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A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

When April Schneider's children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more... Read More

When April Schneider's children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her... Read More

2021-12-23 19:39:13
by Dan McCue
New York City to Scale Back New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square

NEW YORK — Revelers hoping to ring in 2022 in New York City’s iconic Times Square are going to have... Read More

NEW YORK — Revelers hoping to ring in 2022 in New York City’s iconic Times Square are going to have to wear face masks, practice social distancing and show proof of being fully vaccinated along with a photo ID, the... Read More

2021-12-23 19:35:12
by Dan McCue
DC Mayor Announces Vaccine Mandate for Bars, Restaurants, Public Events

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday that the city will soon require those who want to patronize bars... Read More

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday that the city will soon require those who want to patronize bars and restaurants or attend indoor gatherings to show proof of coronavirus vaccination to be admitted. During a weekly update on... Read More

2021-12-17 15:56:10
by Reece Nations
Jumaane Williams Positions Himself as Progressive Alternative in NY Governor's Race

NEW YORK — New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will square off against Rep. Thomas Suozzi, D-N.Y., and incumbent... Read More

NEW YORK — New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams will square off against Rep. Thomas Suozzi, D-N.Y., and incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul in 2022’s gubernatorial primary election. A Brooklyn native, Williams received a bachelor of arts degree in political... Read More

2021-12-15 15:46:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Field Hearing On Reducing Gun Trafficking And Violence

CHICAGO — On Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee held a field hearing in Chicago on reducing violence in the city... Read More

CHICAGO — On Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee held a field hearing in Chicago on reducing violence in the city where homicide rates have increased more than 4% in the last year. “At least 12 major cities have set homicide... Read More

2021-12-10 21:18:59
by Reece Nations
New York City Council Approves Measure to Allow Noncitizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

NEW YORK — New York City Council passed legislation on Thursday to permit hundreds of thousands of legal noncitizens to... Read More

NEW YORK — New York City Council passed legislation on Thursday to permit hundreds of thousands of legal noncitizens to vote in the city’s municipal elections. Legal permanent voting-age New York residents account for roughly 900,000 of the city’s 8.4... Read More

2021-12-06 22:33:13
by Brock Blasdell
NYC to Expand COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates to Children

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that, in an effort to combat the omicron variant, children... Read More

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that, in an effort to combat the omicron variant, children aged 5-11 will soon be required to present proof of at least one COVID-19 vaccination before they can enter any... Read More

2021-11-16 17:23:32
by Dan McCue
District of Columbia to Rescind Mask Mandate Next Week

WASHINGTON - Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday the District of Columbia will lift its indoor mask mandate on Monday, Nov.... Read More

WASHINGTON - Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday the District of Columbia will lift its indoor mask mandate on Monday, Nov. 22. During a late morning press conference, the message from Bowser and other city officials was “we’re learning to live... Read More

2021-11-10 15:26:12
by Dan McCue
Iconic Cherry Blossom Festival to Return ‘Live’ in 2022

WASHINGTON — The National Cherry Blossom Festival, a tourist favorite that was severely curtailed last year by the coronavirus pandemic,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The National Cherry Blossom Festival, a tourist favorite that was severely curtailed last year by the coronavirus pandemic, will return as a live celebration of the iconic spring blooms in 2022. Next year’s event will be held March... Read More

2021-11-05 21:30:26
by Reece Nations
Buckhead Cityhood Probed by Georgia Senate Committee

ATLANTA — Neither side of the controversial Buckhead City movement held back during the Georgia State Senate Committee on State... Read More

ATLANTA — Neither side of the controversial Buckhead City movement held back during the Georgia State Senate Committee on State and Local Governmental Operations hearing on Thursday. Proponents and opponents alike came to testify before the committee on the neighborhood’s... Read More

2021-11-03 17:42:22
by Dan McCue
Youngkin Wins In Virginia; In Stunner, NJ Remains Too Close to Call

WASHINGTON — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the nation’s most watched gubernatorial contest on Tuesday, edging out Democrat Terry McAuliffe in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the nation’s most watched gubernatorial contest on Tuesday, edging out Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a race widely seen as an early referendum on the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats. As of Wednesday morning, with... Read More

Mayoral Races Stay Focused on Police Practices, Rising Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters across the U.S. will pick new city leaders Tuesday from candidates who have been largely... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters across the U.S. will pick new city leaders Tuesday from candidates who have been largely defined by their stances on police and crime.Those issues came to the forefront in cities big and small after the... Read More

2021-10-27 15:05:14
by Dan McCue
Minneapolis Voters to Decide Whether to Replace Police Department

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Ballot measures normally don’t get too much attention. But Minneapolis residents next week are poised to vote... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Ballot measures normally don’t get too much attention. But Minneapolis residents next week are poised to vote for or against perhaps the most high profile ballot measure ever — one that could lead to the city’s police... Read More

2021-10-27 14:55:13
by Dan McCue
Runoff Likely With ‘Undecideds’ Still Leading In Atlanta Mayoral Race

ATLANTA — By now, there’s usually some clarity, but with just a week to go before Atlantans turn out to... Read More

ATLANTA — By now, there’s usually some clarity, but with just a week to go before Atlantans turn out to select their new mayor and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s final poll in the books, the number of undecided voters is far... Read More

2021-10-04 20:29:34
by Reece Nations
Wealthy Atlanta District Vying for Cityhood

ATLANTA — Atlanta’s affluent uptown residential district, Buckhead, is making a push to secede from the city and create its... Read More

ATLANTA — Atlanta’s affluent uptown residential district, Buckhead, is making a push to secede from the city and create its own government. The Georgia Senate’s local government operations committee is set to convene hearings on legislation that would allow Buckhead... Read More

COVID Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect for NYC Teachers, Staff

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City teachers and other school staff members were all supposed to be vaccinated against... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City teachers and other school staff members were all supposed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when the bell rang Monday morning in one of the first school district mandates in the country requiring employees... Read More

2021-10-04 13:37:24
by Dan McCue
City of Salem Poised to Become Massachusetts’ Second Offshore Wind Port

SALEM, Mass. - Vineyard Wind, the joint venture seeking to build the first large-scale offshore wind farm off the U.S.... Read More

SALEM, Mass. - Vineyard Wind, the joint venture seeking to build the first large-scale offshore wind farm off the U.S. coast has entered into a tentative agreement with the City of Salem, Massachusetts and the Crowley Maritime Corp. to build... Read More

In Redistricting, Big Say for Big Cities in DC Power Balance

NEW YORK (AP) — As political muscle goes, bigger doesn't always mean better. Just ask New York, Los Angeles and... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — As political muscle goes, bigger doesn't always mean better. Just ask New York, Los Angeles and Chicago every four years, when those cities become mostly irrelevant blips on the Electoral College map. But as congressional redistricting... Read More

2021-09-15 17:16:52
by Dan McCue
Cleveland Mayoral Contest Now Down to Two

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- After months of campaigning in a crowded field, two finalists emerged Tuesday night as the voters’ potential... Read More

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- After months of campaigning in a crowded field, two finalists emerged Tuesday night as the voters’ potential choice to become Cleveland's next mayor.  Justin Bibb, chief strategy officer with technology firm Urbanova, garnered 27.1% of the mayoral... Read More

2021-09-15 16:10:33
by Victoria Turner
Demystifying Smart Cities: The Tech is Here to Deploy Smart Solutions

WASHINGTON -- Cities that have been investing in technology to someday become Smart Cities have been able to react, adapt... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Cities that have been investing in technology to someday become Smart Cities have been able to react, adapt and meet the digital challenges brought on by the pandemic quicker than those that have not, said Patti Zullo, senior... Read More

2021-09-15 16:01:03
by Dan McCue
Boston Voters Send Moderate, Progressive to November Showdown for Mayor

BOSTON, Mass. -- Michelle Wu, an Asian American progressive and Annissa Essaibi George, a moderate, appear to be the last... Read More

BOSTON, Mass. -- Michelle Wu, an Asian American progressive and Annissa Essaibi George, a moderate, appear to be the last candidates left standing after Tuesday’s preliminary mayoral election in Boston, and will now face each other in November when the... Read More

2021-09-14 18:28:49
by Dan McCue
Boston Voters to Choose Next Mayor from Most Diverse Candidate Pool Ever

BOSTON, Mass. -- Voters in Boston are casting their ballots for mayor on Tuesday, choosing from the most diverse mayoral... Read More

BOSTON, Mass. -- Voters in Boston are casting their ballots for mayor on Tuesday, choosing from the most diverse mayoral slate in the city’s fabled history. The Sept. 14 vote, of course, is just the city’s preliminary mayoral election, intended... Read More

2021-09-09 14:09:21
by Dan McCue
DC Would Need to Plant 626K+ Trees Annually to Be Carbon Neutral

WASHINGTON -- The nation’s capital would need to plant 626,557 trees annually to be a carbon neutral city, a new... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The nation’s capital would need to plant 626,557 trees annually to be a carbon neutral city, a new study finds. The analysis, by comparethemarket.com, pegs Washington, D.C.’s annual carbon emissions at 3,132,786 pounds. It then calculated the number... Read More

Ground Zero Rebuilding Still Unfinished, 20 Years Later

NEW YORK (AP) — Two decades after its destruction in the Sept. 11 attacks, the work to rebuild the World... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Two decades after its destruction in the Sept. 11 attacks, the work to rebuild the World Trade Center complex remains incomplete. Two planned skyscrapers, a performing arts center and a church are still unfinished at the... Read More

Subdued 9/11 Remembrances Reflect Boston's Invisible Scars

BOSTON (AP) — Tucked in a grove of ginkgo trees, a glass cube at Logan International Airport pays tribute to... Read More

BOSTON (AP) — Tucked in a grove of ginkgo trees, a glass cube at Logan International Airport pays tribute to those lost aboard the two jetliners that took off from Boston and were hijacked by terrorists who flew them into... Read More

2021-09-07 16:44:38
by Dan McCue
Ribbon Cut on District’s Biggest Modern Infrastructure Project

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton were among... Read More

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton were among the dignitaries who joined descendants of civil rights icon Frederick Douglass for the opening of the new bridge named in... Read More

2021-09-04 18:53:27
by Dan McCue
Fulop Lands on Jersey City Ballot, Seeking Third-Term As Mayor

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey -- Mayor Steven Fulop appears to be cruising to inclusion on the ballot of November’s gubernatorial... Read More

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey -- Mayor Steven Fulop appears to be cruising to inclusion on the ballot of November’s gubernatorial election.Fulop, a moderate seeking his third term as mayor, submitted more than 6,000 nominating petitions last week, far more than... Read More

2021-09-04 18:10:20
by Tom Ramstack
Minorities Disproportionately Hurt By Climate Change, EPA Says

WASHINGTON -- The harm to health and finances caused by global warming will fall disproportionately on the U.S. minority population,... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The harm to health and finances caused by global warming will fall disproportionately on the U.S. minority population, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report released Thursday. Hotter weather will lead to more severe hurricanes, flooding and poorer... Read More

2021-09-03 19:02:31
by Reece Nations
Austin Mayor Joins Pelosi, Doggett to Share ‘Build Back Better’ Progress

AUSTIN, Texas — As Democrats returned to Capitol Hill poised to make more of the Biden administration’s agenda a reality,... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — As Democrats returned to Capitol Hill poised to make more of the Biden administration’s agenda a reality, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler for an update on the progress... Read More

2021-08-29 12:39:46
by Dan McCue
Early Voting Underway in Cleveland Mayoral Primary

CLEVELAND -- Early voting is now underway in Cleveland, where an unexpectedly robust race for mayor is headed into its... Read More

CLEVELAND -- Early voting is now underway in Cleveland, where an unexpectedly robust race for mayor is headed into its final weeks before a Sept. 14, 2021 primary election. A total of seven candidates are vying to replace Frank Jackson,... Read More

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