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Houston Chronicle: "Trump aims to heal GOP divisions in Cleveland"

07/18/2016

Houston Chronicle: "Trump aims to heal GOP divisions in Cleveland"

. . . "It is a bit ironic that the candidate who ran so strongly as an outsider is now looking for a set of convention outcomes which are quite traditional," said David Caputo, a campaign scholar at Pace University in New York. "Trump must be Trump, even if it is a toned-down version, in order to carry the image of individuality and populism into the next phase of the campaign."

Read more: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/us/article/Trump-aims-to-heal-GOP-divisions-in-Cleveland-8382508.php

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Homeland Security Today: "Redacted Section of 9/11 Report on Possible Saudi Ties to Al Qaeda Released"

07/18/2016

Homeland Security Today: "Redacted Section of 9/11 Report on Possible Saudi Ties to Al Qaeda Released"

07/15/2016: Following a lengthy declassification review, the Obama administration today released a redacted version of the controversial 28 page classified section of the 2002 Joint Congressional Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 regarding possible connections between the Saudi government and the 9/11 terrorist plotters.

But the long awaited 28 pages doesn't necessarily contain the bombshell information some believed it contained. The once classified pages do, however, raise some troubling questions.

"The question here is whether United States law enforcement and military fully investigated the leads in the previously secret 28 pages regarding the possible involvement of the Saudi Arabian government in the 9/11 attacks," Homeland Security Today was told by Thomas M. McDonnell, a professor of international law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, and author of, The United States, International Law and the Struggle against Terrorism. "Recall that 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers were Saudi Arabian citizens as was Osama Bin Laden."

"The broader question," he added, "is to what extent has the Saudi government’s financial support for Wahhabi imams and the spread of their extreme strain of Islam throughout the world have contributed to the rise of Al Qaeda, Daesh and Islamic terrorism generally. Given that Saudi Arabia has one of the worse human rights records on the planet, it is high time for the United States and the West generally to look beyond the economic interest in oil and demand that Saudi Arabia reject extremism in all its forms and begin to respect fundamental rights."

Read more: http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/daily-news-analysis/single-article/redacted-section-of-911-report-on-possible-saudi-ties-to-al-qaeda-released/8e84f455b0beab604db86b429ba0451b.html

 

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News 12: "Terror expert says recent attacks can't be accepted as new normal"

07/18/2016

News 12: "Terror expert says recent attacks can't be accepted as new normal"

The attack in Nice Thursday makes it the third act of terror in France over the last 18 months.

"We've gone past the days of 'if it happens.' We know it will happen, so we have to be prepared," says Joseph Ryan, a retired NYPD officer and the chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Pace University.

http://westchester.news12.com/news/terror-expert-says-recent-attacks-can-t-be-accepted-as-new-normal-1.12050248

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CNET Magazine: "Dating sites for Trekkies, vampire lovers and just about anyone else"

07/13/2016

CNET Magazine: "Dating sites for Trekkies, vampire lovers and just about anyone else"

. . . What is it about the Internet and cats? Typing "cats" in YouTube gives you 13.2 million videos, ranging from cats being funny to cats being jerks to cats just being...cats.

That's why a dating site for cat lovers just made sense to Sonny Crane, who founded Purrsonals.com. "Cat owners are a bit more finicky," he says. "Do you want to meet someone who doesn't like cats? No."

But does finding a soul mate really depend on meeting someone who adores cats as much as you do? That depends on how deeply that common interest matters to you, says Aditi Paul, an assistant professor at Pace University, who studies online dating.

"If you're choosing someone based on something that's core to you, then by all means," she says. Such specialized dating sites "make the idea of revealing yourself to your partner a lot easier than on a generic website."

Read more: http://www.cnet.com/news/dating-sites-for-trekkies-vampire-lovers-and-just-about-anyone-else/

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CFO: "Beware of a Tax Reform Revolution"

07/13/2016

CFO: "Beware of a Tax Reform Revolution"

It is somewhat ironic that many politicians, including numerous ones who refer to themselves as conservatives, espouse radical changes to our tax system, writes Philip G. Cohen, a retired vice president of tax and general tax counsel at Unilever United States, who is currently an associate professor of taxation at Pace University Lubin School of Business. They claim our tax system is broken and requires a drastic transformation. I’m skeptical of following their guidance. Many of them and their predecessors helped create the system that they now profess is shattered. I’m wary of panaceas promised from politicians, including replacing the corporate income tax with a value-added tax (VAT) or quasi-consumption tax. We should resist taking extreme measures that could make our budget problems as bad as those of Greece and/or create other havoc in our economy.

Read more: http://ww2.cfo.com/tax/2016/07/beware-tax-reform-revolution/

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NY1: "Panel Talks Complicated Discussion Over Policing, Criminal Justice Reform and Racial Inequality"

07/13/2016

NY1: "Panel Talks Complicated Discussion Over Policing, Criminal Justice Reform and Racial Inequality"

A panel - Carla Shedd, a Columbia University sociology professor and author of the book, "Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice"; Dr. Darrin Porcher, a retired NYPD lieutenant and Pace University professor; and Minister Kirsten John Foy, the Northeast Regional Director of the National Action Network - joined Errol Louis to talk about the complicated discussion over policing, criminal justice reform and racial inequality in the wake of the fatal shooting of police officers in Dallas and a string of fatal police shootings of black men.

Watch the video: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/inside-city-hall/2016/07/9/ny1-online--panel-talks-complicated-discussion-over-policing--criminal-justice-reform-and-racial-inequality.html

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Hudson Valley News Network: ‘Telehealth’ Program Wins National Award

07/13/2016

Hudson Valley News Network: ‘Telehealth’ Program Wins National Award

. . . TIPS was initially piloted with Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems and Vital Care Services, a privately held telehealth provider. The success of the pilot resulted in expanding the program, which continues to thrive and grow throughout Westchester.

Read more: http://hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com/2016/07/11/20160711telehealth-program-wins-national-award/

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New York Law Journal: "Law School 'Boot Camp' for Disadvantaged Students Is Revived"

07/13/2016

New York Law Journal: "Law School 'Boot Camp' for Disadvantaged Students Is Revived"

More than three years after Judge Jenny Rivera exchanged a tenured professorship at the City University of New York School of Law for a seat on the state Court of Appeals, she has been able this summer to use her teaching skills again.

And she said she is glad to have returned to the classroom for an effort that both challenges and nurtures future attorneys.

Rivera is a faculty member for New York Legal Education Opportunity Program (NY-LEO), an intensive preparatory course that helps minority, low-income or educationally disadvantaged participants to acquire the practical skills they need to succeed in law school.

LEO is being offered for the first time since 2010 at the state courts' Judicial Institute, in cooperation with the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in White Plains.

Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202762233826/Law-School-Boot-Camp-for-Disadvantaged-Students-Is-Revived?slreturn=20160613145157

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WPIX: "Navy vet finds himself in the military -- and sets a course to college"

07/12/2016

WPIX: "Navy vet finds himself in the military -- and sets a course to college"

Watch the video: http://pix11.com/2016/07/05/new-pix11-partnership-aims-to-help-vets-pay-their-college-education/

NEW YORK — For many returning veterans, getting a college education is a priority.  But paying for it isn’t always easy.

That’s why PIX11 has partnered with the Veterans Education Challenge (VEC).   It’s an organization dedicated to sending U.S. military vets to college, and provides them with needed scholarships that the GI Bill does not cover.

VEC founders, Avis and Bruce Richards, started the “Veterans Education $1 Million Matching Challenge” to help fund higher education for returning veterans.  Every dollar donated between Veterans Day 2015 and Veterans Day 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Richards up to one million dollars.

We share the story of U.S. Navy Veteran Raphael Harry who got high marks for his military service before pursuing a college degree.

His friends didn’t think he’d make it in the military. In fact they even laughed at him. But Raphael Harry proved them all wrong.

Soon after joining the U.S. Navy in 2008, the logistics specialist from Nigeria caught the attention of his boss.

“One day I came to work and my boss just told me, ‘you’re going to take charge,’ and I was put in charge of the people in the Navy longer than myself, and with time I got to realize somebody sees something in me, and is encouraging me.”

He spent the last 16 months of his active duty in Bahrain, where members of the now famous Seal Team Six trained for their mission to capture Osama Bin Laden.

“It kind of made me feel special,“ Harry said. We all knew somehow we all contributed to assisting them.”

After proudly completing his service in 2012, Raphael struggled to find his place in civilian life.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as I had planned.  I ended up losing all my savings.  I was at my lowest then.  I was on my own, no support,” he said.

Fortunately a friend steered him to vet friendly Pace University in Manhattan.  Taking advantage of being 100 percent covered by the post 9/11 GI Bill, Raphael, now 34, pursued a BA in business administration. He graduated in May.

“Pace has helped me with networking, has been able to expand my opportunities I see myself as qualified for,” Harry said.

 

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NBC New York: "Second Amazon Prime Day Aims to Better Last Year's Reviews"

07/12/2016

NBC New York: "Second Amazon Prime Day Aims to Better Last Year's Reviews"

. . . Amazon faced a backlash on social media during last year's Prime Day event — with the hashtag #PrimeDayFail trending — after many members complained about a lack of in-demand deals and items selling out too quickly.

Larry Chiagouris, marketing professor at Pace University, told The Associated Press after the sale that if people get disillusioned with Amazon's sales announcements they won't trust future sales. "They haven't damaged the trust people have in the overall Amazon brand, but they have done major damage to the credibility of sales announcements going forward," he said. "People are going to get numb to sale announcements and they'll no longer provide the traffic kick start they're designed to."

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Second-Amazon-Prime-Day-Better-2015-Reviews-386390431.html#ixzz4ECp7ywrD

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