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Thursday, August 09, 2012

US Senator Joe Lieberman participates in a march organized by Komen for the Cure. (Getty)

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

POLITICS
Breast-Cancer Group Shakes Up Ranks (WSJ)
Melanie Grayce West reports: “Searches were under way to find a president, chief executive and chief operating officer [at Susan G. Komen for the Cure], a post that has been vacant since late 2009, said Nancy G. Brinker, who is the founder and current CEO of the nation's largest breast-cancer charity. She said she would assume a new role after top leadership positions were filled. The departure of President Elizabeth Thompson will take effect Sept. 7.”

POLITICS
Officials Seek a Single Date for Primaries (WSJ)
Michael Howard Saul reports: “New York election officials have recommended that beginning next year the primary for state and local offices be moved to June from September, a proposal that would have a dramatic impact on next year's mayoral race.”

CRIME
NYPD Identified Twitter User Linked to Colorado Copycat Threats  (NYDN)
Rocco Parascandola and Sarah Armaghan report: “Police have identified the Twitter user they think is responsible for threatening to copy the Colorado mass murder at Mike Tyson’s one-man Broadway show, officials said. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said cops would be interviewing the person soon - perhaps as early as Wednesday evening. The suspect, whose name was not released, is not from New York City, Kelly said.”

POLITICS
Company Names in FBI Probe of Mayor Tony Mack’s Administration Paid Finder’s Fee for City Contract (The Times of Trenton)
Alex Zdan reports: “Five Star Auto Detailing, a vendor named in the ongoing federal investigation of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s administration, was recommended for a no-bid $4,900 city contract to power wash a park amphitheater in April through a connection with Joseph ‘JoJo’ Giorgianni, Five Star’s owner said yesterday in an interview with The Times of Trenton.”

POLITICS
Congressman’s Report of Trip Is At Issue (NYT)
Alison Leigh Cowan and William K. Rashbaum report: “When Representative Michael G. Grimm, a first-term Staten Island Republican, went on a fact-finding trip abroad last year.. he was largely silent about his second stop, Cyprus. In fact, Mr. Grimm did not file required paperwork about the trip, which was paid for by a private organization... Nor did he initially report the Cyprus trip on his Congressional financial disclosure filing in May, even though he did list the Israel trip, according to the records.”

CRIME
Unearthing Remains in Potter’s Field to Give Names Back to Nameless (NYT)
Joseph Goldstein reports: “ The office is undertaking an ambitious effort to identify the nameless dead in the city’s potter’s field, seeking to capitalize on the expertise that it gained over the last decade identifying remains from the World Trade Center attack.”

POLITICS
Groups’ Campaign Spending Scrutinized in New York (NYT)
Nicholas Confessore reports: “Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York is escalating his inquiry into the fastest-growing but darkest corner of the campaign world, requesting in recent weeks tax returns and other financial documents from dozens of tax-exempt groups that are among the biggest spenders in this year’s election, people with knowledge of the requests said.”

POLITICS
Congressman’s Report of Trip Is at Issue (NYT)
Alison Leigh Cowan and William K. Rashbaum report: “In fact, Mr. Grimm did not file required paperwork about the trip, which was paid for by a private organization, with the House clerk, according to Congressional records. Nor did he initially report the Cyprus trip on his Congressional financial disclosure filing in May, even though he did list the Israel trip, according to the records. But in June, Mr. Grimm amended his financial disclosure filing to report the Cyprus trip, the records show. The amended filing came one day after his host on the trip, Peter Papanicolaou, the president of the Cyprus Federation of America, which paid for the $6,890 visit, was arrested in Brooklyn on federal corruption charges.”

CRIME
Eight People Shot on National Night Out Against Crime (DNAInfo)
Alan Neuhauser reports: “Shootings in The Bronx, Harlem and Brooklyn left eight people, including four teenagers, hurt just hours after Mayor Michael Bloomberg toured the city for National Night Out Against Crime Tuesday.”

TRANSPORTATION
Chicago Delay Fuels Concern About New York Bike Sharing (NYT)
Matt Flegenheimer reports: “The program in Chicago, operated by Alta Bicycle Share, will not meet its initial target of late summer and will be delayed until next year, officials there announced this week. Alta is also in charge of New York City’s program, which was supposed to begin last month. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has attributed the delay here to software problems, and no new starting date has been announced.”

HOUSING
Manhattan Apt. Vacancies Rise for Second Month (NYT)
Amanda Fung reports: “An unusually hot summer seems to be cooling off Manhattan's market for rental apartments. In July, the vacancy rate rose 0.19 percentage points from the previous month, to 1.2%, in an unusual uptick for the normally busy summer season, according to the latest monthly rental report released Thursday by brokerage Citi Habitats.”

ECONOMY
Company That Helped Demolish Yankee Stadium Collapses in Bankruptcy (WSJ)
Katy Stech reports: “The construction firm that helped tear down the old Yankee Stadium—the tubular concrete venue in the South Bronx known as the House That Ruth Built—has itself been crushed by the prolonged economic downturn, prompting it to file for bankruptcy. Demco Inc., based outside Buffalo, N.Y., said that it has had trouble finding work to keep busy after finishing the $20 million demolition job on the former Yankee Stadium, which hosted more than 6,000 baseball games in its 85-year history.”

CRIME
Police Say 9-year-old Boy Didn't Push Infant Sister Out of Window in the Bronx (NYDN)
Three NYDN reporters write: “A 9-year-old boy has been cleared of pushing his 3-month-old sister out of a second-floor window of their Bronx apartment after surveillance video showed he was outside at the time of the fall, cops said.”

FUTURE
At La Guardia, a Smiling Helper Materializes, Digitally (WSJ)
Katy Stech reports: “La Guardia Airport’s newest employee, a young woman named Marie, made quite an impression during her first day on the job Wednesday... Marie is an avatar, a life-size image of a woman digitally broadcast from a projector onto an inch-thick glass screen coated with a special film... The device uses motion sensors to prompt Marie’s 90-second script whenever anyone comes within 30 feet of her.”

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