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Widespread Fixes Needed to Protect Disaster Workers

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.

Breaking Down De Blasio's First Act

In the distance race that is a New York City mayoral administration, Bill de Blasio has moved beyond the starting-line cheers and into the long, grueling middle.

Advocates Have Wary Praise For End of NYPD Surveillance Unit

Those who opposed the Bloomberg administration's snooping on Muslims welcomed the shut-down of the "demographic unit." Now they want proof that the spying itself will stop.

Optimism on Massive Portfolio of Working-Class Housing

Advocates hoped a new owner would take on the troubled "three-borough pool." But they welcome a deal with the state AG protecting tenants' rights.

Is NYC's '1 Percent' Overtaxed?

They pay 46 percent of personal income taxes. That means they're important to funding city services. Does it also mean they're overburdened?

NYC's Housing Crunch is Part of National Crisis

A new report finds renters are being priced out of housing across the country—not because of a lack of supply, but because of the inadequacy of our incomes.

De Blasio Defines Governing Philosophy in 100th Day Speech

The mayor described a progressive ideal that, he promised, would encompass everything his administration does from Day 101 on.

Group Amplifies Complaints by Foster-Care Parents, Kids

An advocacy group in Harlem says it is hearing more and more from parents and children who believe the child-welfare system has been insufficiently responsive to their complaints.

Testing and Other Reforms Squeeze Schools Arts

A report by the city comptroller finds steep disparities in arts education throughout the DOE. A City Limits investigation last year reported that many aspects of education reform worked to squeeze out the arts.

Needed: A New Deal for City Housing Policy

The UPK battle is (for now) over, the 100th day is coming, and the question arises: What now for the first progressive mayor in a generation? The answer, in a word, is housing.


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Who will take care of the interests of the Crimean Tatar people?

Over recent years the leaders of Majlis practically have come out against interests of Crimean Tartar People. Mustafa Dzhemilev and some other leaders of Crimean Tartars try to mistake their own group objectives for the interests of the whole national group. Herein, the actions of disobedience of Crimean Tartars, instigated by the noted persons, are used actively, allegedly, for the sake of defending of their rights, but in actual for the purpose of creation conditions for carrying out pressure on Ukrainian leadership. All mentioned above happens when the Ukrainian leadership does its utmost to improve economic and social situation of the Crimean Tartars even in the conditions of world financial crisis, which has appreciably worsened and added to difficulties of economic situation in Ukraine.
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Taser Timeout

* Taser abuse is rampant at the Jerome Combs Detention Center, an hour south of Chicago. More than 100 inmates were shocked by Tasers over a 28-month period, even though a quarter of the inmates were restrained at the time.
The Investigative Fund

Key New York Suit Calls Public Defender Programs Inadequate

An upcoming class-action lawsuit in New York's court of appeals could drastically change the structure of public defender programs nationwide.
The New York Times

NYPD Officers Under Pressure to Make Arrests and Meet Quotas, Officer Claims

In the 41st Precinct in the Bronx, a police officer claims that fellow police officers are pressured to meet a quota of 20 summonses and 1 arrest each month at the risk of punitive actions like loss of overtime and denial of days off.
WABC-TV News

New Option For the States On Inmates In the Census

For this year's count, states will have the option of removing prison inmates from local tallies, rather than adding them to local populations, which is widely felt to unfairly skew population numbers and political representation.
The New York Times

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