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Marijuana Plan Appears Doomed in Albany (NYT)
Thomas Kaplan reports: “Facing resistance from the Republican-controlled Senate, a proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view appeared near defeat on Monday as lawmakers approached the end of this year’s legislative session.”

Push to Restrict Public Release of Teacher Evaluations Gets Last-Minute Reprieve (NYDN)
Kenneth Lovett reports: “The bill calls for full public disclosure of teacher evaluations — without the names attached. Parents would get the name of their kids’ specific teachers without the need of a formal meeting with a principal.”

NYPD Probes Swastika Graffiti in Borough Park (NYDN)
Sarah Armaghan reports: “The NYPD is investigating another possible hate crime in the same Brooklyn neighborhood that was targeted by spray-painters last week, police said. Swastikas were found scribbled on a van and a lightpole on E. 2nd St. between Ditmas Ave. and Avenue F in Borough Park around 8 p.m. Sunday, police said. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating, but it is not yet known if this incident is linked to the six locations that were hit with the symbols of hate just blocks away on Friday.”

New York to Spend $60 Million on Legal Services, Counseling for Homeowners (Reuters)
Karen Freifeld reports: “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he would spend $60 million over the next three years to fund counseling and legal services for struggling New York homeowners. The money comes from New York's share of the $25 billion mortgage settlement announced in February between 49 states, the federal government and five major banks over foreclosure abuses. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan was scheduled to join Schneiderman at an event in Hauppauge, New York, on Monday to announce the commitment.”

Power Lines Drawn: Energy Plan Creates Unusual Alliances (WSJ)
Joseph De Avila reports: “A proposal to build a power line underneath portions of the Hudson River and Lake Champlain to deliver electricity to New York City has created an unusual alliance: the Sierra Club, energy companies and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. They have emerged as a powerful opposing force to the Champlain Hudson Power Express, a $2 billion, 333-mile power line that would connect the city to power generated by Canadian wind farms and hydroelectric dams.”

Baruch in a ‘Fix’ with DA Over Grade Scandal (NYP)
Three Post reporters write: “Manhattan prosecutors are investigating the grade-inflation and forgery scandal that has rocked the prestigious business school at CUNY’s Baruch College, The Post has learned. A high-level law-enforcement source confirmed the criminal probe a day after The Post revealed that a former key administrator for Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business allegedly raised MBA students’ grades and even forged their professors’ signatures on grade-change forms.”

Ft. Greene Park’s Different Closing Times Prompt Racism Fears (DNAinfo)
Janet Upadhye reports: “On the Myrtle Avenue side, where public housing projects border the park, signs are posted that read, ‘This area closes at 9 p.m.’ But no such signs exist on the DeKalb Avenue side of the park, where historic brownstones and long-limbed trees line the streets. That area remains open until 1 a.m.”

As Swarms Startle New York, Office on Bee Beat Stays Busy (NYT)
Emily S. Rueb reports: “This spring in New York City, clumps of homeless bees have turned up, often in inconvenient public places, at nearly double the rate of past years. A warm winter followed by an early spring, experts say, has created optimal breeding conditions. That may have caught some beekeepers off guard, especially those who have taken up the practice in recent years.”

Sunset Park Eases Alt-Side Parking, Ending 34-Year Fight (DNAinfo)
Alan Neuhauser reports: “Drivers may finally have a reprieve next week when the city's Department of Sanitation reduces alternate-side parking from four days a week to two in parts of Sunset Park and Greenwood Heights. 

The change marks the culmination of a 34-year campaign to limit alternate-side parking in the two Brooklyn neighborhoods. Brooklyn's Community Board 7 was the first to take advantage of a new law that sets the rules for reducing the frequency of street-sweeping and its attendant car shuffling.

Gov. Christie Calls for Better Inspections of Halfway Houses in Wake of Newspaper Report (Star-Ledger)
Jenna Portnoy and James Queally report: “The New York Times, in a series that began Sunday, detailed escapes, drug use, lax security and violence — including sexual assaults — at facilities intended to transition individuals back into the community, often after serving jail time. The report said since 2005, there have been about 5,100 escapes from the state’s halfway houses, many run by Community Education Center.”

Council Aide Seeks a Slot on Ballot in Sierra Leone (NYT)
Sarah Maslin Nir reports: “This summer, Mr. Kanu will leave his job to return to a country he left as a teenager. He will be taking up the mantle of his father, a former high-ranking official who was ousted in a coup before taking refuge in the United States. But he will also be making a case that Sierra Leonean voters should see his years overseas not as a liability but as an asset.”

Burger King's Upscale Times Square Eatery Shut Down by Health Department (DNAinfo)
Mathew Katz reports: “City Health Department officials have shut down fast-food giant Burger King's BK Whopper Bar — a high-concept gourmet spin-off in Times Square that serves artisanal burgers — for the second time this month after inspectors found a host of violations there. Customers who tried to order lunch at the Whopper Bar at 561 Seventh Ave., at West 40th Street, Monday were turned away by a yellow sign warning that the eatery had been closed because of health violations.”

Holding Doors or Fixing Pipes, Women Who Work as Building Employees Are Still Rare (NYT)
Elizabeth Harris reports: “According to 32BJ, the largest building employee union in the city, about 12,800 of its members in the five boroughs are employed as doormen, porters and the like in residential buildings. How many are women? Only 302. Of the nearly 3,000 residential superintendents in the union, the number of women is 45.

One Bounce, You’re Out, at the (Old) Old Ball Game (NYT)
Chris Palmer reports: “Under the 1864 rules by which the game was being played, the batter was out. But that did not stop the opposing squad from engaging in some 1864-style heckling. “Unmanly!” one player shouted at the left fielder... as he tossed the ball back to the pitcher. “Put on a skirt!” The one-bounce rule (and the dusty epithets it occasions) are among the many quirks and oddities that distinguish vintage base ball (yes, two words) from its modern counterpart. The game... is part historical re-enactment, part sport. But one look at the players on the field confirms: it’s fully old school.