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    LSU football fans have a holiday season bowl game to look forward after upsetting Texas A&M. After stunning the Texas A&M Aggies to get to 6-6, the LSU football team is now bowl eligible. Despite this being Ed Orgeron’s last game at the helm in Baton Rouge, the Bayou Bengals found a way to get it done to send their former head coach out on top a winner. Beating former offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher will all the rumors swirling of him switching SEC West allegiances makes this all the more better. With an unexpected bowl game coming, where will LSU fans congregate? Given LSU’s high-profile nature, the Tigers might be heading to play a Big Ten team in Nashville.LSU bowl projections: Tigers vs. Penn State in Music City BowlThe two bowl games that make the most sense for LSU are the Music City Bowl or the Gator Bowl. If they were to play in the Music City Bowl, LSU is likely to face a Big Ten team like Penn State. If it is the Gator Bowl they are heading to,...
    New York City police are searching for a man who fatally stabbed another passenger in the neck while riding the subway early Sunday. The suspect, who was captured on surveillance footage covered in the victim's blood, stabbed the 32-year-old straphanger in the neck on the No. 2 train before fleeing the scene. The fatal incident comes as New York City experiences a surge in crime, specifically in the subway system.   From the week of November 8 to November 14, transit crimes skyrocketed by 140 percent from the same week in 2020. In the last 28 days, transit crime went up 45 percent from the same period last year, with 186 crimes reported.   According to the NYPD's latest monthly numbers, overall crime was up 11.2 percent last month compared with October 2020. Robbery was up by 15.8 percent and felony assault rose by 13.8 percent.  New York City police are searching for a man (pictured) who fatally stabbed another passenger in the neck while riding the subway early Sunday The suspect, who was captured on surveillance footage covered in the victim's blood,...
    No. 4 Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at No. 3 Iowa (5-0, 2-0), Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT (Fox). Line: Iowa by 1 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: Penn State leads 17-13. WHAT’S AT STAKE? This is billed as the biggest game in Iowa City since the 1-2 matchup of the Hawkeye and Michigan in 1985. For Iowa, Penn State is the biggest obstacle in its path to the Big Ten championship game. The schedule softens after this. For Penn State, it’s game one on the toughest remaining schedule in the Big Ten. The winner puts itself in the top tier of College Football Player contenders. KEY MATCHUP Penn State QB Sean Clifford vs. Iowa pass defense. Clifford is completing better than 67% of his passes and has the third-highest passer rating in the conference. The Hawkeyes lead the nation with 12 interceptions, with six of them coming last week against Maryland. Clifford has been picked off once in each of his last three games. PLAYERS TO WATCH Penn State: DE Arnold Ebiketie transferred from Temple...
    KOREATOWN, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Over the past nine months, artist Mohammad Natsche has turned the corner of W. 4th Street and Vermont Avenue in Koreatown into an art installation made up of bikes he's collected while living on the street."I am not homeless. I am actually, I would say, I'm here with this piece of art. Call it homeless, call it whatever you want to call it," Natsche said."Slowly, slowly people are like, 'Man, this is really nice, what are you doing? Why are you leaving the bikes outside? People are going to steal them.' I'm like let them steal it. It's OK. Everybody likes it, so it makes me really feel good," Natsche said.Homeless encampments aren't meant to be permanent, but as the bikes get higher and higher, connected together forming a structure more stable than it looks, some residents and business owners are worried the 50-person encampment isn't going anywhere."For their own safety, they're not safe. Anything can happen to them. Nobody cares about them. But the city is responsible. They have received the money already to...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — It doesn’t get any bigger than high school football in western Pennsylvania. We’re committed to bringing you the best team coverage in the region. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon? After the games, you can find all the latest scores right here! SEARCH FOR YOUR TEAM’S SCORE: Albert Gallatin 34, Uniontown 0 Aliquippa 56, Ambridge 0 Bald Eagle Area 42, Huntingdon 0 Bangor 35, Southern Lehigh 14 Bedford 21, Richland 13 Belle Vernon 49, West Mifflin 3 Benjamin Franklin 29, Roxborough 0 Berks Catholic 47, Pope John Paul II 40 Berlin-Brothersvalley 42, Conemaugh Township 21 Bermudian Springs 41, Hanover 15 Big Spring 60, Susquenita 20 Bishop Canevin 13, Springdale 10 Bloomsburg 40, Midd-West 21 Bonner-Prendergast 36, Conwell Egan 20 Boyertown 42, Pottsgrove 35, OT Brashear 26, Erie 12 Brookville 40, Clarion Area 14 Cambria Heights 42, United 0 Camp Hill Trinity 70, Halifax 0 Canisius, N.Y. 35, McKeesport 14 Carbondale 44, Hanover Area 0 Carmichaels 44, Mapletown 18 Catasauqua 32, Panther Valley 6 Cedar Cliff 35, Red Land 21 Central Bucks...
    More from: Nicole Gelinas Good on Adams for taking on a wounded Cuomo How NYC became the Big Easy NYCs next mayor will have to contend with hostile, lefty City Council NYC progressives are going to lose the Dem primary to soaring crime What will NYCs mayor-in-waiting do with six months from election to office? Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to ram a monstrosity onto a pandemic-traumatized Manhattan: his “Empire Station” and Penn South project. The boondoggle — unpriced but in the tens of billions — is a huge favor to a developer who is jealous of Hudson Yards. It’s supposed to raise money for transit but will suck money away from MTA needs.  Empire Station will supposedly save Penn Station by creating eight new tracks for the 21-track hub, bringing “natural light” inside the terminal and allowing more capacity for New Jersey Transit. Cuomo hopes eight office towers will pay for much of the new station: Think Hudson Yards, but with Madison Square Garden shoved in the middle, instead of the Vessel. Yet Gotham has about half a billion square...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As New York City reopens, tourism is slowly returning, but so are unlicensed street vendors. Some people in Chinatown and SoHo say the so-called fake bag bonanza is taking over their neighborhoods in a way they’ve never seen before. READ MORE: Hundreds Pack Harlem Streets To Protest Arrest Of Subway Food Vendors, Dozens Taken Into Custody Tourist Felicia Waller, from North Carolina, showed CBS2’s Lisa Rozner the bogus bling she picked up on Canal Street near Broadway — a Rolex watch for $60 and a Louis Vuitton wristlet for $40. “They kinda bombard you and try to get you to buy,” Waller said. “We got some Louis Vuitton, and some, I think we got a Gucci purse or something,” said Kevin Willis, who is visiting from Jamaica. “We’re looking more for affordability.” The pickup in tourism is harmonious with what locals say is a pickup in peddlers, who scrammed as soon as CBS2’s cameras showed up. Eric Penn says it’s hurting businesses like his. He owns the SoHo Market on Broadway near Howard Street. The shop...
    Members of a white supremacist group marching through Philadelphia on Saturday evening "ran away" from city residents who confronted them, according to police. Demonstrators, who police said were from out of town and were reportedly members of the Texas-based Patriots Front, chanted while holding American flags and shields as they made their way from Ben Franklin Parkway to Penn's Landing, according to WPVI, an ABC affiliate. Photos from the scene showed the group carrying a banner that said "Reclaim America." Onlookers confronted the group at Penn's Landing, pushing, shoving, and yelling at them. One NBC10 photographer had his cellphone swiped by the group but was able to recover it. At Penn's Landing, the counterdemonstrators banged on the group's trucks as the demonstrators got inside the vehicles and drove away. Video captured of the Patriot Front flash rally at City Hall, taking place at 10:30pm on a Saturday. Approximately 50 men in khakis with PF banners yell “Reclaim America!” on video in Center City Philadelphia. pic.twitter.com/FrvULBTQqp— Jordan Hopkins (@jhop_phl) July 4, 2021 "They started engaging with citizens of...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that a major project to connect the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro-North line to Penn Station would resume after the federal government signed off on the more than $1.5 billion project. The governor made the announcement in the Bronx, which stands to benefit from the rail extension. The project will create four Metro North stations in the New York City borough, with a targeted opening date of 2025. The state initially picked three groups as eligible to bid on the project in February 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the MTA to pause the endeavor. Cuomo told reporters and an audience gathered in the Bronx’s Co-Op City that with the pandemic waning, it was time to start work again on vital infrastructure work. “Connecting Metro-North to Penn Station has long been an important next step not just for New York City's economic growth and development, but for protecting our environment and providing more equitable access to transit in our communities,” the governor said. “This restarted selection process for a firm...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is allowing the Metro-North Penn Station Access Project to resume. It includes building four Metro-North stations in Co-Op City, Morris Park, Parkchester and Hunts Point in the Bronx. READ MORE: Hundreds Of Metropolitan Opera Stagehands, Musicians, Other Union Members Rally Amid Bitter Contract Dispute The new stops will reduce the current 75-minute commute from Co-Op City to Penn Station to just 25 minutes. READ MORE: Basic Agreement Reached To Avert Connecticut Nursing Homes Strike “What does it mean? Better economy, less traffic, improved air quality, better community connections, 160 trains per day, five times more than Amtrak runs now, moving 30,000 people,” Cuomo said. MORE NEWS: Gov. Cuomo Under Fire Over Remarks About Sexual Harassment: Harassment Is Not Making Someone Feel Uncomfortable The governor says the project is expected to be completed by 2025.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former employee at West Penn Hospital has pleaded guilty to videotaping employees and patients in a bathroom at the hospital. READ MORE: Resolution At Pittsburgh City Council Meeting Would Ban Plastic Bags In The City Guy Caley will be sentenced in August. READ MORE: Woman In Lawrence County Flown To Hospital After Being Run Over By Her Own Car RELATED: More Women Accusing Former West Penn Hospital Employee Of Secretly Recording Them In Bathroom And Exam Room MORE NEWS: 10th Settlement Reached In West Virginia VA Hospital Deaths According to police, a camera was found taped to the bottom of a chair in an employee bathroom in 2019.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A major investigation is now underway after a disturbing revelation. There is outrage over the handling of human remains from the MOVE bombing. The University of Pennsylvania has retained external legal counsel to figure out why the Ivy League school’s museum held onto the remains of a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old who were killed in the 1985 MOVE bombing for decades. READ MORE: Center City Sips Canceled For 2nd Straight Summer Due To COVID-19 Restrictions In a series of statements, the university is apologizing to the Africa family, the remaining members of a pro-revolutionary organization that was entangled in a heated standoff with police and the city in the 1970s and 80s. Eleven members of MOVE died after the city bombed their compound, located on Osage Avenue in densely populated West Philadelphia. Firefighters stood down, allowing the flames to spread. Dozens of homes were incinerated. The Africa family faced TV cameras and questions this morning. READ MORE: Man Wanted In Connection To Murder Of 62-Year-Old Man Found Stabbed Inside Burning Somerton Home “This is a really hard...
    More from: Steve Cuozzo Dagon is the best new NYC restaurant of the pandemic Hotels, investment transform stretch of Broadway from shabby to chic 425 Park Avenue tower inks first new lease in more than two years Why are Manhattans COVID rates so low compared with the rest of NYC? A New York institution is set to expand with $35 million gift Say this for Andrew Cuomo: He’s a full-service governor when it comes to wrecking New York City.  Send thousands to lonely deaths in nursing homes? Check. Appoint pals to the parole board who set killers free? Check.  Lock down restaurants and cinemas while they’re open everywhere else in the state? Check.  Give female aides a hands-on lesson in Albany governance? Go for it!  Now he’s targeted an entire Manhattan neighborhood for mass destruction. Namely, his witless folly known as the Empire Station Complex, a multi-billion-dollar corruption-cooker in the Penn Station area. Call it Andrew Cuomo’s God Complex. He answers not to New Yorkers whom he’s supposed to serve, but only to the whims of his towering arrogance. ...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a possible sign of things returning to normal. Pittsburgh’s grand hotel, the Omni William Penn, is reopening soon. It’s been closed for more than a year because of the pandemic. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Orders Vaccine Providers To Work With Agencies To Get Seniors Appointments World wars and depressions weren’t enough to close the 105-year-old hotel, but the pandemic did. The Omni William Penn has confirmed to KDKA that they’ll begin accepting reservations again on April 1. It’s a sign that people may be ready to travel again and visit Pittsburgh. READ MORE: Washington County Reporting Alarming Increase In Fatal Overdoses, Experts Blame Fentanyl-Laced Drugs The folks who promote the city at Visit Pittsburgh are optimistic that downtown is about to reopen too. “The William Penn is the grande dame of hotels in Pittsburgh. It’s long been a symbol of good things happening in Pittsburgh,” said Tom Loftus with Visit Pittsburgh. “Visitors coming, meetings being held. For them to open their doors, that great for our city.” MORE NEWS: West Virginia House Passes Transgender...
    Transit officials are mulling proposals to bring more light into Penn Station’s dreary corridors — without having to move Madison Square Garden, according to a new report. MTA exec Janno Lieber presented two concepts on Friday to “city, state, community and advocacy leaders,” the Wall Street Journal reported . Under one proposal, 40 percent of the station’s upper level would be eliminated — creating a single-level facility with 40 foot-high ceilings. The concourses would be widened to make up for the lost capacity. The other concept would keep the upper level in place but create an atrium in a former Amtrak waiting area. Both revamps would transform the station’s blueprint into a grid, the report said. “You are lost in this enclosed box,” Lieber told WSJ. “What we want to do in either version is to open it up.” The MTA seeks to bring more light to Penn Station’s dreary corridors.Getty Images Lieber did not provide a cost estimate for either proposal, the Journal said. He told the paper any Penn Station revamp could be funded as part of...
    A longtime community activist says she’s been bullied by Gov. Cuomo’s machine on his multi-billion dollar Penn Station redevelopment, which she says includes a “disastrous” under-the-radar plan for 10 skyscrapers ringing the transit hub. Layla Law-Gisiko, chair of Community Board 5’s land use, housing and zoning committee, and others told The Post that Cuomo snuck a Trojan horse into his sweeping overhaul of Penn Station. On June 30, with the city in the throes of the pandemic, state officials quietly unveiled a plan within a plan, called the Empire Station Complex, to allow Vornado Realty and other unnamed developers to build 10 tall towers that would purportedly generate revenues to pay for the Penn Station makeover. The towers, including five so-called “supertalls” that would rise up to 1,300 feet, and two over 900 feet, would surround the 34th Street train station in a two-block radius. Opponents say the development is being overseen only by state agencies with no oversight from the city or the state legislature. When The Post asked a spokesman for the Empire Station complex about oversight, he pointed...
    More On: penn station Female subway assailant tells Penn Station vic, ‘God bless you’ Chivalry isn’t dead: Man lifts woman over NYC slush puddle after snowstorm Missing New Jersey college student last seen in NYC: report Cuomo pushes pricey West Side Manhattan projects as 2021 priorities A longtime community activist says she’s been bullied by Gov. Cuomo’s machine on his multi-billion dollar Penn Station redevelopment, which she says includes a “disastrous” under-the-radar plan for 10 skyscrapers ringing the transit hub. Layla Law-Gisiko, chair of Community Board 5’s land use, housing and zoning committee, and others told The Post that Cuomo snuck a Trojan horse into his sweeping overhaul of Penn Station. On June 30, with the city in the throes of the pandemic, state officials quietly unveiled a plan within a plan, called the Empire Station Complex, to allow Vornado Realty and other unnamed developers to build 10 tall towers that would purportedly generate revenues to pay for the Penn Station makeover. The towers, including five so-called “supertalls” that would rise up to 1,300 feet, and two over 900 feet, would...
    First Round 1. Austin, Daniel Pereira, m, Virginia Tech 2. Cincinnati, Calvin Harris, f, Wake Forest 3. Colorado Rapids (from Houston), Philip Mayaka, m, Clemson 4. D.C. United, Kimarni Smith, f, Clemson 5. D.C. United (from Atlanta), Michael DeShields, d, Wake Forest 6. Houston (from Colorado thru Chicago), Ethan Bartlow, d, Washington 7. Salt Lake, Bret Halsey, d, Virginia 8. Orlando City (from Portland thru LA Galaxy), Derek Dodson, f, Georgetown 9. Vancouver, David Egbo, f, Akron 10. Miami, Josh Penn, f, Indiana 11. Austin (from Montreal), Freddy Kleemann, d, Washington 12. San Jose, Thomas Williamson, f, California 13. N.Y. Red Bulls, Luther Archimede, f, Syracuse 14. Los Angeles FC, Daniel Trejo, f, California State, Northridge 15. FC Dallas (from Colorado), Nicky Hernandez, m, Southern Methodist 16. LA Galaxy (from Portland), Josh Drack, f, Denver 17. Minnesota (from NYCFC), Justin McMaster, f, Wake Forest 18. Minnesota (from Toronto), Nabilai Kibunguchy, d, California, Davis 19. Orlando City (from Philadelphia), Rio Hope-Gund, d, Georgetown 20. Nashville, Irakoze Donasiyano, f, Virginia 21. Austin (from Colorado thru Dallas), Aedan Stanley,...
    TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Left in the lurch by minor league contraction, the Tri-City ValleyCats have filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros. The suit, filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court, seeks more than $15 million, ValleyCats chairman Doug Gladstone told the Albany Times-Union. The move comes in response to MLB’s decision to drop 42 minor league affiliates. The ValleyCats played in the now-defunct New York-Penn League, operating as a short-season affiliate of the Astros for 18 seasons. Gladstone told the Times-Union the loss of the affiliation greatly affected the value of the franchise, which was moved from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Troy in 2002 by Gladstone’s late father. It had previously been located in Little Falls, New York. The ValleyCats won three New York-Penn League championships and drew more than 4,000 fans per game for 11 straight seasons — from 2008-18. In their most recent season, Tri-City had the third-highest attendance in the 14-team league, averaging more than 3,869. The only two teams that were higher, Brooklyn and Hudson Valley, survived...
    More On: penn station A chance to rectify Penn Station’s grime The sky is the limit for new Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station Take a look inside Penn Station’s new train hall Amtrak’s new Penn Station waiting hall opens Jan. 1 There’s hope yet for out-of-town commuters — and maybe even the city itself: The James A. Farley Post Office has been transformed into an elegant and spacious train station, an addition to Penn Station across the street featuring a sunlight-bathing 92-foot-high skylight. Kudos to Gov. Cuomo, who deserves credit for seeing the renovation through, three decades after Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan first suggested it. Moynihan Train Hall, as it’s called, opened Friday, and it’s part of a $1.6 billion project that will include elaborate lounges, restaurants and passageways to Penn Station. The new facility will serve LIRR, MTA and Amtrak passengers, easing crowding and offering a pleasant ambiance. Unfortunately, Penn itself remains a dingy hellhole — ugly, dirty and rife with the homeless and the mentally ill. The pandemic only aggravated the situation, with squatters becoming more...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For the MTA, the new year started off with the grand opening of the $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall.This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and transit officials cut the ribbon on the gleaming new train hub.The Moynihan Train Hall is part of the repurposing of the old Farley Post Office building, once New York's main postal center, which connects to Penn Station under Eighth Avenue.It's named after late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who pushed for the project in the 1990s."It's glorious it's spectacular I knew Senator Moynihan and this is very emotional for me personally to see this. I knew how much this meant to him," Long Island resident Paul Moravec said.Cuomo called the project "an extraordinary accomplishment" that began construction in 2017 and finished during the COVID-19 pandemic,a feat in itself.Amtrak will move its baggage area, ticket offices, and ticketed waiting area there, and the Long Island Rail Road will use the 255,000-square-foot space as well.The effect will be to reduce crowding at Penn Station and offer a striking contrast to that facility's dingy, windowless expanse."I...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For the MTA, the new year started off with the grand opening of the $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall.This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and transit officials cut the ribbon on the gleaming new train hub.The Moynihan Train Hall is part of the repurposing of the old Farley Post Office building, once New York's main postal center, which connects to Penn Station under Eighth Avenue.It's named after late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who pushed for the project in the 1990s."It's glorious it's spectacular I knew Senator Moynihan and this is very emotional for me personally to see this. I knew how much this meant to him," Long Island resident Paul Moravec said.Cuomo called the project "an extraordinary accomplishment" that began construction in 2017 and finished during the COVID-19 pandemic,a feat in itself.Amtrak will move its baggage area, ticket offices, and ticketed waiting area there, and the Long Island Rail Road will use the 255,000-square-foot space as well.The effect will be to reduce crowding at Penn Station and offer a striking contrast to that facility's dingy, windowless expanse."I...
    NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Phil Murphy announced a major makeover Tuesday for a New Jersey transit hub. “I’m proud to announce that work is going to begin immediately on $30 million in renovations to Newark Penn Station paid for through state funds,” Murphy said. “The interior of this historic station will be brought back to life to mirror the diversity and bustling city that awaits outside these doors.” Opened in 1935, Newark Penn Station is one of the busiest in the country. More: Dramatic Video Shows NJ Transit Police Officers Revive Unresponsive Newborn At Newark Penn Station Gov. Murphy says these renovations are just part of a $190 million plan to re-envision how the station serves as a gateway to that city. MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK FDNY: EMS Crew Robbed At Gunpoint After Responding To Fake 911 Call 12-Year-Old Queens Boy, 7-Year-Old Cousin Found Safe After Taking Parents’ SUV On Joyride To Delaware Border Survey: 55% Of FDNY Members Don’t Want To Take COVID-19 Vaccine
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Many of Philadelphia’s popular museums are now reluctantly closing their doors until next year due to new COVID-19 restrictions. However, there are ways people can help keep museums afloat even if they can’t visit. Several of the city’s most prominent and largest museums have already chosen to close ahead of the city’s Friday mandate. But, today, people got to take in the very last day at the Mütter Museum of a very timely exhibit. There are lots of eerie sights on the shelves at the Mütter Museum, but perhaps what’s most eerie is an exhibit revisiting the history of a century ago. That is when Philadelphia last battled a different, but also devastating pandemic, the Spanish flu. Taking in “Spit Spreads Death” on the deadly impact of the 1918-1919 Spanish flu pandemic in Philadelphia. Today was last day to see the timely exhibit @MutterMuseum in 2020, as the city’s museums must close by Fri until 2021 in response to new COVID-19 restrictions @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/ZBbnPi9djr — Trang Do (@TrangDoCBS3) November 17, 2020 “It’s just interesting how some...
    When the 59-story Citicorp Center was built in 1977 in Midtown Manhattan, the majestic glass tower with its sharply sloped roof was one of the tallest buildings in the world. It was also, it turned out, in grave danger of toppling over from a massive gust of wind. The issues with the building — known as Citigroup Center or 601 Lexington today — might have gone undetected until disaster struck, were it not for one observant college student. This tale and many others are relayed in “The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design,” by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), including stories of some of New York City’s most fascinating and least known architectural and engineering feats and fiascos. When architecture student Diane Hartley studied Citicorp Center for a school project in 1978, she calculated that “the structure was specifically vulnerable to quartering winds blowing in from the corners,” the authors write. “The 99% Invisible City”Courtesy She contacted the firm of the building’s architect, Hugh Stubbins. The building’s chief structural engineer,...
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– The City of Englewood is remembering a former mayor. Randy Penn served as mayor from 2011 to 2015. Randy Penn (credit: Facebook) A statement posted to the Englewood Facebook page read, There is an emptiness in the City of Englewood left by the loss of Randy Penn, exemplary community leader, mayor, coach, educator and extraordinary citizen. As a former executive director of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce, his contributions to the city as a whole have lent to the measured growth of the business community. Penn’s work in local education laid the groundwork for Englewood students to take their place in our city and the world. His unique blend of humanity and integrity will long be remembered by those who had the privilege of knowing him and benefiting from his guidance. Penn passed away last week after suffering a stroke. He was 71 years old.
    Mother Jones illustration; Shutterstock For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.This post was originally published as part of “The Trump Files“—a collection of telling episodes, strange but true stories, and curious scenes from the life of our current president—on July 11, 2016. Donald Trump was a relatively small player in the New York real estate world in 1975, but the Commodore Hotel promised to put him in the big leagues. The area around the famous old hotel next to Grand Central Station was decrepit, but Trump saw a rare (and cheap) opportunity to remake the famous property and bring new business to Manhattan’s then-seedy Midtown. The mayor at the time was Abe Beame, a Brooklyn politician who was close to Trump’s father, Fred. In talking to one of the men responsible for selling the Commodore, Beame described his relationship to the Trumps in simple terms. “Whatever my friends Fred and Donald want in this town, they get,” the mayor said, according to journalist Michael D’Antonio’s recent Trump biography, Never Enough. What Trump wanted...
    By Gabriella Borter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A few dozen travelers got off a train from Miami at New York City's Penn Station on Thursday and were greeted by a team of public health workers and mayoral office staff who handed them informational fliers about the state's new COVID-19 quarantine rules. The team, comprised of Mayor Bill de Blasio's public engagement unit and the city's COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps, were running a "checkpoint" starting at Penn Station on Thursday to ensure that visitors from any of the 35 states on New York's travel advisory were aware of the 14-day quarantine mandate. Their measure aims to keep the infection rate low in the city, formerly the epicenter of the nation's epidemic in the spring with thousands of new cases per day. Matthew Joseph, 46, getting off the train from Miami, said he had not been aware of the quarantine order when he boarded. "I'm not as much of a believer on a lot of this stuff, but I follow whatever's necessary to accommodate everyone else," he said. Checkpoint staff handed...
    The NYPD is asking for volunteers from its civilian staff to enforce the state’s quarantine order for travelers, The Post has learned. A memo sent out to NYPD members less than an hour before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was setting up checkpoints to enter New York City, said the off-duty “volunteers will be assigned to Penn Station or Port Authority Bus Terminal.” The civilian members of the NYPD who volunteer will be charged with collecting forms from out-of-state travelers and “reminding” them of the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The NYPD’s civilian staff, which totals just shy of 20,000, was hit hard by the coronavirus when it swept through the department, killing more than three dozen. De Blasio announced the crackdown, with hefty fines for those who violate, Wednesday morning alongside New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito, whose agency is taking the lead in enforcement. The Port Authority Police Department, which patrols the bus terminal and Penn Station, along with the bridges and tunnels, did not immediately respond to what their role, if any, would be in the new...
    The NYPD is asking for volunteers from its civilian staff to enforce the state’s quarantine order for travelers, The Post has learned. A memo sent out to NYPD members less than an hour before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was setting up checkpoints to enter New York City, said the off-duty “volunteers will be assigned to Penn Station or Port Authority Bus Terminal.” The civilian members of the NYPD who volunteer will be charged with collecting forms from out-of-state travelers and “reminding” them of the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The NYPD’s civilian staff, which totals just shy of 20,000, was hit hard by the coronavirus when it swept through the department, killing more than three dozen. De Blasio announced the crackdown, with hefty fines for those who violate, Wednesday morning alongside New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito, whose agency is taking the lead in enforcement. The Port Authority Police Department, which patrols the bus terminal and Penn Station, along with the bridges and tunnels, did not immediately respond to what their role, if any, would be in the new policy....
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