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Morning Brief: April 8

Second Term in the Second Mayor

Meet the old boss, Chicago. Same as the old boss. Rahm Emanuel won a second term as Mayor of Chicago, beating Jesus “Chuy” Rodriguez in a run-off election. The race was being closely watched in liberal circles as it pitted the centrist, former Obama operative Emanuel against the working-class-supported progressive Rodriguez.

Morning Brief: March 2

Sounding Like a Broken Record

On March 2, 1962, a young Wilt Chamberlain set one of the most famous records in sports, scoring 100 points in one basketball game for the Philadelphia Warriors in their win over the New York Knicks. It got us thinking about some great records in music: Elton John’s 64 (or even more?) concerts at MSG? Bruce’s 4 hour, 6 minute show in Helsinki? (Which pales in comparison to Canadian musican’s Gonzales’ world record 27-hour concert in 2009). Know any other good records? Comment on the page.

Arts Education in New York City Gets $23 Million Boost

The money is expected to affect thousands of kids in the next school year.

New York City Mayor De Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced on Tuesday an "unprecedented" $23 million is to be spent on arts education in the 2014-2015 school year. The money is part of the city budget for fiscal year 2014, which also began Tuesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio: The City Will Be Ready for Pre-K

New York City hiring teachers for mayor's prekindergarten initiative.

With an eye toward Albany in the final days before the state budget is due, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio touted on Tuesday his administration's readiness to implement prekindergarten for more than 50,000 new students this fall.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Warns of a Dangerous Threat to Cities

Bloomberg calls pension costs a fiscal straight jacket.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving the nation's biggest mayoral job with a glowing view of the future of cities, but he's also issuing a stern warning that the city faces a dangerous threat: public worker pension, health care costs, and the politics around them.