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2 killed, 9 injured in shootings near Empire State

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a morning rush-hour shooting close to New York City’s famed Empire State Building leaves two dead, including the gunman. See full story.

Apple in the year since Jobs resigned

Steve Jobs resigned as Apple’s CEO on Aug. 24, 2011, and died just six weeks later. But in the year since his resignation, the company he co-founded has flourished as never before. See full story.

Apple in the year since Jobs resigned

Steve Jobs resigned as Apple’s CEO on Aug. 24, 2011, and died just six weeks later. But in the year since his resignation, the company he co-founded has flourished as never before. See full story.

Apple, Samsung tie in Korea verdict

a South Korean court hands down a split decision in mutual patent lawsuits, an outcome that analysts say offers little advantage for either company. See full story.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall

Apple will not have the world’s largest market cap forever. Mark Hulbert reports on the fate of other companies that have risen to the top of the rankings. See full story.

MARKETWATCH COMMENTARY

all eyes have been diverted recently by the drama being played out by the Dow. Yet Mark Hulbert advises to also take a look at the Dow Jones Transportation Average, which is more than 5% off its early may highs. See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

Tax and retirement experts say you might not want to roll your 401(k) into an IRA when you lose your job or leave your employer. See full story.

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    Court Strikes Down MTA Payroll Tax; Massive Transit Hikes Possible

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Astronomical fare hikes and deep service cuts are possibly on the horizon for suburban commuters. It’s all because a major court ruling against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has put the agency in a financial bind — and commuters may have to cover the difference.

    That has led many to ask if a crisis is coming for subway and train riders, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

    WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs on The Story

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    The screech of a subway rolling into the station is nothing compared to how commuters — bus and subway riders as well as Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North — are going to feel if a ruling by a Nassau County judge striking down the agency’s payroll mobility tax is allowed to stand.

    “Without the payroll mobility tax the MTA would be forced to balance its budget with a combination of devastating service cuts and ever-increasing fare hikes,” MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said.

    And we’re not talking chump change here. Originally passed in 2009, the tax, coupled with several smaller taxes also struck down, amounts to a whopping $1.8 billion. Businesses and not-for-profits in the 12-county MTA area that have had to pay the employee tax have been screaming for it to die.

    Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was pounding his chest in delight on Thursday.

    “We’ve won an important victory with the court’s decision that this unfair burden on taxpayers was unconstitutional,” Astorino said.

    Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano celebrated, saying: “This success sends a strong message to job creators that we will not allow residents to be nickeled and dimed to the poor house, nor will we allow job killing taxes to go unchallenged.”

    Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told WCBS 880 that he was relieved by the ruling.

    “This is a tax that many of our residents may have little or no service from the MTA, particularly people on the east end. So that’s a big relief and a big burden off of taxpayers,” he said.

    But the MTA, which transports 8.5 million people a day to their jobs, said that if the ruling stands it would be an economic disaster for an already hurting region, taking 15 percent of the agency’s entire budget.

    “That would be a catastrophe for the services the MTA provides. it would be a catastrophe for the entire region and the entire state’s economy that depends on it,” Lhota said.

    The agency said it will appeal the ruling to the state Court of Appeals.

    State Sen. Jack Martins urged the MTA not to appeal the decision.

    “I am calling upon [New York State Attorney General] Eric Schneiderman to do the right thing and not appeal this decision and allow this MTA payroll tax to go the way of the dodo,” Martins told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs on Thursday.

    While elected officials applauded the ruling, riders weren’t celebrating. they expect fare hikes to make up for the massive budget gap created by the decision.

    “I travel back and forth to White Plains and it costs a lot of money, so I don’t think I should have to foot the bill,” Camille Worrell of White Plains told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez.

    “There’s a lot of sources to get money. But can’t always go after the payroll or the little guy,” added Bill David of New Fairfield, Conn.

    “they always come back to the ridership. they give it to you from one side and take it away from the other side. So, the bottom line is it’s still gonna come out of your pocket,” rider Mike Holzberg told WCBS 880′s Xirinachs.

    “I think it will hurt the economy because there’s no trickle-down of funding. People aren’t going to buy their lunches. They’re not going to buy their sodas or whatever, and then mom and pop stores are going to crash,” Nancy Okada of Woodside, Queens, told CBS 2′s Kramer.

    “I think everybody’s going to get in shape because I’ll be walking,” another man added.

    The subway fare is now $2.25, so CBS 2’s Kramer asked MTA head Lhota how much it would have to go up if the judgment is upheld. she asked if it could go to $2.75, to which Lhota responded “That’s nothing.” But bear in mind that this would be on top of two other fare hikes that are already in the pipeline for 2013 and 2015.

    “It’s really sad that we have to keep paying and not get any better service,” said Sandy Joseph of Port Chester.

    “We’re hard-working and if all our money goes to commute that’s not going to be good,” Hicksville’s Anamika Soni added.

    What do you think? Sound off below.

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      Vocational Students Lose Out in Long Island Schools

      Long Island Schools have an admirable goal of getting their students to college. in fact, most mission statements state that academic excellence is the primary goal for each district. in fact, approximately 88% of Long Island Schools graduates enroll in colleges or universities. But what about the remaining 12%? while some don’t make it all the way through high school, others would like to enter the world of work, and receive vocational training along the way. many Long Island Schools students would like to become anything from beauticians to massage therapists, plumbers to electricians, child care workers to welders. unfortunately, two Long Island Schools, located in the Patchogue-Medford school district and a part of Suffolk County, NY, are experiencing such a drastic cutbacks that they are forced to turn students away from the education they desire the most. in fact, self-employment or entering a trade looks increasingly attractive to students at a time when corporate jobs offer less and less security.

      Many Long Island Schools students who want to enter a trade or even own their own business, feel discouraged. many students are blocked from receiving the training they need to begin their chosen profession. the cash-strapped Patchogue-Medford School District recently informed approximately 60 of these Long Island Schools students that it can’t afford to enroll them in BOCES job-training courses next fall, despite state regulations entitling teens to such programs. BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) offers various programs for general, adult, special, emotionally and medically-fragile Long Island Schools students.

      Board members of Patchogue-Medford school district, parents, and students recently met at a monthly board meeting to discuss, in part, the cutbacks to the BOCES program in place throughout New York, and Long Island Schools are no exception.
      Do you realize you are taking this away from the students? one Long Island Schools student asked members of the district’s board of education. She also pointed out that administrators are getting raises in the newly approved budget. the board voted to hold the line against reinstating full funding of the BOCES program.

      One of at least 15 parents who attended the meeting to complain about the situation and said that she and other Long Island Schools parents will appeal to the state education commissioner to get their children the training they want.

      If forced by the state to reinstate the BOCES option for all students who want it, Superintendent Michael Mostow said the district would have to lay off teachers and raise class sizes that are already too large.

      One 11th-grader said many classmates share this view. They want to work for themselves, said the Long Island Schools student.

      School district officials voiced regret over the situation, but added that they have little choice. Patchogue-Medford trimmed its proposed budget, and the cuts included $720,000 in BOCES tuition. Voters have rejected spending plans twice.

      State regulations require school districts, including those in Long Island Schools, to provide students with up to two years of BOCES occupational training, free of charge.

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        Banker: No need to wait for an economic home run

        To the Editor: Baseball fans like me savor August. It’s the heart of the baseball season, and we study the sports pages each morning to see who is likely to make the playoffs. As I’ve been watching the pennant races shape up, it occurs to me that they offer a lesson related to economic development in our community. Fans of the New York Yankees have plenty of reasons to smile. As of Wednesday, the Bronx Bombers have more wins than any other team in the American League and are leading their division. The Yankees lead all of baseball in total home runs, which for many people are the most exciting part of the game. over in the National League, fans of New York’s other Major League Baseball team are not so happy. The Mets trail far behind the Washington Nationals, the parent club of our Syracuse Chiefs. The Nationals have an even better winning percentage than the Yankees. They have won more games than any other team in baseball, but rank 13th in home runs. Home runs are great, but baseball fans know that they aren’t essential to being a winner. In fact, teams can’t afford to have too many home run hitters on their roster. from Babe Ruth to Alex Rodriguez, the players who are hired to swing for the fences are also the ones who strike out the most. There’s a lesson in baseball for our community’s approach to economic development. After two decades of job losses from downsizing at Carrier, Lockheed Martin and other major employers, many people have hoped for a walk-off grand slam – a single project or big idea that will transform our regional economy overnight. While that would be great, it’s not the only way to win. Consider a few local success stories – some big hits that together are forming a rally to turn things around. The downtown Landmark Theatre renovations represent a $16 million investment in the community. since it reopened in November 2011, the theater has attracted dozens of concerts and theatrical productions that previously passed Syracuse by. The $74 million Upstate Cancer Center project, expected to open next year, has benefited the region’s economy by providing 300 construction jobs. Once complete, the five-story facility will help to attract new medical specialists and support staff, strengthening a nationally recognized program that draws patients from outside our region for state-of-the-art cancer care. The construction of the new Marriott Hotel in Armory Square is a more than $30 million investment, bringing100 permanent jobs and 100 construction jobs. The hotel is projected to accommodate more than 90,000 guests per year and will help bring more meeting and convention business to downtown. Plans to develop the Inner Harbor are moving forward, with the Syracuse Common Council approving COR Development’s $350 million project. The former industrial channel shooting off of Onondaga Lake will become a Syracuse destination, featuring a mix of residential, retail, recreation and education opportunities. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is in the midst of a $220 million expansion — the largest project in the hospital’s 140-year history. it includes a new emergency services building, intensive care unit, operating rooms, private patient rooms and a data center. The expansion represents 400 long-term construction jobs and 150 new health care jobs, helping to create a healthier economy. together, these projects are making a difference in our community. The latest state Labor Department figures, released Tuesday, showed a slight decline in total employment in Central New York, but that was preceded by months of job movement in the right direction. many economic indicators, including recent increases in M&T Bank loans to small businesses and residential mortgage customers, suggest that the pace of growth may be improving. Walk-off home runs are exciting, and we can all root for them to happen. But we should also celebrate and support the many less visible efforts by educational institutions, health care organizations and small businesses to expand and offer new services. In the global economy, as in baseball, these singles, doubles and home runs all add up to help Central New York to succeed. Stephen J. Gorczynski, CPA, is administrative vice president for Commercial Banking at M&T Bank in Syracuse.

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          Tips to Get Home Inspection Jobs

          Home inspection is a process where in a home inspector examines and provides you with a final report of all the systems and components of the home. A home inspector is just not limited to inspecting the home areas like roof, basement, heating and cooling system, plumbing, drainage and electrical circuits, but offers you a confidence regarding the best home deal and transaction. It is the most important investment and also the least expensive you may make for your home deal. Home inspection is for your safety and financial protection and gives you a peace of mind with confidence. It further helps you to identify the problems at an early stage and also gives you time and chance to get it fixed.

          Home sellers and home buyers are in continuous search of professional companies and home inspectors. As more people are investing in real estates, this has given job opportunities to numerous professionals. Home inspections are carried out by good professional home inspectors that are often hired by home sellers and home buyers. Home inspection companies usually hire good and skilled professionals from training schools and colleges. these professionals work for companies and help out people in getting good home deals. one can look out to start its own inspection company by just learning skills from some good training schools or work for some good inspection company. there are many Jobs in the market that offer good and handsome packages to the skilled professionals. though it a good profession to opt for, but this job requires responsibility and good knowledge to handle clients and make smooth deals.

          To conclude, it is advisable to get a good training and knowledge from some good institute and start a new career with a bright future ahead, as there are more Home Inspection Jobs for skilled and talented professionals.

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