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New Panel Examines Police Tactics (WSJ)
Sean Gardiner and Michael Howard Saul report: “New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has begun meeting with a new community advisory panel to discuss police officer street tactics, such as the use of stop-and-frisk, that have renewed tensions between the police department and minority communities. The first meeting with the 12-member panel took place last Wednesday, four days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged at a black church that tactics such as stop-and-frisk would continue but would be carried out with ‘as much courtesy as possible.’”

Freeloading Bus Riders Cost MTA a Fare-ly Outrageous $50 Million (NYDN)
Pete Donohue reports: “The MTA loses about $50 million in revenue each year to bus farebeaters — more than triple what it previously estimated, the Daily News has learned. The staggering figure is partly the result of a new way the authority calculates fare-dodging, but also indicates that the longstanding problem has worsened because of lax enforcement, sources said. The authority previously had estimated that bus farebeaters were stealing $14 million worth of free rides annually.”

Recidivism Hard To Shake For Ex-Offenders Returning Home To Dim Prospects (HuffPo)
Trymaine Lee reports: “Of the 7 million Americans (1 in 33) who were incarcerated, on probation or parole in 2010, more than 4 in 10 can be expected to return to prison within three years, according to a 2011 study by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Center on the States.... That cycle of repeated arrests and incarcerations comes at a high price to the states, which collectively spend about $52 billion a year on corrections costs. That number has quadrupled over the last 20 years as changing law enforcement philosophies, including the so-called war on drugs, have meant more aggressive policing, criminalization and incarcerations."

Occupy Wall Street Summer Camp Brings Activism to Out-of-School Youth (DNAinfo)
Meredith Hoffman reports: “Occupy Wall Street activist Justin Wedel is bringing social justice education and activism to the out-of-school set, offering 35 Brooklyn pre-teens and teens a space at a first-ever OWS-approved summer camp. ‘We’re proud to say that this is the next phase of Occupy, building these parallel institutions, independent institutions,’ said Wedel, 26, who's about to launch the free, 8-week-long Paul Robeson Freedom School camp.”

With Speed-Camera Bill, More Writing of Tickets May Be Going Hands-Free (NYT)
Matt Flegenheimer reports: “Under a proposal now gaining traction in Albany, though, New Yorkers may soon be answering to an authority more suited to the city’s topography: cameras that record the speed of a passing car and issue violations automatically.”

Rutgers Board Will Vote to Give Outgoing President McCormick ‘Emeritus’ Title (Star-Ledger)
Kelly Heyboer reports: "Rutgers University’s governing board will vote today to give outgoing President Richard McCormick a new job and a parting gift — the title ‘president emeritus.’ McCormick, who steps down at the end of the month after nearly a decade in office, will get the honorary emeritus title during his final meeting with the Rutgers Board of Governors in New Brunswick, campus officials said Tuesday.”

Meadowlands Mall Super Late (NY Post)
Beth Defalco reports: “With just 20 months to go before the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, there’s serious doubt the $3.8 billion shopping and entertainment complex at the Meadowlands will be ready for kickoff. American Dream Meadowlands’ amusement park, originally slated to open in the fall of 2013, won’t be finished by the Feb. 2, 2014, date for Super Bowl XLVIII, developer Triple Five conceded in March. And it now says the shopping mall also may not be ready by then.”

Sandusky Case May Have Lead Sussex Man to Kill ex-Scout Leader (Star-Ledger)
Seth Augustein and Amy Ellis write about a murder that investigators believe may have been triggered by the sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky: “Clark Fredericks, 46, of Fredon, was arrested just hours after State Police found the bloodied body of former Sussex County corrections officer Dennis Pegg, 68, in the living room of his Stillwater home on June 13. Pegg was stabbed 20 times and his throat was slit. A friend of Fredericks, Robert A. Reynolds, 47, of Hackettstown, was also arrested. Pegg, according to officials from the Boy Scout’s Patriots Path Council, was a former troop leader and Fredericks, according to his mother, Joan, and sister-in-law Carol, was once a Scout in Pegg’s troop. Both women contend Fredericks was molested by the older man decades ago.”

Google looking for a bit more NYC space (Reuters)
Ilaina Jonas reports: “Google Inc, which spent nearly $2 billion for one of Manhattan's largest office buildings, is in the market to rent a bit more space as the company grows and is unable to get some of its tenants out, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Google is looking to lease between 60,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet of office space, which depending upon the building, could be a floor or two, one source said on Tuesday. Google paid about $1.8 billion for the 17-story, 2.9 million square-foot building that occupies an entire city block in 2010.”

Bicycle Group to Oppose New NYPD Fees (Crain’s)
Lisa Fickenscher reports: “Bike New York, which produces the annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour may be slapped with a $930,000 fee by the New York Police Department for police coverage during next year's event. The fee is the result of a newly proposed amendment to a rule adopted by the NYPD last July. It would apply to organizers of parades and other big events like the bike tour.”

Bill to Save Pier 40 Fails (Crain’s)
Theresa Agovino reports: “Legislation to bolster the quickly deteriorating finances of the nonprofit that runs the Hudson River Park has failed amid disagreements on how to solve the group's money troubles... The state legislative session is slated to end Thursday. The park's bank account is quickly dwindling in the wake of two successive years of budget deficits. Without a cash infusion, the five-mile park will exhaust its reserve fund in less than three years.”

Inside Governor Cuomo’s ‘Man Cave’ (NYP)
Don Kaplan writes: “The state’s chief executive and girlfriend Sandra Lee have settled nicely into their Westchester dream mansion — which has all the trappings he needs to blow off steam and she needs to play the perfect hostess. Cuomo’s exercise room has everything from boxing gloves to a weight bench — with a giant poster of rock legend Jim Morrison hanging on a floor-to-ceiling mirror.”

Frustrations Bring Eateries to the Table (WSJ)
Sumathi Reddy reports: “High-profile players in the city's restaurant and hospitality industries have joined forces to form a new lobbying group, citing frustrations with the city's health department. The trade group—called the New York City Hospitality Alliance—will be led by Andrew Rigie, who recently left his position as executive vice president of the city chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association.”

Groom Wanted for Most Expensive Dog Wedding Ever (DNAInfo)
Mary Johnson reports: “In less than a month, organizers are expecting to break records with the most expensive wedding vows ever said — by dogs. A designer dress has been selected for the bride,  8-year-old Coton de Tulear Baby Hope. A seven-piece orchestra has been booked. And enough sushi for 300 guests has been ordered... So far, 20 dogs have been volunteered for the opportunity to walk Baby Hope down the aisle, and their owners have outlined each pup’s extensive qualifications in lengthy postings on a Facebook page set up for the event.”