Friday, December 23, 2011



* Occupy Albany protesters criticized police for pepper spraying at least half a dozen holdouts and bystanders during yesterday's standoff over the encampment's last tent, the Times Union reports:

* State employees with little training or oversight often give too many mind-altering drugs to control disabled people living in state-run group homes, the New York Times says:

* The NYPD has had mixed success spying on Muslims, with programs that continue despite failing to produce results, are rarely evaluated and get credit where they played no role, the Associated Press finds:

* The Bloomberg administration is exploring alternative health insurance options for its employees as the state weighs making the city's current insurer a for-profit company, the Daily News reports:

* A Bronx judge ruled that the Cuomo administration can drop former state Sen. Pedro Espada's Soundview Health Care Network from the state's Medicaid program, writes the Daily News:

* Chinese-American leaders defended embattled city Comptroller John Liu, likening the investigation into his fundraising to the alleged hazing of Pvt. Danny Chen, who apparently killed himself in Afghanistan, the Times notes:

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