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Crackdown on chemicals is hurting U.S.-India trade

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Asha Carroll, 26, left a career of opera singing to create her own gluten-free baking subscription service called “Cake In A Crate.” My photo series illustrates her entrepreneurial journey.
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In September 2015, the Department of Education decided to rezone PS 307 in Vinegar Hill to accommodate students from the overcrowded PS 8 in DUMBO. The voices of dissent say that the plan excludes the black community that predominately attend PS 307 and are largely from the Farragut Housing projects. I covered the rezoning conflict through audio and written media.
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Smack Mellon, a non-profit, artist-activist space in DUMBO, New York, is organizing a public lobbying event on Nov. 8 in a bid to bring back The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Civilian push for the Zadroga Act

I’m Rheaa Rao, a 23-year-old journalist, currently studying at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and working at Commercial Observer. I’m originally from Bombay, a bustling port city in India, but I’ve lived in New York and Oxford for my undergraduate studies and work. I’m a business journalist with a passion for data. I also have video and audio skills and enjoy reporting for radio.

I’ve extensively covered the New York real estate beat- from deals and acquisitions to financing and larger trends. I love tracking money because I think that’s where a lot of rich stories are hidden and a lot of inequalities can be exposed. I’m not afraid of numbers, large, messy data, FOIA requests or endless 990 forms. I can wade through them to pull the story out by its heart.



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