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Jul 9, 2014

Jewish woman featured as Nazis’ ideal Aryan baby recalls ordeal

NEW YORK, July 9 (Reuters) – For the German photographer who
chose a picture of a Jewish child as the ideal Aryan for Nazi
propagandists, it was a sly joke. For the child’s family, it
became a terrifying ordeal.

Hessy Taft was 6 months old in 1935 when her portrait by the
well-known German photographer Hans Ballin was chosen by Nazis
and reprinted on the cover of a family magazine, on postcards
and on shop placards urging customers to “buy beautiful clothes
for your beautiful baby.”

Jul 8, 2014

Latino activists aim to boost participation in U.S. midterm vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A coalition of Latino groups is launching a new push to register voters and mobilize Hispanics ahead of the 2014 midterm elections in the hope of electing more lawmakers sympathetic to issues important to them, including immigration.

At a news conference to open the annual convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), advocates announced the goal of registering 50,000 new Latino voters and mobilizing 100,000 voters to go to the polls in November.

Jul 7, 2014

Potential buyer of New York City Opera objects to delays

NEW YORK, July 7 (Reuters) – A creditor who hopes to rescue
the bankrupt New York City Opera filed an objection on Monday to
delays in consideration of his bid and called for an independent
trustee to be put in charge.

Businessman Gene Kaufman made an undisclosed offer six
months ago to buy “the people’s opera” and salvage the venerable
cultural institution. He now says the opera’s board is “stuck in
neutral” nine months after filing for bankruptcy and canceling
the season, and should relinquish control of the process.

Jul 3, 2014

Trips Tips – Seeing mountain gorillas up close in eastern Congo

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – The mountain gorillas looked me over with what I took to be boredom, but the rangers leading me knew better.

When a male gorilla let out a low, two-note murmur, the rangers responded by making the same sound, as if to say: “We’ve come as friends.”

Jul 3, 2014

Seeing mountain gorillas up close in eastern Congo

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – The mountain gorillas looked me over with what I took to be boredom, but the rangers leading me knew better.

When a male gorilla let out a low, two-note murmur, the rangers responded by making the same sound, as if to say: “We’ve come as friends.”

Jun 30, 2014

New Yorkers hold solidarity vigil for slain Israeli teenagers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Several hundred people waving Israeli flags and expressing grief and solidarity held a vigil in New York on Monday after the bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the occupied West Bank.  

The bodies of the teens, who attended a religious school in a Jewish settlement, were found in a field near Hebron, a militant stronghold, not far from a road where they were believed to have been abducted while hitchhiking on June 12, security officials said.

Jun 25, 2014

New York Congressman Charles Rangel wins Democratic Primary: NY1

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Congressman Charles Rangel of New York won a Democratic primary election on Tuesday, local television said, fighting off one of the most serious challenges of a four-decade career and paving the way for him to win a 23rd term in Congress in November.

Rangel, who at 84 is among the longest-serving and best-known black lawmakers, defeated state Senator Adriano Espaillat, who had hoped to become the first Dominican-American elected to Congress.

Jun 19, 2014

New York poised to become 23rd U.S. state to allow medical marijuana

NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) – Governor Andrew Cuomo and
state lawmakers announced a deal on Thursday that would allow
limited access to medical marijuana and make New York the 23rd
U.S. state to offer some kind of availability of the drug for
therapeutic purposes.

The program, which would bar smoking of marijuana but allow
it to be eaten or vaporized, would be regulated by the state’s
Department of Health under the deal. It includes a “fail-safe”
provision that would allow the governor to stop the program at
any time, Cuomo told a news conference in the state capital
Albany.

Jun 6, 2014

New York mayor suggests Brooklyn as site for 2016 Democratic convention

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio, wants Democrats to stage their 2016 national convention in the borough of Brooklyn, saying in a formal invitation that the city’s progressive energy would help galvanize the party before the presidential election.

In a letter made public on Friday to U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, de Blasio offered Brooklyn’s Barclays Center arena as the central venue.

Jun 4, 2014

Pennsylvania governor badly trails Democratic challenger in poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors in the country, trails Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by 20 percentage points five months ahead of November’s election, a poll released on Wednesday showed.

Wolf, a businessman who poured his personal fortune into the four-way race for the Democratic nomination in May, leads Corbett 53 to 33 percent in the governor’s race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.