April 19, 2021

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Ceaser Emanuel Previews VH1's "Black Ink Crew: New York"
New York

Black Ink Crew: New York is back on VH1 and Ceasar Emanuel talks with CBS Local's DJ Sixsmith about the show, building his business in the Big Apple and losing a tattoo store during COVID-19.
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Millions of dollars for nearly 1,200 NYC public schools thanks to Fair Student Funding program
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More than one thousand city schools will get a direct injection of hundreds of millions in cash they can use on expenses like hiring new staff and purchasing supplies, following a state budget agreement that boosts funding to the city school system, Mayor de Blasio announced Monday. The influx of new state dollars allows the city to finally give each public school 100% of the money it’s owed under the city’s “Fair Student Funding” system — a formula that assigns funding per student, with extra cash directed to schools with needier populations.
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Woman Found Dead on L Train in Manhattan
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Police are investigating the death of an unidentified woman whose body was found on a southbound L train in Manhattan early Sunday, officials said.Cops responded to a 911 call about the woman on the train at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue around 1:35 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene. No other details about her were immediately known. The medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine how she died.
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Babylon Bee editor-in-chief roasts liberal late-night comedians
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The editor-in-chief of Christian conservative satire site the Babylon Bee blasted liberal late-night comedians, arguing that they have replaced humor with “lecturing” as the left “increasingly” turns into “the party of self-righteous zealots.”In the Saturday column for the National Review titled, “Samantha Bee Is Wrong about Comedy,” Kyle Mann wrote: “Over the last decade, late-night hosts across the board began to lay aside their relatable, everyman’s brand of comedy and pivot toward lecturing the crowd on their moral values.”
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ACM Awards: Full List Of Winners And Nominees
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Maren Morris leads the way with five nominations, one of them as a member of The Highwomen, which scored a group of the year nomination.
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New Jersey man, 74, falls to death in skydiving mishap in Pennsylvania
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A 74-year-old New Jersey man fell to his death in a skydiving mishap in Pennsylvania, authorities said. The man’s body was recovered after he plummeted into the woods around 11:30 a.m. Sunday near Airport Road just north of East Stroudsburg, officials said. He had gone skydiving with the Poconos-based Sky’s the Limit. Authorities identified the victim as Edward Harney, NJ.com reported. He was an experienced skydiver who had many jumps under his belt.
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MTA’s efforts to combat fare evasion have fallen short: comptroller
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The MTA’s efforts to crack down on fare evasion haven’t been very effective, according to an audit released Monday by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Transit officials last year estimated the agency lost roughly $300 million to riders who skipped fares in 2019 — a jump from the $225 million in 2018 losses despite the MTA spending millions to stem the fare-beating bleed, the audit found. In June 2019, the MTA formed a task force to find ways to encourage more New Yorkers to do the right thing and pay for their ride; the audit shows the agency did little reporting on the group’s work.
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Man fatally run over, dragged by Lexus after he lies down in street outside Central Park
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A man was fatally run over by a Lexus after he lay down in the street just outside Central Park on the Upper West Side, police said Monday. The victim stepped into the left lane of Central Park West near. W. 62nd St. and lay down there as a 1998 Lexus sedan was approaching about 11:55 p.m. Sunday, cops said. The 28-year-old Lexus driver ran over the man, who lodged under the front driver’s-side wheel, and dragged him uptown.
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NYPD Prepares for Protests as Attorneys Present Closing Arguments in Chauvin Trial
New York

The verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin could be announced as soon as this week, and anger over other recent police killings has led to more protests in the streets across the country and in New York City.Closing arguments in the nationally watched George Floyd case are set for Monday.Video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes before his death prompted demonstrators to show up in force across the five boroughs with calls for justice through the summer. They're expected to do so again in the coming days if the 45-year-old former cop is acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd’s death. Earlier rallies sometimes erupted into clashes with NYPD officers and local leaders called for the cops to hold back on excessive force against protesters.
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Man, 22, fatally shot sitting in Range Rover in Queens by two men who were in the SUV with him
New York

A 22-year-old man was killed sitting in his Range Rover in Queens when two men with him in the SUV got out and shot him in the back, police sources said Monday. The victim was in the driver’s seat of the SUV parked near 41st St. and 30th Ave. in Astoria when two men he was with got out about 10:05 p.m., police said. One of the men opened fire, striking the victim once in the back. Medics pulled the victim out of the luxury vehicle and rushed him to Mount Sinai Queens but he couldn’t be saved, officials said. His name was not immediately released.
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Police: Hanks Johnson Tried To Break Into Taylor Swift's Tribeca Apartment
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police have arrested a Midtown man for allegedly trying to break into Taylor Swift‘s Tribeca apartment.It happened Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.According to police, Hanks Johnson, 52, tried to break into Swift’s apartment on Franklin Street. A 911 caller told police someone had broken into the building. Responding officers arrested Johnson at the scene.Sources tell CBS2 it’s not the first time Johnson has tried to break in to her home. He was previously arrested for stalking in 2019.Johnson has repeatedly shown up at her apartment, ringing the doorbell several times. He’s known to security there, who have told him not to come back.Johnson was charged with criminal trespass.It’s not the first time people have tried to break into one of Swift’s homes. In 2019, a Florida man allegedly broke into the apartment and was charged with stalking. A New Jersey man was accused of breaking into her home on Rhode Island.
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Brooklyn subway farebeater bites, kicks, spits on cops: sources
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A farebeater brawled with cops in a Brooklyn subway station, biting, kicking and spitting on officers trying to arrest him, sources said Monday. NYPD Transit Bureau cops spotted 26-year-old Darion Harrington jumping a turnstile on the mezzanine level of the Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center station about 11:50 p.m. Saturday, sources said. When cops approached, a friend used a MetroCard to pay for Harrington. It appeared at that point that police were going to let Harrington off with a warning but as he walked past a sergeant he spit on his boot, sources said.
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Brooklyn minivan hit-and-run driver injures five, nabbed a day later by community patrol group
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A minivan driver was caught on camera backing up into five pedestrians in Brooklyn and then speeding off — only to be nabbed a day later when a neighborhood watch group spotted his vehicle, cops said Monday. Surveillance video shows the minivan, parked at Wythe and Rutledge Aves. in Williamsburg, backing up, even though there are no cars parked in front of it, and striking the victims, who topple like dominoes, about 10:15 p.m. Saturday.
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ALLAN WERNICK: USCIS extensions of stay and derivative citizenship explained
New York

Q. My parents came here from Venezuela on visitor’s visas and due to the pandemic applied to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for extensions of stay. USCIS denied their request. They managed to get home, but will they have a problem the next time they come to visit me in the United States?Name withheld, Orlando, Fla. A. Your parents should have no problem reentering on a visitor’s visa if they filed their extension applications before their original period of stay expired. They should bring a copy of their applications and the filing receipts with them when they return.
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COVID Vaccine Expansion Continues To Ages 16 And Up
New York

Everyone 16 and older in the U.S. will be eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine starting today. It's already in effect for New York and Connecticut, but now starts in New Jersey. CBS2's John Dias has the details.
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NYPD: Woman Wanted For Punching MTA Bus Driver In Manhattan
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Surveillance photos show a suspect police say punched a New York City bus driver.On Sunday, CBS2’s Cory James spoke with the Transport Workers Union, which says the violence on bus drivers has been rising since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus drivers are on high alert following attacks in recent months on workers behind the wheel.Police released images of a woman who they say punched a bus driver in the face not once but twice. The incident happened last month in Greenwich Village near Sixth Avenue and 14th Street.According to police, it started off as an argument before escalating to physical violence that left the driver with pain and swelling.TWU Vice President Richard Davis said that driver did not want to speak, but is recovering at home.
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All New Jersey Residents Age 16 And Up Now Eligible For COVID Vaccine
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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – As of Monday, everyone 16 and up in the United States is eligible to get the COVID vaccine.The rule has already been in effect for New York and Connecticut, but now it starts in New Jersey, too.As CBS2’s John Dias reports, seniors lined up outside the COVID-19 vaccination site at Essex Community College to get their second shot.“I have faith in the vaccine,” one told Dias.Now, younger generations can join in, since as of Monday, there are new rules in New Jersey for who can get a COVID vaccine.COVID VACCINEAll adults qualify, 16 and up, no matter their health condition or occupation.“If expanding it to that age, and they say they want to do it, then great for them,” said Newark resident John Teabout.“We can’t exclude young people because of their age,” said Ed Kelly.
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Volunteers Tidy Up Pond, Harbor; Halesite Crew to Clean Gold Star Beach
New York

More than 70 people worked to clean up Mill Pond and Centerport Harbor Saturday.Sponsored by the Centerport Harbor Civic Association, the volunteers included Centerport families, members of the Harborfields High School Environmental Club, Girl Scout Troop 688, and members of two local Boys Scout Troops. Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Legislative Aide Michele Martines also picked up garbage and State Sen. Jim Gaughran lent support. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Associate Pastor Father Collins attended to offer a blessing of the harbor and the clean-up volunteers.
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NJ man dies in skydiving accident
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EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania -- Authorities in Pennsylvania on Monday were investigating a skydiving accident which claimed the life of a New Jersey man. The incident happened Sunday. Officials found the body of Ed Harney, 74, of Paramus, New Jersey, in a wooded area. His friends told police Harney was an experienced skydiver. Harney's parachute opened but eventually separated from him, authorities told WNEP-TV.
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Times Square Alliance says city needs to address crime, safety concerns
New York

TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A new report about increasing safety concerns in Times Square is set to be released. Local officials are trying to calm those concerns in response. In the last month alone, in and around the vicinity of Times Square, someone shot a tourist, police made an arrest for weapons possession, and an anti-Asian hate crime happened. The new report in will highlight the district's recent trouble with crime, homelessness, and drug use.
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The shocking story behind NYC's Cooper Hewitt family
New York

When Ann Cooper Hewitt was 3 years old, she was caught with her hand down her pants.In the eyes of her mother and doctors back around 1920, this indicated that the girl was irreparably damaged, a “feebleminded” “idiot” with no chance of living a normal life. This began an odyssey of abuse that would later result in her being sterilized without her knowledge.“The Unfit Heiress: The Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt,” (Grand Central Publishing) by Audrey Clare Farley, tells the sad and shocking tale of Cooper Hewitt, the daughter of famed engineer and inventor Peter Cooper Hewitt, and how her case reflected a time when eugenics was not only frighteningly common, but widely accepted in the US. (Farley notes that this is a work of “creative nonfiction,” namely, while the facts are true as stated, “some scenes, dialogue, and narrative details have been constructed for dramatic purposes.”)
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Police: Armed Robbers Hold Up Businesses At Knifepoint, Steal More Than $8,000
New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a pair of robbery suspects accused of holding up businesses at knifepoint.The men allegedly struck four stores between Jan. 21 and Feb. 9 — three in the Bronx, and one in Upper Manhattan.In each incident, police said the suspects displayed a knife and demanded cash.They made off with approximately $7,100 from three different bodegas, plus $1,200 from a gas station, for a total of $8,300.No one was hurt in any of the robberies.Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.
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NJ Expands Vaccine Eligibility to All Age 16+; NY Loosens Curfew for Restaurants
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New Jersey makes all its residents age 16 and older vaccine-eligible Monday, the same day all U.S. states must do so to meet President Joe Biden's previously announced deadline. Meanwhile, New York extends its indoor service curfews for restaurants and catered events by an hour each -- the latest incremental reopening steps as state hospitalizations fall below 3,760, the lowest they've been since late November.
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