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For an Iraqi in New York, U.S. Withdrawal is Not War's End

Leyla is one of 60,000 Iraqis who came to the United States after the 2003 invasion. Married to an American, settled in Brooklyn, she still feels the disruption of the war—especially when she hears her mother's voice.

Science and Politics Collide in Medgar Evers Faculty Split

Instructors at the Brooklyn college are divided over how to improve poor graduation numbers—and on whether the faculty on hand are qualified to operate a new science center.

Earning Farm Subsidies … on the Upper East Side?

As a national debate over farm subsidies heats up, a look at the top New York City beneficiaries reveals the nuances of a controversial program.

Can Job Training Reduce Unemployment?

Governments are pouring money into job skills programs as a way of combating poverty. But what jobs are participants being prepared for?

Sharon's Homework: Self-Sufficiency

After raising a family and burying a husband, Sharon Jones is aiming for a college degree while still looking out for her kids and battling in housing court.

Indian Point Worry: Not The Reactor, The Leftovers

Spent fuel rods are at the center of concerns about the nuclear plant just north of the city—and are a factor at several other plants in the tri-state area.

Federal Funds Have City Planners Eyeing East New York, Bronx

A federal planning grant to be shared among several governments on either side of the New York-Connecticut border aims for transit-oriented development.

Life In A Landmark: Pioneering Public Housing Site Shows Its Age

For residents of First Houses—the Lower East Side site where public housing began in the United States—pride in their historic location is mixed with worries about deterioration inside.

How Health Care Repeal Would Affect New York

Republicans want to reverse President Obama's health care reform law. What would that mean for New Yorkers?

Obama's Urban Policy: Slow Start. Sustainable Finish?

The president's campaign pledge to pay attention to cities got some tough early reviews. But now communities around the country are getting federal help to plan for the future.

On The Move

The city's transit system is better than you think. It's also under more strain than politicians admit.

The Election's Over. So Let's Talk Issues

A look at the policy questions that campaign 2010 didn't answer

Going National

We are so desperate for any little inkling for success

Iraq: The Five Boroughs' Toll

As the debate continues over the end of combat operations in Iraq, a look at the 64 city residents who perished in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

How Much Stimulus Money Went To Low Income Areas?

City Limits toured New York City, Yonkers and Newburgh with Community Voices Heard, to see where the stimulus money went and hear where advocates for low-income families believe it should go.

The Future Of Puerto Rico's Independence Movement

Opinions are mixed about whether pro-independence political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres should receive a hero's welcome when he was released from prison Monday.

White House Will Name New Urban Czar

A day after the first White House director of urban affairs moved to HUD, the Obama administration said it will retain the post.

White House: Congestion Pricing On The Table

The Obama administration's efforts to stop sprawl and make cities livable might include new rail lines, water commuting and—possibly—using tolls to fight traffic and pollution.

NYC Web World Regroups After FCC Defeat

A court ruling barring the FCC from regulating broadband has local organizations plotting how to give the agency new teeth.

Census Worry: Whither Williamsburg?

In a last effort to get more New Yorkers to return their Census forms, City Hall is outing the neighborhoods with the lowest response rates.

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NY Pols Tout Bill Targeting Jobless Youth - Kiera Feldman

The Urban Jobs Act would provide $20 million for services to unemployed young people. Amid partisan rancor, will the idea survive Congress? Against record youth unemployment, will it make a difference if it does?



What if Campaigns Put Out Aid Instead of Ads?

By Steve Lilienthal

What if Campaigns Put Out Aid Instead of Ads?

Corruption, cronyism—much was wrong with old-fashioned machine politics. But compared to today's campaigns of sound-bites and surveys, yesterday's ward heelers fused genuine relationships between politics and people's lives.

Can NYCHA Be Saved?

By Julia Vitullo-Martin

Can NYCHA Be Saved?

Yes, says this writer, but it will require vision and renewed drive by the Bloomberg administration: Doing a few things better will not be enough.

Feds' Green Could Be Even Greener

By Denise Scott

Feds' Green Could Be Even Greener

Federal weatherization funding can be used to address not only the energy efficiency of buildings but also their financial sustainability, resident health and safety, all while upgrading green skills for workers.

Time for a Food and Farm Bill that Helps Farmers and Consumers

By Mark Dunlea

Time for a Food and Farm Bill that Helps Farmers and Consumers

The collapse of the Supercommittee process gives New York City anti-hunger activists a chance to help shape a farm bill that fights hunger, promotes health, protects the environment and bolsters independent farmers.

Why it's Time to Hire the Disabled

By Charles Archer

Why it's Time to Hire the Disabled

The economy is sluggish and the job market is weak. But that's all the more reason, this writer says, to make sure disabled workers get their shot at the work that's out there.



Homes Underwater: Forebearance Alternatives for Sandy-Affected Homeowners

A report by Franklin Romeo and Jennifer Ching of (Queens Legal Services and Legal Services NYC) explores foreclosure risks in neighborhoods hit hard by Sandy and finds that some of the steps taken by banks in the wake of the storm "[create] a situation where a homeowner is likely to fall into a mortgage delinquency."