Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.

Cartoon: Alex Rodriguez suspended in performance-enhancing drug scandal

Major League Baseball has suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez through the end of the 2014 season for his alleged involvement with performance-enhancing drugs.

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Dolman: Campaign Finance Board sends right message by denying funds to John Liu

New York City Comptroller John Liu, who is

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New York City Comptroller John Liu likes to portray himself as a populist, a modern-day Fiorello LaGuardia—always on the barricades, fighting for the little guy, standing up for immigrants, doing whatever he can to push back against the smug one-percenters who would rather he just disappear.

Even this morning, an hour before the city Campaign Finance Board voted to withhold up to $3.53 million...

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Crowley: College admissions season is here. Get ready.

Consider the release of the Common App the

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August 1. The date that sends most rising high school seniors flocking to their computers, not to check Twitter or Facebook, but to check out the much anticipated Common App.

Consider its release the pop of the starting gun. All the practice and planning is over; the race to college has begun.

Known as the Common Application, the standardized form used by almost 500 of the nation’s selective...

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Up on the Board: Tech demand in NYC, Freeport Armory, new Common App

Rockville Centre, NY - October 10, 2012: Earlene

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The editorial board notes a new report saying that tech firms are multiplying fast in Lower Manhattan – there are about 600 now. It’s going to be important that the city continues to update its office space to support the demands of these companies. The average Midtown space is about 70 years old, reports editorial writer Joe Dolman. However, there are dangers in overbuilding, too.

We’re also...

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Up on the Board: Nassau County fees, Stony Brook housing, Brooklyn hospitals

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will be

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The editorial board thinks Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano needs to be more transparent about the fees the county is raising to keep its services afloat. Mangano has consistently touted his record of no property tax increases, but fees increases levied on residents and businesses have brought in $100 million since 2011.

We’re continuing to report on campus housing for Stony Brook University...

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Up on the Board: Surveillance of Americans, SBU landlords, NYC Transit and the MTA

As a U.S. Senate panel looks at limits on government surveillance of Americans’ phone and Internet activity, the editorial board had a wide-ranging discussion about where to draw the lines around privacy and terrorism prevention.

Board member Alvin Bessent said he doesn’t believe the National Security Agency or others should be collecting this data. But if it is collected, there should be...

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Uberti: Parties share blame for New York's weak sex trafficking laws

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) in

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New York Senate co-leader Dean Skelos didn’t waste too much time Monday trying to link his rivals in the Assembly to the horrors of human sex trafficking. In a press release as well as a statement posted on Facebook, the Rockville Centre Republican pointed to the FBI’s takedown of a nationwide child prostitution ring, announced only a few hours before, as a sign New York needs to bolster its sex...

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Dolman: Striking down soda ban, court reminds Bloomberg he's only a mayor

An undated image of twenty-ounce bottles of regular

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big gulp law is finally fizzling out.

In upholding a lower court—which tossed out the mayor’s ban on sugary soft drinks of 16 ounces or more—the state's Appellate Division today underscored an idea Bloomberg, oddly, finds hard to accept: that he’s simply an elected municipal official and not the personal over-boss of the New York City's 8.4 million people.


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Crowley: More warnings needed about caffeine in energy drinks

Suffolk County Legislator,William Spencer, at Riverhead Legislative Auditorium,

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Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport), who led the effort to ban the marketing of energy drinks to youths, plans to testify Wednesday before a Senate subcommittee in Washington D.C. on the health risks that energy drinks pose to minors.

Spencer, who is a physician, claims that consuming high amounts of caffeine can lead to heart problems in young people, and therefore the...

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Uberti: Pope Francis signals a subtle shift on gay issues

Pope Francis speaks during a press conference held

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Neither Brazilian shanty towns nor airplanes full of reporters seemed to scare Pope Francis on his first major international trip. The new pontiff spoke freely and on the record with journalists for about an hour and a half during his return flight to Rome Monday. That openness alone is unprecedented.

But Francis grabbed headlines when he told reporters during the impromptu news conference...

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