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The Daily Five: November 1

Translated by Alex Peng, staff reporter

Photo: Singtao Daily

Angry Birds Seen at Halloween Parade
Swarms of Asian Americans, more than ever, marched and watched New York City’s 39th Annual Village Halloween Parade last night. Many of them put on costumes for the first time and participated in a parade that they could only talk about before. Even thought the Parade started at 7pm, some of the attendees in costumes arrived early and could not wait to be seen. Angry Birds were the most popular costume theme of the year. World Journal (C3)

CPC Hosts a Day of Fun and Fundraising
The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), founded in 1965, held its Family Day Fair & Fundraising Dinner yesterday. City Councilwoman Margaret Chin attended this function and urged friends and families to support this multi-service organization, which has been helping tens of thousands of new immigrants. David Chen, Executive Director of CPC, said one of their three drop-in community service centers in Manhattan was damaged by flooding this past January and it desperately needs to be renovated. The Center provides comprehensive and accessible benefits for low-income residents and non-English speaking immigrants in the predominantly Chinese areas. Bilingual counselors and outreach workers take a proactive and culturally sensitive approach through individual, family, and group counseling. The Chinese-American Planning Council is one of the largest nonprofit providers of educational, social, and community services for Asian Americans in the United States. It now serves over 8,000 people daily through some 70 programs in 32 locations citywide. Singtao Daily (B2)

Curbside Bus Operators Are More Accident- Prone
The National Transportation Safety Board (NASB) concluded after a six month investigation yesterday that bus companies who pick up passengers at street locations, such as the so-called “Chinatown buses”, had 1.4 fatal accidents per 100 vehicles, compared with 0.2 crashes for terminal-based (conventional) operators like Greyhound Lines Inc. Privately operated “curbside” buses are seven times more likely to be in a fatal accident compared to other interstate buses, according to a report released yesterday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The fatal accident rate for curbside operators between 2005 and March of this year was 1.4 per 100 vehicles, compared with just 0.2% for conventional bus operators. The report also pointed out that a thriving curbside bus industry based on cheap fares has a fatal accident rate seven times higher than other types of interstate bus operators, with some companies using a variety of schemes to thwart safety enforcement. This report was requested by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Nydia Velázquez in March. World Journal (C2)

Alexander Hwang Promoted to NYPD Lieutenant among 32
Sergeant Alexander O. Hwang, a Hong Kong immigrant, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant along with 31 colleagues. The New York City Police Department held a promotion ceremony yesterday for 124 personnel. Assistant Chief Thomas Chan, the highest ranking Asian American officer in the NYPD, attended the ceremony and personally congratulated Lt. Alexander Hwang and his family. Singtao Daily (B4)

Emma Lazarus High School Welcomes You
Emma Lazarus High school, a specialized and unique program for students who are second language learners, has enrolled 250 students from 18 countries. Among these students, half are of Chinese descent. Its program is designed to support a population of diverse, older students who are not native English speakers, while simultaneously studying to graduate from high school and enter post secondary institutions. The school, located at 100 Hester Street, offers an English immersion program where all classes are taught in English with built in support for students in their native languages. In other words, Emma Lazarus High School provides a nurturing environment where English Language Learners can feel supported while they work through a challenging academic program. Students’ educational progress is fostered by classroom teaching focused on language and content acquisition, supportive advisories, work internships, counseling, college and career exploration, extended-day classes, and culturally-attuned activities. Project-based learning and other hands-on approaches are at the core of this school’s education. For information, please call 212-925-5017. World Journal (C6)

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