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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

HEALTH
NJ Schools To Stop Serving ‘Pink Slime’ Beef Product (AP)
The Associated Press reports: “New Jersey schools won't be serving beef with so-called "pink slime" in the next academic year. The state Agriculture Department has notified school districts it will only buy beef without the ammonia-treated filler. Federal regulators say the product, which has been used for years and is known in the industry as "lean, finely textured beef," meets food safety standards. But critics call the product an unappetizing example of industrialized food production.”

CRIME
Police Identify Suspect in L-Train Death (NY Daily News)
Sarah Armaghan reports that police are looking for 33-year-old Ryan Beauchamp. He’s accused of starting a fight with 20-year-old Joshua Basin that resulted in both men being on the tracks. Police say Basin was struck and killed by a Manhattan-bound L train, while Beauchamp managed to escape.

TRANSPORTATION
Proposed Law Would Force NYPD to Investigate All Car-On-Bike Collisions (Brooklyn Paper)
Natalie O’Neil reports: “The legislation, put forward by Councilman Steve Levin (D–Williamsburg), requires the NYPD to follow state law, forcing to cops to investigate collisions that result in serious physical injury, rather than just ones in which ‘death is likely.’ It could also add hundreds of trained traffic experts to the force.”

EDUCATION
Ever in Need of Money, Private Schools Intensify Fund-Raising Efforts (NYT)
Jenny Anderson reports: “Relentless fund-raising, be it for the annual fund, the spring benefit or the latest capital campaign, is as much a feature of private schools as small classes and diverse offerings. But with schools hitting the upper limits of what they can charge for tuition, consultants, parents and school heads say the race for donations has become notably more intense and aggressive.”

REAL ESTATE
City’s “Worst Landlord” Investigated for Tax Evasion, Drug Dealing (DNAinfo)
Jeff Mays reports: “A man dubbed New York City's worst landlord has been reported to five city, state and federal agencies on allegations ranging from tax evasion to dealing drugs at his buildings, DNAinfo has learned. Josh Neustein, owner of 1071 Home Corp. which is made up of eight buildings including four in Upper Manhattan, racked up a breathtaking 1,187 violations by last December. Of them, 753 were considered hazardous.”

MEDIA
Gothamist Finally Gets Press Passes (After 8 Years and Thousands Spent on High-Profile Lawyer) (Gothamist)
Christopher Robbins writes about the complicated and drawn out process involved in securing a press pass from the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Public Information.

REAL ESTATE
Avenue of Midtown Plazas Could Be Connected By the Summer (DNAinfo)
Mary Johnson reports: “Plans to connect a series of privately owned public plazas across a section of Midtown gained rousing public support in a meeting of Community Board 5’s transportation committee on Monday night.”

GOVERNMENT
What Do Budget Cuts Mean For the DEC? (Gotham Gazette)
Sarah Crean reports: “Is the state’s lead environmental agency adequately resourced? Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens says that after a series of severe cuts in which the agency lost 20 percent of its staff, he does not expect to be hiring in the foreseeable future.”

TRANSPORTATION
MTA Moving to Phase Out C Train’s Clunkers (WSJ)
Ted Mann and Alison Fox report: “The aging slugger, a New York mainstay, will soon creak off toward the showers and retirement, not particularly loved, and unlikely to be missed. It is, of course, the C train. With a vote later this week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will approve the $599 million purchase of 300 new subway cars to replace the oldest clunkers on the subway rails. They will begin with the cars on the much-maligned C line, which will be 50 years old by the time the MTA begins to swap them out in 2015.”

CULTURE
Artist Jeff Koons May Bring Locomotive to High Line (City Room)
Lisa Foderaro reports: “Visitors to the High Line, the elevated park on a formerly derelict rail line, might someday be greeted by a vision even more improbable than the park itself, which has become one of Manhattan’s top tourist draws: A massive locomotive dangling from a crane.”

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