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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

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

CRIME
For the First Time in 20 Years, New York's Crime Rate is on the Rise (Village Voice)
Graham Rayman reports: “Police logged close to 100 more felony assaults in the precinct. And the total so far, 490 assaults, is almost identical to the number recorded in 2001, just before the Bloomberg administration came to power. The tabloids focused on the rival gangs using Facebook to gloat over shootings and text messages to arrange the violence, but there was another, larger issue that the rash of violence suggested. For the first time in 20 years, New York City might record an overall rise in crime.”

PUBLIC HEALTH
Assemblyman Plans to Introduce NJ Bill to Limit ‘Conversion’ Therapy (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Joelle Farrell reports: “New Jersey could become the second state in the nation to limit practitioners of ‘conversion’ counseling, a controversial form of psychological therapy that aims to persuade gay people to adopt a heterosexual identity. Assemblyman Timothy J. Eustace (D., Bergen), an openly gay father of two, plans to introduce a bill next week that would outlaw use of the technique on those under 18 years old.”

NYPD
City Subpoenas Film Outtakes as It Defends Suit by Men Cleared in ‘89 Rape (NYT)
Russ Buettner reports: “City lawyers have subpoenaed notes and outtakes from the film, “The Central Park Five,” which includes in-depth interviews of the five men, who as teenagers came to embody racial tensions in a city overtaken by rampant crime. [Documentary filmmaker Ken] Burns said the subpoena, dated Sept. 12, came after the city had spent years rebuffing requests for interviews that he felt would help best explain the actions taken by law enforcement officials involved in the prosecutions.”

POLICY
Searchlight: Sweeping Away Arcane Regulations for Small Businesses (Gotham Gazette)
Cristian Salazar reports: “A tangle of obsolete, overly complex or confusing regulations that frustrate small businesses will be swept away or made less punitive under measures being proposed by elected officials.
City inspectors would also be trained to be more customer-friendly under the proposed bills. The measures announced today [yesterday] by the mayor's office and City Council aim to remove barriers to doing business that supporters say can impede growth and slow job creation.”

POLICY
New York’s Proposed Council Map Is Called Unfair to Minority Groups (NYT)
David Chen reports: “East Harlem would be split in two, and represented by two New York City Council members, including one from the Bronx. Two neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens with fast-growing Asian-American populations would be quartered, making it much more likely that the areas would continue to lack Asian-American elected voices. And Manhattan, despite growing at a healthy clip, would cede one City Council seat to the Bronx. Those are among the grievances that have gained momentum in recent weeks among advocates for minorities and government watchdogs, in response to the map proposed by the city’s Districting Commission to delineate, block by block, the future boundaries of City Council members’ districts.”

NYPD
Diallo’s Mother Asks Why Officer Who Shot Her Son Will Get Gun Back (NYT)
Wendy Ruderman and J. David Goodman report: “Mr. Kelly had indicated ‘that he was not going to give back the gun,’ Kadiatou Diallo said in a phone interview from her home in Maryland. ‘Now he has turned around and given back the gun. We want to know why. Why did he change his mind?’… The Police Department offered no official explanation on Tuesday about restoring a gun to the officer, Kenneth Boss. But a law enforcement official familiar with Mr. Kelly’s reasoning pointed to the recent exoneration of another officer, Michael Carey, who fired 3 of 50 bullets shot at Sean Bell, who was killed on the morning of his wedding outside a Queens nightclub in 2006.”

NYPD
A Tort Time Bomb (New York World)
Maura R. O'Connor reports: “Lawsuits against the city’s police soared to a record 2,004 cases entering the courts in the year that ended July 1. That’s a 28 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, as recorded in the recently released Mayor’s Management Report. It indicates that the flood of cases brought against the New York City police — which have seen a 63 percent rise over the last decade — has not subsided. Because cases against the NYPD can take at least two to three years to conclude, a spike now means that payouts for court judgments and settlements are likely to squeeze the city budget in coming years.”

ENVIRONMENT
Cuomo: 'No Step Back' in Shale Gas (Times Union)
Casey Seller reports: “Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that a new step in the Department of Environmental Conservation's rule-making process for hydrofracking didn't represent an effort to hobble potential approval of the controversial natural gas drilling process. ‘There is no step back,’ Cuomo told reporters Tuesday during a visit to Syracuse.”

BUSINESS
Forget Restaurants! Locals Are Eating In (Crain’s)
Lisa Fickenscher reports: “Is the glass half empty or half full for New York City's restaurants? That is the question raised by the just-released 2013 New York City Zagat restaurant guide, which reveals that for the first time in more than three decades, New Yorkers are cooking more dinners and lunches at home—6.7 per week—than dining out or ordering take out, which they are doing 6.4 times a week. A decade ago, New Yorkers ate restaurant meals 7.9 times a week compared with 5.1 meals at home.”

SPORTS
Christie Wants NHL Lockout to End, But Won’t Get Involved (The Record)
Melissa Hayes reports: “It’s no secret that Governor Christie is a Rangers fan, but he won’t be sending a letter to the National Hockey League or the players association calling for an end to the contract dispute. ‘I’m a hockey fan so I’d like the lockout to end and I have a 12-year-old son who is a huge hockey fan and is asking me every day when it’s going to end. Just to stop hearing the questions I’d like it to end,’ he said at an event in Flemington. ‘I think it’s always dicey when politicians get involved in the middle of these negotiations. It seems to me the only reason to do it is to grandstand. Does the NHL really care, or the players association?’”

PUBLIC HEALTH
Bloomberg Donates to Tanzanian Maternal Health Project (WSJ)

Betsy McKay reports: “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday his philanthropy will invest in an expansion of a maternal health program in Tanzania that trains nurses, midwives and medical officers to perform caesarean sections and other life-saving procedures. Tanzania has the eighth highest number of maternal deaths in the world; 23 women die every day of complications from birth such as bleeding or infections, often because they can't get the treatment they need. While its maternal death rates are better than those of sub-Saharan Africa overall, the country is well off of United Nations goals.”


SPORTS
Nets Calling on Brooklyn Dodgers (WSJ)

Scott Cacciola reports: “Everything about the Brooklyn Nets seems brand new this season: new roster; new logo; new arena. But the Nets also have been doing some digging into the past. Team officials have been reaching out to former members of the Brooklyn Dodgers to invite them to the Nets' season opener against the Knicks on Nov. 1 at Barclays Center.”


MAGIC
Magician David Blaine Readies for Million-Volt Stunt in New York (Reuters)
Jonathan Allen reports: “Magician David Blaine climbed atop a wobbling platform above a high-voltage Tesla coil in a tent on a Manhattan pier on Tuesday, dressed in a 20-pound chain-mail suit, and proceeded to shoot purplish arcs of lightning out of his hands and the top of his head. The event - an unusual sort of press conference at which journalists were asked to stop their ears with foam plugs - was a preview of a stunt he will undertake starting on Friday, when he plans to stand on a 20-foot-high platform for 72 hours without food amid an artificial lightning storm crackling between low-current, million-volt Tesla coils.”

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AGR from West village

David Blaine ... The ony magic is to casta bane on local residents' peace
Kudos to the challenges Blaine dreams up and earns support for.
Shame on the media for such one sided adulation. Standing on Pier 54, did anyone think inquisitively? Such as: what effect does 3 day 24/7 blaring of amplified sound have on others?
We Villagers are the first to stand up for the rights of artists, and humans ..as well as animals..in general, but when someone's expression comes at the cost of disturbing 100'sof folks, it raises the question of self centered hubris.
Oh yes! Both the Hudson River park officials and the Blaine organizers were placed on notice 2 days in advance of this issue when their sound checks, conducted from 12:30a thru 2:00a awakened scores of us. And there has been a stream of pleas since, to turn down the volumes, including from those of us who have gone to the pier to witness the show. Living 6-8 blocks from pier 54 one wold think we are immune. Regrettably,not.
I have a stream of communications to share from neighbors directed to this issue, but won't fill up the comment block unnecessarily.

Oct. 07 2012 01:14 PM
Concerned Citizen from NYC

A number of Russian Jews that I work with are retiring and moving to Florida. I know that they are very concerned about Israel and don't like President Obama. I suspect they may be moving at this time to impact the presidential election in favor of the Republicans. Has anyone been tracking the migration of these people southward in recent days?

Oct. 03 2012 12:47 PM

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