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Officers, Exhorted to Report Corruption, Still Fear Retaliation (NYT)
Joseph Goldstein reports: In the hallways of Police Headquarters and precinct station houses, posters exhort officers to call the Internal Affairs Bureau if they observe corruption. The phone numbers could not be easier to remember. One is 1-800-Pride-PD; 212-CORRUPT is another. Yet dialing these numbers can be the most difficult call a police officer ever makes. ‘I’m reporting a guy on my team. What do I do? What do I do?’ said Jeffrey McAvoy, a former narcotics detective who called in 2008 to report a lieutenant whom he suspected of stealing $5,000 hidden in a drug dealer’s sneakers.”

Block in East Harlem Celebrates Defeat of Drug Gang (NYT)
Aaron Edwards reports: “The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who attended the party, emphasized the joint effort of his office, the Police Department and the tenants’ association in breaking up the drug ring. Mr. Vance pointed to Milbank-Frawley as a success story and something of a model for other communities bullied by drug abuse, gangs and violence. These successes have become increasingly important for law enforcement officials, and public displays of neighborhood reclamation are all the more vital, Mr. Vance said.”

City School Kids Evicted from 9/11 Memorial Site (NYDN)
Three Daily News reporters write: “A group of Brooklyn students on a school trip to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum were booted from the hallowed site after they callously hurled trash into its fountains. The vile vandals from Junior High School 292 in East New York treated the solemn memorial — its reflecting pools honoring the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks — like a garbage dump.”

Retired Horace Mann Teacher Admits to Sex With Students (NYT)
Jenny Anderson reports: “Last week, in an interview, Mr. Lin, now 88, acknowledged that there was something to those whispers. He said he had had sex with students, ‘maybe three, I don’t know,’ crossing boundaries he said were not so clear years ago. ‘In those days, it was very spontaneous and casual, and it did not seem really wrong,’ he said.”

Cuomo & Dem Pals ‘Panicking’ at Barron Bid
Sally Goldenberg and Carl Campanile report: Trying to prevent a national “embarrassment,” New York’s Democratic Party heavyweights are pulling out the stops to block bombastic Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron from being elected to Congress. Gov. Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer have led the pack in backing state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries over Barron in the open-seat Demcratic primary tomorrow to replace Rep. Edolphus Towns, who announced his retirement.”

Companies Shortchanged Preschool Special Education Program, State Audits Find (NYT)
David M. Halbfinger reports: “The owners of a Bronx company that employs teachers for disabled toddlers used thousands of dollars in government funds to fix up a weekend getaway in the Poconos, state auditors found. A Brooklyn company in the same program, which provides treatment for prekindergarten special education students, billed taxpayers for his wife’s $150,000 salary as his assistant director when she was a full-time professor at the City University of New York, the auditors said.”

Vacant Avenue A Storefronts Adopt 'No Restaurants' Policy (DNAInfo)
Serena Solomon reports: “‘Store for Rent. No Restaurants. Food Okay,’ read red and white signs posted in three of the four empty windows on the ground floor of 66 Avenue A... Reps from 72A Realty Associates, which owns the properties, said "we have our reasons" for excluding restaurants... But the building is not the only one on Avenue A that has chosen to forfeit the potential high-rent income from bars and restaurants in favor of skipping the headache of higher insurance premiums brought on by the additional fire risk brought by cooking equipment..”

NY Assessment Appeals Near Record (NYP)
Sally Goldenberg reports: “A near-record 52,123 city taxpayers are appealing their home assessments this year — close to a 4 percent jump from the 50,249 who questioned their bills last year, The Post has learned. Of that total, 8,249 received reductions. The highest number of appeals the city Tax Commission has ever seen was 52,130 in 1998.”

First, Not Tallest, WTC Tower Topped Off (Crains)
Theresa Agovino reports: “The last steel beam is set to be lifted 977 feet to the top of 4 World Trade Center, a 72-story, 2.3 million-square-foot building designed by Fumihiko Maki and developed by Silverstein Properties Inc. A group of construction workers will sign the girder before it is bolted into position at the building, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.”

Man Takes Pictures of Women on Subway With Hidden Camera for Art NYPost)
Phil Helsel and Brad Hamilton report: “The creepy straphanger uses a camera hidden in a Starbucks coffee cup to shoot video and still pics of unsuspecting and even sleeping women as they ride the rails. He calls himself John Zippy and posts his shots on a YouTube channel ‘New York Subway Girls.’ He’s uploaded 35 videos since Feb. 24, and a blog of the same name exposes 102 female commuters.”

Insane Cycling Documentary Shows Racers Cheating Death (Gothamist)
Christopher Robbins reports: “Lucas Brunelle spent ten years videotaping the ‘alley-cat races’ in 30 different cities all over the world, capturing cyclists who take whatever route necessary to hit all the checkpoints, even if it means hitching a ride on a garbage truck or riding against 5 lanes of traffic. The movie featuring his footage, Line of Sight, will premiere during the New York Bicycle Film Festival later this week.”