Joel Rose http://wutc.org en Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs' http://wutc.org/post/rats-new-york-city-tries-drain-rodent-reservoirs New York City is launching the latest salvo in its never-ending war on rats.<p>City officials are ramping up efforts to teach regular New Yorkers how to make their streets, businesses and gardens less hospitable to rodents — in other words, to see their neighborhood the way a health inspector would.<p>When Caroline Bragdon, a rat expert with the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, walks through the East Village, she's not looking at the people or the storefronts. Her eyes point down, at the place where the sidewalk meets the buildings and the street. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Joel Rose 42216 at http://wutc.org Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs' In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses http://wutc.org/post/new-york-and-ferguson-two-deaths-two-different-responses The deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of police have shocked the country this summer: Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by police in Staten Island, N.Y., and Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot by police in Ferguson, Mo.<p>Thousands of protesters will march in New York on Saturday to demand justice for Garner, and organizers say Brown's parents will speak at the rally. But while the two cases have some things in common, there are also key differences, including the way police in the local communities reacted.<p>The Rev. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Joel Rose 41966 at http://wutc.org In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses With Prosecutors Circling, Ethics Questions Get Serious For N.Y. Governor http://wutc.org/post/prosecutors-circling-ethics-questions-get-serious-ny-governor New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo swept into office promising to clean up a state government so corrupt he once described it as "a joke." But now Cuomo himself has become the punch line, facing scrutiny over reports that his administration interfered with its own anti-corruption commission.<p>"Basically, Cuomo formed a commission promising you could even look at me. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Joel Rose 41006 at http://wutc.org With Prosecutors Circling, Ethics Questions Get Serious For N.Y. Governor N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force http://wutc.org/post/ny-mans-death-prompts-police-introspection-use-force Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody last week in Staten Island. A video of the incident shows one officer using an apparent chokehold on Garner before he died. The incident is prompting the New York Police Department to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:46:00 +0000 Joel Rose 40661 at http://wutc.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts http://wutc.org/post/new-york-embraces-hiv-preventing-pill-some-voice-doubts AIDS researchers and policymakers from around the globe are gathering in Melbourne, Australia, for a major international conference that starts this Monday. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Joel Rose 40477 at http://wutc.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD http://wutc.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-stance-pot-wont-impact-nypd Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.<p>The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Joel Rose 40164 at http://wutc.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD Top NYPD Cop: Stop-And-Frisk Is Not 'The Problem Or The Solution' http://wutc.org/post/top-nypd-cop-stop-and-frisk-not-problem-or-solution It's been nearly a year since a court ruling curtailed the New York Police Department's controversial practice known as stop-and-frisk, but NYPD Commissioner William Bratton says the city can be just as safe without it.<p>Bratton tells NPR that crime numbers for the year are down overall in New York. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 Joel Rose 39781 at http://wutc.org Top NYPD Cop: Stop-And-Frisk Is Not 'The Problem Or The Solution' A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide http://wutc.org/post/new-jersey-law-thats-kept-smart-guns-shelves-nationwide A gun that fires only in the hands of its owner isn't science fiction anymore. A so-called smart gun is already on sale in Europe. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:38:00 +0000 Joel Rose 39348 at http://wutc.org A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock http://wutc.org/post/move-over-bridgegate-chris-christies-next-campaign-roadblock The U.S. economy reached a milestone this week: The country finally recovered all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But some states still lag behind when it comes to job creation — including New Jersey.<p>The Garden State's stalled economy may be an even bigger problem for Gov. Chris Christie than the scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.<p>When Christie took office in 2010, the state had just lost more than 100,000 jobs. Christie was undaunted. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Joel Rose 38592 at http://wutc.org Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The Triple Crown? http://wutc.org/post/why-it-so-hard-horse-win-triple-crown Only one more race stands between California Chrome and horse racing's Triple Crown, but it could be his toughest challenge yet.<p>Since 1978, a dozen horses — Sunday Silence, War Emblem and Smarty Jones among them — have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, only to stumble before the finish line at the Belmont Stakes.<p>No one can say exactly why there's been a 36-year drought since the last Triple Crown winner, but there are several theories.<p><strong>An Endurance Test</strong><p>The first thing you notice about Belmont Park is that it's big. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Joel Rose 38405 at http://wutc.org Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The Triple Crown? On The Bedrock Of Fallen Towers, September 11 Museum Opens Doors http://wutc.org/post/bedrock-fallen-towers-september-ii-museum-opens-doors The National September 11 Memorial and Museum was officially dedicated Thursday in New York. President Obama and other elected officials joined survivors and victims' families in a poignant ceremony. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Joel Rose 37542 at http://wutc.org To End Addiction Epidemic, States Focus On Stopping Doctor Shoppers http://wutc.org/post/end-addiction-epidemic-states-focus-stopping-doctor-shoppers Nearly every state has a prescription drug monitoring program that's meant to end abuse of opioids and other powerful pain medicines. But critics say most of these programs have a big loophole: they're voluntary, and many doctors don't use them. States that have made participation in PDMPs mandatory say they've started to cut down on practices that allow pain meds to be diverted into the black market. But those states are the exception. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 09 May 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Joel Rose 37287 at http://wutc.org Brewskee-Ball Founders Refuse To Be Sidelined By Trademark Case http://wutc.org/post/brewskee-ball-founders-refuse-be-sidelined-trademark-case The founders of <a href="http://www.brewskeeball.com/hello/">Brewskee-Ball</a> like to say they've taken Skee-Ball from the arcade to the bar, turning the old-time amusement park game into a competitive sport with hundreds of dedicated players in a handful of locations across the country, including Brooklyn, N.Y., San Francisco and Austin.<p>But the company that makes Skee-Ball machines is not amused.<p>It's suing Brewskee-Ball's founders for trademark infringement. Tue, 06 May 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Joel Rose 37159 at http://wutc.org Brewskee-Ball Founders Refuse To Be Sidelined By Trademark Case New York Rep. Michael Grimm Indicted On 20 Counts http://wutc.org/post/new-york-rep-michael-grimm-indicted-20-counts Rep. Michael Grimm of New York turned himself in to face federal charges related to a health food restaurant he ran before he was elected to Congress. The Republican congressman says he's innocent and plans to run for re-election this fall, but Democrats have have high hopes of flipping the last GOP-held seat in New York City. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Joel Rose 36794 at http://wutc.org Columbia Comes Under Fire For Handling Of Sexual Assault Cases http://wutc.org/post/columbia-comes-under-fire-handling-sexual-assault-cases Twenty-three students from Columbia and Barnard say that the university is mishandling allegations of sexual assault. They filed federal complaints with the Department of Education on Thursday. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Joel Rose 36688 at http://wutc.org