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Ebola Case in NYC Brings Demand for Quarantines

by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione, Mike Stobbe
Ebola Ward

Ebola ward in Nigeria, CDC/flickr

The case of the U.S. doctor stricken with Ebola left lawmakers on Capitol Hill, scientists and ordinary New Yorkers wondering why he was out on the town after his return from West Africa - and why stronger steps aren't being taken to quarantine medical workers.

In NYC Ebola Plan, a Campaign to Tamper Down Panic

by Associated Press
NYC skyline.

Chris Isherwood, Flickr 

Deserted subways and buses. Kids being kept home from school. Harassment of West African immigrants.

   These are some of the scenarios New York City officials are trying to anticipate as they seek to tamp down the hysteria as well as the virus in the event Ebola hits the nation's most populous, densely packed metropolis.

Morning Brief: September 26

by Jeff Coltin
Groundhog

Groundhog, Marumari/flickr

Word has just gotten out that the famed Staten Island Chuck has died. Or rather, ONE Staten Island Chuck. Apparently the groundhog whose job it is to predict how much longer winter will last every February 2nd is actually a collection of groundhogs.

NYC Bill Would Ban Credit Checks in Hiring, Firing

by Associated Press
Job Interview

bpsusf, Flickr 

New York City Council members are considering a bill that would prevent companies from using credit checks in employment decisions.

   The bill's chief sponsor, Councilman Brad Lander, said Friday that job seekers should be judged by their qualifications, not by whether they have enough money to pay their bills.

   Lander spoke at a hearing of the Council's Civil Rights Committee.

De Blasio Gives $108M for Storm-Battered Project

by Associated Press
Coney Island

Peter Shugert, US Army Corps of Engineers/flickr

Almost two years after Superstorm Sandy struck, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that a storm-damaged Brooklyn housing project will get $108 million in federal relief, and said he expects Sandy funds to flow to other public housing developments as well.

NYC Shuts 9 Pre-K Centers Before Opening

by Associated Press, Jonathan Lemire
Pre-K students

Eden, Janine, and Jim, flickr

Two days before the start of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced it is shuttering nine pre-kindergarten centers and delaying the start dates at 36 others.
 
Administration officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that while the majority of sites have been cleared to open, safety and integrity concerns were behind the decision to revoke contracts at the nine centers, which were to serve 265 students. Those students will be reassigned at other centers.

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