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Finally, A Bit of Justice for the Central Park Five. 41 Million Bits, to Be Precise

Finally, A Bit of Justice for the Central Park Five. 41 Million Bits, to Be Precise
Jailed for between six and 13 years, justice was a long time coming for the Central Park five. After 12 years of waiting, a judge finally signed off on a $41 million settlement for the wronged New Yorkers.
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New York, Illinois Cracked Down on Employers Screwing Workers Out Benefits and It Worked

New York, Illinois Cracked Down on Employers Screwing Workers Out Benefits and It Worked
New York and Illinois have done a fantastic job of curbing the practice known as "employee misclassification" – where shady businesses use a loophole to call workers independent contractors and get out of paying taxes (and giving benefits or a living wage to the workers).
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Escar-Go Home! Giant African Snails Invade US

Escar-Go Home! Giant African Snails Invade US
The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
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Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box

Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box
Following Superstorm Sandy, donors gave $312 million to the American Red Cross. How did the aid organization spend that money? A year and a half after the storm, it's surprisingly difficult to get a detailed answer.
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Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger
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Lobbying Supergroup Launching PR Campaign Against NY Scaffold Law, Worker Safety

Lobbying Supergroup Launching PR Campaign Against NY Scaffold Law, Worker Safety
The New York Scaffold Law, in place since 1885, protects workers in cases of construction falls. But a lobbying supergroup has announced it will begin an advertising blitz against the law using misleading rhetoric to frame the debate as, among other things, one of lawyers against workers when in fact big contractor bottom lines are what they hope to protect.
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Without Irony, NY GOP Calls Dem Party Anti-Women

Without Irony, NY GOP Calls Dem Party Anti-Women
In an attempt to raise money the state Republican Party is using two high profile candidates in this year's New York City elections. One of the candidates, Anthony Weiner, is pretty much dead in the water. He's lagging well behind in the polls and will not make the Democratic runoff that will follow the primary. The other is former governor Eliot Spitzer, who is running for comptroller and currently leading in his race.
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Entergy Falsified Documents at NY Nuclear Power Plant

Entergy Falsified Documents at NY Nuclear Power Plant
An Entergy employee falsified safety documents pertaining to the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York City. The employee faces jail time, but the company has yet to punished.
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Gen. Petraeus Coddles Dirty Frackers in His College Course

Gen. Petraeus Coddles Dirty Frackers in His College Course
Ousted former CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus is teaching oil-funded studies at an honors college in New York City this fall. According to the syllabus, "frackademia" studies that are kind to the oil and gas industry will be used to teach students about energy issues.
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Obamacare Cuts NY Health Insurance Costs in Half

Obamacare Cuts NY Health Insurance Costs in Half
Good news for residents of New York state who purchase their own insurance. Obamacare is about to make it a lot cheaper.
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Steelworkers, Lawmakers Express Outrage Over Chinese Steel Being Used on Verrazano Bridge Renovation

Steelworkers, Lawmakers Express Outrage Over Chinese Steel Being Used on Verrazano Bridge Renovation
New York Metropolitan Transit Authority has decided to outsource the steel fabrication for the $285 million Verrazano-Narrows Bridge renovation. United Steelworkers' VP calls it "a kick in the teeth" while Staten Island lawmakers call it "shocking."
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