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Mayor de Blasio Appoints Wife Chirlane McCray Chair Of Mayor’s Fund To Advance New York City

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Mayor Bill de Blasio has defined the role his wife will have in his administration.

First Lady Chirlane McCray will be chairwoman of The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. The position is unpaid.

In an exclusive interview with CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer, McCray discussed her new role.

Most first ladies have kept paid jobs in the private sector. Kramer asked McCray why she’s serving for free.

“Well Marcia, Bill and I deeply believe in public service and as you know, it’s not a secret we’ve worked so closely together over the last 22 years,” McCray told Kramer. “This is just a natural continuation of our partnership.”

The Mayor’s Fund, which had $37 million budget in 2012, develops public-private partnerships and investments with a focus on youth development, health, the environment and the arts. The Mayor’s Fund also supports relief efforts after disasters such as

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy Touts Budget Turnaround In State Of State

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — While Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy hasn’t said whether he will seek re-election this year, his State of the State address Thursday seemed to pave the way for another run.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, the hard-hitting theme of Malloy’s speech was budget responsibility.

Addressing a joint session of the General Assembly on the first day of the legislative session, Malloy noted that when he took office in 2011, he was left with a $3.6 billion budget deficit, which he and the Legislature “together” have since turned into a $500 million surplus.

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“Today, after a lot of tough decisions and strong leadership from many people in this chamber, we’ve come a long way,” Malloy told lawmakers, noting that the state government…

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Court: Starbucks Baristas Must Split Tips With Supervisors

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors who do much of the same work, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based its findings in part on a June ruling by New York State’s highest court that excluded assistant managers from receiving a share of the tips.

Citing the findings by the New York Court of Appeals, the three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit noted that it was undisputed that Starbucks’ shift supervisors spend a majority of time performing the same duties as baristas: serving food and beverages to customers.

Shift supervisors assign baristas to particular duties during their shifts, administer break periods and provide feedback to baristas about their performance. They also can open and close stores, change cash register tills and deposit money in the bank.

But the appeals court said those were limited supervisory duties…

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Some Thoughts On The JFK Assassination

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The first time I saw Dealey Plaza in Dallas, I was shocked by how small the area was. In films on and TV, they make the whole plaza look huge, but it is in fact quite tiny. If you are driving through it at normal speed and you blink, you will miss it (of course, Kennedy’s car was going slowly that day, as it was in a motorcade). The so-called “grassy knoll” can hardly be called a hill or even really a knoll–it is merely a bump on the ground, and the distance from the “grassy knoll” to where Kennedy was shot can be covered in only a few seconds by someone at a full run. This does not bode well for conspiracy theories, as there really is nowhere to hide down on the ground at Dealey Plaza and escape unnoticed after firing a shot, especially if one is carrying…

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1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks Remembers Covering The JFK Assassination

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In 1963, 1010 WINS was a top 40 music station, playing the hits.

But on Nov. 22, 1963, the music stopped — for more than three days.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks Remembers Covering The JFK Assassination

At the time, Stan Brooks was the assistant news director, 1010 WINS’ Paul James reports. Brooks says was across the street eating a sandwich when he got the news. The bartender brought the phone over to him and told him the station was calling.

It was a WINS editor.

“He said, you gotta come back right away. They shot Kennedy.”

Photos:50 Years Since The JFK Assassination

When Brooks first heard the news, he didn’t believe it.

“I think everybody was shocked,” he said. “The fact that an assassination happened. Never happened in my lifetime. It never happened i most of the people who were alive then, in…

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Palladino: By Splitting Town, A-Rod Blew Whatever Chance He Had With Public

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By Ernie Palladino
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The deeper the mess surrounding Alex Rodriguez goes, the worse it becomes.

Put in other terms: same garbage, different day.

Oh, it all comes in a new package, of course. That always changes with A-Rod because, let’s face it, you can’t keep dishing out the same malarkey over and over again and expect people to keep on believing. Ya gotta change it up a bit now and then.

On Thursday, he just skipped town, which was a first. He’s obfuscated before, ducked questions before, and answered probes in defiance of both his detractors and common sense. But never had he refused to show up at a legal hearing until he learned baseball’s commissioner, Bud Selig, was not going to pop by the witness stand to offer another bit in his supposed mound of evidence.

In fact, Selig’s absence made that…

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MLB, Players Mourn Loss Of Union Head Michael Weiner

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tributes poured in Thursday on Twitter after Major League Baseball and its players learned of the passing of union chief Michael Weiner.

Weiner died Thursday, 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51.

“Michael Weiner worked even thru his sickness. He didn’t look at it as an excuse to quit,” tweeted Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, the NL MVP. “He never gave up on us even when at his worst.”

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