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Health and Environment

Key Nutrition Program Hits Snags at Farmers' Markets

When the WIC program took steps to get more fresh produce into recipients' diets, the results were promising. But the initiative is being held back by administrative flaws and, yes, a political battle over white potatoes.

Questionable Claims by Anti-Drug Program

In at least two recent sessions, a drug education program associated with the Church of Scientology that has visited dozens of New York City schools and programs made medically unfounded statements about drugs.

Bushwick Rallies for Better Parks

Advocates are pressing City Councilmembers and the mayor for repairs to two green spaces. Parks funding is set to increase, but not enough to meet community needs, they say.

Impatience Grows Over Promised Brooklyn Waterfront Park

The space on the East River in Sunset Park was expected to be open more than two years ago. City officials say it's 95 percent complete, but the current design falls short of some promises.

City's Fire Investigation Bureau Stretched Thin

Since 2002, the city has cut the number of fire marshals by about half, though fire investigators have seen a 17 percent increase in cases sent to their desks.

Arson Investigation Techniques Catching Up with Science

Across the country, fire investigation has come a long way, but some investigators think it still has farther to go.

How New York City Beat Arson

The decline in arson in the city was as dramatic as—but less heralded than—the fall in murders and other crimes, perhaps because arson is a tougher crime to track.

Unlikely Key to NY's Mass Transit Hopes: The Automobile?

A new toll proposal reflects transit truths: Many drivers have few transit options, many subway lines couldn't handle large numbers of drivers who gave up their cars, and toll revenue is critical.

Child Welfare Effort Avoids Taking Kids from Home by Giving them One

There's growing interest in using supportive housing to help families whose children might otherwise end up in the foster-care system.

Report Details Woes for NYC's Electric-Cab Experiment

Documents obtained by City Limits outline a litany of obstacles that the city's pilot project has so far been unable to surmount.

Residents Demand City Build Bridge to Reconnect Van Cortlandt Park

Activists and pols say it’s the least DEP can do in light of the over-budget billions they're spending on the filtration plant.

For Clients Sick or Not, Hospitals Serve as Safe Havens

One aspect of the hospital crisis is that city hospitals exist not just to treat illness, but to protect vulnerable people from violence, homelessness and other threats.

Only Two Electric-Cab Drivers On the Road in NYC

Five of the seven electric cars in the city's taxi and for-hire fleet are idle, but Luis Castro is still making battery-powered stops in the Bronx.

Brownsville Board Says Home Runs Threaten Motorists

The local community board wants a higher fence at the Brownsville Rec Center to prevent softballs from striking cars on Linden Boulevard. But the center has a long list of other needs.

Report Sees Long-List of Post-Sandy Needs

A report from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund makes neighborhood-specific and borough-wide recommendations—both for action needed now, and for planning that's necessary before the next storm.

New York Braces for Private Investment in Hospitals

In a state where all hospitals are either public or non-profit, Gov. Cuomo's bid to permit private investment in health facilities stirs cheer among fans and fears among opponents of the for-profit hospital model.

Initiative to 'End AIDS' Looks for Traction in Albany

Advocates will be listening closely to the governor's budget address to see if the administration responds to their push for a comprehensive effort to effectively end new infections.

EPA Wants Site on Brooklyn-Queens Border in Superfund

The Wolff-Alpert Chemical Company imported sand containing thorium from the Belgian Congo in the 1940s. Now the feds believe lingering radioactivity warrant making the former factory the third active New York City Superfund site.

Deadline Nears for Public Input on Rockaways Pipeline

Federal regulators will soon decide whether to permit a pipeline to run under the Rockaway Inlet, connecting the Brooklyn-Queens natural gas grid to a transcontinental pipe three miles offshore.

Bronxites Confused On Status of Childbirth Services

North Central Bronx hospital gave little notice when it closed its labor & delivery service in August. Now there are signs the service may return, but community members haven’t been given a due date.


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Race, Fear and the Risk of Drowning - Estelle Cottingham

A new focus on water safety in the wake of several fatal accidents raises questions about the large number of all races—but larger number of blacks and Latinos—who cannot swim.

Firefighter's Death Will Trigger Search for Answers - Jarrett Murphy

It likely won't be until the period of public mourning is over that we'll learn what caused the demise of Lt. Gordon Ambelas.

Scientology-Sponsored Anti-Drug Program Responds - Jarrett Murphy

"The article that was written against the Foundation for a Drug Free World is utterly biased, an attempt to undermine a positive non-profit and an attempt to gain publicity by creating false controversy."

Study: Green Carts—Those It Could Find—Are Working - Jarrett Murphy

A new study finds that the city's Green Carts are delivering fresh produce to low-income people in under-served neighborhoods and giving entrepreneurs a foothold in the marketplace. But many permitted Green Carts could not be located.

Know Your Enemy: Background for City's Battle vs. Rats - Jarrett Murphy

The de Blasio administration is launching a new offensive against "rat reservoirs," tackling a problem we wrote about last year.

Seniors Push for Funding On Eve of De Blasio Budget - Jarrett Murphy

In their annual Advocacy Day at City Hall, senior citizens pressed Councilmembers to shore up funding for naturally occurring retirement communities and to prevent elder abuse.

Water Rate Hike Lower, But Not Enough for Critics - Jarrett Murphy

Some background on the “rental payment" that has the mayor and a councilman facing off.

Celebrate Earth Day: Find Pollution Near You! - Jarrett Murphy

Online tools let you see which companies release which toxic substances in your neighborhood and borough. There's good news and bad news in the numbers.

Widespread Fixes Needed to Protect Disaster Workers - Jarrett Murphy

More than a dozen years after rescue workers and others toiled in toxic fumes amid the ruins of the World Trade Center, a report recommends changes to practices—and culture—before the next disaster.

Report: NYCHA Needs to Gear Up for the Next Sandy - Jarrett Murphy

Better communication and more resilient power systems are necessary, says a new report.

Public Advocate Sounds Call: School Lunch for All - Jarrett Murphy

Advocates hope to end the stigma around – and resulting lack of participation in – school lunch by making everyone eligible,

The Letters: One Family After the Superstorm - Jarrett Murphy

A year ago, filmmaker Karla Ann Cote met John and Veronica Petersen amid the ruins of the their home on the south shore of Staten Island. A year later, she went back to see what life is like a year after Sandy.

Deadline Looms for Food Stamp Families - Jarrett Murphy

Beyond the shutdown, and besides the debt-ceiling deadline, another date approaches for cuts to the Food Stamp program on which some 1.9 million New Yorkers depend.

What's the Next Stop for CitiBike? - Oliver Morrison

The project plans to target neighborhoods next to the areas it's already serving. Some would rather it target a clientele that's more diverse, and less affluent, than the current ridership.

Group Wants More in Mayor's Post-Sandy Plan - Jarrett Murphy

A coalition of community and labor groups responded to Mayor Bloomberg's infrastructure plan.

Wheelchairs in the Subway: One Woman's Journey - Jarrett Murphy

There are 468 stations in the New York City subway system. Only 78 are wheelchair accessible.

Panel to Quiz Mayoral Hopefuls on Aging Policy - Jarrett Murphy

New York is graying. What should the next mayor do about it?

Rockaway Businesses Still Treading Water Post-Sandy - Jarrett Murphy

Some 60 percent were still closed four or five months after the storm, thanks to long-standing challenges of economics and geography that hampered an already difficult recovery.

City Limits Honored for Sandy, Hospitals Coverage - Jarrett Murphy

Congratulations to our two Ippies honorees, Ruth Ford and Batya Ungar-Sargon.

A Grassroots Plan for Surviving Superstorms - Jarrett Murphy

A coalition of environmental and community groups has put together their wish-list for how New York City, the Empire and Garden states and the federal government should implement the lessons of Sandy.

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EVENTS

Rockin' To Save Babies' Lives

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
5:30p - 10:00p

NxStage + One Meeting

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
7:30a - 9:00a

Lyfebulb Social Club: Learn about Bullous Pemphigoid

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
:p - 8:00p

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

Are We Overmedicating Kids in Foster Care?

By Dawn Post

Are We Overmedicating Kids in Foster Care?

A third of the kids in foster care diagnosed with ADHD have been treated with off-label antipsychotic drugs. That's too many children getting medicine we know too little about.

Can NY Fight Global Warming Without Nuclear Power?

By Richard Thomas

Can NY Fight Global Warming Without Nuclear Power?

The experience of California, Germany and Japan is clear, the author argues: Close nuclear plants and CO2 emissions soar as other power sources fill the gap.

Time to Enact a Life-Saving Truck Guard Law

By Sen. Rubén Diaz

Time to Enact a Life-Saving Truck Guard Law

A state senator says a simple law could bring New York City a step closer to the mayor's Vision Zero.

Improving Neighborhood Nutrition Requires More Than Food

By Denise Scott & Rick Luftglass

Improving Neighborhood Nutrition Requires More Than Food

A new initiative will couple efforts to improve the supply of healthy food with community development that strengthens residents' ability to afford a more nutritious lifestyle.

Competitive Energy Markets Work for New York

By Gavin J. Donohue

Competitive Energy Markets Work for New York

In a response to an assemblyman's call for stricter regulation of the electricity marketplace, an industry official says deregulation is not to blame for high prices.

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MULTIMEDIA

Criminalizing Communities: NYPD Abuse of Vulnerable Populations

Report says NYPD tactics and attitudes unjustly target blacks, Latinos, gays, transgender people, vendors and sex workers.

Homes Underwater: Forebearance Alternatives for Sandy-Affected Homeowners

A report by Franklin Romeo and Jennifer Ching of (Queens Legal Services and Legal Services NYC) explores foreclosure risks in neighborhoods hit hard by Sandy and finds that some of the steps taken by banks in the wake of the storm "[create] a situation where a homeowner is likely to fall into a mortgage delinquency."

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