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Women Using Over-the-Counter Meds to End Pregnancies in Washington Heights (DNAinfo)
Carla Zanoni reports: “News of a 20-year-old woman who was arrested after telling police she drank an over-the-counter herbal tea to induce an abortion, then tossed her fetus in the garbage, shed light on a naturopathic "remedy" commonly known and relied upon across upper Manhattan.”

NJ Poll: Voters Want Romney for GOP But Favor Obama Overall (Star-Ledger)
Matt Friedman reports: “The Rutgers-Eagleton poll of 260 registered Republicans found Romney, whom Gov. Chris Christie supports and has campaigned for vigorously, leading former House Speaker Newt Gingrich among New Jersey Republicans and Republican-leaning independents 28 percent to 20 percent.”

NJ Officials Seek To Limit Towns With More Than One Congressman (Star-Ledger)
Matt Friedman reports: “Carolyn Franz of Linden isn‘t sure who her congressman is.
No matter where you live, that’s not unusual But in Linden, it can be forgiven because they have three of them.”

Bike Plan Aims to Get Bronx Armory On Track (City Limits)
Milesska Contreras reports: “In 2009 a controversy over wages scuttled a plan to build a mall in the long-empty Kingsbridge Armory. Now there's a plan to host bike races there. Is a renovation project finally getting in gear?”

Prospect Park Gets Wifi -- Some Call It ‘Why-Fi’ (Brooklyn Paper)
Natalie O’Neill reports: “The city quietly flipped on the free wireless Internet service in Brooklyn’s green heart last week, allowing park-goers to surf the web, check their stocks or play Words with Friends with Alec Baldwin — anything to remain offline, even in the city’s premier greenspace.”

For Illegal Immigrant, Line Is Drawn At Transplant (NYT)
Nina Bernstein reports: “Without treatment to replace his failing kidneys, doctors knew, the man in Bellevue hospital would die. He was a waiter in his early 30s, a husband and father of two, so well liked at the Manhattan restaurant where he had worked for a decade that everyone from the customers to the dishwasher was donating money to help his family.He was also an illegal immigrant. So when his younger brother volunteered to donate a kidney to restore him to normal life, they encountered a health care paradox: the government would pay for a lifetime of dialysis, costing $75,000 a year, but not for the $100,000 transplant that would make it unnecessary.”

Officials Affirm NY Family Courts Are Open to Public (NYT)
William Glaberson reports: “New York’s top court officials issued new guidelines this week declaring that Family Courts across the state are open to the public, restating a rule issued 14 years ago but sometimes not followed by the courts themselves.”

The Short, Unhappy Life of the New York Unearthed Museum (NY Daily News)
Alexander Nazaryan reports: “Today, New York Unearthed is empty except for a “6-pounder” cannon dug up from the East River that probably remains because it is too heavy to steal. Its muzzle, some 250 years old, points through Unearthed’s glass windows at a plaza where, on a warm day, people are having lunch.”

New York City College Students Shift to Computer Science (WSJ)
Emily Glazer reports: “The number of declared undergraduate computer science majors at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science jumped 12% this year over last year; at New York University, the number rose 10%. Queens College and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., also reported jumps in the number of computer science majors. At the same time, the number of students enrolled in computer science classes has surged between 30% and 50%, professors said.”

NYPD Investigating Noose Found in City Parks Office (WSJ)
Sumathi Reddy reports: “New York City police are investigating as a potential hate crime the hanging of an African-American baby doll from a noose in the Department of Parks and Recreation's Bronx headquarters. The doll was found by an African-American employee and was hanging from a metal chain noose near his work space, according to a report posted on the news site of NYC Park Advocates, a nonprofit.”

Staten Island Mall Displays Mugshots of Shoplifters (Staten Island Advance)
John M. Annese reports: “For the fourth straight holiday season, the Staten Island Mall in New Springville will be running digital billboard ads featuring the mugshots of some of its most notorious shoplifters, in a program run by District Attorney Daniel Donovan.”