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02.02.15 Prachi Gupta

Here’s some good news on a day with such horrid weather: Staten Island Chuck did not see his shadow, which, according to faux folklore, means that spring is coming early this year in New York. Staten Island Advance reports that Chuck made his prediction just before 7:30 AM on Monday. During last year’s ceremony, Mayor […]

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01.20.15 Rhett Jones

According to an investigation by DNAinfo, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan has recused himself due to personal ties to cases more than any other D.A. in the city. Donovan is most prominently known for being the D.A. in charge of the grand jury case that decided not to indict an officer who placed Eric Garner in […]

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01.19.15 Rhett Jones

A recent proposal to ban the use of drones in New York City has some model airplane enthusiasts worried that their hobby will soon be labeled a crime. The legislation, put forth by City Councilman Daniel Garodnick recently, is one of three proposals to tackle the use of drones by civilians. If Garodnick’s plan is passed, it […]

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12.12.14 Rhett Jones

Erica Garner’s father, Eric, died on July 17th after being put in an unauthorized chokehold by the NYPD. She says that she’s gone to the Staten Island location of the incident and laid down twice a week ever since. Garner’s daughter tells the Daily News: I felt his spirit when I was walking down to […]

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11.21.14 Prachi Gupta

Friday morning’s 50th anniversary celebration for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which connects Staten Island to Brooklyn, has been overshadowed not just by recent news that its toll may increase, but also by the work of activist group Right of Way. The organization ran a banner that read “50 YRS & NO BIKE/PED PATHS? OPEN THE VERRAZANO […]

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10.31.14 Prachi Gupta

Turns out that cockroaches, pigeons, and rats aren’t the only creatures intent on surviving in New York City. Biologists have discovered a new species of leopard frog in the concrete jungle, National Geographic reports. While the frog was actually discovered two years ago, it’s just now that the team of biologists, geneticists, and ecologists have […]

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10.16.14 Bucky Turco

In the near future, Staten Island is getting a giant ferris wheel, but that’s not all. According to the Associated Press, developers have planned a special attraction that’s sure to attract droves of New Yorkers to the exiled, homogeneous borough: A subway-themed thrill ride is being planned for the site of Staten Island’s upcoming Ferris […]

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09.15.14 Sophie Weiner

Tottenville High School in Staten Island started their school year by enforcing a new, strict dress code. The decision to implement what the school calls their “Dress For Success” policy was made “at the discretion of the principal,” AP reports. Tottenville’s district superintendent Aimee Horowitz said that revealing clothes are not allowed because they they “[interfere] […]

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08.06.14 Sophie Weiner

The wife of Ramsay Orta — who videotaped the Eric Garner being placed into a chokehold that, according to the medical examiner, caused his death — has been charged for misdemeanor assault of a woman. SI Live reports that Chrissie Oritz was placed under arrest in the area covered by the troubled 120th Precinct, not far from where Garner was killed. Orta was […]

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08.04.14 Marina Galperina

Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the police confrontation which lead to the tragic death of Eric Garner, has been arrested in Staten Island on Saturday night. The 22-year-old is facing charges of criminal possession of an unloaded firearm. Police officers say they saw Orta attempting to pass an unloaded .25 caliber gun to a 17-year-old female near […]

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