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News Analysis: Little Girl Lost, And Justice Denied

wnyc.org — (courtesy of Hsi-Pei Liao and Amy Tam/courtesy of Hsi-Pei Liao and Amy Tam) As traffic deaths go, the case of 3-year Allison Liao may be one of the saddest. On October 6 of last year, the little girl was crossing Main Street in Flushing, with the light, in a crosswalk, holding her grandmother's hand.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @jimog: .@AndreaWNYC shows how the DMV is so broken that a driver can run over over a 3-year-old & get away with it http://t.co/puwYyK9M…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @jimog: .@AndreaWNYC shows how the DMV is so broken that a driver can run over over a 3-year-old & get away with it http://t.co/puwYyK9M…

Nov 20, 2014

.@AndreaWNYC shows how the DMV is so broken that a driver can run over over a 3-year-old & get away with it wnyc.org/story/little-g… via @WNYC

Nov 20, 2014

RT @alexgoldmark: Amazing reporting here from @AndreaWNYC about why you can run over a kid with your car without consequence in NYC bit.ly/1F3vybR

Nov 20, 2014

It only took 47 seconds for a judge to decide that a driver who ran over a 3-year-old in Flushing was "not guilty" bit.ly/11igIiF

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Focus on Discipline: How One NYC Student Was Suspended for 30 Days

wnyc.org — (Beth Fertig/WNYC) Christina Thomas started her senior year at Abraham Lincoln High School this fall planning to graduate in June and head to college. She had never gotten into any trouble before. But, on the second day of classes, she found herself with a 30-day suspension, afraid her plans had been knocked off track.
Nov 20, 2014

How One NYC High School Student Was Suspended for 30 Days After a Confrontation with a Librarian - LISTEN wnyc.org/story/focus-di… via @WNYC

Nov 20, 2014

RT @WNYC: Experts say students who get suspended would do better if they stayed in school. bit.ly/1t7YXtM

Nov 20, 2014

RT @bethfertig: Focus on Discipline: How One NYC H.S. Student Was Suspended for 30 Days - LISTEN wnyc.org/story/focus-di… via @WNYC

Nov 20, 2014

RT @pwillens: Focus on discipline: how one @NYCSchools student was suspended for 30 days - and all the ?? it raises wnyc.org/story/focus-di… @bethfertig

Nov 20, 2014

Focus on discipline: how one @NYCSchools student was suspended for 30 days - and all the ?? it raises wnyc.org/story/focus-di… @bethfertig

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Teachers Union Showcases Community Schools Model in Manhattan

wnyc.org — (Beth Fertig/WNYC) Imagine a school with lots of space for the arts and gym and a health clinic downstairs. Don't forget after-school tutoring, zumba and English classes for parents and free mental health services for any child who needs it.
Nov 20, 2014

Teachers Union Shows off Model for de Blasio's Community Schools Plan wnyc.org/story/teachers… via @WNYC

City Aims to Boost Bridge Safety for Cyclists

wnyc.org — Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg says the Department's "Bikes on Bridges" campaign will look for ways city bridges can accommodate more bikes and boost safety. The proposal will be announced at a City Council hearing Thursday afternoon. Trottenberg said the study will focus on the 16 bridges connecting northern Manhattan and the Bronx.

Panel Says Cuomo Administration Hushed Tappan Zee Loan Discussions

wnyc.org — (Jimmy O'Kelly/Flickr) A New York State independent review board, the Authorities Budget Office, has found numerous problems with the Cuomo administration's attempts to use $500 million in federal loans to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River. The U.S.
Nov 20, 2014

Panel Says Cuomo Administration Hushed Tappan Zee Loan Discussions, Ignored Warning wnyc.org/story/board-sa… via @WNYC

Legendary Director Mike Nichols Dies At 83

wnyc.org — One of the most honored and successful directors in entertainment has died. Mike Nichols, director of "The Odd Couple" on Broadway, "The Graduate" on film and "Angels in America" on TV, died of a heart attack Wednesday at age 83. He once said his life as the ultimate showbiz insider came from lessons learned while growing up as an outsider.

Subway Platform Barriers Not Easy to Come By

wnyc.org — Every time New Yorkers hear of a death on the subway tracks, shivers run down our spines. The fact that it's a relatively infrequent occurrence doesn't mute the horror- especially when the victim was pushed to their death in front of an oncoming train.
Nov 20, 2014

"There was a time when 468 stations didn't even have electrical outlets" Sliding platform doors on NY subway? Not yet bit.ly/1p2KNOf

Nov 19, 2014

RT @WNYC: The MTA is going to test sliding platform doors, possibly on the L line. bit.ly/1zDM6nI pic.twitter.com/BpuMtnbQ9I

Nov 19, 2014

Perfect. RT @julesdwit: The MTA is going to test sliding platform doors next year. Maybe on the L. wnyc.org/story/how-prev…

Nov 19, 2014

RT @julesdwit: The MTA is going to test sliding platform doors next year. Maybe on the L. wnyc.org/story/how-prev…

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Secret DOJ Program Collects Cellular Data Using Airplanes That Mimic Cell Towers

wnyc.org — (MyLoupe/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) The Department of Justice has been collecting the data of thousands of Americans in an effort to track criminals using cell phones. Devlin Barrett, reporter with The Wall Street Journal, reported on the secret program, which involves special devices on planes that mimic cell phone tower signals.
Nov 20, 2014

Up now, @DevlinBarrett on DOJ's secret fake cell phone towers, airplanes that sweep up cell data bit.ly/1ufdiUP

The Wall of Snow in Buffalo

wnyc.org — (John Normile/Getty Images) Buffalo, New York, is currently buried under a historic mound of snow. Meteorologist at the National Weather Service (Buffalo), David Zaff, explains the science behind what caused it, how the cold snap in the rest of the country is related and whether this kind of storm is relatively normal or completely unprecedented.
Nov 20, 2014

BTW, that crazy video of the wall of snow in Buffalo is here: wnyc.org/story/wall-sno…

Nov 20, 2014

Any q's about the lake effect storm and what's going on in Buffalo? We're starting at 10 with @David_Zaff of @NWS wnyc.org/story/wall-sno…

A Guide to NYC's New Pot Policy

wnyc.org — (Spencer Platt/Getty) On Tuesday, the NYPD will begin enforcing a new policy of handling low-level marijuana violations. Possession of some green - 25 grams or less of pot - will now cost you some green - a summons and fine - instead of a trip to central booking.
Nov 20, 2014

Do you smoke pot? "I just did. Welcome to the neighborhood." @s_nessen & @kathleenhoran on marijuana & race in NYC wnyc.org/story/guide-ne…

Nov 19, 2014

RT @s_nessen: Pot smokers in Williamsburg vs. Bedstuy, and an FAQ on city's new weed policy. Listen to this: wnyc.org/story/guide-ne… with @kathleenhoran

Nov 19, 2014

RT @s_nessen: Pot smokers in Williamsburg vs. Bedstuy, and an FAQ on city's new weed policy. Listen to this: wnyc.org/story/guide-ne… with @kathleenhoran

Nov 19, 2014

Really do RT @s_nessen: Pot smokers in Williamsburg vs. Bedstuy, and FAQ on city's new weed policy. Listen to this: wnyc.org/story/guide-ne…

Nov 19, 2014

Pot smokers in Williamsburg vs. Bedstuy, and an FAQ on city's new weed policy. Listen to this: wnyc.org/story/guide-ne… with @kathleenhoran

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TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web

wnyc.org — Subway Platform Barriers Not Easy to Come By ( link) Bridge and Tunnel Toll Hikes Move Forward ( link) THURSDAY LINKS: The NTSB compared Metro-North commuter rail to Chernobyl. ( Bloomberg) A specialist in fatigue is the White House's pick to head the National Transportation Safety Board.
Nov 20, 2014

In today's #TNLInks, passengers break out in spontaneous applause over the awesomeness of a new maglev train: wnyc.org/story/tn-movin…

City Gears Up For Obama Action On Immigration

wnyc.org — (Mirela Iverac/WNYC) President Obama plans to take executive action on immigration, outlining his plans Thursday evening during a speech from the White House. Exercising his executive authority over the objections of Republicans in Congress, the president could give as many as five million illegal immigrants protection from deportation and work permits.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @WNYC: We'll air Obama's immigration announcement live tonight at 8PM. bit.ly/1p3m5gF

City Backtracks on Report Cards for Pre-Kindergarten Students

wnyc.org — (Yasmeen Khan/WNYC) Public school students got report cards last week including, at some schools, pre-kindergarteners. Department of Education officials presented the standardized pre-k report cards as optional but now, in an apparent reversal of policy, they have discouraged schools from grading the city's youngest students.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @bethfertig: In reversal of policy, #NYCDOE decides report cards for pre-k students not such a good idea wnyc.org/story/confusin… @robinshulman @WNYC

Nov 20, 2014

In reversal of policy, #NYCDOE decides report cards for pre-k students not such a good idea wnyc.org/story/confusin… @robinshulman @WNYC

Nov 20, 2014

New York decides maybe report cards for pre-k students aren't such a great idea wnyc.org/story/confusin… via @WNYC @robinshulman @NYCSchools

Nov 20, 2014

My 4 yr-old got a report card this week but now DOE wants schools "to consider discontinuing this practice" bit.ly/1vsxp8Y via@WNYC

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Mandela Foundation Carries On

wnyc.org — CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang, talks about the ongoing work of the foundation, as they prepare to mark one year without him.
Nov 20, 2014

.@sellohatang, CEO of @NelsonMandela Foundation, on what we can - and can't - learn from Mandiba's teachings: wnyc.org/story/mandela-…

Go Inside A Brain In Times Square

wnyc.org — The "Brain City" project compares the workings of the city to the mechanics of your brain. For three minutes every night in November, screens in Times Square will go inside the brain (check it out from 11:57 to midnight).
Nov 20, 2014

.@noahhutton & Sherry Dobbin of @TimesSquareNYC explain #braincity & how our brains are like NYC: wnyc.org/story/go-insid…

The Brian Lehrer Show

wnyc.org — Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Kenneth E. Warner, talks about the piece in The Atlantic , which he co-wrote with Harold Pollack, about who still smokes in the United States and the different methods of quitting.
Nov 20, 2014

"It can be done." Prof. Ken Warner of @umich on quitting smoking, and who still smokes (+ his @TheAtlantic piece): wnyc.org/story/do-you-s…

Nov 20, 2014

Do you reach for a cigarette when you wake up? It's a test for psychological (not physical) addiction to smoking: wnyc.org/story/do-you-s…

Nov 20, 2014

Ken Warner on smokers: "I said a majority of them are lower income, and that is a fact." wnyc.org/story/do-you-s…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @WNYC: On air now: Who still smokes and a new strategy to help people quit. bit.ly/1vsWIYB

Optimism Can Make You Unhappy

wnyc.org — Professor of psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg and the author of Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation (Current Hardcover, 2014), Gabriele Oettingen, says her research shows that roadblocks can lead to success, while seeing the glass as half-full can be de-motivating.
Nov 20, 2014

Is optimism demotivating? Prof. Gabriele Oettingen of @nyuniversity on how optimism isn't the key to success: wnyc.org/story/optimism…

Report Finds "Absymal" Fiscal Management in East Ramapo

wnyc.org — (Nadege Nau/WNYC) A report on the East Ramapo School District recommends more oversight for the troubled system. Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about what the specially appointed fiscal monitor Hank Greenberg recommends, then the local state senator, David Carlucci (D, Rockland/Westchester) talks about how the legislature might follow up.
Nov 19, 2014

A report from the state says the E Ramapo school district needs (1) a monitor and (2) more money. wnyc.org/story/report-f…

Nov 19, 2014

RT @MareesaNicosia: ICYMI - this morn's full #EastRamapo segment on @BrianLehrer. V interesting ideas on immigrant parents' voting rights wnyc.org/story/report-f…

Nov 19, 2014

ICYMI - this morn's full #EastRamapo segment on @BrianLehrer. V interesting ideas on immigrant parents' voting rights wnyc.org/story/report-f…

Nov 19, 2014

RT @BrianLehrer: Board of Regents will not support legislation w/out BOTH monitor and more funds, says Chancellor Tisch. wnyc.org/story/report-f…

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Death, Sex & Money: James McBride Resets Transcript

wnyc.org — It was wonderful to stand up in front of those people for the National Book Award, and give my little talk. But when the thing was over, as soon as it was over, I took that trophy and that ten grand, and I jumped in my little car and I drove right back home.
Nov 19, 2014

"I took that trophy & that ten grand & I jumped in my car..& made myself a tuna fish sandwich." McBride on #NBAwards wnyc.org/story/james-mc…

Nov 19, 2014

.@annasale 's interview w James McBride is amazing. 'How much time do you have in this world?' bit.ly/1xpzMYV