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A Push to Open Adoption Records

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Carole Whitehead was 18 when her parents sent her to the Lakeview Home for Unwed Mothers in Staten Island.

“They had only one goal there, which was to get the baby away from the mothers,” said Whitehead, now 70. “They told me if I truly loved my baby, I would give him up.”

When Whitehead surrendered her son, she requested that her confidentiality be waived, so he might one day find her. She was told such waivers were “contrary to the laws of New York.”

In 1963, it was against state law for adopted children to ever view their original birth certificates. It remains so in 2015.

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Fighting Violence Like a Disease

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Mervin Moore is not a doctor. But he sees every shooting, stabbing and assault victim who comes through Jacobi Medical Center’s trauma ward in the Bronx.

“We deal with street violence,” Moore said. “It is a disease. And we are the cure.”

Moore works for Stand Up to Violence, an anti-violence program operated by Jacobi Medical Center.  Launched in August, the program’s staff mentors victims of violence in Jacobi’s trauma ward. The goal is to prevent retaliation attacks by treating violence like a disease that spreads from perpetrator to victim.

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Brooklyn Boy Races Against Time

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

On the outside, Pietro Joseph Scarso looks like an ordinary kid.

On the inside, though, the 5-year-old Brooklyn boy is deteriorating.

That’s because Pietro is one of 3,500 boys worldwide born annually with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal degenerative disease that weakens muscles at an aggressive pace.

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Mold Takes Their Breath Away

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

NYCHA tenant Trinita Lee thought she’d finally caught a break the night in October 2012 when Hurricane Sandy slammed into her Coney Island development.

She and her six children had lived for years with sickening black mold in their Gravesend Houses apartment — a nightmare for her children, ages 6 to 19, all of whom are asthmatic.

She’d fought for years with NYCHA to clean it up, and says beyond quick fixes — painting over the problem — the mold festered and her children suffered.

So when Sandy struck, she was delighted to learn she’d be getting a new apartment at the optimistically named Hope Gardens in Bushwick.

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This story was reported in conjunction with the New York Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor.

This story was reported by the NYCity News Service in conjunction with the Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor. – See more at: http://www.nycitynewsservice.com/2014/12/molds-still-growing-problem/#sthash.ZAsFFmxp.dpuf

Mold’s Still a Growing Problem

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

A Backpack Full of Inspiration

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Fighting to Keep a Head Start

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Extending Gingerbread Lane

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Big Ride Through Little New York

Saturday, November 15th, 2014