Citizens Soap Box

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City Images wishes to know what's on your mind... Speak up, citizens!

This originates from the days when individuals would stand on a wooden crate used for shipment of soap or any other dry goods from a manufacturer to a distributor.

So, we want to know what's bugging you? Write to your heart's content.

What's keeping you up at night and worth sharing with the online community?

The truth is many of our leaders don’t know enough about what we want and need. Your stories help them better understand the value of the taxes you and your families pay to support your area.

We’ve already sent multiple messages to our elected leaders. And each time you send legislators your thoughts, they get the message: we want fair and clear rules for all our citizens.

Now, it’s your turn to make your voice be HEARD!!!

WRITE THE WRONG

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By offering headlines and leads that grab readers’ attention

Simplifying our language to avoid jargon and vague, or complex concepts

Using quotes effectively whenever it enhances our story

Utilizing tactics to increase the search-ability of our press

Managing edits that can compromise the quality of our content

Including key supporting materials that enhances the news experience

Generating coverage from the B2B outlets that cover our industry

Developing a productive media relationship with journalists and editors

Hasta La Vista, Habana

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After more than 50 years of cold war the US and Cuba are warming up and agreed to have relations.... The diplomatic kind.

US is going to lift restrictions on banking and travel. Those restrictions date all the way back to when Fidel Castro took power in Cuba during the Cold War. Obama used executive authority to dial back restrictions, but it’s still up to Congress to give the OK to lift the whole embargo.

What The Fox Ailes You?

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There is trouble brewing in TV rating paradise as the owner of the highly successful News channel may be worried about going down the tubes. Rupert Murdock and his sons are reportedly firing Roger Ailes following a lawsuit that was filed against a powerful TV Fat Cat.

Fox News' 13-day war http://politi.co/29X8vsZ

Roger Ailes, 21st Century Fox in talks for his departure http://usat.ly/2a992t7

Roger Ailes Got Us To Mistrust Everyone—Including Himself http://www.wired.com/2016/07/roger-ailes-got-us-mistrust-everyone-includ...

FRIENDS FOREVER

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The U.S. Postal Service and Japan Post have jointly issued Gifts of Friendship Forever stamps today, celebrating the American issuance during the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

The stamps feature beautiful images of flowering dogwood and cherry trees and honor the enduring connection between two nations on the centennial of the gift of dogwood trees from the United States to Japan in 1915.

NY Free Tuition

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You must be delighted if you are like me, who has a child of age to qualify for free state tuition. If not and you have a kid starting college soon? You might want to move to New York.

The state becomes the first in the nation to make college tuition free for middle-class students at two-year and four-year public colleges. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for the plan earlier this year. Lawmakers OK'd it in the state budget over the weekend.

New York just passed a $163 billion budget and a free college tuition plan http://for.tn/2oWWCI1

RIP GERRY GOFFIN

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75 year old Gerry Goffin, who wrote many songs on the American Hit Parade has died. Gerry Goffin was born on February 11, 1939 in NYC, where he met, fell in love, married and wrote songs for Carole King and may others. Here's an eclectic sample sung by Ms. King. The young teenage couple shared an instinct for classic pop song construction and he was Carole's first love.

CAROLE KING GOFFIN/KING MEDLEY (PART 1): http://youtu.be/jQMcIJjTEwE via @YouTube

CAROLE KING - GOFFIN/KING MEDLEY (PART 2) SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN YOU: http://youtu.be/pe1dWaPnVLQ via @YouTube

Java ~ Cafe Benefits

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Researchers have found even more evidence that coffee can be good for you. People who drink regular, moderate amounts of coffee are less likely to die from a range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease.

The cutoff seems to be around five cups a day, and even decaf coffee helps, the team at Harvard University's school of public health found.

But even heavy coffee drinking doesn't appear to offset the damage caused by smoking, they report in the journal Circulation.

6 Unique Ways To Drink Coffee https://youtu.be/ooUAVHJAcyk via @YouTube

Los investigadores han encontrado más pruebas que tomar café puede ser bueno. Las personas que beben cantidades regulares, moderados de café tienen menos probabilidades de morir a causa de una serie de enfermedades, desde la diabetes hasta enfermedades del corazón.

El punto de corte parece ser alrededor de cinco tazas al día, e incluso el café descafeinado ayuda, el equipo de la escuela de la Universidad de Harvard de la salud pública su encuentra.

Pero incluso el consumo de café pesada no parece compensar el daño causado por el tabaquismo, según informan en la revista Circulation.

Women Are Better and Brighter

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Recently, while speaking with my oldest daughter Natasha, who has three delightful daughters (my grand-kids), I said she drives too fast. She asked me if I was implying that she's not a good driver. On the contrary, she is not only a better driver than me, but women as a whole are much better at many more things than men.

Women drive better than men.

Well this reverses a social myth – that women are bad drivers. Carnegie Mellon University researchers found after analyzing a lot of traffic data in 2007 that men are 77% more likely to die in a car accident than women, keeping the miles driven constant. So next time when your husband asks you to hand over the car keys, just give him this article.

Syphilis On The Rise

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There is a troubling rise in syphilis infections among men, particularly gay and bisexual men
CDC data show rates of syphilis are increasing at an alarming rate 19 percent in 2015.

#MEN: #Syphilis is on the rise, especially in gay/bisexual men. http://go.usa.gov/xkfEq

While rates have increased among both men and women, men account for more than
90 percent of all primary and secondary syphilis cases.

FRESH DIRECT FACES LOCAL OPPOSITION

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This Thursday, June 27th at 5:30 pm, Freshdirect will appear before Bronx Community Board 1. It will present a plan to move into that local community. Activist Shannon Lee Gilstad of Bronx Movers and Shakers is seeking citizens to demand answers.

"We need everyone available to come to that meeting, not to disrupt, but to demand the facts be made public. The biggest advantage we've always had are the facts. Let's not allow another polluting industry to come to our community with lies of how they will bring salvation."

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Query

Is the poem the only one in the Citizens' Soap Box? Where are the rest, if any?

DEAR LADY

Dear Lady standing by the sea
You are a welcome sight to see
I have left the walls and shores of tyranny
And now I gaze at thee
You stand so tall for all to see
Your burning torch lights up the night
So all can see your Crown of Liberty
We who have come from across the sea
Stand on crowded decks to gaze at thee
I know that if by chance you gaze at me
My only wish is to be free
Dear Lady standing by the sea.

By City Islander Jim Mullarkey
82nd Airborne Division