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The latest edition of our TV news magazine tackles challenges, past and present: Outgoing Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) recounts his long, eventful career on the local and national stages, while Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D- Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan) gears up for a re-election fight. Our reporters examine new pushes to prevent the spread of HIV and to expand supportive housing. We also look at the how some young handball players are competing to wring scholarships out the longtime city game, which is gaining fans far beyond local parks.
Contributors include: Nicole Ashley, Shaquille Omari Bekoe, Stephanie Daniel, Deanne Gaston, Nico Grant, Janae Hunter, Erica Jackson, Mariya Moseley, Brandon Nix and Michelle Simon.
Authorities temporarily shut seven ball fields in Red Hook amid findings of elevated lead levels in the soil. Meanwhile, an adjacent track remains open.
The fields, which ordinarily draw throngs of baseball and soccer players, were built on a site that housed smelting companies from the 1920s to the 1940s. Environmental officials, who are working on a plan to decontaminate the parkland, plan to hold a public meeting on the issue this summer.