Gov. Cuomo Clears CNY, Four Other Regions for Phase Two Reopening

Central New York and four other regions have been cleared by Governor Cuomo to start phase two of reopening their economies after local governments expressed confusion and anger over a lack of direction until the last minute.

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In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls allowed a film crew to follow them as they went for their 6th NBA title in eight seasons.  The collected footage resulted in a dazzling depiction of one of sport’s most iconic athletes and celebrated teams.  The Last Danceproduced by ESPN, follows the Bulls’ 1997-98 season from start to finish, while also covering the rest of the chapters in Michael Jordan’s career.  

The 10-part documentary has been immensely popular with nearly 24 million people viewing it.  Pop Life host Joe Lee was not one of them.  On this episode of the podcast, Joe welcomes Seth Everett, veteran sports broadcaster and host of the popular podcast Sports With Friends, back to the show and invites Seth to convince him to watch The Last Dance.  

President Trump has announced that he is immediately halting the decades-long U.S. membership in the World Health Organization over its response to China's handling of the coronavirus epidemic.

In a press briefing Friday at the White House, Trump said, "We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs."

George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death, worked together at a Minneapolis club as recently as last year, according to a report from local television station KSTP.

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Following late night confusion, Central New York is able to start Phase Two of reopening. Reports began Thursday evening that Governor Andrew Cuomo would not be allowing any part of the state to begin Phase Two until a data review by international experts, causing frustration among local leaders and residents.


Central New York and four other regions have been cleared by Governor Cuomo to start phase two of reopening their economies after local governments expressed confusion and anger over a lack of direction until the last minute. 

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Dan Clark is host and producer of New York Now at PBS station WMHT in Albany.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, says members of his chamber are prepared to return to Albany in the coming weeks to prevent major cuts to education, local governments, and hospitals that could be proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo without federal aid.

Heastie, in an interview with reporters at the state Capitol Thursday, said if Cuomo followed through on his warning to cut spending by 20%, the Assembly would “look to respond.”

Updated at 10:56 p.m. ET

Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer involved in George Floyd's death on Monday, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges Friday, shortly after Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The announcement comes days after the release of a video that shows Chauvin's knee pressed firmly on the black man's neck for at least seven minutes.

The forests of today will not be the forests of tomorrow.

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Older, bigger trees — stalwarts in their respective ecosystems — are being lost at an alarming rate, making the planet's collective forests shorter and younger.

City of Syracuse

Syracuse city officials say nearly 160 white-tailed deer were culled in Syracuse’s first effort to reduce an overpopulation that is causing several issues in city neighborhoods.  The suggested target areas came from recommendations made by the volunteer Tick and Deer Management Group that also held public meetings to collect input. 

Governor Cuomo's Flickr page

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order that allows businesses to deny entry to customers who aren’t wearing a mask. He says it’s intended to improve public health and reduce fights.