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.
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Music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora pay musicians every time they play their songs, but radio stations don't have to. That's the way it has always been, under the rationale that radio airplay benefits artists in other ways. But Congressmen Jerry Nadler (D-NY) called it unfair to artists.
All Play, No Pay, Artists Rally for Radio Royalties
Jeff Coltin, WFUV News
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: April 8
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On a chilly spring day, Fordham University’s Edward's Parade usually lies empty. But it was filled Monday with 1100 empty backpacks—one each for the number of college students who die by suicide every year.
Laying Backpacks to Fight Silence, Stigma
Jeff Coltin, WFUV News
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer says she has seen some of her favorite bakeries in New York close. Now she's trying to help other small businesses survive in the City.
Manhattan BP Pushes Mediation for Small Biz Rent Disputes
Brewer (in hat) and others at Halal Guys, Jeff Coltin, WFUV
NYC’s ferret-lovers aren’t getting the spring-time news they were hoping for: after years of the furry-friends being illegal in the city they’ll likely stay that way, after a Board of Health ruling. “’They seem,’ a frowning health official said at one point, ‘to be uniquely problematic.’”
Morning Brief: March 11
Tambako the Jaguar, flickr
The funeral for the late Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, will be held today at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. Mourners have been pouring in to pay their respects. Many shared kind words about the man. One, Greg Packer of Huntington, NY, remembered the Cardinal for his strength of hand.
Morning Brief: March 10