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Evangelical Christians Rally For An Unlikely Cause

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On Wednesday, the Senate released its draft bill for comprehensive immigration form. That same day, Evangelicals from across the country gathered at the Capitol. They came for a national day of prayer and action on immigration.

Reporter Sonia Paul went to Washington and visited the Evangelicals’ evening worship. She spoke with the Reverend David Beckman about the day’s events. He’s the president of the Christian poverty relief program Bread for the World.

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Relief Bus Provides Warmth, Friendship to Homeless

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HOST INTRO: Spring might be just a week away and most New Yorkers are looking forward to warm and sunny days, but the winter chills have not yet left us. So a warm soup or hot chocolate still comes in handy, But not everyone can afford a cup. The Relief bus in East Harlem is helping feed the homeless but it gives them more than just a meal and provides prayer and friendship to those it serves. Ntshepeng Motema reports.

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A Cold Winter Day in Little Senegal

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The frigid temperatures this winter have made many New Yorkers bundle up for their jobs and commutes, but for West African immigrants in Harlem, the brisk air can be especially grueling. Jeff Tyson went to Little Senegal on West 116th Street to gather African perspectives on the cold.

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Help Out the Homeless Today?

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New Yorkers are no strangers to solicitations on the sidewalk, but our Emily Jones found one man whose mission for donations is deeply personal.

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Locals React to George Zimmerman Charges

George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel, Pool)

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Last night in West Harlem locals told Uptown Radio they were relieved by the movement in the case.

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Partying Like a Young Republican

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BY RACHEL ROGERS
On Super Tuesday, the New York Young Republicans gathered to celebrate at a bar on the East Side. In this “Voices of New York” postcard, we dropped by to check out the scene.

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Growing ‘Beats’ in a Brooklyn Greenhouse

Willie Green. Photo by Candace Camuglia.

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It’s a greenhouse full of beats — but not the edible kind. In this “Voice of New York” postcard, Willie Green, a music producer of 15 years who has worked with musicians around the world, creates a beat for producer Rachel Rogers in his Brooklyn studio, The Greenhouse.

BY RACHEL ROGERS

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Leave Earth without Leaving the UWS

John Glenn took his legendary space flight 50 years ago this week. Most New Yorkers, won't be in Glenn's shoes for a while, in the meantime The American Museum of Natural History has a space exploration exhibit (AP Photo/NASA)

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Fifty years ago this week, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. These days, Newt Gingrich wants to build colonies on the moon and millionaire Richard Branson plans to fly us there on vacation with Virgin Galactic.  But that’s still while away. If you want to travel into space today, at least in New York, the closest you can get is at the American Museum of Natural History.  Their current exhibition, Beyond Planet Earth, begins on the moon, before orbiting Mars and finally landing on Europa.

BY PAUL SMITH

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From Balsa Wood to Steel

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A bit of advice for the unemployed – use your free time to indulge your childhood passions. Producer Andrew Parsons recently found a former graphic designer at his new job on an air crafter carrier… refurbishing antique fighter planes for the Intrepid Air, Space and Sea Museum.

BY ANDREW PARSONS

Peter Torraca restores old airplanes at the Intrepid Air, Space and Sea Museum. On a recent day, he was busy patching new skin onto a 1960s era F3H Demon. The plane was huge and barely fit the 60 foot long restoration tent on the aircraft carrier’s flight deck.

Torraca was never a navy mechanic and never worked with fighter planes. But aviation is a childhood passion of his, passed down to him from his father.

“My dad, he wanted to be a pilot. He started building model airplanes,” said Torraca. “From birth I was just surrounded with balsa dust, all the ephemera that goes along with the model aviation world.”

Torraca’s love for aviation led him to get a pilots license and buy a plane during the 20-year period he was a graphic designer. But when Torraca was out of work in 2010, he was restless. His wife suggested he volunteer at the Intrepid working on the planes. Since he had some experience already, he excelled and was hired. It was a welcomed but unexpected career switch.

“I’ve been building model airplanes since I was seven and this is a dream,” said Torraca choking up a bit. “This is a dream come true.”

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Selling Laughs in Times Square

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Times Square is full of comedy clubs hoping to entertain New York’s many tourists. But getting customers into the seats is no joke. Sidewalk sellers work strictly on commission, and some days they don’t leave laughing.

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