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    U.S. Troops Leaving Afghanistan: 5 Things To Know

    ACROSS AMERICA — Nearly two months after President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, it is unclear if the Afghanistan government will be able to defend itself from terrorist activities. The U.S. withdrawal is around half finished , The Associated Press reported. It reported the military is "gathering, cataloging and shipping equipment and weaponry out of the region and turning over military posts to

    Groundbreaking For Huge Urban League Center Celebrated In Harlem

    HARLEM, NY — Officials gathered Thursday outside 121 West 125th St. — the site of the forthcoming 18-story Urban League Empowerment Center — to mark what was billed as a "construction kickoff" by Governor Andrew Cuomo and a "groundbreaking" by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The event was what U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand branded a "community celebration" to thank many of the project's partners, such as Target and Empire State Development. The event was largely ceremonial. Construction at the site beg

    Madison Neighborhood Auctions Off Mystery Painting, Raises Money

    In his initial amusement and confusion, Robertson posted about the scene in the Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara or SASY Neighborhood Facebook group. Quickly stirring up speculation, the painting became the talk of the chat—enough so that Robertson decided to auction it off amongst the group members. The auction raised about $800 for the Madison social justice organization Freedom Inc. which Robertson said was a way for the community to come together and do something positive during the COVID-1

    Bowie State Hosts World's Largest Swim Lesson For First Time

    Particularly in Bowie, children, parents, friends and family joined the worldwide event at Bowie State University Thursday to bring awareness to childhood drowning and the importance of learning to swim. Mark Wascavage, aquatics coordinator at Bowie State University, was not only excited to host the World's Largest Swimming Lesson for the first time, but he was excited to see so many people learning to swim. Wascavage said, "I think the biggest takeaway from today is that people have an even be

    Bed-Stuy School Sends First-Ever Graduating Class Off To College

    Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA) Charter School, an all-girls high school on Stuyvesant Avenue, held a "college shower" on Monday for their seniors, the first graduating class in the school's history. The shower came complete with college gear, including duffel bags, dorm supplies and wireless headphones for each of the 50 young women leaving BELA for their respective colleges. "Today, you are rewriting history and contributing to the legacy of District 16 of Bedford-Stuyvesant," BELA c

    Madison Natives Bring Uplifting Queer Stories Through Comics

    Parra and Gilbert are the founders of a small press publisher, Margins Publishing, established in 2015, which serves as a platform for queer artists and allows the two comic-lovers to create stories they and other "queer nerds in their 20s" and teens need. Over the past six years, dozens of queer artists and collaborators have worked and continue to work with Margins in a freelance type system, they described. Many of these collaborators are in the early stages of their careers and found Gilbert

    'Still In Denial': Fremont Salon Reels From Fire, COVID Closures

    On May 25, Doan's and its neighbors Din Ding Dumpling House and Launderland in the shopping center on Walnut Avenue, just south of Paseo Padre Parkway, went up in flames. The three businesses are now closed, though nearby grocery store Smart & Final was protected by a firewall and remains open. The Fremont Fire Department said the fire started at Launderland and was reported by an employee at approximately 7:15 a.m. Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire, The Mercury News rep

    Bowie Law Enforcement Gathers For First Torch Run Since 2019

    The annual 5K run was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so this year's event was the first time the community came together for the Torch Run since 2019. About 50 people assembled at 10 a.m. in the Bowie Plaza before Bowie Police Chief John K. Nesky kicked off the event. Nesky began by thanking everyone who came out to support and emphasizing the importance of Wednesday's run: the athletes. "It's all about the athletes." Nesky said, "It's great seeing them in person, having th

    Whales Seen In Hundreds Off NYC Shores, Drawn By Cleaner Waters

    NEW YORK, NY – Staggering numbers of whales are being sighted off New York City shores as vastly cleaner waters have caused a 540% increase in the numbers of the massive mammals in just eight years. Experts at the Rockaway-based non profit Gotham Whale started tracking sightings in the area in 2010 – counting just five. Last year, they spotted an awe-inspring 272, almost all humpbacks. The rise is monumental and points to the success of environmental policies such as the Clean Water Act, the En

    Black Students Disciplined At Disproportionate Rates In Stoughton

    STOUGHTON, MA — Black students in Stoughton are suspended and arrested in school at rates higher than their white peers, public records show. During the previous school year, Black students accounted for two-thirds of referrals, though they made up less than a quarter of the district's student body. White students accounted for one-third of referrals that year, despite comprising more than 53 percent of the school population. During the 2019-20 school year, Black students accounted for 63.6 pe

    Natick Jiu Jitsu Dojo Fights to Keep Doors Open

    "I did something you're not supposed to do and I opened a 7,000 square foot location with no students cause I had a lot of faith it would work out okay," he said. "We grew in a faster period of time than they told us that we could." And though, like any small business, the dojo came with its sleepless nights and 100-hour work-weeks, DiRienzo built something unique into the very structure of his business: Community. "I'm a martial artist. It didn't really occur to me that the martial family was

    Warren Computer Business May Be Open, Struggles Continue

    Warren, RI -- Crazy Computers is open for business. That wasn't the case for two months as they had to shut down because of the health risks posed by the coronavirus. While their "Closed" sign has gone away, the struggles have not. The business, which has been in Warren since 1998, is a small technology shop that serves the community by repairing computers. They also solve other issues posed by a variety of digital devices and networks. Even with support from the CARES Act, the 2-month shutdown

    Levittown Bowling Alley Reopens With Temperature Checks, Masks

    LEVITTOWN, NY — Pins fell Monday at Levittown Lanes for the first time since mid-March, when the neighborhood bowling alley was forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. After nearly five months of uncertainty and empty lanes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week said bowling alleys in New York could reopen, so long as certain protocols were in place. Under state guidelines, bowling alleys were allowed to reopen Monday, but had to remain at or below 50 percent capacity. All bowlers and staff must

    Cambridge Discusses Civilians, Not Police, Making Traffic Stops

    The proposal states that Black and brown people are more likely to be pulled over and searched, and having a civilian conduct the stop would decrease the likelihood of violence. Councilors Quinton Zondervan and Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler presented the proposed ordinance at Monday's City Council meeting. Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon said the ordinance appears to conflict with Massachusetts state law, which states that only police officers can conduct traffic stops and enforcement. She said that Zondervan

    Soldiers' Home Veteran, Staff Test Positive For The Coronavirus

    BOSTON, MA — Visits have been suspended for two weeks at Holyoke Soldiers' Home after a resident who was thought to have recovered from COVID-19 tested positive on Monday, a spokesperson for the Mass. Executive Office of Health and Human Services said. When he began showing symptoms, he was taken to a local hospital. The resident then tested negative on Wednesday, the spokesperson said. Six asymptomatic staff members also tested positive and were immediately sent home, the EOHHS spokesperson sa

    Port Washington Schools Pivot On Reopening; Parents 'Furious'

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY — The Port Washington Union Free School District changed its school reopening plan for the fall this week ahead of the start of the school year, joining numerous other schools across the country that have made last-minute changes amid the coronavirus pandemic. "This decision did not come easily," Superintendent of Schools Michael Hynes said during Thursday's meeting. In explaining the decision, Hynes said that after meeting with school district teachers and staff, the concer

    Nassau Grad Shocks TikTok With Dive Into Hudson River

    WOODBURY, NY — When Syosset High School graduate Donna Paysepar dove into the Hudson River in front of Lady Liberty, she had a feeling it would make her famous. Paysepar, 20, of Woodbury, was on a boat ride with her family when they stopped to have lunch in front of the Statue of Liberty. It was there she got the idea to make a TikTok of her jumping into the water. "I just had a feeling that this was a great idea," Paysepar told Patch on Monday. The video spread like wildfire on social media, a