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Saving America

January 30, 2017
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Demonstration at JFK Airport, New York City. Photo credit: Getty Images

Demonstration at JFK Airport, New York City. Photo credit: Getty Images

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 …

The Coming Battle Over the Undocumented

December 23, 2016
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An undocumented woman and her niece in Worthington, MN. Photo credit: Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin

An undocumented woman and her nephew in Worthington, MN. Photo credit: Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin

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 …

Immigrant Medicine: Herbs, Plants, Faith

August 27, 2016
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Eliseo Trinidad, left, the owner of La 21 Division Botanica in the Bronx, with a customer. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times. “

Eliseo Trinidad, left, the owner of La 21 Division Botanica in the Bronx, with a customer. Photo Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times.

A century ago it was chicken soup. Now it is packets of...

Some New York City Banks Not Accepting NYC ID Cards

December 24, 2015
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New York City ID card.

New York City ID card.

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. …

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

November 19, 2015
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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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The governors' of Vermont and New York in front of photos of the escapees, David Sweat and Richard Matt.

The governors' of Vermont and New York in front of photos of the escapees, David Sweat and Richard Matt.

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

Fines Making the Poor Poorer

April 20, 2015
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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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Photo from The New York Times

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 …

A Tragedy in New York City Reverberates

March 23, 2014
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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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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 …

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