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Twenty years of ‘Steel Standing’: Iconic photo’s universal message lives on

Anthony Whitaker's famed photo of the World Trade Center’s ruins from the 9/11 attacks titled “Steel Standing” is a symbol of the day that changed the course of American history. Twenty years later its message of perseverance has a meaning that goes beyond the tragedy.

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COVID pandemic: Fourth wave, children hospitalized and the Mu variant

The Labor Day holiday weekend is causing fears of a possible fourth wave of a spike of COVID-19 cases as more children unable to get vaccinated are ending up in the hospital.

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City of Newark to host first-ever ‘Peace Week

Newark is battling a spike in violence. Local elected officials and advocates hope to combat the issue by holding the city’s first-ever “Peace Week” set for Aug. 30 through Sept. 5.

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State and local officials announce new strategies to beat COVID as hotspots emerge

In the midst of the Delta variant, COVID-19 cases in the city are going down, however, parts of the city are seeing a high number of cases.

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Vaccine hesitaters turn to religious exemptions

Last weekend, reports surfaced that Brooklyn-based activist and religious leader the Rev. Kevin McCall was giving letters of religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine to members of his church. In an interview with the AmNews, McCall wanted to set the record straight and shed light on the growing number of people seeking exemptions from vaccine mandates.

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New rules break down barriers in NJ’s growing cannabis industry

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) voted to adopt the first set of rules that will guide the cultivation, manufacture, and sale of recreational cannabis in the state. The rule adoption paves the way for the opening of applications for cannabis business licenses.

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Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship brings more magic to the seas

As the travel industry continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, cruises are also coming back and travelers are ready to set sail.

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A House Full of Love: The Tuckers

Since Blacks were brought to the Americas from Africa, family has always been the center of the African American experience. From two-parent households, single-parent, multi-generational, extended families and blended families, Black families are just as diverse and rich as the culture itself.

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State Sen. Brian Benjamin under consideration to be next lieutenant governor

The transition to put New York State Lieutenant Governor Kath Hochul in place as governor after Andrew Cuomo resigned is in full swing.

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Eviction moratorium extended, advocates say tenants need more time

Renters are breathing a sigh of relief as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention extended the nationwide eviction moratorium through Oct. 3 after it previously expired on July 31.

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