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The NYPD is the biggest police force in the country, with over 34,000 uniformed officers patrolling New York’s streets, and 51,000 employees overall — more than the FBI. It has a proposed budget of $4.6 billion for 2013, a figure that represents almost 15 percent of the entire city’s budget.

NYC’s population is a little over 8 million. That means that there are 4.18 police officers per 1,000 people. By comparison, Los Angeles, the second largest city in the U.S. with 3.8 million people, has only 9,895 officers–a ratio of 2.6 police per 1,000 people. [Read more]

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Ebola has arrived in New York City. So should residents here be worried about a widespread outbreak? Almost certainly not: The disease is not airborne, and infected patients are only contagious once they show symptoms. Craig Spencer, the infected doctor in New York, has said he didn’t have symptoms Wednesday night when he rode the subway between Manhattan and Brooklyn and went bowling. Three people he came into contact with, who have not shown symptoms, have been placed in precautionary quarantine. And unlike West Africa, where health care is sparse and low-quality, the US is well equipped to handle cases of the virus; the hospital where Spencer is being treated has been preparing to treat Ebola patients. (Public heath officials in the city expected cases of Ebola to turn up sooner or later.)

But the prospect of a deadly disease outbreak in the Big Apple is still pretty scary, and the city hasn’t always dodged the pathogen bullet. Here are a few epidemics in New York that were far worse than Ebola is likely to be. [Read more]

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(CNN) — A year ago on Thursday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill that would have helped fix our nation’s gun laws by requiring background checks on all purchases of firearms. Ninety percent of all Americans — and more than 80% of gun owners — believe that all people…

NEW DELHI, India — She is only a footnote in one of the biggest diplomatic rows between India and the US in recent memory.

But for Agnes Samuel, the high-profile dispute between her daughter-in-law and diplomat Devyani Khobragade had terrifying consequences.

The dispute involves Khobragade, a 39-year-old consular official in New York, who was recently arrested on charges of falsifying visa documents to get her housekeeper, Sangeeta Richard, into the country. Khobragade said she paid Richard $4,500 a month, while being accused of actually paying her around $3 an hour. [Read the full article]


There is a lot of hype and buzz around business intelligence. Companies are investing millions of dollars in business intelligence technology. However, unless this is accompanied by the simultaneous creation of a strong foundation for taking intelligent business actions, they are unlikely to reap a good return on that investment.

An analogy might help explain what we mean by this. Imagine a plane heading from Dallas to New York. If that flight’s trajectory were just a degree off, it would end up in the ocean instead. The fact is that planes are more than a degree off 95% of the time, yet most planes land where they are supposed to. In spite of all the storms, the changing wind conditions, turbulence, and all the volatility and uncertainty they encounter along the way, they manage to land at their intended destination. Similarly, we believe the primary purpose of an investment in business intelligence should be to help companies reach their intended destinations in spite of all the storms they are likely to encounter along the way. So by learning how pilots are successful, leaders can get a much better return on their business intelligence initiatives. [Read the full article]


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Harare, Zimbawe – Calls to include one the 54 African states in the world body’s security council are gaining traction as the 68th session of the UN General Assembly continues at the UN headquarters in New York. President Robert Mugabe has said he would press for Africa to have a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

“We don’t understand why you have three countries out of five countries on the Security Council as permanent members with a veto coming from Europe,” Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs minister said. “We all know that Europe is no longer such an important part of the world as it was in 1945. And then you look at Africa, 50-plus odd countries and not a single country sits on the Security Council as a permanent member wielding the veto, representing Africa and African interests.” [Read the full article]

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Assuming approval by the full Senate and the House (which one should never, ever assume), here is who the federal government will consider a journalist: Someone who works for or is an agent of a news-distributing entity, or has worked for such a place recently, and who is not one of the exceptions listed in the headline above.

That’s a very brief summary of the compromise definition passed on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The definition is part of the Senate’s media shield law, a bill that would provide certain federal protections to journalists in the course of their duty. No such federal law exists; an effort to instantiate one several years ago, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, never became law following the Chelsea Manning leaks. The new push largely stems from the Department of Justice’s widely critiqued collection of information from the Associated Press and its threatened prosecution of a reporter from Fox News. [Read the full article]


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After weeks of testimony by victims of New York City’s Stop-and-Frisk who filed the federal lawsuit,   Floyd v. City of New York , the judge who heard the case issued a ruling on August 12. That ruling found that the city of New York “adopted a policy of indirect racial profiling.” And that the “city’s highest officials have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner.” It found that “Blacks are likely targeted for stops based on a lesser degree of objectively founded suspicion than whites.” And the judge ruled that the pretexts used by police to stop Black and Latino people were unjustified: “The outline of a commonly carried object such as a wallet or cell phone does not justify a stop or frisk, nor does feeling such an object during a frisk justify a search.”

The judge’s ruling cites the “human toll of unconstitutional stops,” noting that some of the plaintiffs testified that their encounters with the police left them feeling that they did not belong in certain areas of the city. And it characterized each stop as “a demeaning and humiliating experience.” [Read the full article]


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New York, New York — When heads of state personally intervene in matters of espionage, and demand that alleged spies be released or extradited, it is unusual — and highly inappropriate.

It seems clear that President Obama violated that “old rule” by immersing himself so publicly, personally, and blatantly with White House pressure on Vladimir Putin to send the American whistleblower Edward Snowden back to the US, in the spirit of a Monopoly  game: to “go directly to jail without passing go.” [Read the full article]


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Republicans and the Obama administration have finally found an issue they both can agree on. Oddly enough, it seems that both factions agree that town councils should be allowed to open their meetings with a Christian prayer. In separate arguments to the Supreme Court earlier this week, lawyers from both groups asked the court to relax the constitutional limits on religious invocations at government meetings.

The court is ruling about whether an upstate New York town’s practice of holding a Christian prayer before official meetings constitutes an endorsement of that particular religion.  The Obama administration told the court that the prayer should not be considered an endorsement. The prayer “does not amount to an unconstitutional establishment of religion merely because most prayer-givers are Christian and many or most of their prayers contain sectarian references,” wrote U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr. [Read the full article]


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