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For Penn Station Diners, Nowhere to Go but Up

nytimes.com Matt Flegenheimer (@mattfleg) – Aug 26 – Some travelers entrust their stomachs, anxiously, to the tacos of Pennsylvania Station, where dark hairs and soda stains soil the dining tables above the tracks. Others make it as far as the soft pretzels, sagging meekly behind glass, or the pizza…
The New York Times RT @NYTMetro: With cockroaches as dining companions, eating at Penn Station can be a sort of urban masochism: t.co/su5xH6Re9T
Danielle Ivory "A cockroach, about as long as a MetroCard, sidled up beside him." t.co/BBCREIQY5V
David Gelles Great read by @mattfleg --> For Penn Station Diners, Nowhere to Go but Up t.co/CLgMHLutn5
Marc Lacey RT @michaelroston: "It is an afternoon at the doctor's office without an appointment, a trip to the [DMV] for the camaraderie." t.co/NCj0OyjqRe
Damon Darlin 'This is the armpit of the city.' NY's Penn Station and possible better food ahead. t.co/G8ijYKNJlw
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Post names Frederick J. Ryan Jr. as new publisher

washingtonpost.com – Sep 2 – Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is replacing Publisher Katharine Weymouth with Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., a former Reagan administration official who was part of the founding leadership team of Politico, a primarily digital news organization that…
Mark Glaser Profile of Politico's founding CEO and new Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan (@craigtimberg via @WashingtonPost) t.co/NyaHHncnbB
mhelft It's the end of the Graham era at the Washington Post: t.co/XSoauSxYTv via @washingtonpost
Liz Heron Interesting that WaPo's new publisher comes from Albritton, where 2 former WP journalists launched Politico & TBD t.co/w5KK1tX11r
Liz Heron .@washingtonpost gets a new publisher, ending the Graham family association for good t.co/w5KK1tX11r
Jennifer 8. Lee Frederick J. Ryan Jr.'s appointment as publisher of @washingtonpost ends 80 years of Graham family oversight. t.co/ecGxzjWZZM
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A Call for a Low-Carb Diet

nytimes.com – Anahad O'Connor – Sep 2 – People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows. The…
The New York Times RT @nytimeshealth: A major study shows that avoiding carbohydrates and eating more fat helps with weight loss and cuts heart risks t.co/ha2MiuqNol
Drew Houston RT @pmarca: Research results keep mounting that @garytaubes has been right all along: t.co/tU9sH9Km5I
Farhad Manjoo Low-carb ultimately lowered Framingham risk scores, the risk of heart attack within 10 years. Low-fat group didn't. t.co/UBVuXoQLLy
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Brainy, Yes, But Far From Handy

nytimes.com John Markoff (@markoff) – Sep 2 – STANFORD, Calif. — In factories and warehouses, robots routinely outdo humans in strength and precision. Artificial intelligence software can drive cars, beat grandmasters at chess and leave “Jeopardy!” champions in the dust.
Jeremy Zilar Robots still lack a well-developed sense of touch, an element that keeps them from eclipsing most human capabilities t.co/TeNn4tYA0c
Mary Dooe RT @wfrick: "machines still lack a critical element... a well-developed sense of touch" t.co/56BZK6uzL6
Bill Gross Human touch is so precise, if your finger were as big as earth, it could feel the difference between a car & a house! t.co/xlYp6X0CCn
Conor Dougherty Robots can be smart, but they have a horrible sense of touch. By @markoff t.co/2jJsk5YXXd
John Markoff RT @erikbryn: Moravec's Paradox: The human touch is still beyond the reach of robots via @markoff t.co/hISk0iy6Ac #2MA t.co/Udgo0BZf8T
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Life in an English Town Where Abuse of Young Girls Flourished

nytimes.com – Katrin Bennhold – Aug 26 – ROTHERHAM, England — It started on the bumper cars in the children's arcade of the local shopping mall. Lucy was 12, and a group of teenage boys, handsome and flirtatious, treated her and her friends to free rides and ice cream after school.
Danielle Ivory The Rotherham police detective said a girl raped by 5 men had been '100% consensual." She was 12 years old. t.co/zpxWHOKEAO
Lydia Polgreen "1,400 children ... as young as 11, were groomed for sexual exploitation while the authorities looked the other way.' t.co/hYRprWZfH6
Joseph Weisenthal RT @fordm: This is just beyond words: Life in an English Town Where Abuse of Young Girls Flourished t.co/vcoH9StNLW
Lisa Tozzi At least 1,400 children sexually assaulted in English town: t.co/C1kjuOU9wT
Ben Smith RT @Heminator: If you think the Rotherdam rapes are horrifying, this NYT story will only add to your rage. t.co/8NlIIUe3Sk
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Katharine Weymouth announces plans to step down as publisher, Fred Ryan selected as successor

washingtonpost.com – WashPostPR – Aug 29 – In a note to her Washington Post colleagues of 17 years, Katharine Weymouth today announced the transition to a new Publisher and CEO. She said, “The greatest honor of my life has been serving as Publisher of The Post these past seven years…
Sam Sifton RT @washingtonpost: Katharine Weymouth announces plans to step down as publisher of @WashingtonPost, Fred Ryan selected as successor t.co/forLI1U2pz
Christine Haughney RT @washingtonpost: Katharine Weymouth announces plans to step down as publisher of @WashingtonPost, Fred Ryan selected as successor t.co/forLI1U2pz
MikeIsaac Katherine Weymouth out at the Post. Now waiting to read the tick tock on what went down. t.co/vRizKUoEAB
Emily Steel RT @mediagazer: Katharine Weymouth announces plans to step down as publisher, Fred Ryan selected as successor t.co/PsdhZ5q9pv t.co/84TZLFx6s0
Brian Stelter RT @washingtonpost: Katharine Weymouth announces plans to step down as publisher of @WashingtonPost, Fred Ryan selected as successor t.co/forLI1U2pz
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New York Set to Accuse Evans Bank of Redlining

dealbook.nytimes.com – Jessica Silver-greenberg – Sep 2 – Drawn in thick marker along the map of upstate New York, the line snaked down the Niagara River and zigzagged east to outline a swath of Buffalo and its surrounding neighborhoods. But one area of the city — neighborhoods in east Buffalo…
Danielle Ivory New York will accuse Evans Bank of denying mortgages to African-Americans, regardless of their credit. t.co/F0OIjoF7qt @jbsgreenberg
Patrick LaForge Allegations of redlining at a Western NY bank t.co/DGWuPIhB2q
DealBook ICYMI: Regulators see a return of redlining by banks. The story by .@jbsgreenberg t.co/OfIj5LHr1i
Jess SilverGreenberg Thought banks didn't discriminate based on race anymore? Think again. t.co/ILreS9CoTN
david carr RT @MicahLasher: Inside look by @nytimes's @jbsgreenberg at redlining case to be announced today in Buffalo by @AGSchneiderman. t.co/S0Qxc9zFQh
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Obituaries for the Pre-Dead

nytimes.com – Margalit Fox – Aug 29 – If you can read this, then you are almost certainly pre-dead. For my colleagues and me, the world cleaves, portmanteau-style, into two neat compartments: the dead and the pre-dead. In the singular view of human existence that we obituary writers…
Henry Blodget RT @EllenBarryNYT: The NYT has 1,700 obituaries for "pre-dead" luminaries, some subjects outlive the obit writer. t.co/p03J8sG90E
ceciliakang RT @EllenBarryNYT: The NYT has 1,700 obituaries for "pre-dead" luminaries, tho some subjects buck expectations &outlive the obit writer. t.co/DsA3Lwl7nF
Jenna Wortham RT @EllenBarryNYT: The NYT has 1,700 obituaries for "pre-dead" luminaries, tho some subjects buck expectations &outlive the obit writer. t.co/DsA3Lwl7nF
Jennifer 8. Lee One of the most tricky reporting situations: approaching living folks to interview for their obituaries. t.co/a3B6nY0N1z
Nick Bilton RT @EllenBarryNYT: The NYT has 1,700 obituaries for "pre-dead" luminaries, tho some subjects buck expectations &outlive the obit writer. t.co/DsA3Lwl7nF
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Angelo Mozilo Speaks: No Villainy at Countrywide

Bloomberg – Max Abelson – Angelo Mozilo cannot believe it. Six years after he lost control of the largest mortgage lender in the U.S., and days after news that the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles plans to sue him, the Countrywide Financial Corp. founder is baffled by…
Bloomberg News Countrywide's ex-CEO Angelo Mozilo has no regrets: t.co/xiaBgCDc3h t.co/vt3z14ZMMQ
Felix Salmon 'I don't have a job, so I have to earn some money" says tone-deaf man who earned $500m in 10 years t.co/tsGBknPbcK
Matthew Goldstein RT @mdc: Mozilo asks @maxabelson to ask the world: "What do you have against Mozilo, what did he do?" Amazing interview: t.co/Zv3WcAM3Wt
Joseph Weisenthal Wow. @maxabelson on BloombergTV right now, talking about his big interview with Angelo Mozilo --> t.co/EkvAH00jJg
Jeffrey Cane Angelo Mozilo speaks!: "Countrywide didn't change. I didn't change. The world changed." t.co/6664jMHsN1
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Uber Banned Across Germany by Frankfurt Court

bits.blogs.nytimes.com – Mark Scott – Sep 2 – LONDON – Uber is in hot water in Europe, again. The American car-sharing service faces fines of up to 250,000 euros, or $330,000, and its German employees face up to six months in jail if the company violates a temporary ban imposed across…
Techmeme Court bans UberPop in Germany, Uber Black unaffected; Uber will continue operations & appeal t.co/rTAsrbH3uu t.co/b0HrMuvJj4
MikeIsaac i hope 'Uber' appreciates the irony of being banned in Germany t.co/aInFTXyKqt
NYTimes Bits RT @nytimesbusiness: Uber banned across Germany by Frankfurt court; Uber says it will continue operating as it appeals t.co/c7nATutbnF
NYT Technology Bits Blog: Uber Banned Across Germany by Frankfurt Court t.co/fvrmCzJtTQ
The New York Times Bits Blog: Uber Banned Across Germany by Frankfurt Court t.co/W4GogqUi2Z
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