Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The New York Times

Patrick McGeehan reports: “A blunt new poster from the Bloomberg administration shows an overweight man on a stool, his right leg missing below the knee. A pair of crutches leans against a wall beside him. The advertisement, being placed throughout the subway system, warns that ever-growing portions of fast food and sodas could cause diabetes, which could lead to amputations. But it turns out that the person shown in the advertisement did not need crutches because his legs were intact. The health department confirmed on Tuesday that its advertising agency had removed the lower half of the man’s leg from the picture to make its point: the headline over the image reads ‘Portions have grown. So has Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to amputations.’ “

Michael Powell writes: “The New York City police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, through a top aide, acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that he personally cooperated with the filmmakers of ‘The Third Jihad’ — a decision the commissioner now describes as a mistake.”

Thomas Kaplan reports: “On Friday, in a meeting room at a capacious Midtown Manhattan hotel, a seat at the table with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is for sale. The cost: $50,000. The beneficiary: Mr. Cuomo’s fellow Democratic governors, whose election campaigns the proceeds will help finance. For writing that big a check, a corporation could buy a spot on a panel discussion with Mr. Cuomo on infrastructure projects, according to an invitation obtained by The New York Times. The panel is part of a conference Mr. Cuomo is hosting for the Democratic Governors Association.”

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