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Thursday, August 30, 2012

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

TRANSPORTATION
Judge Criticizes M.T.A.’s Delay in Ad Case (NYT)
Benjamin Weiser and Matt Flegenheimer report: “The agency had asked that the judge postpone implementation of his decision pending an appeal and also until after its board met next — on Sept. 27, when it would presumably address the no-demeaning-language policy. But in an order late Wednesday, Judge Engelmayer granted the transportation agency just two more weeks to develop a new policy on such ads or to seek a further stay from an appellate court.”

POLITICS
Brooklyn Candidate in Assembly Race Says 'Negrohood' Mailer a 'Typo' (NYDN)
Erik Ortiz reports: “An Assembly candidate whose campaign sent mailers using the word “negrohood” to residents in his Sheepshead Bay district apologized Wednesday — calling the racially tinged language a ‘typo.’ ‘As the candidate, I take full responsibility for this inadvertent error and I am sorry to anyone who was offended by it,’ Ben Akselrod, who’s running in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary against Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, said in a statement. The Friends of Ben Akselrod sent the mailers last week, claiming that his opponent “has allowed crime to go up over 50% in our negrohood so far this year’.”

ENVIRONMENT
Proposed Gas Pipeline, Endorsed by the City Draws Criticism (NYT)
Stuart Miller reports: “Natural gas saves customers money, eases dependence on foreign oil and is cleaner than other fossil fuels (although extracting it by hydraulic fracturing raises other issues). But in light of recent pipeline leaks and explosions, environmental advocates and Brooklyn residents say they worry that the pipeline could damage fragile ecosystems, create safety hazards and compromise the borough’s biggest piece of national parkland, Floyd Bennett Field.”

POLITICS
Gov. Cuomo to Decide on Child Porn, Electronic Cigarette Bills (Democrat and Chronicle)
Jon Campbell reports: “Gov. Andrew Cuomo has until late next week to act on bills that would prevent the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, allow certain non-profits to raise more money through raffles and close a loophole in the state’s child pornography law. The bills were among a set of 10 sent Monday to Cuomo’s desk for approval.”

CRIME
Charges Filed in Bronx Street Vendor Killing (NYT)
The New York Times: “One of two shooting victims in a dispute among street vendors near Yankee Stadium last week died Saturday, and murder charges have been filed against the accused gunman, the police said Wednesday. The victim, Clarence Pearson, 41, succumbed to his wounds on Saturday night at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, the police said.”

JUSTICE
Sharp Elbows Among Street Lawmen (WSJ)
Reed Albergotti, Jacob Gershman and Liz Rappaport report:  “For decades, New York has served as home to ambitious prosecutors and regulators eager to make waves that ripple well beyond its boroughs.
But the race to investigate, indict, subpoena and fine has reached a new level of intensity this year, as the creation of a new state financial-services watchdog—led by former federal prosecutor Benjamin M. Lawsky—has added another powerful player to an already crowded field.”

DEVELOPMENT
City Stops Construction of New Meatpacking District Open-Air Market (DNAInfo)
Andrea Swalec reports: “The city has halted a plan by the company behind the Union Square Holiday Market to finish work on its new open-air bazaar set to open Saturday across from The Standard Hotel, saying organizers never asked for their permission to build it. UrbanSpace NYC was ordered to stop construction of UrbanSpace Meatpacking on Friday, Department of Buildings records show. A DOB inspection completed then found that tents and decking used to house more than 60 trendy food vendors and retailers were being built without a permit, according to the stop-work order.”

ANIMALS
Injured Central Park Carriage Horse Headed to Mass. Sanctuary (DNAinfo)
Joe Parziale reports: “The white-and-black-spotted horse, named Oreo, has been issued a clean bill of health in the wake of its collision, according to the Horse and Carriage Association of New York, an industry organization that represents carriage drivers — however, officials decided that the horse is no longer fit to cart tourists around Central Park.”

EDUCATION
Class Warfare Over Mayor’s School Policy (Crain’s)
Andrew Hawkins and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh report: “ Yesterday, NY-GPS accused pro-reform group StudentsFirstNY of supporting policies harmful to immigrant students and English Language Learners, rallying protestors outside the organization's headquarters. It's dispatched parents and students to "expel" wealthy StudentsFirstNY board members, like billionaire Dan Loeb, gathering outside their Manhattan homes and businesses. And it's attempted to highlight donors who have supported both Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and StudentsFirstNY.”

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