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Severe cold puts

G line repairs on hold

The cold snap has put the overnight Fast Track repair plan on ice this week.

Repairs of the G train line slated for Monday night and Tuesday night were canceled before temperatures fell to the single digits. The repairs will be conducted Wednesday and Thursday night through Friday morning.

During the repairs, service will be suspended between the Bedford-Nostrand avenues and Church Avenue.

There will be free shuttle buses running between the Bedford-Nostrand avenues stop and the Jay Street-Metrotech station, where riders can take the F train to Church Avenue.Schools chancellor

addresses her 'army'

The new head of New York City's schools is telling staffers she wants them to focus on communication, collaboration and on what's working.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña spoke to Department of Education workers Monday, describing herself as a "general" and the employees as her "army." The former teacher and principal emphasized that the kids of the city are counting on them.

Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Fariña last week to lead the nation's biggest public school system, with 1.1 million students.

Fariña told her staff they "need to bring joy back" and talk about what's working in the education system.

Kennedy Airport

hit by electrical fire

A power outlet caught fire Monday outside a terminal at Kennedy Airport, but the fire was extinguished without any injuries or evacuations.

Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said the fire was reported about 12:30 p.m. outside the JetBlue terminal, in what's called a ground power unit.

It's an electrical outlet that lets planes access electricity when they're parked.

Pentangelo said no aircraft were nearby at the time, and Port Authority firefighters extinguished the blaze by 1:15 p.m.

It was not clear what caused the fire.

The blaze didn't cause any delays, although JetBlue Airways Corp. said it was scaling back operations at Kennedy to try to catch up with weather-related delays.

16-year-old leaving party shot to death

A 16-year-old Brooklyn boy who promised his parents he'd be home by 10 p.m. was fatally shot leaving a party, police said Monday.

The NYPD said Iquan Williams was shot in the head about 10:30 p.m. Saturday outside a building in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

No arrests have been made. Police are investigating.

His parents said they don't think he was the target.

They say he had begged them to allow him to go out, saying he was going to a friend's house.

His mother said he sent them a message that he would be home soon and told her he loved her.

$90M gift for Sloan-Kettering

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan has received a $90 million gift from Ludwig Cancer Research.

The Wall Street Journal reported it was one of six institutions to share a $540 million gift from the international scientific collaborative founded by the late shipping magnate Daniel Ludwig.

Sloan-Kettering will use its portion to support research in an emerging field called immuno-oncology.

The other institutions sharing the $540 million gift are Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, Stanford University and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

The donation is one of the largest for cancer research from a private organization.

It comes after a 2006 contribution that established Ludwig Centers at each of the six institutions.

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