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Health care deadline creates enrollment rush Obamacare. There’s been a ﬂurry of activity days before the last chance to receive coverage in 2014. On a recent afternoon, the tiny front room at the Brooklyn Perinatal Network in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, was packed with New Yorkers eager to enroll for health insurance. “It’s been very, very busy,” said Denise West, the network’s deputy executive director — one of dozens of organizations in the five boroughs with navigators trained to help New Yorkers and businesses use the state’s health exchange, mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Since the launch of NY State of Health in October, more than 1.1 million people across the state have completed applications on the marketplace, and more than 782,000 have enrolled. But as the deadline for 2014 coverage approaches, New Yorkers scramble to sign up before midnight Monday. More than 281,000 people in the state enrolled in just over the last four weeks alone. West said a steady stream of people — with and without appointments — have come to the organization for assistance enrolling in the past few weeks. “Because it’s so late,
Denise West, deputy executive director of Brooklyn Perinatal Network, looks over Emroy Caesar’s insurance application. / BESS ADLER, METRO Last-minute tips The deadline is March 31, but the state will work with anybody who “made a good faith eﬀort to enroll” before midnight on Monday.
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people are afraid to try on their own,” she said. West said calls to the organization have also increased. On a recent Friday, West helped one man enroll over the phone until about 11 p.m. “Time just moves by
so fast,” she said, explaining why some put off the application. West also attributed a recent surge in enrollment to confusion following media reports on technical difficulties with the federal exchange website. Michael Wallace, a 37-year-old walk-in client at the network, blamed his own procrastination on laziness. “I need insurance,” Wallace said. “I should have done it sooner.” Despite having worked longer hours in the last days of open enrollment, West said it was an “exciting time.” One of the goals of the Brooklyn Perinatal Network is to improve community well being by connecting New Yorkers
with health services, she said. West stressed the importance of health insurance in bettering New Yorkers’ lives. In New York City, one in five adults are uninsured, according to the Health Department. Until West helped him enroll a few weeks ago, Emroy Caesar, 31, was one of those uninsured. A Berkeley College student doing work-study at the site, Caesar said he finally enrolled because he knew his 12-year-old daughter would need shots soon. “It was very last-minute,” he admitted. “Down to the wire.” ANNA SANDERS @AnnaESanders
Rebuilding. City overhauls Sandy recovery plan to bring aid faster
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The de Blasio administration is ready to pour millions of federal dollars into a renewed effort post-Superstorm Sandy. Speaking in Queens on Saturday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new plan to help many residents who he said have gone through “the worst 17 months of their lives.”
Part of the restructuring includes a reformed Build It Back program to streamline rebuilding applications and reimbursements requests. The city will also receive an additional $100 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for home rebuilding. Meanwhile, de Blasio
appointed new leaders to his resiliency and recovery team, including Bill Goldstein as the new senior advisor for recovery resiliency and infrastructure. Amy Peterson will be the new director of the Housing Recovery Office, and Daniel Zarrilli will head up the new Office of Recovery and Resiliency. EMILY JOHNSON
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Staten Island clown creators reveal his origin Jokers. The group behind the viral clown sightings say it started as a prank on a friend. The clown who briefly terrorized Staten Island streets swung by Manhattan on Friday morning. The joker was revealed as a stunt by a Staten Island-based production company, but the men behind the prank said it was all in good fun. “Really, no matter how it is, we like to entertain people,” said Michael Leavy of Fuzz on the Lens Productions. “It wasn’t meant to hurt anybody or harm anybody. It was really just having fun.” Leavy, along with his brother Michael and friend Steven Della Salla brought along the infamous clown to radio station Z100 s morning show for their latest hurrah — scaring one of the hosts on her birthday. “You either love clowns or you hate them,” Asleep on the job
WTC security chief resigns The security director of One World Trade Center resigned on Friday after a series of breaches at the construction site. Former FBI officer David Velazquez left his post amid media coverage of the arrests of four BASE jumpers who leaped from the skyscraper’s 104th floor and a New Jersey teenager who evaded security to reach the top and snap pictures. Soon after the first arrest, the New York Post discovered a security guard with eyesight trouble sleeping while on duty alone in the lobby. EMILY JOHNSON
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Michael said. “When you do something like this, you’re going to have people talking about it.” Leavy revealed the creepy clown came about as a gag on a local comedian, Vic Dibitetto, who was working on a film with them at the time. The clown went on to make appearances on Twitter and Instagram accounts, where it eventually went viral as the
#SIclown and grabbed headlines around the country. “We didn’t expect it to be what it became,” Leavy said, who added that the clown’s fifteen minutes might not quite be over. “There are some plans that we can’t reveal,” he said. MAX PRINZ @metronewyork email@example.com
NYPD. City names new inspector general Philip Eure will serve as the first-ever NYPD inspector general, a post created in response to the city’s Muslim surveillance and stop-and-frisk programs. Eure, 52, will manage a staff of 50 investigators, analysts, lawyers and community outreach personnel as he oversees the police department. He will also provide regular reports to both Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council, which passed the controversial bill into law last year. “I will ensure that we conduct thorough investigations to effect reform that strengthens this city’s law enforce-
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Compromise. Cuomo announces $140BN state budget deal Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a state budget agreement that, if approved by Tuesday, would settle the ongoing debate over universal prekindergarten. The nearly $140 billion budget includes Cuomoâ€™s five-year commitment to provide statewide universal prekindergarten as an SacriďŹ ces The budget deal diverts money from the MTA to pay oďŹ€ outstanding debts. â€˘
The state would use $30 million, which critics say passes the buck to transit riders. Transportation advocates accused lawmakers of sending a message â€œthat the state can â€” and will â€” use the MTA as a piggy bank.â€?
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Mudslide. Small-town Washington state mayor finds new role Days after the mudslide left dozens dead and missing, Dan Rankin stood in a high school gymnasium and hugged tight a teenage girl reeling from the loss of her sister. Before the March 22 disaster, Rankinâ€™s main tasks as mayor of the small logging town of Darrington, Wash., included overseeing town council meetings and resolving property line
disputes in the community of about 1,350 people. But since the mudslide about 10 miles west of town, Rankinâ€™s job has been transformed into that of comforting the grieving and articulating their anguish to the outside world. â€œThat scar on the mountain will never heal, nor will the scar in our hearts ever heal,â€? Rankin, 52, told reporters. REUTERS
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Australian defense force ship. It has been ďŹ tted with a US black box locator and an underwater drone. The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 could take years, U.S. Navy officials suggested on Sunday, as search and rescue officials raced to locate the planeâ€™s black box recorder days before its batteries are set to die. Ten ships and as many aircraft are searching a massive area in the Indian Ocean west of Perth, Australia, trying to find some trace of the aircraft, which went missing more than three weeks ago and is presumed to have crashed. The chief of the China Maritime Search and Res-
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Top US general returning to Europe over Ukraine crisis Tensions. The West threatened tougher economic sanctions against Russia if Moscow invades eastern Ukraine. America’s top general in Europe has been sent back early from a trip to Washington in what the Pentagon on Sunday called a prudent step given Russia’s “lack of transparency” about troop movements across the border with Ukraine. Gen. Philip Breedlove, who is both NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the head of the U.S. military’s European Command, arrived in Europe on Saturday evening. He had been due to testify before Congress this week.
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Don’t reread, remember Brainiac. Help your brain “Make It Stick.” Think repetition and reading for long hours are the key to learning? Not according to a new book based on the research of two Washington University professors. “Empirical research into how we learn and remember shows that much of what we take for gospel about how to learn turns out to be largely wasted effort,” reads one of the opening passages of “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning,” out today. The work is the result of 10 years of research into the application of cognitive psychology to education practices by Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel, both in the Department of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. They then enlisted the help of novelist (and
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BE YOUR OWN CAREER CENTER Gone are the days when students could rely on their college career centers to prepare them for the real world — now it’s on them. Students have to be accountable for their careers and seek out opportunities on their own. In a new study by my company and Internmatch.com, we found that almost 50 percent of students aren’t using their career centers, opting to use online resources instead. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average ratio of students to career services staff is 1,889 to 1. It’s no wonder almost a third of students in our study said
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Be proactive: Attend as many career-oriented college events as possible. If your school is bringing in a guest speaker or hosting a roundtable with alumni, you should attend. The worst outcome from going to an event like that is learning more about a diﬀerent industry, and the best case is making a new connection that could lead to
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Meet people face to face to build your soft skills. In a past survey, we found that 40 percent of students feel like technology has hurt their soft skills, such as the ability to interact and build relationships face to face. Make sure you are disconnecting every day so that you can meet people and form stronger connections that can lead to jobs.
Do as many internships and freelance gigs as you can until you ﬁnd your career path. College students are almost always clueless as to which career path to pursue, even after selecting a major. To ﬁgure things out, you have to have as many experiences as possible to understand the roles you do and don’t like. By doing so, you may discover the profession you want to be in, the size of the company you want to work for and the corporate culture you’ll do best in.
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Hip-hop star shot by nephew during mother’s funeral procession The nephew of Raymond Scott (aka Benzino) allegedly shot his uncle during a family funeral procession in Massachusetts on Saturday. Benzino is on “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” and co-founded popular hip-hop magazine The Source. Prosecutors said the two were driving next to each other when the younger Scott, riding in his Bentley, allegedly shot at his uncle, who was driving a red Dodge SUV. The funeral procession was for Benzino’s mother, Mary Scott. Authorities said Gai Scott ﬁred several times, but did not say how many times Benzino was hit. He suﬀered injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said. MICHAEL NAUGHTON
Prince George and Lupo crush it in new royal photo The royal family has released a new oﬃcial photo, and if it were any more adorable it would be a Buzzfeed quiz about kittens. The photo was taken as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, look out a window at Kensington Palace while Prince George of Cambridge and Lupo (he’s the family dog and does not get a fancy title) gaze adoringly into each other’s eyes. In case you can’t see, Prince George’s sweater says “George” across the front in white stitching — like he isn’t the most famous 8-month-old in the world.
Slimed at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards You have to kind of love the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards — it’s a chance for stars to get down, dirty and watch Adam Sandler finally win an award that isn’t a Razzie. Mark Wahlberg was the host of Saturday’s shindig — he managed to go the entire night without getting slimed until the very end, when comedian Kevin Hart and Wahlberg’s own three kids got him. “I can’t believe my own kids turned on me,” he yelped after getting drenched. Magician David Blaine
slimed himself in a crazy trick that made him appear to lose his own head (and what came out was slime instead of blood). Austin Mahone and Cody Simpson both got slimed, as well as Pharrell Williams (tricked out in SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas) and Kaley CuocoSweeting. Robert Downey Jr. did not get slimed — maybe because he won for best male buttkicker. “This is the highest honor yet bestowed on me. I’m grateful, humble, the whole deal,” the “Iron Man” star
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He-man. The former Governator says action movies have changed Given his rĂŠsumĂŠ, itâ€™s understandable that Arnold Schwarzenegger would think he knew all there was to know about action movies. So naturally when â€œSabotageâ€? director David Ayer suggested the former California governor sign up for some weapons training prior to filming, he balked. â€œWhy do I need weapons training? I mean, Iâ€™ve shot more guns than anyone in movie history and killed more people than anyone. So why do we need to go through weapons training?â€? he remembers. But Schwarzenegger was actually impressed by Ayerâ€™s push for realism and technical accuracy. â€œI love that he pushed me,â€? he says. â€œSometimes directors get intimidated when they meet someone like me. They say, â€˜Iâ€™m looking forward to working with youâ€™ and â€˜Letâ€™s just figure out how weâ€™re going to get ready for the movie.â€™ But David came in and was very clear with the set of things that needed to be done.â€? He also knows that the filmmaking world has changed a great deal since his action heyday, and
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Making â€œSabotageâ€? didnâ€™t just present Schwarzenegger with a new kind of filmmaking experience, but also a new type of character to play. â€œIâ€™ve never played a character like this,â€? he says of his role in the morally murky DEA thriller. â€œIâ€™m usually the good guy and I upset the bad guys. Thereâ€™s a little bit of humor throughout the movie, and thatâ€™s it,â€? he says. NED EHRBAR
does his 66-year-old father feel about Patrick getting in on the game? â€œMy son is heavily into acting, but at the same time I have him go to the university and study business. Then after that he really can decide if he wants to be a full-time actor, what he wants to do,â€? he says.
â€œI always try to teach kids to ďŹ nd what your passion is, because I despise when kids get out of college and have no idea what theyâ€™re going to do. I say to myself, â€˜Well, what does that mean? Youâ€™re 22 years old and you donâ€™t know what you like in life?â€™ Itâ€™s unacceptable.â€?
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Getting into the family business Arnold Schwarzenegger isnâ€™t the only actor in his family anymore, as his 20-year-old son Patrick has already started popping up on screen in â€œGrown Ups 2â€? and the upcoming â€œDead Eleanor.â€? So how
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The public reputation of morbid legend Ingmar Bergman is basically secure; even â€œMuppets Most Wantedâ€? featured a â€œThe Seventh Sealâ€? gag, with Death playing chess with the Swedish Chef. But things werenâ€™t always smooth for the director. He helped birth the European art film in the 1950s, but by the â€™60s heâ€™d been eclipsed by the French New Wave. â€œPersona,â€? from 1966, was return fire â€” a film both innovative and mysterious. Since then, â€œPersonaâ€? has largely been treated as a headscatcher, often described as being about
two women â€” an actress (Liv Ullmann) whoâ€™s gone willingly mute and a nurse (Bibi Andersson) tending to her â€” who switch identities. For starters, this isnâ€™t even accurate. What occurs between the two women is oblique, and lacks clear resolution. Only Anderssonâ€™s Alma appears to change, and the only thing she swipes from Ullmannâ€™s Elisabet is her husband, for a dreamlike tryst. If itâ€™s a puzzle, itâ€™s missing a few key pieces. Still, â€œPersonaâ€? saves most of its craziness for the last half hour. After a dazzling, cryptic six-minute overture depicting the violent coming-to-life of a film projector, it settles into one of Bergmanâ€™s better dramas. Retreating to an island for respite, Alma finds herself opening up to her charge, as though they were lifelong besties. She starts confessing everything, even â€”Â in the filmâ€™s most famous scene â€” a time she partook in an orgy with two boys and another girl. But things between the two confidantes soon turn
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Box office. God smites Schwarzenegger but saves â€˜Noahâ€™
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Yes, there really is a â€œFargoâ€? TV series, which makes a lot more sense than a show from the Coensâ€™ other most popular ďŹ lm, â€œThe Big Lebowski.â€? Nowâ€™s the time to revisit the 1996 original, which was considered a breakthrough for the ďŹ lmmakers at the time and could now stand a bit of reevaluation.
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â€œNoah,â€? starring Russell Crowe as the biblical figure who built an ark to save his family and specimens of every animal from the great flood, collected $44 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales to lead the weekend box office. It sailed past last weekendâ€™s winner, â€œDivergentâ€?, based on the novel by Veronica Roth about a dystopian world divided into factions. â€œDivergentâ€? collected $26.5 million and a total of $95 million since its March 21 release. â€œMuppets Most Wanted,â€? starring Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and Jim Hensonâ€™s furry puppets, was third with $11.4 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates provided by Rentrak. In fourth place for the weekend, the animated film â€œMr. Peabody & Shermanâ€? collected $9.5
million in ticket sales, pushing its take in domestic theaters to $95 million. Rounding out the top five, â€œThe Grand Budapest Hotel,â€? director Wes Andersonâ€™s offbeat look at a rundown hotel and its scheming concierge, expanded its run to nearly 1,000 theaters from 300 last week and generated $8.8 million in ticket sales. The weekendâ€™s other widely distributed new film, the thriller â€œSabotage,â€? sold just $5.3 million worth of tickets for the seventh spot â€” another disappointment for onetime box office superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger, after â€œThe Escape Plan.â€? â€œCesar Chavez,â€? starring Michael Pena as the labor leader who organized U.S. farm workers in the 1970s, sold $3 million and was in 12th place, despite playing in fewer than 700 theaters. REUTERS
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This has been an epic winter, but snowstorms, a polar vortex and slush canâ€™t take us down. Jump start this new season with a great attitude and youâ€™ll get that spring back in your step in no time. Follow my advice for spring cleaning the inner you and get ready to feel fresh.
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It’s whole-foods based Lillien’s recipes sometimes call for artificial sweeteners or packaged foods, but the basis of her diet plan is about eating clean. “There are so many ingredients that I use that are all natural, that are clean and still are perfectly aligned with what my brand is about. So I wanted to focus
Make her favorite morning meal When she’s short on time, Lillien loves Greek yogurt with sliced red grapes, almonds and some high-ﬁber cereal. But when she’s in the mood to cook breakfast, growing oatmeal bowls are often her dish of choice. Blip this photo to get the recipe.
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Itâ€™s over. Leaving a job that is bringing you down can be a big boost. Over and over, people are told that â€œquitters never win.â€? But in â€œMastering the Art of Quitting,â€? readers are shown that learning how to let go can actually make them happier. The book, written by Peg Streep and Alan B. Bernstein, argues that quitting can be beneficial and that letting go might be a solution. The book looks at why people continue to persist and shows readers how to fully disengage from goals that are unproductive. It also gives advice on handling the emotions involved in quitting and how to create better objectives moving forward. It is a â€œmyth of persistenceâ€? in todayâ€™s society that causes a fear of quitting for many people. â€œSometimes you merely get stuck running in place,â€? Bernstein says. â€œWhat we argue in the book is thereâ€™s really an art to deescalating your con-
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nection to where youâ€™ve been and disengaging.â€? Of course, the decision to quit something can be a very difficult. Bernstein describes making that decision in a two-step process: â€œYou have to make an intellectual decision to disengage,â€? Bernstein says. â€œThen you have to make an emotional one: You have to realize itâ€™s going to feel lousy. Youâ€™re going to start feeling angry, but then, hopefully, youâ€™re going to make a decision to reacti-
vate yourself.â€? Choosing to reactivate involves an evaluation of goals. Finding the best way to meet those goals is an important step in the art of quitting. â€œThat leads to a change in motivation where you decide where youâ€™re going to go,â€? Bernstein says. â€œIf youâ€™re really dedicated and want to get out of this, you write it down. You prepare yourself by deciding what [are] the potential downfalls of your new direction.â€? Bernstein also lays out several different factors that hold people back from cutting the cord. These factors support the so-called myth of persistence. â€œThe sunk cost fallacy,â€? Bernstein says, â€œgoes into any situation where [you say] â€˜I put so much into it I should stay with it.â€™â€? Thatâ€™s not always a good solution. Another factor the book highlights is the idea of unconscious bias, which is when â€œyou get just enough praise to feel that â€˜next time Iâ€™ll do it better,â€™â€? says Bernstein. â€œThereâ€™s a hopefulness that comes from unconscious bias, but it ends up making people very anxious.â€?
Address your needs Overcoming your unconscious bias and sunk cost fallacy lets you acknowlfal edge a bad situation and ed m move on. â€œPsychologically, it i frees you from the idea i that you must p persist,â€? Bernstein says. â€œI â€œIt places persistence as an equal, opposite force to disengagement for and choosing another goal. Secondly, you train yourself to go about the business of making new goals and writing them down.â€? Becoming happier, Bernstein argues, involves advancing toward goals you truly care about. â€œAre you moving closer to your intrinsic needs?â€? Bernstein says. â€œMastering involves advancing your intrinsic goals and minimizing the parts of your life that are working against you.â€? So go for it.
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Aries | March 21-April 20. Use your energy wisely. Impress your employer with your abilities and willingness to tackle anything. Your eﬀorts will be noticed and rewarded. Taurus | April 21-May 21. Stick to what you know and do best. Don’t rely on colleagues to ﬁnish what you start. You will end up gaining nothing. Gemini | May 22-June 20. Change is in the air. Now is the ideal time to focus on your living space. Spruce up your home or look into a property investment.
Cancer | June 21-July 22. Get out and mingle. Sign up for a new activity. You are likely to meet someone who shares your interests.
Libra | Sept. 23-Oct. 22. You may feel as though you are stuck in a rut. Take time to catch up on your reading or ﬁnish a project that you had put aside.
Capricorn | Dec. 22-Jan 20. You may be uncertain and lack direction. Be honest about the way you feel. Spending some time with youngsters.
Leo | July 23-Aug. 22. Your optimism could lead to trouble. Dreams are good to have, but deal with practical matters ﬁrst. Focus on your career and your ﬁnancial situation.
Scorpio|Oct. 23-Nov. 21. Keep your emotions in check. Although an interesting change may be taking place, you mustn’t act in haste.
Aquarius | Jan. 21-Feb 18. Strive to do your best, and don’t allow criticism to upset you. Be confident in your judgment — you will make wise choices.
Virgo | Aug. 23-Sept. 22. Your artistic abilities will be on display. The children in your life will be delighted to share a hobby with you, and you can enjoy things through youthful eyes.
Sagittarius | Nov. 22Dec. 21. Your attention to detail will attract an influential person. Don’t take on too many assignments at once, or you may fall short. Call in favors.
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Yanks rotation has new look, questions Robinson Cano might’ve been the biggest name to depart the Yankees this offseason, but Andy Pettitte’s absence can’t be understated. The Yankees rotation will have two key new contributors in Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda. The latter hasn’t pitched since September 2011 after major shoulder surgery derailed a blockbuster trade. The team hopes they see a new CC Sabathia as well after his worst season in New York. “I feel like if I could have been a little better, we might have made the playoffs,” Sabathia told reporters in camp. “I blamed myself for a long time in the offseason, and now I’m over it and ready to go this year.” METRO
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Mets season preview. Can they shake oﬀ seven seasons of being left out to ﬁnally make the playoﬀs? The objective of the New York Mets is 90 wins. Whether the aspiration is reality or an overly romantic notion will be determined over the next six-and-a-half months. But for a franchise whose recent past has been underscored by a thorough rebuilding, it is radical change in attitude. “It’s attainable,” David Wright told reporters in Port St. Lucie, Fla., during spring training, echoing a number first put out there by general manager Sandy Alderson. “It’s a good starting point for us. Ninety wins is a good starting point.” Despite authoring a 374-436 record over the last five seasons, the Mets enter the 2014 season with unmistakable ambitions due to a long-term organizational reconstruction that has borne cornerstone pieces in starting pitchers Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard,
Opening Day squad Most of the Mets’ lineup is set, but there is still a question at ﬁrst base. •
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Starting rotation: Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia, Jon Niese
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fielders Curtis Granderson (four years, $60 million) and Chris Young (one year, $7.25 million) and starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (two years, $20 million), all of whom signed free agent contracts. “I think 90 [wins] is a good starting point for giving us something to shoot for and getting guys to understand that mediocrity is not going to be acceptable,” Wright said. “It’s not about being better than last year. What does that get us? Third or fourth place? It’s about being a good team and being a playoff-contending team.” The Mets’ biggest question marks are at first base and shortstop. Lucas Duda and Ike Davis will alternate at first, though both spent time injured during the spring. The starting shortstop duties fall to Ruben Tejada, mostly because there is no one else. Don’t be surprised to see new players at both positions if the Mets are bearing down on that 90-win total six months from now. DENIS GORMAN @DenisGorman email@example.com
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2014 New York Yankees, Mets storylines to watch
For all the talk of Giants and Jets, Knicks and Rangers, New York is first and foremost a baseball town. And after a harsh winter, baseball returns to the five boroughs on Monday. The Yankees missed the playoffs for just the second time since 1995 and went on an unsurprising shopping spree, led by Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann. The Mets missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season and went on a surprising shopping spree. Metro looks at a handful of things youâ€™ll be talking about this season. MARK OSBORNE @METRONYSPORTS
A new Hiro in town The Yankees went out and spent big on a new ace â€” Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. At least they hope he will be an ace based on the $175 million they spent to lock him down for the next seven years. The spring training returns were positive (2-0, 2.14 ERA), but the infamous Kei Igawa was 2-0 with a 3.13 ERA in his first spring training, too. No one expects a dud, but no one will be sure until he plays real games either.
NIESE WILL START THE SEASON ON THE DL.
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The two biggest signings for the Mets this offseason were Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon. Granderson, even if he strikes out a lot, should be dependable in the Mets lineup. Colon is a bigger question. The 40-year-old had a 5.28 ERA and just four strikeouts in 15 1/3 spring innings. But heâ€™s a veteran, who you presume was just stretching out his arm before Opening Day. He needs to replace Matt Harveyâ€™s production.
The last thing you want after a guy missed a month and a half last year is to have him injured in spring. But thatâ€™s exactly what happened with Jon Niese. The Mets donâ€™t seem concerned, but itâ€™s a fear that will last all season.
COLON WAS 18-6 WITH A 2.86 ERA LAST SEASON WITH THE ATHLETICS.
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