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Eye Opener: Rain Derails Subway Commute
August 9th, 2007

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Today’s Lead Story: Rain Derails Subway Commute

The city’s subway system was rendered useless by 3.5 inches of rain plummeting onto the city over the span of two hours yesterday morning. A tornado also touched down in South Brooklyn for the first time in the borough’s history and the sixth in the city’s. Almost every train line came to a halt at some point. In an additional failure at the MTA, the web site crashed during the emergency. The crisis and its fallout is striking in its likeness to a 2004 incident. In that case, the transportation authoritys inspector general found the MTA had neglected water drainage systems maintenance and dispersed work crews inefficiently. Officials said yesterday the whole water drainage system needs an overhaul. In contrast to yesterday’s chaos, subway systems in other cities rarely shut down due to weather. Service is expected to be normal today.

For more, see Transportation Links in the News.

New Trends Revealed by Census Bureau

While Asians have accounted for the largest growth in newcomers immigrating to the city, the number of blacks has declined significantly. Officials and experts say that they are leaving for the South, because not only is the city too expensive, the entire metro area is.

For more, see Demographics Links in the News.

In the Press Today …

Businesses Near Blast Struggle to Return to Normal, or Even Just to Reopen (NY Times)

Queens Parks Net $111 Million in Funding for Playgrounds (Daily News)

MTA Considering 3 New Metro-North Stations for the Bronx (Daily News)

Politicians Seek Say in Atlantic Yards (NY Post)

Conflicts of Interest Board’s Enforcement Tsar Sets Records (NY Sun)

NY Area Venture Capital Funding Declines but Stays Strong (Crain’s)

A Look at New York’s Steam System (WNYC)

Big Real Estate Firms Buy Up in Poor Neighborhoods (WNYC)

Today’s Report: NYC Second to Last in Big City School Breakfast Participation
Despite the significant progress that New York City public schools achieved by making school breakfast available universally to all students regardless of family income, New York has the second lowest participation rate out of 23 large American cities, according to a new study by the Food Research Action Center (FRAC). The Study credits New York with great progress, but suggests ways to improve. Read the full report.

Recent Reports: Alternatives to a Fare Hike; Phantom Constituents in the Empire State: Prison Population, Census Data, and Political Power; and more …

City Hall News …

Veteran Activist Fulani May Run for Mayor
Lawyer To Challenge Brooklyn Congressman Vito Fosella in ’08

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