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Obama Wary of Backing Thompson, Maloney Mourns Husband, Yom Kippur Security

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The Daily News reports President Obama is likely to stay out of the New York City mayoral election, unless Bill Thompson can demonstrate he's got a shot at beating Mike Bloomberg.

The Post speculates about Christine Quinn's prospects of staying on as speaker of the New York City Council.

Clifton Maloney, the 71-year old husband of Rep. Carolyn Maloney, died in his sleep after climbing a 27-thousand foot mountain peak in Tibet.

This week, NYC postal officials should be forwarding a list to Washington of the postal locations they're recommending for closure. 16 New York offices are being studied, including the Pitt Station on Clinton Street. The Times takes a looks at the Botanical Station Post Office in the Bronx, another location that could be shut down. 

Channel 7 reports the NYPD has stepped up security at the city's synagogues for Yom Kippur. 

A strange incident involving someone apparently shooting a bb gun on Avenue D and more random violence in Tompkins Square Park kept Police busy over the weekend. Bob Arihood has the details.

Tim Bassett, who runs the LES speakeasy "The Back Room," has got quite a story to tell. A former pro basketball player, he's writing a book about his life, including two years playing college ball at the University of Georgia. Bassett, who was one of the first African-American athletes to play in the Southeastern Conference, was profiled in yesterday's New York Times

Scouting New York has some nice pictures of P.S. 110, the Florence Nightengale School, on Cannon Street. Notice the owls on the roof!

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