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Morning Brief: October 23

by Jeff Coltin
Diwali fireworks

Diwali fireworks, Kinshuk Kashyap/flickr

Light a candle tonight for Diwali—it’s day 3 of the Hindu festival of light, the most important day. Want to know more? The Wall Street Journal put together a nice starter page. And in the Times’ “Motherlode” blog, an Indian-American shares a heartfelt essay on the growth of Diwali in the city.

A Settlement to Defend the Poor

by Associated Press, Michael Virtanen
Westchester County Courthouse

Westchester County Courthouse, Library of Congress/wikimedia

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the Cuomo administration announced an agreement Tuesday to improve criminal defense for the state's poor and settle a lawsuit the NYCLU filed seven years ago.

Hospitals Prepare for Ebola Scare

by Blaine Kaniewski

Blaine Kaniewski WFUV News

There are now four isolation rooms in Bellevue Hospital reserved specifically for Ebola patients. They're quarantined rooms with one hospital bed and a variety of medical equipment. Hospital staff wear two different suits to provide maximum protection from contracting the virus. Bellevue is the first New York hospital to create an Ebola ward. Ross Wilson is the chief medical officer for the Heath and Hospital Corporation. 

"They are as prepared as they possibly can be to manage and assess patients who present as potential cases of Ebola," he said.

Look Back to 1950 New York Through a Time Capsule

by Blaine Kaniewski

Blaine Kaniewski, WFUV

The New York Transit Museum dug up a 64-year-old piece of history rom a building in downtown Brooklyn. The building used to be the home of the New York Transit Authority. But the city is letting NYU turn it into a research center. So, the time capsule from 1950 came up. When workers opened it, they found just three objects; a nickel, a newspaper, and a glass jar they think was filled with disintegrated microfilm. And after being underground for 64 years, water damage was inevitable.

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.

New York, New Jersey to Ramp Up Security

by Associated Press
New York harbor.

Diarlocritico de Venezuela, Flickr

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are announcing increased security across their two states.

   The measures are being taken in the wake of increasingly active terrorist groups overseas.

   Cuomo said Wednesday they are not linked to a specific threat targeting the New York City region.

   The governors appeared at 7 World Trade Center to sign a bistate memorandum of understanding. They say it will lead to further cooperation between the two states' law enforcement agencies.

EPA Derails Cuomo's Tappan Zee Funding Plan

by Associated Press
Tappan Zee Bridge

Tappan Zee Bridge, Antonio Rivera, flickr

The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected almost all of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use clean water funds to help pay for a new Tappan Zee Bridge.
 
The agency says Tuesday that only $29 million of Cuomo's $511 million proposal meets federal requirements.

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