Joel Rose http://kvpr.org en N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force http://kvpr.org/post/ny-mans-death-prompts-police-introspection-use-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 36140 at http://kvpr.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts http://kvpr.org/post/new-york-embraces-hiv-preventing-pill-some-voice-doubts AIDS researchers and policymakers from around the globe are gathering in Melbourne, Australia, for a major international conference that starts this Monday. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Joel Rose 35943 at http://kvpr.org As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD http://kvpr.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-stance-pot-wont-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 35600 at http://kvpr.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD Top NYPD Cop: Stop-And-Frisk Is Not 'The Problem Or The Solution' http://kvpr.org/post/top-nypd-cop-stop-and-frisk-not-problem-or-solution It's been nearly a year since a court ruling curtailed the New York Police Department's controversial practice known as stop-and-frisk, but NYPD Commissioner William Bratton says the city can be just as safe without it.<p>Bratton tells NPR that crime numbers for the year are down overall in New York. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Joel Rose 35173 at http://kvpr.org Top NYPD Cop: Stop-And-Frisk Is Not 'The Problem Or The Solution' A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide http://kvpr.org/post/new-jersey-law-thats-kept-smart-guns-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 21:25:00 +0000 Joel Rose 34698 at http://kvpr.org A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock http://kvpr.org/post/move-over-bridgegate-chris-christies-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 33882 at http://kvpr.org Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The Triple Crown? http://kvpr.org/post/why-it-so-hard-horse-win-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 33679 at http://kvpr.org Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The Triple Crown? On The Bedrock Of Fallen Towers, September 11 Museum Opens Doors http://kvpr.org/post/bedrock-fallen-towers-september-ii-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 32726 at http://kvpr.org Amid Controversy, Sept. 11 Museum Opens Its Doors http://kvpr.org/post/amid-controversy-sept-11-museum-opens-its-doors The National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York was dedicated Thursday morning in front of an audience that included President Obama.<p>"It tells the story of how, in the aftermath of the attacks, our city, our nation and peoples from across the world came together, supporting each other through difficult times and emerging stronger than ever," said former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is the museum's chairman. "That, more than any eulogy, was the greatest tribute we could pay to those that we lost."<p>Most of the museum is underground. Thu, 15 May 2014 18:27:51 +0000 Joel Rose 32710 at http://kvpr.org Amid Controversy, Sept. 11 Museum Opens Its Doors To End Addiction Epidemic, States Focus On Stopping Doctor Shoppers http://kvpr.org/post/end-addiction-epidemic-states-focus-stopping-doctor-shoppers Nearly every state has a prescription drug monitoring program that's meant to end abuse of opioids and other powerful pain medicines. But critics say most of these programs have a big loophole: they're voluntary, and many doctors don't use them. States that have made participation in PDMPs mandatory say they've started to cut down on practices that allow pain meds to be diverted into the black market. But those states are the exception. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 09 May 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Joel Rose 32441 at http://kvpr.org Brewskee-Ball Founders Refuse To Be Sidelined By Trademark Case http://kvpr.org/post/brewskee-ball-founders-refuse-be-sidelined-trademark-case The founders of <a href="http://www.brewskeeball.com/hello/">Brewskee-Ball</a> like to say they've taken Skee-Ball from the arcade to the bar, turning the old-time amusement park game into a competitive sport with hundreds of dedicated players in a handful of locations across the country, including Brooklyn, N.Y., San Francisco and Austin.<p>But the company that makes Skee-Ball machines is not amused.<p>It's suing Brewskee-Ball's founders for trademark infringement. Tue, 06 May 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Joel Rose 32297 at http://kvpr.org Brewskee-Ball Founders Refuse To Be Sidelined By Trademark Case New York Rep. Michael Grimm Indicted On 20 Counts http://kvpr.org/post/new-york-rep-michael-grimm-indicted-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 20:00:00 +0000 Joel Rose 31884 at http://kvpr.org Columbia Comes Under Fire For Handling Of Sexual Assault Cases http://kvpr.org/post/columbia-comes-under-fire-handling-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 31769 at http://kvpr.org Al Sharpton, FBI Informant? New Claims Revive '80s Mob Story http://kvpr.org/post/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 20:14:00 +0000 Joel Rose 30898 at http://kvpr.org Internal Report Clears Christie Of Bridgegate, But Dems Don't Buy It http://kvpr.org/post/internal-report-clears-christie-bridgegate-dems-dont-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 20:05:00 +0000 Joel Rose 30338 at http://kvpr.org In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions http://kvpr.org/post/face-disaster-pritzker-winner-shigeru-ban-designs-solutions Each year the Pritzker Architecture Prize goes to a star architect with a long list of glamorous commissions around the globe. This year's winner is a little different.<p><a href="http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/works.html">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed museums, homes and concert halls. But Ban is best known for a more humble kind of work: The temporary structures he's built for refugees and evacuees all over the world.<p>Ban may be the only architect in the world who makes buildings out of paper — cardboard paper tubes, to be precise.<p>"It's very inexpensive. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Joel Rose 30178 at http://kvpr.org In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria http://kvpr.org/post/turning-food-waste-fuel-takes-gumption-and-trillions-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="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_education/newtown_wwtp.shtml">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 29507 at http://kvpr.org Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible http://kvpr.org/post/shifting-gears-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 25755 at http://kvpr.org Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible Remembering The Singing 'Mayor Of MacDougal Street' http://kvpr.org/post/remembering-singing-mayor-macdougal-street <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LgFHGBu8NY</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:06:00 +0000 Joel Rose 25583 at http://kvpr.org Remembering The Singing 'Mayor Of MacDougal Street' NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do? http://kvpr.org/post/nyc-race-focuses-income-gap-how-much-can-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 24029 at http://kvpr.org NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do?