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Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
2020-07-02T19:16:01+00:00
Judge rules Simon & Schuster can move forward with distributing Mary Trump's memoir
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster Credit: Simon & Schuster, via Amazon

On Wednesday, a New York appellate judge lifted the temporary restraining order against Simon & Schuster and ruled that the publisher can move forward with printing and shipping Mary Trump's memoir "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man". Simon & Schuster previously said that they had already printed and distributed 75,000 copies and that they support Mary Trump's "right to tell her story."

The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division has not lifted the restraining order against Mary Trump until her hearing on July 10.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-01T11:30:01+00:00
Memoir of Trump's niece Mary Trump temporarily blocked by NY judge
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster
Cover of "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man" by Mary L. Trump, Simon & Schuster Credit: Simon & Schuster, via Amazon

On Tuesday, Judge Hal B. Greenwald of the New York State Supreme Court temporarily blocked the publication of Mary L. Trump's memoir "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man". Donald Trump's younger brother Robert Trump had filed a temporary restraining order on June 24 to block the book that's described as a "revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him," stating that Mary Trump was breaking a confidentiality agreement.

Mary Trump is represented by Ted Boutrous, a First Amendment attorney, who said the order "flatly violates the First Amendment," and that they would appeal immediately. "This book, which addresses matters of great public concern and importance about a sitting president in an election year, should not be suppressed even for one day," so Boutrous.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
2020-06-30T09:30:01+00:00
New York Broadway to remain closed until end of 2020
Broadway theatre, New York City
Broadway theatre, New York City Credit: unsplash.com/Sudan Ouyang

The Broadway in New York City will remain closed for the remainder of the year and are not expecting to open their doors until late Winter or early Spring 2021. The Broadway League, the organisation representing theatres, issued a statement that ticket holders would get a refund or could exchange their tickets for a future date.

All Broadway theatres have been closed since March 12, calling the closure "the only intermission."

Business • Economy
2020-06-27T05:00:01+00:00
Microsoft is permanently closing almost all of its stores
Microsoft Store in Sydney
Microsoft Store in Sydney Credit: Wpcpey / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Microsoft announced its plan to permanently close all its retail stores worldwide, with staff being relocated to Microsoft's corporate facilities. Four stores in London, Sydney, New York and Redmond are to remain open but will be "reimagined".

"Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any physical location," so David Porter, Microsoft Corporate Vice President.

Sports
2020-06-24T20:30:02+00:00
Covid-19: 50th edition of New York City City Marathon cancelled
Covid-19: 50th edition of New York City City Marathon cancelled
Credit: Hermann Luyken

The 2020 New York City Marathon has been officially cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place November 1 and would have been the 50th running of the marathon. That will now happen on Nov. 7, 2021.

The organizers New York Road Runners and the city have decided and announced that the Covid-19 risk is too significant and therefore cancelled the marathon from happening.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-24T08:30:02+00:00
AOC to defeat Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in Democratic primary
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Women's March NYC, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Women's March NYC, 2019 Credit: Dimitri Rodriguez / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will most likely defeat Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th District, which includes parts of Queens and the Bronx. AOC was leading with 74 percent against Caruso-Cabrera, but mail-in ballots have yet to be counted. Counties have until July 1 to release the results of the absentee ballots.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-23T08:00:02+00:00
Tech Industry condemns Trump's executive order freezing work visas
Tech Industry condemns Trump's executive order freezing work visas
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Many tech companies have spoken out against Trump's executive order signed on Monday, barring foreigners to seek employment in the United States. Amazon and Facebook both have released statements, with Amazon stating that the ban will "preventing high skilled professionals from entering the country and contributing to America's economic recovery puts American's global competitiveness at risk," so an Amazon spokesperson, and adding that the company will continue to "support efforts that will preserve their ability to strengthen our economy."

Microsoft President Brad Smith said that it was not the time to "cut our nation off from the world's talent or create uncertainty and anxiety" as "immigrants are contributing to this country at a time when we need them most."

Elon Musk took to Twitter where he replied to the New York Times, writing: "Very much disagree with this action. In my experience, these skillsets are net job creators. Visa reform makes sense, but this is too broad."

Politics • American • US
2020-06-22T15:30:02+00:00
Statue of Theodore Roosevelt at NYC's Museum of Natural History will be removed
The Statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History, sculpted by James Earle Fraser in 1940.
The Statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History, sculpted by James Earle Fraser in 1940. Credit: Ad Meskens / Public domain

The office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that the statue of President Theodore Roosevelt at the American Museum of Natural History would be removed. The statue shows an African man and a Native American man standing next to Roosevelt on a horse.

The mayor's office stated that the American Museum of Natural History had asked for the statue's removal as it "explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior" and that the city of New York supports the museum's request as it "is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue".

Politics • American • US
2020-06-21T09:00:02+00:00
Nine people shot in Syracuse, NY – one in critical condition, others stable
Photo of the Downtown Syracuse, New York skyline
Photo of the Downtown Syracuse, New York skyline Credit: Gizzakk at English Wikipedia / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

On Saturday night, Police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in a parking lot in Syracuse, New York. At the scene, they found a large gathering of a "few hundred" and people running towards them, saying shots had been fired. A total of nine people sustained injuries with one being in critical condition and the others being stable with non-life-threatening injuries, so Police Chief Kenton Buckner. As of now, the investigation is ongoing and in its early stages.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-20T20:02:47+00:00
Trump has fired SDNY US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, at Barr's request
Geoffrey Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, seen speaking at the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New York City.
Geoffrey Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, seen speaking at the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New York City. Credit: The Southern District of New York / Public domain

According to the New York Times, AG William Barr announced on Saturday that Donald Trump had fired Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York who investigated several of Donald Trump's associates. Berman had issued a press release Friday night, stating "I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position," after Barr announced Berman's resignation.

In a statement, Barr wrote that Berman had "chosen public spectacle over public service" and further stating: "Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so."

Politics • American • US
2020-06-20T07:00:01+00:00
"I have not resigned", US Attorney Geoffrey Berman not stepping down
Portrait of Geoffrey S. Berman
Portrait of Geoffrey S. Berman Credit: US Department of Justice / Public domain

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman issued a press release shortly after William Barr announced Berman's resignation. "I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney. I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position".

Berman has been in the office since 2018 and has investigated several of Donald Trump's associates. His office is investigating Rudy Giuliani and has prosecuted Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney.

"I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption. I cherish every day that I work with the men and women of this Office to pursue justice without fear or favor – and intend to ensure that this Office’s important cases continue unimpeded," so Berman in his statement.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-20T06:45:59+00:00
AG William Barr announces resignation of SDNY US Attorney Geoffrey Berman
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr Credit: The United States Department of Justice / Public domain

In a press release late Friday night, AG William Barr announced the resignation of Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. "With tenacity and savvy, Geoff has done an excellent job leading one of our nation’s most significant U.S. Attorney’s Offices, achieving many successes on consequential civil and criminal matters. I appreciate his service to the Department of Justice and our nation, and I wish him well in the future," so the statement.

According to the statement, Donald Trump "intends to nominate Jay Clayton, currently the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission" for Berman's position and Barr recommends Craig Carpenito, US Attorney for the District of New Jersey, as intermediate SDNY US Attorney while "he Senate is considering Jay Clayton’s nomination", starting July 3.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-18T10:00:01+00:00
Juneteenth declared a state holiday in New York
Juneteenth declared a state holiday in New York
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Governor Andrew Cuomo declared Juneteenth a state holiday in New York State. He issued the executive order on Wednesday, making it a holiday for all state employees.

In a press release, Cuomo stated: "Friday is Juneteenth — a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States — and it's a day that is especially relevant in this moment in history," adding that "Although slavery ended over 150 years ago, there has still been rampant, systemic discrimination and injustice in this state and this nation, and we have been working to enact real reforms to address these inequalities."

Politics • American • US
2020-06-13T12:00:01+00:00
New York, Iowa ban Police chokehold method
New York, Iowa ban Police chokehold method
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On Friday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill that bans the controversial Police chokehold method. On the same day, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a similar bill which was passed unanimously by the Iowa Legislature. Californian Gov. Gavin Newsom also called for the ban of the chokehold, which he called "stranglehold", as it had "no place any longer in 21st-century practices and policing".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
2020-06-05T13:46:02+00:00
NYC libraries to reopen as early as July
The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library Credit: © Ashley Winkler, Pendect

New York City libraries, which experienced a surge in sign-ups since March, announced their reopening plans for their 92 branches. Libraries will reopen as early as July in a slow and deliberate multi-step process.

"There is going to be a lot of prep time at our facilities for our custodial staff and our IT teams to go out to each of our 60 libraries to see how we can reconfigure workspaces and place floor decals and safety signage before we even start bringing the public and service staff in. Once we figure that out and the commutes are nailed down and we have enough staff, we will slowly open the doors for a limited amount of service to the public," so Nick Higgins, Chief Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-02T07:26:15+00:00
Curfew imposed in many cities, National Guard activated in 23
George Floyd protests in Washington DC. H St. Lafayette Square.
George Floyd protests in Washington DC. H St. Lafayette Square. Credit: Rosa Pineda / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

As the protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer enter its seventh day, at least 40 US cities have imposed overnight curfews. Among those cities are Minneapolis, New York City, Los Angeles and a statewide curfew in Arizona. Washington, DC and at least 23 other cities have activated the National Guard.

Health
2020-05-25T12:25:46+00:00
CDC warns of aggressive rats amid Covid-19 restaurant closures
CDC warns of aggressive rats amid Covid-19 restaurant closures
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning on rats after reports of rat cannibalism and "an increase in rodent activity" in residential areas. As the Covid-19 pandemic forced restaurants to shut down, the absence of restaurant food waste forces rodents to look for food sources elsewhere. There have been sightings of hordes of rats in Chicago, New Orleans and New York which are not only travelling farther for food but also during daytime. According to rat expert Bobby Corrigan, "rats are not becoming aggressive toward people, but toward each other."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
2020-05-12T15:22:39+00:00
Hackers have breached law firm of stars including Drake and Madonna

Criminals have released a screenshot of an alleged Madonna contract together with a demand for payment. In addition, the website of the law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, based in New York, is down. The firm has announced that clients have been notified and a cybersecurity company has been called in for help.

Business • Economy
2020-05-07T18:52:58+00:00
Nike to donate 140,000 pieces of footwear and equipment globally to health care workers
An Oregon Heath & Science University (OHSU) nurse wears a version of the Air Zoom Pulse in a colorway created by OHSU Doernbecher patient Sawyer Miller.
An Oregon Heath & Science University (OHSU) nurse wears a version of the Air Zoom Pulse in a colorway created by OHSU Doernbecher patient Sawyer Miller. Credit: NIKE

Nike, in partnership with Good360 and Nike athletes, will donate 140,000 "pieces of footwear, apparel and equipment globally" to health care workers combating Covid-19.

30,000 pairs of Nike Air Zoom Pulse, a sneaker designed for 'healthcare athletes', will go to hospitals and health care staff in Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis and New York City.

Health
2020-05-07T13:38:15+00:00
Experts warn of "second victims" during Covid-19 pandemic

The director of the Employee Assistance Program at Northwell Health in New York, Curtis Reisinger, has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic causes so-called "second victims", referring to healthcare workers that experience traumata because of the circumstances in the fight against the virus. These can be related to stress, not being able to care for the patients' needs due to missing capacity, missing staff and other reasons. Multiple suicides of healthcare workers have already been reported.