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    Delays in New Jersey's medical marijuana program have desperate parents importing it illegally from other states, and making their own concoctions for young and disabled children.

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    Is he a great artist, or just a great social activist?

  • Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

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    The master of magic realism was the region's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.



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  • Labor Deal for Bus and Subway Workers Comments [ 1 ]

    After two years of occasionally rancorous negotiations, the MTA and the union representing 34,000 transit workers have announced a tentative deal to give the rank-and-file 2 percent raises in each of the next three years. That's on top of a retroactive 1 percent raise that covers the last two years.

    The contract also provides for what John Samuelsen, president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, described as "historic paid maternity and paternity leave, as well as important improvements to our membership’s health-care, dental, and eye benefit package."

    The authority agreed to the raises without work rule concessions from the union, even though MTA chairman Tom Prendergast, along with previous chairmen, had insisted on negotiated productivity gains to offset any raises. But even without such concessions, all sides said the agency could pay for the settlement without an additional fare increase above the 4 percent hike planned for next year.

    "The resolution of this contract dispute is fair to transit workers, fiscally responsible for the MTA, and will have no impact on fares," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who entered negotiations toward the end to help nail down the contract.

    The deal gives Cuomo, who has had a rocky relationship with state workers' unions, a measure of labor peace heading into his re-election campaign.

    MTA officials said the wage increases "will be accommodated within revisions to the MTA financial plan," but wouldn't say how much it would cost. The union's executive board, and members, still need to ratify the agreement. So does the MTA board.

    In an email, Gene Russianoff of The Straphangers Campaign voiced cautious praise for the deal, beginning with approval of no additional fare hike. "The MTA had earlier raised the possibility of a much higher fare increase, one at double the rate of inflation," he said. "In the wake of widespread public outrage, the MTA pledged no more than a 4 percent increase — and possibly even less if the agency's finances continued to improve."

    "The devil is always in the details," Russianoff said. "Like many others, we reserve final judgment until we study the management-labor contract."

  • De Blasio Promises Progress for Sandy Victims

    The mayor says by summer's end, the city will start reconstruction on hundreds of homes that were destroyed during Sandy.

  • For the Nets, the Playoffs. For the Knicks, a Reckoning

    The Brooklyn Nets, despite numerous injuries and a rookie coach, are heading to the playoffs.

  • The Horseless eCarriage Debuts

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  • Google Glass Behind the Wheel? Lawmakers Say No Comments [ 5 ]

    A new bill would let victims sue Google.

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  • Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'

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    Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.

  • Last Chance Foods: Flowers You Can Eat

    Violas aren't just musical instruments. They're edible flowers that can fancy up your spring salads and, in ice cube form, help convince your kids to stay hydrated. Annie Novak from the New York Botanical Garden has the details on why and how.

  • What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?

    Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?

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  • The Francis Effect: 'There's a Tone'

    A religious educator in an Upper East Side parish is hopeful for a Catholic Church that is once again sympathetic, merciful and compassionate.

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  • Conor Oberst, Live At Gigstock Comments [ 2 ]


    Watch Conor Oberst perform and talk about his upcoming album, Upside Down Mountain, live at WNYC's Greene Space.

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    Watch James Vincent McMorrow play live from WNYC's Greene Space as part of Gigstock.

  • Nas: Still 'Illmatic' At Twenty


    Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee known as Nas -- is one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.

  • Kiss' Paul Stanley On Being Starchild, Discovering Beethoven And Entering The Hall Of Fame


    Paul Stanley, founding member of Kiss, talks about his first encounter with Gene Simmons, accidentally writing a famous mondegreen, how he stays in shape and why the band decided to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

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    Timber Timbre's song "Curtains?!" embodies both the unsettling and the alluring as frontman Taylor Kirk sings a tale about a man's secrets exposed. But in an alternate version sung by Fiver (a.k.a. Simone Schmidt), the song takes on a new identity.

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