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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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

PARKS
Drive-Through Adventure Will End at Wildlife Park (NYT
Ted Mann reports: “Throughout the safari’s 38-year history, visitors have enjoyed the freedom to maneuver their own automobiles through the park at their own pace. But not for much longer.  After Sept. 30, private cars will no longer be allowed through the wildlife preserve in Jackson, N.J., park officials said Monday, ending an experience that was part nature expedition, part road trip and hated by animal rights activists almost as much as it was enjoyed by animal gawkers. The park will close after that date, a month sooner than it would normally shut down for the season.”

CULTURE
'Dîner en Blanc' Draws Thousands of White-Clad Diners to Lincoln Center (DNAInfo)
Lisa Marsh reports: “It was the best-dressed flash mob New York has ever seen. The second-annual Dîner en Blanc descended on the plaza at Lincoln Center last night, bringing with it more than 3,000 diners clad in white from head to toe.The event, touted as a "mysterious and refined," started in France and has taken place in 22 cities across five continents.”

EDUCATION
Suicide Barriers Come to NYU Library; Students Mock, Experts Applaud (NY Post)
Chuck Bennett and Daniel Prendergast report: “NYU’s attempt to prevent suicides by wrapping its beautiful library atrium in a bizarre aluminum veil got a big ‘F’ yesterday from students and alumni. “It’s depressing. It’s just a painful reminder of the suicides that happened when I went here,” said Mable Ivory, a 1998 grad. The library has been the site of three suicides since 2003.”

POLICY
With Rule Shift, Restroom Hunt May Get Tougher (NYT)
Cara Buckley reports: “Under legislation that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed on Aug. 8, small restaurants and coffee shops with an occupancy of 30 people or fewer are allowed to provide patrons with one bathroom rather than two, as previously required — one for each sex. The changes also brought the city’s plumbing code in line with a health department code that allowed places with fewer than 20 seats to not provide patrons with any bathroom. In short, in a city already starved of places to answer nature’s call, the future may hold fewer options.”

POLICY
Augusta National Now Accepting Women, but Some NYC Clubs Still Male Only (DNAInfo)
Amy Zimmer reports: “In New York City, at least four private clubs apparently still bar women — the Holland Society, the New York Racquet and Tennis Club, the Brook Club and the Anglers's Club of New York.”

EDUCATION
Regents Asked To Exempt More Schools  (WSJ)
Lisa Fleisher reports: “Unlike most New York City high-school seniors last June, Kathryn McCauley's diploma wasn't riding on her performance on five grueling state Regents exams. Instead, the 18-year-old stood alone in a classroom with two teachers and a working scientist. There, at Urban Academy, her public school on the Upper East Side, she delivered a dissertation-like defense of a 32-page paper she wrote about her experiment on the effect of gender on reading comprehension. She passed and graduated.”

POLICY
Garbage Piles Up on West Side Highway Amid Funding Fight (DNAInfo)
Julie Shapiro reports: “Discarded bottles and fast-food wrappers have been piling up in the middle of the West Side Highway for months while government agencies argue over who should clean up the mess. The unsightly litter — along with towering overgrown weeds — is drawing complaints from residents, community leaders and politicians who say the trash is detracting from their neighborhood.”

BUSINESS
Panama Canal’s Growth Prompts U.S. Ports to Expand (NYT)
Floyd Norris reports: “This sense that the new set of locks now being built to allow giant ships through the canal will bring riches 1,000 miles or more to the north is shared by industry and government officials along the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, who have been promoting multimillion- — and in some cases multibillion- — dollar port projects for years. The Obama administration has now moved to speed up the review process for developing and deepening the harbors for several of these ports, including those of New York and New Jersey; Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Miami. The initiative “will help drive job growth and strengthen the economy,” President Obama said in announcing it last month.”

TRANSPORTATION
City’s Count Finds Rise in Cycling Commuters (WSJ)
Ted Mann reports: “Whenever New Yorkers move around, city planners attempt to measure the action with high-tech tools, from GPS-toting taxis to traffic-monitoring cameras. To size up the ongoing bicycle boom, transportation officials take a more time-tested approach: clipboard-bearing surveyors.
The results, published Monday in the annual Sustainable Streets Index, find a marked uptick in commuter cycling. After a 13% jump in 2010, rush-hour cycling expanded by 7% last year, according to Department of Transportation records.”

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