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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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

EMPLOYMENT
Blacks, Latinos and Women Underrepresented in NYC’s Startups (NYDN)
Phyllis Furman reports: “New York’s startup activity is hot — but many of the city’s residents are being left out in the cold, according to a report by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Just one in five of the city’s startups is founded by a woman, the report says. And while 54% of employed white New Yorkers work in management, business, science and the arts, only 29% of employed blacks and 20% of employed Latinos work in those fields.”

EDUCATION
Audit Finds Lax Oversight of Preschool Special Education (NYT)
David Halbfinger reports: “New York spends around $2 billion a year on preschool for children with disabilities, yet the State Education Department has not visited and audited a single contractor involved in the program since 2007, the state comptroller’s office has found.”

EMPLOYMENT
Black Architects Say Columbia Shut Them Out of $6.3 Billion Harlem Campus (DNAinfo)
Jeff Mays reports: “They've worked with world-famous architectural firms such as I.M. Pei & Partners and designed projects for the Durst Organization that cost millions of dollars. They have the highest certifications in the American Institute of Architects. But Arch527, a loosely organized group of African American Harlem architects, claims that when it went to Columbia University looking for work as part of the university's $6.3 billion campus expansion into West Harlem, they were offered projects such as moving a reception desk a few feet.”

SANDY
Borrowers Beware (Crain’s)
Aaron Elstein reports: “There are many explanations for why such a small percentage of damaged businesses have received assistance, starting with the obvious fact that it takes time to get aid flowing after a massive disaster. Some small business owners haven't completed applications because they're struggling to find required documents or are consumed with other problems, like repairing their homes. Other owners say taking on additional debt will push them over the edge.“

ENVIRONMENT
In Island’s Shifted Sands, Signs of a Hurricane’s Power (NYT)
Henry Fountain looks at how scientists are taking advantage of the shore changes brought by Sandt to better understand how Fire Island, and all barrier islands, respond to and recover from major natural events.

POLICE
Sikhs, With Ally Liu, Push For Change In NYPD Dress Code  (Gotham Gazette)
Kamelia Kliawan reports: “For years, Sikh community advocates have been trying to get the NYPD to reform its dress code to allow officers to wear turbans and full beards, which they say would give an equal opportunity for more Sikhs to become members of the city’s police force. And now they have found a potent ally in their cause — city Comptroller John C. Liu, who is expected to run for mayor and has been shoring up his visibility in the Asian American community.”

CRIME
Bronx Businessman Scams IRS for $5 Million (NYDN)
Robert Gearty and Corky Siemaszko report: “The Internal Revenue Service processed more than a thousand federal income tax forms last year from a collection of purported Puerto Ricans who appeared to have just two things in common: All their tax forms were filed by computer from a Bronx apartment. And all their refunds wound up in the pockets of Bronx businessman Jose Quilestorres and his alleged accomplices.”

MULTIMEDIA
Connecticut's Rules for Purchasing This Gun (NYT)
“Police say that Adam Lanza used an AR-15 style rifle like this one on Friday to kill 20 young children and six adults in Newtown, Conn. Here are the steps to purchase a similar weapon.”

PHOTOGRAPHY
Hurricane Sandy: The view from above one month later (NYDN)
“It's been one month since Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City's coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage. Many of its residents are still cleaning up and repairing their damaged neighborhoods. New York Daily News photographer Mark Bonifacio's aerial photographs show us that there is still much work to do.”

CULTURE
Getting Water to New Yorkers Is a Family Business (NYT)
Elizabeth Harris reports: “Installing, maintaining and replacing wooden water tanks in the city is largely handled by three companies: Isseks Brothers, the Rosenwach Group and American Pipe and Tank. Each is an old family business that has operated for at least three generations, and each has a next generation who parents and grandparents are hoping will take over.”

OPINION
How N.Y. Can Lead the Way (NYDN)
Bill Hammond writes: “New York’s gun control laws rank as the fourth toughest in the nation, or so says the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Unfortunately, that’s a bit like winning Miss Congeniality in a frog beauty pageant. Fact of the matter is, it’s just not much to brag about in these gun-crazy United States of America.”

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