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.
Temperatures are expected to plummet as low as 23 degrees below zero over the weekend. Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a Code Blue warning this morning, calling conditions “abnormal,” and “dangerous.” He also said the city will try to make sure that all homeless people are taken off the streets.
Nearly seven-hundred-thousand inmates are released from U.S. prisons and jails each year, but over half of them will be back behind bars within 12 months. One reason why is the difficulty of finding and keeping a job. Refoundry, a furniture company in Brooklyn, helps former inmates do just that. But its model is an unusual one — and it’s growing to six cities across the country this year.
Bernie Sanders is a favorite among young voters. And it was this popularity that helped him beat Hillary Clinton in the recent Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Sanders’ ability to connect with a young demographic may have something to do with his campaign’s strategies. Case in point: This evening in Bushwick, 40 artists will raise money for the former Brooklynite by spending a “Weekend” with Bernie. Elizabeth Brockway reports.
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.”
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.
Living in a city like New York, we sometimes forget that nature is all around us. And the tension between the hustle and bustle of urban life and the plants and animals that surround us can sometimes boil over in unexpected ways. One of the places this is most evident is at JFK Airport, which sits on nearly five thousand acres of land, right next to a wildlife refuge.
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.
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.
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.