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Monday, September 17, 2012

Fracking opponents protested outside a Midtown Manhattan hotel where Gov. Cuomo was attending a conference. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

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

POLITICS
Slow-Coming Fracking Decision Very Cuomo-esque (Politico)
Talia Buford reports: “As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo weighs whether to allow fracking in the Empire State, environmentalists are working to make the case that the decision could affect his potential White House hopes in 2016. Fracking opponents and supporters around the country are awaiting Cuomo’s choice, which addresses a highly charged issue that has split New York voters down the middle. The debate touches on what has been a major issue in this year’s presidential race — energy production versus environmental protections — and may offer a window into how Cuomo makes tough decisions.”

POLITICS
The Middle Man: The Colorful History Behind Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s Top Supporter (The Star-Ledger)
Jarrett Renshaw reports: “The government says Giorgianni acted as a messenger between the fake investors and the mayor by arranging the deal in exchange for cash in meetings at his steak shop and in Atlantic City. In all, the developers are accused of paying the three men $54,000 and promising another $64,000 once the deal was completed.” Meanwhile, the corruption trial of former Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph Spicuzzo is set to begin.

ECONOMY
Guadagno Wields Power in NJ Business World (The Record)
Juliet Fletcher reports: “A year since the state's first lieutenant governor was granted new and expanded executive powers to promote business growth statewide, Guadagno is well known for being reachable by cellphone when business leaders call with problems. Giving out her cell digits at every business roundtable she attends, she holds up her state-supplied Blackberry to tell them: ‘You paid for it.’”

EDUCATION
Cheating Upwards: Stuyvesant kids do it. Harvard kids do it. Smart kids may especially do it. But why? (NY Magazine)
Robert Kolker writes about one of the students caught in the Stuyvesant cheating scandal: “Nayeem had cheated on tests before. By his junior year, he and his friends had become fairly well-known procurers of copies of exams handed down from ­students who had taken a class a year or two earlier. But since that wasn’t possible with a Regents Exam, the phone was his method of choice. He’d cheated that way before, too. In his three years at Stuy­vesant, in fact, he’d become somewhat skilled at surreptitiously texting during a test, ­developing a knack for taking out his phone and glancing down at it for just a millisecond without being noticed.”

IMMIGRATION
Inmates Stay, You Pay (TimesUnion)
James Odato reports: “Khari Henry is about to get deported to Kingston, Jamaica. Federal officials took hold of him in August from state prison officials, relieving New York taxpayers of the $62,000 in annual expense they'd spent for six years running to hold him in a state facility. But scores of others like Henry, who could have been released for deportation years ago, remain imprisoned throughout New York's multibillion-dollar corrections system. They're being turned down for release by a state Board of Parole that often refuses to dislodge foreign criminals from their cells, preventing federal immigrations agents from sending them to their homelands.”

CULTURE
Reality TV Bill Would Prevent N.J. Towns from Creating a ‘Situation’ (NJ Biz)
Katie Eder reports: “While local companies throughout the state see a business boost when reality shows are filmed in their communities, Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer (R-Jackson) today announced plans to introduce legislation that would allow municipalities to control the shows' production.”

INTERNATIONAL
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Begins Landmark US Visit (AP)
Matthew Pennington reports that Suu Kyi’s visit includes a stop in New York City on Sept. 21 where she worked from 1969 to 1971 at the United Nations: “The Nobel Peace laureate's 17-day U.S. tour, starting Monday, will include meetings at the State Department and likely the White House. She then goes to New York, the American Midwest and California. The trip comes as the Obama administration considers easing its remaining sanctions on the country also known as Burma.”

CULTURE
Plans for Offshot of Brooklyn Flea Causes Concern in Crown Heights (DNAinfo)
Sonja Sharp reports: “Fast forward a few years and that building houses the popular sweet shop Candy Rush and the avenue around it is among the most coveted blocks in Brooklyn, its storefronts spit-shined to sparkling by people like Phillip and his wife Garnett, who saw potential and lovingly cultivated it. Those who were there 'back then' share a fierce pride in the community they helped create. So when the Candy Rush co-owners heard that blogger Jonathan Butler and his partners planned to install an artisanal food court just down the block and around the corner in the old Studebaker Service Station, they were less than pleased.”

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