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Oumou Fofana

Journalist

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Alumna
St. John's University Alumna

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New York Post
08/07/2019
Post reporter tests Brooklyn Navy Yard's self-driving shuttles

As I prepared to step into the Brooklyn Navy Yard's new self-driving shuttles, I felt nervous. "If the car can operate by itself, then why would it need a safety driver up front?" I thought to myself. But once we zoomed off, I quickly got comfortable.

New York Post
08/06/2019
Self-driving vehicles have arrived in New York

A fleet of six driver-less shuttles will roll into Brooklyn's Navy Yard Wednesday -- offering workers and visitors free rides around a mile-long loop of the complex as well as a glimpse of a future where robots rule the roads.

Page Six
07/17/2019
Museum security guard swiped Jim Cramer's wallet

He's usually known for making money, not losing it. CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer 's wallet containing more than $1,000 was stolen by an opportunistic security guard at a lower Manhattan museum Tuesday night, police sources told The Post. The value of the wallet itself? A meager $18.

New York Post
07/16/2019
UWS rat population booming after city cans 110 trash bins

They're sick of the rat race. The Upper West Side's booming rat population is getting a helping hand from an unlikely source: the sanitation department, residents in the posh neighborhood claim. In the midst of a booming rat population, the Department of Sanitation pulled 110 litter baskets from the Upper West Side in the past 12 months, according to new data obtained by The Post.

am New York
07/18/2019
Keep your umbrella handy for spotty rain showers this week

Get your umbrellas ready because there will be an unsettled pattern of showers this week, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS said forecasting the timing of the rain has proved difficult, however the "most likely" time periods look to be Sunday night, then Monday night into Tuesday.

am New York
07/18/2019
State preps project to get trucks off Hunts Point side streets

After receiving federal approval, the state is moving forward with an interstate improvement project aimed at driving Hunts Point truck traffic off local streets. The state Department of Transportation intends to award a contract by August for $1.7 billion in work on a southern portion of the Bruckner Expressway, which spans the Robert F.

am New York
10/09/2018
Firsthand accounts of a subway in shambles

When East New York resident Tola Lucas got on the A train headed for Kennedy Airport the day after Christmas last year, he was ready to board a long haul flight to Nigeria. But when the train pulled into the Grant Avenue station, it stopped and stood still for the better part of a half-hour - an all-too-familiar refrain for New Yorkers riding the subway.

am New York
09/23/2018
Muslim Day Parade fills Madison Avenue

Hundreds of people marched in midtown Manhattan Sunday for the 33rd annual Muslim Day Parade. The procession's theme was "mercy for all," which Mohammad Malik, a trustee at Muslim Majlis of Staten Island, said celebrated Muslims' commitment to spreading peace and loving people of all religions.

BKLYNER
10/23/2017
Neighbors Plant Over 1,000 Flower Bulbs In East Flatbush - BKLYNER

EAST FLATBUSH - Junior troops of the Saint Vincent Ferrer Girl Scouts helped members of the Tilder Block Association plant over 1,000 flowering bulbs along East 31st and East 32nd Streets this Saturday. Come next year, daffodils, iris, crocus, hyacinths, tulips, and gladiolus will delight residents and passers by.

NY Daily News
NYPD cop critical after teen dragged him along road in stolen car

A Brooklyn cop, the married father of a 2-year-old girl, was in critical condition Sunday after a teenage boy driving a stolen car dragged him more than two blocks, police sources said. Officer Dalsh Veve, 35, fired his gun twice as he was pulled along the pavement in East Flatbush, striking the 15-year-old driver, Justin Murrell, in the face, sources said.

NY Daily News
Three masked men spewing racial slurs rob Queens college student

Three masked men snatched a Queens college student off the street, threw him into a van, and robbed and threatened to kill him as they showered him with racial epithets, police said Friday. A black van rolled up to 21-year-old Shaan Farooqi, a City Tech student of Pakistani descent, on 165th St.

NY Daily News
In-laws charged with stealing ashes of S.I. woman's dead wife

They found true love in life, and pure hate in death. A Staten Island widow, reeling from her wife's death, watched helplessly as her homophobic in-laws stole her bride's ashes - and her stepdaughter. The widow's cruel kin then took their 12-year-old granddaughter and the ash-filled urn to The Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, secretly burying Elina Cataldo's remains on Monday.

NY Daily News
St. John's ignored Black History Month, angering students

Students at one of the city's most diverse universities have complained to officials about the lack of online support for minority-related events like Black History Month. The controversy started when St. John's University, a private university in Queens, posted well wishes for students who celebrated the Lunar New Year.

NY Daily News
Thief who lost arm 'getting what he deserved': Attorney

It's the bad karma defense. The sneaker-stealing teen gunman who lost an arm when struck by his robbery victim's runaway SUV was simply getting his just deserts, a lawyer for the driver said Saturday. Philippe Pierre, 39, arrived in Brooklyn Criminal Court before a crowd of sobbing family members to face an attempted murder charge in the Friday crash with suspect Zachary Sam, 17.

TUC Magazine
Behind The Seams: Laurel Dewitt

I had the privilege to have a sit down with Metal Apparel and Accessories designer Laurel Dewitt. We had the chance to discuss what attracts her celebrity clients to her work, her biggest challenges in perfecting her craft, and more. Oumou Fofana: Your work has been featured on celebrities such as Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Amber Rose, Vanessa Hudgens and more.

The Torch
Helping students reach their goals

As one dug through their bag to look for a pen, April Merenda reached her hand out and asked, "You have my card, right?" Yes, that person did have her card, as every St. John's University student should. Merenda is the Assistant Dean for External Affairs.

The Torch
Super Bowl 50: Where to munch?

Whether you are rooting for the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos, or you're just watching it for the commercials, Super Bowl Sunday is the time where you munch on wings, nachos and other delicious foods. Here are four restaurants that are showing the anticipated Super Bowl 50 on big screen TVs and will make...

The Torch
A senior farewell and advice to all

Graduation is coming up. I can't believe I'm actually done with college. The best and worst years of my life are coming to an end. I don't know how I should feel about this. Some days I'm happy, other days I'm sad; it's just very overwhelming.

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