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NYC Daily Roundup 03/09: Mayor Adams speaks against alleged face mask pressure in schools, Nets win on road & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Wednesday, fellow New Yorkers! Welcome back to the New York City Daily Roundup — a concise way to read up on the latest news stories from across the five boroughs. Today is March 9, and there's snow in the city still!

Temperatures will rise to a high of 41°F, with snow flurries coming on and off until 7 p.m. Sunset is scheduled for 5:55 p.m., with temperatures dipping into the high 30s the rest of the evening.

As for the news, here are the top stories this Wednesday:

1.) Mayor Adams calls out principals who allegedly pressured mask-wearing in schools

Students can go through their days at New York City public schools without masks, as the mandate was lifted on Monday. While it's everyone's choice to wear a mask or not at this time, New York City Mayor Eric Adams called out select principals who reportedly pressured students to keep their masks on.

The principal of the Brooklyn Collaborative Studies School said masks were still "strongly recommended” for students and staff in the building, the New York Post reported.

“We are not going to have teachers within one school system telling students they have to put on a mask,” Adams said Tuesday.

Students over the age of 5 are in the clear to go to school without masks, while the ruling for masks is still in place for students ages 2-4.

2.) Nets pick up road win in Charlotte behind Irving's 50 points

The Brooklyn Nets ended their four-game losing streak on Tuesday after defeating the Charlotte Hornets 132-121. Nets guard Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 50 points, accompanied by six assists and three rebounds.

"That was master class," Durant said of Irving's performance in the win. "Younger players should watch this game and learn what it takes to score at that level."

"It felt like a must-win night," Irving said. "I'm not saying the other nights didn't feel like that, but you have to go into that deep place where you aren't distracted by anything that is going on."

"He's incredible. He's a career highlight reel every time, every night," Nets head coach Steve Nash said. "We obviously have a special player on our hands and tonight, he was unbelievably efficient and difficult to defend. ... Those were really big shots he made in the second half, but overall he's just an incredible player, shot maker."

The Nets return to action Thursday in Philadelphia.

3.) Brooklyn honors Biggie Smalls with mural on 25th anniversary of his death

New York rap artist Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G., was murdered on March 9, 1997. On the 25th anniversary of his death, a new mural was put on display in his native Brooklyn.

The new mural can be found on Fulton Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of the borough. Smalls, born Christopher George Latore Wallace, was 24-years-old at the time of his death.

The new mural can be seen here:

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