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Not Happening: Any Outdoor Concert in Mean Irene’s… (Billboard)
Hurricane Irene is wreaking havoc on just about every musical happening up and down the East Coast this weekend, including a Dave Matthews Band concert festival — the DMB Caravan — on Governor’s Island in NYC, which canceled its Saturday and Sunday events.
New York’s Only Hurricane (New York Magazine)
As the city prepares for the assault of Irene, we’re almost exactly 190 years away from the only hurricane in recorded history whose eye passed directly over New York.

Cuomo emergency plan: Possibly close bridges, Thruway, deploy National Guard (Times Herald-Record)
Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday convened an emergency session of his Cabinet to review plans to protect New Yorkers and mitigate the potential effects of Hurricane Irene.



Attention: Due to impending hurricane conditions, a zone fare system will be in effect starting Saturday, August 27, 2011.

New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission
August 26, 2011

To All Interested Parties:

Industry Notice #11-19 August 26, 2011
For Immediate Release

Attention: Due to impending hurricane conditions, a zone fare system will be in effect starting Saturday, August 27, 2011.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission will amend regulations during the Hurricane Irene weather emergency to maximize the passenger-carrying capacity of our regulated industries. A zone fare system will take effect at 9 AM Saturday, August 27, and must be followed for all trips provided in the five boroughs by yellow taxis, liveries, black cars, limousines, and commuter vans. The zone fares will be in effect until further notice.

In addition to the zone fare, the following regulations are also in effect:

  • Liveries, black cars, limousines and commuter vans are permitted to pickup street hails while these zone fares are in effect.
  • Zone fares will apply for both street hails and dispatched trips.
  • Group rides will be permitted and encouraged.
  • Drivers can require group riding.
  • Passengers must be allowed to travel with their household pets and service animals.

Details on the zone fare system (in PDF)

Atención: Debido a las condiciones de huracán inminente, un sistema de tarifas de zona estará en efecto a partir del sábado, 27 de agosto 2011.

La Comisión de Taxis y Limosinas modificará las regulaciones durante la emergencia climática del huracán Irene para maximizar la capacidad de transporte de pasajeros de nuestras industrias. Un sistema de tarifas de zona estará en efecto a las 9 de la mañana del sábado, 27 de agosto, y es mandatorio para todos los viajes en los cinco condados provenido por los taxis amarillos, los liveries, las limusinas de lujo, y las camionetas de pasajeros. Las tarifas de zona estarán en efecto hasta nuevo aviso.

Además de un sistema de tarifas de zona, las siguientes reglas también están en efecto hasta un nuevo aviso:

  • Los liveries, las limusinas de lujo, y las camionetas de pasajeros se les permite recoger en la calle mientras que estas tarifas de zona estén en efecto.
  • Estas tarifas se aplicarán tanto para street hails y llamadas.
  • Los conductores pueden requerir que pasajeros comparten un viaje.
  • Los pasajeros deben poder viajar con sus mascotas y animales de servicio.

Los detalles sobre el sistema de tarifas de zona (PDF)


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A Poll Tax by Another Name

A Poll Tax by Another Name

Correction Appended


AS we celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, we reflect on the life and legacy of this great man. But recent legislation on voting reminds us that there is still work to do. Since January, a majority of state legislatures have passed or considered election-law changes that, taken together, constitute the most concerted effort to restrict the right to vote since before the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Growing up as the son of an Alabama sharecropper, I experienced Jim Crow firsthand. It was enforced by the slander of “separate but equal,” willful blindness to acts of racially motivated violence and the threat of economic retaliation. The pernicious effect of those strategies was to institutionalize second-class citizenship and restrict political participation to the majority alone.

We have come a long way since the 1960s. When the Voting Rights Act was passed, there were only 300 elected African-American officials in the United States; today there are more than 9,000, including 43 members of Congress. The 1993 National Voter Registration Act — also known as the Motor Voter Act — made it easier to register to vote, while the 2002 Help America Vote Act responded to the irregularities of the 2000 presidential race with improved election standards.

Despite decades of progress, this year’s Republican-backed wave of voting restrictions has demonstrated that the fundamental right to vote is still subject to partisan manipulation. The most common new requirement, that citizens obtain and display unexpired government-issued photo identification before entering the voting booth, was advanced in 35 states and passed by Republican legislatures in Alabama, Minnesota, Missouri and nine other states — despite the fact that as many as 25 percent of African-Americans lack acceptable identification.

Having fought for voting rights as a student, I am especially troubled that these laws disproportionately affect young voters. Students at state universities in Wisconsin cannot vote using their current IDs (because the new law requires the cards to have signatures, which those do not). South Carolina prohibits the use of student IDs altogether. Texas also rejects student IDs, but allows voting by those who have a license to carry a concealed handgun. These schemes are clearly crafted to affect not just how we vote, but who votes.

Conservative proponents have argued for photo ID mandates by claiming that widespread voter impersonation exists in America, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. While defending its photo ID law before the Supreme Court, Indiana was unable to cite a single instance of actual voter impersonation at any point in its history. Likewise, in Kansas, there were far more reports of U.F.O. sightings than allegations of voter fraud in the past decade. These theories of systematic fraud are really unfounded fears being exploited to threaten the franchise.

In Georgia, Florida, Ohio and other states, legislatures have significantly reduced opportunities to cast ballots before Election Day — an option that was disproportionately used by African-American voters in 2008. In this case the justification is often fiscal: Republicans in North Carolina attempted to eliminate early voting, claiming it would save money. Fortunately, the effort failed after the State Election Board demonstrated that cuts to early voting would actually be more expensive because new election precincts and additional voting machines would be required to handle the surge of voters on Election Day.

Voters in other states weren’t so lucky. Florida has cut its early voting period by half, from 96 mandated hours over 14 days to a minimum of 48 hours over just eight days, and has severely restricted voter registration drives, prompting the venerable League of Women Voters to cease registering voters in the state altogether. Again, this affects very specific types of voters: according to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice, African-Americans and Latinos were more than twice as likely as white voters to register through a voter registration drive.

These restrictions purportedly apply to all citizens equally. In reality, we know that they will disproportionately burden African Americans and other racial minorities, yet again. They are poll taxes by another name.

The King Memorial reminds us that out of a mountain of despair we may hew a stone of hope. Forty-eight years after the March on Washington, we must continue our work with hope that all citizens will have an unfettered right to vote. Second-class citizenship is not citizenship at all.

We’ve come some distance and have made great progress, but Dr. King’s dream has not been realized in full. New restraints on the right to vote do not merely slow us down. They turn us backward, setting us in the wrong direction on a course where we have already traveled too far and sacrificed too much.

John Lewis, a Democrat, is a congressman from Georgia.

Correction: August 27, 2011

An earlier version of this article misstated a quotation engraved on the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. The quotation is “out of a mountain of despair we may hew a stone of hope,” not “out of a mountain of stone.”