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The Other Industry That’s Too Big to Fail

wnyc.org — The New Jersey Sandy recovery service center had so few chairs that some customers had to wait while standing in long lines. The firm used software taken off the Internet and full of bugs. Homeowners were directed to make appointments through a call center, but employees were never told when they would show up.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @NPRrussell: The 'messy work' of disaster recovery. @WWNO & @WNYC team up to highlight 'Sandy & Katrina' problems. wnyc.org/2Cfgu

Oct 30, 2014

RT @jimschachter: The Hapless Cycle of Disaster Recovery, from Katrina to Sandy - and back. wnyc.org/2Cfgu @scottgurian @WNYC + @evetroeh @WWNO report

Oct 30, 2014

RT @alecchamilton: “The company, in hindsight, we can all say should have done a better job” wnyc.org/2Cfgu via @WNYC

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ilyamarritz: "we were coached to give rote answers to questions" - anon NJ Sandy recovery sub sub contractor, via @scottgurian wnyc.org/story/other-in…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @benhaygood: contractor hired by a contractor hired by a contractor lot of people rollin their sleeves up to do some "work" #Sandy wnyc.org/story/other-in…

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At a Corner With New Safety Measures, Another Death-By-Bus

wnyc.org — (Jim O'Grady/WNYC) A man in his forties was struck and killed by an MTA bus early Thursday morning at an intersection in Ridgewood, Queens. The death underscores the difficulty of achieving Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero program, which seeks to eliminate traffic fatalities in New York City.
Oct 30, 2014

At a Corner With New Safety Measures, Another Death-By-Bus wnyc.org/2Cfrq

Oct 30, 2014

Edgar Torres was the sixth pedestrian to be struck and killed by a bus in New York this year. wnyc.org/story/corner-n…

NYS Schools Are Barring Immigrant Students

wnyc.org — After reviewing the enrollment policies of 139 school districts (out of almost 700) in New York State, the New York Civil Liberties Union found that more than 20 percent may have denied access to immigrant students.
Oct 30, 2014

After 4 years @NYCLU says NYS schools are still making it hard for immigrants to enroll in schools: wnyc.org/story/nearly-2…

Oct 30, 2014

State school districts are barring immigrant kids illegally, says NY Civil Liberties Union wnyc.org/story/nearly-2… @stephen_nessen @WNYC

Map: The Best Places to Watch the NYC Marathon

wnyc.org — Under the Queensboro Bridge? At the Brooklyn Academy of Music? The finish line? Tell us where you’re watching the marathon this Sunday, and why.
Oct 30, 2014

NYC marathon map @WNYC -- One thing I miss about living in Ft Greene is the crazy marathon carnival along Lafayette. wnyc.org/story/map-best…

Oct 30, 2014

Hey @lgbac, please add where you'll be on @NYCmarathon Sunday to our map! We want our listeners to know! wnyc.org/story/map-best…

Oct 30, 2014

Add yours! Map: The Best Places to Watch the NYC Marathon wnyc.org/2Cfh1 via @WNYC

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The Problems with Cheap Water

wnyc.org — Parts of the western United States continue to wither under an unprecedented drought and state officials are imposing drastic conservation measures. But there has been a reluctance to address one of the major drivers of water consumption: its low price.

From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Trayvon Martin

wnyc.org — Executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, author of Who We Be: The Colorization of America (St. Martin's Press, 2014), Jeff Chang, explores America's recent cultural history and race.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @BrianLehrer: .@zentronix talks about multiculturalism, racism in America and what we can expect from his new book. wnyc.org/story/martin-l…

Oct 30, 2014

.@zentronix talks about multiculturalism, racism in America and what we can expect from his new book. wnyc.org/story/martin-l…

Oct 30, 2014

Schedule change - we can't stop talking to @zentronix about multiculturalism. wnyc.org/story/martin-l…

Why Do We Keep Getting Disaster Recovery Wrong?

wnyc.org — (NJ Spotlight) U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan gave Gov. Chris Christie a firm handshake and smiled for the cameras. It was April 29, 2013, six months to the day since Sandy had devastated New Jersey's coast, and Donovan had come up from Washington to make the official announcement that the feds had approved the state's plan for spending its first batch of $1.83 billion in recovery funding, and to start the flow of money.

New York City Comptroller Begins Audit of Four Charter Networks

wnyc.org — New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said on Thursday that his office would exercise the recent authority won through state legislation to examine the financial operations of a variety of charter school networks. "Nothing is more important than the education of our kids," Stringer said.
Oct 30, 2014

City Comptroller Audits Four Charter Organizations, Including Moskowitz's Success Network wnyc.org/2Cfr8 via @WNYC

2014 New York Marathon Route

project.wnyc.org — Check out the route for the 2014 NYC Marathon, courtesy of WNYC.

Bodega Cats In Their Own Words: Gus of Corona, Queens

wnyc.org — Life is an adventure when you're only six inches tall. Meet Gus, the bodega cat king of Corona.

Chancellor Fariña Says Discipline Code Revisions Still in the Works

wnyc.org — (Beth Fertig/WNYC) Weeks after a five-year-old boy was restrained at his school, the New York Civil Liberties Union called on the Department of Education to cut down on the use of force by school safety agents.
Oct 30, 2014

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says she's still revising discipline code in face of criticism wnyc.org/2CfnN via @WNYC @NYCLU

Oct 30, 2014

RT @bethfertig: Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña Still Revising Discipline Code wnyc.org/2CfnN via @WNYC

Oct 30, 2014

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña Still Revising Discipline Code wnyc.org/2CfnN via @WNYC

Oct 30, 2014

"Chancellor Fariña Says Discipline Code Revisions Still in the Works” wnyc.org/story/chancell… via @bethfertig.

Oct 29, 2014

NYC Chancellor says discipline code changes coming soon as civil liberties group calls for less police force wnyc.org/story/chancell… @WNYC

New Yorkers Flock to Flu Shots

wnyc.org — Flu vaccinations are up 50 percent in New York City, according to the Health Department - though the city's flu chief said it's too soon to know whether the surge is the result of the vaccine being more widely available than ever before, or because of Ebola fears.

Does Our Criminal Justice System Treat the Rich and Guilty Better Than the Poor and Innocent?

wnyc.org — (Copyright: Hans-Joerg Nisch/Shutterstock) Bryan Stevenson tells us about founding the Equal Justice Initiative, dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children in our criminal justice system. He talks about how one of his first cases-that of a young man who was sentenced to death for a murder he swore he didn't commit-changed the way Stevenson thought of mercy and justice forever.
Oct 30, 2014

Now: Why does our justice system treat the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocent? bit.ly/1wJWGcV

Galway Kinnell Reads Walt Whitman

wnyc.org — I unearthed this poem which I discovered uh, maybe 40 years ago during the Vietnam War when I was looking for something to read at a rally and very recently it surfaced again just like that and it seemed like just the right thing.
Oct 30, 2014

"Resist much, obey little" Galway Kinnell reads Walt Whitman: wnyc.org/2ERv via @WNYCarchives

Writing the Book on Counterinsurgency in War

wnyc.org — ((c) Sergeant Major Sheldon Parks US Army/Courtesy of the publisher) John Nagl, retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army, was an army tank commander in the first Gulf War of 1991, fresh out of West Point and Oxford. That experience led him to conclude that America's greatest future threats would come from guerrillas, terrorists, and insurgents.
Oct 30, 2014

"It is good for ISIS to be seen as under attack by the United States. That's part of their media strategy." bit.ly/1wICzLd

Assessors Take the Pulse of New York's Pre-K Expansion

wnyc.org — (Yasmeen Khan) Assessment of the pre-kindergarten expansion in New York City is underway. According to Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, two research firms have begun assessing what is working and what is not in pre-k programs across the city. Assessors from the research firms Westat and Metis Associates are contacting principals and center directors, teachers, children, and parents.

In Westchester, Cuomo Poised for a Loveless Victory

wnyc.org — (Andrew Burton Getty Images/Getty) For decades, Westchester has been the classic bellwether locality. When it comes to governors' races, as the county goes, so goes the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo lives in a hilly region of winding roads, now on fire with autumn leaves.
Oct 30, 2014

Westchester, home to both Astorino and Cuomo, greets election with yawns wnyc.org/2CflA @andreaWNYC for @WNYC

The World Series of Book Sorting

wnyc.org — (Stephen Nessen/WNYC) For library fans Wednesday was the World Series of books - the fourth annual book sorting competition to see how many book requests can be sorted in an hour. As rivalries go, it's not the Red Sox versus the Yankees, but King County Public Library System in Washington State has beaten New York twice, while New York's public libraries have taken the trophy just once.
Oct 30, 2014

You thought the World Series was exciting? Try this library book sorting competition. Yes, the Rocky theme plays. wnyc.org/story/library-…

Oct 30, 2014

Fun radio. NY fights for the book sorting competition title, from a basement in Long Island City @s_nessen @WNYC wnyc.org/story/library-…

Oct 30, 2014

the world series of book-sorting. Wackiest story you will hear all day, from @s_nessen wnyc.org/story/library-…

Oct 30, 2014

World Series...of book sorting that is - who wins the throw down between NYC and Seattle? wnyc.org/story/library-… @nypl @s_nessen

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Biking While Quarantined

wnyc.org — A nurse who promised to defy Maine's quarantine for health care workers who've treated Ebola patients has left her home again. Kaci Hickox, who stepped outside to meet briefly with reporters Wednesday night, followed through with her promise by leaving her home Thursday. She and her boyfriend left their home for a bike ride.