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Hundreds Protest Rouhani Outside UN in New York

by Associated Press
Rouhani.

World Economic Forum, Flickr 

Hundreds have gathered in New York City to protest Iran President Hassan Rouhani during his remarks before the U.N. General Assembly.

   Former U.S. diplomats John Bolton and Bill Richardson were expected to address the crowd Thursday. Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle and Kerry Kennedy were also expected to speak.

   Security was tight in the plaza outsides the U.N. complex as chanting protesters donning yellow ponchos gathered in the rainfall.

Morning Brief: September 25

by Jeff Coltin
Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter, Keith Allison/flickr

Tonight will be Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium. Or will it? No, we’re not expecting Jeter to pull a Michael Jordan and come out of retirement (twice!)—the issue right now is the weather.  Fears are drivng down ticket prices in what otherwise would be the most expensive regular season game in history. Only time will tell…

Young Migrants to NYC to Receive Legal Help

by Associated Press
New York City

City Hall, Momos/wikimedia

The New York City Council and two philanthropic foundations are setting aside $1.9 million to help unaccompanied immigrant children facing deportation.
 
The Council announced Tuesday that it is earmarking $1 million for legal representation and other services for the minors.

Morning Brief: September 22

by Jeff Coltin
High Line Park

David Berkowitz, flickr

The High Line—that creative park built on top of old elevated train lines on Manhattan’s west side—is finally done! Gothamist has some pictures of the new stretch, which goes all the way north to the 31st Street. But New York Mag warns us that even this part of the park is impermanent.

NYC Jail Watchdog Board Lacks Minorities

by Associated Press, Jake Pearson
Rikers Island Jail

Tim Rodenberg, wikimedia

At a time when New York City jail officials are struggling to quell rising levels of violence and better care for a growing number of mentally ill inmates, a civilian oversight board is being criticized for having no minorities or experts in mental illness.

Lawmakers Advance Port Authority Reforms

by Associated Press
Port Authority Bus Terminal

Wally Gobetz, Flickr

New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill designed to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

   It moves to the full Senate after a Senate committee approved the bill on Thursday.

   New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and state Sen. Bob Gordon are prime sponsors of the bill, which grew from lane closings at the George Washington Bridge a year ago. The closures appear to have been politically motivated.

NYC Named Nation's Most Vegan-Friendly City

by Associated Press
Vegetables.

Kenneth Hegemeyer, Flickr

Manhattan's skyline never looked so appetizing.

   The famed skyline was rendered in vegetables on Wednesday as part of an award given by an animal welfare group.

   The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals declared that New York was the nation's most vegan-friendly city.

   To mark the occasion, PETA commissioned the vegetable skyline, complete with a Chrysler Building made of radishes.

Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish New Yorkers

by Associated Press
NYPD officers.

katie chao and ben muessig, Flickr

Suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people have increased in New York City following unrest overseas this summer, but the attacks are random and not from any organized group, police officials said Wednesday.

   Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, who heads the special victims division, said there's been an increase since July 1, when reports about the unrest in Gaza and the Islamic State group became front-page news.

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