No. 158: Rising pay, fewer eats and a new role for Newman

TG it’s F: A happy ending to a short but busy week everybody, and thanks for nothing Hermine. Sincerely.

On this day previously: Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita dropped two incendiary bombs near Brookings, Ore. in 1942, hoping to start a forest fire. He didn’t. Fujita was invited back 20 years later to serve as grand marshal of the town’s Azalea Festival. One of the bombs is still missing.

Behind the headlines: Vox has everything Gary Johnson should have known about Aleppo.

Names dropped: Among the many cards and letters concerning last week’s item about Eagle Scouts came word that at least two of our readers are one. A three-fingered salute to you both, Irwin Krasnow and Peter Goldsmith.

Pay up: The Island’s 4.2 percent unemployment rate has been putting pressure on wages. Average weekly pay stubs climbed 2.4 percent in Nassau in the first quarter of the year and 1.2 percent in Suffolk, compared to a decline of 0.5 percent nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Locally, hospital and construction jobs led the way.

Uniformly doing well: 41 of the 50 best-paid municipal workers in the state are from Long Island. All cops. (But you guessed that.)

Staying put: Farmingdale State College is touting – deservedly – new research that suggests its grads not only find work fast, but find it locally in big numbers.

Made elsewhere: Buffalo lost a full third of its manufacturing jobs over the past 15 years. (And Rochester would love to be able to say that.)

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ICYMI

Pedal to metal: Fresh off a three-month stint at a Syracuse venture accelerator, Hofstra-incubated startup ParqMi is back on Long Island and shifting into gear.

Crikey, another pitch night: Local startups SaavyHires, Team Tracky and Laura Alison Design are among those pitching at Monday’s inaugural event at LaunchPad Westbury. That’s Sept. 12, 6 to 9 p.m., beverages served, ten bucks, register please.

The debate heats up: A new paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research maintains the proposed Caithness II power plant is too environmentally important not to build.
In this order: “Women, wine, startups and entrepreneurs,” Sept. 28, 6 to 9 p.m., panel and pours, LaunchPad Huntington, details here.

The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

On the block: The Port Authority plans to unload One World Trade Center, on which it spent $3.8 billion and hopes to maybe get $5B. But deep-pocketed Saudi and Chinese bidders would be, um, a problem.

Going Dutch: An Amsterdam-based incubator is taking space at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Beyond search: Google’s Jigsaw unit is using ad-targeting tech to talk would-be jihadis out of joining ISIS. (Significantly more subtle than the Average Mohamed cartoons.)

The pay out: Snapchat, which has raised more than $2.6 billion in private equity, is said to be considering an IPO. (Which would certainly buck the trend.)

Something to chew on: Why NYC has lost more than 130 great restaurants in the past two years. (At least the Union Square Café is coming back.)

And they’re feeling good about it: Arianna Huffington has tapped former NYT and Google execs for roles in her wellness startup, Thrive.

Doh: Apple accidentally posted a Twitter video showing off the new iPhone 7 – a full 45 minutes before company execs unveiled the device in San Francisco. (If you missed the show, the new black is … jet black.)

Who knew? Solar energy has its own cabal.

A chad-free future: A San Diego company’s voting technology has been approved for federal elections. (Not this year’s, of course.)

Book now: The Long Island Business Development Council’s annual conference and clam shuck is Sept. 21-23 at the Montauk Yacht Club. Call 516-314-8982 for info.

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BELOW THE FOLD

Hello, Newman: Actor Wayne Knight is recreating his beloved Seinfeld role. In an Israeli TV commercial. For Ikea.

Happy days, boys: There appears to be little valid reason for continuing digital rectal exams of men – that’s digital as in digit – according to a report in Current Medical Research and Opinion.

Drone test of the week: Google’s Project Wing is teaming with Chipotle to bring burrito delivery to the campus of Virginia Tech.

Roll model: You’re now more likely to smoke pot than your teen-aged kids.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.