Today's Top Stories

Layoffs at the 'Daily News': Police desk, City Hall, federal courts and photo department hit so far

Layoffs have come to New York's Daily News. Since this morning, staffers to be laid off have been getting called into a conference room to meet with senior vice president of human-resources Jeff Zomper. They're being told the layoffs are part of a "downsizing" operation at the paper. The layoffs aren't yet complete, but we were able to confirm a few of those who've been laid off so far.

Union Pressure, OWS Protests Tear Down a Barrier to Taxing Speculators

For months, the AFL-CIO has been been pressuring the Obama administration to ease off rigid opposition to international efforts to tax financial speculators. And that pressure has been highlighted on Capitol Hill and on the streets by an allied union, National Nurses United. Now, as the G-20 summit ponders creation of a financial transactions tax, French President Nicolas Sarkozy indicates Washington may prove less of a barrier than in the past.

JS photographer arrested while covering Occupy Milwaukee protest

A Journal Sentinel photojournalist and two University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students were arrested Wednesday during a rally connected to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Photographer Kristyna Wentz-Graff was covering the rally. "I can tell you that no one at MPD had any idea (Wentz-Graff) was a journalist until she arrived here at the police station," a police spokeswoman said. "She never identified herself as a journalist to officers."

Washington Post Co. posts $6.2M loss in third quarter

The Washington Post Co. lost $6.2 million, or 82 cents a share, in the third quarter of 2011 as a result of a series of one-time charges, a sharp contraction in its education business and continued deterioration in its newspaper and online publishing division. In the third quarter last year, the Post Co. reported a profit of $60.9 million, or $6.84 a share. Third-quarter revenue fell to $1.03 billion in 2011, down 13% from $1.18 billion in the same period of 2010.

OWS Oakland Takes Over City, Shutting Down One of the Biggest Ports in the Country...But Nightfall Brings More Chaos and Teargas

Since the Taft-Hartley Act was passed in 1947, unions have been forbidden from participating in general strikes, but there was no doubt that the longshoremen were firmly on the side of the protesters. One by one, longshoremen arrived to find a picket line blocking their entrance. In every case, they expressed solidarity -- honking their horns and in some instances getting out and talking to the protesters, and then pulled a u-turn and went home.

Which comes first: the Constitution or cities' no-camping rules?

One wonders how Thomas Paine and others of the early rebels against the Crown might have felt about “time, place and manner” restrictions on the right to assemble and petition the government, especially in a time of economic crisis such as now. What we are seeing in the Occupy Wall Street and related protests, in addition to the economic and other grievances being voiced, is a full-throated defense of the First Amendment in its purest form, the likes of which America has not seen for a very long time.

Slap in the face in Manchester

Members of the Manchester Newspaper Guild were warned by their leadership this morning of a particularly rude surprise from management: "When you open your paycheck or check your balance this payday (today), you will be rudely shocked, as our leadership was, to discover your paycheck is less than it should be." Ten percent less, in fact, snatched a full week before a unilaterally imposed Oct. 31 deadline for agreement on a new contract. Legal action may be expected.

Phone hacking: number of possible victims is almost 5,800, police confirm

The number of possible victims of phone hacking by the News of the World private investigator Glenn Mulcaire is now close to 5,800, the Metropolitan police have confirmed. This is 2,000 more than previously identified by detectives tasked with trawling through 11,000 pages of notes seized from Mulcaire's home and will reinforce claims that hacking was conducted on an "industrial scale" at News of the World.