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Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Bill Thompson (D)

by Veronica Volk
Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson

Edwin Martinez1, flickr

This isn’t former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s first rodeo.  Four years ago he ran against and lost to Mayor Bloomberg by 4.6 percent, but this race has been different altogether.  Last time around it was his adamant stance on term limits that lit a fire under his campaign; in this race he may not have such a clear rallying point. 

NYC Mayor Visits Paris to Show Support After Terror Attacks

by Associated Press
Mayor Bill de Blasio.

nycmayorsoffice, Flickr 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a trip to Paris to show his support after terrorist attacks there that left 17 people dead.

   De Blasio paid his respects Tuesday at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and at a kosher supermarket. The attacks were carried out on Jan. 7 and Jan. 9.

   Accompanied by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Charlie Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux, he laid flowers at a memorial up the street from the satirical newspaper.

Morning Brief: January 16

by Jeff Coltin
movie theater

Kenneth Lu, flickr

This year’s Oscar nominations are out, which means a lot of complaints from fans of the Lego Movie, which got snubbed for Best Animated Feature, Interstellar, which garnered no big nominations, and diversity in Hollywood, as not a single actor of color got an acting nomination. The Lower Hudson Valley had something to celebrate though, as LoHud.com proudly shares area residents getting Oscar noms including Bill Murray and Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller

Morning Brief: January 15

by Jeff Coltin
Tower Bridge

Simon & his Camera, flickr

New York’s lowly Knicks are trying something new to end their losing streak—they’re heading to London! It got us here thinking about which of the two big cities is better? We think New York, obviously, and luckily the writers at Versus gave us 36 reasons why they agree, like more ethnic groups and lower sales tax. Anglophiles can read the list of why London’s better too… like a lower murder rate.

Morning Brief: January 13

by Jeff Coltin
soccer ball

Cogsi, Deviant Art

Just over two months away till Yankee Stadium gets a new soccer team. Yes, New York City Football Club, or NYCFC will be the first pro soccer team playing a whole season in the Bronx since the Cosmos left the old Yankee Stadium in 1976. And big news for US Men’s National Team fans: Mix Diskerud is rumored to have signed with the team this morning.

More than Just Condoms

by Jeff Coltin
Daskalakis and officials

Dr. Daskalakis and officials, Jeff Coltin, WFUV News

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene wants more New Yorkers to know they can PrEP themselves against HIV. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis is a new drug treatment that can be taken by people at a higher risk for HIV, like those who have a partner with the disease.

Yankee Stadium to Shake off Dust of Winter with Soccer

by Jeff Coltin
Yankee Stadium

Cole Camplese, flickr

New York City Football Club has its first game ever in just a couple months - March 15th at Yankee Stadium. That is a couple weeks before the Yankees return to the Bronx. But Dr. Cary Goodman of the 161st Street Business Improvement District, says he does not think the neighbors will mind starting the sporting season early.

Morning Brief: January 12

by Jeff Coltin
Princeton

New York Public Library, wikimedia

This year’s college football champions will be crowned tonight in Dallas. The game’s between the Ducks of Oregon and the Buckeyes of Ohio State—nary a New York connection in sight. New York City-area teams haven’t had luck on the national stage for a while, but back in the old days, they were dominant. Princeton claims 28 national championships! …all won before 1950. Yale claims 27 (last won in 1927), and Army claims three (last won in 1946).

NEED TO KNOW

NY Requires Colleges to Report Crimes to Police

by Associated Press
NYU.

BuLu Chien, Flickr 

New York is requiring colleges and universities to notify police within 24 hours after a violent felony is reported or someone goes missing from university housing.

   The amendment takes effect in January. It strengthens the state law adopted after Suzanne Lyall disappeared from the State University at Albany in 1998 that required schools adopt and implement plans for investigating cases and coordinate with police.

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