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DOE Statistics Show Schools Called 911 3,600 Times Last Year to Deal With Emotionally Disturbed Students (NYDN)
Rachel Monahan reports: “New Education Department numbers released Wednesday reveal that schools called 911 a whopping 3,600 times during the last school year to deal with non-suicide-related mental health problems. That means that 17 students a day were sent to the emergency room with emotional problems.”

Beneath a Ranting Elmo’s Mask, a Man With a Disturbing Past (NYT)
Michael Wilson writes about the man who was transported to a psychiatric hospital after he was videotaped yelling anti-Semitic remarks while wearing an Elmo costume: “It was obvious from talking to him that he is troubled. But he told a lucid and detailed account of his life, and he told of his own dark past, one that might alarm parents whose children have posed with him. The tale he told underscored just how little is known about the men and women who dress as various children’s characters in tourist-clogged areas, looking for small tips. This tiny industry is unregulated.”

Bronx Gay and Lesbian Center to Close After Being Crippled by Scam (DNAInfo)
Patrick Wall reports: ”The Bronx’s only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center will close by the end of the month, less than two weeks after the agency’s former chief was arrested for allegedly swiping $338,000 from the nonprofit, officials announced Wednesday.”

Officials Hint That M.T.A. May Restore Some Service (NYT)
Matt Flegenheimer reports: ”There is no date. There is no proposal. And there is certainly no guarantee. But for the first time since 2010, when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved deep cuts amid a budget shortfall, there appears to be optimism that some of the services that were eliminated may be restored — provided that the agency’s recent, if tenuous, financial trends and ridership increases hold.”

Inside Track: Cuomo Team Gives Drillers Jump Start to Influence Fracking Rules (Environmental Working Group)
Thomas Cluderay reports: “ A series of emails shows that regulators shared detailed summaries of the DEC plan with drilling representatives between Aug. 15 and Aug. 17 as part of a one-sided ‘stakeholder outreach.’ Only drilling industry representatives received these documents in advance. Other stakeholders, including local communities and public health and environmental groups were kept in the dark.”

Amid Gloom, Job Hopes Rest Heavily on New Arena (NYT)
Joseph Berger reports: “Hundreds of young men and women started lining up Wednesday morning for appointments they had scheduled online, standing quietly and earnestly outside the college. They were dressed in well-pressed white shirts and blouses; some of the men wore suits and ties and had polished their shoes to a shine. Since many of the jobs require public interaction, a high premium has been placed on attitude and personality — Forest City has even consulted with the Disney Institute about spotting the essential qualities — and the applicants were displaying their most personable sides even before they passed through St. Francis’s doors.”

‘Today’ Co-Host Ann Curry Will Bid Farewell Today (USA Today)
Curry confirmed to writer Susan Page that she will leave the show today: “While she describes her new job as one that any journalist would crave, she makes no secret that the very public process that pushed her out of the co-host chair amid rumor-fed headlines has left wounds. ‘I don't know who has been behind the leaks, but no question they've hurt deeply,’ she says.”

As Retail Hub, Manhattan Tops National Average and Outstrips Other Boroughs (NYT)
Patrick McGeehan reports: ”The retail success story in Manhattan is well known: a steadily growing influx of tourists has pushed per capita retail sales in the borough far higher than in the rest of the country. But retailing in the city’s other four boroughs is a far different story, one in which sales at most types of stores were significantly below national averages, indicating that many New Yorkers were shopping in Manhattan or outside the city, according to an analysis conducted by Eastern Consolidated, a real estate services company in Manhattan.”

Worries Weigh on Manhattan Market  (WSJ)
Josh Barbanel reports: ”Despite some big-ticket apartment sales to multimillionaire and billionaires, Manhattan apartment prices and sales have inched up only modestly during the second quarter, according to analysis of city sales records. Some brokers say they are worried about a falloff in activity in the rest of the year.”

Finance Department Neglected $24M in Taxes (Crain’s)
Amanda Fung reports: ”A joint audit conducted by the city and state Comptrollers office released on Wednesday found that the city's Department of Finance failed to collect roughly $24 million in property taxes because it didn't use its resources to identify property owners who neglected to report income from leasing rooftop space to cell phone carriers for antennas.”

NY Bill Would Notify Women of Dense Breast Tissue (Crain’s)
The AP reports: ”A bill approved by the state legislature in hopes of increasing the early detection of breast cancer would require that women be given notice in mammography reports if they have dense breast tissue, a condition that makes it harder to detect the life-threatening disease. The bill passed recently in the Senate and Assembly would require that mammography reports advise women with dense breast tissue to discuss additional screening, such as ultrasound, with their doctors. Failure to provide notice would carry a fine of up to $2,000.”

Former AG Paula Dow to Face N.J. Senate Hearing for Superior Court Judgeship (Star-Ledger)
MaryAnn Spoto reports: “Dow, initially nominated to the bench in Essex County as a ‘peace offering’ by Christie to break a political logjam but now up for a Burlington County spot, is expected to face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about a lawsuit alleging she interfered in an investigation in Hunterdon County — and about her residency.”

Lawsuit claims Brighton Beach car wash workers got hosed on pay (NYDN)
Erica Pearson reports: ”Seventeen current and former washers at Hi-Tek Car Wash in Brighton Beach filed a federal lawsuit against the company, saying they were stiffed on overtime and didn’t get minimum wage. The legal move, which follows a similar suit at a different car wash in the Bronx, is the latest step in a citywide campaign to clean up the industry amid a unionization drive.”

MTA Responds to Viral Video of People Tripping on Subway Step (WNBC)
Katy Tur reports: “A Brooklyn man's video showing a series of subway riders tripping on a step while exiting a subway station in Sunset Park has caught the attention of the MTA. Posted online Wednesday, it instantly made its rounds on various blogs and forums. The video, by filmmaker Dean Peterson, opened with a message: ‘The subway station I use every day has something very peculiar about it... One of the stairs is a fraction of an inch higher than all the others.’”

New Barclays Center Subway Stop Inspires Protest T-Shirt (DNAInfo)
Leslie Albrecht reports: ”A local T-shirt designer upset that one of Brooklyn's oldest and busiest subway stops has been renamed for the new Barclays Center wants to keep the station's former name alive — in 100 percent cotton. Deb Goldstein, owner of T-shirt design company Miss Wit Designs, has created a shirt emblazoned with the declaration, "I'm still calling it Atlantic Av-Pacific St" — a reference to the former Atlantic-Pacific subway hub in Downtown Brooklyn, which was quietly rechristened Atlantic Av-Barclays Center in May.”