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NYC Tipped Restaurant Workers Call for Increased Sub-Minimum Wage

by Kelsey Schappell

Kelsey Schappell, WFUV

Jose Sanchez works as a delivery man at a Domino's in Upper Manhattan. Today, he was one of about 50 restaurant workers protesting outside of the pizza chain. 

He said he can't survive on tips alone. 

"Many of us have to work two to three jobs just to get by, sacrificing everything, including time with our family,” Sanchez said through a translator.

NY's Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones Intact

by Associated Press, Michael Virtanen
Planned Parenthood Protestors

ProgressOhio, Wikimedia

New York's attorney general told police Thursday that legal buffer zones around abortion clinics are intact in 22 of the state's counties despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 35-foot protest-free zone outside clinics in Massachusetts

Some NYC Officials Want to Cut Down on Evil Elmos

by Kris Venezia
Elmo Times Square.

Ed Yourdon, Flickr

Thousands of tourists pass through Manhattan's Times Square daily, and they are welcomed by tall buildings, flashy signs and bright lights. But those visiting the area are also greeted by Cookie Monster and SpongeBob SquarePants, and some New York City officials say these costumed characters aren't always welcoming.

Lawmakers met with the Times Square Alliance Wednesday morning to discuss concerns with these costumed characters in the popular tourist destination. 

Astorino Wants an Anti-Common Core Ballot Line in New York

by Associated Press
Student with teacher.

Shane Global, Flickr

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says critics of New York's new educational standards should be able to voice their concerns by voting on a new ballot line called "Stop Common Core."

   Astorino says Tuesday that petitions are circulating to add the line to the fall ballot. He says the line would let voters know which candidates oppose the standards, which have been criticized by teachers and parents.

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