|NEW THIS MORNING:
* Several of the citys hospitals are partially or completely uninsured for malpractice because cannot afford the policies, forcing the institutions to draw cash for settlements from other reserves, the New York Times discovers: http://nyti.ms/NWNFqg
* Gov. Andrew Cuomo will overhaul the New York Racing Association and appoint new board members to the group after the historic Saratoga Race Track concludes this coming weekend, the Posts Fred Dicker learns: http://nyp.st/LTOF0X
* Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating whether the state experienced losses from interest-rate manipulation by financial institutions involved in a transatlantic banking scandal that threatens the global economy, Crains New York writes: http://bit.ly/LrNrsc
* Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson hauled in $500,000 over the past six months, bringing his fundraising total to $1.5 million, the Wall Street Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/LkY9Mv
* Gov Cuomo refuses to use email to communicate with staff and instead requires them to send him text messages that will not leave an electronic paper trail, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/Nc6ckx
* Aides to politicians, including Public Advocate Bill De Blasio and Speaker Christine Quinn, are rewriting their Wikipedia pages in advance of a hard-fought mayoral campaign, the Posts David Seifman learns: http://nyp.st/NtN4fa
* The citys Economic Development Corporation will restructure in order to lobby legally after the state attorney generals office found the agency worked inappropriately with local development groups, Crains New York reports: http://bit.ly/NLeZYW
* Former Rep. Anthony Weiners wife wants the disgraced politician to give a tell-all interview, amid rumors he is strongly considering another run at citywide office, the Post writes: http://nyp.st/NqFmUe
* The city has proposed six new charter schools run by former councilwoman Eva Moskowitz open by 2013, bringing the number of Success Academies operating in the city to 18, the Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/P9oEtj
* A Queens Assembly candidate who publishes a Korean-language newspaper is profiting from ads for a prostitution ring on the papers back pages, the Post discovers: http://nyp.st/SxG96L
* Tens of thousands of people cheat New York State out of an estimated $150 million each year through unemployment insurance fraud, 97 percent of whom are not criminally charged, the Buffalo News discovers: http://bit.ly/PZtyeW
* Union groups for Latino immigrant workers are battling immigrant Korean grocery store workers for wage increases in Brooklyn and Queens, the Times writes: http://nyti.ms/Q1skzU
* The MTA will permanently extend the G-train in Brooklyn and Queens, and allocate tens of millions of dollars to restore service on buses, trains, and subways throughout the regions transit system, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/Mc4s9h
* Mormons from around the world gather in Palmyra for the churchs annual pageant at a holy site for its liturgy, an event taking on greater significance this year as Mitt Romney prepares his presidential run, the Times writes: http://nyti.ms/M2isjn
Harlem – News July 14, 2012
Respighi in the City (New Yorker)
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Buys ‘Soul Train’ Rights, Developing Musical Based On Don Cornelius
NEWSBY TAMBAY A. OBENSON | JULY 13, 2012 1:06 PM
It was much earlier this year when it was announced that there was renewed interest in exploiting the Soul Train franchise – thanks to Don Cornelius’ death.
The news then was that Soul Train Holdings was working with WME to find ways to, as I said, exploit and grow the brand, which would include a film, a stage musical AND a TV show.
“Certainly we want to proceed in a way that will highlight the contribution of Don to the creation of the brand and its subsequent impact on American culture,” said Kenard Gibbs, CEO of Soul Train Holdings.
However, there were some rights issues that they’d have to deal with, notably the music used in each episode of the series. But they were confident that wouldn’t be a problem.
Things seem to be in motion again as it’s been announced today that Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his business partners have bought the rights to the Soul Train franchise for “several million dollars,” and are planning an upcoming musical based on the life of Don Cornelius, according to the NY Post.
The musical, which is being aimed towards Broadway, will focus on the once mega-hit variety show.
That’s all the info available at this time.
You’ll recall that there’s also a Broadway production based on the life of Berry Gordy in the works, aimied for a spring 2013 bow.
That, and with all that Kenny Leon and Bill T. Jones have planned (a Tupac-inspired musical, and a Super Flymusical), and more that I’m probably forgetting right now, or that have yet to be announced (not sure if any of Katori Hall’s new works might be potential pickups), 2013 should be another banner year for *black shows* on Broadway, for better and for worse.
Love, peace and soul indeed…
|YOUR JOBS WENT TO PRISON WITH 2.3m AMERICANS http://justicegagged.blogspot.com/2012/07/your-jobs-went-to-prison-with-23m.html
“Good Enuff,” the poem below, is one of my 21st century slave songs. It was first published in MaryLovesJustice blog at this link http://marylovesjustice.blogspot.com/2011/04/good-enuff-by-mary-neal.html . A million inmates work up to 72 hours a week on jobs that were removed from “free” workers. People who champion “tough on crime” bills and candidates do not seem to recognize that prison labor projects are competing for labor contracts. They actually advertise for companies to use Americans behind bars rather than sending work overseas while plenty of cheap labor is available in the USA through prison work projects. Re Georgia Prison Labor Strike, I wrote the following poem. The Georgia prisoners’ labor strike lasted from Dec. 9-15, 2010. The strike was largely censored in mainstream news although it was an Internet sensation. Therefore, a day before the strike started, eleven hundred of my tweets for human rights for prisoners were unpublished at Twitter. They were reinstated months later, after people stopped browsing online as much for “human rights for prisoners.” I am America’s most censored writer to continue the cover-up re the secret arrest and murder of my mentally, physically disabled brother and my family’s victimization for daring to ask the USDOJ for records and accountability for his death. See the poem “Good Enuff” below. After the Georgia prisoners’ labor strike, around 36 inmates were reportedly “missing.” Some were badly brutalized. The nonviolent protest was met with violence and solitary confinement.
I work for the U.S. Government
His idea sounded real fine to me
They turned off the heat ya know
But all of us stuck together
We expected opposition
I tried to get on with the government
I applied with the State, too
Finally got me a government job
Our labor strike changed nothin round here
We had high hopes for the labor strike
*The NAACP requested the U.S. Congress to outlaw menthol cigarettes, the kind that 85% of black smokers use. That would be a discriminatory law targeting blacks like powder v. crack cocaine, and it is disgusting that prison investors got the NAACP to suggest it.
Mary Neal, director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill and the Human Rights for Prisoners March Across the Internet. Blessings!
|WINNERS AND LOSERS: This week we found that Charlie Rangel had secured his Congressional seat at long last, that Cuomo bobblehead dolls were extremely popular and that Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks we could all get along just fine in extremely small apartments. But even in a laid-back week, there are winners, and there are losers: http://bit.ly/PUT9Wo
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Con Ed admitted it gave $250,000 last year to the Committee to Save New York, a Cuomo-friendly pro-business group, raising questions since the governor appoints board members who regulate the utility, the Wall Street Journal learns: http://on.wsj.com/NFGdja
* Taxi fares in New York will rise 17 percent, allowing cabbies, who have not seen an increase in eight years, to take home higher wages, the New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/MluN6D
* The citys Conflict of Interest Board drafted a new proposal requiring unpaid members of policymaking boards and commissions to follow state law and file financial-disclosure statements, the Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/OhCdSt
* The citys public housing authority has failed to install a single security camera even though it has $42 million to spend on the improvements thanks to the agencys foot-dragging, the Daily News learns: http://nydn.us/PUQhJ9
* Nearly two-thirds of sixth grade students are at the same reading proficiency level in sixth grade that they were three years ago, a new Independent Budget Office report claims, but the city questions the study, the News reports: http://nydn.us/NkxWiF
* The officer who sparked the NYPD ticket-fixing scandal tried to hire a hitman to kill a witness in the case and planned to use NYPD pension money to pay for the hit, the New York Post reports: http://nyp.st/SdiMiz
* Councilwoman Gail Brewer will hold an oversight hearing to determine what went wrong in the ballot-counting process during last months contentious Northern Manhattan congressional race, the Times notes: http://nyti.ms/N4UmIX
* Senator Chuck Schumer called for new federal regulations to divert helicopters carrying ultra-rich Hamptonites over waterways instead of Eastern Long Island towns after residents complained vociferously, the News writes: http://nydn.us/Nu2KvS
* Parks advocates and preservation groups are suing to prevent the Parks Department from tearing up the wooden Coney Island Boardwalk and replacing it with concrete and plastic, the Times writes: http://nyti.ms/PUMQlN
* Conservative Party hopefuls Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione and Ed Gilbert are eager to challenge Republican state Sen. Roy McDonald in a heated primary this fall, the Times-Union reports: http://bit.ly/NEW1Td
* State lawmakers are looking into whether E-ZPass is overcharging customers who travel in big rigs across the states highways, the Albany Times-Union reports: http://bit.ly/MpTWH5
Silver Alert issued 7/10/12 at 10:50 PM. NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for Marie Dalce, age 67. Ms. Dalce is described as a black female, 5’3, 140lbs. with brown eyes, black hair, wearing blue jeans, a tan blouse and blue sandals. She was last heard from on 7/9/12 at 11:30 PM from 80 Lenox Road (BK). Ms. Dalce suffers from Alzheimer’s. If you see Ms. Dalce, please call 9-1-1.
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|NEW THIS MORNING:
* City Board of Elections commissioners said the vote-counting process in the Rangel-Espaillat congressional primary was unfairly criticized, but problems could occur again this fall, the New York Times writes: http://nyti.ms/OwZJMk
* Gov. Andrew Cuomo refused to answer political questions about whether he would support his partys efforts to retake the state Senate in the fall, the Buffalo News reports: http://bit.ly/L7Yq53
* Police Commissioner Ray Kelly accused officials in communities of color where shootings are soaring this summer of being shockingly silent, but local leaders called his remarks inflammatory, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/PKIGeV
* A lawyer for City Comptroller John Lius former fundraiser said the federal government pressured his client to manufacture a case against Liu and sought to dismiss charges, the Wall Street Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/PQ4WoV
* Manhattan Borough President candidate Julie Menin maxed out her fundraising this month, raising more than $930,000 since last November and putting her far ahead of a crowded field of aspirants, the Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/NgfJ8A
* Amtrak released its first renderings of the future Moynihan Station, a $267 million project that will complete its first phase next to Penn Station in 2016, the Post writes: http://nyp.st/S1KezQ
* The incoming leadership of the Public Employees Federation, including new president Susan Kent, is preparing to dismiss 14 of the unions top managers, the Albany Times-Union discovers: http://bit.ly/NiSfhW
* The federal government has opened an investigation into a $10 million secret consultant report for the New York City Housing Authority, the News writes: http://nydn.us/MZYM36
* State lawmakers and residents are wary of the location of a $750 million natural gas pipeline that could run through Delaware and Schoharie counties in flood-proned areas, the Times-Union reports: http://bit.ly/P05h5G
* City Councilman Peter Vallone wants to ban naming property after someone who is still alive, but former Mayor Ed Koch, whose name graces the Queensboro Bridge, said Vallone should lighten up, the News reports: http://nydn.us/Nl4ryR
Silver Alert issued 7/7/12 at 1:10 AM. NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for Renee Gersene, age 81. Ms. Gersene is described as a white female, 5’2, 130lbs. with blue eyes, gray shoulder length hair, and was probably wearing a beige sweater. She was last seen on 7/5/12 at 12:30 PM from 215 West 75th Street (MN). Ms. Gersene suffers from Alzheimer’s. If you see Ms. Gersene please call 9-1-1.
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