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July 16, 2016 at 5:27 am

Tonight, more than 100 people were rushed to emergency rooms this week after overdosing on K2, or synthetic marijuana. This number is a staggering increase, since it accounts for more than all K2 hospitalizations for the entire month of June. With synthetic marijuana affecting more and more lives in the Big Apple and throughout the state, Governor Cuomo has announced an aggressive plan to stop this epidemic in its tracks. MetroFocus contributor and NJTV News anchor Mary Alice Williams speaks with WPIX11’s chief correspondent, Mary Murphy about what exactly is in this drug. Next, 2,600 children and teenagers lose their lives to firearms every year according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. It’s an under-reported crisis but one church in the East Village has placed a powerful vigil in their yard, hoping to create awareness and tell the stories of these often forgotten young men and women. MetroFocus’ William Jones paid a visit to the church and met with a family to hear about their encounter with gun violence and the impact this crisis has had on them. Then finally, we continue our conversation with television producer Norman Lear, who is the latest subject in the new American Masters documentary depicting his life. The documentary, titled Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, takes a look at how he became the man behind the screen that shaped a new generation of sitcoms in the 1970’s. Tonight, we switch gears from his legendary career, to his heart for political activism, speaking on subjects such as organizations he has started and what his opinions are concerning this current Presidential election.

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July 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

We continue our conversation with television producer Norman Lear, who is the latest subject in the new American Masters documentary depicting his life. The documentary, titled Norman Lear: Another Version of You, takes a look at how he became the man behind the screen that shaped a new generation of sitcoms in the 1970’s. Tonight, we switch gears from his legendary career, to his heart for political activism, speaking on subjects such as organizations he has started and what his opinions are concerning this current Presidential election.

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July 15, 2016 at 5:32 am

Tonight, in the age of iPhones and constant contact with the internet, technology has made it easier for people to record interactions with police. In fact, there is a decades-old consent decree preserving the right to do just that. But now, a New York City man named Ruben An is in the midst of a legal battle after he recorded a conversation between three officers and a man on the sidewalk in July 2014. An was held in jail for 15 hours and charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. A year later, the case went to trial and the jury found An not guilty on all counts. Now, An is filing a lawsuit to affirm that he was in the right the day he was arrested, and that the arrest violated his constitutional rights, on top of issuing a permanent injunction that would bar the NYPD from interfering with or retaliating against citizen videographers. Tonight, Ruben An’s attorneys on this case, Joshua Carrin and Cynthia Conti-Cook join us to discuss this unique case. Next, food waste is perhaps one of the biggest problems in the world that people are not talking about. You may not realize it, but statistics show the average American throws away over 20 pounds of food each month. With about 15 million children living in food insecure households nationwide, new programs are now being adopted in communities across the country to make sure leftovers end up on dinner plates – and not in landfills. New York City is no exception. As part of our ongoing reporting initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we’re taking a look at this problem with help from The Huffington Post, which recently launched a campaign called “Reclaim” to cut down on food waste. Then finally, meet the man who raised a generation and redefined comedy television in the 70’s. Norman Lear is best known for his hit shows like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Sanford and Son; titles that laid the groundwork for a new era in sitcoms and created a format that would be reused for countless other shows. Lear is now the subject of the newest American Masters installment, Norman Lear: Another Version of You, and he takes some time out to sit down with us and discuss the documentary.

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July 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Food waste is perhaps one of the biggest problems in the world that people are not talking about. You may not realize it, but statistics show the average American throws away over 20 pounds of food each month. With about 15 million children living in food insecure households nationwide, new programs are now being adopted in communities across the country to make sure leftovers end up on dinner plates – and not in landfills. New York City is no exception. As part of our ongoing reporting initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we’re taking a look at this problem with help from The Huffington Post, which recently launched a campaign called “Reclaim” to cut down on food waste.

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July 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Meet the man who raised a generation and redefined comedy television in the 70’s. Norman Lear is best known for his hit shows like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Sanford and Son; titles that laid the groundwork for a new era in sitcoms and created a format that would be reused for countless other shows. Lear is now the subject of the newest American Masters installment, Norman Lear: Another Version of You, and he takes some time out to sit down with us and discuss the documentary.

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July 13, 2016 at 5:33 am

A few weeks ago, we reported on the city homeless shelters you may have stayed in before: hotels. PIX 11 reporters Jay Dow and Mario Diaz joined us to show these “homeless hotels” in New York City that started housing families that are in danger of living on the streets, sometimes next to paying customers. Now, they are back to focus on the former Pan American Hotel that became a full-time homeless shelter in 2014, and their findings are worrisome to say the least: the shelter is home to level 3 sex offenders. In this Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we take a look this hotel and how this affects those that are trying to rise out of their situation.

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July 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival kicks off next week and as part of the month long event, the venue is bringing together 1000 volunteer vocalists from across the five boroughs to perform a special composition on the Hearst Plaza. It’s called the Public Domain and following weeks of rehearsals across New York City, the singers will come together for the event on Saturday, August 13th. MetroFocus had the chance to talk with the musicians behind the landmark project – the conductor, Simon Halsey, and David Lang who composed the piece.

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July 12, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, the events of last week concerning the police shooting in Dallas and the deaths of 37 year old Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and 32 year old Philando Castile in Minnesota still affects the nation as it mourns and struggles with what comes next. Sterling died after being pinned down and fatally shot by police officers, and nearly 24 hours later, Castile was shot during a traffic stop and passed away shortly after. In response to the loss of those lives, protests erupted across the country, including Dallas, Texas, where a march for peace turned deadly when 25 year old army reserve veteran Micah Johnson gunned down and killed five police officers and injured more. Johnson was taken out by law enforcement shortly after, and bomb-making material was confirmed to have been found in his house over the weekend. Tonight, we have Manhattan Institute Fellow and author of War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe Heather MacDonald and NYPD veteran Darrin Porcher to put these events in perspective. Finally, sometimes, it’s good to get out into nature and get some fresh air, and that’s what Emmy award-winning journalist Michael Schneider is encouraging people to do with a new series on NJTV. On the Trail with Mike Schneider will guide viewers through the flora and fauna of America’s most iconic and breathtaking scenery. Schneider joins us to talk about this new series and how it’s looking to leave an impact. The first premieres and brings the great outdoors to your home on Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m. on NJTV.

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