Looking for a Fight

 

Most people don’t go looking for fights. But for the past six years, Jerome Mickle has been doing just that. Mickle has been trying to become a professional fighter in mixed martial arts, or MMA. If you’ve never seen it, professional MMA is basically a mashup of kickboxing and wrestling, which until last week, was banned for years in New York. When a new law goes into effect in August, rising amateurs, like Mickle, may finally get a chance to turn pro on their home turf. But as Adrian Ma reports, Mickle isn’t waiting around for that day.

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Helicopter Tours Get Chopped

Normally, tourists hoping to get an ariel view of the city skyline can catch a ride on a helicopter tour. But starting this weekend, the choppers will be barred from flying on Sundays. It’s part of deal the city struck with tour operators to cut flights in half by next year. And while the city says it’s a compromise between local residents and business, Adrian Ma explains why no party involved is buzzing with enthusiasm over the deal.

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2-Way: Michael Littman on What AlphaGo Means for the Field of Artificial Intelligence

Lee Sedol is having a bad week. Sedol is the world’s reigning GO champion. If you didn’t know, GO is a Chinese board game that’s like chess, but way more complex. The champ is currently losing in a best of five series against a Google computer program AlphaGo. And many experts say a win for AlphaGo would be the biggest thing to happen in the field of artificial intelligence, or A.I., since an IBM’s software program, DeepBlue, beat a world chess grandmaster in 1997. I spoke to Michael Littman, a professor of computer science at Brown University, about what this means for the future of A.I.

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Officials Call for Expansion of Summer Jobs Program


Every year around this time, tens of thousands of New York teenagers enter the lottery. And no, I’m not talking about Powerball. Instead, it’s the Summer Youth Employment Program. Applications for the city-funded internship program opened this week. And if this year’s lottery is like the last, over half the young adults who apply won’t get in. Now though, a growing chorus of advocates and city officials are working to change that. Adrian Ma has the details.

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Concussion Concerns Boost Demand for Pricier Football Helmets


 

The Super Bowl is over, but the controversy around football-related concussions is still growing, especially in world of youth football. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, participation in youth tackle football has dropped almost 20% in the last several years. And while you might think this would be bad for the BUSINESS of football, ONE part of the industry might BENEFIT from what some call the sport’s “concussion crisis.”

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