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Monday, September 10, 2012

WNYC's morning news producers bring you a rundown of today's must-read stories.

POVERTY
Number of Children in City's Homeless Shelters Hits 19,000 (NYDN)

Denis Slattery and Tina Moore report: “The number of children in the city’s shelters hit 19,000 last week, the most recent city data available show. ‘Not since the grim days of the Great Depression has New York City had 20,000 children sleeping homeless each night,’ said Patrick Markee, senior policy analyst with the Coalition for the Homeless...  In the past year alone, the total shelter population has risen by 17% and the number of children has risen by 18%, city stats show.”

POLITICS
Ex-speaker spared 400G in fines (NYP)
David Seifman reports: “Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone’s lobbying firm was hit with a mind-boggling $470,000 fine — but got it knocked down to $70,000 after it hired the former head of the State Lobby Commission to plead its case before a judge.” 
 
FOOD POLICY                                             
Red Rabbit Makes Big Leap (Crain’s)
Lisa Fickenscher reports: “Harlem-based Red Rabbit, which delivers nutritious meals [to schools] made from scratch and from mostly local ingredients, is opening a second kitchen, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, this month, and vetting locations for a third facility, in the Bronx. The expansion in Brooklyn alone will result in 45 new schools using the service, up from 70 last year, and a doubling of the staff, to 100, by the end of the year. Fueled by a $750,000 loan, as well as a keen national focus on improving the quality of food served in schools across the country—it is First Lady Michelle Obama's signature cause—Red Rabbit is poised to make the most significant leap in its seven-year history.” 

EDUCATION                                         
Teacher Grading Off to Uneven Start (WSJ)
Lisa Fleisher reports: “A review of the first approved plans shows a hodgepodge of methods for determining which teachers deserve to stay and which don't. While the law outlined a broad framework for the job-performance reviews—40% based on tests or other gauges of student learning, and 60% based on principals' observations and other subjective measures—the details were left to the local districts and unions.”

FINANCE                                         
Banks Rethink Executive Pay (WSJ)
Three WSJ reporters write: “At J.P. Morgan, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, directors are considering lower 2012 bonuses for Chief Executive James Dimon and other top executives in the wake of a multibillion-dollar trading disaster, said people close to the discussions. But they also are grappling with the question of how to do that without drastically reducing the executives' take-home pay.”

FOOD POLICY                                         
City Adds Another to Bronx Food Menu (WSJ)
Laura Kusisto reports: “A Greek food manufacturer is moving its headquarters to the Bronx, the latest win for the city in its bid to lure food businesses to the poorest borough. Krinos Foods Inc., a Greek and Mediterranean specialty-food importer, will develop a roughly $20 million facility on what is currently a city-owned site in the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx. The company will bring 85 existing employees, and plans to add five more jobs. The company is moving from Long Island City. It is following Fresh Direct, which announced in February that it would move its headquarters and 2,000 jobs to the South Bronx from Long Island City, lured in part by $12.78 million in government subsidies”

DEVELOPMENT
Deceit in Nannyland: Fake profiles, posts fill site for parents (NYDN)
Theresa Agovino reports: “A Park Slope website is warning parents about “fraudulent” posts from job-hunting baby-sitters with cloak-and-dagger skills a spy would envy. A memo from Park Slope Parents founder Susan Fox says nannies have posed as their employers online, created fake references, and even sent friends to interviews. The transgressions range from outright lies to “grammatically humiliating” posts by sitters using their boss’ name, Fox wrote. Many of the switcheroos were caught by moderators, but some made it onto the site, which has more than 4,000 paid members and tallied 1,400 nanny-related posts since January.”

DEVELOPMENT
Legoland comes to Brooklyn (Crain’s)
Theresa Agovino reports: “It will not only be the world's tallest modular structure but likely the least uniform one as well, boasting four different façades. It will also take a prominent position next to the Barclays Center, in the developer's Atlantic Yards project in downtown Brooklyn. There it may ultimately be joined by 15 other modular apartment buildings, at least one soaring as high as 50 stories.”

DEVELOPMENT
Amateur Mapmakers Redraw Boundaries, Working Online (NYT)
By Michael M. Grynbaum: “Reshaped and renamed by generations of developers and gentrifiers, the borders of New York City’s neighborhoods are often hazy at best. Yesterday’s Chinatown is today’s east TriBeCa; a resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant may, after some real estate alchemy, morph into a citizen of Clinton Hill...But now, thanks to the democratizing force of the Internet, dozens of amateur cartographers are reshaping these lines themselves, taking advantage of malleable Web sites — including Google Maps and Wikipedia — to provide their own definitions for where, for instance, Park Slope ends and Gowanus begins.”

WEATHER
Cleaning Up Tornado Mess: Exhaustion Along With Relief  (NYT)
Nate Schweber reports: “As Charlene Kahn trudged up a flight of stairs outside her home in Canarsie, Brooklyn, on Sunday, with a pile of debris the size of a sedan in the driveway and, above her, a blue tarp where part of the roof used to be, she did not have much to say. “I’m just busy and tired,” she said.
While the two tornadoes that hit Canarsie and Breezy Point, Queens, on Saturday morning did not cause any serious injuries or widespread damage, the unlucky few whose properties fell in the twisters’ paths spent Sunday cleaning up and trying to make sense of what happened.”

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