Month: July 2019

Two Traffic Collisions One Fatal in SF Mission

first_imgUpdate: The victim of the fatal car crash has been identified as San Francisco resident Stanley Tickens by the Medical Examiner’s Office.Police report a 63-year-old man was killed and a woman in her 40s suffered serious injuries in a car crash on 18th and Guerrero streets Sunday evening. At 4:39 p.m., the man was reportedly driving northbound on Guerrero Street when he crossed the median and collided with traffic coming in the other direction. The driver who had crossed the median was killed, while the woman in the oncoming vehicle was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries including a broken wrist and facial injuries.In a hit-and-run at 7:41 p.m. on Friday, a 21-year-old woman driving a Ford Expedition hit a 57-year-old woman at 23rd and Shotwell Streets, then drove away. The victim suffered a lacerated liver and spleen as well as a broken leg and was transported to the hospital, though police indicate her injuries were non-life-threatening. The vehicle was later located, and the driver was arrested.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. 0%center_img Tags: guerrero street • traffic • Transportation Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Activists Fire Shot Across Bow of Titanic Mess on South Van Ness

first_img“When you get more luxury housing, you get people with a lot more money moving into the neighborhood, which creates a different demand for products,” he said. The project at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. would bring 138 market-rate units and 19 below-market-rate units — fulfilling the city requirement that 12 percent of units on the site be affordable — to the Mission District, as well as six ground-floor retail shops.The complex would raze and replace the McMillan Electrical building and abut a planned 96-unit fully affordable senior complex to be built by the Mission Economic Development Agency — a point of contention at a February community meeting where audience members wanted a merger of the two sites.On Thursday, some 25 people gathered at the project site and vowed to fight the project to its death. Roberto Hernandez, founder of Our Mission No Eviction, said the project was out of place in the Mission District.“It’s a titanic luxury development for the rich people,” he said through a bullhorn.The Lennar project sits in the Latino Cultural District, a rectangle stretching from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street to 22nd Street that the city recognized in May 2014 as a “Latino cultural and commercial district” in San Francisco.The project “doesn’t fit the vision” of the Latino Cultural District, Arguello said. He said barring an outright donation by Lennar, the city should pony up for the land so it could develop fully affordable housing on-site. He pointed to the city’s purchase of 490 South Van Ness Ave. — a site slated for market-rate housing that will now become affordable housing — for $18.5 million as evidence that the city could negotiate for the land.“High-end developments like Lennar do not meet the needs of the Latino Cultural District,” he said. “Lennar does not belong.”Annabelle Bolanos, who lives near the project site, said a market-rate project on the block would displace those currently in the area, like day laborers who spend time on the corner and “houseless folks around here.”“If we allow the Titanic Mess on South Van Ness, the floodgates will have opened and it’ll be hard to stop it,” she said.For its part, Lennar responded to the gentrification charge. A spokesperson wrote in an email that “a full spectrum of housing options” is needed in the Mission District “to prevent rising rents and continued displacement.”“We believe that building a wall around the Mission is the wrong approach to preventing displacement and gentrification,” the spokesperson wrote.He also said the firm had no comment on whether it would sell the land to the city, but that it is planning on proceeding with a “well-thought-out development.” The “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness” is the latest of several monikers for market-rate housing in the neighborhood. The first project to be nicknamed by opponents — the 331-unit “Monster in the Mission” development at 16th and Mission streets — was delayed by a lawsuit last summer and has seen little movement since. The 328-unit “Beast on Bryant” has faced renewed opposition despite a change to the project by its developer that would result in more affordable housing on-site.Another planned development at 2750 19th St. — across from the Bryant Street development — has been dubbed the “Baby Beast” and would replace a furniture shop with a six-story, 60-unit market-rate housing complex. That joins the “Fright on Folsom” — a planned 117-unit project at Folsom and 23rd streets — on a slate of several dozen projects to be opposed by Mission District activists in upcoming months.Not all market-rate developments are on opponents’ chopping blocks, however. For the Bryant Street development, activists who have been opposed from the get-go are pushing for higher levels of affordability on-site but many say they would settle for less than 100 percent affordable.That is not the case for the project on 16th and Mission streets or the Lennar project on South Van Ness Avenue. Because the former sits next to a BART station and the latter is in the cultural district, Arguello and Hernandez are adamant that those two sites become fully affordable housing or no housing at all.“Just like the Monster, all the little actions [help] delay, delay, delay,” Hernandez said. “That’s why we’re here today, because we’re going to delay, delay, delay until we kill it.”Delayed it they have. The Lennar project is scheduled to go before the Planning Commission next Thursday, April 21, but will likely be delayed to June 16, according to a spokesperson for the Planning Department. Dozens of emails written in opposition to the project — as well as a phone call by Supervisor David Campos — were behind the delay, according to Arguello. 0% The next battle over market-rate housing in the Mission District took shape Thursday morning as activists met on the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 26th Street to denounce a five-story housing project they have dubbed the “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness.”Opponents demanded that its developer — Lennar Multifamily Communities, a subsidiary of the development giant Lennar Corporation — gift the land to the city for fully affordable housing. They also called on the city to delay its consideration of the project.“Today we’re calling on Lennar to gift this site to the city for 100 percent affordable housing,” said Erick Arguello, a member of the merchants association Calle 24 and a principal opponent of the project. Arguello said the market-rate building would fuel gentrification and displacement in the neighborhood. He pointed specifically to higher rents for commercial Mission businesses, saying a new clientele would bring upscale shops to a historically lower-income, culturally Latino district.center_img Tags: development • housing • south van ness avenue Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Displaced by Fire 22nd St Tenants Housing Future Still Uncertain

first_imgGabriel Medina, policy manager for the Mission Economic Development Agency, another organization that has been helping tenants deal with the fallout of the fire, said Friday afternoon that the city had just that afternoon released the certificates so that tenants could begin using them in their housing applications. He said the agency plans to organize a workshop to help tenants hoping to apply for below-market-rate housing take advantage of that preference. Even among those on Treasure Island, who will be able to stay for another year, uncertainty remains. While their placement is not limited by the Good Samaritan law, it was originally planned to last two years before the city made a deal for its extension. But several tenants contacted by Mission Local were not up to date on the extension. “Next month will be two years, and I don’t know what the lease will be, if they’re going to give us another year,” said Tony Segovia, another displaced tenant. “We’re just waiting to see when the lease comes up in February.”Former 22nd Street tenant Jose Gonzalez, whose son Alessandro had to hop out of the second-story window with the family dog to escape the fire, said he had heard about the extension but hasn’t heard much else.“I was asking around, I am not sure if all other families know,” Gonzalez said. “Because we want to go back to 22nd and Mission, but the owner hasn’t even built yet. He is disappeared.” “I have a full time job and everything, and I don’t qualify for any help, so I’m like one of the worst ones,” said Marcela Cordoba, another displaced tenant living on Treasure Island. “They mentioned that there was going to be housing, that you would have priority. But I don’t qualify for any of that stuff.” On Treasure Island, another factor is the large development scheduled to transform the island which has already slowly begun, making it impossible for the tenants to stay indefinitely.Most pervasive among tenants, their advocates, and the city is a sense that the site of the fire remains completely inactive. “We know of no movement on that site at all, and we’ve gotten no update and no new information on the site,” MEDA’s Medina said. “We get asked all the time; it’s just it’s really discouraging…it’s a difficult time right now for everybody.”A spokesperson for the Planning Department said no permits have been issued for new construction on the site. Five civil suits against the landlord, Hawk Ling Lou, have been filed, but it’s unclear if or how those would affect construction on or a sale of the site. “I don’t know what will happen,” said displaced tenant Araceli Tolama. “The owner will decide, and he… Who knows. We don’t even know.”Mission Local was one of the businesses displaced by the fire. We have since relocated to the MEDA-owned building at 2301 Mission St., Suite 104. 0% Real reporting takes real reporters. Join Mission Local today and support fact-based reporting. We depend on you. Tags: 22nd Street fire • displacement • Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img On the two-year anniversary of a fire at 22nd and Mission streets that killed one man and left more than 50 tenants homeless, few have received definitive word on what will happen to them. And for some, the deals that have kept them in temporary housing will expire in the next month or so. A city program that could help them — and has already been approved by the Board of Supervisors — only got under way on Friday.  “Everything here is a limbo, no one knows,” said Yanira Hernandez, one of the tenants who was displaced two years ago. “I do want to go back, but when? No construction has happened… On the contrary, they demolished, instead of building.”The fenced-off site, a pit filled with rainwater, looks like some kind of urban swimming hole. Despite the city’s ongoing efforts to protect tenants from future fires and make accommodations for those who have already been displaced, the path forward is not totally clear for the tenants. More than half of the displaced tenants are housed on Treasure Island, in public housing units that were refurbished with the help of funding through Supervisor David Campos’ office. These tenants have gotten a year’s extension. The remainder either received disaster relief rental subsidies from the city, were placed in housing with landlords renting under the Good Samaritan program, or found their own way to rooms in friends’ houses or apartments on the open market. The future of these tenants has yet to be determined. It’s unclear exactly how many tenants were placed in housing through the Good Samaritan program, which calls on private landlords to offer disaster victims short-term leases at reduced rents. But Good Samaritan placements have a time limit of two years – which, for most tenants housed through that program, will run out in February or March of this year. “It’s really alarming, this upcoming timeline we’re facing, considering that a lot of these are families,” said Peter Papadopoulos, who has been helping a group of nonprofits known collectively as United to Save the Mission develop a plan to help keep the displaced tenants housed.One lifeline was supposed to be a city program that gives residents displaced by disasters like fire a certificate of preference in the below-market-rate housing program. The Board of Supervisors approved those preferences in July 2016. But as of Friday afternoon, not a single tenant had made use of the preference – because the certificates had not been released yet by the city.“The most important block of permanent replacement housing is the affordable housing that comes online through the Mayor’s Office of Housing… That’s a huge way that we’re going to get all of those victims rehoused permanently through the preference,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “I am deeply concerned that we help these families continue to remain housed in SF and I’m going to do what’s necessary to help every single one of them.”last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons has praised the call up of Jamie Fos

first_imgROYCE Simmons has praised the call up of Jamie Foster into the England Knights squad.The 20-year-old has been rewarded for a good season with a place in the country’s development side.“It is fully deserved,” Simmons said. “Jamie has been working hard on the areas of his game we have pointed out and has done a lot.“He is known for his goal-kicking, scoring tries and finishing them off in difficult positions, but one thing he isn’t known for is his defence.“That is one thing that worried me at the beginning of the season, but he’s got his head down and it has improved a lot. The call up is just reward for the hard work he has put in.”With Foster coming into the Knights – Jonny Lomax has been omitted meaning a likely call up to the full England side.“People asked me earlier in the year whether Jonny should have been in the England set up for the Exiles game and I said no as I didn’t think rushing him through at that stage – and possibly even at this stage – was the right thing to do.“He is getting better and will continue to get better. I have no doubt he will play in test games and when he does could stay in that side for 10 years.“Steve [McNamara] is taking him up there to give him a taste and it is a reward for a person who is on the rise. He will talk to people in his position and will show him what it is all about.“He hasn’t played a lot at seven – he’s played at centre, wing, full back, all over the place – and is still learning. He is determined and is rigorous in his preparation to play each week.“I think he is a half – at 6 or 7 – but he could make a good job at rep level in a number of positions.”last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced an exclusive fouryear partn

first_imgSAINTS have announced an exclusive four-year partnership with Robinsons Brewery; one of the UK’s oldest family brewers.Robinsons will continue to be the club’s Official Drinks Partner – a position they have held since 2012.The significant deal will see the Stockport Brewer have exclusive ‘pouring rights’ within the 18,000-seater stadium whilst continuing to brew the rugby club’s popular own Saints Gold; a 4% ABV golden ale.Speaking about the partnership, Mike Rush, Saints Chief Executive, said: “We are really pleased to continue our excellent relationship with Robinsons Brewery.“They are a proactive and a much-valued partner whose values closely align to our own.“Since we moved into the stadium we have worked together to bring innovative products and value for money for our fans and customers. The extension of the contract signifies how pleased both parties are with the relationship.“We look forward to enhancing that over the next four years.”Ben Robinson, Director of Sales for Robinsons Brewery, added: “We’re very proud of our ongoing relationship with St. Helens R.F.C.; one of the biggest club sides in the world.“This partnership allows us to continue to grow the presence of our beers and the commitment and significant investment from both parties is a sign of our long-term ambition in the region. We look forward to growing an even greater relationship with the club and their fans over the coming years.”The new deal will also see Robinsons working closely with Halewood Wines & Spirits, the international drinks company behind Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer – St. Helens official away kit partner – for the first time.Ben added: “It’s great to see two North West companies coming together to support local sport in the region. Working with Halewood will not only help the club from a sponsorship point of view but it will also allow us to supply a whole new range of exciting products to the passionate fans of the club.”The picture shows Tom Hill (Robinsons Free Trade Area Manager), Tommy Martyn (St.Helens R.F.C. Bar & Cellar Manager), Ben Robinson (Robinsons Director of Sales), Mike Rush (St.Helens R.F.C. Chief Executive), Dave Hutchinson (St.Helens R.F.C. General Manager).last_img read more

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Sheriff Law enforcement investigates 50 school threat cases so far

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The district attorney held another news conference inside the battleship, to talk school safety and how New Hanover and Pender County Schools are dealing with threats.District Attorney Ben David said 10 children are currently being held in custody due to the threats. Sheriff McMahon said 50 cases have been investigated so far. Superintendents Tim Markley and Steven Hill encourage communication between parents and kids and say it’s a partnership between the school, the sheriff’s office and parents.- Advertisement – “We have photo reports because a lot of it- those reports came into us. We passed those on to the sheriff’s department. But that partnership is a three way partnership. Ben talks a lot about a starship- I mean a starfish. And one of the legs of that starfish is the family,” Markley said.“The schools are the center of the community. They’re a direct reflection of their communities. So parents need to get involved. You need to get involved through any of these methods that have been talked about earlier. All these positions worked towards them. We are definitely saying that the resources provided are appreciated. But we need more,” Hill said.New Hanover County schools says parents can be held financially responsible for the cost of first responders when a student communicated false threats against a school.last_img read more

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Bladenboro man charged with breaking into elderly womans home

first_img According to the incident report, a bathroom window was damaged and a cell phone was stolen.Bass is charged with kidnapping, burglary, larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking and entering. He is being held under a $70,000 bond. Adam Bass (Photo: Vinelink) BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — A Bladenboro man is accused of breaking into an 81-year-old woman’s home in the middle of the night and stealing her car.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says Adam Brent Bass, 40, broke into a home on Lumberton Road in Whiteville at around 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Leland extends immediate water shortage declaration

first_img The voluntary conservation measures are making a positive impact.Brunswick County’s Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert was first issued on May 28. Leland adopted the alert to make sure there was enough water available for essential needs.County staff will reevaluate the alert in August and will then notify residents of any other conservation measures needed or if the measures are still required.Related Article: Caregiver charged with involuntary manslaughter after Leland man diesResidents with any questions should call their water provider or Brunswick County Public Utilities at (910) 253-2657.For more information residents can check out  www.brunswickcountync.gov. (Photo: MGN / Pixaby) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The town of Leland is urging residents and visitors to continue to use water wisely due to hot weather.According to a press release, the town of Leland has extended its declaration of an immediate water shortage.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Two arrested after spate of thefts from vehicles in Delimara

first_imgPolice have said that they made two arrests early yesterday afternoon, in connection with thefts from several vehicles in the area of Delimara and Saint Peter’s Pool.After several days of the investigation, the District Police arrested the two persons during a vehicle search in which they discovered their vehicle contained several stolen items.The Police investigations into this incident are ongoing.Both are expected to be arraigned in court in the coming days.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Sony Drops Ericsson Brand for an Xperia P

first_imgAdvertisement The 4in screen will suit those who find today’s flagships too large. The resolution of 540 x 960 is the same as the HTC One S, and results in extremely sharp text and images – the 275ppi means pixels are only visible if you look very closely.The maximum brightness of 911cd/m2 is very high, virtually searing our retinas before we lowered it. The contrast ratio of 746:1 is good, although black levels could be lower.Sony has made some compromises to keep the Xperia P affordable. It has a slower 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor than the Xperia S, and instead of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 it boats the Mali 400MP, the same graphics hardware as the Samsung Galaxy S III.Benchmark performance was therefore a mix. – Advertisement – A Quadrant score of 1,716 is nowhere near the fastest we’ve tested, but it’s better than other mid-range phones. A SunSpider time of 3,008ms is also around half the speed of the best handsets. On the gaming side, while Grand Theft Auto III and Reckless Racing II played flawlessly, demanding FPS ShadowGun juddered during intensive scenes.Battery life was average, with 50% of the power pack left after our 24hr test.It comes with Android 2.3, rather than Ice Cream Sandwich, although Sony has promised to upgrade all of its Xperia phones by the end of July. Sony’s own software is capable, and much of the crapware has been removed, but it’s not as clean as HTC Sense or as innovative as Samsung’s TouchWiz. Many of the Sony widgets just point to its online stores.The Xperia P has an 8mp camera. Wide shots from it were sharp and colours accurate throughout, if a little lacking in warmth. Issues were minor: close-ups exhibited a little noise, especially in low light, and the lens struggled to retain clarity in bright settings. Still, these won’t stop most users taking perfectly good pictures.All told, the Xperia P is a fine mid-range handset, but its problem is the competition.HTC’s One S costs around the same but is much faster, and we prefer its software, camera and screen. If the current flagship phones are too expensive, the One S would still be our mid-range choice.source:PC PROlast_img read more

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Google announces SOS Alerts coming to Search and Maps to keep you

first_imgAdvertisement Google today announced that it is bringing SOS Alerts in Google Search and Google Maps to help one quickly get up to speed and decide what to do during a crisis.Google will automatically display an SOS Alert at the top of search results when one searches for any crisis or location. The search results will then display useful local information like phone numbers, emergency helplines, websites, and other relevant data. If you are close to an area where a crisis has occurred, you will also automatically receive a notification from Google.In Google Maps, an SOS Alert with an icon pointing the location on the map will be displayed. Tapping on the SOS card will display more information about the crisis and show other relevant information like emergency and helpline numbers. Maps will also provide users with real-time updates on road closures and traffic updates. – Advertisement –  Google says that it has worked closely with government agencies and organisations like the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others.Google’s SOS Alerts will not start showing up for every crisis occurring across the world, but the company does plan on making it available “more broadly over time.”As Google rightfully says in its announcement, it is not a feature the company hopes you ever have to use but if you do, it hopes to do its job well of keeping you and your loved ones safe and informed.Credit: AndroidBeat, GoogleBloglast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 2 OctoberRACING2.10 FontwellOceane 13/8 > 4/53.25 AscotThe Tin Man 100/30 > 5/24.15 HexhamSerenity Now 2/1 > 13/84.25 FontwellSir Mangan 7/2 > 11/44.35 AscotFlying Hammer 13/8 > 11/85.10 AscotThe Cashel Man 6/4 > 11/10ARC NEWS: Treve remains solid following news of the draw this morning.LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship7:45 Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HD11/5 Rotherham United 13/10 Burnley 23/10 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_imgHORSE RACING2.30 WorcesterWadswick Court 4/1 > 2/16.05 WindsorForever Yours 9/1 > 5/16.25 RoscommonInitially 11/2 > 7/2BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 10 Julylast_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday 4 June

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Tuesday 4 JuneHORSE RACING2.00 BangorGallahers Cross 8/1 > 4/13.00 BangorOutcrop 8/1 > 9/26.10 LingfieldQuiet Place 11/10 > 4/5LIVE FOOTBALLNO MATCHESSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

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Columbia University Names George Rupp as New President

first_imgShare Contact: Michael Berryhill Phone: (713) 527-4943 Columbia University Names George Rupp as New President Rice University president George Rupp was named president of Columbia University, Columbia officials announcedMonday in New York. Rupp, 50, will be Columbia’s 18th president, replacing Michael I. Sovern, who announced last summer he was stepping down from thepost for personal reasons. Rupp announced in November he would leave Rice at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. His decision to leave the university was designed “to allow an immediate search for my successor,” he said atthe time. In response to Columbia’s announcement, Charles Duncan, chairman of Rice’s board of governors, issued a statement saying:”President Rupp’s administration has left an indelible stamp onthe university. The number and the quality of faculty haveincreased. The students, who are applying in increasing numbers, arebetter than ever. Rice has added two major buildings, one for musicand one for bioscience and bioengineering, and both have beennationally recognized for their excellence. These improvements andmany others were achieved during the administration of PresidentRupp.”This momentum built is not going to be lost. The board will continue to work with all members of the university community during the next several months while Rice looks for a new president. The search to find a successor for George Rupp is proceeding smoothly under the direction of [board of governors member] Kent Anderson and the search committee comprised of members of the board of governors, alumni, students, faculty and staff.” Rice Provost Neal Lane praised Rupp’s tenure in office.”George Rupp has, by any measure, been a truly outstandingpresident,” Lane said. “By providing strong intellectual leadership,enhancing the quality of the faculty, staff, students and programs,strengthening interdisciplinary education and research, improvingteaching and research facilities and emphasizing outreach, he hasmade this excellent university even better.”The faculty, staff and students greatly appreciate what President Rupp has done for Rice, and, I know, wish him well in his new challenge.” Columbia’s 238-year-old campus is located in New York City. The school has 2,300 full-time faculty members and 19,900 students. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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