Month: November 2018

High schoolers skype with Outer Space
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High schoolers skype with Outer Space

Students at University Prep. Charter HS have been working on an interdisciplinary project about how humans can colonize Mars, and had lined up many questions during their allotted 20 minutes with an astronaut. 

War on drugs hits close to home
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War on drugs hits close to home

Because there is no security in Velez’s building, people have been coming inside to shoot up. Drug paraphernalia, blood, overdosed bodies and feces are just a few of the obstacles the residents of the building have to bypass in order to make it into their apartments. 

NYCHA no more: Betances Houses officially converted to RAD housing 
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NYCHA no more: Betances Houses officially converted to RAD housing 

The 40 buildings stretching from from 136th Street to 145th Street were converted to the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which means they will now be managed and renovated by a private developer, but remain under basic NYCHA guidelines, including keeping rent at 30 percent of residents’ income.

MTA announces modernization plan
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MTA announces modernization plan

New York City Transit staff held a meeting at Hostos Community College to discuss new plans to modernize the subway and bus systems across the five boroughs.

Horizon guards win approval to pepper spray teens 
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Horizon guards win approval to pepper spray teens 

Within two weeks of Raise the Age’s implementation, at least 39 correction officers and 31 residents were injured in brawls at Horizon, according to an independent monitor’s report for the NYC Department of Correction. The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA), a major union, subsequently sued the state for permission to deploy pepper spray at the facility, calling it a matter of life or death. 

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