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Hey, it’s Monday, time for lots and lots of coffee and, of course, your Monday morning update.
• The OTB has a second (ninth?) life. The board voted to keep operations open for at least another year, and will submit a plan on how they will restructure the company to the New York State Wagering Board.
• Two decades since the last doorman strike, people (with doormen) are once again freaking about who will open their doors, accept their packages, and operate their elevators… and bracing for — ew — “having to get to know the neighbors.” The complications could come at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Workers want wage increases, while building owners hope to reduce benefit costs.
• A BBC poll suggests that the world is liking America a little bit better these days. The uplift coincides with the election of President Obama. In overall popularity rankings: Germany is the most favorably viewed nation, followed by Japan, the U.K., Canada, and France. Iran is the least favorably viewed nation, followed by Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, and Russia.
• The baby hawks (called “eyasses,” who knew?) in Highbridge Park have hatched. Urban Hawks has video.
• Chastity Bono is now pretty much completely Chaz.