Joel Rose http://wfpl.org en Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage' http://wfpl.org/post/fast-food-strikers-demand-living-wage At a Wendy's restaurant in Lower Manhattan on Monday, protesters urged the lunchtime crowd to skip the Value Menu for one day. They blocked the sidewalk and half of the street.<p>Shanell Young held a red strike sign over her head. Young earns the minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, at another Wendy's in New York. She says that's not enough to support her and her 5-year-old son.<p>"It's horrible," says Young. "Everything goes up. It's unfair. You can't find an apartment. You can't pay for children's school uniforms. Everything is unfair. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:28:58 +0000 Joel Rose 6289 at http://wfpl.org Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage' New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate http://wfpl.org/post/new-york-tobacco-regulations-light-public-health-debate If you're under 21, you may soon have a hard time lighting up in New York City. Thu, 02 May 2013 13:52:52 +0000 Joel Rose 5228 at http://wfpl.org New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate Ed Koch, Outspoken Mayor Who Brought N.Y. Back From The Brink, Dies http://wfpl.org/post/ed-koch-outspoken-mayor-who-brought-ny-back-brink-dies Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, whose larger-than-life personality was well-suited to the nation's biggest city but could also get him in trouble, has died. He was 88.<strong> </strong><p>His spokesman, George Arzt, says Koch passed away early Friday from congestive heart failure.<p>Koch was famous for asking his constituents this question: "Hey! How'm I doing?" He insisted this was more than just shtick. He told NPR in 1981 that he really wanted to know.<p>"Some people have said that's a mark of insecurity. Gee, I have to be patted on the back, how'm I doing," he said. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:52:55 +0000 Joel Rose 3748 at http://wfpl.org Ed Koch, Outspoken Mayor Who Brought N.Y. Back From The Brink, Dies