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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks after a promotions ceremony. (Kathleen Horan/WNYC)

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

POLITICS
Christine’s Ray of Hope (NYP)
Josh Margolin and Dan Mangan report: “The Kelly Dynasty will continue at the NYPD if Christine Quinn gets elected mayor, The Post has learned. The police commissioner and council speaker have cut a private deal that will keep him as top cop for a fourth consecutive mayoral term with a Quinn victory in the November race to succeed Mike Bloomberg, sources said.”

9/11
Volunteers at Ground Zero Now Face a Demand for Proof (NYT)
Anemona Hartocollis reports: “After the Sept. 11 attacks, nothing symbolized the city’s rallying around like many New Yorkers who helped at ground zero for days, weeks, months, without being asked. Now Mr. Oliver, suffering from back pain and a chronic sinus infection, is among scores of volunteers who have begun filing claims for compensation from a $2.8 billion fund that Congress created in 2010. But proving they were there and eligible for the money is turning out to be its own forbidding task... [M]ore than a decade later, many volunteers have only the sketchiest proof that they are eligible for the fund, which is expected to make its first awards early this year.”

SANDY
Hotel Policies Rile Victims of Storm (WSJ)
Three WSJ reporters write: “Weddings, holidays and other long-scheduled events have sometimes caused hotels participating in FEMA's hotel voucher program to ask Sandy victims to leave their rooms, according to federal officials and hotels. Some return when a room opens up again, while others have sought shelter in other hotel rooms or with family.”

SANDY
Flooding of 2 Police Warehouses Destroys Evidence Needed for Criminal Trials (NYT)
J. David Goodman reports: “Perched on a narrow crook of land jutting into New York Harbor, the Erie Basin auto pound and evidence warehouse seems a logical place to store hundreds of seized cars, thousands of guns and 9,846 barrels of evidence containing sensitive DNA material. It is easy for the New York Police Department to safeguard the secluded bunker, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, from potential thieves. But not, it turns out, from the surrounding water.”

DEVELOPMENT
Problem With Weak Bolts Has Complicated the Barclays Center’s Early Days (NYT)
Charles Bagli reports: “Brooklyn is back in the big leagues. But with innovation has also come headaches. The fabricator for the 12,000 steel panels — no two alike — abruptly shut down midway through the job. The panels have occasionally dripped rusty orange blossoms onto the sidewalk. And lately, iron workers have replaced hundreds of bolts that anchor the panels to the building’s structure. Engineers determined that weaker ones were originally installed, raising concerns about the structure’s integrity. The incorrect bolts were discovered only a month before the Barclays Center was scheduled to open on Sept. 28. The arena ultimately opened on time and it survived Hurricane Sandy’s winds a month later. After examining every joint, engineers determined that only 8 percent of the 23,351 weaker bolts needed to be replaced. But the issue has led to questions about communications between regulators and the arena’s developer, Forest City Ratner.”

POLITICS
Clinton Expected to Make Full Recovery From Blood Clot (Bloomberg)
Nicole Gaouette and Michelle Fay Cortez report: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued treatment for a blood clot in a vein that runs between her brain and skull, complicating health problems that have kept the top U.S. diplomat out of public view for more than three weeks. Clinton has suffered no neurological damage or stroke, is in good spirits and is expected to make a full recovery, Dr. Lisa Bardack of the Mt. Kisco Medical Group and Dr. Gigi El- Bayoumi of George Washington University said in the statement released by the State Department on Dec. 31. There was no additional information released yesterday.”

CRIME
For U.S. Attorney’s Office, Crimes Pays (Sometimes in Dinosaur Bones) (NYT)
Peter Lattman reports: “The federal government runs a multibillion-dollar business in Lower Manhattan with an unusual and diverse revenue stream. In the last year, the government’s prosecutorial branch in Manhattan has taken in about $160 million from an online poker operation and more than $2 billion from a failed Ponzi scheme. Last week, it even secured a Tyrannosaurus skeleton from Mongolia valued at more than $1 million.”

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