New York Today: New York Today: Students in Solidarity Over Gun Violence

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Sarah DeSousa and Andrew Myers, organizers of today’s walkout at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights.

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Good morning on this cloud-shrouded Wednesday.

This morning, instead of attending his usual seminar on United States government, Andrew Myers will address those in power.

Mr. Myers, a senior at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, is one of tens of thousands of students nationwide who will walk out of classrooms today to protest gun violence, following the killing of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., a month ago.

Roughly 1,000 Brooklyn students are expected to rally in solidarity today at Borough Hall, according to Mr. Myers, one of the event’s organizers. Dozens of schools in all five boroughs have registered to take part in walkouts as well.

Most of the students involved are too young to vote. Until he turned 18 in January, Mr. Myers was one of them — an impetus for his civic engagement. “This is our only outlet,” he said. “We can’t do anything other than protest.”

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New York City schools have been relatively safe; the fatal stabbing at a Bronx high school in September was the first killing inside a city school building in more than two decades. Even so, students here inevitably feel the fear and uncertainty that follow school shootings.

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Since February, though, a wave of student activism has taken hold, led by the survivors of the Parkland shooting. In rallies, news media appearances and town hall-style events, they have demanded action from elected officials — and that, too, has spread to New York.

“Politicians have absolutely failed us,” Mr. Myers said, “and we’re marching today to let them know that we’re here, that we care about this issue, that we’re the next voting bloc that’ll be out there in the midterm elections.”

He added, “Politicians are bringing up the same talking points they always bring up — mental health, violent video games and student safety — which are all relevant topics, but they all ignore the root of the problem: guns.”

The school has been supportive of the student-led effort and faculty members who decide to march, Mr. Myers said.

The Department of Education has also released guidelines for walkouts around the city:

Middle and high schools will not prevent students from participating.

Students engaging in peaceful protest will not be arrested, but those putting people or property in danger may be disciplined accordingly.

Leaving for 17 minutes — to honor the 17 Parkland victims — will be treated as cutting class, not an absence.

At Packer Collegiate Institute, Mr. Myers said, “they just want us back in school by 1:15.”

Here’s what else is happening:

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The second half of the week (and the weekend) is, for the time being, looking splendid.

In the News

Joseph Percoco, the former top aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was found guilty of soliciting and accepting more than $300,000 in bribes. [New York Times]

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His trial painted an unflattering portrait of the inner workings of the state capital.

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Mr. Percoco’s conviction has tied the governor to a culture he has long tried to campaign against: corruption in Albany. [New York Times]

The new governor of New Jersey unveiled his first budget in office, proposing taxes to fund schools, pensions and transit. [New York Times]

Federal regulators will give “urgent attention” to the use of harnesses in photo-shoot flights after the deadly East River helicopter crash. [New York Times]

From the Coney Island sideshows to the Metropolitan Opera, these performers are making their big debut. [New York Times]

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“There’s something exciting about that world being in here,” said the “Così Fan Tutte” production’s director.

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A Bronx subway station had a $27 million renovation but failed to include elevators — an omission that violated the law, federal prosecutors say. [New York Times]

The father took to the stand in the trial of a nanny who killed two of his children in her care on the Upper West Side. [New York Times]

Taking questions before her trip to Puerto Rico, the city’s first lady hinted toward her political future. [New York Times]

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A Queens man swindled inmates into paying him to look into their wrongful conviction cases when, in fact, he was not a real lawyer. [New York Times]

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#MeToo has hit the architecture world, as five women have come forward to accuse the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier of sexual harassment. [New York Times]

Sala Kirschner, whose secret cache of letters was kept hidden from Nazi guards and later appeared on exhibit at the New York Public Library, has died at 94. [New York Times]

A passenger’s dog died after traveling in the overhead bin on a flight from Houston to New York City. United Airlines apologized. [CNBC]

The fecal matter of New Yorkers is shipped by train and truck and dumped in Alabama, but residents’ patience over the stink is wearing tissue-thin. [The Guardian]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Tough to Get a Taxi

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

Be: Women of Color,” an exhibition of acrylic works by the artist Walter Cruz, at Poe Park Visitor Center in the Bronx. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Free]

Parents and high school students can join Collegewise for a talk on what it takes to get admitted to a dream school, at the New York Public Library in Midtown. 5 p.m. [Free]

The New York International Children’s Film Festival continues at sites around the city, through Sunday. Here’s the schedule. [Prices vary; tickets here]

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Looking ahead: Daughtry performs on Saturday at St. George Theater in Staten Island.

Rangers host Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN). Devils at Golden Knights, 10 p.m. (MSG+).

Alternate-side parking remains in effect until March 29.

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts Entertainment guide.

And Finally…

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A mathematic celebration.

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Happy Pi Day!

Pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, has inspired math enthusiasts to celebrate on 3/14 — which, coincidentally or not, is also Albert Einstein’s birthday.

Though its symbol, π, is some 4,000 years old, it was only in 1988 that the physicist Larry Shaw started the annual Pi Day in San Francisco. Two decades later, the House of Representatives gave Pi Day its blessing.

A couple spots to get your Pi Day fill in New York City:

MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan, where there will be free activities and pie from 3 to 5 p.m.

Caveat on the Lower East Side, which will be transformed into a “science-themed clubhouse” for a talk by a cartoonist and a physicist on the unknown in our universe. Pie, and a Pi recitation contest, to follow. 7 p.m. [$25]

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