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Monday, June 18, 2012

POLITICS
With Taxi Deal Blocked, the City’s Budget Is In Flux (NYT)
David W. Chen reports: “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg built a $1 billion bet into his proposed $68.7 billion budget proposal: that the city would be able to sell 2,000 new yellow taxi medallions as part of a plan to expand street hail service throughout the five boroughs. But a judge’s ruling two weeks ago temporarily blocking the taxi plan, on a jurisdictional question about whether such policy should be set by the Legislature or by the City Council, has thrown the budget into flux, with two weeks to go until the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.”

OWS
Crew of 'Occu-Pirates' Gets the Nod to Protest Again (DNAinfo)
Stacey Szewczyk reports: “A scrappy crew of Occupy Wall Street veterans that call themselves 'Occu-pirates' sailed out... once again on Saturday morning...Tom Fox, who put his 30-foot sailboat "The Druid" in the service of the OWS movement, said he's now sorted things out with the Parks Department Chief Dockmaster, Seth Goodwin... he's been told they can keep the banners and the drumming on board, just as long as they are outside of the perimeter of the marina's "mooring field" when the flags are hoisted and noise begins.”

POLITICS
Cuomo, Lawmakers Agree On Online Child Porn Bill (AP)
The Associated Press reports: “Gov. Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the Senate and Assembly on Sunday said they reached agreement on legislation making all viewing of child pornography online illegal. It is in response to a Court of Appeals ruling in May that said New York's law was outdated, technologically, because it required a viewer to download or otherwise directly access child porn for it to be considered possession.”

STOP AND FRISK
In Brooklyn, Another Church Receives the Mayor’s Gospel on Stop and Frisk (NYT)
Nate Schweber reports: “For the second consecutive Sunday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took to the pulpit at a large, predominantly African-American church and defended the Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk program, saying it needed to be ‘mended, not ended.’”

POLITICS
Controversial Talks Over Teacher Evaluations on the Verge of Crumbling (NYDN)
Kenneth Lovett reports: “The source deemed it “unlikely” legislation on the matter can be passed by Thursday’s end of the legislative session. For that to happen, a bill would have to be printed by the end of the day Monday to age the required three days before it can be passed Thursday.”

POLITICS
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio Plans Lawsuit to Halt Child Care Cuts (NYDN)
Erin Durkin reports: “Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is preparing to sue to stop the city from cutting child care programming for thousands of kids. De Blasio and City Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) charge that the bidding process the city used to rework its child care system arbitrarily ended contracts for 71 programs.”

CRIME
NYPD Cop Falls from Fire Escape While Chasing Suspect (NYDN)
Three NYDN reporters write: “An NYPD cop fractured his skull and collarbone in a fall from a fire escape during a chase in Brooklyn Friday night, police said. The 22-year-old officer fell 15 feet while racing down the fire escape after a suspect in a street drug deal, cops said. The suspect was caught near the scene later. The cop, whose name was not released, fell from the rear of a three-story apartment building on Georgia Ave. near Dumont Ave. in Brownsville just before 9 p.m., authorities said. He was taken to Kings County Hospital. ‘He’s going to be all right,’ a police source said.”

CRIME
CUNY Biz School Fixed Wall Streeters' GPAs to Keep Receiving Tuition (NYPost)
Three NY Post reporters write: “While teaching how corporations cook their books, a CUNY business school was fixing grades. An administrator at Baruch College’s prestigious Zicklin School of Business forged professors’ names to raise the grade point averages of students seeking master’s degrees to become dealmakers and corporate leaders... The trickery prevented enrollees, including many mid-level Wall Streeters whose firms picked up their tabs, from flunking out — and kept their fat tuition checks flowing in.”

PARKS
City Won’t Promise to Finish Two Long-Stalled North Brooklyn Parks (Brooklyn Paper)
Aaron Short reports: “City officials will not promise to finish building two stalled North Brooklyn parks before Mayor Bloomberg’s term runs out, adding to fears in Greenpoint in Williamsburg that the long-promised waterfront recreation areas will never materialize. Two top Bloomberg aides deflected multiple questions from councilmembers over the future of Bushwick Inlet Park and a planned open space at 65 Commercial St. last week, refusing to estimate when both projects would be complete and citing budget constraints as the cause of the delays.”

EDUCATION
Businesses Make $4M Off NYC Students By Holding Their Cellphones During School (NYP)
Three Post reporters write: “The city’s ban on cellphones in schools is taking an amazing $4.2 million a year out of kids’ pockets, a Post analysis has found. The students — who attend the nearly 90 high schools and middle schools with permanent metal detectors — pay $1 a day to store their phones either in stores or in trucks that park around the buildings.”

RELIGION
Brooklyn Church Files for Bankruptcy (NYP)
Andrew J. Hawkins reports: “Christ the Rock International, a 17-year-old, 400-member church in East New York, Brooklyn, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday. Bishop Jonathan Owhe, the church's founder, chairman and general overseer, said filing for bankruptcy was necessary to avoid a takeover by the church's main lender, the Evangelical Christian Credit Union.”

DARING-DO
Human Tower on the Rise in the City (WSJ)
Gary Shapiro reports: “A group of adventurous Catalans from northeast Spain are crossing the Atlantic this week to build human towers that will soar into the Manhattan sky. They could rise as high as eight people tall in a quixotic pursuit popular in parts of Spain but little known in this country... The group, called Castellers de Vilafranca del Penedès, will construct human towers Wednesday on the roof of the building at 230 Fifth Ave. (They had hoped to make one in Times Square but could not get approval.)”

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