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A memorial park honoring  Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch was found defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti Friday, spray-painted with swastikas and the words “Go Trump.” . @beastieboys Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights was left defaced with ugly symbols of hate today

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Fortune cookie fortunes can range from ominous to uplifting to downright hilarious. And now, you can be the voice of wisdom inside those sugary folded treats.

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Reports of anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant incidents at schools around the country have spread rapidly in the days since Donald Trump  became President-elect Trump. These incidents are hitting not only colleges and universities, but high schools, middle schools and even a handful of elementary schools.

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Accused Subway Masturbator Done In By Own DNA

16Nov

A registered sex offender is behind bars after his DNA was found on the pant leg of a woman who accused him of masturbating on her. The alleged incident happened Oct

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Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday claimed that the wave of protests against President-elect Donald Trump are “exaggerating the fears” of his presidency, despite an increase in acts of racism and bigotry since the election Tuesday. “I feel very bad about that,” Giuliani said on ABC’s “This Week,” addressing the protests.

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Donald Trump’s campaign threat to appoint a special prosecutor to go after Hillary Clinton  may still be in play, according to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a vice chairman on Trump’s presidential transition team. “That’s a tough one, George, it really is,” Giuliani told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

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Someone drew a swastika on four dormitory doors at New York City’s New School over the weekend. We woke up to this on our door, in a dorm at @TheNewSchool , where 3 Jewish women live. @ShaunKing @deray @parsonsdesign pic.twitter.com/tK1IpXA1ae — sam ☕ (@samlichtenstein) November 12, 2016 David Van Zandt, the school’s president, released a statement Saturday addressing the symbols, saying hate crimes were “unacceptable at the school.” “Any form of expression that denigrates members of our community based on their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual or gender identity, or political beliefs is completely abhorrent and antithetical to our core values,” he said in a statement

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My Journey to Carnegie Hall Via Venezuela

11Nov

By Paul Desenne, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, November 11, 2016 And thirteen million mouse clicks later, I was taking a bow onstage at Carnegie Hall…

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When Matt Rotner  was tasked with giving a speech at his sister’s wedding, he was not about to  throw away his shot .

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Marathon Sunday in New York City was a pretty festive experience, and one cop took a quick break from work to get in on the action.  In a video posted to Instagram and shared on Facebook, Sachin Shenolikar described how he was playing with his band, the Condescending Liberals, along the marathon route, when he noticed a police officer enjoying the music.  “My hands were cramping up a bit, so I took a break and chatted with him as the band jammed on,” Shenolikar wrote. “He said he was a guitar player too.

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One woman showed up to the Village Halloween Parade in New York City on Monday night dressed up as “a soiled tampon,” which, according to the photo’s caption, she wanted to do for “so many years.”  But fulfilling a years-long dream was apparently about more than a creative use of fake blood.

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When Jeffrey Robinson’s  Trump Tower debuted in July 2012, it failed to receive much attention, despite boasting the tagline, “The sexiest novel of the decade,” and an endorsement from Donald Trump  himself.

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i mage courtesy Wikicommons If the 2016 election seems to be more like a Reality TV Show than an election, it is for a simple reason: it is. I should know. I spent years producing Reality TV, and this one is a ratings winner, even if it is a disaster for the nation.

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New York City’s Metropolitan Opera was evacuated Saturday after an audience member sprinkled an unidentified powder into the orchestra pit during the second intermission of a performance of “Guillaume Tell.” The Met said on its Facebook page that it had canceled the evening performance of “L’Italiana in Algeri” while police investigate the incident.

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I Wish I Could Vote For Hillary Clinton Twice

29Oct

As we all know, James Comey, the director of the FBI, shook up the presidential election by informing Congress that the FBI is looking into additional emails related to its investigation of Hillary Clinton, later reported to have been found on a computer used by her close aide Huma Abedin and her lecherous husband Anthony Wiener. Director Comey said in his brief message that the emails have not been reviewed and may not be significant.  This announcement was  contrary to the Justice Department’s longstanding policy  of not commenting on ongoing investigations and not interfering in elections within the 60 days prior to the vote

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“ Hamilton ” is a ground-breaking musical for many reasons. Beyond its score and story and performances, though ― all of which are fervently praised, and rightly so ― there’s a simple reason the hype behind this generation’s biggest theatrical moment is deserved: representation matters

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Don’t be worried if you argue with your spouse every now and then. It generally means you care about the relationship, said Elisabeth J

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Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes in ‘Her Notes.’ Photo: Rosalie O’Connor By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, October 27, 2016 Jessica Lang, award-winning choreographer who has had a long association with the Joyce Theater, has choreographed her first ballet for American Ballet Theater, titled Her Notes , to the piano music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hansel, the elder sister of Felix Mendelssohn. The music is noteworthy because the compositions of Fanny Mendelssohn Hansel have largely been unknown – it wasn’t considered acceptable for a woman of her time (1800s) to publish music – but she wrote over 400 piano pieces (a few published under her brother’s name). Lang chose excerpts from Das Jahr , which I thought was beautifully Romantic (comparable to Chopin, perhaps) and gorgeously played by pianist, Emily Wong

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The Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University has just issued an important report on guns and college campuses which is summarized in a Washington Post op-ed, or you can download the entire report here . Basically, the report argues that, Gun-nut Nation’s claims to the contrary, allowing guns on college campuses does not enhance security or safety, but will result in more, not less gun violence in academic environments.

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Stephen Colbert wants in on Donald Trump’s rumored TV network. With reports swirling that the GOP nominee wants to launch something akin to “ Trump TV ” following the presidential election, the “ Late Show ” host has been busy preparing some show pitches. “This is exciting,” Colbert said on Friday

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ATLANTA ― For Republicans nervous about an electoral catastrophe next month, Lesley Jones could be a harbinger of doom.

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If you’ve ever taken the Metro-North train from New York City, you may have noticed a strange island floating in the Hudson River about 50 miles up, as you move between Cold Spring and Beacon. It’s a small knot of land, unusual in and of itself, and made all the more surreal by the castle ruins resting atop it

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Creaky knees don’t have to be your destiny, says Jordan Metzl, MD, a sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and author of The Exercise Cure . Minimize wear and tear on joints and tendons by strengthening the surrounding muscles: “Your body is like one long kinetic chain—every joint and muscle impacts how the surrounding parts move,” Metzl says. Fortify these vulnerable places: 1

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Say “yes!” to all of the dresses.  Wedding gown designers recently debuted their new collections at Bridal Fashion Week in New York City. We took on the very challenging task of picking out some of our favorite looks, which you’ll find below. Prepare to hit that  Pinterest button  in 3, 2, 1..

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After a Chinese-American editor at the New York Times shared the story of a racist encounter Sunday, the Asian-American community has refused to stay silent.  The Twittersphere is standing in solidarity with Michael Luo, who was out with family and friends on New York City’s Upper East Side when a woman shouted at him, “go back to China … go back to your f―-ing country.” Well dressed woman on Upper East Side, annoyed by our stroller, yells: “Go back to China…go back to your f—ing country.” #thisis2016 — Michael Luo (@michaelluo) October 9, 2016 Luo, who is the deputy Metro editor at the Times, recounted the experience in a poignant open letter to the woman. He emphasized that although he has grown up in the U.S., he and so many other Asian-Americans feel they’ll always be seen as foreigners.  “It’s this persistent sense of otherness that a lot of us struggle with every day.

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A few years ago, Huff/Post50 ran a post boasting how the Baby Boomer generation changed sex forever and in dramatic ways . In today’s world of broadening acceptance, that post seems like a relic. Do you agree

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7 Steps to Planning a Staycation

03Oct

More than half of American workers left unused vacation days in 2015, and you know why you should cash in on your PTO days . You have hard earned Paid Time Off (PTO) days piling up at work, you’re feeling burnt out, and you deserve a break… so take the stress out of planning a vacation and schedule your staycation today! Staycations are wonderful because you don’t have to plan them far in advance, worry about getting a good hotel deal or booking a flight that fits in your price range

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U.S., China Formally Join Paris Climate Pact

03Sep

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping fortified commitments to reduce carbon emissions Saturday by formally joining the Paris agreement and pledging a “continued bilateral climate cooperation.”  The leaders of the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases met Saturday at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China . By officially ratifying the climate agreement reached in April, the two countries move the Paris deal a major step toward taking effect this year, the White House said

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NEW YORK ― An imam and a member of his congregation were shot dead on Saturday when a lone gunman opened fire as the two were leaving prayer services, according to multiple reports.  Witnesses heard several shots fired  near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid Mosque in Queens at about 1:50 p.m., according to the New York Daily News. The two men were found lying in a pool of blood and witnesses said they’d both been shot in the head. More..

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Living in New York City can be pretty rough. The rent is high, there are pretty much always huge piles of trash bags everywhere and if you live here long enough, you’re probably going to get bedbugs .

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Step aside, George Clooney . There’s a new Hollywood prankster in town.  Leonardo DiCaprio recently had some fun with his friend and former co-star, Jonah Hill, in New York City. After spotting Hill on the sidewalk, DiCaprio decided to pull a little prank on him.

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At some point in your life–whether as a student, after a graduation, between jobs, or beyond–I hope you will have an opportunity to travel. Whether you venture somewhere near or far…that travel could change your life.

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Forever has resumed on Broadway. The original production of Cats , which billboarded the slogan “Cats. Now and Forever,” paused the forever part on September 10, 2000.

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Connecting to Jobs

27Jul

Individuals living in supportive housing often have long histories of instability – some were without a place to live for years – and face a multitude of other challenges like a serious mental illness, substance use disorder and chronic health conditions. Housing is the first building block to recovery but there are other vital factors that help change the trajectory of their lives. A well-paying and quality job, for example, can be an essential piece for advancing growth and self-sufficiency.

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The American Federation of Teachers reached a significant milestone this week: the centennial of our founding. As I’ve pored over historical documents from our archives, it’s clear that, from generation to generation, our union has been a vehicle to fight for positive change both in public schools and in society. As we enter our second century, we remain fiercely committed to creating educational opportunity, building professional voice and agency, and advancing economic, racial and social justice for all

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New York City Public Advocate Letitia James says the city needs to strengthen the current regulations that are on the books to combat lead poisoning, following a n investigation published by The Huffington Post and WNYC  on March 31. It revealed that some landlords fail to remove peeling lead paint from apartments with children, because it is more cost-effective to make repairs only after city inspectors notify them of dangerous lead conditions

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The Hotel Giraffe (all photos: Library Hotel Collection) The Giraffe Hotel is a hidden jewel on the east side of Manhattan at 26th and Park, once considered a neighborhood off the beaten track and now a gentrified area of shops and cafes, which if you know NYC is a neighborhood of beautiful architecture but had been mostly corporate interests until the last several years where it has now blossomed into ‘No-Mad” or North of Madison Square Park.

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Astoria Characters: The 5-Bark Barista

09Feb

A chocolate Chihuahua, leading a leash-holding woman, prances into Chateau le Woof. Rocky, for that is his name, is a regular. He’s coming to meet his girlfriend, Lola, who’s sitting pretty in a sweet sweater on the sofa.

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Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance of her newly released single “Formation” was amazing — but beyond the singing, it was the style she and her dancers rocked that really caught our attention.  One look at the army of black women rocking leather outfits, afros and black berets and we were instantly reminded of the revolutionary members of the Black Panther Party . At one point, Beyoncé and her dancers even raised black power fists in the air marking an important public declaration of black pride

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Real estate mogul Donald Trump drew boos from the audience at the ABC News Republican presidential debate when he told Jeb Bush to quiet down during a heated exchange on the issue of eminent domain. Trump defended eminent domain, calling the expropriation of private property for public use an “absolute necessity” for the government to build schools, roads and bridges

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CultureZohn: Bravo Benjamin!

01Feb

It has been a short but well-travelled road for LA Dance Project, Benjamin Milliepied’s artistic dance collective.

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There’s a reason hot dog season peaks during the summer. Dogs taste their best when charred on the grill (especially when spiral cut ).

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Watch out for your annoying little siblings (looking at you, Jennifer Connelly). Jareth the Goblin King is back! According to The Hollywood Reporter , David Bowie’s 1986 movie ” Labyrinth ,” is officially getting a reboot.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At his only criminal court appearance to date, aging TV icon Bill Cosby stumbled past a scrum of photographers while two lawyers held him up on either side, walking him into a suburban Philadelphia courtroom. The attorneys hired to defend Cosby in the sex-assault case are a study in contrasts: — Outsider Monique Pressley, a lawyer-turned-TV legal analyst with side jobs as a pastor, motivational speaker and radio host, who got a taste of the limelight as a law student, posing a question about race in the O.J. Simpson trial on CNN’s Larry King Live

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What Would David Bowie Do?

13Ene

David Bowie gave his life to art. The man stood for something

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“None of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities you have.”  Those were the poignant, emotional words uttered by 18-year-old Jake Bailey , a cancer patient who left his hospital bed last week so he could deliver an inspiring message to his classmates.

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“Saturday Night Live” gave America a picture of what Donald Trump’s White House might be like during the Republican presidential candidate’s controversial guest appearance on the show. The year is 2018, and Trump is hosting a cabinet meeting in the Oval Office, with “Apprentice” contestant Omorosa as his Secretary of State. “After your face-to-face meeting, Putin has withdrawn from Ukraine,” she says. “Believe me, he does not want to be called a loser again

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After police unions across the country  called for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films in response to comments he made about police brutality, the director appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night to clarify his position. “The unions are saying that I am a cop hater, which is slander because I didn’t say that,” the “Pulp Fiction” director told Maher.

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MIX NYC Queer Experimental film festival , an underground, week-long festival that showcases work by a diverse range of artists and is one of the best examples of large-scale queer community building and engagement in NYC, is returning this month for the 28th year. The festival is currently involved in a Kickstarter campaign with only a couple of days left to raise the funds to pull off this year’s initiative

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Philadelphia and Los Angeles police unions joined a call started by their New York City counterparts to boycott the films of Quentin Tarantino for allegedly  anti-cop comments he recently made.  The director of “Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained” came under fire after speaking Saturday at a Rise Up October demonstration in Manhattan against police brutality.  “When I see murders, I do not stand by,” Tarantino said. “I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.” The Los Angeles Police Protective League on Tuesday and the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police on Wednesday released statements criticizing Tarantino’s remarks and called for a boycott of his films. The Patrolmen Benevolent’s Association, a union representing New York City police, announced its boycott on Sunday

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The New York Times’ popular City Room blog, which chronicled New York City goings-on large and small, is no more. Times reporter Andy Newman announced the blog’s closure in a post Monday, explaining that it was shutting down because of “mostly boring journalism-business stuff .” City Room, Newman explained to The Huffington Post, had been going dormant for a while, publishing fewer and fewer posts over the last two years. That few readers noticed the drop-off reflects how much potential blog content had already made it into the rest of the Metro section’s coverage

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ImageContent(562c1ad6e4b0443bb564335e,562c1036140000e800c7ac3b,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562c1036140000e800c7ac3b.jpeg,Some(),Some(jpeg)),EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ via Getty Images,) NEW YORK (AP) — Academy Award-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has joined hundreds of people rallying and marching through the streets of New York City to protest police brutality. The group rallied Saturday in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park before marching about 2 miles along Sixth Avenue.

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On January 1st of 2013, Natasha Velez’s then-boyfriend assaulted her, choking her and fracturing her index finger on her left hand. She went to the emergency room and ended up with her finger in a splint. Such an ordeal is challenging and traumatizing enough

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Repairing Broken Adoptions: Symposium Brings Together Leading Child Welfare and Legal Advocates to Address Permanency for Foster Youth For many young people who are adopted out of the foster care system, the promise of a “forever family” is an illusion. In New York City, anecdotal data from child advocates suggests that thousands of children adopted out of foster care end up displaced from their adoptive home

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The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation has announced this week that six Marietta College students have been chosen as 2015-16 J. Luce Fellows. These are: Mandee Young (Soph., Advertising & Public Relations) , Amanda Davis (Soph., International Business, Economics) , Matthew Johnson (Fresh., International Leadership Studies, Spanish), Rylie Wahl (Fresh., Undecided) , McKenzie Fleeman (Fresh., Psychology) , and Celeste Prince (Soph., International Leadership Studies, Psychology).

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Want to help more victims of domestic violence find safety? Let people bring their pets with them to domestic violence shelters. That’s a conclusion of a  report  released this week by the nonprofit Urban Resource Institute .

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Will Overman may be the busiest man in Americana music. I used to think Jerry Douglas was until I met Overman, who is the front man of his band of the same name, which is affectionately referred to by fans as WOB

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Interview With Nathan Catlin

15Oct

Sara Zielinski recently joined Nathan Catlin for a talk about the structures he imposes in his work, his book “Animals with Insecurities,” and what he is working on currently. Originally from Southern California, Nathan is a painter and printmaker based in Brooklyn. Snake Hunters , Acrylic on canvas, 2014 I want to talk to you about world-building.

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Millions of Americans live in places where it’s too late to slow the threat of rising sea levels, a new study warns, and researchers are hoping those findings will serve as a call to action for cities that can still be saved by cutting carbon emissions.  The study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , examines how much rising sea levels will affect cities across the United States over time if carbon emissions stay the same or decrease.

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FOOL FOR LOVE ** 1/2 out of **** BARBECUE ** 1/2 out of **** OLD TIMES ** out of **** FOOL FOR LOVE ** 1/2 out of **** MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB AT SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE I’ve spent my entire adult life watching the stock of playwright Sam Shepard fall.

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On Friday, after swingman Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty  on all counts related to an early morning incident outside a New York City nightclub last April, the Atlanta Hawks player issued a statement (viewable below) in which he questioned why the justice system had forced him to go to such great lengths to prove his innocence over the past six months — despite a lack of incriminating evidence against him. He also took the time in particular to express his concern for other people less fortunate than him, who face this kind of systemic discrimination without the means to adequately defend themselves

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Tanzania took an important step this week to combat the ivory trade and save the African elephant. The country’s National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit on Thursday arrested a string of high-level  ivory traffickers  accused of illegally smuggling elephant tusks from East Africa to East Asia. Among those arrested was Yang Feng Glan, a 66-year-old Chinese native known as the “Queen of Ivory.” Tanzania has accused Yang of smuggling  706 elephant tusks , weighing about 4,200 pounds and worth about $2.5 million, according to The Citizen, a local newspaper.

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Originally published on Unwritten by Allie Braun . I never understood my friend’s desires to live in one place the rest of their lives. They would say things like “I just want to marry someone from college and then move back home and raise my kids in the same town that I grew up in.” And while there is nothing wrong with wanting that, for me, it has always been the complete opposite.

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Made in Brooklyn

03Oct

Who knew? I’ve lived, shopped and written thirteen cookbooks in our Park Slope brownstone, and thought I knew this trendiest of boroughs pretty well

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A present we can’t unwrap

19Sep

In only 150 years or so, we will have burned all fossil fuel on the planet, if carbon emissions keep rising like last year.

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A New York City woman was arrested after her two pit bulls attacked a man on the street.  Cynthia Oliver, 55, was in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx Friday when her pets came off their leash and lunged at a 62-year-old man heading into a church,  the New York Daily News  reported. Police told the Daily News that the woman ordered the dogs to attack, but the victim said they attacked on their own

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stopped by the “Late Show” on Thursday night , but it wasn’t all funny business as host Stephen Colbert pressed him on some of the company’s more controversial practices.

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Improv Everywhere’s latest stunt brought ballroom-dancing strangers to a busy crosswalk in Manhattan — prompting plenty of smiles and confused double-takes. In the video above, watch as pedestrians bump into each other and partner up for a bit of dancing in front of New York’s Penn Station on 7th Avenue. The crosswalk is “one of the busiest spots in the city,” the comedy collective  wrote on its website  on Tuesday

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Serena Williams defeated her older sister, Venus, in three sets in the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Tuesday. The final score was 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

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Astoria Characters: The Blue-Collar Champion

08Sep

You can’t miss Sergio Furnari ‘s pickup truck. It’s the dusty-silver 2002 Dodge Ram carrying 11 passengers on its roof

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Some artists are great at promoting themselves, finding buyers and generating attention to their careers. Hats off to them. For many other artists, however, having a middleman speak on behalf of their work is vital to their careers

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As a life coach — I focus on what my clients want in order to be happy — how we want to feel, what we want to achieve, what we want to learn. Today’s video is a little different — I am going to focus on what we need to drop, stop, give up entirely. If you want to be happy — you will need to stop doing these things! Put simply, we need to do some unlearning in our lives.

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Israel Museum @ 50: Treasures & Exhibits

01Sep

Happy birthday to the Israel Museum! The country’s national museum turns 50 this year — middle age for most of us, but quite young in museum years. The museum is celebrating the occasion with a year of special exhibits, loans and gifts, adding to its encyclopedic collection covering Middle East archaeology, Jewish life, and modern and contemporary art

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Aug 30 (Reuters) – Five more California inmates have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at San Quentin State Prison, as officials work to determine the source of the outbreak and minimize its spread, the state corrections department said on Sunday. Five of the inmates are being treated at outside hospitals after they were diagnosed with the disease through tests conducted over the last several days, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

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PHILADELPHIA — With just weeks to go until Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit to the United States , several of the top leaders of the American Catholic church say they are ready to be surprised. Speaking in Philadelphia over the weekend at the annual conference of the Religion Newswriters Association , high-ranking church officials who have helped plan the pope’s six-day visit to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York, which begins Sept

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5 Best Bars on the River in NYC

26Ago

Even though it is located in the North East, New York City can have some oppressively hot days and nights that can only be escaped by either retreating into the confines of a room with the A/C on full blast or by heading to the Hudson or East Rivers to bask in the rivers’ life sustaining breeze. Most New Yorkers try to avoid staying indoors as we spend most of winter there hiding from the elements so the only real option is to head to the river. New York City is full of hidden and mostly unknown riverside bars that are perfect for any hot summer day or night

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Photo: Pond5 By Laurel Leicht for Life by DailyBurn Sure, running is a great workout to have as a part of your cardio repertoire — it’s not only a great way to get fitter, but it improves your mental wellbeing, too. (Read one woman’s story about how running saved her life .) But it’s not right for everyone, and more importantly, running is not the only way to stay in shape.

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GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump says that billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn accepted his offer to be treasury secretary in a Trump administration. In addition, Trump also said he would pick former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for a top cabinet position if he was elected president.

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