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Friday, November 18, 2011

BUSINESS
NBA Lockout Hurts New York City Bars (Crain’s)
Lisa Fickenscher reports: “Sports bar owners in the city are fed up with the NBA lockout, which they say is costing them big bucks in lost sales. A new campaign and petition calling for the NBA players and owners to end the lockout was unveiled Thursday at a press conference held by New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith and representatives of the United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association, as well as the Long Island Restaurant Owners Association.”

GOVERNMENT
Residents Push to Enforce Little-Known Bike Delivery Laws (DNAinfo)
Amy Zimmer reports: “The call for a crackdown on rogue bicycle delivery people has been heard across Manhattan as community boards and resident demand new rules to license them. A little known fact, however, is that these rules already exist — and have since 1984.”

BUSINESS
More Low Wage Workers Become Their Own Bosses (Gotham Gazette)
Carla Murphy reports: “From California to Maine, over the last 15 years low-wage workers have steadily organized employee-owned small businesses. The trend counters a common perception that coops are products of middle-class enclaves like Park Slope.”

GOVERNMENT
New York Family Courts Say Keep Out, Despite Order (NYT)
William Glaberson reports: “New York State’s Family Courts were ordered to be opened to the public with much fanfare in 1997, supposedly allowing anyone to witness the cases of domestic violence, foster care and child neglect that inch through by the hundreds of thousands every year. But now, 14 years later, the Family Courts remain essentially, almost defiantly, closed to the general public.”

HEALTH
Health Inspectors Visit Sardi’s, Say Pots of Cheese Have to Go (NYT)
James Barron reports: “It was a tradition at bars like the ones in Sardi’s in the theater district: a communal cheese pot with a knife sticking out, and some crackers. First-nighters or late-nighters grabbed the knife and a cracker, spread the cheese — cheddar — and ate. Some called it dinner. Now, after a health department inspection that complained about “food not protected from potential source of contamination,” the communal pot is gone.”

OWS
NYPD Uses So-Called ‘Sound Cannon’ as Loudspeaker (NY Daily News)
The Daily News reports: “The NYPD’s anti-protest arsenal includes an amplifier developed for the military — but it’s being used as a loudspeaker, not a “sound cannon” to break up crowds. It’s called a Long Range Acoustical Device and it has the ability to blast a small area with 110 decibels of sound — the equivalent of a power saw at close range.”

PUBLIC SAFETY
Woman Hit By Cyclist Sues City For $3 Million (NY Post)
Rich Calder reports: “A beautiful Brooklyn stage actress who was mowed down last summer in a near-fatal collision with a bicyclist is suing the city for $3 million, claiming Prospect Park has become a hazard to pedestrians due to speeding cyclists, The Post has learned.”

REAL ESTATE
ConEd Asks Judge to Zap Ground Zero Mosque Over Back Pay (NY Post)
The Post reports: “Con Edison wants a judge to green-light the eviction of the would-be developer of the controversial mosque near Ground Zero — because, the utility claims, he doesn’t have a prayer of paying the $1.7 million that he owes in back rent.”


POLITICS
Comptroller Liu: I'm Running for Mayor (The Empire)
Colby Hamilton reports: "The Chinese-language newspaper World Journal reported that at a fundraising event, the Comptroller reportedly told the crowd of about 80 people, 'I’ve never felt this strong a will to run, I will run for New York City’s top job!'"

OPINION
Editorial: John Liu’s Credibility Takes a Hit (NYT)
The New York Times editorial board writes: “With the arrest of one of his fund-raisers and the federal investigation into his campaign finances, John Liu, the New York city comptroller, needs to shut down his fund-raising operation immediately. His explanation — that he did not know about illegal donor practices — is not good enough. If he cannot manage his own campaign, why should the public trust him to oversee the city’s $66 billion budget and its $120 billion pension fund?“

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