Morning Buzz

For more local news from The Times, including nearly million-dollar Medicaid-financed salaries for executives running a network of group homes for the developmentally disabled, a councilman’s push for more signs in English in polyglot Flushing, Queens, and disagreement among Conservative rabbis about whether to officiate at gay marriages, see the N.Y./Region section.

Here’s what City Room is reading in other papers and blogs this morning.

New York City could lose billions of dollars in federal aid in crucial areas like health care and transportation after Monday’s compromise on the debt ceiling. [Daily News]

A Brooklyn chef says he was arrested due to a “clerical error” after being stopped by the police while riding a grownup tricycle on the sidewalk in Bed-Stuy. [Gothamist]

Every Brooklyn congressmen opposed the debt-ceiling deal except Representative Michael G. Grimm, the borough’s only Republican. [Brooklyn Politics]

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg wants the Health Department to issue letter grades for New York’s thousands of food carts. Health Department officials, who just celebrated the one-year anniversary of the grades, said they were not yet up to the challenge. [New York Post, City Room]

A former New York Fire Department official claimed that superiors turned a blind eye to white applicants’ criminal records, at times vouching for candidates who had been charged with domestic violence or murder. [Daily News]

Hundreds of unionized concrete workers walked off the job at the World Trade Center site to protest their wages and the use of nonunion workers. [Wall Street Journal] (Also see The Daily News.)

Video: A worker on the Second Avenue subway line is using his 30-minute breaks to sing Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra classics to Upper East Siders weary of the incessant din. [New York Post]

Bank-owned buildings in the Bronx are receiving hundreds of building code citations, according to a report released by State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein. [Daily News]

Video: A cabby threatened to assault his two passengers after they demanded a trip to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, one of the passengers said. Warning: harsh language. [Gothamist]

A sculpture in Tompkins Square Park was uprooted only days after its installation. [DNA Info]

An AutoZone store clerk and assistant manager in the Bronx tackled a man they suspected of being a shoplifter, restrained him and called the police. [New York Post]

The only fine ostrich purveyor in the New York region, Roaming Acres farm in Andover, N.J., needs a new home for its 300-head flock of Brobdingnagian birds. [Wall Street Journal]

Nude actors roamed Wall Street, and some were arrested. [New York Post] (Also see The Daily News.)

Slide show: Twenty foods to enjoy before summer ends. [New York]

Artisanal Brooklynites can now quaff Brooklyn Republic Vodka, made right in Clinton Hill. [CBS Local]

Clyde Haberman is off this week.

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