Monday, June 06, 2011
No Plea Deal Expected in DSK Case (NYT)
Most sexual assault cases -- especially ones that become a question of the alleged victim’s or perpetrator’s credibility (aka “he-said, she-said”) -- end in plea deals. But the case Dominique Strauss-Kahn -- the former IMF leader accused of sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper -- will most likely go to trial. Strauss-Kahn will vigorously try to protect his reputation and the prosecution team doesn’t seem to be backing down either; they’re looking into allegations of past sexual misconduct on the part of DSK.
State-Run Facilities Hire Those with Criminal Records (NYT)
A New York Times investigation finds that state-run facilities often hire people with criminal records. And when workers have been fired for being abusive, they’re often re-hired or transferred to other facilities. All the while, the state spends more per-patient than any other state on services for the mentally and physically disabled.
French Language Programs Boom in Brooklyn (WSJ)
Starting in the fall, six elementary schools, one middle school and one charter school will have French dual-language programs. That compares to none five years ago. The boom in the programs can be traced to the boom in the French population in New York City. The Census found 14,000 French living in the city in 2010, up from 12,000 in 2009 -- many of them in the Carroll Gardens-Gowanus-Park Slope area. The French consulate puts that number closer to 75,000.
NJ Public Workers Continue to Retire At Record Rate (Star-Ledger)
Fifteen thousand public workers in New Jersey are expected to have retired from January through the end of July. An increasing number of the state’s 500,000 state and municipal employees are choosing to retire rather than risk having their benefits cut by lawmakers during a time of economic uncertainty and talk of cuts to state pension programs around the country.
Connecticut Lessens Penalties for Those with Small Amounts of Pot (WSJ)
Starting next month, those caught with small amounts of marijuana in the state could be fined as little as $150. Over the weekend, the state senate passed a bill decriminalizing small amounts of pot. The house is expected to follow suit and Gov. Dannel Malloy supports it. This follows a trend among other states, such as New York, to free up time and money the state spends on processing small time offenders.
High Line Brings Billions to Neighborhood (NY Post)
City officials say the High Line Park is responsible for $2 billion in private investment, 12,000 new jobs and nearly 29 major developments projects on Manhattan’s west side. Completed projects and those underway include retail and office space, two hotels, a gallery and a new home for the Whitney Museum.
Public School Parents Sue to Keep Charter School Out (NY Daily News)
Parents from Intermediate School 303 are suing the city to keep the Coney Island Prep charter school from sharing the I.S. 303 building. If they win, the charter would be forced to continue to operate out of a public housing community center and would have to send its incoming class of fifth graders to another school. The parents say they’re fighting for the future of their kids.
Editorial: John Liu: Sock Puppet (NY Post)
The Post editorial board says City Comptroller John Liu has turned his entire office over to the unions by backing unionized health care workers, trying to block Walmart from coming to New York, and, the board says, by ignoring that public employee pensions are a problem. The writers call Liu a “sock puppet” who is unfit for higher office.
Editorial: CUNY Should Accept Transfer Credits from Its Own Colleges (NY Daily News)
The Daily News editorial board says that CUNY is cheating some of its brightest students: “Every year, thousands of the brightest students at CUNY’s community colleges win two-year degrees and seek admission to a senior college--only to be told that they have worked their butts off for nothing.” The problem? Their credits are not transferrable from say, Queensboro Community College to Queens College.
State Sen. Ruben Diaz’s Lesbian Granddaughter Speaks Out (NY Post)
Erica Diaz writes that although she respected her grandfather’s anti-gay marriage stance, his words and (in some cases) his silence hurts. She says when the senator appeared on a radio program, another guest said, “Gay people are worthy of death,” and Diaz didn’t stand up for her. “You cannot tell someone that you love them and stay silent when people call for their death,” Diaz writes. Meanwhile, support seems to be growing for the gay marriage bill.