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  • New York Will End Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Prisons and Jails Apr 01, 2021 04:05 PM IST

    New York Will End Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Prisons and Jails

    The law is set to restrict prisons and jails from holding people in solitary confinement — nearly all-day isolation — for more than 15 consecutive days. It also bars the practice entirely for several groups, including minors and people with disabilities.

  • Scholastic Halts Distribution of Book by ‘Captain Underpants’ Author Mar 29, 2021 03:48 PM IST

    Scholastic Halts Distribution of Book by ‘Captain Underpants’ Author

    The graphic novel, which purports to have been written and illustrated by characters from the “Captain Underpants” series, follows Ook and Gluk, who live in the fictional town of Caveland, Ohio, in 500,001 B.C. The characters are pulled through a time portal to the year 2222, where they meet Master Wong, a martial arts instructor who teaches them kung fu.

  • New York lawmakers agree to legalise recreational marijuana Mar 28, 2021 07:36 PM IST

    New York lawmakers agree to legalise recreational marijuana

    Democrats who now wield a veto-proof majority in the state Legislature have made passing it a priority this year, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has estimated legalization could eventually bring the state about USD 350 million annually.

  • New York Reaches a Deal to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Mar 25, 2021 10:41 PM IST

    New York Reaches a Deal to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    Following several failed attempts, lawmakers in Albany struck an agreement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older, a move that officials hope will help end years of racially disproportionate policing that saw Black and Hispanic people arrested on low-level marijuana charges far more frequently than white people.

  • After long pandemic year, changed New York shows renewal Mar 15, 2021 01:46 PM IST

    After long pandemic year, changed New York shows renewal

    A year later, the nation's largest metropolis — with lifeblood based on round-the-clock hustle and bustle, push and pull — is adapting and showing new life. For weeks after the virus descended on New York, the strictest warnings held sway. Businesses shuttered. Thousands of people fled. The only sounds in the streets were wailing ambulance sirens. Many saw it as a death knell for the city, a tearing of fabric that might not be repaired.

  • 1st COVID-19 death in New York City: Emotional tribute on Brooklyn Bridge to mark anniversary Mar 15, 2021 01:41 PM IST

    1st COVID-19 death in New York City: Emotional tribute on Brooklyn Bridge to mark anniversary

    On March 14, 2020, New York City recorded its first death from the coronavirus, and in one year, that toll skyrocketed to over 30,000 lives lost -- more than 10 times the number of people killed on September 11, 2001.

  • Building Pizzas That Can Survive the Box Mar 09, 2021 10:59 PM IST

    Building Pizzas That Can Survive the Box

    Over the past year, when far more pies than normal have been packed for takeout and delivery, some pizzerias have had to adapt. Two in particular — one older, one pandemic-new — craft memorable pizzas that can travel with almost no discernible wear and tear.

  • ‘I Was So Nervous’: Back to Class After a Year Online Mar 09, 2021 10:45 PM IST

    ‘I Was So Nervous’: Back to Class After a Year Online

    A year into the coronavirus pandemic, many American students have been in their classrooms since last fall — frequently off and on, as outbreaks have forced quarantines and closures. But in several large cities, students have started returning to school buildings only in the past few weeks.

  • A Family’s Search for Answers: Did Their Brother Die of COVID? Mar 07, 2021 10:38 PM IST

    A Family’s Search for Answers: Did Their Brother Die of COVID?

    Families who lost someone with little warning and no obvious explanation in those whirlwind early days of the pandemic were robbed of the comfort of knowing exactly what took the person they loved.

  • The Golden Age of Free Stuff Is Upon Us Feb 25, 2021 10:14 PM IST

    The Golden Age of Free Stuff Is Upon Us

    The bonanza of freebies has prompted New Yorkers to prowl the city every day, combing through trash as if they were panning for gold, even at the risk of carrying bedbugs home.

  • 90,000 Packages Are Stolen in NYC Every Day, How One Building Fought Back Feb 21, 2021 10:42 PM IST

    90,000 Packages Are Stolen in NYC Every Day, How One Building Fought Back

    Veiled accusation set in motion a building-wide campaign to stop the petty theft afflicting the lobby of an unattended East Village walk-up, where the residents have lived since the 1990s.

  • New Yorkers Can Dine Indoors Again, Will They? Feb 19, 2021 10:06 PM IST

    New Yorkers Can Dine Indoors Again, Will They?

    The shutdown, the second time in the past year that the state had barred indoor dining in a city known around the world for its restaurants, was a blow to an industry that has been decimated by the pandemic.

  • New Storm Threatens to Keep Texans Cold for Days Feb 18, 2021 11:04 PM IST

    New Storm Threatens to Keep Texans Cold for Days

    Days of glacial weather have left at least 38 people dead nationwide, made many roads impassable, disrupted vaccine distribution and blanketed nearly three-quarters of the continental United States in snow.

  • New York restaurant fires waitress who wouldn’t get COVID-19 vaccine Feb 18, 2021 02:41 PM IST

    New York restaurant fires waitress who wouldn’t get COVID-19 vaccine

    The restaurant, Red Hook Tavern, required that its employees get vaccinated and then terminated the waitress, Bonnie Jacobson, when she asked for time to study the vaccine’s possible effects on fertility.

  • Coronavirus pandemic threatens New York's iconic yellow taxis Feb 15, 2021 03:46 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic threatens New York's iconic yellow taxis

    They were omnipresent on the streets of New York day and night, as emblematic of the Big Apple as the Empire State Building or Yankees caps. But the pandemic has made yellow taxis scarce and facing an uncertain future. New York taxi drivers, most of whom are first-generation immigrants, were once able to make $7,000 a month or more if they worked long hours seven days a week.

  • Pandemic threatens New York's iconic yellow taxis Feb 15, 2021 11:26 AM IST

    Pandemic threatens New York's iconic yellow taxis

    New York taxi drivers, most of whom are first-generation immigrants, were once able to make $7,000 a month or more if they worked long hours seven days a week.

  • Credit Suisse to pay $600 million to settle subprime case: MBIA Feb 12, 2021 09:14 PM IST

    Credit Suisse to pay $600 million to settle subprime case: MBIA

    Credit Suisse on January 8 announced it was increasing by $850 million the provisions set aside for the MBIA case and others involving mortgage backed securities, leading to an expected fourth-quarter loss.

  • New York’s COVID-19 vaccine websites weren’t working. He built a new one for $50 Feb 10, 2021 08:08 AM IST

    New York’s COVID-19 vaccine websites weren’t working. He built a new one for $50

    In less than two weeks, Huge Ma launched TurboVax, a free website that compiles availability from the three main city and state New York COVID-19 vaccine systems and sends the information in real time to Twitter.

  • Backlash Over Virus at SUNY College: ‘Learn From Your Fall 2020 Mistakes!’ Jan 29, 2021 11:23 PM IST

    Backlash Over Virus at SUNY College: ‘Learn From Your Fall 2020 Mistakes!’

    Monday, for the first time since August, the school, the State University of New York at Oneonta, will host in-person classes, after weeks of backlash from some students, parents and faculty members who felt there had not been enough consensus about the reopening plan.

  • New York severely undercounted virus deaths in nursing homes, report says Jan 28, 2021 10:41 PM IST

    New York severely undercounted virus deaths in nursing homes, report says

    The count of deaths in state nursing homes has been a source of controversy for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Health Department officials, who have been sensitive to any suggestion that they played any role in the number of nursing home deaths, which the state put at more than 8,500.

  • Two Sisters Who Changed the Medical Profession Jan 21, 2021 11:22 PM IST

    Two Sisters Who Changed the Medical Profession

    Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, in 1849, and she later enlisted her younger sister Emily to join her. Together they ran the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children and founded a women’s medical college

  • New York Transit postpones 4% fare hike, hoping for federal rescue Jan 19, 2021 11:54 PM IST

    New York Transit postpones 4% fare hike, hoping for federal rescue

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the subway, buses and two commuter rails, had come under mounting pressure from elected officials and transit advocates to postpone the hike.

  • Fleeing New Yorkers squeeze surrounding housing markets Jan 16, 2021 08:51 PM IST

    Fleeing New Yorkers squeeze surrounding housing markets

    In metro areas across the country, big-city dwellers relocated this year to smaller cities, according to Updater, a relocation technology company that has tracked national moving trends during the pandemic.

  • This is how New Yorkers will remember a year they can’t wait to forget Jan 01, 2021 11:01 PM IST

    This is how New Yorkers will remember a year they can’t wait to forget

    The city was ending the year hopeful, if unwell, its big annual party blocked off and its people unsure of exactly how to celebrate, if at all. It’s a question familiar in other tumultuous years.

  • How New York City vaccinated 6 million people in less than a month in 1947 Dec 21, 2020 11:12 AM IST

    How New York City vaccinated 6 million people in less than a month in 1947

    The vaccine rollout was remarkably swift and uncomplicated, and it’s one that almost certainly couldn’t happen today.

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