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In Manhattan, supporters and undecided voters watch Democratic debate caucus-style

With just a handful of candidates on the debate stage, more than 200 Democratic and undecided voters met at Manhattan’s RPM Underground, a midtown karaoke place, Tuesday night for a caucus-style watch party where supporters of each candidate were split up into different rooms to cheer on their favorites.  

“Rise and Roar” campaign unites the two New York City women’s marches

After last year’s divisive split, the Women’s March Alliance and the Women’s March NYCreconciled for the fourth annual unity rally yesterday.

Young Asian Americans (finally) feeling represented with Andrew Yang’s run for president

Although New York is home to the second-largest Asian population in the country, Asian Americans are underrepresented in both state and city governments. At the federal level, Andrew Yang is the only Asian American running for president. Though he is not the first to vie for the office – Hiram Fong was a candidate in 1964 – he is the first to achieve some measure of mainstream success.

In a polarized America, group works to bring back civil conversation

Several hours before last week’s Democratic presidential debate, a small group gathered in lower Manhattan for a heated discussion of its own. Crossing Party Lines: New York hosted a “table talk” on political correctness – a subject that polarizes Americans who support free speech without restriction and those who believe language offensive to certain groups has no place in society.

As earthquakes rumble the Caribbean, Puerto Ricans gather to raise aid funds

With earthquakes shaking the Caribbean, including one of the largest in the region’s history on Tuesday, Puerto Rican organizations and artists came together this week at Casabe House in New York City’s El Barrio to raise funds for Puerto Rico.

New York isn’t worried about the coronavirus

Amid reports of panic-buying of masks and the cancellation of Lunar New Year celebrations, many remain unconcerned about the global spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. With only a handful of confirmed cases in the United States, it was business as usual in most of the country last week — including in New York, the largest Chinese community outside of Asia.

Congress stalls on bills to end female genital mutilation

Today, as the United Nations recognizes the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, federal legislation banning the practice is stalled in Washington. Sometimes referred to as female circumcision, FGM is often portrayed as a practice that doesn’t affect the United States. But the reality is that approximately 507,000 U.S. women and girls – mainly in immigrant communities – are either at risk for or have suffered through it.

Trump administration punishes New Yorkers for state’s sanctuary policies

In an ugly partisan spat over immigration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week declared New York residents ineligible for enrollment or reenrollment in several of its Trusted Traveler Programs, such as Global Entry.

Lack of female CEOs prompts women entrepreneurs to aim higher

In 2019, the number of female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list hit a new record, with 33 of the country’s highest-grossing firms being led by women. While that’s a significant achievement, it accounts for only 6.6 percent of CEOs on the list.

New Yorkers not prepared for plastic bag ban

On March 1, New York will join the short list of states with bans on plastic carryout bags. Only California and Hawaii have state-wide bans aimed at reducing the proliferation of single-use plastics. New York’s ban is less than a week away, but many are unaware of it.

As Chinese restaurants suffer losses, supermarket business remains brisk

An hour’s subway ride from Manhattan is the Bensonhurst neighborhood of south Brooklyn, home to a growing Chinese community. Under the Bay Parkway station, 86th Street is lined with Asian grocery stores. One popular market flowing with customers is Thanksgiving Supermarket — a marked departure from South Florida’s Publix.

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair brings book lovers from South Florida and beyond

Known as the world’s finest antiquarian book fair, the NYIABF attracts bibliophiles, collectors, scholars, connoisseurs and others interested in antique collections. Vendors present collections that include rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, incanabula, fine bindings, illustrations, historical documents, rare prints and print ephemera.

Concrete jungle: Food deserts lead to malnourishment in biggest U.S. cities

For nearly 20 years, residents of East Harlem had access to reasonably priced fresh produce and other basic necessities at the local Pathmark grocery store. In 2015, following the bankruptcy of its parent company, Pathmark closed all of its stores. This left many low-income residents in food deserts – a term is used to describe the fallout when a centralized food market closes and leaves residents in the area it served with few alternatives.

It’s Black Friday for tattoo lovers

Usually synonymous with anything and everything wrong, Friday the 13th is tattoo enthusiasts’ lucky day — it’s one of the only times they can get a tattoo that won’t break the bank.

Neither a global pandemic nor a state of emergency has deterred tourists

More than 200 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in New York, with 95 in New York City, which is arguably the tourist capital of America, just ahead of Miami. Even after Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency on Thursday, tourists still visited city landmarks.

Delivery business booms with coronavirus pandemic

In South Florida hurricane-warning-like fashion, people across the country are racing to stores and buying any available antibacterial product they can find. Hand soaps, face masks, hand sanitizers and toilet paper have been cleaned out of many stores. Employees have even put up signs limiting the number of products that can be bought per person.

Amid coronavirus fears, journalists asked to work remotely

At a time when the flow of accurate information is critical to society, major news outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post are encouraging journalists to telecommute. The Los Angeles Times is even restricting air travel.

Latino millennial voters have supported Sanders. Will they back Biden?

During the 2016 Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders lost 10 of the 11 states where Latinos made up 15% or more of the population. This time around, he notched a big win in Nevada, where 30% of the population is Latino. He was also victorious in delegate-rich California, where he garnered 49% of the Latino vote.

Attacks on Asian-Americans rise in tandem with coronavirus

Since the spread of the coronavirus began in late 2019, a new wave of racism and xenophobia has plagued Asian-Americans. Just a couple weeks ago, President Donald Trump referred to the coronavirus as the “Chinese Virus,” then denied the term is racist. Though the coronavirus originated in China, there is no evidence that people of Asian descent are more likely to be carriers or bear responsibility for its transmission, but ignorance has put Asian-American lives in danger from racist attacks.

A century of women’s suffrage: A reminder of what needs to be done

Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucy Stone — these are just a few of the women who played pivotal roles in shaping the United States. By hosting conventions and both protesting and lobbying Congress, they tirelessly fought for women’s rights and suffrage. They paved the way for future women activists.

Remote education increases burden on already-strained parents and families

Several days a week, Julian Burgess watches his two nephews, Joseph (Jojo), 9,  and Elijah, 4, while their parents, a store sales clerk and an ultrasound technician, continue to work during the global pandemic. Burgess, a senior at FIU majoring in sports management, has also become Jojo’s de facto teacher.

The pandemic and racism can lead to depression and mental illness among African-Americans

As COVID-19 exposes the ways that racial disparities affect health outcomes, African-Americans are bearing the brunt of the outbreak in many parts of the nation. New York City, for instance, estimates Black residents are dying at nearly double the rateof whites. African-Americans are also 20 percent more likely to experience mental health problems due to a lack of access to appropriate care. And they are often reluctant to trust a system that has historically been stacked against them.

Physical activity brings improved mental health – and stigma

In an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19, people around the world have been advised to stay indoors and isolate themselves. While there is evidence that this social distancing is working, it can also negatively impact people’s mental health.

Film students struggle to complete productions amid coronavirus lockdown

As the coronavirus has forced education online, some subject areas have transitioned more smoothly than others. Some students have been left without access to needed facilities or tools.

The College Board has cancelled SAT test dates through June

In the latest about-face caused by the coronavirus, students have gone from being stressed about taking exams to stressing over not taking exams. With the cancellation of spring and possibly summer SAT and ACT testing, many high school juniors have been left in limbo.

Palm Beach restaurants struggle as coronavirus continues to spread

Lazy Loggerhead Café, situated inside Palm Beach County’s Carlin Park near Juno Beach, closed its doors on March 19. That was one day before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide order ending on-premises dining. Jennifer Wilson, who owns the cafe with her husband Brian “Duke” Wilson, said they closed to keep customers and employees safe.

Students are mentally drained from the pressures of remote learning

Welcome to Zoom University! The class of 2020 will now be completing the remainder of the semester online with professors and teachers using remote tools in order to maintain a semblance of normality. Together with the stress of a global pandemic, this adjustment has taken a toll on students’ mental health.

You can’t go to the beach, but the water sure is clean

Among the misfortunes that the novel coronavirus has caused, such as the disruption of education and a recession, at least one positive result has emerged. While humans have largely been quarantined indoors, nature has started to rebound.

Coronavirus accelerates decline of movie theaters

The coronavirus pandemic may be the last nail in the coffin for a beloved American pastime: going to the movies. Theaters were already suffering major financial losses before the pandemic, and now their future looks increasingly unstable.

As COVID-19 nears a million U.S. infections, an interactive timeline chronicles its growth

With each passing day, more Americans are diagnosed with COVID-19. The total count is nearing 1 million and the illness has killed more people in one month than flu did during the entire 2018-2019 season. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top infectious disease expert, predicted in late March that more than a million people in the U.S. could contract the virus — but now the number is certain to be much higher.

As pet adoptions rise, Chewy is considered an essential business and prospers

With the coronavirus negatively affecting nearly every business in the United States, one online store is seeing financial gains. Chewy, an online retailer of pet care products based in Dania Beach has seen a rise in business since the outbreak of COVID-19.