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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TRANSPORTATION
Free Subway and Bus Rides Proposed for Some Disabled Users (NYT)
Matt Flegenheimer reports: The plan, which will come to a vote before the authority’s full board on Wednesday, calls for the agency to issue free MetroCards to any users of its Access-A-Ride service, which offers prearranged trips, often door-to-door, to disabled New Yorkers for $2.25. Access-A-Ride costs the authority about $60 per trip, officials said.”

ENVIRONMENT
New York Fracking Plan Could Create Conflict for Town Boards (Democrat and Chronicle)
Jon Campbell reports: Lawmakers, lobbyists and state regulators have hinted since April that a community’s viewpoint on hydraulic fracturing could be taken into account when deciding where to drill for gas. It has prompted a burst of municipal activity. Town boards across New York’s Southern Tier have been deluged with requests from some to ban gas drilling, and from others to pass a resolution expressing support for it.”

BUSINESS
Decades-Old Bathing Suit Ban Leaves Asbury Park Beachgoers Breaking Law (Star-Ledger)
“For decades, there has been a little-known ordinance in the Monmouth County city banning bathing suits on the boardwalk. ‘No person clad in bathing attire shall be on the boardwalk or the public walks adjacent thereto,’ it reads. Louise Murray, chairwoman of the local Republican party, said she no longer sees the law enforced and is worried skimpy attire at the boardwalk’s bars and restaurants is threatening to wipe away Asbury Park’s image as a "classy" Jersey Shore town.”

EDUCATION
Cheating at Stuyvesant Is Alleged (WSJ)
Lisa Fleisher reports: “New York City schools officials said Monday they were investigating whether a student at one of the city's most prestigious high schools had cheated. The city referred the case involving potential cheating at Stuyvesant High School to the Special Commissioner of Investigation.”

TRANSPORTATION
Plan to Aid Verrazano Commuters (WSJ)
Ted Mann reports: “A proposed $300 million bus and carpool lane across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge would be the first such restricted lane on any of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's bridges and tunnels, officials said Monday, after a plan for the new lane was reviewed by the authority's committee on capital construction projects.”

MEDIA
Public Stations May Get OK for Political Ads (NYT)
“A federal court decision has created the possibility that some public television and radio stations that are perpetually challenged financially could see a windfall of cash from political advertising. Stations that get that chance would have to weigh whether the money is worth the risk of alienating their audiences.”

CRIME
Manhattan Beep Burgled (NYP)
Jamie Schram and David Seifman report: “The campaign office of mayoral hopeful Scott Stringer was broken into over the weekend and two computers swiped, police sources said yesterday.”

TOURISM
Ferris Wheel Eyed for Ferry Terminal (WSJ)
Eliot Brown reports: “The Bloomberg administration is in advanced talks with an investment group seeking to build a giant Ferris wheel akin to the London Eye near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, according to multiple people briefed on the details of the proposal. The plan for the structure would make it the tallest ‘observation wheel’ in the world, lifting visitors roughly 600 feet, the people said.”

TECH
On Orbitz, Mac users Steered to Pricier Hotels (WSJ)
Dan Mattioli reports: “Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.'s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see. The Orbitz effort, which is in its early stages, demonstrates how tracking people's online activities can use even seemingly innocuous information—in this case, the fact that customers are visiting Orbitz.com from a Mac—to start predicting their tastes and spending habits.”

REAL ESTATE
On City’s Stoop, a Familiar Shelter Is Losing Its Appeal (NYT)
Elizabeth A. Harris reports: “Small metal awnings and their translucent cousins were once a staple over stoops across New York City, on houses made of brick or clad in vinyl, and even on brownstones. They can still be found in one neighborhood after another, sometimes on every home of a block. They provide shelter as you fumble for your keys in the rain, and they keep snow from collecting at the top of the steps.
Yet they appear to have fallen out of fashion.”

CITY
Neighbors Struggle to Coexist on Bronx block After New Co-Op Opens (DNAinfo)
Patrick Wall reports: “Several Solara shareholders said that besides the occasional family who relaxes on the sidewalk in front of the co-op building at 1259 Grant Ave., groups of men play dominoes there every day, while other adults drink alcohol and crews of young people play music and smoke tobacco out of a hookah. The crowds of 20 or more often pry open the fire hydrants, the shareholders said, which they sometimes use to wash cars and, in the case of one man, to bathe. One co-op owner was drenched by water as she made her way home from work, they said.”

CULTURE
Nasty Elmo Is Gone, and the Other Ones Are Just Tickled (NYT)
Vivian Yee and Kirk Semple report: “On Monday, the day after the police ejected a man wearing the furry, red costume from Central Park for exploding into an obscenity-laced rant, other Elmos around New York said they recognized the man from previous clashes and expressed hope that his brush with the law would help their trade’s reputation.”

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