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Swine Flu Spreads, More Schools Close

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The front steps of I.S. 238, the Susan B. Anthony Middle School, after one of the school's assistant principals, Mitchell Wiener, 55, died of complications related to the H1N1 swine flu virus over the weekend, the city's first fatality related to the outbreak, and the nation's sixth. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

The front steps of I.S. 238, the Susan B. Anthony Middle School, after one of the school\'s assistant principals, Mitchell Wiener, 55, died of complications related to the H1N1 swine flu virus over the weekend, the city\'s first fatality related to the outbreak, and the nation\'s sixth. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Twenty-six schools in New York City have been shut down because of swine flu concerns. For the latest information on how swine flu is affecting New York City's public schools, you can visit the Department of Education web site and a list of schools is provided at the end of this post.

New York health officials are looking into the death of a 16-month-old toddler who was taken to a Queens hospital with flu-like symptoms. Elmhurst Hospital Center said the little boy had a high fever when he was brought in last night.

On Sunday, a public school assistant principal, Mitchell Wiener, became the city's first swine flu death. Hospital and city officials say complications other than the virus probably played a part in Wiener's death. But his family has said he suffered only from gout, a joint disease.

The city is increasingly encouraging people in certain health categories to get medical help – and even go to the hospital -- if they think they have swine flu. For weeks, Mayor Bloomberg and health officials discouraged most people from heading to emergency rooms. But following the flu death of Wiener and the possible flu death of the 16-month old, Bloomberg says people shouldn’t be shy about getting help.

'If you have an underlying medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, and you have a fever with either a cough or sore throat, see your doctor immediately for medical treatment.'

Health officials say they are assembling a statewide system for tracking sick students amid the H1N1, or swine flu, outbreak. This follows concerns raised by Governor Paterson who's worried about the lack of a centralized system that could help detect flu cases earlier.
Mayor Bloomberg announced his selection of Dr. Thomas A. Farley – a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and expert in public health policy – as the city’s new head of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Mayor Bloomberg announced his selection of Dr. Thomas A. Farley – a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and expert in public health policy – as the city’s new head of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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Flu Sickens Rikers Inmates

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

rikersislandThere's now a swine flu outbreak at the jail complex on Rikers Island. Mayor Bloomberg says four inmates have tested positive for the H1N1 virus, and four others probably have the illness.

The mayor says correction and health officials ...

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Today in History: Malcolm X

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

On May 19, 1925, Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the fourth child of Earl and Louise Little. Malcolm Little would later join the Nation of Islam and change his surname to "X". The African American leader was a Muslim minister, fiery orator and activist who advocated "black ...

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The High Cost of Higher Education: Is It Worth It?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway

This year 3.2 million students are expected to graduate from high school and of those, roughly 70 percent will go on to get a college education. But ...

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Economic Indicator #551: Empty Roads and Airports

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

2743922SP003_trainIf the region's roads and airports are looking a little emptier, that's because they are. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is reporting that passenger traffic at area airports dropped 11.6 percent from January through March of ...

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Main Street NYC: Victory Boulevard, Staten Island

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

by Aswini Anburajan

Victory Boulevard is like a lot of American Main Streets. It was once a thriving downtown area before the development of suburbs drew the middle class community away from urban centers. In recent years a new influx of immigrants on Staten Island has revived Victory’s northern end, ...

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Name That Iron Fist

Monday, May 11, 2009

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take their seats for the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner on May 9, 2009 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle ...

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Dining al Desko

Monday, May 11, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu, The Takeaway

It's a recipe for frustration. In tough economic times, many people are working too hard to take off for an hour-long lunch. And who wants to leave your ...

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Keys to the City for Pirate Captives

Friday, May 08, 2009

(Edward Reed)

(Edward Reed)

Mayor Bloomberg honored the captain of a cargo ship who was taken hostage by Somali pirates, and one of his crew members, at a ceremony at City Hall. The mayor gave Captain Richard Phillips, and William Rios, ...

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Today in History: Victory in Europe

Friday, May 08, 2009


On May 8, 1945, Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered to the World War II allies. President Harry S. Truman delivered a V-E Day message:

"I only wish that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had lived to see this day. General Eisenhower informs me that the forces of Germany have ...

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The Places That Bind: Examining Preservation and Culture in a Changing City

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Rosie Perez hosted a lively town hall style discussion on how communities can save the places they love. Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Bob Tierney took pointed questions from the audience, writer Nelson George remembered the positive side of the gritty Ft. Greene he grew up in, while preservationists, urbanists and ...

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Leonard Lopate Live in The Greene Space

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

A Creative Marriage

Screenwriter and playwright David Rabe and actress Jill Clayburgh, who have been married since 1979 and have a daughter, the actress Lily Rabe, speak about their careers and the creative exchange that happens in a family.

Richard Goode
Pianist Richard Goode performs ...

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Voices from the Boroughs

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


The Greene Space’s first visual arts exhibition, opening May 8, celebrates New York City’s artistic diversity with works by emerging and experienced artists from all five boroughs along with a dialogue with curators and artists, moderated by Studio 360 Host Kurt Andersen. The exhibit is curated and produced ...

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Picture This: Your Morning News Illustrated

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

by Annie Shreffler
Brooklyn-based artist Alessandra Olanow draws a segment of news every morning as a matter of routine. For this slide show, she focused on week's worth of news produced at WNYC. Other favorite images from her blog are included. Click on the captions for story names and ...

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How to Save the Pork Industry

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway

You can't get swine flu from eating pork. (And it’s not even called swine flu anymore--technically it’s H1N1 Influenza A.) Nonetheless, the pork industry can’t be ...

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The Next New York Conversation

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Eddie Glaude launched The Next New York Conversation Series on May 5 in The Greene Space. The series identifies and furthers the dialogues that are reshaping, redefining, and re-imagining our world in the 21st century.

Photos by Scott Ellison Smith

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Burlesque Plus Lucha Libre Equals Epic Entertainment

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Oh, the gods have been good to us today. Morning Edition has proffered up the most glorious Cinco de Mayo battle of all: Lucha VaVoom. It's a cross between lucha libre wrestling and burlesque dancing. Do not miss Cassandro -- the wrestler whose teeth were knocked out AGAIN by ...

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Tracking the Teachers

Monday, May 04, 2009

Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents

Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents

The new Chancellor of the Board of Regents says New York State will apply this summer for a piece of the federal stimulus package dedicated to education reforms. The Obama Administration has made $5 billion available for states and districts to come up new assessments, data systems and ways of improving teacher effectiveness. Chancellor Merryl Tisch says New York's application will include a proposal to track graduates of teaching colleges to see which ones are most effective when they're placed in urban areas.

'It will help us give them the appropriate professional development,' she says. 'And mostly if we do those things right, the preparation and the professional development, we will be able to retain teachers throughout the system instead of hemorrhaging teachers in urban centers.'

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St. Francis Prep, Center of NYC Swine Flu Outbreak, Reopens

Monday, May 04, 2009

It's back to school day for students at St. Francis Preparatory School. Mayor Bloomberg and other officials were on hand to welcome the students returning to the Queens parochial school, which closed last week after 45 students came down with confirmed cases of swine flu. All of the cases have ...

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The Fall of the City

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The people invent their oppressors: they wish to believe in them.
They wish to be free of their freedom: released from their liberty —
The long labor of liberty ended!
-- Archibald MacLeish, “The Fall of the City”

Archibald MacLeish’s 1937 radio drama “The Fall of the City,” about the subjugation of a nameless city by a faceless tyrant, declares at the moment of conquest that “the long labor of liberty has ended,” a strong and frightening conclusion to this lyrical drama that the poet/playwright said was “about how people lose their freedom.”

The original production of Fall starred Orson Welles, who went on the following year to create the most notorious broadcast in radio history, “The War of the Worlds.” The tumult surrounding this production, which caused widespread panic and several suicides, has somewhat obscured “The Fall of the City,” in many ways a more potent and nuanced work. Because of this, our broadcast program offered a documentary about the original production and its milieu, and you can listen to that here:


This feature, “Fall of the City: Prophetic Classic,” is narrated by “Radio Lab” host Jad Abumrad. You can also learn more about Archibald MacLeish at Poets.org among other sites.

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