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Monday, July 25, 2011

JUSTICE
DSK Accuser Speaks (NYT)
ABC News and Newsweek scored exclusive interviews with Nafissatou Diallo, the woman who says Dominique Strauss-Kahn attacked her when she came to clean his Manhattan hotel suite. The 32-year-old immigrant from Guinea sticks to her story and says questions about her credibility forced her to speak out. The Manhattan DA’s office is thought to be considering dropping the charges against the former IMF chief. ABC ran the first part of the interview this morning. Parts 2 and 3 air on Nightline tonight and Good Morning America tomorrow.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL
Norwegian New Yorkers Mourn Attacks (NY Daily News)
Some 50 people gathered Sunday at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church on East 52nd Street. Vidar Wldholm, the cultural director at the church said, "This is a Sunday when Norwegians will want to be with other Norwegians, because this time it has happened to us."

MEDIA
HBO Documentary Looks for Answers in Taconic Crash (NYT)
“There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane” airs tonight on HBO, almost two years since Diane Schuler drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway, causing a crash that killed her and seven other people.

TRANSPORTATION
Little Action on Taxi Complaints (WSJ)
About 20 people complain every day about a rude or dangerous driver. Despite this, only about 11 percent resulted in a scheduled hearing for the driver. The reasons? Passengers don’t follow up. Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky is urging complainers to follow up because dangerous drivers with multiple complaints won’t be disciplined.

TRANSPORTATION
Deadline Nears on Moynihan Station Plan (WSJ)
Citing people familiar with the plan, the Wall Street Journal’s Eliot Brown reports: “Facing a year-end deadline, the developers of a long-planned expansion of Pennsylvania Station into the neighboring Farley Post Office are telling government officials that they're straining to make the terms of their five-year-old deal work.”

ENVIRONMENT
New Jersey Holds Public Hearings on Energy Future (Star-Ledger)
New Jersey residents can share their comments at three public hearings on the revised energy master plan starting Tuesday afternoon. Governor Christie’s plan leaves room for a new nuclear plant to replace one that will shut down in eight years. There might also be expanded use of natural gas and solar energy.

HEALTH
NY Downtown Hospital Overwhelmed (NY Post)
Now that it’s the only hospital below 16th Street -- following the closure of St. Vincent’s in Greenwich Village -- patients and doctors say New York Downtown Hospital is having trouble with the influx of patients. Sources tell the Post that its 160 beds are almost always filled and patients are warehoused for days in the emergency room until space opens up.

HEALTH
Queens’ Peninsula Hospital Center Set to Close (Crain’s)
Crain’s Barbara Benson reports: “New York City is about to lose another financially troubled hospital. Sources say Peninsula Hospital Center, one of two hospitals serving Far Rockaway, Queens, is set to close 90 days after state officials confirm a closure plan for the 200-bed hospital. Some 1,000 workers would lose their jobs if the plan goes forward.”

TRANSPORTATION
An MTA To-Do List For the Post-Walder Era (WSJ)
Suffolk County State Senator Lee Zeldin offers up a ten-point plan for the future of the MTA. He says the authority needs to plan for life after the payroll tax, scale back administrator salaries, and pursue more public-private partnerships, among other things.

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