Tenant screening companies say the databases they compile, listing people who have been sued by landlords, help identify deadbeat renters. Tenants' advocates say they don't differentiate problem renters from those who were simply asserting their rights. Shell Belle/Flickr hide caption

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A horse-drawn carriage operator waits for riders near Central Park in New York on October 20, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing legislation that would ban such carriages in 2016. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Eric Garner (right) poses with his children. A grand jury has decided not to indict a New York police officer over Garner's death in July. Family photo via National Action Network/AP hide caption

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New York data blogger Ben Wellington sits next to a fire hydrant Sunday in Brooklyn, N.Y. His investigation into the city's parking ticket data found that two Lower Manhattan hydrants on consecutive blocks in Manhattan generated $55,000 a year for the city — off of cars that appeared to be parked legally. RIchard Villa/OZY hide caption

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Seventeen-year-old Jairo Gomez lives in a one-bedroom apartment with eight other family members. His school attendance has suffered because he often has to stay home to babysit his younger siblings. Emily Kwong/WNYC hide caption

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A woman on the L train in New York City last week covers her face, fearful because a doctor with Ebola rode the train days earlier. Epidemiologists say people on the subway were not at risk. Stephen Nessen /WNYC hide caption

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The media is all over this story: Ebola in NYC! Don Weiss, a doctor with the New York City Health Department, faces microphones outside the bowling alley visited by the physician who tested positive for the virus. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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An inmate at Rikers Island juvenile detention facility carries a plastic fork behind his back as he walks with other inmates. A recent report found that juvenile detainees are subjected to routine violence, both by other inmates and by correction officers. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs an executive order raising the city's living wage law Tuesday. The move will require some employers to pay their employees between $11.50 and $13.13 an hour, depending on whether the employee receives benefits. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama at the United Nations on Wednesday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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