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Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...
What to Eat Before Your Workout
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy Fueling up before a workout is the best thing you can do for your body.  But it’s important to eat the  right  things at the  right  time.  Eating too far in advance of your workout ...
Static vs. Dynamic Stretching
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
by Mary Murphy  So you’ve already heard that you should stretch before you work out, but did you know that some types of stretching can be more harmful than helpful?  The American Council on Exerci...
From "Lost Side Of Suburbia" to "Poptropica," An Exclusive Interview with Artist Kory Merritt
Dec 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Kory Merritt started cartooning and illustrating while attending SUNY Brockport. His weekly comic strip, Brockport Chronicled, won the John Locher Memorial Awa...

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The curious case of Monserrate's endorsements
If you can't get anybody to endorse you today, just use the kind words they said about you yesterday. That's what Hiram Monserrate is doing in his race for State Senate. On his website, he has mess...
Mar 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trying to clear his name
There is certainly something to be said for never giving up. Of course, there is also something to be said for knowing when to give up. Apparently Bob Friedrich is still smarting from his loss to D...
Mar 09, 2010 | 3 3 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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It'll all be over in two weeks
We're really sorry here at Pol Position if we are boring you to death with this whole special election for the Queens State Senate seat that was forcefully vacated by Hiram Monserrate, but we admit...
Mar 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will he stay or will he go?
By the time you get around to reading this week's Pol Position, New York State might be without a governor. Again. Reports are swirling as we go to press that Governor David Paterson is not long fo...
Mar 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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There's just something extra special about this election
Just when you thought things couldn't get any stranger, things go and get just downright bizarre. No, goslings, we're not talking about the new season of Lost, we're talking about the special elect...
Feb 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Halloran v. Ackerman?
Could Congressman Gary Ackerman face a Republican challenger - perhaps a more formidable one than he has had to face in other elections – come this November? He will if the president of the Whitest...
Feb 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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That Paterson is one tough cookie
Things just keep getting worse for Governor David Paterson, and to his credit, Paterson just keeps getting surlier and surlier! Things have always been rocky for Paterson since he was thrust into t...
Feb 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kirsten is back in our lives
Kirsten, we thought you forgot about us! While Harold Ford, Jr. has been making the rounds in an attempt to make a name for himself should he decide to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a Dem...
Feb 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Will our Alex Keaton reference be lost on them all?
What the hell is going on in the Queens political scene?! First – seemingly out of nowhere – the Republican Party is able to get three – three! - members of the GOP elected to the City Council. In ...
Feb 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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What's in a name? A lot!
We've finally gotten over the fact that Jon Stewart completely and utterly ripped off our idea of skewering the political scene into a hilarious mixture of psuedo-facts and outrageous commentary, s...
Feb 09, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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All for a good "Kos"
Not afraid to admit when we are a) wrong, b) completely off the mark, and/or c) really screwing the pooch, we here at Pol Position feel compelled to set the record straight because we really droppe...
Feb 02, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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A severe case of 'member head'
A couple of years back, Pol Position got the rare chance to pick the brain of a political lobbyist who had strong ties to and worked closely with elected officials throughout the city, and therefor...
Jan 26, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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The XPols are proud
A little birdie - but not the one you see on Twitter - has told Pol Position that a group of aspiring and politically addicted city journos has come together to create a Political Fantasy league. T...
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It's about the issues, but let's not talk about it
Ostensibly, any political race is supposed to be about the issues, but as is often the case, the issues get pushed to the back as attacks at an opponent's character, personal shortcomings, sexual t...
Jan 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thompson wastes no time
Whoa, slow your roll Billy! We here at Pol Position think that former comptroller William Thompson could use a tall glass of Drank to calm down just a bit. The words from Mayor Bloomberg's oath of ...
Jan 12, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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(Reuters) - A Sudanese rebel group has taken six Bulgarians working with the UN's World Food Programme captive after their helicopter was forced to land in war-torn South Kordofan province in southern Sudan, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Fighting between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, which the ministry said was holding the Bulgarians captive, has increased in the provinces of South Kordofan and Blue Nile since peace talks collapsed in December.
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Mother of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture as she takes part in a demonstration in AmmanJordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman detained for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing in Amman if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State was released. "Jordan is ready to release prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh was released and his life spared," Mohammad al-Momani, a government spokesman, was quoted on state television as saying. He did not make any reference to Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who said in a video on Tuesday that Islamic State had given Jordan 24 hours to release the Iraqi militant or the pilot would be killed. Momani said Jordan's priority was to secure the release of the pilot, who hails from a Jordanian tribe that forms the backbone of support for the Hashemite monarchy.


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More than 200,000 people have died since the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011Syrian opposition figures and representatives of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began talks in Moscow Wednesday but there was little hope that they would make a breakthrough in ending the country's brutal war. The talks between opposition groups tolerated by Damascus and a Syrian delegation led by ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari came as Kurdish forces battled the Islamic State group around Kobane, after expelling them from the strategic town on the Turkish border. The rise of Islamic State -- which was threatening Wednesday to execute a Japanese hostage and a captured Jordanian airforce pilot -- has changed the West's approach to Syria and spurred hope that the warring sides might find common ground in the face of a mutual foe.


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