With little time left in the contest to choose a new speaker of the New York City Council, the forces allied with Mayor Bill de Blasio were working furiously into the night on Tuesday to squelch any remaining chance that his handpicked candidate, Melissa Mark-Viverito, could be defeated.
Her challenger, Daniel R. Garodnick, appeared to be heading into the noon vote on Wednesday a decided underdog, needing to sway some six votes out of the 51 to be cast. But he was benefiting from the determined advocacy of Representative Joseph Crowley, the powerful leader of the Queens Democratic organization, who was far from giving up the fight.
Neighborhood streets were once impromptu meeting places where Gail Dubins took immense pleasure conversing with the many students and parents she encountered. These days, those streets seem off-limits. Ms. Dubins, 53, has no desire to be seen, much less to fraternize in her Brooklyn neighborhood. Her social instincts have been stifled by her shame.
Early in 2012, medical problems caused her to lose her position at Public School 199 Frederick Wachtel, an elementary school in Brooklyn where she had been teaching for 20 years. “I don’t walk on the avenue when school is let out, or when children are going to school,” she said. “I feel like I did something wrong.”
ALBANY — Drawing on lessons from Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo outlined on Tuesday how New York would spend more than $16 billion in federal disaster aid on items like high-tech weather stations and seals for entrances to subway stations.
Joined by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the governor announced more than 1,000 projects that he said would make New York better prepared for future storms. They include rebuilding tidal wetlands and upgrading the electrical grid.
The Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz suspected nothing when, while preparing for three concerts in Switzerland in late 2012, he was bombarded with questions by the artistic director of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. He had no clue that a recital he gave that year in Schenectady, N.Y., was closely scrutinized and discussed and debated by a select few listeners.
And he thought nothing of it when the man from the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Mich., sought a meeting in Berlin, assuming that they would simply be discussing his next appearance at the festival.
Brayden Schenn scored at 1 minutes 50 seconds of overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the host Devils, 3-2, on Tuesday night after giving up a late short-handed goal that forced the extra session.
Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell also scored for Philadelphia, which ended a six-game trip with a 5-1 record. Ray Emery made 31 saves.
ISTANBUL — The Turkish government removed police chiefs in 15 cities and the deputy head of the country’s police force in a decree published in the official gazette early Wednesday, CNN Turk reported.
The removals came after around 350 Turkish police officers in Ankara were reassigned to different positions on Tuesday in the largest single purge of the police force since a corruption investigation plunged the government into crisis last month.
FIGUEIRA DE CASTELO RODRIGO, Portugal — On a rainy winter morning, Antonio Mónteiro and two colleagues were pushing and pulling an ailing, reluctant bull along a stony track in the Faia Brava nature reserve in northeast Portugal.
Suddenly, Mr. Mónteiro pointed up. “Look! Africa!” he said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who rose to prominence as a behind-the-scenes caretaker of other politicians’ images, unveiled the new guardians of his own public persona on Tuesday, appointing a fleet of City Hall press aides.
The team includes several alumni of President Obama’s political operations and veterans of Mr. de Blasio’s past offices and campaigns.
Martin H. Tankleff, a Long Island man who served 17 years in prison for murdering his parents before a state appeals court vacated his conviction, will receive more than $3 million under a settlement of his wrongful imprisonment lawsuit.
The settlement, announced on Tuesday, was another measure of vindication for Mr. Tankleff, whose life turned upside down in September 1988, when he woke up on the morning he was supposed to begin his senior year in high school and discovered his father bleeding heavily in his home office. Mr. Tankleff, then 17, called 911, and by the time the authorities arrived, he discovered that his mother was also dead, bludgeoned and slashed.
In the streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn, a local rap artist named Cuame Nelson was recording a new music video when someone called out his stage name.
The rapper, fresh out of a stint at Rikers Island, turned toward the voice, expecting to see a fan or friend. Instead, he saw several plainclothes police officers, one of them wearing a shirt bearing the name of Mr. Nelson’s group.
The Knicks found a winning formula in Texas, and brought it home to New York — barely. After leading by 17 points late in the third quarter at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks nearly blew it Tuesday night. The Detroit Pistons almost stole a game that would have meant another night of misery for Knicks fans.
However, the Knicks hung on for an 89-85 victory, led by Carmelo Anthony (34 points), who had an impressive shooting performance, making 13 of 24 from the field, including 6 of 7 from 3-point range. With their best player feeling it, the Knicks built on a 2-1 Texas trip by winning their third game in their last four starts. This has been a difficult season for the Knicks (12-22), but they are showing signs that the worst might be over.
Run Run Shaw, the colorful Hong Kong media mogul whose name was synonymous with low-budget Chinese action and horror films — and especially with the wildly successful kung fu genre, which he is largely credited with inventing — died on Tuesday at his home in Hong Kong. He was 106.
His company, Television Broadcasts Limited, announced his death in a statement.
Every day the headlines from the Arab world get worse: An Al Qaeda affiliate group, aided by foreign fighters, battles with seven different homegrown Syrian rebel groups for control of the region around Aleppo, Syria. The Iranian Embassy in Beirut is bombed. Mohamad Chatah, an enormously decent former Lebanese finance minister, is blown up after criticizing Hezbollah’s brutish tactics. Another pro-Al Qaeda group takes control of Fallujah, Iraq. Explosions rock Egypt, where the army is now jailing Islamists and secular activists. Libya is a mess of competing militias.
Sheila Heen, an expert in negotiation and difficult conversations, is answering reader questions about how to resolve disputes within families and in other parts of life.
Ms. Heen is a founding partner at Triad Consulting Group and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, where she has taught negotiation since 1995. She wrote “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most” (Penguin, 2000), with Douglas Stone and Bruce Patton. Ms. Heen and Mr. Stone have a book coming out in March called “Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It’s Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, and Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood)” (Viking, 2014). Her answers draw on insights and strategies from both books.
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