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LaGuardia Airport Celebrates Completion of New Central Terminal Construction

LaGuardia Airport Celebrates Completion of New Central Terminal Construction

The massive rehabilitation of the Central Terminal at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport is officially complete, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Thursday.
State and local officials in New York celebrated the completion of the new Central Terminal at LaGuardia Airport, the final milestone in the $4 billion project.
The completion comes three years and one month after the Eastern Concourse first opened to passengers in December 2018.
The old LaGuardia Airport was so inhospitable …

New York Metro Area to Get Yet Another Area Code, 363

New York Metro Area to Get Yet Another Area Code, 363

Nassau County, the most densely populated county in New York State outside of New York City, is getting a new area code next year, 363.
Originally part of the 914 area code, which it shared with neighboring Suffolk County and the lower Hudson Valley for several years starting with the nationwide adoption of area codes, Nassau was then split off along with Suffolk  into the 516 area code. In November 1999, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 26: Deaths at 12-Month High, New York Mask Mandate Back On

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 26: Deaths at 12-Month High, New York Mask Mandate Back On

Deaths from the coronavirus in the United States were almost 3,000 on Tuesday, the highest figure in over 12 months, and the 7-day average hit 2,367.
In other news that we cover, hospitalizations from omicron have been lower than in previous waves, New York’s mask mandate is back on, and Neil Young wants his music off Spotify because the streaming service allows “false information about vaccines” to be podcast by Joe …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 25: EU to Relax Travel Rules, Judge Strikes Down New York Mask Rule

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 25: EU to Relax Travel Rules, Judge Strikes Down New York Mask Rule

A new version of the highly transmissible omicron variant is slowly spreading in parts of Europe and Asia and the World Health Organization is studying the mutation to see if it will pose any new challenges to a global population that is simply fed up with the pandemic.
In other news we cover today, New York State’s mask mandate was struck down, free N95 masks are arriving at pharmacies throughout the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 24: WHO Says Omicron Could Lead to ‘Normalization,’ Fauci Cautions Against Overconfidence

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 24: WHO Says Omicron Could Lead to ‘Normalization,’ Fauci Cautions Against Overconfidence

On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the Biden administration said that the current surge of omicron-fueled coronavirus looks like “it’s going in the right direction right now,” but cautioned against overconfidence.
The number of new daily infections in the United States is down 14% over the past week, although the numbers continue to rise in the South and West.  Hospitalizations have started to fall as well, although …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 23: Active Cases Climb to Unprecedented Levels, ‘Extraordinary Progress’ in New York

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 23: Active Cases Climb to Unprecedented Levels, ‘Extraordinary Progress’ in New York

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 23rd day of 2022.
It now looks as if omicron variant-fueled coronavirus cases have peaked in parts of the United States, with the number of new cases now far below the 1.4 million reported on January 10, but the number of new daily infections in recent days is still significantly higher …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 21: Booster Shots Effective in Fighting Omicron CDC Finds, Mandatory Vaccinations in Austria

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Jan. 21: Booster Shots Effective in Fighting Omicron CDC Finds, Mandatory Vaccinations in Austria

In breaking news, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that third, or booster, doses of the vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are 90% effective in preventing individuals infected with the omicron variant of the coronavirus from being hospitalized.
In other news, we cover the mounting death toll from Covid, a law making Covid vaccinations mandatory in Austria, and a plea for people to vaccinate from the son of …