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New York Lawmakers Hearing Testimony on Education Budget

by Associated Press
School Bus.

Matthias Mendler, Flickr 

The head of the New York state Department of Education is pushing for a $2 billion dollar increase in school aid that was proposed previously by the Board of Regents.

   Acting Education Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin focused on the need for the funding boost during her testimony Tuesday at a joint legislative budget hearing in Albany.

   Lawmakers are grilling her and other state education officials on such topics as state school aid, pre-kindergarten and student testing.

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.

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