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Cold Temperatures Cause LIRR Delays

by Associated Press
LIRR

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Flickr 

The Long Island Rail Road is reporting system-wide delays due to broken rails.

   Transit officials say there were five broken rails that caused 15-20 minute delays.

   LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan says railroad officials need to investigate whether temperatures in the single digits may have contributed to the broken rails. He says cold temperatures are usually a factor in these situations.

   Two of the broken rails were in Westbury, one was in Babylon and another was in Great Neck.

Brooklyn Loses Bid to Host Democratic National Convention

by Associated Press

Karl Norling

Mayor Bill de Blasio's strong push to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to Brooklyn is coming up short.

The Democratic party chose Thursday to award the presidential nominating convention to Philadelphia. Brooklyn and Columbus, Ohio were the other finalists

De Blasio, a Democrat, said Thursday that Brooklyn's recent comeback is "American's greatest urban success story." He says it would have been a great convention site.

Morning Brief: February 12

by Jeff Coltin
Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building, Gabriel de Andrade Fernandes, flickr

The NBA All-Star game is coming to New York City this weekend, and Kanye West kicks off the festivities with a concert tonight in Flatiron. A lot of locals aren’t quite happy about the ruckus happening in their backyard—Gothamist has a funny account on their site—but the show is going on anyway, rain, snow, or shine.

Morning Brief: February 11

by Jeff Coltin
Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart in D.C., Cliff1066, flickr

A big day for news anchors, both serious and satirical. Jon Stewart will be stepping down from The Daily Show before the end of the year where he’s served as anchor for nearly two decades (this, of course, months after his protégé Stephen Colbert left his eponymous show to take over for David Letterman). And Brian Williams has been suspended from NBC Nightly News for six months, effective immediately in the wake of a changing-story scandal. The story’s been written before, but it seems the satirical news media has gotten the best of the “real guys” once again.

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