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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Speaker Quinn at City Hall (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

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

POLITICS
Council Speaker Christine Quinn Lobbies Against New District Lines (New York)
Erin Durkin and Reuven Blau report: “The Vito Lopez-redistricting mess is causing chaos in the City Council. In an effort to eliminate a growing political problem, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is desperately trying to convince city lawmakers to vote down the proposed new map by arguing it will help their chances of staying in office, a source said. Many of the Council’s 51 members are reluctant to go back to the drawing board to reshape one messed up district that was secretly drawn to help the embattled Assemblyman, the source said.”

POLICE
Stop-Frisk Trial Avoids Jury (WSJ)
Dan Strumpf reports: “A group of New York City residents suing the city over the police department’s “stop-and-frisk” program withdrew their request for damages on Tuesday, paving the way for a trial that will be decided by a judge rather than a jury. Darius Charney, an attorney representing four individuals in a class action challenging the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactics, said a trial before a judge was appropriate because the constitutionality of the program is at the center of the challenge. He also said a trial before a judge would likely be faster than a jury trial.”

POLITICS
Texas Lawmaker to Succeed King as Homeland Security Committee Chair (NYDN)
Joseph Straw reports: “Republicans have tapped a Texas lawmaker sympathetic to New York's counterterror needs to succeed Long Island Rep. Peter King as Homeland Security Committee chairman. Rep. Michael McCaul, a former U.S. attorney, supports providing counterterror grants to major urban areas and feels that New York bears the greatest risk of an attack, an aide said.”

TRANSPORTATION
City Council OKs Taxi Rule to Protect Blind (NYDN)
Erin Durkin reports: “The City Council passed a bill Tuesday requiring cabbies to install a device to read out the fare and extra charges, plus instructions for paying by credit card. Before, blind passengers had to rely on the driver to tell them how much they owe — creating a prime opportunity for theft.”

EDUCATION
Parents Raise Safety Concerns as School in Queens Reopens Early (NYT)
Jenny Anderson reports: “‘What are we doing here?’ said one teacher, who was fighting back tears and declined to give her name for fear that she would be fired. ‘The custodian told me they didn’t pass the air-quality test, and my room smells.’”

ENVIRONMENT
President Obama Approves New Natural Gas Pipeline in Brooklyn and Queens (DNAinfo)
Julie Shapiro reports: “A new natural gas pipeline is coming to Brooklyn and Queens, after President Barack Obama cleared the way for it to be built on Tuesday. The pipeline will run beneath Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways and under Jamaica Bay to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, bringing in more natural gas to serve the city's growing demand, officials said. The project required federal legislation — and the president's signature — because it affects the parkland in the Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes Floyd Bennett Field.”

PUBLIC FINANCE
N.J. to Tax Medical Marijuana, Christie Administration Says (Star-Ledger)
Susan Livio reports: “Medical marijuana will indeed be a cash crop in the Garden State. The Christie administration has determined New Jersey’s 7 percent sales tax will apply every time a pre-screened patient buys marijuana from an approved dispensary, state Treasury spokesman Andrew Pratt said late today. The decision could remove the last roadblock to launching New Jersey’s medical marijuana program.”

POLITICS
To Run or Not to Run, Booker Faces the Question (MSNBC)
Michael LaRossa reports: “A potential battle royal is looming for Jersey’s top job between incumbent Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. A Christie/Booker match-up would pit two political stars of New Jersey, both of whom have gained significant national prominence, against each other in a clash of titans.”

MEDIA
NJTV Gets Grant to Archive NJN Assets (NJBiz)
Jared Kaltwasser reports: “The New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority and WNET on Tuesday announced the awarding of a $380,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. New York-based WNET, which took over operation of New Jersey's public television stations last year, will use the money to create an initial inventory of the now-defunct New Jersey Network's archives, and begin the process of digitizing the estimated 80,000 to 100,000 videos and other media items, and 40,000 to 50,000 hours of recorded material.”

CRIME (OR LACK THERE OF)
No One Reported Shot, Stabbed or Slashed in New York City on Monday (NYDN)
Rocco Parascandola reports: “No news really is good news -- not a single person was reported shot, stabbed or slashed in New York City on Monday, police sources said. The shutout seemingly caught the NYPD by surprise, as officials were almost at a loss to explain it. ‘Nice way to start the week,’ said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD's top spokesman. Neither Browne nor other officials could remember the last time a day ended with three zeros.”

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