Here’s what we’re reading this nippy morning (sunny, high around 50), the 136th anniversary of Boss Tweed’s conviction for fraud, the 117th anniversary of the publication of the first-ever color newspaper supplement, in The New York World.
The Times offers a front-page biography of the schools chancellor appointee, Cathleen P. Black, that sets out in detail her vast record of accomplishment and ability to shatter glass ceilings in a single bound — “She’s the closest thing to Superman that exists,” gushes an editor whom Ms. Black trusted to start CosmoGirl magazine at age 26 — as well as her meager record and lack of interest not just in education, but also in the world outside of business generally.
“While Ms. Black, 66, has been a highly visible and celebrated corporate executive, she has rarely spoken out on the big issues of the day,” David Halbfinger and his colleagues write. “Her civic engagement and philanthropic activity are scant beyond donating money to politicians and charities and inviting political figures like Mr. Bloomberg, former President Bill Clinton and Cindy McCain to speak at Hearst functions.”
The evidence adduced includes this: “Describing her strengths in internal documents, the Coca-Cola Company, where she is a longtime board member, leaves unchecked the box next to ‘governmental, political or diplomatic expertise.’ ”
Government & Politics
The House ethics committee voted 9 to 1 to censure Represenative Charles B. Rangel, the most serious punishment the House can mete out to a member short of expulsion. The measure now goes before the full House for a vote. A choked-up Mr. Rangel told the panel he was not sure how much longer he would live and that he believed the press had treated him unfairly. [NYT]
Vito J. Lopez, the increasingly investigated assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic boss, has been hit with a blizzard of subpoenas in a corruption probe, The Daily News reports in an article that is not yet online.
The cocaine-snorting former boss of the carpenter’s union, Michael J. Forde, put his personal drug dealer on the union payroll and treated him to lavish dinners and junkets, according to court documents alluded to on the cover of The Daily News.
Crime & Public Safety
Thursday sure was a crazy day for Steven L. Rattner, the financier who oversaw the federal rescue of the auto industry. Even as he was being celebrated on Wall Street for his role in turning around General Motors, which went public again in a huge stock sale, Mr. Rattner found himself being sued by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and accused of engaging in a kickback scheme involving the state’s pension system. Mr. Cuomo seeks to banish Mr. Rattner for life from the securities business in New York. [NYT]
A federal review has found that the New York Police Department often fails to ensure that non-English speaking New Yorkers have access to certified interpreters when seeking their assistance. [NYT]
Housing & Economy
On the same day that new economic figures showed strong job growth in the city and the lowest unemployment rate here since May 2009, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced plans to cut 10,000 city jobs by 2012, hitting the city’s teachers particularly hard. [NYT]
The Times travels to the two very different endpoints that would result from the long-shot proposed extension of the No. 7 subway line into New Jersey: Flushing Main Street in Queens, the jam-packed capital of the city’s largest Chinatown, and Secaucus, home of malls and marsh grass.
A camouflage-clad Florida dance troupe desperate to make it to a live television talent show set off a rush-hour terror scare when they ditched their cars in merciless Lincoln Tunnel traffic and tried to sprint through the tube. [New York Post]
People & Neighborhoods
Dan Barry revisits the former headquarters of The Times on West 43rd Street, where things have changed. “In the dozen years I spent working in the newsroom,” he writes, “I must have contemplated my future a hundred times, a thousand times. Would I become a national correspondent? A foreign correspondent? An editor? Should I chuck journalism and embark instead on a career in interpretive dance?
“But I am fairly certain that I never thought: Maybe someday I will stand in this room with a bowling ball in my hand, admiring the Chinatown décor and hoping to pick up a spare in Lane 12. Allow me a moment to double-check my memory.”
Behold the 50-alley splendor of the new Bowlmor lanes.