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Summer in the city brings dreaded hot subway cars

Air-conditioning breakdowns on subway cars happened about 10 times a day during June, July and August between 2010 and 2014, according to analysis of Metropolitan Transportation Authority data obtained by The New York World through open records request. In total, there were nearly 6,500 “hot cars” over the five-year period covered by the data. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of those incidents occurred during the hottest months of the year.

Access denied: MetroFocus interview

New York World reporter Jie Jenny Zou was interviewed as part of a segment on MetroFocus, a WNET/WLIW public policy program, that focused on New York’s prison nursery programs for female inmates. Photo: Flickr/Thomas Hawk

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A risky cargo on the Hudson River: WNYC interview

New York World reporter Harry Stevens joined the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s failure to implement new inspection and safety rules to govern the tugboats responsible for transporting barges full of crude oil down the Hudson River, a relatively new and growing industry.

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A risky cargo on the Hudson River

While fiery train derailments across the U.S. and Canada have drawn New Yorkers’ attention to the dangers of transporting crude oil by rail, there has been much less focus on the potential dangers of shipping oil down the Hudson River by barge. But some environmentalists worry that a crude oil spill would wreak havoc on a river that has recovered well after enduring decades of industrial pollution that nearly destroyed it.

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Measuring a growing subway ridership

Using data from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the New York World created an interactive map that details the changing ridership at each subway station across the the five boroughs. Photo: Harry Stevens

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Housing the unwanted: WNYC interview

New York World reporter Jie Jenny Zou stopped by WNYC’s All Things Considered to discuss the challenge the state faces in effectively enforcing residency restrictions for sex offenders while still assisting their reentry into society.    

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Housing the unwanted

Clusters of sex offenders living in boarding houses, cheap motels, and homeless shelters have become all too common in the decade since New York first implemented statewide residency restrictions for many sex offenders under parole supervision. These clusters can place additional burdens on low-income communities already struggling with high unemployment and poverty rates. And many don’t provide the stable, safe environments research has shown to be critical for successful reentry.

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