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Solitary Confinement Scrutiny Grows

May 22, 2014

Guards at Rikers Island (Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times) Ismael Nazario remembers when solitary confinement broke him. "I just talked to myself, answering myself, pacing back and forth," recalled Nazario


The Week Ahead in New York Politics, May 18

May 18, 2014

New York City Hall What to look for this week, via the City and Albany: The week kicks off with Mayor Bill de Blasio giving the keynote to start this year's Internet


Everything Dot NYC

May 18, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is pushing ahead with the Bloomberg .nyc plan (photo: nyc.gov) Everything after the dot is changing. A couple of years ago, only 22 generic top-level domains


Overdue & Over Budget, Capital Projects Roll On

May 15, 2014

  Costly East Side Access construction continues (MTA) The terms "capital project" and "over budget" go together like peanut butter and jelly. Ask city agencies in charge of these projects why they


What the Indian Election Means for New York

May 15, 2014

Voters in India wait to cast their ballots (Henry Austin/NBC News) The world's largest ever election concluded in India on Monday with a record voter turnout. Almost 67 percent of 814


Education Tax Credit Back From the Dead

May 14, 2014

  Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a pro-charter school rally (Tim Roske/AP) A proposal, which would provide $300 million in state tax credits to those who donate to public schools or to scholarship