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Park Hyatt New York Housekeeper Hospitalized After Coming into Contact With Powdery Substance in Guest Room

Park Hyatt New York Housekeeper Hospitalized After Coming into Contact With Powdery Substance in Guest Room

A housekeeper who works at the Park Hyatt New York on West 57 Street was hospitalized after coming into contact with a powdery substance that was left in a guest room by a man who was trespassing on the property.
The trespasser, using a card key he had apparently found, unlocked a guest room on the 11th floor of the upscale hotel on Sunday at approximately 8:30 p.m. local time.
A family …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 30: China to Crack Down on ‘Hostile Forces,’ VW and Honda Pause Production at Some Chinese Plants

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 30: China to Crack Down on ‘Hostile Forces,’ VW and Honda Pause Production at Some Chinese Plants

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 965th day of the pandemic.
Twitter quietly stopped enforcing its policy against alleged coronavirus pandemic misinformation last week
Experts immediately extolled the importance of combating such misinformation, while some Twitter users took a moment to celebrate the change.
“This policy was used to silence people across the world who questioned the media narrative …

American Airlines and British Airways Unveil Newly Renovated Terminal 8 at JFK

American Airlines and British Airways Unveil Newly Renovated Terminal 8 at JFK

American Airlines and oneworld partner British Airways unveiled a renovated Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The terminal, which British Airway is set to move into on Thursday along with oneworld partner Iberia, underwent a $400 million update.  The changes were all about improving the passenger experience according to American Airlines President Robert Isom.
The two carriers want to “ensure that we can offer a seamless service for customers who …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 27: Angry Protests Spread Across China, Covid Mutations Found in Rats in New York City

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 27: Angry Protests Spread Across China, Covid Mutations Found in Rats in New York City

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 962nd day of the pandemic.
It appears that the United States is entering a new phase of the pandemic.  For the first time since its origins in December 2019, more people who have received at least the primary series of a coronavirus vaccine are dying of SARS-CoV-2 than those who have …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 24: Criminals Stole $400 Million in New York Pandemic Aid, Much of China Goes Into Lockdown

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Nov. 24: Criminals Stole $400 Million in New York Pandemic Aid, Much of China Goes Into Lockdown

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 959th day of the pandemic and the celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.
As Americans sit down to a turkey dinner – turkey is the traditional entrée served for the holiday – sublineages of the omicron variant are also taking their place at the table.
The third pandemic Thanksgiving …

Fifth Avenue in New York City to Go Car Free and Rockefeller Center to Ban Vehicular Traffic as Part of Holiday Festivities

Fifth Avenue in New York City to Go Car Free and Rockefeller Center to Ban Vehicular Traffic as Part of Holiday Festivities

The holiday season is upon us with the observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday and New York City is making its streets more pedestrian friendly throughout the period to allow visitors and residents to see holiday attractions including the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the Saks Fifth Avenue department store holiday display.
The city is bringing back the pedestrianized area around Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall throughout the holiday season.
Starting …

New York City Taxi Prices, Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Tolls to Increase

New York City Taxi Prices, Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Tolls to Increase

The cost of traveling by car in the New York metropolitan area is going up.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced price increases in the cost of taxi fares and tolls, respectively.
The TLC announced that the average taxi fare in the Big Apple will increase by 23%, from $15.97 to $19.62.  The base rate will go from $2.50 …