Is the City Ready for Self-Driving Cars?


Today in the New York International Auto Show opened its doors to the public. With over 1000 cars and trucks on display, a few companies addressed the elephant in the room. Self-driving cars. While Tesla Motors wasn’t presenting at the show, several other automakers displayed their vehicles. In the Javits Center where thousands of people In one end of the hall, Volvo has an exhibit in the center of the main room. One of the features they’re showing off, the Volvo assist. The car can drive itself at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, braking and accelerating depending on traffic conditions. But it has a condition: the driver must have their hands on the wheel. Taylor Wizner has more.

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2-Way: The Mother of All Bombs


Afghanistan confirmed that maybe as many as 36 ISIS fighters were killed in yesterday’s attack. The United States dropped the largest conventional weapon—nicknamed the MOAB, or “mother of all bombs.” Tyler Rogoway is the editor of The War Zone, an online military column. He says using a bomb of this magnitude indicates a more aggressive stance.

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2-Way: The Fearless Girl & Copyright Law


Wall Street’s newest addition, the Fearless Girl, stands across from the famous Charging Bull Statue, defiantly staring him down. But now, the bull is ready to fight back. Or rather, the artist who created it, Arturo DiModica, is. Dimodica is threatening to sue the City for altering the intent of his artwork under a law called the New York Arts and Culture Affairs Law. Jane Ginsburg teaches copyright and trademark law here at Columbia. I asked her…..why did this get so heated.

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For Minor Offenses, New Yorkers Go to Church to See a Judge


The NYPD can issue you a ticket for a lot of minor violations—like littering and letting your dog off its leash. The ticket includes a “summons to court” – no big deal if you go and pay the fine—but if you don’t, there’s a warrant out for your arrest. Sarah Gibson brings us to an annual event called “Begin Again”, where the Brooklyn District Attorney is helping New Yorkers resolve these warrants.

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Women Hit the Campaign Trail for New York City Council


Since November’s election, there’s been a push for more women to run for office. Think school boards, state legislatures, and the New York City Council. More than 30 women have thrown their hats in the ring for this year’s City Council election. And they’re getting support from groups and politicians alike. Meg Dalton hit the campaign trail with one hopeful contender.

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A City Tries to Combat Stop Opioid Overdoses


Mayor De Blasio recently pledged $38 million to combat the dramatically growing problem of opioid addiction. Nearly 1,100 (eleven hundred) New Yorkers died of opioid overdoses in 2016, more than homicides and car crashes combined. The increase in overdoses is largely attributed to Fentanyl — a powerful synthetic painkiller often mixed with heroin. To tackle the problem, lawmakers are embracing methods that were once considered controversial. Katherine Sullivan reports.

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