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Lurking behind lackluster jobs gain are a stagnating labor market and the threat of omicron

The first U.S. jobs report of 2022 showed continued – if lackluster – growth. But perhaps of greater significance for the economic year ahead are two factors that lurked behind the headline unemployment rate: a stagnating labor pool and the impact of omicron. First, the good news. The economy did add jobs in December, 199,000 …

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Sidney Poitier, first Black actor to win best actor Academy Award, dies at 94

By Katharine Jackson (Reuters) – Sidney Poitier, who broke through racial barriers as the first Black winner of the best actor Oscar for his role in “Lilies of the Field,” and inspired a generation during the civil rights movement, has died at age 94, Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis said on Friday. “It is with …

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NBA roundup: Devin Booker hits milestone in Suns’ win

(Reuters) – Devin Booker matched his season high of 38 points while reaching a milestone as the Phoenix Suns earned a 115-97 victory over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. JaVale McGee contributed 16 points and eight rebounds and Cameron Payne added 16 points and seven assists for Phoenix, which snapped a two-game …

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Fauci says U.S. should consider domestic flight vaccine mandate; more planes grounded

By Lindsey Wasson and Gabriella Borter (Reuters) – Rising COVID-19 cases, along with bad weather, caused airlines to cancel more than 1,000 flights on Monday, and the spread of the Omicron variant prompted the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert to suggest the government consider mandating vaccines for domestic flights. Monday’s travel woes marked a …

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NYC Parks To Launch Pilot Work Study Program for At-Risk Young People–Mayor Invests Nearly $1M

NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff today announced the launch of a new work study program. Green Applied Projects for Parks x Pathways to Graduation (GAPP x P2G) will serve 36 at-risk individuals, who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic academically and may have been justice system involved. The work study pilot, funded with …

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The Apollo and WNYC Announce The 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

WNYC and The Apollo will present WNYC’s 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, “MLK – Activism and the Arts,” as part of the Apollo’s Uptown Hall series, on Sunday, January 9 at 3pm. Advance tickets, available starting on January 3, 2022 via www.ApolloTheater.org, are free and required for entry. Returning as an …

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NFL roundup: Joe Burrow’s record day carries Bengals past Ravens

The showdown for the AFC North lead turned into a showcase for Joe Burrow as the Cincinnati Bengals hammered the visiting Baltimore Ravens 41-21 on Sunday. Burrow had his best game as a pro, as he completed 37 of 46 passes for a career-high and franchise-record 525 passing yards and four touchdowns. Tee Higgins had …

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NBA roundup: Ja Morant, Grizzlies nip Suns in last second

Ja Morant scored 33 points, including a layup with 0.5 seconds remaining, and Desmond Bane scored a career-high 32 points as the visiting Memphis Grizzlies withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Phoenix Suns for a 114-113 win on Monday night. Steven Adams had 13 points and 16 rebounds, and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 11 points …

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New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams postpones his inauguration ceremony

(Reuters) – New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams is postponing his inauguration ceremony, which was set for Jan. 1, due to the rise in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, he said in a statement quoted by media. “It is clear that our city is facing a formidable opponent in the Omicron variant,” he …

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New York City to scale down New Year’s Eve celebrations at Times Square

By Kanishka Singh (Reuters) – New York will sharply limit the number of people it allows in Times Square for its New Year’s Eve celebration, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday, in response to a surge of new coronavirus cases fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant. For a second year in a row, …

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