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Wall Street Journal Names Barbara Chai Speakeasy Managing Editor

observer.com — The Wall Street Journal has promoted Barbara Chai to managing editor of Speakeasy, its culture and entertainment blog, global arts editor Eben Shapiro announced in an email to staff this afternoon. Ms. Chai, who started as a news intern at the Journal in 1998, has been the news editor of Speakeasy since 2012.

New York City Council Unanimously Passes Avonte’s Law

observer.com — The City Council unanimously passed legislation to require the Department of Education to evaluate putting alarms on school doors following the death of an autistic boy who disappeared from his school. The bill is named for Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old boy who was caught on camera walking out his school.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @Politicker: City Council Passes Avonte’s Law to Evaluate School Door Alarms nyob.co/1pfzX4b

Developer Son of Toll Brothers Founder Sets Sail in Williamsburg

observer.com — Jacob Toll, the 33-year-old son of Robert Toll, who is chairman and co-founder of the national homebuilding company Toll Brothers, is likely the only New York City real estate developer who will use water sports this year to assuage discord in the Middle East.
Jul 24, 2014

Young Toll crafts a luxury condo in Williamsburg: “Basically, I’m confident now in my ability not to be a jerk-off." observer.com/2014/07/awesom…

Why Men are Really into the Paleo Diet and CrossFit

observer.com — There's a new wild man out on the streets. You can find him at your nearest CrossFit gym, doing jerks and cleans and afterwards instagramming a sweaty selfie with the hashtag #WOD (workout of the day). Catch him devouring wild boar and wild elk meat loaf with a side of rustic root vegetable mash for lunch at Hu Kitchen.

Morning Media Mix: Everybody Go Downtown

observer.com — Where Condé Nast goes, luxury staples like blow bars, fashion designers and expense account restaurants will follow. In this case, they are following the magazine company, which is moving to 1 World Trade Center in the fall, downtown. And wasn't that the point of giving all those incentives to get companies to relocate?

OkCupid and Tinder are Making It Harder to Meet the One

observer.com — There was a time, not so long ago, when I could look back on my relatively barren romantic life and count, one by one, the half dozen first dates I'd experienced.
Jul 24, 2014

Pretty sure that everyone who tweets 'how many dates did @matthewkassel get from his article?' wants to go on one. bit.ly/1jU0t3Q

Jul 24, 2014

RT @eliza_pb: I just want to know how many marriage proposals @matthewkassel got after writing this: observer.com/2014/07/50000-…

Jul 24, 2014

My thoughts exactly MT @eliza_pb: I want to know how many marriage proposals @matthewkassel got after writing this: observer.com/2014/07/50000-…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @eliza_pb: I just want to know how many marriage proposals @matthewkassel got after writing this: observer.com/2014/07/50000-…

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