Morning Buzz, March 19: Saying Goodbye to Pay Phones

Good morning. It will be another beautiful day in New York City, with highs in the low 70s. 

Here’s what we’re reading this morning, starting with The Times’s N.Y./Region section:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s fading ties to his hometown.

feud between a federal judge and New Jersey’s top federal prosecutor over a murder trial and a drug case.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s new bird call system, which releases predatory sounds to keep pigeons away from the Roosevelt Island subway station.

The New York Police Department’s arrest of scores of Occupy Wall Street protestors, who had gathered in the financial district Saturday night to celebrate the founding of the movement six months ago.

Franklin, a mostly vegan pot-bellied pig, who has become a minor celebrity mascot at a hardware store in Brooklyn.

A Transportation Security Administration screener at Newark Liberty International Airport was arrested in a heroin raid on March 6, while still in uniform. She is accused of helping distribute 1,400 packets of heroin, stamped “Green Lantern” and “P Dope” in green ink. [New York Post]

Wealthy and influential groups are vying to carve up, promote or kill a deal to allow for casinos in New York. [Times Union]

Touch-screen computer kiosks, equipped with outlets where users can recharge their own devices, will soon replace every antiquated pay phone in New York City. [New York Post]

A proposed rule would eliminate the requirement that all crane operators in New York City must apprentice within city limits for three years before getting their license. [Daily News]

The city comptroller, John C. Liu, awarded $6 million in contracts to manage city pension funds to a firm under investigation over claims it overbilled other states’ public-employee pension systems for millions of dollars. [New York Post]

Prosecutors say two men killed a floral designer in order to pawn his gold jewelry. According to court records, they told a store clerk they stole the jewelry from a man who had paid them for sex, and that they would return with more. [Daily News]

Excessive levels of silica, a carcinogen linked to lung disease, were found at the Second Avenue subway construction site during a safety inspection. [New York Post]

Carmine’s at the Seaport, which closed after 107 years in business when its landlord raised the rent two years ago, is still gutted and empty. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]

Video footage revealed that a 14-year-old boy desperately tried to stop his two friends from throwing a shopping cart off a third-floor parking garage in October, a prank that injured a Manhattan woman, who is still recovering. [New York Post]

A continuing battle about who is responsible for $150 million in construction costs at the September 11 Memorial and Museum has cost subcontractors about $50 million, according to the head of the Subcontractors Trade Association. [Crain’s New York Business]

Powered By | Full Text RSS Feed | Amazon Script | Android Forums | WordPress Tutorials
Go to Source