bureaucracy to find out what additional protections could be in place for their kids, while others are…
 
There are still a lot of questions about what needs to happen to overhaul how we run elections in New York, and State Senator Zellnor Myrie is hoping to find answers in a series of hearings kicking off Wednesday morning at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Myrie, who is also the chair of the Senate Elections Committee, says he wants to know the big…
 
Thomas Barrack, a close ally to former President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including secretly lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of the United Arab Emirates from 2016 to 2018 without registering as a lobbyist. The indictment also claims that the 74-year-old billionaire investor lied to investigators about his activ…
 
Last week, search crews reached the bottom of the rubble at the Champlain Towers condo building site in Surfside, Florida, where at least 98 people perished due to a deadly collapse in June. The exact cause is still unclear, but lack of maintenance, structural damage from exposure to salty sea air and storms, and subsidence (sinking) in combination…
 
After tangling with the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission over whether it’ll allow new taxis on the road, the company Revel has approval to launch a new, electric taxi service. Revel is best known for its bright blue moped share program. It's now moving forward with a fleet of 50 bright blue Tesla taxis next month. The city had capped new taxis …
 
Donna Weng Friedman is Chinese-American and an award-wining pianist, composer and music producer, based out of Manhattan. She has hosted a video mini-series on WQXR on women composers. Her recent EP is called Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings, and features music by several Asian-American composers. John Schaefer is the host of WNYC’s New Sounds …
 
New York City will be rolling out pop-up vaccination sites at public schools participating in Summer Rising, the newly expanded summer school program, beginning on Monday. The new sites will be open to students, staff, parents and neighbors. Children are required to have verbal consent from a parent or guardian, either in-person or over the phone, …
 
In a partial victory for the city, a New York judge ruled today that Mayor Bill de Blasio, former police commissioners William Bratton, James O’Neill and Dermot Shea, and other senior city officials will not be required to take the stand in a judicial inquiry into Garner’s 2014 chokehold death on Staten Island. Read the story on Gothamist.com…
 
Earlier this month, Chaya Sury Gold lay in a narrow bunk bed, surrounded by concerned friends at Rav Tov, a popular Orthodox Jewish sleepaway camp at the foot of the Catskill Mountains. The 13-year-old girl, fellow campers would later tell their parents, struggled to catch her breath as she complained of worsening chest pains. A few days later, Gol…
 
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez may not have been on the ballot this year but she was working as hard as ever, backing almost a dozen candidates in the primary election. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan reports that, at 68, the congresswoman’s keeping at least one eye on her legacy. Read the full story on Gothamist.com.…
 
Culture is re-opening across New York, and many people are already filling their calendars for late summer and early fall. But a new, multimedia work at Lincoln Center that incorporates sculpture, a soundscape, and dance, is inviting people to reflect on what it’s been like to live in the city during the pandemic. WNYC’s Jennifer Vanasco has more.…
 
Earlier this week, New York City recorded its worst air quality in nearly three years as wildfires raged out West and in Canada (and continue to do so). A thick haze covered the city’s skyline as smoke from the climate-fueled fires coated the country, traveling thousands of miles to the East Coast. But wildfire haze differs from tailpipe emissions …
 
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a package of laws on Thursday he says will keep residents safe from lead poisoning. Water systems have six months to inventory all their lead service lines and 10 years to replace them with safer plumbing. The measures comes years after Newark's lead water crisis forced the city to temporarily distribute bottled w…
 
Earlier this year, New York State legalized possession of up to three ounces for those who are 21 and older. A spokesman for the Port Authority, which operates JFK and LaGuardia Airports, said the agency enforces state laws, so it no longer issues tickets, confiscates marijuana or arrests New Yorkers who possess and transport up to three ounces of …
 
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