About 32,000 New York City residents, just a tick less than one percent, would be subject to this new tax, which would raise an estimated $700-to-$800 million each year. About two-thirds — approximately half a billion dollars — would go exclusively toward MTA capital costs, which cover system and infrastructure upgrades to subways and buses. The rest would cover the subsidies for half-price MetroCards for the poorest (about 800,000) New Yorkers — a program transit advocates have increasingly pressured City Hall to support as the monthly fares get pricier and pricier. … [Read more...] about Mayor de Blasio Wants to Raise Taxes on New Yorkers Making Over $500K to Pay for Subway Repairs
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So far, according to Trevor Joyce, a researcher with the southwest science center, the method seems effective — and much safer than sending observers out in low-flying planes. With help from a team of binocular-holding observers and three infrared sensors attached to the roof of a government shed on the Granite Canyon bluff, the counts are becoming more accurate. … [Read more...] about As gray whale migration reaches its peak, scientists fear another unexplained die-off
Stocks got off to a shaky start after a sell-off in global markets as authorities worldwide stepped up measures to monitor and contain the virus. The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus is concentrated, closed down its train station and airport Thursday to prevent people from entering or leaving the city. … [Read more...] about Stock indexes barely budge: Tech and industrials’ gains offset losses elsewhere
SALT LAKE CITY — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an abortion dispute with the Trump administration. … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood scrambles after loss of federal funding
At least 56 colleges that gave Cosby an honorary degree rescinded the distinction after his conviction, according to a CNN review. Among the most recent are Pepperdine University in California and The Juilliard School in New York, spokespeople from those places told CNN. Some colleges have decided not to revoke, such as Hampton University in Virginia, which "honored him for all the good work he has done in his financial and other support of the young women and men who have attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities," a spokesman said in an email in response to a question about the status of Cosby's degree in light of the conviction. … [Read more...] about How many stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame belong on the walk of shame?