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Deadline Arrives for New York Casino Applications

by Associated Press
Casino.

Markus Ortner, Flickr 

Forget fax machines or email attachments - developers hoping to build casinos in New York state are using boxes, binders and trucks to submit their proposals to gambling regulators.

   Monday afternoon is the deadline for applications for one of up to four upstate casino licenses expected to be awarded this fall.

   Contenders include local investors and international gambling companies. The applications are detailed and long, with multiple copies required.

NYC Jails Neglected Suicide Precautions

by Associated Press
Riker's Island.

Colin Mutchler, Flickr 

In one case, a mentally ill New York City inmate hanged himself from a shower pipe on his third try in three days. During that stretch, orders to put him on 24-hour watch were apparently ignored, along with a screening form that said he was "thinking about killing himself."

   Another inmate hanged himself with a bedsheet from an air vent in a solitary-confinement cell after repeatedly telling guards he was suicidal. The last time he said so, one of them replied, "If you have the balls, go ahead and do it."

LIRR Contract Talks End Early - Strike Talk Grows

by Associated Press
LIRR.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Flickr

A union leader says a strike next month is more likely after talks with the management of the Long Island Rail Road ended abruptly Friday.

Newsday reports the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and union leaders met for less than two hours before negotiations ended.

Christopher Natale of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen says his members are preparing for a strike.

NYC Budget Fails to Help Commuters in East Bronx

by Kris Venezia
East River Ferry.

Kris Venezia, WFUV

Commuting into Manhattan can be a major pain for some New Yorkers.

There always seems to be traffic on the highway, the subway never seems to come on time, and battling for a spot on the bus can feel like trying to get a good spot at a Dave Mathews Band concert, but for Stewart Becker, his commute is smooth sailing.

He takes the East River Ferry service every day from Williamsburg - Brooklyn to Manhattan. He said the ferry gives him a chance to kick-back before and after work

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