Open Phones: Hyper-Local News Brian Missed

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Brian Lehrer Brian's back from China, what hyperlocal news did he miss?

Brian's back from his trip to China today. He kept up on the big news stories, but surely missed lots of hyper-local news. What happened in your town, your school, your block, your community over the last two weeks that we need to know about? Call 212-433-9692 or post here!

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Barry from Manhattan

It is important to note that the students in the Cooper Union Foundation Building Clocktower - actually 11 Cooper students and one embedded student reporter from the New School - are not protesting to preserve the full-tuition scholarship for themselves. It was announced in November 2011 that all currently enrolled students would continue to receive the full-tuition scholarship until they graduated, and in April 2012 it was announced that that would remain true for at least two more years of applying and accepted students. These self-less students are acting on behalf of FUTURE students. Just an amazing act of self-sacrifice.

Dec. 08 2012 12:19 AM
Vic from .

I called in this morning to report an issue which was not considered to be a "hyper-local" news item by the call monitor. I wanted to report to Brian that he missed the opening of the critical documentary, CHASING ICE, by James Balog & Jeff Orlowski. This film records in beautiful, & stunning, & horrible time-lapse images the death, & accelerating destruction of the northern polar ice sheet & glaciers as a result of global warming. There is no more denying the changing climatic forces which we have set in motion.
The call monitor remarked that a "film opening" was more in the category of "entertainment" rather than "local news".
My reaction was, in the aftermath of Storm Sandy, it is in this film that New York City, & New Jersey residents can see the origin of the devastating flood waters that have recently impacted their lives.
We have reached the global tipping point.

Dec. 07 2012 03:02 AM
Jasmine from NYC

To the lady who called in about the "Students for a Free Cooper Union" protest:
Thank you !!!
And who are you ?
We would love to know and hope that Brian Lehrer takes your suggestion seriously.

Dec. 06 2012 01:46 PM

Where is gridlock when we need it?

Dec. 06 2012 12:06 PM

Anti-Protest Law Passes Nearly Unanimously And Is Signed By The President
"What did this magical universally-loved bill say? Well some are calling it the anti-Occupy law and it allows the government to bring charges against Americans involved in many kinds of political protest at any location the secret service, quote, "is or will be temporarily visiting." So basically if the government wants to shut down a protest, they just send a secret service officer down there..., and then they can start putting people in jail for a year or more."
H.R. 347: Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 (On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended)
House Vote #149 [primary source:]
Feb 28, 2011 (112th Congress)
Related Bill:
H.R. 347: Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Rooney [R-FL16] on January 19, 2011
Current Status: Signed by the President
This vote was taken under a procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

Dec. 06 2012 12:03 PM

The Rutgers University Scarlet Knights football team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and blew their chance to win the Big East outright and get a BCS bowl bid by losing to Louisville after going into the half-time lockerroom leading 14-3.

The Louisville quarterback - despite having a sprained left ankle, and a broken left wrist(!) - outfoxed the nights and scored fourteen points in under 30 seconds of game time.

To add insult...Rutgers is being sued by the Big East for $10M for leaving that league for the Big Ten without giving a full 27 months notice.

Dec. 06 2012 12:02 PM

You missed New York's interminable struggle (and WNYC's constant coverage of same) to try to recover from the greatest catastrophe to ever befall mankind, tropical storm Sandy.

Dec. 06 2012 11:53 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The continuing joke happening up in Albany.

Dec. 06 2012 11:50 AM
Gina Benjamin from Upper-West Side

The Occupy movement has started occupying the Trump Hotel and Tower at Columbus Circle. The building has closed their pedestrian plaza to force the occupiers out onto the sidewalk. Locals say the occupiers initially believed Donald Trump actually lives there- they didn't know there are upwards of two dozen Trump buildings all over the Upper-West Side. Their signs read "Occupy Goldman Sachs", however, which is confusing because Goldman is downtown.

Dec. 06 2012 11:08 AM

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