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Stephon Johnson

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Potential buys of LICH campus unveiled

SUNY Downstate revealed the nine requests for proposals that met the minimum requirements for bidding.

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Fast-food workers get louder with protests

fast-food workers filled a class-action lawsuits against McDonald’s in several states and joined a 30-day protest against the company.

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Espaillat and Rangel rack up endorsements for congressional showdown

Rep. Charles Rangel is dead set on achieving a 23rd consecutive term in office, but New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat might have something to say about that.

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Restoring the Black Pearl: The fall and (hopeful) revival of Atlantic Beach

Sandwiched between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, is a small part of Black history: Grand Strand

Dream Act becomes nightmare in Albany

Many felt it wasn’t the right time, but New York state Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein thought it was. He was wrong.

St. Joe’s runs away with A-10 championship

St. Joseph’s University showed up to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on the NCAA Tournament bubble. They left Brooklyn Atlantic 10 champions with a ticket to the big dance.

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Wage theft accusations dominate suit against McDonald’s

Looks like the spotlight on McDonald’s and its pay practices will be a little bit brighter in 2014.

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CUNY professors announce support for ‘universal pre-K’

While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio remains in a dogfight with Albany over universal pre-K, he’s still gaining support for the venture in the process.

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Activists want Cuomo to hear them on education

Education activists and civil rights organizations want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to devote just as much aid to public schools as he devotes to charter schools.

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Fallout from the explosion: recovering and responsibility

Topics that New Yorkers have talked about, but never this loudly, are rearing its head again in the aftermath of the East Harlem building explosion

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It’s not just education: Bill de Blasio and housing

Whether it’s affordable housing or homelessness, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s legacy isn’t just tied to charter schools and universal pre-K. A group of activists and supporters of the mayor gathered outside of City Hall last week to call for more affordable housing, stating that his current policy goals don’t go far enough.

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City workers hold Fair Pay Forum

While education is getting all of the coverage, the unions and the new city budget look to be the central story of not only this year, but the current administration’s legacy.

Workers honor International Women’s Day, call out Koch brothers

In honor of International Women’s Day, hundreds of nurses, caregivers, community activists, union members and elected officials held a march and rally on the Upper East Side to tell the Koch brothers that all New Yorkers need quality health care.

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East Harlem explosion levels two buildings; four dead, 50 injured

By press time, four were dead, 50 were injured and nine remain missing after an explosion knocked down buildings 1644 and 1646 Park Ave. between East 116th and 117th streets.

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‘Ikland’ shines light on bias of historians

It’s widely understood that history is told by the winners, but few understand how much is packed into that fact.

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De Blasio goes forth with education agenda

Last week, the mayor axed plans by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to further expand Success Academy schools into public school spaces

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Bratton and de Blasio look to change the ‘language’ of policing

According to New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, officers will be retrained on how to talk to the public

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Universal pre-K, charter schools battle for Albany’s attention

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has hit some roadblocks when promoting his education agenda, but he’s sticking to his guns.

Blacks, Latinos benefit from Career and Technical Education schools, but is it the remedy?

If your son or daughter seems to be drifting along through high school and doesn’t seem engaged in academics, it might be the school and not the student.

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‘ Miss Anne in Harlem’ demonstrates still-existing mistrust in race relations

The Harlem Renaissance was a triumph of art, literature, music, activism and overall expression. But there were others who contributed in their own way to the movement that have been removed from history: white women.

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LICH’s fate still unknown, but activists praise new deal

Officials and activists fighting over the fate of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) have tentatively agreed to a deal

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Gov. Cuomo to preserve SNAP program, feed New Yorkers

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his administration is “taking the steps” to preserve close to $457 million a year in benefits from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

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Gov. Cuomo to create college degree program for inmates

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a state initiative to offer college classes, degrees and programs to incarcerated individuals across the state.

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DC gives Interfaith much-needed Medicaid waiver

Will Washington end up saving New York’s struggling hospitals? Many workers and patients hope so after the recent news.

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A contract for DC 37’s newest members

Grand Central Partnership business improvement district workers have scored a victory with assistance from the biggest public employee union in New York City.

Report: Blacks strongly benefit from union jobs

According to a recent report by an independent, nonpartisan think tank, union jobs help African-Americans move up the economic ladder, boost pay and benefits and bring families out of poverty.

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De Blasio hammers home old points with State of the City

On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his first State of the City address at LaGuardia Community College in Queens.

Bipartisan farm bill satisfies the very few

A bill passed in Congress involving money and benefits and those who already have money got the most benefits out of it? In other words, it’s a day that ends with the letter “y.”

Common Core causes tug-of-war between Board of Regents and Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The implementation of Common Core Learning Standards in New York schools has brought about a plethora of dialogue and debate among parents, teachers, school administrators and local community leaders alike.

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Newark Airport workers: Still waiting for their raise

On Monday, airport workers, activists, clergymen and elected officials protested at United Airlines’ offices at Newark Liberty International Airport in support of higher wages. With workers at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports recently celebrating a wage increase, Newark Airport’s service workers refuse to be left out of the conversation.

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One more lifeline for Interfaith

Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) has become the last house that the big bad wolf can’t blow down.

Immunization clinics closing

A couple of immunization clinics in the five boroughs—lifelines for underserved New Yorkers who need vaccinations for their children—are slated to close at the end of the month.

On de Blasio, the Bronx, the Upper East Side and snow

Not even a full month into his first term as mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio has already had to placate well-to-do New Yorkers who were slightly inconvenienced.

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Politics is in Alphonso David’s blood whether he likes it or not

Alphonso David, deputy secretary for civil rights in New York, found himself surrounded by politics at a young age. He was born in Silver Springs, Md., in 1970, and his family moved to Monrovia, Liberia, when he was only a 1-year-old.

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House passes $9B in food stamp cuts

On the day that the House would pass a $100 billion-a-year farm bill that included significant cuts to the food program, elected officials, nonprofit organizations and activists gathered at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Chelsea to denounce the legislation and plead the Senate to deny it

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Airport workers and supporters arrested at MLK protests

They gave you fair warning in December. Beware.

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NLRB to Walmart: We’re watching you

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)wanted to remind Walmart one more time that they’re on notice.

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De Blasio adds Pierre-Louis to administration

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to add a few more names to his administration last week when he announced the appointment of Rose Pierre-Louis as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

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Two hospitals, one fate

Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) and Long Island College Hospital (LICH) are both operating with one figurative leg as management looks to cut off what’s left

Legislators push for immediate minimum wage reform

With the state of California having recently increased its minimum wage to $10 an hour and New Jersey voters having approved a measure to increase its state’s wage and index future increases to inflation, it was high time for New York to adjust recent legislation on the fly.

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Workers put pressure on Port Authority over MLK Day

Airport workers gave the Port Authority a warning, and now elected officials have fired verbal warning shots on the workers’ behalf as well.

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Politicians demand apology from Chris Christie

Chris Christie remained in hot water over emails that revealed his top aides constructed a traffic jam on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge

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Unemployment numbers troubling as many drop out of labor force completely

Last week’s jobs report unveiled that the United States only added 74,000 jobs in December, which is the weakest showing since the start of 2011 and a significant dip from the average of the previous three months (250,000).

Push for universal pre-K begins

Bill de Blasio’s first week as mayor has been busy, and he wants to make sure state legislators are busy as well. Standing with union leaders during a news conference at the Union Johnson Early Learning Center on Monday morning, the new mayor urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to pass de Blasio’s plan to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers a little more and use the money to pay for universal pre-K for all New York children.

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State of the State champions Cuomo’s accomplishments and plans new ones

On Wednesday in Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out state wide plans for tax cuts, universal pre-K, airports, and juvenile justice

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Union leaders hope for change under de Blasio

Currently, all public unions are working without contracts and are looking to negotiate raises and back pay as soon as possible. The projected budget shortfall for this fiscal year, however, makes the unions’ desire seem more like wishful thinking. Nevertheless, union leaders were happy to see de Blasio sworn in, and they have high hopes for at least the next four years.

Port Authority workers want MLK Day off

Hundreds of contracted area airport workers delivered a present to the headquarters of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Park Avenue South: a list of demands for better wages, benefits and paid sick days and holidays.

DC schools give false teacher evaluations

On Monday, during holiday break, school officials revealed that bad calculations of the value that DCPS teachers added to student achievement last school year resulted in errors in performance evaluations for 44 teachers.

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Lorinda Moore shows it’s never too late to learn

If anyone had lived the life that Touro College Administrative Assistant Lorinda Moore’s lived up to this point, they might not survive.

New year, new mayor, same issues

The City Council passes the Community Safety Act, lead by Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams.