The Monkey House Ends a 111-Year Run in the Bronx

The Monkey House Ends a 111-Year Run in the Bronx
By JAMES BARRON (NYT)

The Bronx Zoo on Monday shut down its 111-year-old Monkey House, an attraction that had long been a popular throwback to zoos of an earlier age.

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African-American – News

African-American – News March 2, 2012

Judges hold hearing on SC election districts (Marion Star)
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A black South Carolina Democratic lawmaker testified Thursday that he believes the redistricting process was an attempt to resegregate the voting boundaries in the state.

Re: How Should Black People Feel About Andrew Breitbart’s Death? (NewsOne)
Right Wing blogger Andrew Breitbart is now dead . The notorious founder of the website, BigJournalism.com , found himself at the center of numerous controversies, most notably, the misleading smear of Shirley Sherrod of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Obama Campaign Readies Black Surrogates For Election Fight
Obama Campaign Readies Black Surrogates For Election Fight (Loop21)
Courting the black vote has always been a task with which Democrats have struggled.
Maryland Gay Marriage Could Hinge on Black Churches (The Skanner)
With Maryland poised to legalize gay marriage, some conservative opponents and religious leaders are counting on members of their congregations, especially in black churches, to upend the legislation at the polls this fall.

Andrew Breitbart Dead At 43 (foxnews)
Widely read conservative Internet publisher Andrew Breitbart, whose flare for battle with politicians and the mainstream media earned him a reputation as one of the nation’s most influential commentators, died Thursday. The websites he founded ran a statement Thursday morning announcing that Breitbart, 43, died “unexpectedly from natural causes” in Los Angeles shortly after midnight. His attorney and editor-in-chief of those sites confirmed his death to Fox News.

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NEW THIS MORNING

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Negotiations are under way at the staff level for a constitutional amendment creating a 10-member independent redistricting panel, with the Legislature retaining some power to tweak its maps, the Times Union reports: http://bit.ly/wZ8AdR

* Jenny Hou wrote online that New York is a cruel city after being charged with fraud as John Lius campaign treasurer, while her mother told a Chinese-language newspaper that both Lius work and Hous sacrifice are for the Chinese community, the Post writes: http://nyp.st/z9ojwH

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie increased his criticism of the NYPD for secretly monitoring Muslims in his state, saying 9/11 showed the need to share information and mocking Commissioner Ray Kelly as all knowing, all seeing, the AP reports: http://bit.ly/xYE3y4

* Beth Israel Medical Center admitted to fraudulently raising fees for Medicare patients through a process called turbocharging and agreed to pay the federal government $13 million in damages, the New York Times writes: http://nyti.ms/wNTmic

* Of the 50 hospitals cited by Consumer Reports as having the worst patient safety records nationwide, 30 are in the New York City metro area and the Bronxs city-run Jacobi Medical Center is the worst, The News writes: http://nydn.us/z3wqRi

* The Bloomberg administration is stepping up anti-smoking efforts targeted at Asians, who have continued smoking at the same rate they did in 2002 despite declines for most other New Yorkers, the Times notes: http://nyti.ms/zbDp2D

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