Wednesday, March 19, 2014


About 40 percent of Rikers Island inmates have a diagnosed mental illness, the New York Correction Department says. The proportion has doubled in eight years.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
About 40 percent of Rikers Island inmates have a diagnosed mental illness, the New York Correction Department says. The proportion has doubled in eight years.
An increase in violence at the New York City jail complex has alarmed officials and inmate advocates; correction officers struggle particularly with mentally ill inmates.
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Gov. Chris Christie at a public forum on Tuesday in South River, N.J., as officers removed a woman who shouted at him.
Mel Evans/Associated Press
Gov. Chris Christie at a public forum on Tuesday in South River, N.J., as officers removed a woman who shouted at him.
David Samson, who is an ally of Gov. Chris Christie, voted to award contracts on bridge projects worth $2.8 billion to companies connected to Mr. Samson’s law firm.

De Blasio’s Approval Slips, a Poll Shows

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday also showed a sharp racial divide in voters’ optimism about New York City’s future.

Families From Diverse Lands Mourn Victims of East Harlem Explosion

The bodies of three victims of last week’s gas explosion in East Harlem will return to Mexico; another will be flown to Greece; another victim was Japanese.

New York City Settles Lawsuit Accusing Fire Dept. of Racial Bias

As part of the settlement, which came after more than seven years of litigation, the city agreed to pay nearly $100 million in back pay and benefits.
Dr. Yoko Furuya of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital said the medical system had treated 10 measles cases.
Ashley Gilbertson for The New York Times
Dr. Yoko Furuya of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital said the medical system had treated 10 measles cases.
A city epidemiologist said that a failure to recognize symptoms and quarantine patients quickly enough may have led to 20 confirmed cases of the disease.

Bidder for Long Island College Hospital Has Checkered Record in Role of Rescuer

The development group that offered to buy the financially struggling hospital in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, played a similar, if truncated, role for a hospital in New Jersey.

Leak Found in Main Near East Harlem Explosion Site

The National Transportation Safety Board said the breach was in an eight-inch gas pipe adjacent to 1646 Park Avenue, one of the two buildings that collapsed, killing eight people.

Salvation Army Settles Lawsuit on Religious Discrimination

New York employees who work in Salvation Army programs that receive government funds will get a document stating that they need not adhere to the group’s religious principles on the job.

Trial Judge Will Not Allow 9/11 Architect’s Testimony

A Manhattan federal judge said the testimony of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed would not be permitted at the trial of a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden.

Fire Tears Through Brooklyn Recycling Plant

A four-alarm blaze at a recycling plant in Greenpoint sent smoke billowing across the city on Tuesday evening.
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