Regional Briefs – September 10, 2014

Walkout in Newark Over State Control of Schools

NEWARK – Some students from three Newark high schools on Tuesday walked out of class to protest the state’s two-decade old control of New Jersey’s largest school district, The Associated Press reported. Gov. Chris Christie said they have “no basis for their actions” and were being led by “selfish adults.”

NYC Jail Boss Proposes Reforms to Rikers

NEW YORK – New York City’s jail commissioner on Tuesday detailed proposed reforms to the problem-plagued Rikers Island in the wake of a scathing federal review, The Associated Press reported. Joseph Ponte must eliminate a backlog of 1,000 inmates who owe time in solitary confinement and introduce new punishments that don’t involve 23-hour lock in. He’d eventually eliminate confinement for minor inmates.

Latest Condo Amenity: $1M Parking Spot

NEW YORK – A million dollars would buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle. But a condo development in pricy SoHo will charge that much for a parking spot, The New York Times reported. Ten underground spots at the Manhattan neighborhood will cost more per square foot than the apartments upstairs. Brokerage firm CEO Shaun Osher said he’s “looking at setting the benchmark.”