Friday, May 2, 2014

New York Today: 40-Year Bike Trip

The first Five Boro Bike Tour, in 1977, was an informal affair.
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The first Five Boro Bike Tour, in 1977, was an informal affair.
What you need to know for Friday and the weekend: the Five Boro Bike Tour’s long ride, mostly nice weather, and a very expensive postage stamp.

Teacher Accord Gives City a Map for Other Deals

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a labor deal with New York City’s largest teachers’ union that will grant $3.4 billion in back pay to the union in exchange for a reduction in health care costs and an easing of classroom work rules.
Patients with state cards, like Angela Fiorini, can buy from street-corner dealers.
Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times
Patients with state cards, like Angela Fiorini, can buy from street-corner dealers.
The state passed a law approving the sale of marijuana for medical purposes in 2012, but applicants for dispensaries are having a hard time persuading localities to let them set up shop.

The ‘Mona Lisa’ of Stamps to Be Auctioned at Sotheby’s

The authenticity of the One-Cent Magenta, which the auction house expects to sell for $10 million to $20 million, was painstakingly verified ahead of its trip to New York.

Patients Fear Mt. Sinai Will Drop Low-Cost Insurance Plans

Some doctors at New York City’s biggest private hospital system appear to no longer accept certain plans, forcing some patients to change doctors.

4-Year-Old’s Death Focuses Attention on Two New York City Agencies

The death of a Bronx boy, Juan Sanchez, has raised questions about whether the Administration for Children’s Services and the Department of Homeless Services did enough to help his family.

Lawyer Says Confession in Fatal Fire Was Coerced

After Marcell Dockery, 16, was arrested last month, he told police that he was bored when he started a fire in a Brooklyn high-rise that led to Officer Dennis Guerra’s death.

After Avalanche, New York’s Sherpas Recall Perils of a Job They Left Behind

Several hundred Sherpas attended a candle-lighting ceremony for the avalanche victims at the United Sherpa Association in Elmhurst, Queens.

Developer’s Killing Said to Be Unplanned

Menachem Stark, who was known to carry large amounts of cash, was probably killed during a botched robbery attempt.

Neighbors Win Fight to Have a Towering Eyesore Demolished

What began as a humble brick bungalow in Homecrest, Brooklyn, has swollen into a five-story skeletal tower that looms over the street.

Man Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of Girlfriend

According to police, the victim had been stabbed in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene in Greenwich Village.

Split Day in Court, as Defendant and Counsel

Stanley L. Cohen first entered a contingent guilty plea to two counts of failing to file tax returns; then he attended a hearing to see if Sulaiman Abu Ghaith still wanted him as a lawyer.

U.S. to Store Gasoline for Crises in the Northeast

Reserves are to be built in the area of New York Harbor and in New England, in response to the oil shortages after Hurricane Sandy.

$298 Million Mistake Gives New York City Retirees Brief Windfall

More than 31,000 retired police officers and firefighters received a $12,000 pension payment on Thursday and were later told: “Do not spend this money.”

N.Y.U. Law School Trustee Whose Company Subpoenaed Students Is Stepping Down

A university statement said that Daniel E. Straus, who owns two nursing home companies embroiled in a labor battle, was leaving “by mutual agreement.”

2 Brothers Sentenced to Maximum for Killing a Manhattan Man

A judge said it was “an easy call” to give Ralph and Keith Stokes 25 years to life for pummeling a man in the head more than 32 times and stabbing him repeatedly with a fork.

Howard Smith, Trend-Spotting Columnist, Dies at 77

Mr. Smith’s Scenes column in The Village Voice was the message board of the hippie counterculture in the 1960s.
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