FEATURE: The Blue-Green City

Dora Guo: Inspired by @evanmcohen

Maria was my host mom while I took classes in Buenos Aires after my first year of college. She lived in the Recoleta district, on the top floor of a narrow, white apartment building with balcony columns shaped like hourglasses. Her apartment was a few blocks from Argentina’s national library — a towering, Brutalist structure built like an uneven stack of books. All the apartment buildings on her street were tall and white, but Maria’s had a golden door knocker and handle. Inside, a silver scissor gate guarded the elevator on the ground floor, which, with effort, collapsed like an accordion.

I carried three clunky gold keys everywhere so I could get in Maria’s building: one for the main entrance and two for the door to her suite. Maria lived alone. The suite opened to a living room like a dentist’s lobby, with white walls,

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OPKO Health’s BioReference Laboratories Launches COVID-19 Testing Program for New York City Schools

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BioReference Laboratories, Inc., an OPKO Health company (NASDAQ :OPK), today announced the beginning of its COVID-19 testing program for New York City schools throughout the 2020-2021 school year to help ensure a safer school environment.

Continuing a strategic collaboration with New York City, the Department of Health, New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (NYC Health + Hospitals), the Test & Trace Corp, and the Department of Education, BioReference is performing COVID-19 molecular testing for NYC schools. In addition, BioReference is collecting specimens from principals, teachers, administration and students from over 950 schools across NYC.

“This school year for New York City and other school systems around the world is vastly different due to the global pandemic, and BioReference is privileged to aid in keeping NYC schools safe,” said Jon R. Cohen, M.D., Executive Chairman of BioReference

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Health fair, virtual support groups, and more health news | Crescent City community news

HEALTH FAIR: The New Orleans chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will hold a health fair from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at A.L. Davis Park, 2600 LaSalle St., New Orleans. The fair will feature free health screenings, information about Medicaid and Medicare, and information about local health-related resources. In partnership with The Debt Collective, there will also be a medical debt clinic where anyone with medical debt can speak to a debt expert, for free, without an appointment. Participants will be able to learn about their rights as a debtor, to dispute their debts and to connect with other people facing similar situations.

NAMI NEW ORLEANS: Virtual support groups sponsored by the New Orleans affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness include: 

  • NAMI Family Support Group: A Zoom gathering for adult loved ones of people living with mental illness is from 6:30 p.m. to 8
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Seattle Reopens Playgrounds, Outdoor Fitness Areas At City Parks

SEATTLE, WA — Play areas and adult fitness equipment reopened for public use at all Seattle city parks Tuesday, following updated public health guidance. All city playgrounds closed in late March as the state first enacted wide restrictions on public activities to curb the coronavirus’s spread.

a statue of a basketball court: City play areas have been closed since late March.

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City play areas have been closed since late March.

According to the city, fitness areas and playgrounds are not regularly sanitized, and it’s important to follow public health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep parks open for use.

Here are some safety reminders from the City of Seattle:

For play areas:

  • Play equipment is open to five or fewer kids at a time
  • Some play areas have only one piece of play equipment (usually a climber/slide combo), and others have many pieces of equipment (swings, little kids climber, big kids climber, zipline, etc.). No more than five kids on
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White cop is arrested and charged with murder in connection to slaying of 31-year-old city worker

Wolfe City police officer Shaun David Lucas (pictured) was taken into custody on Monday and charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of Jonathan Price

Wolfe City police officer Shaun David Lucas (pictured) was taken into custody on Monday and charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of Jonathan Price

A Texas cop has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to the slaying of a 31-year-old city worker who was ‘tasered and shot three times’ while walking away after trying to break up a domestic violence situation at a gas station. 

Wolfe City police officer Shaun David Lucas, 22, was taken into custody over the fatal shooting of Jonathan Price who is said to have intervened when he saw a man and woman brawling inside an Exxon gas station in Wolfe City on Saturday at 8.30pm just moments before he was shot. 

Within hours of his arrest, Lucas posted his $1million bond. 

Philadelphia-based civil rights lawyer, Lee Merritt, who is representing Price’s family, told CBS that the arrest of Lucas ‘is

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The Story So Far In Kansas City: How The Pandemic Put Two Career Artists Back Where They Started | KCUR 89.3

Making a career as an artist is a creative gesture as bold and miraculous as any brushstroke. There’s no clear path to success, and even great success does not guarantee economic survival. You can get your book published, your paintings displayed, your name in the credits of a movie, and still find yourself unable to visit a dentist or pay your rent. And the jobs artists take to stay afloat can end up consuming the time and energy needed to clear the hump of mediocrity.

Randy Regier and Dave Loewenstein pulled it off, though. They’ve been prolific, they’ve been celebrated, they’ve been fed. But now the pandemic has set them back to square one.

Turns out, that’s not all bad. Of course, it’s not all good, either.

This is an artsy installment of The Story So Far, looking at life six months into coronavirus in Kansas City.


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Sambalpur city to get three fitness centres by October end- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

SAMBALPUR: Sambalpur city will get three health and fitness centres by the end of this month.
The fitness centres are being developed by Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) at PHED ground in Ainthapali, Burla stadium and Subash field in Hirakud. The Sarva Shiksha Abhijan (SSA) has been entrusted the task of executing the projects. 

The under-construction fitness
centre at Ainthapali locality

Assistant engineer of SSA, Sambalpur, Suryakanta Biswal said construction of buildings for the three health and fitness centres is almost complete. While paint work at Burla stadium is over, it will start at the remaining centres soon. Subsequently, fitness equipment will be installed, he said.

Each centre is being developed over an area of 40 feet X 40 feet at a cost of `70 lakh. Equipment including treadmill, chest press machine, shoulder press machine, lat pull down machine, leg press and abdominal crunch machines will be

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COVID Updates: New York City health officials closely monitoring 4 ‘concerning’ clusters

NEW YORK (WABC) — The New York City Health Department continues to track 4 concerning clusters of COVID-19 cases in Southern Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Central Queens and Far Rockaway.

These clusters include 12 neighborhoods in New York City with positivity rates above 3%, accounting for over 30% of new cases citywide over the past 2 weeks despite representing 9.0% of the city’s overall population.

The 7-day average percent positivity is 5.72% for the 12 neighborhoods, while the citywide average is 1.42%. With the 12 neighborhoods removed, the 7-day average positivity for the city is 1.05%.

These clusters also reach an additional 7 neighborhoods where cases are accelerating faster than citywide, despite the percentage of positive tests remaining under 3% over the past 14 days.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a record number of tests — 134,267 — were reported to the state on Friday.

The state is monitoring the top

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A Week In A Midwestern City On A $300,000 Salary

Welcome to Money Diaries where we are tackling the ever-present taboo that is money. We’re asking real people how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

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Today: a physician who makes $300,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on an Under Armour running cap.

Occupation: Physician
Industry: Healthcare
Age: 37
Location: Midwest
Salary: $300,000 (plus bonuses totaling ~$25,000-$35,000/year)
Net Worth: High six figures, close to seven depending on the markets. This figure includes house, car, HYSA, 401(k), and investment/brokerage accounts.
Debt: $0 (student loans, car loan, house mortgage paid off a few years ago, credit card balances paid in full every two weeks)
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New health hub for Plymouth city centre with GP surgery, dentist, sexual health clinic and mental health support

Plans for a new health hub in the West End of Plymouth – which would include a sexual health clinic – have been tabled by the council.

Council chiefs say the bold new plan would bring ‘health to the High Street’ and could include a new GP surgery, a dentists’ surgery, a sexual health clinic and mental health support and a pharmacy – all under one roof.

Proposals are being worked up the new, purpose-built health centre on the site of two demolished buildings on the corner of Market Avenue and New George Street, which back onto Colin Campbell Court.

Cabinet Member for Finance, Mark Lowry, who is also city centre champion said: “There are over 12,000 people on the waiting list for dentists, children’s teeth are being extracted, right here in Plymouth. We want to help our residents get healthy, and want to make it as easy for them

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