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Now that he's been re-elected, Bloomberg's backing off the free cross-town bus idea

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The AP has a brutal fact check of Sarah Palin's book which goes beyond checking facts to calling out hypocrisies. A sample:

PALIN: Writes about a city councilman in Wasilla, Alaska, who owned a garbage truck company and tried to push through an ordinance requiring residents of new subdivisions to pay for trash removal instead of taking it to the dump for free -- this to illustrate conflicts of interest she stood against as a public servant.

THE FACTS: As Wasilla mayor, Palin pressed for a special zoning exception so she could sell her family's $327,000 house, then did not keep a promise to remove a potential fire hazard on the property.

She asked the city council to loosen rules for snow machine races when she and her husband owned a snow machine store, and cast a tie-breaking vote to exempt taxes on aircraft when her father-in-law owned one. But she stepped away from the table in 1997 when the council considered a grant for the Iron Dog snow machine race in which her husband competes.

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The Bronx had the fourth-highest employment growth of any county in the country in the first quarter of this fiscal year. Employment fell in the other boroughs. The Bronx unemployment rate is still the highest in the city, at 13.3%.

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Eleven recent CUNY Law graduates will be working half-weeks representing New Yorkers in Housing Court. They'll be paid a stipend of $200 for 20 hours, in which time they're expected to handle 44 cases.


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