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Gerson’s Money Woes, Hot Manhole Covers, “Bad Ass” Rabbis

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Downtown Express has more on the story we first reported Wednesday: City Council member Alan Gerson's financial woes. The DE says Gerson has borrowed $52-thousand to pay campaign expenses, money that must be repaid by September 15th. The loans have become necessary because the Campaign Finance Board has withheld Gerson's matching funds. We'll have more on this story later today.

DC 37, the city's largest municipal union, is running radio ads protesting Mayor Bloomberg's decision to lay off school aides.

Melissa Mann, a 38-year old woman from the Bronx, is suing Con Ed, after a hot manhole cover left her with severe burns. Mann landed on the manhole cover after a van struck her in 2006, as she tried to cross Allen Street.

The New York Post headline reads, "Go ahead, make my high holiday." The lead does not disappoint:  "It's high noon for the high holidays. Fearing jihadists will attack synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and
Yom Kippur, a group of badass rabbis has developed a program to turn
your average shul-goer into a lean, mean fighting machine. The group, which calls itself the International Security Coalition
of Clergy, was founded by Rabbi Gary Moscowitz, who boasts a black belt
in karate, teaches martial arts and was an NYPD cop for nine years."

Bowery Boogie updates the progress at 38 Delancey.

Before heading to Milan for the Homeless World Cup in Milan, the National Homeless Soccer Team trained on the Lower East Side.

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