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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

JUSTICE
Camden Signs onto Countywide Approach to Policing (The Star-Ledger)
Camden signed an agreement that the city would draft plans for a new Camden County Police Department by Sept. 30. Supporters of this approach say it would take the pressure off cash-strapped localities. Opponents point out that all of Camden’s police force would be laid off and that the new police force’s attention would be on Camden where crime is highest, and not in the suburbs.

GOVERNMENT
The Brooklyn Islanders? (NY Post)
Officials from the Barclays Arena -- currently under construction in Brooklyn -- confirmed they would fit the building with an NHL-regulation rink when it opens in September 2012. They wouldn’t confirm whether the New York Islanders -- who’s lease at the Nassau Coliseum ends in 2015 and who have indicated they wouldn’t stay on Long Island if a new arena wasn’t built -- have expressed interest in moving to Brooklyn.

CULTURE
Formula One Coming to New Jersey? (WSJ)
Previous Formula One races have taken place in Singapore, Shanghai and Monaco. Now, the mayors of Weehawken and West New York say they’re in talks to bring an F1 event to the new Jersey cities. The major attraction? A New York City backdrop.

TRANSPORTATION
Subway Graffiti Down After Increased Security (NY Daily News)
Subway taggers usually paint trains while they were parked overnight, but thanks to increased security from the MTA and the NYPD, the number of tags decreased 60 percent.

BUSINESS
Paperwork Snafu Delays Martha Stewart’s Return to Board of Her Own Company (NY Post)
After her conviction for lying to investigators about a stock trade, Stewart was barred from being on the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for five years. It was widely expected that she would return in  August, but because crucial paperwork wasn’t filed for several weeks, she might not return till September and as Media Ink columnist Keith Kelly reports, her chances of becoming chairwoman again are dim.

EDUCATION?
Prof. James Franco Reveals New Details About NYU Film Class (NY Daily News)
The students will adapt one poem by Louise Gluck and one of their own works into films. They will then make a film which the movie star and academic dabbler says will be distributed. “I kind of see that as a way to give deserving students an opportunity to actually make something and give them the opportunities that I was given,” he said.

GOVERNMENT
East Harlem Pols Adjust to Influx of Asian Immigrants (DNAinfo)
According to Census figures, the population of Asian residents jumped from less than one percent to 3 percent. It was the third largest percentage increase in the city. Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito hired her first liaison to the Chinese community and is holding office hours for her Chinese constituents.

JUSTICE
“East Side Groper” Attacks 10th Woman (NYT)
Police are hunting for a man they say has sexually attacked 10 women since May. He’s described as a short, slim man with spiked hair and he’s attacked women between the ages of 21 and 31, all on the East 70s and 80s, all between midnight and 6 a.m. The police caught the suspect on a subway surveillance video, but the 30 tips they’ve received so far haven’t led to a positive ID.

MEDIA
News Media in Tech Talent Grab (NY Observer)
The newspapers looking for apps , web and iPhone developers say they can’t promise pinball games or posh cafeterias to tech geeks, but they can offer competitive pay, air conditioning and lots of “fun work” with journalists. Hmm …

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