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Disabled Activists Demand Installation of Audible Crosswalks on the Upper East Side

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Crosswalk_button_Athens By Jenny Marc As a child, everyone is taught to look both ways before crossing the street. But for certain people, looking isn’t always an option. “As you can see—those of you who can see me—I am vertically challenged,” Milagros Franco said from her electric wheelchair. “With large crowds of people, I can’t see the [&hellip
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What’s Limerence Got to Do With It?

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Kristine-Keller How a shattered heart could lead to a debilitating aftermath by Kristine Keller These days, when a flame sputters and fades out, we’ve got an armful of friends ready to peel us off the floor with the margarita blender, limes and coconuts. You’ll do the proverbial dance around the blender while Jose Cuervo wafts through [&hellip
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New Senator, New Albany?

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Brad_Hoylman_2009 Brad Hoylman reflects on his first week in the Capitol A few years ago, Albany was named the most dysfunctional state legislature in the nation by a good-government group. But as I begin my career as the newest state senator from Manhattan, there are signs that the legislature may be beginning to shake this embarrassing [&hellip
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Neighborhood Chatter: Bus Strike, Canal Street Building Collapse, Little League in Limbo

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Baseball3(as) Bus Strike Hits Parents of the 152,000 New York City children who rely on school buses to get them to classes every day braced for the bus driver strike last week. The city is paying for MetroCards and reimbursing parents’ auto expenses for taking their kids to school and picking them up, and attendance was [&hellip
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Will Gun Control Save Us?

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Gun detractors and defenders are up in arms after spates of recent violence. What will new laws mean for our safety? By Emily Johnson The first person to be killed with a gun this year in Manhattan was a 16-year-old kid. Raphael Ward loved baseball and was devoted to his 7-year-old brother. On the night [&hellip
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Lesson: When Protesting Carriage Horses Try to Remain Calm

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73672_10151352554506919_175397186_n By Rebecca Cohen Mostly I push “Yes” on my keyboard all the time to support liberal progressive causes from the comfort of my swivel office-chair. My advocacy for human and animal rights has largely consisted of signing “Yes, I agree.” “Yes, I stand with you!” on such petitions. In the past two years, there have [&hellip
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Solving the Fur, Faux and Real, Dilemma

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fur By Laura Shanahan Would you rather go naked than wear fur, as per the models in the famous anti-fur ad campaign? (I always had a problem with that question: Does it have to be either/or? Can’t I just choose to wear, y’know, regular clothes?) Well, whether you wouldn’t dream of wearing fur—or dream of wearing [&hellip
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New York Gives Val a Perfect Score

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ heartthrob on learning English from Steve Urkel, Sheepshead Bay and hip-hop By Angela Barbuti Now that the season of Dancing with the Stars is over, New Yorkers get to have Val Chmerkovskiy all to themselves for a while. When the 26-year-old came back home to New York after placing third in [&hellip
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Don’t be Fooled by Deceptive Puppy Mills

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PET STORES MIGHT DISGUISE SAD ORIGIN OF CUTE POOCHES How many of us have walked past a New York City pet store and stopped to look at the adorable puppies playing in the window? Have you ever wondered where they come from? If you have no idea, you are not alone. According to a national [&hellip
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Going Back to School for Fun and Profit

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City’s continuing ed programs respond to the changing job market By Laura Shin Bob Makarowski has been teaching at Baruch College’s Division of Continuing and Professional Studies for more than 20 years. In the course of those two decades, Makarowski says he has witnessed a noticeable shift in the role these programs play in students’ [&hellip
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