The Top 10 Stories of October 31, 2012

By Duane Shank 10-31-2012

Quote of the day.
"Look, the city is extremely vulnerable to damaging storm surges just for its geography, and climate change is increasing that risk. Three of the top 10 highest floods at the Battery since 1900 happened in the last two and a half years. If that’s not a wake-up call to take this seriously, I don’t know what is." Ben Strauss, director of the sea level rise program at the research group Climate Central in Princeton, N.J., on Hurricane Sandy.
(New York Times)

1. Northeast crawls back to business after monster storm.
The U.S. Northeast began crawling back to normal on Wednesday after monster storm Sandy crippled transportation, knocked out power for millions and killed at least 45 people in nine states with a massive storm surge and rain that caused epic flooding.

2. After the devastation, a daunting recovery.
The New York region began the daunting process on Tuesday of rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a storm that remade the landscape and rewrote the record books as it left behind a tableau of damage, destruction and grief.
(New York Times)

3. Hurricane Sandy shakes up campaign calendar.
Hurricane Sandy has cut in half the final stretch of the presidential race, leaving both the Obama and Romney campaigns uncertain as to when it’s possible to resume a full political schedule with a week to go until Election Day.

4. Haiti food crisis feared in Sandy's wake.
As Sandy caused havoc throughout the eastern U.S., the full extent of the storm’s damage was just beginning to emerge in the Caribbean nation of Haiti. The U.N. warned that flooding and unsanitary conditions could lead to a sharp increase in cases of cholera, while aid workers are worried that extensive crop damage will mean that food prices will rise.
(Al Jazeera)

5. We are all from New Orleans now.
The presidential candidates decided not to speak about climate change, but climate change has decided to speak to them. And what is a thousand-mile-wide storm pushing eleven feet of water toward our country’s biggest population center saying just days before the election? 
(The Nation)

6. A part-time life, as hours shrink and shift.
While there have always been part-time workers, especially at restaurants and retailers, employers today rely on them far more than before as they seek to cut costs and align staffing to customer traffic.
(New York Times)

7. Egypt's Copts vote for successor to Pope Shenouda III.
A council of Coptic Christians in Egypt has named three candidates to succeed Pope Shenouda III, who died in March.

8. Taliban hits region seen as 'safest' for Afghans.
The war has finally found Bamian, a remote corner of Afghanistan that for a decade had enjoyed near immunity to Taliban violence.
(New York Times)

9. Syria warplanes bomb rebel strongholds.
Jets carried out strikes in the eastern Ghouta, outside the capital, and Maarat al-Numan, a town in Idlib province that straddles the Damascus-Aleppo motorway. The attacks came a day after activists said more than 160 people were killed.

10. Greek government gets key backing to pass reforms.
An overwhelming majority of Greek Socialist lawmakers have agreed to vote in favor of contested austerity reforms, party officials told Reuters on Tuesday, sharply increasing the odds of securing parliamentary approval for the measures.

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