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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

mccarren pool, pool, Swimmers flock to McCarren Pool on July 18. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

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

CULTURE                                                                                                                       
Tempers Cool in Brooklyn After Pool’s Rocky Rebirth (NYT)
Vivian Lee reports: “Gone, too, was the hail of complaints and negative publicity that the pool attracted in the weeks after the city reopened it on June 28, when what was assumed to be a triumphant civic achievement was marred by fistfights, thefts and even the presence of human excrement (in the pool and on a stoop nearby). But for all the troubles at McCarren two months ago, the pool has assumed a lower profile of late, as an attractive, family-friendly community center.”        

CRIME                                                                                                                           
A Summer of Easy Guns and Dead Children (NYT)
Michael Powell reports: “New York has experienced a summer of shooting, bullets ripping through young backs and spleens, exploding chests and filling lungs with blood. A 4-year-old girl took a bullet and died, as did a young boxer in Brownsville. Just last week, a 9-year-old boy was struck in the leg as he walked down Walton Avenue in the Bronx with his mother. Shootings through Aug. 26 were up 5.2 percent compared with the same period in 2011; the number of shooting victims is on the rise, up 6.1 percent, to 1,166.”     

BUSINESS
As Vendors Hustle for Space, Tempers Flare (NYT)
Aaron Edwards reports: “After the arrest of a well-known street vendor near Yankee Stadium in the fatal shooting of one vendor and the wounding of another, the stories told by vendors who work nearby revealed the darker side of a street peddling culture where it is all about who is able to set up shop on prime concrete first. ‘That’s the street rule — you can’t try to sell somewhere if someone is already there,’ said a man selling perfume and cologne on Thursday on East 161st Street, who identified himself only as Dojie. ‘And that’s where the trouble comes from.’”

HEALTH
9/11 Survey Sheds Little Light on City Kids’ Health (DNAinfo)
Julie Shapiro reports: “To learn more, the World Trade Center Health Registry sent surveys to more than 1,300 Downtown adolescents and their parents late last fall, asking about the impact of 9/11 on their health. But just one in three families responded to the survey, even after the deadline was extended twice, most recently to Sept. 30.”

HEALTH
Gang ‘Slang’ers (NYP)
Kevin Fasick and Larry Celona report: “A gang has to be more than tough to make it in New York these days — it’s gotta have a catchy name. The mean streets today are filled with a constellation of youth gangs sporting crazy monikers — from the Cheese Block to the Oww Oww Gang to the Very Crispy Gangsters — creating a back-alley underworld that is weirder than the one in the cult film “The Warriors.” The Post has obtained a copy of the NYPD’s official list of some 300 youth crews across the city. It shows that New York’s young guns are putting as much effort into picking their names as they put into protecting their turf.”

LABOR                                                                                                             
Union Jobs Plummet in the Private Sector (NYT)
Patrick McGeehan reports: “The number of city residents with union jobs in the private sector has dropped by nearly 20 percent since the recession started in 2008, the report by scholars at the City University of New York shows. That amounts to a loss of about 95,000 union jobs, and a decline twice as steep as that for the rest of the nation, said Ruth Milkman, a sociology professor who wrote the report with Laura Braslow.”        

POLITICS
Why Sen. Frank Lautenberg Will Not Attend His Own Bash at DNC (The Star-Ledger)
David Giambusso reports: “When delegates, lobbyists and assorted party-goers descend on U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s bash tonight at the Renaissance Hotel here, one of the more anticipated guests won’t be there: Frank Lautenberg. That’s not all he’ll be missing on the first night of the three-day-long Democratic National Convention, when Newark Mayor Cory Booker delivers the party platform. Whether Lautenberg is intentionally skipping the festivities on Booker’s night in the national spotlight he’s not saying, but of late he has become downright prickly when the topic turns to the mayor, one of several Democrats said to be considering a challenge to the five-term Senate incumbent.”

POLITICS                                                                                                           
Markets Rally, But Wall Street Gifts for Obama Fall Off (NYP)
Michelle Celarier reports: “Wall Street is one of the few places in the country that is better off than it was four years ago. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is up 65 percent under President Obama — the largest gain for any first-term president since Dwight D. Eisenhower over the comparable stretch from 1953 through August 1956. But as the Democratic National Convention opens today in Charlotte, NC, President Obama and his fellow Democrats are not feeling the love. Less than 30 percent of the $372 million in political donations from the financial sector this year has gone to Democrats.”      

FINANCE
NYC Police Abuse Joins Pothole Settlements Costing $735 Million (Bloomberg)
Henry Goldman reports: “New York City plans to spend $735 million this year on settlements or awards in lawsuits claiming negligence, police abuse and property damage, the most in its history and almost six times what Los Angeles pays on a per capita basis. The cost of legal claims is forecast to rise to $815 million by 2016, more than the city pays to run the Parks and Recreation Department, according to budget documents. Among the incidents triggering payments are malpractice in public hospitals, police beatings, improper arrests, collisions with fire trucks and potholes causing accidents.”  

POLITICS
Cuomo Nixes Breaking Bread with O’s Donors (NYP)
Tara Palmeri reports: “Gov. Cuomo has blown off a pack of President Obama’s fat-cat donors who were planning a private luncheon with the governor Thursday, the final day of the Democratic National Convention, when Cuomo plans to make his only appearance in Charlotte.”

POLITICS
Parade’s Safest Pol: Cops Tail Councilman Jumaane Williams through Parade (NYDN)
Simone Weichselbaum reports: “One of the most outspoken critics of the NYPD — Councilman Jumaane Williams — had his own armed guard at the West Indian Day Parade, one year after he was shoved and detained in a case of mistaken identity along the route. Two uniformed cops followed the pol down Eastern Parkway making sure there was no repeat of last year’s melee. ‘I think this has become one of the safest days for me,” quipped Williams (D-Brooklyn).’”

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