Morning Links: Pope Criticizes Catholic Church; Michele Obama’s Life Is Hell?; Bloomberg Does Not Want You to Smoke Anywhere


• Pope Benedict XVI, visiting Britain for the first time, called the Church’s handling of the sex-abuse crisis not “sufficiently vigilant” nor “sufficiently swift and decisive.” [NYT]

• According to Carla Bruni’s new book, Michelle Obama isn’t so into her life as first lady, calling it “hell.” [Politico]

• Bloomberg plans to introduce legislation to ban smoking on 14 miles of beaches and in 1,700 parks, as well as in designated pedestrian plazas, like Times Square, where, ironically, people probably need a smoke more than anywhere else in this city. [SILive]

• A New Jersey gym teacher who grabbed a student by the ear has been given 90 days of jail time. [NBC NY]

• The world’s tallest and smallest dogs met in Central Park yesterday. [NYDN]

• The price of the Rhinebeck mansion where Chelsea Clinton got married has dropped $5.5 million. [NYP]

• The cheapest apartment for sale in the East Village is $225,000. Grab it while you can. [EV Grieve]