Friday, July 22, 2011

The New York Times

Andy Newman notes: “Consolidated Edison has reduced power to parts of Queens and Westchester County because of electrical problems, but customers should not see any major effect, though they are being urged not to use their air-conditioners as the region girds for the possibility of record-breaking triple-digit temperatures and power demand. About 107,000 households in Glendale, Fresh Pond, Ridgewood, Rego Park, Middle Village, Elmhurst and Woodside, Queens had their voltage reduced by 5 percent around 2 a.m. on Friday.”

Jim Dwyer reports: “The rivers that run into New York Harbor will be unfit for recreational activities at least through Sunday because of a catastrophic fire that shut down one of the city’s largest sewage treatment plants, the city’s health department said Thursday.”

Chen & Haughney write: “Just two years after being named chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Jay H. Walder announced on Thursday that he was resigning to take over the MTR Corporation, which runs Hong Kong’s sleek subway and commuter rail systems.”

John Broder reports: “Expressing frustration with the paralysis at the national and international levels on setting policies to combat climate change, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Thursday that he would donate $50 million to the Sierra Club’s campaign to shut down coal-fired power plants across the United States.”

Javier Hernandez reports: “New York City officials said Thursday that they expected to accommodate every couple who entered a lottery for the chance to wed on Sunday, the first day that same-sex marriage will be permitted in the state.”

Sharon Otterman notes: “In a defeat for the city’s teachers’ union, a judge ruled on Thursday that the Education Department could proceed with plans to close 22 schools because of poor performance and place 15 charter schools in the buildings of traditional schools in September.”

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