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Morning Brief: February 11

by Jeff Coltin
Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart in D.C., Cliff1066, flickr

A big day for news anchors, both serious and satirical. Jon Stewart will be stepping down from The Daily Show before the end of the year where he’s served as anchor for nearly two decades (this, of course, months after his protégé Stephen Colbert left his eponymous show to take over for David Letterman). And Brian Williams has been suspended from NBC Nightly News for six months, effective immediately in the wake of a changing-story scandal. The story’s been written before, but it seems the satirical news media has gotten the best of the “real guys” once again.

Look Back to 1950 New York Through a Time Capsule

by Blaine Kaniewski

Blaine Kaniewski, WFUV

The New York Transit Museum dug up a 64-year-old piece of history rom a building in downtown Brooklyn. The building used to be the home of the New York Transit Authority. But the city is letting NYU turn it into a research center. So, the time capsule from 1950 came up. When workers opened it, they found just three objects; a nickel, a newspaper, and a glass jar they think was filled with disintegrated microfilm. And after being underground for 64 years, water damage was inevitable.

Leader of Subway Cleanup Chosen to be Next Chairman of M.T.A.

by Connor Ryan

MTAPhotos, flickr

In an announcement made Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Thomas Prendergast to serve as the next chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Prendergast, who first began working as a New York City transit official in 1982, stepped in as the authority's interim executive director after the former chairman Joseph Lhota resigned last December to run for mayor of New York City. Prendergast has also served as president of the Long Island Railroad and president of New York City transit.

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