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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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

HEALTH
Tests Say Mislabeled Fish Is a Widespread Problem (NYT)
Elizabeth Rosenthal reports: “The researchers, from the conservation group Oceana, said that genetic analyses showed that 39 percent of nearly 150 samples of fresh seafood collected from 81 establishments in the city this summer were mislabeled. The study did not identify any of the restaurants or stores, although it noted that most were in Manhattan... Some of the findings present public health concerns.”        

HEALTH
Obesity in Young Is Seen as Falling in Several Cities (NYT)
Sabrina Tavernise reports: “After decades of rising childhood obesity rates, several American cities are reporting their first declines... ‘It’s been nothing but bad news for 30 years, so the fact that we have any good news is a big story,’ said Dr. Thomas Farley, the health commissioner in New York City, which reported a 5.5 percent decline in the number of obese schoolchildren from 2007 to 2011”     

ENVIRONMENT
Driver in Horrific Bronx Bus Crash: ‘I’m Not a Monster’ (NYDN)
Daniel Beekman and Ginger Adams Otis report: “He's a free man, but the nightmarish images from the gruesome accident that killed 15 of his passengers will ride with him forever. Ophadell Williams — who was driving a bus back from a casino when it crashed just before dawn March 2011 — said he can't shake the agonized wails of the people trapped inside, many who were killed or left with permanent, debilitating injuries.”   

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
N.J. Lawmaker Introduces Bill Asking Voters to Decide Gay Marriage Rights (Star-Ledger)
Susan K. Livio reports: “Encouraged by three states last month that approved ballot measures supporting gay marriage, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer) today introduced a bill that would give New Jersey voters the same choice. … Gusciora said he has been opposed to putting a civil rights question like marriage equality up to a popular vote. But the Assemblyman — New Jersey's first openly gay legislator — said his constituents asked him to change his mind in light of last month's election results.” Meanwhile, the Latino Action Network is opposing Gov. Christie’s choices for the top court.

POLITICS
Top Court’s Gain May Strain BPU at Crucial Time (NJ Spotlight)
Tom Johnson reports: “For the third time in a little more than a year, there will be a new head of the state Board of Public Utilities, an agency facing immense challenges as it tries to fortify the electric power grid in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and revive the state’s flagging solar-energy sector. ...The revolving door at the agency has drawn criticism from clean-energy advocates and lawmakers, as well as more private grumbling from those in the energy sector, many of whom have long been frustrated by the BPU’s slow pace in making major decisions.”

POLITICS
Buono Set to Announce Gubernatorial Candidacy (PolitickerNJ)
Max Pizarro reports: “Democratic Party sources tell PolitickerNJ.com that state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), Metuchen, will announce her candidacy for governor tomorrow, with a formal rollout scheduled for January. Buono reached out to county party chairs Monday night to inform them of her decision.”

CRIME
Fallen Dean’s Life, Contradictory to Its Grisly End (NYT)
Three Times reporters write: “The descent from beauty-parlor optimism to suicide took less than two days. But even at her apex, Dr. Chang, 59, was a contradictory and complicated figure; a woman whose work got her name mentioned on the floor of the United States Senate in the early 1990s, and who was at the same time suspected by the police of having a role in the murder of her first husband — the father of her only child.”

CRIME
Abuse Verdict Topples a Hasidic Wall of Secrecy (NYT)
Sharon Otterman reports: “Sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long been hidden. Victims who came forward were intimidated into silence; their families were shunned; cases were dropped for a lack of cooperation. But on Monday, a State Supreme Court jury in Brooklyn delivered a stunning victory to prosecutors and victims’ advocates, convicting a 54-year-old unlicensed therapist who is a prominent member of the Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg of repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl who had been sent to him for help.”

ENVIRONMENT
'Toxic Sludge' Developer Owes Up to $20M for Environmental Violations (NYT)
Alan Neuhauser reports: “The Brooklyn developer and concrete tycoon who hopes to expand his Red Hook shipping terminal with toxic landfill owes the state tens of thousands of dollars in fines for illegally dumping into Gowanus Bay. Records show the amount John Quadrozzi is on the hook for could be as much as $20 million.”


ENVIRONMENT
A Harlem Applebee's Claims Green Crown (Crain’s)
Ali Elkin reports: “Harlem on Monday became the first neighborhood in the city to boast a LEED-Gold-certified restaurant—an Applebee's, which opened on East 117th Street. The eatery's eco-friendly features range from systems that harvest both rainwater and sunlight to such things as LED lighting fixtures, waterless urinals and a "living wall"—a sort of vertical, indoor garden. The restaurant will also have an interactive touch screen that offers details on each of its green special features.”

 

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