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Christie Holds Town Hall Event in Belmar

by Associated Press

Gage Skidmore, Flickr

Gov. Chris Christie was greeted by a smattering of protesters during his latest summertime talk with residents in New Jersey's beach communities.

   During a town hall-style event staged Wednesday in Belmar, Christie was interrupted by audience members angry that his administration has never held one of the events in the city of Newark. Others held signs and wore shirts protesting the Republican governor's call for new pension and benefit cuts.

NY Judge Rejects Stop-Frisk Police Union Claims

by Associated Press
NYPD squad car.

rollingrck, Flickr

A judge has rejected efforts by police unions to overturn a court ruling concluding that New York City's stop-frisk tactics sometimes are discriminatory.

   Judge Analisa Torres issued the decision Wednesday. The unions had sued to get the ruling overturned after the city decided to settle the case. It agreed to make reforms to the program to ensure there is no discrimination against minorities.

   The judge rejected the unions' claims the reputations of their members were damaged by the decision finding discrimination.

Morning Brief: July 28

by Jeff Coltin
Citi Bikes

Phil Roemer, flickr

That rumor mill wheel keeps turning for Citi Bike.  But the Times reports that the bike share system is reaching a deal for a new operator, and that could mean expansion into Queens, north in Manhattan, and east in Brooklyn.  Bronx biking will be but a dream for even longer.

WEATHER

Ride Sharing App Launches in NYC

by Associated Press
Lyft car.

Alfredo Mendez, flickr

The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft says it is starting limited service in New York City after reaching agreement with state and city officials to resolve regulatory issues.
 
New York's attorney general and Department of Financial Services say the company agreed to operate "in full compliance" with existing laws and regulations, and that it will start its city service Friday night with commercial drivers only.
 
Lyft also says it will suspend operations in Buffalo and Rochester Aug.

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