Joel Rose en N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of 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 20:13:00 +0000 Joel Rose 12686 at Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't 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 13:04:00 +0000 Joel Rose 12304 at Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off 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 11696 at A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's 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 11135 at Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The 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 10991 at Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The Triple Crown? On The Bedrock Of Fallen Towers, September 11 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 20:44:00 +0000 Joel Rose 10371 at New York Rep. Michael Grimm Indicted On 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 9784 at Columbia Comes Under Fire For Handling Of 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 20:22:00 +0000 Joel Rose 9706 at Al Sharpton, FBI Informant? New Claims Revive '80s Mob Story Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Reverend Al Sharpton has admitted to working with the FBI and recording conversations with alleged mobsters. The website The Smoking Gun published documents detailing Sharpton's involvement, saying he's the guy referred to in the document as Confidential Informant 7. This was back in the 1980s during some of the bureau's biggest mafia investigations.<p>As NPR's Joe Rose reports, Sharpton denies any wrongdoing.<p>JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: Today, Al Sharpton is a host on MSNBC, an establishment figure who rubs elbows with the president and attorney general. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 9106 at Internal Report Clears Christie Of Bridgegate, But Dems Don't Buy It Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>We now have the results of an internal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Today's report was commissioned by the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and it finds the governor did nothing wrong. It won't be the last word. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Joel Rose 8724 at Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria Every year, Americans send millions of tons of food to the landfill. What if you could use all of those pizza crusts and rotten vegetables to heat your home? That's already happening in one unlikely laboratory: the <a href="">Newtown Creek</a> Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn.<p>The plant's longtime superintendent, Jimmy Pynn, shows off the plant's crown jewels: eight huge, shiny, oval-shaped steel tanks known as digester eggs. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Joel Rose 8121 at Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible <em><em>This story is part of a project on commuting in America.</em></em><p>Millions of commuters across the country have a new way to get around. In the past few years, bike-sharing systems have popped up from Boston to Minnesota to Washington, D.C. They're supposed to make commuting easier, greener and cheaper. But the people who arguably need these bikes the most are often the least likely to access them.<p>These bike-sharing systems have a lot of different names: Divvy, Hubway, Nice Ride. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Joel Rose 5383 at Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do? Voters in New York City go to the polls Tuesday to choose their next mayor, and it appears all but certain that they'll elect Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate.<p>The Democrat has built a wide lead in the polls by distancing himself from the incumbent mayor, billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Joel Rose 4200 at NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do? The Slow, Uneven Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy After Hurricane Sandy, the south shore of Staten Island looked like it had been hit by a tsunami. The storm surge devastated whole neighborhoods suddenly, in a matter of hours. In the year since the storm, some families have been rebuilding their homes and their lives. Others are ready to sell their flood-damaged properties and move on.<p>Joe Salluzzo lives in a neighborhood called New Dorp Beach, a few blocks from the ocean. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:41:00 +0000 Joel Rose 3906 at The Slow, Uneven Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race Cory Booker, the celebrity mayor of Newark, N.J., was expected to cruise to victory in the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg. But just a week before voters go to the polls, he's facing a surprisingly strong challenge from Tea Party favorite Steve Lonegan.<p>The race was supposed to be a mismatch: Booker, the Democrat, and his 1.4 million Twitter followers versus the Republican former mayor of Bogota, N.J. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 06:58:00 +0000 Joel Rose 3314 at Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race Time For Superstorm Sandy Evacuees To Check Out Of Hotels Almost 300 Sandy victims are still living in hotel rooms on the taxpayers' dime — but not for long. City officials say the program is expensive, and it's time for those remaining Sandy evacuees to move out.<p>This week, the displaced families living in hotels got a letter from New York City officials telling them they will not pay for those rooms after Friday.<p>This was the message they sent back on Wednesday: <em>Heck no, we won't go! Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Joel Rose 3150 at Time For Superstorm Sandy Evacuees To Check Out Of Hotels New York's Next Mayor, Bound To Be A Brooklynite This week, the center of New York City's political universe was downtown Brooklyn.<p>With the dust settling from the mayoral primary, the two candidates who will be on the ballot to replace outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg both live in the city's biggest borough.<p>On Thursday, Republican candidate Joe Lhota shook hands with voters pouring out of the subway a few blocks from his home in Brooklyn Heights.<p>"When I first moved here 25 years ago, no one wanted to come visit me in Brooklyn," Lhota says. "Now they all live here as well. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:46:00 +0000 Joel Rose 2745 at New York's Next Mayor, Bound To Be A Brooklynite Yet Another Democrat Takes The Lead In NYC Mayor Race <p></p><p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:31:00 +0000 Joel Rose 1957 at Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter? In one week, voters in New Jersey go to the polls in a special primary election for a U.S. Senate seat.<p>No one on the ballot has more name recognition than Cory Booker, the 44-year-old mayor of Newark, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. But Booker's critics say he's been more focused on his own ambitions than on governing New Jersey's largest city.<p>In the seven years since Booker was elected mayor, he has been ubiquitous on Twitter and on TV. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 1189 at Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter? Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage' At a Wendy's restaurant in Lower Manhattan on Monday, protesters urged the lunchtime crowd to skip the Value Menu for one day. They blocked the sidewalk and half of the street.<p>Shanell Young held a red strike sign over her head. Young earns the minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, at another Wendy's in New York. She says that's not enough to support her and her 5-year-old son.<p>"It's horrible," says Young. "Everything goes up. It's unfair. You can't find an apartment. You can't pay for children's school uniforms. Everything is unfair. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:51:00 +0000 Joel Rose 927 at Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage'