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Q Poll: Christine Quinn Has Edge in Mayoral Race Without Ray Kelly (National Journal)
Steven Shepard reports: “When those who supported Kelly in the initial ballot are reallocated according to their second choices, Quinn leads with 23 percent of the vote (25 percent of Democrats). Markowitz is second with 16 percent (18 percent of Democrats).” 

Walmart in Harlem Would Put Other Food Stores Out of Business: Report (NY Daily News)
Erin Durkin writes: “A Walmart opening in Harlem could put many of the smaller stores selling fresh food in the neighborhood out of business, according to a report by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Stringer’s office surveyed the area around 125th St. and Lenox Ave. and predicted that 30 to 41 supermarkets, green grocers, and bodegas that sell fresh produce would go out of business within a year if a Walmart opened there. That’s 25% of area food businesses.”

Building Where Ad Exec Crushed by Elevator Closed for Investigation (DNAinfo)
Mary Johnson reports: “The Madison Avenue high-rise where an advertising executive was crushed to death by an elevator Wednesday will be closed for the rest of the workweek as investigators try to determine what led to the horrific accident, officials said. Early indications do not suggest any criminality, police said.”

Park Plan Gives Added Access to East River (WSJ)
Joseph De Avila reports: “Design proposals for a new waterfront park on Manhattan's East Side are beginning to take shape as an urban-planning organization submits its recommendations to the city.
The planned park is slated to be built on a pier previously used as a parking lot by Consolidated Edison on the East River between 38th and 41st streets. That would mark the first section for a stretch of park land that will eventually extend from 38th to 60th streets along the East River.”

Amid Finery and, Some Say, Vermin, Elite Arts Club and Its Ex-President Battle (NYT)
Matt Flegenheimer reports: “The National Arts Club filed papers in State Supreme Court in Manhattan this week outlining its case for a planned countersuit against O. Aldon James Jr., the club’s eccentric former president. The move came months after a group led by Mr. James sought an injunction against the board to stop what the group called “a mean-spirited, vindictive and wrongful campaign” to expel three club veterans: Mr. James, his twin brother, John T. James, and a friend, Steven Leitner.”

Upper Freehold Prepares for Showdown Over Proposed N.J. Medical Marijuana Greenhouse (Star-Ledger)
Amy Brittain reports: “The small township has become the unlikely epicenter of a showdown over medical marijuana. Its residents and politicians are mounting a fierce challenge to a proposal to open a marijuana cultivation site in their community of about 7,000 residents. In a meeting scheduled for tonight, the township committee is expected to approve an ordinance designed to thwart plans by Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center ... to establish a greenhouse in Upper Freehold to grow the pot it will be selling in a dispensary planned for Manalapan.”

Board to Oversee Crime Lab Restoration (Newsday)
Kathleen Kerr reports: Nassau County will create a forensic advisory board that will oversee the restoration of the shuttered police crime lab into a facility run by civilian scientists to resume key evidence testing, County Executive Edward Mangano said Wednesday.”

New York City Gets First Courtroom on Wheels (WSJ)
Jennifer Maloney reports: “The New York Legal Assistance Group and the New York City Office of Court Administration joined together to create the courtroom on wheels, which they say brings free legal services to people whose circumstances may make it difficult for them to get access to the justice system.”

As Newark’s Population Grows For the First Time in 60 Years, Hope for a Renaissance (Star-Ledger)
The Star-Ledger reports: “The growth wasn’t extravagant — the city added around 4,000 people since the turn of the century — but some experts say the data suggests that maybe, just maybe, Newark is beginning to turn a corner after decades of decline.”

NYU To Offer Master’s Degree in Video Game Design (NY Post)
Yoav Gonen reports: “The curriculum out of the NYU Game Center — which also hosts major video-game tournaments like this week’s “Angry Birds Challenge” — focuses on the creative aspects of video-game design and programming. Students will also turn a critical eye toward the industry as aspiring game critics, along with studying the history of video games.”

Clean Needles in New Jersey (NYT)
The New York Times editorial board writes that New Jersey needs to get up to speed on keeping its residents safe when it comes to diseases spread by infected needles: “The pharmacy bill is an important step, but it is still no substitute for needle-exchange programs, which need to be greatly expanded.”

Blame Perps, Not Cops: Stop-and-Frisk Could Have Stopped Lamont Pride (NY Daily News)
Renee Barrett, a black New Yorker from the Bronx, writes that politicians like Brooklyn City councilman Jumaane Williams need to stop railing against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy because it prevents career criminals like Lamont Pride from killing: “If Pride had, on the streets of Brooklyn, been stopped and frisked, cops probably would have noticed his warrants. They might have caught him carrying a gun. And another senseless death could have been prevented.”

Wanda (not Waldo) the Cow Captured (Milford-Orange Bulletin)
Bridget Albert writes about the capture of a wandering cow who’s been eluding officials since July: “The team of 12 to 15 animal specialists gathered at dusk Wednesday in the Welches Point Road area and waited for Wanda and her pack of deer to make their nightly appearance for food....Earlier attempts to capture the cow resulted with her pack of deer tipping her off and bolting from the area. But not this time.”