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This summer, the East Coast may see the arrival of the giant Joro spider, Trichonephila clavata, originating from East Asia. Known for their striking yellow and blue-black colors, these spiders have stirred concerns about an invasion in New York City and New Jersey. Female Joro spiders can grow up to four inches and spin large, […]

Pharrell Williams celebrated the release of the trailer for his upcoming Lego-animated biopic, “Piece by Piece,” during an interview with director Morgan Neville. The film, produced by Focus Features, creatively depicts Williams’ life story using Lego pieces. The biopic includes reimagined scenes from Williams’ childhood and career, showcasing his unconventional artistic vision. Notable musicians like […]

The New York State Department of Health has issued a Public Health Alert after discovering a dangerous mix of drugs in unregulated substances in Central New York. The substances, found in bags labeled “Super Mario,” contained fentanyl, xylazine, heroin, and carfentanil. Carfentanil is a veterinary drug that is up to 100 times stronger than fentanyl […]

Whoopi Goldberg celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit” by reuniting the film’s cast on “The View.” This special event included not only her adult co-stars like Kathy Najimy but also many of the kid actors from the movie’s choir scenes. Together, they recreated the iconic “Oh Happy Day” and […]

After 41 years and over 8,000 episodes, Pat Sajak bid farewell as the host of “Wheel of Fortune” on Friday. The season 41 finale, titled “Thanks for the memories,” featured clips from Sajak’s first episode in 1981 and concluded with his heartfelt message of gratitude to viewers for inviting him into their homes. Sajak, 77, […]

In celebration of Black Music Month, Tiny Desk is showcasing nine concerts featuring Black women artists. One standout performance is by Tierra Whack and her band, “The Big Backs,” hailed as one of the best in Tiny Desk history. Known for her playful and energetic style, Whack’s performance included whimsical elements like a giant pencil, […]

Under new federal rules announced by the Biden administration, new vehicles sold in the U.S. will need to average about 38 miles per gallon (mpg) in real-world driving by 2031, up from about 29 mpg in 2024. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will require passenger cars to improve fuel economy by 2% annually […]

Excellus is proposing a 19.5% increase in premium rates for certain health plans in 2025. This proposed adjustment targets community-rated small group plans and individual plans, affecting about 11.5% of Excellus’ membership, or around 167,000 members across 39 counties in upstate New York. The rate increase request was filed with the Superintendent of the Department […]

Netflix and Ava DuVernay have settled a defamation lawsuit with former NYC prosecutor Linda Fairstein regarding her portrayal in the mini-series “When They See Us.” The series dramatizes the wrongful conviction of the Central Park Five. As part of the settlement, Netflix will move a disclaimer about the dramatization to the beginning of each episode. […]

Governor Kathy Hochul has unexpectedly paused New York’s congestion pricing plan, set to start June 30, citing economic concerns. The plan would have charged motorists up to $15 to enter Manhattan’s business district, aiming to reduce traffic and generate revenue for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Hochul expressed concerns about the financial impact on working […]

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