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Former President Barack Obama was in Newark on Saturday to stump for Governor Phil Murphy's reelection and kick off New Jersey's in-person early voting period. This year marks the first time the state will offer in-person early voting, which runs through October 31st. "You can't be tired. Go out there!" Obama told a crowd gathered at Weequahic Park…
 
Now that we can return to the theater, so many shows are opening — or reopening — all at once that it can be hard to keep track of what is out there and what's worth seeing. WNYC’s Culture editor Jennifer Vanasco talked to Weekend Edition host David Furst about two shows she liked that opened recently: "Thoughts of a Colored Man" on Broadway and "P…
 
After launching in parts of Harlem this summer, New York City is planning to expand a pilot program that enables 911 to dispatch teams that are led by social workers to mental health calls instead of the NYPD. The B-HEARD program will cover all of Harlem by early November before expanding into the Bronx. But new data released Friday suggests that e…
 
New York City’s drinking water may regularly be compared to champagne, but for the next few months, it might contain earthy and musty notes instead of its usual, pristine bouquet. But WNYC's Danny Lewis reports there is no reason to be alarmed—the funky flavor, while unpleasant to some, is harmless. The city's Department of Environmental Protection…
 
It's been more than a month since New York City students returned to the classroom, and for many, reunions with friends and the return to routine has been a joyful relief. But educators said many are also struggling. Some schools are reporting a spike in confrontations, as the city rolls out enhanced supports for mental health.…
 
Two police officers who were caught on camera Tuesday forcibly ejecting a subway passenger who asked them to wear a mask, will be disciplined. This comes as the MTA is trying to increase mask use on mass transit. The Chairman of the MTA says these officers, and the many others who have been spotted in the subway system without masks, are underminin…
 
Newark's police department will no longer release mugshots of people arrested for minor offenses like prostitution or harassment. Public Safety Director Brian O'Hara said mugshots remain in the public domain even when someone is cleared of wrongdoing, and that risks public shaming. "Some folks can get a hold of it, it can go viral and get completel…
 
The centerpiece of Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to fight climate change is a wind turbine factory and shipping terminal in south Jersey. But just 30 miles away, a port for fracked gas is proposed, and that has angered climate change activists. “This is a huge issue not just for this fall, but for ongoing,” said Doug O'Malley, director of Environment New…
 
One of New Jersey's largest health care providers has fired more than 100 employees for failing to take all their COVID-19 vaccines. RWJ Barnabas Health, which operates 11 hospitals across the state, gave its more than 35,000 workers until last week to get fully vaccinated. A spokeswoman said 99.7% of employees complied but 118 people were fired. R…
 
Federal prosecutors have charged a former deputy mayor in Newark with defrauding the city. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Carmelo Garcia allegedly took cash bribes in exchange for using his position to back certain redevelopment projects or land acquisitions. Garcia oversaw real estate for the city's development agency now known as Invest Newark. …
 
Whether it's sewers, roads, or public schools, the majority of the money used to pay for those services in New York City comes from property taxes. But the way the city determines how much property owners owe is murky. Despite constant calls from activists for reforms and multiple mayoral efforts to overhaul the system in the last 30 years, not muc…
 
A six-week old boil water advisory has finally been lifted for more than 250,000 residents in northern New Jersey. Residents in Paterson, Passaic and neighboring parts of Clifton and Woodland Park can once again drink from the tap after weeks of relying on bottled water. Last month, the remnants of Hurricane Ida contaminated the drinking supply, fo…
 
Global supply chain disruptions are making it tough for retailers to keep some items in stock. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan looks at how that's filtering down to stores in our area. Spoiler: if you love holiday shopping, start doing it now. Read the full story on Gothamist.com.Bởi WNYC Radio
 
It’s been more than a week since the state set a deadline for MTA workers to either get vaccinated or be tested weekly for COVID-19. But the agency appears to be having a hard time complying with the requirement. Currently, only 68% of MTA workers have received at least one vaccine, as opposed to 85% of New Yorkers over 18. And the agency doesn't a…
 
Over the last decade, dozens of current and former law enforcement officers, military personnel, and government officials in New Jersey joined a far-right, anti-government militia called the Oath Keepers, according to a WNYC/Gothamist analysis of what appear to be membership rolls obtained by an anonymous hacker.In response, the state’s Attorney Ge…
 
Oscar Gomez had spotted a flyer for a basement apartment on a lamppost in Queens.In 2011, he was looking for apartments for himself, his sister and her 10-year-old daughter Litzy, who Gomez was helping to raise. The three had been living together with other members of their extended family in a house they’d rented in Woodside. But the owner was sel…
 
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