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Friday, August 17, 2012

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

TRANSPORTATION
‘Unsecured’ Gate Near Fuel Pipeline Latest Security Blunder at JFK
(NYP)
Philip Messing reports: “The blunder was discovered on Wednesday, although nobody knows just how long the gate was left vulnerable because a security camera was either malfunctioning or not designed to pick up the image, says the memo, which was written the same day. The unprotected pipeline — the main jet fuel-supply line into the airport and once the target of a failed terror plot — is the latest in a series of security screw-ups at JFK.”

POLITICS
New York Democrats Skipping Convention for, Well, You Name It
(NYT)
Thomas Kaplan reports on why Representatives Timothy Bishop of Long Island, Kathy Hochul of Erie County, Louise Slaughter of Rochester and Bill Owens of North Country are steering clear of the convention: “The late timing of the convention, after the traditional Labor Day kickoff to the fall campaign season, may be a factor in discouraging some lawmakers from attending the convention. And a court-ordered redistricting plan has forced many incumbents in New York to woo voters they have not previously represented.”

CULTURE
NY Artists & Activists Show Support for Incarcerated Russian Punk Band
(Observer)
Jessi Rucker reports: “No matter how the verdict shapes up [UPDATE: The band was found guilty of hooliganism], a protest, march and rally are all scheduled in New York. Although there were talks on Pussy Riot’s Facebook page of suiting up in the band’s trademark neon balaclavas for the protest, Daphne Carr, an organizer of the day’s events, warned participants last night that this would be civil disobedience. New York has an obscure ‘anti-mask law’ that prevents three or more people wearing face coverings without a permit, an offense that several against some Occupy Wall Street protesters were charged with and that could land Pussy Riot supporters in jail. Ms. Carr offered up some alternatives.”

TRANSPORTATION
100 Degrees And Rising: Website Predicts L Train Platform Temperatures
(Gothamist)
Ben Yakas reports: “It's true that Tom Petty already nailed the experience of pacing endlessly on subway platforms on sweltering, late summer nights with his 1981 classic ‘The Waiting.’ But if you ever wanted to try to quantify that pain, then there's a new website just for you: L Degrees, designed by Julian Cole, a site that predicts the daily temperature of platforms on the L Train. And in case you were wondering, the Bedford Avenue stop was supposedly 102 degrees today!”

HOUSING
From Weeds and Bricks to Media Hub in Brooklyn
(NYT)
Julie Satow reports: “After decades of neglect, this hidden corner of the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard, known as the Naval Annex Historic Campus, may be ready for a long overdue makeover. The nonprofit Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and a private developer, Douglas C. Steiner, have reached an agreement, contingent on city, state and federal financing, to convert the hospital complex into a media, technology and film hub.”

POLITICS
Voters confused over changing polling sites in Queens
(NYDN)
Lisa Colangelo reports: “Queens voters and lawmakers are scratching their heads over a series of poll site changes for the Sept. 13 primary. Voters say they have received multiple mailers from the city Board of Elections directing them to different polling sites. In some cases, the new sites are far from their homes — presenting a challenge to elderly and disabled voters.”

REAL ESTATE
City Moves to Buy Controversial High Line Ambulance Depot
(DNAinfo)
Mathew Katz reports: “A critical ambulance station that drew the ire of its luxe neighbors will likely become permanent, city records show. The FDNY opened EMS Station 7 on West 23rd Street — a privately-owned former parking lot under the High Line — to serve the West Side after St. Vincent's Hospital closed in 2010. The city was leasing the lot on a month-to-month basis, but is now looking to buy it outright.”

EDUCATION
Teachers Absent More Often Than Students at New Queens Schools
(NYP)
Yoav Gonen and Lorena Mongelli report: “Educators at a new high school in Queens who were brought in to reverse years of poor student performance and truancy issues are instead giving kids lessons on skipping class, according to a shocking report by state officials. The 15 teachers at Rockaway Park HS for Environmental Sustainability had collectively posted an 80 percent daily attendance rate when state reviewers came in March — 3 percentage points worse than the kids.

POLITICS
Top Job as Watchdog Remains Vacant
(Times Union)
Casey Seller reports: “Almost six months after the departure of state Inspector General Ellen Biben, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn't named a permanent successor. Since Feb. 28, Acting Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott has been running the office, which serves as a watchdog over state government and its employees.”

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