Imagine going through life with the name Beyoncé when you’re not in fact Beyoncé. Humans of New York photographed a girl with that name and posted it to their web site and Facebook page on April 4 (which happens to be Beyoncé and Jay Z’s anniversary). In the post, the non-famous Beyoncé talks about her frustrations having the same name as Queen Bey: “Sometimes I hate my name because it always draws attention to me, and I’m not a very social person. My family moved this year from Pennsylvania. I was so scared the first day of school that someone would notice me. I wouldn’t even adjust my seat because I thought it would make a noise. One time I really had to cough, but I held it in. “When the teacher started calling attendance, I got really nervous, because every time people learn my name is Beyoncé, somebody starts singing ‘Single Ladies.’ And some did, of course. But the second day of school wasn’t too … [Read more...] about A Girl Named Beyoncé (Not Beyoncé) Was Featured in Humans of New York
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December 15, 1973, was a chilly and cloudy day in New York City. The city’s fortunes had already begun to take a downturn. A single dump truck, overloaded with more than nine tons of asphalt, rumbled down the old elevated West Side Highway, which promptly collapsed. And in a moment of almost hilarious corruption that typified the highway’s brief existence, that very truck’s construction company won a no-bid contract to clean up the wreck. The West Side Highway began in 1913 as a faint idea in the nearly-all powerful city planner Robert Moses’s head before it was felled by that asphalt truck, coincidentally bound for repairs on a different section of the road. The New York Daily News described the aftermath thusly: The Edenwald truck, it developed, was 9 tons overloaded. But no charges were brought, and, indeed, the company was awarded a no-bid city contract to clean up the wreckage, this being a matter that some observers felt called for an investigation. This … [Read more...] about The Short, Sad, Corrupt Life Of New York’s Elevated West Side Highway
Two weeks into May, on a record-breaking 91-degree day, a handful of men and women gathered in a windowless conference room in a Planned Parenthood center in lower Manhattan; they were there to learn about a little-known state abortion law that forces women in New York to give birth to babies who will die in their first moments of life. The meeting was led not by a representative of Planned Parenthood, but by Erika Christensen, 36, and her husband Garin Marschall, 39, self-identified “amateur activists” who are unrecognizable by name or face but whose story has been read by more than 2.4 million people. Last year, when she was 31 weeks pregnant, Christensen learned that the baby boy inside her had stopped developing and would die nearly instantly upon birth, choking for air. Due to a previous brain injury, the force of a vaginal delivery could kill her, so doctors would have to perform a C-section if she brought the baby to term. The doctors recommended an abortion, but … [Read more...] about How Many More Women Will Suffer at the Hands of New York’s Outdated Abortion Law?
Apple's supply chain may be reinvigorated due to a fresh chip supply sourced from the state of New York, potentially lessening the tech giant's dependence on rival Samsung. According to The Times Union, a source close to chip supplier GlobalFoundries says that the firm will produce chips for mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad, which Samsung currently supplies. Under an arrangement with Samsung's assistance, GlobalFoundries will be helped in the creation of manufacturing processes at the new $2 billion Technology Development Center (TDC) based in the company's chip plant near Albany, NY. A team sent by the South Korean firm next year will give GlobalFoundries staff the "recipe" for Apple's logic microprocessors -- the control centers in the iPhone and iPad -- in order to refine chip designs before full-scale production begins. Read this GlobalFoundries CEO: EU should support chip-making efforts GlobalFoundries chief executive said that Asia is "rolling out the red … [Read more...] about Apple to produce chips in the state of New York?
The Bank of New York Mellon says sensitive data of more than 4 million people owning shares in public companies was exposed after a box of back-up data storage tapes went missing in February. The data included names, addresses, and Social Security numbers. In a separate incident in April, a back-up data storage tape containing images of scanned checks and other documents relating to payments made to nearly 50 institutional clients went missing. In both instances, the tapes were being transported by outside vendors, a company spokesman told CNET News.com on Wednesday. An unnamed national courier was transporting one back-up storage tape from the Philadelphia office of BNY Mellon Working Capital Solutions to Pittsburgh, Penn. The tape never arrived. BNY Mellon Working Capital Solutions processes payments on behalf of its institutional clients. In the other incident, an unnamed storage vendor was transporting 10 boxes of back-up data storage tapes with shareholder information from BNY … [Read more...] about Bank of New York Mellon says customer data exposed