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Monday, December 19, 2011

EDUCATION
Mayor Is Said to Pick Cornell for Science Campus (NYT)
Richard Perez-Pena reports: “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans to announce on Monday that he has chosen Cornell University to create a new science graduate school on Roosevelt Island, capping an intense yearlong competition in his ambitious bid to spur a boom in New York City’s high-tech sector.”

IMMIGRATION
Rules Stretched As Green Cards Go to New York Developers (NYT)
Patrick McGeehan and Kirk Semple reports: “Affluent foreigners are rushing to take advantage of a federal immigration program that offers them the chance to obtain a green card in return for investing in construction projects in the United States. With credit tight, the program has unexpectedly turned into a mainstay for the financing of these projects in New York, California, Texas and other states.”

IMMIGRATION
In Study, New York Judges Give Bleak View of Lawyers Representing Immigrants (NYT)
Kirk Semple reports the study found that, “Immigrants received “inadequate” legal assistance in 33 percent of the cases between mid-2010 and mid-2011 and “grossly inadequate” assistance in 14 percent of the cases, the judges said. They gave private lawyers the lowest grades, while generally awarding higher marks to pro bono counsel and those from nonprofit organizations and law school clinics.”

HEALTH
Brooklyn’s Brookdale Hospital At Center of Corruption Probe (WSJ)
Jacob Gershman reports: “Brookdale Hospital Medical Center—a once-venerable institution that serves some of the city's most impoverished patients—has been threatened with expulsion from public-health insurance programs after flunking multiple government safety inspections. The hospital relies heavily on Medicaid and Medicare for financial support.”

TRANSPORTATION
Behind the MTA-TWU Negotiations With Men At the Helm (WSJ)
Andrew Grossman reports that MTA chief Joseph Lhota and TWU head John Samuelsen are working toward an accord: “Away from the TV cameras and raucous labor rallies, the pair is quietly forging a friendly personal relationship that both sides hope will help make it easier to reach a deal. The contract expires next month.”

EDUCATION
Brooklyn Junior High Racks Up Most Sexting Suspensions (NY Post)
Michael Gartland and Susan Edelman reports: “Edward B. Shallow Junior High School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, suspended more students than any other city school for making or posting sexually suggestive comments, lewd behavior and sending X-rated messages or photos. A controversial rule against engaging in such conduct — even after school hours — was added to the Department of Education discipline code in June 2010. Last school year, nearly 500 schools suspended kids for violations, DOE data show.”

TRANSPORTATION
City Gives B61 Bus Riders a Place to Stand (Brooklyn Paper)
Natalie O’Neill reports: “The city plans to erect shelters along the bus route, which runs from Red Hook to Downtown via Park Slope by September, 2012 — though a warm bus stop will be cold comfort to many riders, whose complaints about the bus were confirmed last week in a scathing report by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope).”

POLITICS
Panel to Decide Which NJ Congressional District to Sacrifice
(Star-Ledger)
Matt Friedman reports: “Any way the 13-member commission slices it, when its work is done after three days of negotiations, one of New Jersey’s elected representatives will be on the way out of a job. Not surprisingly, the state’s congressmen will be watching closely when the panel — which includes six Democrats and six Republicans — closets itself today at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick.”

POLITICS
‘All-American Muslim’ Controversy Prompts Brooklyn Lowe’s Protest (NY1)
NY1 reports: “Activists gathered outside of a Brooklyn Lowe's Sunday to protest the store's decision to pull its ads from a reality show about Muslims. Lowe's decided to pull its commercials from TLC's "All-American Muslim" series after being pressured by the Florida Family Association. The evangelical Christian organization says the show did not accurately portray average Muslims, who, it says, are extremists who want Sharia law in the U.S.”

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