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Mixed Signals on Terror Trial, Summer Jobs Program Threatened, White Slab Scene

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White House adviser David Axelrod says no decisions have been made about moving the 9/11 terror trial from Lower Manhattan, but added “we have to take into consideration the concerns of the local authorities.” Meanwhile the President’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, says, “we want to see this man tried and brought to justice in the place in which the crime was committed.” As the Daily News suggests, the dueling Sunday gab show comments left many New Yorkers bewildered:

Insiders who have been assured the Manhattan option is dead were scratching their heads over Gibbs’ comment yesterday. And Julie Menin, Manhattan Community Board 1 chairwoman, called on Washington to be clear. “It’s important for New Yorkers to know for certain that these trials will not be held in our city,” she said. “I don’t see any reason why that cannot be confirmed.”

The Tribeca Trib’s Matt Dunning recounts how the campaign to get the terror trial moved, which started as “little more than conversation around dinner tables,” beat “overwhelming political odds.”

Greg Rideout of the Henry Street Settlement is quoted in a Daily News story about devastating proposed cuts in a summer jobs program for low-income teens.

DNA Info talks with representatives from the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Last year they protested outside a town hall sponsored by the Chinatown Working Group. Tonight, at the CWG’s second town hall, things will be different.

The Times warns. “White Slab Palace might not be able to avoid scene status much longer.” Note to the Gray Lady: White Slab is not a new restaurant – it is in a new location — and we’ll not bother getting into the whole careening caribou head incident.

Anne Saxelby chats with Mark Bello of Pizza a Casa.

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