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Ontario grants $1.5 million from COVID supply fund to wearable-tech company
Ontario has invested more than $1.5 million to support a Toronto-based company developing wearable technology, the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade announced on May 5.
TDSB files $90M lawsuit against city, province for massive York Memorial Collegiate fire
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is suing Toronto Fire Services, Toronto Police Services Board, and Ontario's Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) for $90 million for allegedly failing to prevent...
Man injured after daylight shooting takes place in Etobicoke
Toronto police investigation underway.
'Immediately stop using': Health Canada recalls Peloton's TR02 treadmill due to risk of injury
Peloton agrees to Health Canada and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to separate voluntary recalls of its treadmills.
Toronto police arrest child and youth worker after teenage boy allegedly sexually assaulted
A 55-year-old man, who worked as a child and youth worker, has been arrested and charged in an ongoing sexual assault investigation.
Ontario expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, introduces mobile clinics
The Ontario government has announced it is expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and distribution to reach more people, beginning this week.
New York City May Freeze Rent Again for More Than 2 Million Tenants
The city board that sets rents on regulated apartments said one-year leases might be kept as is and two-year leases might rise slightly.
The variant found in N.Y.C. doesn't seem to lead to more severe infections, a preliminary study finds.
The coronavirus variant first discovered in New York City does not appear to be leading to more severe infections, or causing re-infections at a significantly higher rate than older forms of the virus, according to a new, preliminary analysis by city health officials that was published by the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention on Wednesday.
Curtis Sliwa buzzes Sheldon Silver, tells freed ex-pol: 'You belong back in jail'
Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa descended on Sheldon Silver's Manhattan apartment building Wednesday afternoon - where he buzzed the crooked ex-pol and told him he should be back behind bars.
A cry for help: Union seeks more mental health services after three disruptive subway crimes on Wednesday | amNewYork
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'The subway system doesn't really go to Albany': Cuomo explains why he rarely takes mass transit in NYC
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Broadway Performances Will Return in September
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio's continuing adventures in one-upping each other over New York reopening announcements have reached a new peak: Today, Cuomo announced that Broadway theaters will open on September 14 at full capacity, with tickets going on sale starting tomorrow.
Andrea Catsimatidis tweets about gunpoint robbery in Central Park
A 67-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint in Central Park in broad daylight this week - "500 feet" from Andrea Catsimatidis, the billionaire supermarket heiress tweeted.
City unveils plans for long-awaited Meeker Avenue bike lane in Williamsburg * Brooklyn Paper
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It's about time!
Look back at the iconic 'Friends' cast and show moments
It's been 26 years since the iconic sitcom 'Friends' first premiered on NBC on Sept. 22, 1994.
The final episode of the long-running sitcom aired on May 6, 2004.
Cops Search For Duo Who Opened Fire From A Dirt Bike In Brooklyn
BROOKLYN, NY - Police are asking the public's help to find a pair of suspects who opened fire onto a Brooklyn street while riding a dirt bike earlier this month.
Man assaults, seriously injures two women in Willow Glen
Police are looking for a man who assaulted and seriously injured two women in the Willow Glen neighborhood.
The assaults occurred April 28 in the area of Meridian and Fruitdale avenues, police said.
Waterfront Galleries: Red Hook exhibits return 'in person' experience to art
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) will return to an in-person version of its annual spring exhibition, featuring three new art exhibits, at its gallery space at 481 Van Brunt St. in Red Hook starting May 8.
Openings & Closings: The Cottage, Chi's Cleaners, Studio Ix, Barnacho
Posted on May 5, 2021 at 8:33 pm by West Sider
The Cottage Restaurant, a Chinese spot that closed last year after decades at 77th and Amsterdam, appears to be coming back.
Winners of the West Side Rag Poetry Contest: 'There Once Was a T-Shirt I Needed'
Posted on May 5, 2021 at 6:27 pm by Carol Tannenhauser
By Carol Tannenhauser
Our West Side Rag T-Shirt-for-a-poem contest taught us several things.
UWS Gifted and Talented Program to Stop Admitting New Students; Parents Question Public Notice
Posted on May 5, 2021 at 1:45 pm by West Sider
By Alex Israel
PS 163 announced the changes to its program in a letter to parents this spring.
3 UWS Restaurants Honored as Best Cheap Eats by Michelin
Posted on May 5, 2021 at 10:40 am by West Sider
The storefront at Miss Mamie's Spoonbread Too. Photo by Paul Lowry.
Small Business Focus: The Owner of Sprint Sports Says 'You Have To Be Awake 24/7 To Survive'
Posted on May 4, 2021 at 11:49 am by Carol Tannenhauser
By Susanne Beck
Block Associations and Community Groups Form Coalition to Tackle UWS Issues; Candidate Forums Coming
Posted on May 3, 2021 at 10:43 pm by Carol Tannenhauser
By Carol Tannenhauser
Democratic Governors Association Adds DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to its Ranks
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on CNN today that the Democratic Governors Association is adding her to its membership.
No Standing, No Dancing-Here's What to Expect Now at Weddings and Events in DC | Washingtonian (DC)
With wedding season about to commence, many planners and couples are paying particular attention to Mayor Muriel Bowser's most recent Covid-19 guidelines, which went into effect May 1.
How Did the Washington Media Miss the Calico Lobster Story?
Over the weekend, a rare and beautiful lobster was saved from imminent demise: Found in a tank at the Red Lobster in Manassas, the lucky crustacean was plucked out before becoming a main dish.
13 Ways to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month Around DC
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a celebration that is particularly significant this year amidst the increase in anti-Asian hate crimes across the country.
Dauphine's Opens in DC with Cocktails from One of New Orleans's Best Bartenders
Dauphine's, the New Orleans-inspired restaurant from the team behind Salt Line, opens Friday, May 7 in downtown DC with some big names from the Big Easy at the helm.
Femme Fatale DC Opens a Shop in Cleveland Park for Women and Non-Binary Entrepreneurs
Starting a business is no easy feat in normal times, let alone a pandemic. Now, women and non-binary entrepreneurs have a new hub to learn about the biz and sell their wares.
'Infinitely harder': Trumpland fears Facebook's impact on 2024
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He accused Facebook, Twitter, and Google of taking away his free speech, called them "corrupt" and demanded that they "pay a political price." 1
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Elsewhere, Republicans argued that keeping Trump off Facebook would be good for the party, even if (or perhaps because) it would be "devastating" for Trump. 1
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Danville residents urge police chief to hold officers accountable after killings
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The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office filed the charge one month after Hall had fatally shot another man: Tyrell Wilson, 32, a Danville resident. 1
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Disgraced Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher claims entire platoon agreed to kill captured ISIS fighter: 'We killed that guy. Our intention was to kill him. Everybody was on board'
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Gallagher, 41, claimed the squad agreed to attempt medical procedures on the dying 17-year-old. 1
In 2019, Gallagher was acquitted of murdering the teenager. 1The Navy attempted to demote Gallagher and take away his status as a SEAL, but Trump intervened both times and the accused war criminal retired as a SEAL. 1
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DHS announces drop in illegal immigrant children in CBP custody amid crisis
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The Department of Homeland Security announced that as of Saturday, there were just 677 children in CBP custody, an 88% drop from March 28 when more than 5,700 children were in custody. 1
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Images from late February and mid-March showed long lines and packed holding areas, including rows of children sleeping under foil blankets. 1
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FBI raid exposes Giuliani and signals widening criminal search, experts say
The extraordinary FBI raid on Rudy Giuliani's New York apartment and office has sparked debate about what criminal charges Giuliani may face, and signals a widening criminal investigation into his Ukraine drive to help Trump in 2020 by sullying Joe Biden, former prosecutors say.
MPD officer beaten during Capitol riot calls out 'disgraceful' indifference from politicians
Officer Michael Fanone was dragged into the crowd and suffered a heart attack while defending the Capitol. He wants elected officials to stop downplaying that day.
Facebook Board Announces Trump Remains Banned. Trump Starts His Own "Platform."
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The decision surprised many, given Facebook's rightward turn under the influence of Joel Kaplan, a former George W. Bush White House official who currently runs the social media giant's powerful Washington, D.C. office. 1
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Analysis | The Biden administration starts to unwind Trump's border legacy
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President Donald Trump imposed a "zero tolerance" policy on those crossing the U.S. border illegally that led to myriad unauthorized migrants beingrushed through criminal proceedings and deported while their children who had accompanied them remained in the United States. 1
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from Axios
Biden gauging GOP appetite to pay for infrastructure plan before going all in
President Biden plans to test Republicans' appetite to pay for any part of his proposed $4.1 trillion in infrastructure and social spending before deciding whether to pursue one big tax-and-spend package or two smaller ones, Axios has learned.
On the most critical issue - vaccines - Biden has failed us
From the first moment of his presidency, Joe Biden has received rave reviews for his handling of the coronavirus response.
Climate Anxiety Makes Good Sense
Even as we begin to emerge from the stress of the pandemic year, mental-health professionals are noting a steady uptick in a different form of anxiety-the worry over climate change and the future that it will bring.
Biden says Liz Cheney debacle shows GOP struggling to 'figure out who they are'
President Biden argued Wednesday that the push to purge Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from the GOP shows Republicans are going through a "significant" identity crisis as they scramble to figure out former President Trump's role in their party.
Biden team says it supports waiving patent protections on Covid-19 vaccines
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But the shift in the U.S.' position will likely be seen as a major step to aiding global efforts to fight the pandemic. 1
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Shortly before the announcement, Biden's chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said in an interview that the U.S. has a "moral obligation" to share coronavirus vaccines and supplies worldwide to end the pandemic. 1
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Iraqi president: Talks between rivals Iran and Saudi ongoing
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The first round of talks between Riyadh and Tehran took place early last month, Iraq's President Barham Salih said during an interview broadcast live by the Beirut Institute, a think tank. 1He said talks have since occurred "more than once," describing the discussions as ongoing, "important and significant." 1
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Texas county Dems reject resignation of pol who called Sen. Tim Scott 'oreo'
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Lamar County Democratic Party chairman Gary O'Connor, who is white, told the Washington Examiner in a statement that he was "deeply and sincerely sorry" for using the "racist term" against Scott, one of three black senators and the only black Republican. 1
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The party added that O'Connor "has written a public letter of apology to Sen. Tim Scott, and Lamar County Democrats join him in this apology." 1
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In Turning on Liz Cheney, G.O.P. Bows to Trump's Election Lies
House Republicans were lobbying to replace Representative Liz Cheney, who has vocally called out Donald J. Trump's lies, with Representative Elise Stefanik, who has embraced them.
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from Axios
Facebook keeps Biden's most potent critic off its platform
Facebook's continued suspension of Donald Trump's account extends the silencing of Joe Biden's most potent critic - and the current president's control over the national political narrative into his second 100 days.
Biden Leans Into Plans to Tax the Rich
"We're not going to deprive any of these executives of their second or third home, travel privately by jet," the president said at the White House.
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from News18
Signal Fires Straight At Facebook: They Aren't Building Technology For You, It's For Your Data
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Signal is attempting to run a test to show what a lot of us already believe is true-the data collected between WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram is shared to create a virtual profile of users so that the targeted ads are uncannily precise and timely. 1
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Verizon's data privacy limits contributed to the demise of its media ambitions
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The promise of owning content to deliver ads fueled by mobile subscriber data was a powerful lure driving Verizon to acquire two of the web's oldest and best-known media brands. 1
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"Once you get over the privacy hurdle, there is a huge opportunity," she said. 1
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"It changes your strategy," he said. 1
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Analysis | Why Big Tech Wants (Some) Facial Recognition Rules
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One question is whether regulation can protect innovation while preventing what Microsoft Corp. calls "a commercial race to the bottom." 1
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Such concerns led Amazon, Microsoft and IBM to put sales of some of their programs to police departments on hold, while Alphabet Inc.'s Google has stopped research in some areas until regulations are in place. 1
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Who's making this software? 1
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Florida teen charged as adult for rigging homecoming queen election with mother
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An investigation was launched into the matter after the Escambia County School District reported unauthorized access into hundreds of student accounts, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 1During an initial investigation, authorities discovered 117 votes cast from the same IP address within a short period of time. 1
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CaptureRx - Notice of Data Incident
In other posts on this site, three covered entities have already identified who were impacted by a breach involving CaptureRx. Now CaptureRx has issued a press release about the incident.
States Push Back Against Use of Facial Recognition by Police | SecurityWeek.Com
Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have used facial recognition technology to solve homicides and bust human traffickers, but concern about its accuracy and the growing pervasiveness of video surveillance is leading some state lawmakers to hit the pause button.