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Friday, October 19, 2012

john liu, chinatown John Liu speaks to reporters afteran event in Chinatown, March 1, 2012. (Jessie Wright-Mendoza for WNYC)

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

REVENUE
Liu Claims Millions Lost to Parking Scofflaws (Crain’s)
Andrew Hawkins reports: “The city is losing out on millions of dollars in parking fines owed by delivery companies, according to city Comptroller John Liu’s office. An audit of the Department of Finance by Mr. Liu’s office found that companies with large delivery fleets such as FedEx and Verizon ignored outstanding debts on their parking tickets without any penalty from the city.”

EDUCATION
Disgraced Dean Helped St. John's University President Live Large (NYDN)
John Marzulli reports: “The Rev. Donald Harrington admitted to staying in luxurious hotels on a half-dozen trips to Asia, with extended stopovers in Hawaii to ease his jet lag. The trips were with a delegation of school officials led by disgraced dean Cecilia Chang, who is on trial for bribing students to act as her personal servants in exchange for scholarships. Following Chang’s advice that it was a cultural faux pas to turn down gifts, Harrington said he was fitted for suits at the famed Sam’s Tailor in Hong Kong, and accepted a Patek Philippe wristwatch, which later cost $1,600 to repair. He also accepted an Omega wristwatch that he didn’t even wear.”

POLICY
Bill Would Bar Credit Card Companies from Soliciting N.J. Public College Students (NJ.com)
Christopher Baxter reports: “Public colleges and universities in New Jersey would be prohibited from allowing credit card companies to directly solicit students under legislation passed by the state Assembly today. The bill (A1688), approved 73-1 with five abstentions, is intended to prevent credit card companies from targeting students while providing colleges with millions of dollars in return.”

POLITICS
Christie Faces Decision on Health-Care Exchange (Philly.com)
Joelle Farrell reports: “Governor Christie must decide whether he wants the state or the federal government to manage a website that will compare the price of health-benefit plans in New Jersey, an element of President Obama's health-care overhaul. A bill that establishes basic parameters for the online resource, known as a health-care exchange, if run by the state received final approval Thursday from the Assembly in a 44-33 vote with two abstentions. ”

POLITICS
Romney’s Boys in the ‘Hood (NYP)
Chris Erikson reports: “Now the president of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, [Glenn Nocera] a GOP activist in an area where registered Republicans are outnumbered nearly eight to one, and where young ones in particular are prone to being regarded like Ted Nugent crashing a PETA convention. ‘The Alamo — that’s my analogy,’ says Nocera, 37, of waving the GOP flag in a borough awash in one Democratic constituency after another — union members, young bohemians, African-Americans, Jews, Prius-driving graphic designers. For those of his leaning, he says, ‘It’s a wild wasteland.’”

TRANSPORTATION
Brooklyn Fifth Avenue Bike Lanes Rejected (DNAinfo)
Alan Neuhauser reports: “A proposal to extend miles of bike lanes into Sunset Park along one of Brooklyn's busiest commercial thoroughfares was killed Wednesday night by Brooklyn's Community Board 7. The plan, based on a Department of Transportation feasibility study conducted in the fall of 2010, called for creating 2.3 miles of shared bike lanes on Fifth Avenue between 23rd and 65th streets, effectively expanding a network of shared and dedicated bike lanes that already exist on Fifth Avenue north of 23rd Street.”

CRIME
NYPD Leaves Mexico As Search for Accused Union Square Killer Continues (DNAinfo)
Ben Fractenberg and Natalie Musumeci report: “The three NYPD detectives who were sent to Mexico to help with the search for the man suspected of brutally stabbing a soccer coach to death in Union Square were on their way home Thursday, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.”

FOOD POLICY
Challenging the Reputation of Hospital Food on a Rooftop Farm (NYT)
Anemona Hartocollis reports: “[T]his was not a hotel in the more trendy precincts of Manhattan or San Francisco. It was Stony Brook University Hospital, in the middle of Suffolk County, Long Island, where a rooftop farm is feeding patients and challenging the reputation of hospital food as mushy, tasteless and drained of nutrients. (No, Jell-O is not growing on the roof.) But the sick, who have bigger problems than whether their broccoli is local and sustainable, can be tough customers.”

POLLS
'Smile' Prohibition Frowned Upon: Poll (Quinnipiac)
Politicker NJ staff write: “N.J. voters frown on the ban on smiling for driver’s license photos, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released today. They disapprove 62-17 percent on the prohibition, the poll showed. The strongest call for the right to smile, 69–15 percent, is among voters making more than $250,000 per year, the independent Quinnipiac poll found. On another issue, the poll showed that respondents back 72-21 percent a proposed law that would give towns more say over filming of so-called reality TV shows... Voter opinion of “Jersey Shore,” the polarizing show that made celebrities out of Snooki and her friends and which prompted the proposal, is unfavorable 66–8 percent.  The show is in its last season.”

OPINION
Another Defeat for the Defense of Marriage Act (NYT)
The NYT editorial page writes: “Any sensible reading of the Constitution and basic fairness demand a repudiation of this discriminatory law. So far, seven federal courts, including district courts, have reached the same conclusion about this improper denial of benefits. The next stop should be the Supreme Court.”

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