Last month the City’s Department of Education found that 40% of the its over 100,000 special needs students are not getting services that are required by state law. And now… a lawsuit filed by Public Advocate Letitia James argues that part of the blame lies with SESIS, the DOE’s 130 million dollar data system. Gilda Di Carli reports.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced yesterday it will spend tens of billions of dollars to upgrade LaGuardia and Newark airports. It also committed to upgrading the city’s main bus terminal at Port Authority– even before it knows how much it will cost. Katie Ferguson has more.
This week on Uptown Radio. Nearly two years after a surge in unaccompanied child migrants to the U.S., courts are still backlogged. A new gene editing technology is available, but a fight over ethics is dividing the scientific community. New York City is increasingly banning Hoverboards – they can be fun – but also cause fires and falls. And critics say a new law discriminates against the LGBT community. All that and more on Uptown Radio
Cluster regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – CRISPR. It’s a mouthful, and a new scientific technique. In English, it’s like a new kind of scissor one that allows scientists to precisely correct mutations in a genome – like a cut and paste tool for DNA. Now, two big labs – one from Harvard and MIT and another from Berkeley – are fighting over the patent for the technology. But in the meantime, it’s already being used by the do-it-yourself community. And as Åsa Secher reports, that raises concerns about putting powerful scientific tools in the hands of lay people.
Several hours from now, the Rolling Stones will take the stage – in Havana, Cuba. It will be the biggest rock show the country’s seen since communists took over in 1959. More than a half-million people are expected to attend and it’ll be projected on 10 jumbo screens. All a big deal in a country that once banned Rock ‘n Roll. The concert marks the end of a historic week for U.S.- Cuba relations. Tim Padgett covers Latin America for WLRN, a public radio station in Miami. He just got back from Cuba.
Weddings are a time for ceremonies and for parties. They’re a time for bringing two families together. And when a wedding also means the marriage of two cultures, it’s a little trickier, as commentator Nina Agrawal has found out.
Ninety-five years ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma a race riot left the most affluent black community in America destroyed . No one was ever convicted. Now, as Amina Lovell reports, classically trained musician and Broadway performer Alicia Hall Moran has created a performance inspired by these events.
NYU announced yesterday it’s raising the minimum wage for campus workers to $15 an hour. That brings it in line with Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo’s efforts to raise the minimum wage for state and city workers. Oliver Arnoldi headed downtown to ask NYU students what they think about the raise.
Two years ago, President Obama made the decision to fast-track deportation cases. It has forced many unaccompanied child migrants — some as young as four — to face immigration court without an attorney. New York City is unique, because a coalition of nonprofits called ICARE has been working together since then to provide legal services for free. But with the Department of Homeland Security doubling down on arrest and raids since early March, is ICARE a sufficient solution to the humanitarian crisis? Henriette Chacar reports.
Today is the last day for New Yorkers to register to vote in the presidential primaries. And New Yorkers are registering in droves. The State’s online voter registration system is experiencing a surge in applications, in just 10 days, over 40,000 people registered to vote online, half of which were first time voters. As Alison Vicrobeck reports, Donald Trump’s controversial candidacy is pushing more minority and female voters to sign up.
Comic books have taken over the entertainment world. It started with blockbuster hits like “Iron Man” and “Captain America.” Then Netflix teamed up with Marvel to create “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil.” New shows are being added to this world, but Suzie Xie says it’s not getting more diverse.
On Wednesday, hundreds gathered on lower Manhattan to pay tribute to the 146 workers who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The fire – which took place 105 years ago today – was the worst industrial disaster in the history of the city. Today, 90 teams of artists are drawing chalk figures on sidewalks with details of each worker who died in the fire. As Elizabeth Brockway reports, people at both events says the effects of that fire are still being felt today.
North Carolina is making headlines this week for a new bill signed into law which discriminates against the LGBT community. Equality North Carolina is an organization dedicated to securing rights for LGBT individuals. Shandukani Mulaudzy asked executive director Chris Sgro what led up to the vote.
It’s been less than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states. That decision marked a major milestone for the LGBT community.
But as commentator Daniel Rostas argues, the country has a long way to go in terms of accepting its non-straight citizens.