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Thursday, October 25, 2012

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

TRANSPORTATION
Airlines Give Up on World's Longest Flights (WSJ)
Jeffrey Ng reports: “Airline travel has lost much of its allure in recent years as carriers reduced in-flight amenities to contain costs. But ultralong-haul flights on the world's elite airlines, which carry passengers over the North Pole and treat them to the best service aloft, generated excitement among travelers. Now, with fewer people willing to pay premium fares and fuel prices remaining stubbornly high, airlines are cutting back on the halfway-around-the-world nonstop flights. Singapore Airlines Ltd. said Wednesday it was eliminating the two longest flights in the world, between its home city and Newark, N.J., and Los Angeles.”

HEALTH
Report: New York’s Costly Obesity Problem (LoHud)
Joseph Spector reports: “New York’s growing obesity problem costs nearly $12 billion a year, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a report today. Obesity-related expenses for the state’s 1.4 million overweight and obese children cost the state about $327 million in 2011. But those costs grow as teenagers become adults, leading to the $11.8 billion overall costs in 2011, DiNapoli said.”

DEVELOPMENT
With Renaissance of Staten Island's North Shore, Rosebank Feeling Left Out (SILive)
Pearl Minksy reports: “Rosebank, described by John Guzzo, chairman of the Rosebank Area Committee of Community Board 1, is, ‘an old town of Staten Island with old town values.’ It is tired of being treated like Cinderella, he said, and is seeking an invitation to the ‘renaissance’ ball, which seems primed for the borough's North Shore.”

LABOR
N.J. Senate Set to Vote on Bill that Would Ban Employer Demands for Social Media Access (The Record)
Kibret Markos reports: “Sponsors of the bill and privacy advocates say the proposal creates privacy safeguards for employees and jobseekers who might be forced to trade their privacy rights for a paycheck. ‘This is no different from asking for a person’s diary notes,’ said state Sen. Kevin O’Toole, a Republican from Wayne who co-sponsored the bill. ‘These things are meant to be private, and jobseekers don’t have to decide whether they want the job or they go along with this invasion of privacy.’”

EDUCATION
Tuition at N.J.’s Public Colleges, Universities Third Highest in Nation (The Record)
Patricia Alex reports: “Tuition at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities is the third highest in the nation, averaging $12,399, according to a report from the College Board released Wednesday. That price tag — $3,744 above the national average — is up 13 percent over the past five years, as is tuition at the state’s community colleges, which now averages $4,218, according to the report, titled ‘Trends in College Pricing 2012-2013.’”

JUSTICE
N.J.’s Alternatives to Juvenile Incarceration Are Dropping Rates (The Inquirer)
Barbara Boyer reports: “The Kids Count Special Report compares the number of juveniles jailed in 2011 to 2004, when five counties joined a national initiative offering alternatives to detention. The report showed a 60 percent decrease, partly from using electronic monitoring and reporting mandates. Detention costs $136,000 a year per youth; the 60 percent decrease has saved $16 million a year, according to the report.”

NYPD
NYPD Oversight, Independent Inspector General Eyed (HuffPo)
Jennifer Peltz reports: “ The city police department should have an inspector general to examine its conduct, but the monitor would need independence and a broad mandate to be effective, a panel of criminal justice and legal experts said Wednesday. The City Council is weighing a proposal to put the nation's largest police force under the scrutiny of an inspector general. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there's no need for one, but the idea has gained currency among civil liberties advocates and others troubled by some New York Police Department practices, including widespread spying on Muslims.”

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