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January warm spells, March freezes: How plants manage the shift from winter to spring

January warm spells, March freezes: How plants manage the shift from winter to spring

Richard B. Primack, Boston University Weather patterns across the U.S. have felt like a roller coaster ride for the past several months. December and January were significantly warmer than average in many locations, followed by February’s intense cold wave and a dramatic warmup. If you’ve ever seen lilac […]

Most US states don’t have a filibuster – nor do many democratic countries

Most US states don’t have a filibuster – nor do many democratic countries

Joshua Holzer, Westminster College As the U.S. Senate proceeds with its business, split 50-50 between Republicans on one side and Democrats and independents on the other, lawmakers and the public at large are concerned about the future of the filibuster.

The Time Has Come For the United States Postal Service to Do Its Job: Return To Sender

Shutterstock DEJOY RIDE Time to return Trump’s postmaster general to sender. By Khalil Bendib | March 3, 2021 in OtherWords.

The 19th Explains: What is the Equal Rights Amendment and will it become part of the Constitution?

The 19th Explains: What is the Equal Rights Amendment and will it become part of the Constitution?

Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment have been trying to add it to America’s founding legal document for nearly 50 years. Could 2021 be the year it happens?  Barbara Rodriguez Originally published by The 19th

As death approaches, our dreams offer comfort, reconciliation

As death approaches, our dreams offer comfort, reconciliation

Carine Mardorossian, University at Buffalo One of the most devastating elements of the coronavirus pandemic has been the inability to personally care for loved ones who have fallen ill.

NYC Jobs Won’t Bounce Back Until at Least 2024, IBO Says. But State and City Budget Holes Not as Big as Feared

Greg David, THE CITY This article was originally publishedon Jan 6 at 7:01pm ESTby THE CITY While Democratic control of the U.S. Senate raises the prospect of more federal aid for New York, city and state budgets apparently are in far better shape than Mayor Bill de Blasio or Gov. Andrew Cuomo will admit. That’s

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NYC Congressional Reps Describe ‘Sheer Insanity’ as Insurrectionists Stormed Capitol

Claudia Irizarry Aponte, Christine Chung, Clifford Michel, and Greg B. Smith, THE CITY This article was originally publishedon Jan 6 at 8:59pm ESTby THE CITY Freshman Rep. Ritchie Torres woke before sunrise Wednesday, anticipating a day to celebrate democracy when he would get to participate in the Congressional approval of the election of Joe Biden

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For New Yorkers Brutalized in Black Lives Matter Marches, Response at Capitol Brings Disbelief and Bitterness

Rachel Holliday Smith and Eileen Grench, THE CITY This article was originally publishedon Jan 6 at 10:06pm ESTby THE CITY For many Americans, Wednesday’s insurrection at the Capitol proved shocking. For many New Yorkers who were harassed, arrested or brutalized while marching in support of the Black Lives Matter movement last year, the treatment of

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Subway Train Operator Haunted by Two Deaths on the Job in One Week. MTA and Union Officials Say the Tragedies Point to a Larger Crisis

Jose Martinez, THE CITY This article was originally publishedon Jan 5 at 9:19pm ESTby THE CITY Jerome Golden had operated subway trains for 17 years without ever being involved in a deadly accident. “A lot of people I know, it’s happened to them,” Golden said. “But never to me.” But in the course of a

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As first phase progresses slowly, Cuomo making plans for New York’s second phase of vaccine rollout

By Steve Bittenbender | The Center Square/January 5th, 2021 (The Center Square) – As New York tries to expedite the COVID-19 inoculation process, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the next groups to receive the vaccine to administer them with their own networks or staff. That would mean organizations like the New York City Police Department could use

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Free Food Pantry for Roosevelt Island Returns on Friday, January 8th.

The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) operates the pantry, and its executive director, Wendy Hersh, says they will be back in business, this week. Everyone in need is welcome, no questions asked. “Happy New year to everyone!” Hersh wrote in an email to The Roosevelt Island Daily/News. “The RIDA food pantry will be opening back

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Evolving in COVID Crisis, NYC Mutual Aid Groups Head Into 2021 With Tablets, Toys — and Diapers

Rachel Holliday Smith and Claudia Irizarry Aponte, THE CITY This article was originally publishedon Jan 4 at 8:59pm ESTby THE CITY When the Astoria Mutual Aid Network began in March, volunteers focused on making sure homebound or down-on-their-luck neighbors had groceries. Getting food to people still represents the bulk of the group’s duties, said Maryam

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