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Posted by Tania Fuentez on April 1, 2013
Summyl App

Yahoo! scored big with the mobile start-up, Summly, freshly acquired from a U.K. programming wunderkind. The announcement ignited immediate buzz between tech and social networking circles around the globe, and for good reason. At 17, Nick D’Aloisio now faces balancing his last year of high school studies with a new dream job worth millions.

Posted by Rich Coutinho on April 1, 2013
Citi Field

Opening Day is one of my favorite days of the sport year--the slate is clean, everyone is in first place and it is a day to dream. For Met fans, it has been tough sledding the past few years. But in 2013, with the Madoff scandal clearly in the rear view mirror, Sandy Alderson is assembling a core of young players that will lead the Mets out of the wilderness. We all got a taste of Matt Harvey who showed he has great stuff coupled with a work ethic that will make him a top of the line starting pitcher.

Posted by Tania Fuentez on March 22, 2013
Sound City: Directed By Dave Grohl

Ever wonder what happened to reel-to-reel tape recorders? What about sound boards like the Neve 8028 analog mixing console, used by Nirvana to record that life-altering marvel of an album, Nevermind? Say all you want about today's digital darlings like Pro Tools, but there's no denying the "warmth" of analog production. Dave Grohl felt so strongly about it he spearheaded a cinematic cause salvaging a key component of Americana's rock history.

Posted by David Laska on March 21, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama's meeting with President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Israel

Barack Obama is in Israel this week, doing his best to convince a skeptical public and a more skeptical government that he has their best interests in mind as he crafts America’s policy in the Middle East.

He’s got a lot of work to do. One recent Jerusalem Post/Smith Poll found that only 12% of Israelis consider Obama to be pro-Israel.

Posted by David Laska on March 7, 2013

We’ve all acknowledged that we’re living in the era of the permanent campaign, but the general public is just catching onto the fact that, for Barack Obama, campaigning is the default setting.

Over the past several weeks, Obama has devoted his energy less to negotiating with House Republicans than to casting them as stubborn trolls bent on destroying the Nation via the sequester, a measure that Obama proposed in the first place.

Posted by Anthony Figliola on February 28, 2013
Photo by: Paulo Barcellos Jr.

New York City is quickly becoming the destination of choice for emerging tech companies, and countless young tech entrepreneurs are moving here every year. And while the economic growth in the tech sector has been significant, it’s important to recognize that other, smaller towns are trying to take some of that business away from us.

Posted by Tania Fuentez on February 22, 2013
2013 Tania Fuentez Media

Students performing in Purelements’ Rhythm Stories say experience with the urban dance company prepares them for the real world as young artists, helping them tap into their talent and inner strength while balancing homework, social life and other after-school activities. Hard work pays off as the cast illuminates on stage while sharing a strong bond and dedication to the creative process.

Posted by David Laska on February 21, 2013

During his State of the Union address, the President proposed raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour.

Like so many of his economic proposals – stimulus spending, healthcare for all, tax the rich! – a minimum wage increase is great politics for Obama, but terrible policy for Americans.

It’s simple math: a higher minimum wage means a higher hiring cost for businesses, and a higher hiring cost means fewer jobs. The unintended consequence of employment reductions is very real, and felt most by those with the least amount of education and experience.

Posted by Andrew Whitman on February 19, 2013
Shirley Li/Medill

Dear Sen. McCain:

Once again, your nation looks to you in our moment of need.

You have made service to our nation the calling of your lifetime, demonstrating time and again that during our most difficult moments, you have been willing to sacrifice so much of yourself, and to do so for the benefit of the nation you love. Whether it was your service in Vietnam, your resilience and grit during five-plus years in the Hanoi Hilton, or your more than 30 years of service as a Congressman and Senator, you have always acted (or appeared to) in a way that put the needs of our nation above your own.

Sadly, today, that same selfless approach is needed – perhaps more than ever. And once again, that need arises with you squarely in the center of the fight.

Posted by Tania Fuentez on February 11, 2013
Nathan's banner on display at Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY

President Barack Obama signed a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill last month for Hurricane Sandy victims affected by the Oct. 29 storm blamed for more than 130 deaths in the U.S. and widespread property damage. Three months later, communities hardest hit, especially in New York and New Jersey, are gradually rebuilding their homes, businesses and livelihoods with the help of state and local government. But, it can't stop there with many still left to cope with massive loss and bureaucratic red tape.

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