Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New York Today: A (Mostly Hidden) Lunar Eclipse

Wednesday: An eclipse behind clouds, the sun returns, and the speed limit drops.
The proposals would lighten a burden for many New Yorkers wading through the bureaucratic labyrinths of employment applications and pension benefits, among others.

Review Finds Complaints of Police Chokeholds Increased as Definition Narrowed

A report says that in the New York Police Department’s disciplinary proceedings and investigations by a city agency, the definition of a chokehold, banned for two decades, was limited.

Eric Garner’s Family to Sue New York City Over Chokehold Case

A claim maintains that the police were directly responsible for the death of Mr. Garner, who died after he was wrestled to the ground by officers arresting him.
Cornell Holden, a 28-year-old baker who was arrested when leaving a Port Authority Bus Terminal bathroom in May, says he was wrongly charged.
Bryan Thomas for The New York Times
Cornell Holden, a 28-year-old baker who was arrested when leaving a Port Authority Bus Terminal bathroom in May, says he was wrongly charged.
The Legal Aid Society says that the police are overzealously enforcing lewdness laws and, as a result, are arresting innocent men.

New York City Council Passes Bill Lowering the Speed Limit on Most Streets

The speed limit on residential streets in the city will be reduced to 25 miles per hour from 30 m.p.h. starting on Nov. 7.

Judge in Etan Patz Case to Decide if Defendant Understood Rights

At issue is whether Pedro Hernandez was capable of understanding his rights to remain silent and to have a lawyer present when he told police, “I did it.”

Correction Seen After Years of Disinvestment in Neighborhood Parks

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will spend $130 million on 35 of its most overlooked parklands, encompassing about 65 acres.

Eyeing Second Term, Cuomo Plans More International Trips

Over the next four years, assuming he is re-elected in November, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo expects to visit Canada, Mexico, Italy, Israel and China to help New York companies expand into global markets.

New York City Fights an Appeal by Muslims Who Say They Were Watched

In a 79-page brief, the city asks an appeals court to affirm the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Muslims in New Jersey.

Staten Island Congressman Facing Trial Says Charges Are Political

Lawyers for Representative Michael G. Grimm indicated that they would argue that he was unfairly singled out when he goes on trial for fraud.
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