This week on Uptown Radio, residents of the housing project where Akai Gurley lived react to news that police officer Peter Liang was found guilty of manslaughter. A new initiative by Mayor Bill Di Blasio may help senior citizens facing a housing shortage, and the Department of Cultural Affairs is making a diversity push. Also on the show, we hear from one of the scientists who helped confirm Einstein’s theory of relativity.
The day after a jury convicted Police Officer Peter Liang in the death of 28 year old Akai Gurley – Residents of the housing project where Gurley lived are reacting to the verdict. Reporter Daniel Rostas has the details.
Some old news just reached earth yesterday: about 1.3 billion years ago two black holes collided. Gravitational Waves from this massive collision reached a detector system called LIGO, which earth’s scientists designed to directly detect tiny ripples in time and space. Yesterday, after months of checking and checking their results, scientists have made their big announcement. They say gravity waves, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago, exist. Imre Bartos is one of the physicists who worked on this project.
It’s not easy finding housing in New York — everyone knows that. It’s even harder if you’re a senior citizen, living on a fixed income. A new plan proposed by Mayor De Blasio would address the senior housing shortage head on. But not everyone is convinced it will work.
America has become more obese over the years because people stopped smoking – this is according to a new study from Georgia State University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Since the 1960s the percentage of smokers has declined by more than 20%. But over the same time period, obesity in the U.S. has increased by about the same percentage. Shandukani Mulaudzi reports.
The Zika virus is rapidly spreading throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean. Health authorities in NYC are figuring out how to prepare – and New York may have a couple of things going for it. Laura Gamba reports.
From the tech industry to college campuses, the issue of diversity in hiring is on a lot of people’s minds. New York City recently announced $3 million in new initiatives to push some of the city’s best known arts organizations to diversify their staffs. But as Katie Ferguson reports, how exactly to fix this isn’t so clear.