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(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times / September 30, 2013) Also By David Ng September 30, 2013, 1:26 p.m. When renowned tenor Placido Domingo was still a relatively unknown singer from Spain, he made his Los Angeles-area debut at the Music Center in 1967 in a touring series by the New York City Opera. His local debut included performances in “Don Rodrigo,” “La Traviata” and “Madama Butterfly.” “My early performances with New York City Opera were what really kicked off my international career, and I look back on those days with enormous pride,” Domingo said in a recent statement sent to The Times. New York’s second largest opera company currently faces imminent bankruptcy as an emergency fundraising campaign to raise $7 million by the end of September has fallen significantly short of its goal. The company is expected to declare bankruptcy early this week, cutting short its 2013-14 season. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years The expected closure of City Opera — whether it be temporary or permanent — is seen as a major blow to New York’s cultural community. Earlier this month the company launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1 million toward its $7 million goal. But the online campaign has brought in less than $300,000 in pledges as of Monday. City Opera, which was formerly located at Lincoln Center , has faced serious financial problems for the past several years and has recently presented scaled-back seasons at venues around New York. During its heyday it nurtured the early careers of such notable singers as Domingo and the late Beverly Sills . “It would be an absolute tragedy for that legacy to come to an end,” said Domingo,in statements sent by his spokeswoman. The tenor is currently conducting performances of Bizet’s “Carmen” at Los Angeles Opera, where he is general director. Here are Domingo’s full statements about City Opera: “I have strong personal feelings about New York City Opera. I had my first really important New York engagements with City Opera in the mid-1960s, I sang the U.S. premiere of Ginasteras ‘Don Rodrigo’ there, and I even toured with City Opera — in fact I made my debut in Los Angeles, which has played such an important part in my life, with City Opera, before LA had a major company of its own.

Why the New York Knicks Made a Big Mistake with Grunwald Demotion

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The government branches and services affected by the shutdown. Slideshow New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio speaks after receiving the endorsement of former mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn during a press conference at City Hall in New York September 17, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton NEW YORK | Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:38pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio revealed on Monday that his father took his own life in 1979 after a long struggle with alcoholism and late-stage cancer. Speaking about a difficult personal situation weeks before the November 5 general election, de Blasio, who has a wide lead in the race to follow Mayor Michael Bloomberg in City Hall, said he had learned “very powerful personal lessons” from his father’s demise but that it was “tough stuff to make sense of to this day.” De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, issued a statement about his father’s death to pre-empt a New York Post article about the suicide, which was published soon after. He gave a long interview to New York’s public radio station afterwards. “We knew his life was going to come to an end. We didn’t expect it to be this way,” he said. “And there had been such sorrow around it.” De Blasio said he did not intend to discuss it further. “I think some things still need to be respected about families and I think it’s fair that I that I would answer these questions for one person and explain the situation for one person,” he said. “But after that I don’t have any intention to talk about it any more.” “This particular piece is just particularly painful and difficult and wasn’t something I felt real comfortable talking about,” he said. De Blasio is due to face Republican Joe Lhota, a former deputy under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Recent polls show that de Blasio is favored by about two-thirds of city voters. De Blasio’s father, Warren Wilhelm, volunteered to fight in World War Two and was at Okinawa, one of the war’s bloodiest episodes. De Blasio said he saw little of his father after his parents separated and described his father’s drunkenness as a “consistent reality.” Wilhelm, 61 and sick with late-stage cancer, shot himself in a Connecticut hotel in 1979. De Blasio was 18 and had just finished high school. (Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

New York mayoral hopeful discusses father’s suicide

New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio speaks after receiving the endorsement of former mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn during a press conference at City Hall in New York September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Malik – 2013-10-01T19:06:36Z Spot wholesale electricity jumped to a three-week high on the New York grid, sending the premium of Western region to a record over New York City , as unusually warm weather boosted demand while supplies near Buffalo dropped. Prices topped $400 a megawatt-hour in Manhattan and more than $1,300 in the western most part of the grid operated by the New York Independent System Operator Inc. Power demand in the state rose 4.6 percent at 2:35 p.m. from a day earlier amid transmission bottlenecks. Spot on-peak prices in the West traded at an average premium of $135.03 to New York City at 2 p.m., the most in grid data compiled by Bloomberg going back to 2005. The high temperature in Midtown Manhattan today may be 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius), 10 above normal, and Buffalo may be 7 higher than average at 65 degrees, according to ACcuWeather Inc. in State College , Pennsylvania. Things are always kind of odd this time of the year when you get warmer-than-normal weather, said Kate Trischitta, director of trading at Consolidated Edison Inc.s wholesale energy trading unit in Valhalla, New York. You have a lot of generators taking their annual outages for maintenance as well as transmission outages. Spot power for New York City jumped $163.71 to average $196.67 a megawatt-hour during the hour ended at 2 p.m. from the same time yesterday, the grid data show. The NYISOs West zone, which includes Buffalo, prices surged $484.93 to $515.23 a megawatt-hour. Coal Plant A 650-megawatt coal-fired unit at the Homer City Generating Station in Indiana County, Pennsylvania , is offline for planned maintenance, said Matthew Oatway, a Boston-based analyst with Genscape Inc., which tracks power data. The plant is operated and maintained by NRG Energy Corp., according to its website . Reduced supplies from Homer City, which sends power into the NYISOs West zone via the Stolle Road high-voltage line, and the outage of a small-area generating unit, are curtailing imports at times, Oatway said. Its a very local issue thats spilling over to the rest of the grid. West zone prices started to swing to a premium to New York City at times this year after NRG mothballed its Dunkirk coal-fired units late last year.

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He has done a fantastic job tooling together a contending team despite the cap-limits the Knicks have been forced to deal with. This offseason alone proves Grunwalds worth to New York. Despite financial restrictions, the former general manager brought in seven new players and re-signed three. While some of Grunwalds moves can be considered risky, such as the acquisition of Andrea Bargnani in a deal centered around a 2014 first-round pick , most of his decisions seem to be low-risk, high-reward. Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports Glen Grunwald was demoted after putting together New York’s 2013-14 roster. He decided to bring in Metta World Peace to serve as a defensive stopper alongside Iman Shumpert. Grunwalds decision to sign point guard Beno Udrih to back up Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni gives New York a proven ball-handler and game manager. He also signed two big men in Jeremy Tyler and, more recently, Cole Aldrich to increase New Yorks frontcourt depth. Aside from the Bargnani trade, Grunwald made smart, savvy decisions to improve a Knicks roster that was ousted in the second round of the playoffs against a more physical Indiana Pacers team. He did what he needed to do to make the Knicks a more physical team capable of matching up against big, strong teams such as Indiana and the Chicago Bulls . Not only has Grunwald improved the Knicks roster during his tenure with New York, but he has also helped the team advance to the second round of the playoffs, which no general manager had done in New York in over a decade, as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News said via twitter. Glen Grunwald did a lot with the little he had to work with. Knicks snapped a 13-year streak of not winning a playoff series…and he’s out Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 26, 2013 And what is Grunwalds reward for his efforts? A demotion to an advisory role.

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