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Entries by NYCity News Service

Sudan's Female Genital Mutilation Countered By Henna-Dyed Hands

(67) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 1:30 PM

By H'Rina DeTroy

Sudan has tried to eradicate female genital mutilation since 1946 to little avail. But now women's health groups have taken the crusade in their hands--or rather, their own painted hands--in an effort to subvert the practice.

NGOs are training midwives and henna artists to cooperate using...

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Zimbabwe's Poor Healthcare System Causing Humanitarian Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2009 | 3:59 PM

By Damiano Beltrami

When the American doctor Richard Sollom went into a Zimbabwean hospital outside of the capital city Harare last December, an auditorium-size room was crammed with patients affected by cholera. A few minutes later, frantically waving his arms a slim man introduced himself.

"Are you looking for a...

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Congo Violence Fueled By Common Material In Cell Phones, Laptops

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2009 | 3:50 PM

By Rima Abdelkader

For many, one's cell phone has become a fifth limb. But, for Congolese lawyer Joseph Mbangu, it's more a case of life and death.

The New York-based lawyer is trying to alert cell phone and laptop users that a key ingredient in their devices has been...

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Mak Hoi Yan VS. Oh Ba Mah

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2008 | 3:40 PM

by Hrina Detroy

When state Senate candidate Dan Squadron went to Chinatown to accept an endorsement from the Sing Lin community group, he got a second gift: a Chinese name.

Squadron was tagged as Si Cot Ching, an approximation of the name "Squadron," modified into Cantonese sounds and spelled with...

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Many Holes in Candidates' Positions on Criminal Justice

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 5:59 PM

By Lindsay Lazarski

The crumbling economy, taxes, and the Iraq War have soaked up the limelight when it comes to the 2008 Presidential Election. With less than one week left before voters' caste their ballots, questions about Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama's positions on incarceration and criminal justice...

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Foreign Journalist Translation Woes: "Maverick" Is "Dog Without A Leash"

(38) Comments | Posted October 20, 2008 | 11:03 AM

by Rima Abdelkader at NYCity News Service

Joe Sixpack. Hockey Mom. Maverick.

Even for those passionately following the presidential election, the definition of these campaign buzzwords can change with the voter, pundit or reporter who interprets them.

Imagine, then, how foreign language journalists must struggle to put the terms into...

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No Obama Tees! Obscure Laws Banning Electioneering May Cause Hassles At the Polls For Voters

(49) Comments | Posted September 25, 2008 | 9:10 AM

**By Vinita Singla, Megan McGibney**

Don't wear your favorite Barack Obama T-shirt or your shiny John McCain campaign button Nov. 4: You might get hassled at the polls.

An obscure, seldom-enforced state law bars anyone from wearing political buttons and other campaign paraphernalia within "a 100-foot radial measured...

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HIllary's NY Primary Party

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2008 | 10:27 AM

by Annie Shreffler

Even after the polls closed at 9 p.m. in New York on Super Tuesday, CUNY J-School students had work to do. I followed Lakshmi Gandhi to the Hammerstein Ballroom to wait with hundreds of Hillary fans for the victorious Democratic candidate to thank New York voters for...

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Local Blogs and Papers Think National

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2008 | 7:41 PM

By Eliot Caroom

This year's unusually competitive presidential primary has led some of Brooklyn's own media elite to an unusual decision: for the first time, some local news outlets made endorsements in the national race.

"I don't know how much difference it makes," said Ed Weintrob, who publishes The Brooklyn...

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Students Elect to Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2008 | 7:33 PM

By Stephen Pacer
Produced by Megan McGibney

Local students, energized by the presidential race, signed up as campaign volunteers - passing out fliers, making phone calls and flocking to rallies leading up to Super Tuesday.

Whether they're working for Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton, the political newcomers...

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Pulpit Pitches Rankle Some Churchgoers

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2008 | 7:22 PM

By Djenny Passe-Rodriguez

The Rev. Calvin Butts, the politically influential leader of Harlem's famed Abyssinian Baptist church, endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton last month. But that didn't stop volunteers from Harlem For Obama from distributing fliers outside the W. 138th Street church in an effort to sway voters.

Djenny Passe-Rodriguez...

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African NYers Weigh Obama's Chances

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2008 | 7:04 PM

By Adeola Oladele
Produced by Abimbola Ishola

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid has drawn the interest of African immigrants - including those from Kenya, where the candidate's father was born.

Some are planning to vote for Obama, while others say he has no chance of winning because of the...

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Starbucks In His Eyes For Obama

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2008 | 6:51 PM

By Lakshmi Gandhi

Surrounded by campaign materials and holed up with his laptop and overactive cell phone in a corner of the Starbucks on 181st Street in Washington Heights, Gregg Ross carefully coordinated volunteers for Barack Obama Tuesday morning.

Boxes of fliers, stickers, and posters sat on the chairs and...

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Audio Slideshow: Democrats Battle In New York

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2008 | 8:25 AM

March to Super Tuesday

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Clinton and Obama Supporters Scramble for Last Minute NY Support

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2008 | 8:28 PM

March to Super Tuesday

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On Saturday afternoon, Barack Obama supporters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge shouting the senator's...

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Obama Caravan Poaches Latino Hillary Supporters

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2008 | 11:15 AM

By Daniel Macht and Rosaleen Ortiz

A 14-car caravan of Obama supporters cruised the streets of the Bronx and Upper Manhattan Sunday while blasting horns and Spanish reggaeton music through Hillary friendly neighborhoods.


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Obama Supporters Seek Souls After Sunday Service

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2008 | 2:47 AM

by Cristina P. Alesci

Hours into Super Bowl Sunday, Barack Obama was counting on a last minute Hail Mary pass to beat Hillary Clinton's home field advantage on Super Tuesday.

Obama volunteers mounted pulpits over the weekend in a statewide effort to petition worshippers for their support....

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Bronx Stop Three: Starbucks on West 225th

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2008 | 11:20 PM

Pre-Super Tuesday Dispatches from the Bronx
by Annie Shreffler

It took a little convincing for Kenda Nunez, Baltazar Cortez and Geraldine LaPenne to let their lattes cool a minute while they talked politics, but soon they got fired up and realized they had a lot to say.

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Bronx Stop Two: National Doughnut on Bedford Park Blvd.

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2008 | 8:17 PM

by Annie Shreffler

In the central Bronx neighborhood of Bedford Park, we talked with Lourdes Roche and Mark Anthony Seda about prescription drug costs and troop withdrawal.

Lourdes Roche. Photo by Claudia Cruz

Ms. Roche has suffered three strokes since 1988, became a...

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Bronx Stop One: El Valle restaurant on Jerome Ave.

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2008 | 5:18 PM

Pre-Super Tuesday Dispatches from the Bronx
by Annie Shreffler

A weekend trek to local eating spots in the Bronx introduced us to voters who debunk any notion that the borough's residents are united on choosing their candidate. Instead, we heard it all, from hope that Obama can shake up...

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