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As we reported yesterday, City Councilman Alan Gerson expects (hopes?) a State Supreme Court judge will tell the Elections Board to put him back on the ballot today. The judge will also rule on candidate Margaret Chin's lawsuit against rival PJ Kim. Watch our Twitter feed for details from court.

EV Grieve reports on the continuing saga of P.S. 64/El Bohio Community Center. The building, which activists fought to preserve for the community, has now been rebranded "University House at Tompkins Square Park."

A report from the Pratt Center for Community Development shows retail rents increased 54-percent between 2001-2008 in NYC. The study urges the Bloomberg administration to do more to help struggling merchants. Specifically, it recommends: zoning laws preventing the
expansion of chain stores, financial incentives for landlords who bring
in local retailers and grants for local business
owners.

From the New York Post police blotter: "A pack of violent muggers smashed a man in the head with bottles on the Lower East Side, police sources said yesterday. The assailants exchanged words with the 41-year-old victim at the Bowery and Prince Street at 10:50 p.m. Saturday, cops said. One of them snatched an iPod from the victim, sparking a brawl. The suspects nailed the victim with bottles, and he needed 10 stitches to close a head gash."

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