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Cyril Josh Barker

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Blood on the streets: rise in violence raises serious questions

While the Fourth of July weekend was dominated by the sound of illegal fireworks, the sound of gunshots was also in the atmosphere as New York experienced one of its most violent weekends.

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Newark’s Summer Youth Employment program gets creative

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Newark’s 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program launched this week.

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Strange Fruit 2020: Black bodies found hanging from trees

As America has its reckoning with racism in the aftermath of the police killing of Black, unarmed George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests continue to fight against racial injustices.

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City layoffs now off the chopping block for now

Thousands of city employees are breathing a sigh of relief after their jobs were saved in the city’s annual budget.

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NY takes steps to keep COVID out

As COVID-19 cases make a sharp rise in states south of the Mason-Dixie line, New York is taking several measures to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen here.

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New Jersey outlines guidelines for reopening schools

New Jersey state officials released “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education” to assist schools with reopening in the fall.

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'Princess and the Frog' ride coming to Disneyland and Disney World

The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday that it's replacing the theme of its iconic Splash Mountain ride with a theme based on the 2009 animated film "The Princess and the Frog."

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NYC: We're Back - City Enters Phase 2

Gates are rolled up, outdoor tables are set and “closed” signs are flipped as New York City enters Phase 2 of the COVID-19 recovery, which permits restaurants to serve customers outdoors, the opening of beauty and barbershops and in-store retail.

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Primary election sees big wins for progressives, problems at the polls

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, New Yorkers participated in Tuesday’s primary election whether by early voting, absentee ballot or voting in person.

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Reforms aim to bridge trust between police and community

Among the many reforms in the “Say Their Name” Agenda is the repeal of law 50-a, which allows for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers.

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New Jersey AG demands that law enforcement officials who violate policies be identified

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is ordering that all law enforcement agencies in the state begin publicly identifying officers who commit serious disciplinary violations.

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Meet the candidates: Primary elections underway in NYC

The primary elections in New York State are set to take place on June 23 but early voting has already begun and with COVID-19 still lingering people are voting by mail.

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Manhattan D.A. declining to prosecute protest arrests

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. recently announced his office is not prosecuting people arrested during the ongoing demonstrations against the use of excessive force and killing of George Floyd.

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Cuomo signs bill repealing 50-a

The New York State Senate and Assembly have repealed Civil Rights Law 50-a, getting one step closer to making it easier to access police disciplinary records

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Bronx residents hit the streets to protest against police violence

As protests around the city over the police killing of George Floyd continue, hundreds of demonstrators made their way down the Grand Concourse in the Bronx on Sunday, June 7, for the “We All We Got, We All We Need” march.

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Gov. Phil Murphy nominates Black woman to State Supreme Court

Attorney Fabiana Pierre-Louis is on the path to making history in New Jersey as Gov. Phil Murphy announces her nomination.

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New Jersey demands justice for George Floyd

Thousands of people took to the streets of Newark on Saturday to protest the recent police killing of George Floyd

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Will schools reopen in September?

As areas around New York City enter the first phases of reopening, many in the city are wondering if public schools will be able to open in the fall.

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Baraka urging business owners and employees to get tested for COVID-19

As New Jersey continues taking more steps toward a full reopening, businesses have been open for curbside and in-store pickup per Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent implementation of a phased reopening.

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State rolls out mass testing in NYC’s Black neighborhoods

In an effort to make testing more accessible to Black New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cumo expanded COVID-19 testing to 24 churches in mostly Black neighborhoods in the New York-metro.

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New Jersey starts to re-open for business

Taking the first steps to reopening, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is permitting the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events.

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Could MIS-C change the way NYC educates?

A COVID-19 linked illness impacting children could have an impact on education in the fall.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is helping to bring New York State back

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren is taking on the COVID-19 pandemic by the horns and keeping her citizens safe.

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Protest march held in Newark for Ahmaud Arbery

The activist group People’s Organization for Progress (P.O.P.) held a protest in Newark at the Lincoln Monument in response to the shooting death of the unarmed 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA

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Jonnel Doris named city’s commissioner for Small Business Services

As business owners seek help on how to bounce back, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the appointment of Jonnel Doris to serve as the commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services.

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Americans still finding roadblocks to the federal dollars they deserve

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in America has caused a major riff in the nation’s economy leading to massive unemployment, the shuttering of businesses and a crisis on the stock market.

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Ahmaud Arbery killing sparks outrage

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the infamous American tradition of unarmed Black men being killed is still making its way to the forefront of society.

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2020 Census moves forward amid COVID-19 pandemic

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only just under 40% of New Yorkers have responded to the 2020 Census as of late April.

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Eastside High School principal who died from COVID-19 remembered as ‘gentle giant’

The community in Paterson, N.J. is mourning the loss of beloved Eastside High School principal Dr. Gerald Glisson, who recently passed away from coronavirus (COVID-19) complications.

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De Blasio’s evolving blueprint

During a recent interview with the AmNews, Mayor Bill de Blasio discussed racial disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the city plans to move ahead.

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Stimulus checks could be distributed by debit cards to the ‘unbanked’

As Americans begin receiving their stimulus checks from the federal government, a segment of the population might have to wait longer to receive theirs.

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Chancellor: 175,000 devices distributed for remote learning, survey can pinpoint needs

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza reports over 175,000 devices are in the hands of students to continue their education as the city’s Department of Education continues to transition to remote learning.

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Gov. Murphy introduces ‘The Road Back’ plan for New Jersey

This week, Gov. Phil Murphy announced his vision, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” to restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery.

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Police fears continue during COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, concerns over how police are enforcing orders to help quell the spread of the virus are coming into question.

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DOJ reports rampant sexual abuse at NJ women’s prison

Officials are horrified and shocked at a recent report by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging sexual abuse at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, NJ.

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Subway cesspool: is public transit the COVID-19 culprit?

Public transit is being called a culprit in the spread of the coronavirus, and some experts and politicians say shutting it down could be key in slowing the spread.

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Subway cesspool: is public transit the COVID-19 culprit?

New York City officials are sounding off, calling for the close of subways and buses for at least a week to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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‘Be Still Mondays’ begin in Newark to combat COVID-19

In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus in Newark, Mayor Ras Baraka recently announced the installation of “Be Still Mondays” asking for a complete shutdown of the city once a week.

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Students shut out: Cuomo & DeBlasio bicker, schools left in limbo

Last Saturday, New York City Public Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said that “learning will continue” as schools remain closed due to COVID-19. However, some politicians and education advocates say the learning never started.

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Rikers Island inmate dies from COVID-19

The push to release more inmates from Rikers Island in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has been heightened after an inmate died from complications from COVID-19.

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Census count in full swing amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 1 was Census Day and amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the U.S. Census is still advocating for Americans to participate in the nationwide tally even while citizens are staying at home.

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Baraka announces program to help property owners and tenants harmed by COVID-19 in Newark

A new program in Newark aims to help commercial property owners and their tenants who have lost income during the COVID-19 crisis to avoid evictions and foreclosures.

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AmNews receives grant from Racial Equity in Journalism Fund

The New York Amsterdam News is one of 16 news organizations to receive the Racial Equity in Journalism (REJ) Fund from the Borealis Philanthropy.

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Appeal to landlords continues as April starts and rent is due

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues, rent for millions of New Yorkers is due this week. However, due to mass job losses, some renters are coming up empty-handed.

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COVID-19 behind bars

The contraction rate of coronavirus on Rikers Island is seven times higher than the rest of New York City. Even though Mayor Bill de Blasio released 300 Rikers Island inmates from the city’s jails in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some say it’s not enough.

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Some parents and students struggling with remote learning

As schools citywide are slated for closure for the remainder of the academic year, some parents are struggling with mandated remote learning––with many not even having the proper tools to help students.

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Should landlords suspend rent during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a major impact on the economy with small businesses closing and companies laying off workers.

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Murphy announces social distancing measures to quell spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed an executive order implementing aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey.

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Should NYC public schools shut down? Politicians and advocates say 'yes'

Amid the growing outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), questions linger if New York City public schools should close to quell the spread.

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Panic Pandemic: About 6.5% of those infected will require hospitalization and/or intensive care

In order for the coronavirus (COVID-19) to stop spreading, about 75% of the population needs to have an antibody either through infection or vaccination.

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