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The mounting death toll among responders and the growing sense in the affected communities that new health impacts are emerging raise key concerns about the adequacy of the current House and Senate 9/11 health care and compensation bills (HR847/S1334). Specifically, when Congress decides who should have an entitlement to 9/11 health care, will all those who are sick be counted? And when Congress decides what illnesses will be covered, will all health impacts resulting from 9/11 exposures be included? Right now, the answer to both these questions is no.

State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx), Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), elected officials and civil rights advocates will hold a press conference WEDNESDAY announcing major criminal justice legislation.  The new bill will make it easier for innocent people who were wrongfully convicted to challenge a court’s judgment.

As part of the New York Academy of Art’s Fall Lecture Series painter Will Cotton will be speaking about his surreal candy portraits and landscapes.  It’s not to be missed.

According to researcher and writer Rhett Butler, who runs the critically acclaimed website,, tropical rainforests are incredibly rich ecosystems that play a key role in the basic functioning of the planet. They help maintain the climate by regulating atmospheric gases and stabilizing rainfall, and provide many other important ecological functions.


The SoHo Journal had the pleasure to attend The Shells album release party, and we were blown away.  The fierce female trio who define themselves as "cosmo country" won an MTV nomination for the Best Breakout Artists in New York City— a nod that is well deserved.  


Our esteemed writer Ed Gold, of the SoHo Journal Exclusive 'PURE GOLD' column has been ill and not able to supply our readers with his usual wit and wisdom.  Ed is also a beloved member of his community and dutifully serves on Community Board #2.  He appreciates the calls and cards he has received, and while not yet up for visitors Ed assures us that he has very good care at home.  We miss you Ed, and wish for your speedy recovery!

Glowlab is pleased to present Air and Blood, a solo exhibition of works by Heather L. Johnson featuring a new series of drawings and embroideries along with a text-based installation that will be situated within the gallery and the surrounding neighborhood. 

Why are bed bugs a big issue right now? Where do they come from and what real harm do they do? Are there non-toxic ways of dealing with them? 

This weekend keep your kids busy with politics and pickles!  On Saturday teach your children the importance of being politically active by making signs for political change at the New Museum of Contemporary Art.  On Sunday celebrate the 9th annual International Pickle Day by roaming the streets of the old pickle district (the lower east side) to find the perfect treat!!  Both events are free and full of family fun!

"A fixture of the LES, ABC No Rio supports a wide range of activities that range from art exhibits to punk shows. On the eve of its 30th anniversary, the existing structure will be torn down to make way for a new building. Taking place from May-October 2009, Hanging Out at No Rio is project that invites nine visual artists to explore the history of No Rio and the multiple communities it serves."