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GOP Wins NJ Congressional Redistricting Battle (Star-Ledger)
Matt Friedman reports: “Eight months after losing one redistricting contest, Republicans have prevailed in another that will put U.S. Reps. Scott Garrett (R-5th Dist.) and Steve Rothman (D-9th Dist.) in one North Jersey district, to Garrett’s partisan advantage.”

Outer Borough Taxi Plan Could Upend the Taxi of Tomorrow (Star-Ledger)
Jeremy Smerd reports: “The outer-borough taxi plan signed into law this week was hailed as a victory for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo's requirement that the entire taxi and livery fleet eventually become wheelchair-accessible is a stinging rejection of the mayor's non-accessible Taxi of Tomorrow, insiders said.”

‘Subway Vigilante’ Victim Dies of Apparent Overdose (NY Daily News)
Kevin Deutsch & John Doyle report: “One of the teens wounded by “subway vigilante” Bernhard Goetz died of an apparent drug overdose in a seedy Bronx motel room Thursday — 27 years to the day after the infamous shooting.”

One of the Soldiers Accused in Death of Pvt. Danny Chen Has Criminal Past (NY Daily News)
Corky Siemaszko reports: “Spc. Ryan Offutt slugged and choked the woman and threw her on a bed “so hard that she smashed into the headboard.” The victim told cops later she thought she “was going to die,” the records state. The revelations about Offutt’s criminal past surfaced as he and the seven other soldiers implicated in Chen’s death were relieved of their duties and transferred to another Afghan base.”

A Look Inside the $1.4 Billion Fulton Street Transit Center (DNAinfo)
Julie Shapiro reports: “The $1.4 billion subway hub won't open until 2014, but one of its most distinctive features is already in place: a yawning skylight, measuring 53 feet in diameter, which funnels natural light down into the station, brightening the darkest corners, even during the ongoing construction.”

Washington Wary of ‘Canyon of Heroes’ Parade to Honor Iraq War Veterans (CBS New York)
Marcia Kramer reports: “After the first Gulf War the city honored the men and women who fought there with a parade. Now, two Staten Island councilmen want to do the same thing for those who participated in “Operation: Iraqi Freedom.”  … Sources told Kramer that the mayor’s office has been in talks with the Pentagon about a parade, but military officials are afraid that a celebration in the Canyon of Heroes could seem like a victory dance that could endanger out troops in other parts of the world.”

Hunter College Group Slammed for Booting NYPD Sex Crimes Chief (DNAinfo)
Murray Weiss reports: “Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, the commander of the NYPD’s Special Victims Division and its Hate Crimes Task Force, was dumped from the panel just a day before the Dec. 5 event, which also included experts from the Manhattan Borough President’s office, the National Organization for Women, Hollaback! and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Osgood’s ouster was the result of a complaint by the Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition that the NYPD was a violent organization whose members rape women and brutalize New Yorkers, DNAinfo reported last week.”

More than 80 N.J. Christian Indonesians Receive Temporary Reprieve (Star-Ledger)
The Star-Ledger reports: “The group, most of them members of or associated with the Reformed Church of Highland Park, received extensions after meetings this week with officials from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Newark, Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, the church pastor, said Thursday.”

N.J. Receives $38 Million in Race to the Top Funds (The Star-Ledger)
Jessica Calefati reports: “The funding was awarded after the state lost out on $460 million in two previous rounds of the Race to the Top competition, including a failed bid last week for $60 million that would have benefited pre-schoolers statewide. ...New Jersey and six other states qualified to share $200 million in this round of competition because they were all named finalists in the earlier rounds. The other winners this time are Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.”

Portugal Supreme Court Rules It Won’t Extradite N.J. Fugitive George Wright (Associated Press)
AP reports: “Portugal's Supreme Court has refused a request from the U.S. to extradite American fugitive George Wright, his lawyer said Thursday. … Wright spent seven years in a U.S. prison for murder before breaking out in 1970. He and others then hijacked a plane in 1972 from the U.S. to Algeria along with other Black Liberation Army militants. He was captured in Portugal after his U.S. fingerprint matched one in Portugal's database of prints for all citizens.”

No End In Sight for Elizabeth Fire (Star-Ledger)
The Star-Ledger reports: “A sprawling warehouse fire in Elizabeth that has spewed thick black smoke across northern New Jersey for two days could burn through Christmas, and the structure may suffer several "catastrophic collapses" before the blaze is extinguished, officials said.”

Illegal Wolf-Dog Found Wandering Streets of East New York, Brooklyn (NY Daily News)
Helen Kennedy reports: “An illegal wolf-dog was found Tuesday roaming the wilds of Brooklyn. Cops found the three-year-old female near Elton St. and Vandalia Ave. in East New York, said New York Animal Care and Control spokesman Richard Gentles. She was wearing a collar and a chain and appeared to have been kept as an exotic pet, he said.”

Man Dies of Apparent Asthma Attack After Arrest, Cops Say (DNAinfo)
Tuan Nguyen and Patrick Hedlund report: “A man died of an apparent asthma attack after cops arrested him for trying to commit a robbery at a restaurant in Washington Heights early Thursday evening, the NYPD said. Police received a call of a larceny in progress at Tommy’s Grill, near the corner of West 158th and Broadway, about 5:20 p.m., cops said.”