NYCLU Study Says New York Schools are Illegally Discriminating Against Immigrant Kids

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Identification documents may be creating barriers for immigrant students.
A survey conducted by the New York Civil Liberties Union found that many schools in the state demand information about the immigration status of enrolling students, a potential violation of federal law.

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Zephyr Teachout's Campaign Manager Endorses Andrew Cuomo for Governor

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Teachout herself was reportedly considering endorsing Cuomo, but only if he opposed fracking.
Zephyr Teachout's campaign manager, Mike Boland, officially endorsed Andrew Cuomo for governor on Thursday. In an email to supporters, Boland said he would be voting for Cuomo on the Working Families Party line.

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Staten Island Congressional Candidates Have Read Zero Books Between the Two of Them

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Neither one could name the last book he'd read.
Congressman Michael Grimm and his somehow-still-neck-and-neck challenger, Domenic Recchia, faced off in a debate on NY1 on Tuesday, and it turns out neither one is much of a man of letters.

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Congressman Peter King Says Ebola Is Airborne, and Other Incorrect Things

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Congressman Peter King is saying crazy stuff again.
It's important to calibrate one's expectations in life.

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NYC Hosts Massive Ebola Training Session for Health Workers

New York City is running point in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's defense against Ebola. As part of its efforts to revise its Ebola response protocol, the CDC co-sponsored the training of about 5,000 healthcare workers in new techniques for protecting themselves when treating Ebola patients. The educational session took place Tuesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Hell's Kitchen and was streamed live across the country.

See also: What Happens if an Ebola Case Lands at JFK?

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Pot Arrests Are on the Rise in de Blasio's New York

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When he was running for office last year, candidate Bill de Blasio warned of the "disastrous consequences" low-level marijuana arrests have for both the individuals caught with a small amount of pot, and their families. "These arrests limit one's ability to qualify for student financial aid, and undermine one's ability to stable housing and good jobs," the Public Advocate's campaign literature read. Even more troubling, it noted, was the fact that studies showed "a clear racial bias" in such arrests. As mayor, de Blasio swore he would order the NYPD to stop such arrests, but he hasn't. Low-level pot arrests are actually on the rise in de Blasio's New York.

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Young People Still Long to Move to New York. They're Just Going to Buffalo Now

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Buffalo: Your new hipster paradise.

Looking for the young, fabulous people ready to make their mark on the big city?

Forget Brooklyn. It's all about Buffalo now.

At least, that's what this City Observatory report, picked up by the New York Times, suggests. Since 2000, Buffalo has seen a 34 percent spike in the number of recent college grads moving to the Queen City. Buffalo's growth rate for 25- to 34-year-olds came in seventh, after cities like Houston, Nashville, and Portland. Sister cool cities Baltimore and Pittsburgh have seen 32 percent and 29 percent increases, respectively.

And New York? The capital of the hip, the creative, the hungry?

This city's college-educated 25- to 34-year-old population has increased by just 25 percent over the same amount of time.


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Schneiderman Reminds the Voice, 'I Have Not Done Cocaine in 30 Years'

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Updated at bottom, Monday, October 20, 3:15 p.m. In some bizarro-world, Donald Trump and Randy Credico might have been rivals in an election for New York State governor. (Credico lost the Democratic primary in September; Trump abandoned his bid for the Republican nomination in March.) Instead, the proud pothead (Credico, who campaigned as "the only politician in America who smokes pot...and will admit it") and the avowed teetotaler (Trump) are teaming up to accuse Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of being a total cokehead.

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Nigerian Independence Day Parade 2014: Cloudy With a Chance of Ebola?

Categories: Culture, Politics

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Dancers from last year's parade.
This past Saturday, more than a thousand Nigerians and other Africans strutted down 10 blocks of Second Avenue from East 54th Street in the annual Nigerian Independence Day Parade. The group that gathered on the damp, cold morning to commemorate the 54th anniversary of Nigeria's independence from Great Britain seemed oblivious to the growing xenophobia on U.S. soil, where the populace appears to be increasingly wary of being around Africans.

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On Switchblades, 'Cheap Dime Store Hoods' and That Wet End, Lachance

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Ace is about to look significantly less tough than he does right now.
My favorite scene in Stand By Me -- which I could more or less recite word for word if you're interested -- comes near the end, when the movie's diminutive hero, Gordie Lachance, stands up to a neighborhood bully.

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