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Saving America

January 30, 2017
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Saving America

Everyone wants to protect the United States. The nation spends vast amounts of money doing just that.

President Trump has issued an Executive Order. It stops people from certain countries from coming here. What is one to make of this …

The Coming Battle Over the Undocumented

December 23, 2016
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The Coming Battle Over the Undocumented

There are millions of foreign-born people in the U.S. who do not have a legal right to be here. Still, they call America home. Most crossed the border from Mexico. Many came on visas and did not leave when their …

Immigrant Medicine: Herbs, Plants, Faith

August 27, 2016
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Immigrant Medicine: Herbs, Plants, Faith

A century ago it was chicken soup. Now it is packets of dried herbs. Immigrants have always brought their cures with them.

A great place to learn about cultural cures is the Bronx, N.Y. That is the home of the …

Some New York City Banks Not Accepting NYC ID Cards

December 24, 2015
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Some New York City Banks Not Accepting NYC ID Cards

New York City wanted to help immigrants. It did not matter if the immigrants were undocumented. The idea was that an ID card would help them open a bank account and get a credit card. They could also use it …

New York Court Rules in Favor of the Poor, a Big Story

November 19, 2015
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New York Court Rules in Favor of the Poor, a Big Story

debtNew York has taken a big step against debt collectors. A class-action lawsuit will end their practice of claiming that they have served debtors with notice. In fact, many collectors simply toss the notices away. The practice is called “sewer …

How to Escape a Maximum Security Prison

June 22, 2015
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How to Escape a Maximum Security Prison

The Clinton Prison in upstate New York is maximum-security. Two men escaped from it on June 5, 2015. They are still at-large.

How did they do it? There had been no escapes from Clinton for decades. This record led to …

Fines Making the Poor Poorer

April 20, 2015
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Fines Making the Poor Poorer

crimes and finesThe case in Ferguson highlighted another problem. The way the city uses the police to raise money for city services. Ferguson is not alone. The money raised from traffic fines, and other small crimes (infractions) is part of the budget …

Older Residents Passing the Time in Fast Food Restaurants

December 28, 2014
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Older Residents Passing the Time in Fast Food Restaurants

The Korean community in Flushing, NY complained about the treatment they were getting in McDonalds. Some Korean patrons were sitting for hours with just a cup of coffee. The fast food restaurant called the police to ask them to leave.…

A Tragedy in New York City Reverberates

March 23, 2014
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A Tragedy in New York City Reverberates

 

East harlem explosionA gas line exploded and destroyed two buildings in the East Harlem section of New York City. The first floors of the buildings had a piano store and the Spanish Christian Church. The explosion took eight lives and injured …

Who is Bill De Blasio?

January 6, 2014
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Who is Bill De Blasio?

A minority of registered voters in New York City cast their ballot in the recent election for mayor.

The voters overwhelmingly chose Bill De Blasio. De Blasio ran on a platform describing a “tale of two cities,” One rich and …

Features

Watch That Juice Drinking

Of course, you thought fresh orange juice was good for you and your children. Who does not? Some experts do not.

A good many Americans...

Do You Feel Well? Do You Feel Good?

Health is mind and body. It is also the world around you.

The good in germs

 A human begins life in the...

How to Add Three Years to Your Life

The results are in. An hour of running adds seven hours to your life. The effect does not get much greater if you run...

News on Skin Cancer

The lighter your skin, the more freckles, and moles you have, the greater your chance of having skin cancer.

A new study said we need...

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