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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 

A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.

2020Talks - August 5, 2020 

Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - NY: Media Reform

GRAPHIC: A poster calls for opponents of the FCC's proposed rule change on net neutrality to rally at the agency today. Credit: Free Press.

NEW YORK – Internet freedom advocates are calling for a day of action today at the Federal Communications Commission. Internet fast lanes are at the heart of the matter. The FCC is proposing that Comcast, Verizon and other service providers be allowed to charge more for outfits such as Net

PHOTO: A Queens real estate agency advertising property for sale in Colombia. Colombian immigrants in New York and other states are finding their dream of owning a home is out of reach after 20 or 30 years of working in America, and are heading back to retire in Latin America. Photo courtesy Feet in 2 Worlds.

NEW YORK – Some long-held notions about immigrants in the U.S. are being turned on their head, as more Colombian immigrants in New York and other states, unable to afford buying homes post-recession, are heading back home to retire. According to a report by the immigrant advocacy group Feet

PHOTO: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, seen here (top left) at a meeting in January in Oakland, has signaled his support for rules that may threaten net neutrality by allowing broadband service to some companies at higher speed for higher prices. A pushback by opponents is forming quickly. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

NEW YORK – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has signaled his intention to allow broadband Internet service providers such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable to charge content providers, including ESPN and Netflix, higher prices for faster download speeds. Internet freedom

PHOTO: Google Glass (above), although not yet available to the general public, joins smart watches, wrist phones and all kinds of wearable cell phones and digital devices as highly desirable consumer products with the approach of the holiday season. Scientists are issuing health warnings, however. Courtesy

NEW YORK - Wearable phones and computers are on loads of shopping lists as the holiday season approaches, but scientists are warning that research indicates they present likely health risks - especially from cell-phone radiation. Dr. David Gultekin, a research physicist at New York's Memorial Sloa

GRAPHIC: A federal court this week heard arguments in a case that some say could lead to the end of

NEW YORK - A federal appeals court heard arguments this week from Verizon, which would benefit if it and other Internet service providers could start charging fees to content providers to reach some customers through faster speeds. This idea of an Internet "fast lane" would create an uneven playing

Parts of Fire Island which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy seven months ago will have copper telephone lines replaced by a wireless phone service offered by Verizon. Consumer advocates say it’s unfair to make victims of natural disasters unwilling ‘beta testers’ for new technology. Photo credit: Christopher Ragazzo/FEMA<br />

FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. – Verizon, one of the nation's largest phone companies, is planning to replace traditional phone lines destroyed by Hurricane Sandy with an alternative, wireless system. But some critics are saying, "Hold the phone!" Instead of replacing old, copper-wire land lines in sto

GRAPHIC: Children – and adults – are urged to resist the tantalizing images on entertainment screens for one week, starting April 29. Courtesy CCFC.

PLAINVIEW, N.Y. - This is Screen-Free Week, an annual effort by children's advocates to get kids free from the grip of electronic devices, even if only for a few days. Started in 1996 as "TV Turnoff," it's now hosted by the Boston-based Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) and promoted by d

PHOTO: Panelists discussing threats to Internet freedom at the National Conference for Media Reform included Brooklyn’s Elizabeth Stark (center), who warned of the latest government and corporate threats to Internet Freedom. Courtesy Mark Scheerer.

NEW YORK - The National Conference for Media Reform brought together thousands of policymakers, advocates and tech experts who spent three days discussing such issues as protecting the Internet from government and corporate attempts at limiting its free and unfettered usage. Congressional bills to

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