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Protesters call H-Mart’s hiring racist
Protesters call H-Mart’s hiring racist
News Melissa Chan 10/24/2012 at 11:24AM

An Asian supermarket chain is under fire from a trio of picketers who say the company is not colorblind in its hiring practices. Jim MacDonald and his two pals, Craig Kinsey and Vincent Middleton, say H-Mart only employs Korean or Chinese cashiers and Hispanic backroom workers at its northeast Queens and Long Island stores. The [...]

$1 Trillion in Student Debt
$1 Trillion in Student Debt
Education & Kids Billy Rennison 5/07/2012 at 10:30AM

Here is what you can buy with $1 trillion: 5 million Lamborghinis, 15,000 private jets, 140 private islands and every team in baseball 16 times. Simply put, it is a lot of money. The number — which is much more jarring when written out, 1,000,000,000,000 — is also the amount of debt students in this [...]

Fighting to keep L.I.C. HS open
Fighting to keep L.I.C. HS open
News Michael Pantelidis 4/19/2012 at 11:12AM

Long Island City High School students are teaching a lesson in devotion by refusing to “turn” their backs on their school and allow their educators to be dismissed. L.I.C., located at 14-30 Broadway, is among 26 schools across the city the Department of Education (DOE) has designated for Turnaround – which involves closing the school [...]

Community comes out for August Martin
Community comes out for August Martin
News Billy Rennison 4/18/2012 at 12:58PM

In the past year, August Martin High School has been entered into the city’s restart program, lost a principal and twice been placed on the list of schools to close, which had many community leaders asking why their high school was being targeted. “This is not about the progress of August Martin; this is political,” [...]

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Grover Cleveland High School Protests Turnaround
Grover Cleveland High School Protests Turnaround
News Billy Rennison 2/16/2012 at 4:07PM

Students and faculty gathered outside Grover Cleveland High School to tell the mayor not to “turn” his back on their school. The Ridgewood high school currently sits on the list of high schools to be “turned around,” which involves the closure and immediate reopening of the school under a different name, along with the replacement [...]

Rally to remove ‘ineffective’ principal at Van Buren
Rally to remove ‘ineffective’ principal at Van Buren
News Melissa Chan 2/15/2012 at 12:29PM

Local leaders and parents hope to expel the unpopular principal of a failing school. According to PTA President Helen Young, Martin Van Buren High School is brimming with “ineffective leaders,” starting with Principal Marilyn Shevell, who several members of the community called “uninvolved.” “The [city] still hasn’t gotten it right, and the parents want [these [...]

TSA apologizes to elderly women for strip search at Kennedy Airport
TSA apologizes to elderly women for strip search at Kennedy Airport
News Jay Lane 1/18/2012 at 9:14AM

TSA apologizes to elderly women for strip search at Kennedy Airport In an about-face, the feds have admitted wrongdoing in the cases of two elderly women who say they were strip-searched at Kennedy Airport by overzealous screeners. Federal officials had initially insisted that all “screening procedures were followed” after Ruth Sherman, 89, and Lenore Zimmerman, 85, went [...]

Flushing nurses rally for benefits
Flushing nurses rally for benefits
News Melissa Chan 1/05/2012 at 1:49PM

Registered nurses at Flushing Hospital rallied for their own health care in the midst of a heated negotiation deadlock between hospital administration and the union. “We are the backbone of Flushing,” said Michelle Jones, a nurse practitioner at the hospital for 23 years. “All these nurses here have worked very hard. I feel very angry [...]