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Friday, December 02, 2011

POLITICS
NYS NAACP Releases Proposed Redistricting Map (NY Daily News)
Celeste Katz reports: “The maps, which the NAACP has submitted to LATFOR and the governor's office, ‘remake four underpopulated districts currently represented by African-Americans, close to the new size of 718,000: CD 6 (Queens-Nassau); CD 10 and CD 11 (Brooklyn); and CD 15 (Manhattan-Bronx-Westchester). They are compact, contiguous, and unite communities of the same interest.’”

POLITICS
Manhattan Beep Said to Be Seeking Comptroller Job (NY Post)
Josh Margolin reports: “Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer sees an opportunity in Comptroller John Liu’s fund-raising scandal, sources said. The ambitious Democrat’s advisers want to position him as a 2013 candidate for comptroller — either as a primary challenger to Liu or for an open seat if Liu steps down — rather than entering him in the tougher mayoral race.”

PARKS
Delancey Underground ‘Low Line’ Park Organizers Seek Funding (DNAinfo)
Serena Solomon reports: “An ambitious plan to turn an abandoned trolley terminal on the Lower East Side into an indoor, solar-powered park is gaining momentum as organizers being to raise funds for the project.”

TRANSPORTATION
Police Will Begin Ticketing Speeding Cyclists in Prospect Park (Brooklyn Paper)
Natalie O’Neill reports: ‘An NYPD spokesman added that the enforcement effort will mostly target the speeders. “We’re not going to be jumping out of trees, ticketing for little things like wearing headphones,” he said. The crackdown comes after collisions in the park left two women with brain damage — and after dozens of other accidents and close calls.’

INFRASTRUCTURE
NJ Lawmaker Demands Probe of Toll-Hike Discrepancy (Star-Ledger)
Steve Strunsky reports: “The authority told the public in August that its record toll increase would help pay for redevelopment of the World Trade Center, but later, in response to a lawsuit, it said that the trade center would not be funded by revenues from the toll hike. Schaer sent Christie a letter requesting an investigation Thursday, a day after the Star-Ledger reported the discrepancy between what the agency said to the public and what it said in legal papers.”

HEALTH
A Rare Charge of Self Abortion in Upper Manhattan (WSJ)
Sean Gardiner reports: “Police have charged a Manhattan woman with deliberately inducing a miscarriage of her 25-week-old fetus, invoking a rarely used statute that makes it illegal for a woman in New York to perform an abortion on herself. Yaribely Almonte, 20 years old, was charged with self-abortion in the first degree on Wednesday, two days after the lifeless male fetus was found in a trash can at her Washington Heights building.”

EDUCATION
Cheating on SAT Hardly a Secret on Long Island (NYT)
Jenny Anderson and Peter Applebome report: “According to prosecutors, principals, parents and teenagers here on Long Island’s Gold Coast, it was common knowledge at some of the nation’s most prestigious high schools that if you had the money, you could find someone with a sharper vocabulary and a surer grasp of geometry to fill in the blanks for you. One 2011 graduate of Great Neck North, the center of the scandal, matter-of-factly acknowledged having asked his parents whether they would pay to hire an SAT stand-in. They said, ‘No way,’ he recalled one recent afternoon.”

CULTURE
A Part of Indian History to be Auctioned Off as Part Elizabeth Taylor Auction (NYT)
Shivani Vora reports: “A part of Indian history is being auctioned off on December 13th in New York City when the late Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary jewelry will be up for bidding at Christie’s: the Taj Mahal diamond from 1627. … Burton bought it from Cartier for 350,000 pounds, and Taylor had the jeweler replace its original silk chord with an adjustable diamond and ruby chain.”

DISCRIMINATION
NJ Female Dockworkers Find Less Work, Encounter Harassment on the Job (Star-Ledger)
Steve Strunsky reports that women make up just 10 percent of deep sea longshoremen at the Port of New York and New Jersey, and that “the few women who do make a living on the docks, their hours and opportunity for advancement can depend on how receptive they are to sexual advances of male superiors, according to findings of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.“

GOVERNMENT
City’s First Patent Application Yields Wealth of DNA Evidence (New York World)
Alexander Hotz reports: “New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) boasts that its forensic kit for collecting biological evidence from crime scenes is the best in the world. Now the agency is looking to soak up some cash with the invention. The office has applied to patent the swab kit used in its most challenging cases: investigations that hinge on collecting as few as one or two cells of DNA. This appears to be the first time the City of New York has ever applied for a patent on its intellectual property.”

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