Good morning. It’s another rainy day, with highs in the low 80s. New York City spring is such a tease.
Here’s what we’re reading this morning, starting with The Times’s N.Y./Metro section:
The faja, a garment used by liposuction patients, is making a comeback as a girdle among women who want hourglass figures.
A New York City police officer is accused of regularly misusing his authority to help a man who federal officials say is the head of Pov City, a drug-dealing outfit in Queens.
Ming Liang Lu has taken the art of paper-snowflake-making to the subways, except that he uses his scissors to create portraits of strangers, not snowflakes.
Jay S. Jacobs, the chairman of the New York Democratic Party announced that he would resign next week.
As part of a settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Police Department has agreed to inform all officers and new recruits of the rules under which they may order livery passengers out of cabs, detain and search them.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn filed a countersuit against the hotel housekeeper who accused him of rape last year, saying her statements about him had damaged his political career.
A course intended to help New York cab drivers identify prostitutes and inform them about available resources would be mandatory for anyone applying for a T.L.C. license, according to a bill expected to soon pass the City Council. [New York Post]
A 53-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in a Brooklyn Heights public library by another man who accused him of using library computers to watch pornography, the police said. [NBC New York]
The New-York Historical Society is celebrating the city’s beer legacy in a new exhibition opening next week called “Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History.” [DNA Info]
Three former whistleblowers who worked in state-financed institutions caring for the disabled said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to create a watchdog agency was unlikely to halt decades of abuses and cover-ups embedded in the culture. [Associated Press/Post-Standard]
A Siena poll released Wednesday found that 57 percent of New Yorkers support legalizing marijuana for medical use. [Capitol Confidential, Times-Union]
Former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr.’s Bronx health clinic, Soundview, neglected to pay malpractice insurance for its doctors for more than a month. [Daily News]
On Tuesday, the City Council passed the Responsible Banking Act, which will monitor the 31 banks with which the city has the ability to store money to see how they’re serving neighborhoods. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the bill was “ridiculous.” [Daily News]
In a unanimous ruling, a New York State appeals court determined that Comptroller John C. Liu’s method for setting the prevailing wage for furniture movers was “arbitrary, capricious and lacked a rational basis.” [Wall Street Journal]
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark collaborated on a parody video, screened Tuesday night at the New Jersey Legislative Correspondents Club dinner. [Daily News]