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Friday, July 20, 2012

Must-reads headlines from around the city curated by the WNYC Newsroom.

PUBLIC HEALTH
Working or Playing Indoors, New Yorkers Face an Unabated Roar (NYT)
Cara Buckley reports: “Across New York City, in restaurants and bars, but also in stores and gyms, loud noise has become a fact of life in the very places where people have traditionally sought respite from urban stress. The New York Times measured noise levels at 37 restaurants, bars, stores and gyms across the city and found levels that experts said bordered on dangerous at one-third of them.”

POOLS
Group of Girls Allegedly Punched and Taunted 13-Year-Old at McCarren Pool (NYP)
Dan MacLeod and Jessica Simeone report: “A 13-year-old girl was punched in the face and needed surgery for a broken nose in the most vicious in a series of violent incidents since Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool re-opened last month.”

OWS
Twitter Fights Order to Share Protester’s Data (WSJ)
Tamar El-Ghobashy reports: “Twitter Inc. will fight a court order requiring the company to turn over messages posted by an Occupy Wall Street activist facing criminal charges. A Twitter attorney used the social-media service on Thursday to announce the appeal, which seeks to overturn a judge’s ruling that prosecutors can subpoena Twitter messages in the case.”

ECONOMY
N.J. Eyes Casino in Meadowlands (WSJ)
Heather Haddon reports: “The plan's advocates said at a legislative hearing Thursday that now is time for the state to diversify its gambling industry. New Jersey—whose state constitution limits casinos to Atlantic City—now finds itself behind New York in gambling revenue in 2010 and fourth among states nationwide, according to figures released last month by the Casino City Press's North American Gaming Almanac.”

ECONOMY
Blame Game in Pension Payout (TimesUnion)
Jimmy Vielkind reports: “Aides to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli recommended officials in Green Island should ‘examine your internal processes’ after a longtime employee was able to collect more than $17,000 in pension benefits while still on the payroll. But in a letter about the matter sent Monday, they recommended no action to take back the money. The comptroller's office spent two months reviewing the case of Jack Brown, the longtime chairman of the Green Island Power Authority, after the Times Union reported he submitted retirement papers effective on Sept. 30, 2011, but stayed on the payroll for another three months.”

ECONOMY
Sick Leave Bill Not Backed By Quinn Over Economy Concerns (NY1)
Courtney Gross reports: “A veto-proof majority of the City Council has signed onto a bill to require paid sick leave. But the speaker hasn't backed it, citing the economy. A presumptive 2013 mayoral candidate, Quinn said she will continue to revisit the proposal, taking Main Street and Wall Street's temperature. But she has given no timetable for reconsideration, not even to the proposal's sponsor, Councilwoman Gail Brewer.”

ART
New Outrage Over Infamous Statue (WSJ)
Sumathi Reddy reports: “That the 22-ton marble statue looming over Queens Boulevard has been interpreted as misogynist is one thing. That the "Triumph of Civic Virtue" could be moved to Brooklyn from Queens is, well, the ultimate snub. And so, as news broke that the crumbling statue of a nearly naked man cowering over two writhing females may be crossing borough borders, there was outrage.”

POLICY
Half-Off Tacos for Officers: Prohibited, but Part of Job (NYT)
Joseph Goldstein reports: “The crowd at lunch and dinner is peppered with officers: some at tables, more in line and some carrying to-go bags. They are drawn by burritos and tacos, the proximity to Brooklyn’s courthouses and an unadvertised special: a 50 percent discount given to officers in uniform”

HEAT
Some New York Area Homeowners Turning to "Lawn Painting" (Reuters)
Christopher Michaud reports: “Homeowners with brown, dried-up lawns are turning to "lawn painting" to liven up their yards. Business is booming, according to Joe Perazzo, who launched his lawn painting company in New York's most suburban borough of Staten Island a few years ago, inspired by the tinting process used to color professional athletic fields.”

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