Ferguson elects first black mayor as new protests roil US

Ferguson voters have elected Ella Jones as the city’s first black mayor as protests over the death of George Floyd and police treatment of black communities roil the nation. pic.twitter.com/Rp4ZMzlmVk — Ella Jones (@Ella4Ferguson) May 21, 2020 Jones, a city council member who also will be first woman to lead the St. Louis suburb, beat […]

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De Blasio downplays ‘anarchist, criminal’ elements of protests, says majority of NYC wasn’t looted

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the city’s response to the rioting that took place in Manhattan, saying that the “anarchist” and “criminal” elements of the George Floyd protests were very small in comparison to the peaceful demonstrators. De Blasio began by acknowledging it had been a “tough few days” but stressed that […]

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LAPD chief says Floyd’s death on rioters’ hands ‘as much as’ Minn. cops’ – later issues apology

The police chief of Los Angeles was facing calls for his firing late Monday – and the city’s mayor was facing calls for his own resignation — after comments the chief made about rioters and looters taking the streets in the nation’s second-largest city. “We didn’t have protests last night, we had criminal acts. We didn’t […]

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Louisville police and soldiers return fire, killing man

Louisville police chief says officers and National Guard soldiers enforcing the city’s curfew returned fire, killing a man, when someone in a large group fired at them By The Associated Press June 1, 2020, 12:50 PM 2 min read 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police officers and […]

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A Basketball Brotherhood Calls Timeout

As commissioner of one of New York City’s longstanding pickup basketball games, Dan Feigin always knew where he would be every Saturday morning: inside the subterranean gymnasium at Trevor Day School in Manhattan, where he has worked for nearly three decades as a teacher, coach and administrator. But for the first time since 1992, the […]

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Police cars burn, windows shatter as protests roil New York

Street protests spiraled into New York City’s worst day of unrest in decades Saturday, as fires burned, windows got smashed and dangerous confrontations between demonstrators and officers flared amid crowds of thousands decrying police killings. A day that began with mostly peaceful marches through Harlem and neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens descended into […]

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Trump Attacks Minneapolis Mayor Over Protests

President Trump on Friday threatened to send the National Guard to Minneapolis unless the city’s Democratic mayor brought the violent protests touched off by the death of a black man at the hands of four white police officers under control, injecting himself into a growing crisis over police abuse and race that will be another […]

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Dan Levy, Janelle Monáe set for NYC’s virtual gay pride celebration

The coronavirus pandemic can’t take away New York City’s gay pride. Heritage of Pride announced Friday morning that “Schitt’s Creek” creator and star Dan Levy will be among four grand marshals for a virtual pride celebration on Sunday, June 28. The city’s annual pride march and other in-person summer events were canceled last month for […]

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Grants arrive for nearly 1,000 Chicago microbusinesses

Rosa Escareno, commissioner of the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. | Provided Small shops get $5,000 each to help them survive pandemic. City officials said Thursday they have awarded $5,000 grants to 959 microbusinesses in dire straits because of the shutdown caused by attempts to control the coronavirus. It’s unknown how many […]

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Manhattan Faces a Reckoning if Working From Home Becomes the Norm

Before the coronavirus crisis, three of New York City’s largest commercial tenants — Barclays, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley — had tens of thousands of workers in towers across Manhattan. Now, as the city wrestles with when and how to reopen, executives at all three firms have decided that it is highly unlikely that […]

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Billy Joel Performs ‘Miami 2017’ On Broadway Jumbotrons For Rise Up New York! Benefit — Watch

Billy Joel’s face lit up New York City’s legendary Broadway street as he performed ‘Miami 2017’ for the ‘Rise Up New York!’ telecast. The benefit concluded with an epic Empire State Building light show! Broadway was a little less empty on May 11, thanks to Billy Joel. The 71-year-old legendary singer’s face lit up the […]

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Homeless advocates to San Francisco mayor: Find your heart

There are no tourists anymore on San Francisco’s famously twisty and steep Lombard Street. The city’s landmark hotels and posh shops are closed up tight. But one staple of San Francisco has become even more pronounced as the coronavirus pandemic chased everyone inside. Homeless people, who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, are still sleeping […]

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Travel From New York City Seeded Wave of U.S. Outbreaks

New York City’s coronavirus outbreak grew so large by early March that the city became the primary source of new infections in the United States, new research reveals, as thousands of infected people traveled from the city and seeded outbreaks around the country. The research indicates that a wave of infections swept from New York […]

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Melonie Johnson to be new president of Borgata casino

The new leader of Atlantic City’s Borgata casino is believed to be the resort’s first African-American woman to serve as a casino president By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press May 4, 2020, 10:03 PM 2 min read 2 min read ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The new leader of Atlantic City’s Borgata casino is believed to be […]

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San Francisco police chief bans ‘thin blue line’ face masks

San Francisco’s police chief said the city’s rank and file will wear neutral face coverings to defuse a controversy that was sparked when officers sent to patrol a protest wore masks adorned with the “thin blue line” flag By Associated Press May 4, 2020, 12:44 AM 2 min read 2 min read Share to FacebookShare […]

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Out-of-work chefs are leaving NYC to cook for billionaires

Chefs from some of New York City’s top restaurants are leaving the business to work for billionaires after losing their jobs to the coronavirus, Side Dish has learned. Out-of-work chefs from Jean-Georges, Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, Per Se and Gramercy Tavern are being poached by talent agents and even real estate brokers to work for […]

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NYC subway halting overnight service for virus cleaning

New York City’s subway system will shut down each day from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to increase cleaning of trains and stations during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday, two days after he called conditions in the subway “disgusting.” The closures, slated to start next week, will mark a rare instance of […]

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Bernard Gersten, Lincoln Center theater executive producer, dead at 97

Bernard Gersten, a pioneering force in New York City’s nonprofit theater movement, died today at his home in Manhattan of pancreatic cancer. He was 97. His death was announced by daughter Jenny Gersten. “Lincoln Center Theater mourns our cherished Bernard Gersten who died this morning peacefully in his sleep at the astounding age of 97,” […]

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March, April, May: City’s Mood Darkens as Crisis Feels Endless

March, April, May: City’s Mood Darkens as Crisis Feels Endless With no clues about when the pandemic might subside, short-term discomfort is becoming long-term despair: “I feel like I have accepted this, and given up.” By April 25, 2020 ImageNew York City’s sidewalks, like this one in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, have been empty […]

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Aldermen, mayor introduce flurry of legislation in response to pandemic

City Council proposals introduced Wednesday include assistance for concessionaires at the city’s airports who have struggled with air travel curtailed during the pandemic. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times The measures are intended to slow community spread of the coronavirus and help Chicagoans struggling pay their bills because of the economic shutdown caused by the statewide stay-at-home order. […]

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NYC keeping schools closed; online classes to continue

Public schools in New York City’s 1.1 million-student district will be shuttered for the rest of the academic year, but online education will continue as the city struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Saturday. School buildings in New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, have been closed since […]

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Tracking NYC’s coronavirus fight, from 911 call to ER door

NEW YORK — The coronavirus crisis is taxing New York City’s 911 system like never before. Operators pick up a call every 15.5 seconds. Panicked voices tell of loved ones in declining health. There are multitudes of cardiac arrests and respiratory failures and others who call needing reassurance that a mere sneeze isn’t a sign […]

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