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Here's What's Next in the Trump Taxes Investigation
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A Supreme Court ruling has paved the way for prosecutors to begin combing through Mr. Trump's financial records. 1
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Mr. Vance, a Democrat, has been examining whether Mr. Trump, his company and its officials committed bank-related insurance and tax fraud, among other crimes, people with knowledge of the matter have said. 1
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Sweet'N Low magnate Donald Tober left wife $30M fortune, will shows
Sweet'N Low magnate Donald Tober, who committed suicide in Manhattan last month, left his wife a $30 million fortune, new court paper show.
NYPD, DOT slam proposal to shift authority over crash investigations
City council members want to yank crash investigations from the NYPD and put them under the authority of the Department of Transportation - but both agencies railed against the idea on Wednesday.
Two more mass COVID-19 vaccination sites open in NYC
Two more mass COVID-19 vaccination sites opened in New York City Wednesday - promising to deliver more doses than any other in the Big Apple.
Iona College basketball announcer hit with federal child porn charges
The "voice of Iona College basketball" has been hit with "deeply disturbing" child pornography charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Ron Kim intensifies push for Gov. Cuomo to be impeached amid nursing home scandal
Assemblyman Ron Kim on Wednesday intensified his push for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be impeached over the widening nursing home COVID-19 death scandal as he also pressed for more accountability of the facilities.
Toronto seniors vaccinated in their own homes as part of mobile clinic test-run
TORONTO -- A pilot program to bring COVID-19 vaccines directly to Toronto seniors living independently was underway Wednesday, with a mobile immunization clinic set up inside a St. Clair West apartment building.
Summer camping spots in Ontario provincial parks already going fast
Ontario Parks says demand for bookings at provincial parks has nearly doubled in the first two months of 2021 compared to the same time last year.
Vaughan school moves to remote-only learning despite only having one confirmed COVID-19 case
TORONTO -- A Vaughan elementary school will move to remote-only instruction for this week and next week after nearly a quarter of its teachers were ordered to self-isolate following a positive COVID-19 case at the school.
Toronto has cancelled all events through Canada Day
TORONTO -- The City of Toronto has cancelled all city-led and city-permitted outdoor events up to and including Canada Day amid news that COVID-19 cases could again be on the rise in the city.
Advocates call for COVID-19 vaccination plan for migrant and undocumented workers
TORONTO -- Migrant and undocumented workers must have access to the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Canada's immunization effort, advocates said Wednesday, calling on all levels of government to ensure the workers are guaranteed the shots.
Community group to province: Why demolish historic Toronto foundry site when it could look like this? | CBC News
A coalition of professionals and community members is releasing its vision for a historic Toronto property the Ontario government is seeking to demolish.
Paperboy Prince wants to be youngest mayor in NYC history
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February 23: ON THIS DAY in 1949, Israel, Egypt sign Holy Land Pact
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New York City's most populous borough, Brooklyn, is home to nearly 2.6 million residents.
Police Say Suspect Shoved Woman Into Lower Manhattan Vestibule And Tried To Rape Her
Police say the suspect started talking to a 25-year-old woman 9 p.m. Saturday on board a Manhattan-bound F train in Brooklyn.
62nd Precinct: Villains violently rob man outside a bar
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84th Precinct: Goons brutally rough up straphanger
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88th Precinct: Knife-wielding knaves hold up delivery driver
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Amid the Pandemic, Neighbors Bonded and a Block Association Was Born; You Can Do It Too
Posted on February 24, 2021 at 1:02 pm by Carol Tannenhauser
By Lisa Kava
Often, the Upper West Side can feel like a small town within a large city.
A Virtual Play Set On the Upper West Side Is Winning Rave Reviews
Posted on February 23, 2021 at 9:16 pm by West Sider
A promotional image for Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side.
By Elizabeth Sherwood
Billy the 'Hawk Man' of Riverside Park Dies; Family Raising Money for a Bench Plaque in His Honor
Posted on February 23, 2021 at 8:18 pm by West Sider
Bill Healey in front of the Eleanor Roosevelt statue. Image via GoFundMe campaign.
Pupper West Side: Sherlock and Shuki Solve Neighborhood Mysteries Together
Posted on February 23, 2021 at 7:45 pm by A. Campbell
By Audrey Campbell
Names: Shakshuka ("Shuki") and Sherlock
Age: 7 months old
Breed: Australian Labradoodles
Movie Theaters Will Be Allowed to Reopen on March 5, But Not Every UWS Theater Will
Posted on February 23, 2021 at 6:39 pm by West Sider
AMC Lincoln Square on 68th Street.
Harry's Shoes Leans on Family Traditions, A Slipper Boom and a Remarkable Knack for Shoe Sizes
Posted on February 23, 2021 at 9:19 am by Carol Tannenhauser
By Susanne Beck
Some people remember birthdays, some, notable dates in history. Robert Goldberg, 59, remembers shoe sizes. Lots of them.
DC Mayor Loses Sister to Covid Complications | Washingtonian (DC)
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's sister, Mercia Bowser, passed away Wednesday at the age of 64 due to complications from Covid-19. Mercia was Mayor Bowser's oldest sibling and only sister.
A Teardrop Camper, A Backyard Shed, A Rooftop Weather Station: Photos of How We Work Now | Washingtonian (DC)
NPR's Audie Cornish broadcasts from her Takoma Park attic, "because it has a door." The transition has been fairly seamless, "but the one thing we've all struggled with is we have no clock.
Dulles and DCA Will Soon Have Covid-19 Testing Sites for Passengers | Washingtonian (DC)
There will be Covid-19 testing sites at both DCA and Dulles airports starting next month, according to an email sent by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Soon More People Can Gather Outside and Attend Outdoor Events in Virginia | Washingtonian (DC)
Soon more Virginians will be able to gather socially in groups outside and attend outdoor sporting and entertainment events, Governor Ralph Northam announced Wednesday.
Vaccine Registration for Washingtonians with Medical Conditions Opens Tomorrow
DC officials announced on Wednesday that vaccine registration for Washingtonians with pre-existing medical conditions in priority Zip codes will open Thursday, February 25, at 9 AM.
It's Finally Nice in DC. Here Are Some Things to Do Outside. | Washingtonian (DC)
After what feels like an eternity of sleet, snow, and freezing temperatures, Washington is finally having a very nice day.
The Twice-Fired, Lord-Of-The-Rings-Loving Lawyer Is Taking His Show On The Road
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Then he attended the January 6th protest turned attempted coup... and he filmed himself doing so. 1
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Meanwhile the judge has already signaled some deep skepticism. 1Judge Alan Albright (appointed by Donald Trump, no less) issued an order to show cause, and it's fair to say he wasn't impressed by Davis's legal analysis 1
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Pence meets with House GOP, says he has good relationship with Trump
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"As far as he's concerned - and as far as I think we're concerned - Republicans are more unified than some are giving us credit for," he continued, noting the recent media coverage of political divisions in the party. 1
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US Capitol rioters 'came prepared for war', Senate hears in testimony
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Describing the events of 6 January as "not necessarily a one-off", Garland, currently a federal judge, pledged to use the full powers of the justice department to prevent a repeat attack. 1
"I intend to look more broadly at where this is coming from, what other groups there might be that could raise the same problem in the future," he said. 1
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David Perdue won't challenge Raphael Warnock in the 2022 Georgia Senate race, after all.
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Mr. Warnock defeated Kelly Loeffler, who was also a Republican incumbent, in January, winning a term that expires in January 2023. 1The two defeats deadlocked Senate control, 50-50, but effectively handed the majority to the Democrats, because of the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, who serves as the body's president. 1
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Trans woman arrested for storming the Capitol demands to be let out of jail for her own safety
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Jessica Watkins, 38, told the court that she isn't a threat and could go home with a monitoring device. 1She said that she was only at the Capitol because "she believed that the president of the United States was calling upon her." 1
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Watkins served in Afghanistan as an Army ranger and her attorney said that she was forced out of the military "after her sexual orientation was discovered." 1
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D.C. Attorney General Grilled Donald Trump Jr. for Ongoing Probe of 2017 Inauguration, Docs Reveal
Some two months after his sister Ivanka Trump took the hot seat, Donald Trump Jr. sat for a deposition for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine's (D) ongoing investigation into their father's scandal-beset 2017 inauguration committee.
Biden Looks to a Consensus Builder to Heal a Democratic Rift on Trade
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Katherine Tai, the chief trade counsel to Congress's powerful Ways and Means Committee, appeared unflappable to those in the room as she helped to hammer out compromises that would ultimately bring Democrats on board in late 2019 to support the 2,082-page trade pact negotiated by the Trump administration, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. 1
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Stimulus Check Latest: What's The Timeline For Another Economic Relief Payment?
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That is also when the current $300 federal unemployment benefit bonus expires. 1Assuming President Biden is able to sign the relief package on March 14, direct deposits would likely start the week of March 22, with checks beginning to arrive the week of March 29. 1
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Eric Trump knows why Texas froze and he isn't afraid to look like an idiot explaining it
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AngelaPerea
Of course, the real reason Texas lost power has nothing to do with Joe Biden and almost everything to do with frozen natural gas lines that weren't sufficiently winterized. 1
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Texas largely relies on natural gas-especially during times of high demand-to power the state. 1
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Not that we'd expect Eric to understand any of that. 1
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Biden's vaccine inertia and other commentary
Evidence suggests "vaccines really do work and that normal life is just a few hundred million shots away. How about a bit of urgency in ­administering them?" urges Oliver Wiseman at Spectator USA.
The Cynical Republican Tack on the COVID Relief Bill Could Work. It Wouldn't Be the First Time.
All indications are that the Republican congressional minorities are going to salute to the breeze and march directly over the cliff as regards the administration's attempts to ameliorate the effects of the pandemic.
Republicans Roll Out Belated and Frantic Strategy to Fight COVID Relief Bill
Congressional Republicans returned to Washington this week with a sense of alarm about a looming legislative predicament: Democrats' $1.9 trillion relief package, which Republicans chose not to collaborate with, is, if anything, only gaining popularity as it hurtles toward the finish line.
Trump is getting active again with endorsements in state GOP contests
Former President Donald Trump is wading into contests for control of state Republican Party organizations with endorsements this week in Ohio and South Carolina that would help cement his national network of GOP allies.
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from Medium
Common Social Engineering Attack Strategies
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Phishing

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Think of it as Fishing, where you do not try to catch a specific fish, but rather try to catch any fish. 1
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An example of a phishing attack would be an email sent to users highlighting that their PayPal accounts are being blocked due to suspicious behavior. 1
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This form of attack requires a huge effort from the attacker and can even take several months of planning and preparation. 1
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Here's what happens to your WhatsApp account if you don't agree to privacy changes by May 15
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WhatsApp is updating its privacy policies, and if you don't agree to the changes by May 15, you'll see some limitations on your account. 1
"For a short time, you'll be able to receive calls and notifications, but won't be able to read or send messages from the app," the Facebook-owned messaging service warns. 1
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You've been invited to Clubhouse. Your privacy hasn't.
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While the app also has some measures to prevent abuse the ability to block users, to make rooms private, and to report incidents Clubhouse has been criticized for having poor or inadequate moderation tools that allow misinformation and hate speech to spread. 1
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But you'd at least think Clubhouse would have learned from the unicorns that came before it. 1
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Clubhouse confirms data spillage of its audio streams
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But US cyber-security researchers tweeted that a user had found a way to stream audio to another website. 1
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The researchers were also concerned that the Chinese government could gain access to the raw audio files on Clubhouse's servers, because its back-end infrastructure is provided by a real-time engagement API firm called Agora, which has offices in both Shanghai and San Francisco. 1
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How cyberattacks can threaten colleges and universities
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JamesJalaPayneo
From 2019 to 2020, ransomware attacks against universities jumped by 100%, according to BlueVoyant. 1Attackers also started demanding larger sums of money from colleges as the average cost of a ransomware attack in 2020 was $447,000. 1An attack against Monroe College in July 2019 seemed to be one of the first "big game" hunts, with the attackers demanding 170 Bitcoin (around $2 million at the time). 1
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The Solarwinds Hack Is A One Of A Kind And Not The Norm | Information Security Buzz
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AngelaPerea
However, the standards by which we hold software and other digital product vendors accountable for cybersecurity such as ISO 27001 and SOC 2 Type 2 audits tend not to emphasise the techniques that result in more robust software. 1This, predictably, leads to cybersecurity attention and budget allocation in areas outside of building and maintaining secure products, such as network perimeter defences. 1
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7h ago 
from Medium
Book Review: Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think, Revisited." 4 Key Takeaways
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1. Don't Make Me Think

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There should not be a lot of thought behind the user's experience when clicking through a website. 1
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2. Users Don't Read

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When a user is browsing through a website or an app, it's important to avoid large sections of text and instead focus on headlines because the user does not spend time on the text. 1
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3. Testing is SO Important!

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The best Clubhouse rooms and clubs for designers
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Aspiring UX/UI Designers - 13k followers ????

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The fastest growing group for those looking to accelerate into a career in UX/UI design and ask from current UX professionals. 1
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Product Designers - 3.2k followers ????

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Passionate product designers from the offbeat path, sharing origin stories from Silicon Valley and beyond. 1
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2d ago 
from Medium
What a UX Researcher Does
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AngelaPerea
After choosing their research methodology, UX researchers will collect qualitative and quantitative data. 1
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Now that you have the data gathered, it's time to analyze and organize it into actionable next steps to help the design team. 1
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There are a number of ways to do this depending on your team, but what's most important is that the design team fully understands your research and how to apply it. 1
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Case Study: Learnings from the Design of an Online-Education Platform
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James
Once we had documented the users' goals and painpoints and had benchmarked the Web site of Leverage Edu against those of its competitors, it became very clear that this competitive space was extremely crowded. 1
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We Need a New Approach to Designing for AI, and Human Rights Should
Illustration by Erin Aniker.
AI is going to radically change society. It will do so in exciting and even life-saving ways, as we've seen in early projects that translate languages (in your own voice!)
How we run Product Discovery at a design agency
5 years back, when I started my career at a design agency, there was no such thing called "product discovery".