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Monday, November 28, 2011

POVERTY
Number of New Jerseyans On Food Stamps Doubled in Last Four Years (Star-Ledger)
The Star-Ledger reports: “As of September, the most recent data released by the state Department of Human Services, more than 400,000 households and nearly 822,000 people were enrolled in the food stamp program, meaning nearly one out of every 10 residents in New Jersey receives assistance.”

HEALTH
Orthodox Jewish Women Seek to Join All-Male Emergency Corps (Associated Press)
Cristian Salazar reports: “A group of women in one of the country's largest Orthodox Jewish communities is proposing to join up with Hatzolah as emergency medical technicians to respond in cases of labor or gynecological emergencies. The proposal for a women's division has stirred up criticism within Orthodox Jewish circles, with one well-known blog editorializing that it amounts to a ‘new radical feminist agenda.’"

CRIME
Stuyvesant Town On Edge After Two Attacks on Elderly Men (NY1)
NY1 reports: “Residents were on edge in Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan on Sunday, following violent attacks on two elderly men there earlier this month. Police released surveillance video of one of the incidents that happened Wednesday.”

REAL ESTATE
From Ashes of Olympic Bid, A Future Rises for West Side (NYT)
Charles Bagli reports: “A vibrant neighborhood is rising in the area where the Olympic stadium and complex would have stood on the Far West Side of Manhattan. As a result, officials, developers and urban planners are embracing an unlikely notion: the Olympic bid’s defeat may have been one of the best things to happen for the city’s growth in recent memory.”

POLITICS
Comptroller Liu Could Lose Jewish Adviser to GOP for State Senate Race
(NY Daily News)
Reuven Blau reports: “A key member of beleaguered city Controller John Liu’s inner circle is looking to jump ship, the Daily News has learned. Deputy Controller Simcha Felder, his top Jewish aide, has met with Republican state Senate leaders to discuss running for a super “Jewish district” that is expected to be drawn up in Brooklyn, sources said.”

POLITICS
Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron to Challenge Rep. Edolphus Towns (NY Post)
Sally Goldenberg reported Sunday: “A bitter political feud is brewing in Brooklyn, with City Council firebrand Charles Barron launching a Democratic primary challenge against longtime Rep. Ed Towns. Barron announced his 2012 race in the East New York section of the district today.”

TRANSPORTATION
Inter-City Buses Curbed on LES Sunday Night During Safety Crackdown (The Lo-Down)
The Lo-Down reports: “Inspectors from the State Department of Transportation were there, telling passengers that the bus would not be going anywhere for at least eight hours.”

CULTURE
Green-Wood Cemetery Buys Historic Greenhouse for Visitors’ Center (Brooklyn Paper)
Natalie O’Neill reports: “Green-Wood Cemetery is ramping up its tourism push by buying a crumbling, but historic, greenhouse across the street with an eye towards turning it into a museum and visitors center.
Officials at the landmark boneyard are closing on a deal to purchase the Weir-McGovern Greenhouse, a dilapidated flower shop on Fifth Avenue and 25th Street.”

BUSINESS
Rise and Stall of Food Trucks (Crain’s)
Lisa Fickenscher reports: “Operators complain about too much competition from each other, and brick-and-mortar restaurants are crying foul — and calling the cops — when the trucks park on their doorsteps, siphoning customers.”

CRIME
Syracuse Fires Basketball Coach Over Sex Abuse Allegations (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Emily Kulkus reports: “Syracuse University fired men's associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine Sunday night after more than 35 seasons, amid building accusations of child molestation against Fine.”

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