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Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Bill Thompson (D)

by Veronica Volk
Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson

Edwin Martinez1, flickr

This isn’t former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s first rodeo.  Four years ago he ran against and lost to Mayor Bloomberg by 4.6 percent, but this race has been different altogether.  Last time around it was his adamant stance on term limits that lit a fire under his campaign; in this race he may not have such a clear rallying point. 

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.

NYPD Officer Indicted in Killing of Unarmed Man in Brooklyn Stairwell

by Associated Press
NYPD.

Andre Gustavo Stumpf, Flickr 

A rookie police officer who fired into a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn public housing complex, accidentally killing a man who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in the death, a lawyer said Tuesday.

   Officer Peter Liang will appear in court Wednesday in the shooting death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, according to Peter Rynecki, an attorney representing Gurley's family. The charges against Liang weren't immediately clear.

   "This is the first step for justice," Rynecki said.

Morning Brief: February 10

by Jeff Coltin
Harlem Meer

Harlem Meer, Charley Lhasa, flickr

A large-scale art project will be bringing a new flavor to Central Park in the late Spring. According to the New York Times Magazine, the experience will be happening each Friday and Saturday afternoon from May 15 to June 20, and will include things like an ice cream truck with sunset-colored flavors, recreations of famous movie scenes, and a boat with a brass band navigating the Harlem Meer.

New York Lawmakers Hearing Testimony on Education Budget

by Associated Press
School Bus.

Matthias Mendler, Flickr 

The head of the New York state Department of Education is pushing for a $2 billion dollar increase in school aid that was proposed previously by the Board of Regents.

   Acting Education Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin focused on the need for the funding boost during her testimony Tuesday at a joint legislative budget hearing in Albany.

   Lawmakers are grilling her and other state education officials on such topics as state school aid, pre-kindergarten and student testing.

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