Elizabeth Warren Proves Her DNA: Technically She is Right

Elizabeth Warren has released her official DNA results, in an effort to prove her claims of having Native American ancestry. Her results have shown that although the majority of her lineage is European, there is is “strong evidence” of Native American blood dating back 6 to 10 generations. The results were analyzed by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor, who concluded that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”

Warren released the results on Monday in an elaborate affair, clearly attempting to upstage President Trump, who has repeatedly dismissed her claims of Native American ancestry and has referred to Senator Warren as “Pocahontas” several times.

At one rally, Trump boasted that he would give 1 million dollars to the charity of Warren’s choice if she could prove her ancestry. But when asked about this statement yesterday, Trump replied with, “I didn’t say that.”

Here is a video evidence that Trump did, in fact, say exactly that.

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New York City Isn’t Getting Any Cheaper According to Spike Lee

Native New Yorker and filmmaker Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee knows Brooklyn like the back of his hand. Though born in Atlanta, Georgia, he and his family moved to Fort Greene when he was a small child, and have been there ever since. But over the years, Lee has noticed significant changes in his childhood hometown, and has noticed them all over the city of New York.

And he’s not the only one to take note.

Gentrification is one of the most popular topics in New York right now, and it affects every single borough of the city. Rents are increasing in price, apartment buildings are being torn down and built back up higher, and people are being forced to move.

Brooklyn, and Williamsburg in particular, had been amongst the hardest hit areas of the city. According to a 2015 report by the NYU Furman Center, white populations have increased across the board, while black populations have decreased. Lee’s area of Brooklyn in Fort Greene shows a significant gap in the number of white people living in the area, and the number of black people.

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In addition, the increasing population of gentrifying areas is largely due to younger people, with 60nearly 70% of those moving to gentrifying areas being between the ages of 20 and 24.

But it isn’t just families that are feeling the effects. Local businesses are also hurting, and many small practices have been forced to close up shop because they can no longer afford to pay their rent. On notable example includes a recording studio in SoHo, where David Bowie recorded some of his last music. “The Magic Shop” was forced to shut down after the rent price sky rocketed. 

As for Lee, it’s upsetting for him to see his little hometown turn into a rapidly changing location. Watch the clip below for some of what Lee had to say.

*Disclaimer: Curse words are used within the audio.*

Trump Stands with Kavanaugh

 

In the wake of last week’s Senate hearings, which included testimony from both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump is not backing down on his nomination. In multiple recent press conferences and rallies, Trump has continued to express his support for his Supreme Court nomination.

Trump has since argued that Democrats have incited an unnecessary frenzy, claiming that there are individuals on both sides with pasts that are not so perfect.

“I watched those senators on the Democrat side, and I thought it was a disgrace. And partially because I know them,” he said. “I know them too well, and you know what, they are not angels.”

But in spite of this, allegations are now coming forward that Kavanaugh lied and is currently lying under oath, a federal crime.

The FBI was given just one week to further investigate the sexual assault allegations originally made by Dr. Ford.

A BC Grad in the Ballpark

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What’s better than watching your favorite sports teams? Writing about them, of course. And that’s exactly what Laura Albanese, a Brooklyn College gradaute, has been doing for over ten years.

Having graduated with her degree in journalism in 2007, Albanese worked for a variety of different publications, including the Daily News, and now as a sportswriter for Newsday. But her passion for covering sports was not her first plan; she began her career covering local crime and going to court hearings.

“I loved covering breaking news in the time that I did it, but I was completely entranced by the larger-than-life stories that came from covering a sports beat, and not just when it came to the pros, ” she said. “I was able to follow and write about high school sports for years – from the pitcher with only three fingers, to young women who broke barriers, becoming the first girls in their schools and communities to ever play for a varsity football team.”

Now, her job takes her all over the country. She followed both the Mets and the Yankees as they each embarked on successful playoff runs, though she has never forgotten the hard work that women sportswriters before her have put in in order to be taken seriously.

“In 10 years covering sports, I’ve seen more and more women break into an overwhelmingly male-dominated field – doing it with intelligence, resolve, skill, and more than a little chutzpah. It’s been really, really cool.”

Mayor de Blasio Honors Fallen Bronx Fire Chief

On Thursday September 27th, New York City Fire Chief Michael Fahy was remembered during a ceremony marking the two year anniversary of his death. Fahy’s father, widow, and son were in attendance.

On September 27th, 2016, firefighters were called to respond to a potential gas leak in a home on West 234th Street in the Bronx. Unexpectedly, the house exploded, sending debris in every direction and killing Mr. Fahy. After an investigation of the house, it was discovered that the residence had been being used as a marijuana growing facility. Windows covered with foil had prevented the leaking gas to be ventilated, according to a report from the Bronx District Attorney.

May Bill deBlasio spoke at last week’s ceremony.

 

Just two months ago, Garivaldi Castillo, 33, and Julio Salcedo, 36, were convicted in Fahy’s death. Both men pleaded guilty to felony charges of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

“Battalion Chief Michael Fahy spent the last moments of his life saving others,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said in a statement. “He responded to a gas-infused building and instructed the residents — including one of the defendants — to evacuate.”

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is Coming to Win

Her victory in June has been described as one of the biggest upsets in the 2018 mid-term election season, and for good reason. Alexendria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28 year old Bronx native, defeated the incumbent Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley by nearly fifteen percentage points.

Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, worked as an organizer for Bernie Sander’s 2016 Presidential Campaign, traveling across the country to speak to those affected by the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access pipeline. Now, she’s taking matters into her own hands and running for a seat in Congress. She will face the Republican nominee, Anthony Pappas.

The election will be held November 6th, 2018, and if Ocasio-Cortez does succeed again, it will make her the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

 

Brooklyn College Alumna Renee Saff Says Kosher Cuisine is Changing

A new wave of dining is hitting the streets of New York City, according to Brooklyn College graduate Renee Saff, and it’s all kosher.

She recommends Bison and Bourbon, one of the cities 325 kosher eateries, a list that continues to grow. Over the last two decades, the number of kosher restaurants has grown by over fifty percent.

But it’s not just restaurants. Saff says that part of the rise of kosher dining is largely due in part to the introduction of kosher pop up carts, blogs, and cookbooks.

Benzion Raskin is the owner of Benz’s, a kosher fish store in Crown Heights, who says that the need for high quality ingredients that adhere to the strict kosher guidelines was extremely important for the community.