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TRUMP

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Donald Trump will try to use his first news conference in nearly six months today to lay out a plan to separate himself from his business empire to try to erase questions about potential conflicts of interest, but Russia is likely to take center stage.

The president-elect will likely face questions about his bid to warm US relations with Moscow after American and British intelligence concluded Russia used cyber hacking to tilt the election in Trump's favor.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - WORDS OF WISDOM

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" TRUTH IS SUCH A RARE THING: IT IS DELIGHTFUL TO TELL IT."

CELEBRATE CUBAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

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During the 1960s, many Cubans who fled that gorgeous Caribbean island, known as the Pearl of the Antilles to escape Castro's revolution helped the CUBA LIBRE gain it's way to popularity in the good old USA. Long dominated by a generation of elder drinkers, this popular tropical beverage appears to have been around for a long, long time.

Now, a new generation of Cubanos is taking the Rum and Coke to new highs... Many Miami Cubans call it mentirita, or a lie because Cuba is no longer truly independent.

Nevertheless, celebrate May 20th, aka Cuban Independence Day with a cold CUBA LIBRE Rum and Coke, or perhaps a nice and tasty MOJITO.

There are countless recipes for the Mojito but this version is for the one Hemingway himself enjoyed at the Mojito's place of birth: La Bodeguita del Medio in Habana, Cuba. If you are throwing a Cuban theme party, plan on serving mojitos.

US Rep Crowley/LGACC/Goldman Sachs

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LaGuardia Community College has partnered with Goldman Sachs in launching the "10,000 Small Businesses" initiative, which - through a 10 week class in which people must apply and be accepted - qualifying small business owners can receive practical business knowledge from experts in the field. The class is free, and there are details below in the invitation about the qualifications for entry into the program.

WEATHER WARNINGS

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for New York City until 10:00 PM this evening.

Active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

For more information, visit the National Weather Service at http://www.1.usa.gov/16w10Sq or Department of Environmental Conservation at http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/aqi/aqi_forecast.cfm

CITY ISLAND IMAGES SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

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City Island Images is changing the face of digital news and information content services by taking an integrated approach to reach our growing audience across the Internet and expanding our unique portfolio of digital products and services.

We are seeking talented, passionate and experienced individuals from all over the globe to enhance our growing production team. These new volunteers will be instrumental in growing our digital product, our vision, our strategy, and execution by maximizing our current portfolio of capabilities as well as identifying new opportunities in Cyberspace.

Everyone seems to be in such a hurry...

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To put their down payment on their tombstone.

Not me, I like to take my time in the things I do. Life is for living, so why rush?
I'm still going to get wherever I am going in the end. I think maybe we should all chill out just a bit more and things would not be so hectic.

The holidays are in full swing... Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve. So many holidays, so little time... NOT.

I often find myself watching cars speed by me while driving, only to see them slam their brakes down the road. Our entire life rushes by from my vantage point, or a window to the world.

Everybody seems to be moving at high speed... Its as if they were all in a big hurry to put a down payment of their tombstone.

US MEDIA JOBS

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PUBLIC SAFETY PIRATES

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Public safety organizations include emergency management agencies, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, rescue squads, and Emergency Medical Services. However, it is police activity which continues to make headlines.

The recent events of police officers shooting unarmed individuals, or of breaking he laws they are being paid to enforce is nothing new. Here are just a few examples, following a quick search. We will begin with the good, followed by the bad, and then the ugly.

CNN: Police caught on camera: The good and the bad http://cnn.it/1G9SIOE

City Island Memorial Day Parade

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City Island's Annual Memorial Day Parade will start at 2:3P this year. For the first time ever, a local high school band will march and perform along the parade route.

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SPEAK UP AND SILENCE CENSORSHIP

The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.