New York City Opera Sings The Blues Over Finances, Plans To File For Bankruptcy

Steven Mufson Bechtel failed to do safety checks on key parts of nuclear waste treatment plant, Energy Department says. Ylan Q. Mui Rosengren says the stimulus can lighten but not erase the impact of the shutdown, debt ceiling deadlock. More business news On Monday, U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in Manhattan rejected a request by two Native American groups to block the New York Department of Financial Services, led by Benjamin Lawsky, from barring them from making loans to state residents. The Otoe Missouria Tribe and Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians sued the state regulator in August after Lawsky demanded that 35 online companies cease making loans to New Yorkers. The state has a 16percent interest rate cap in place for consumer loans under $25,000. At least one of the online lenders had been charging more than 1,000percent in annual interest. Sullivan agreed that Lawsky has authority over loans made over the Internet to consumers residing in New York, essentially stripping the Native American groups of their immunity from state law. The states action is directed at activity that takes place entirely off tribal land, involving New York residents who never leave New York state, Sullivan wrote in the order. These consumers are not on a reservation when they apply for a loan, agree to the loan, spend loan proceeds, or repay those proceeds with interest. Lawskys office declined to comment on the ruling. The Native American groups plan to appeal the judges decision, according to their attorney, David Bernick. This ruling opens a clear and painful breach in the legal protection that has consistently been afforded to the tribes efforts to become self-sufficient and economically stable, he said.

Moves like this have given Atlanta’s interior line fits. 3. LOOK FOR EXPLOSIVE PLAYS Here’s a possible solution for Atlanta’s red-zone woes: Get the ball in the end zone without having to go through the red zone. The Falcons must create some 20-plus yard plays against the Jets to help break out of their offensive funk. 4. GO NO HUDDLE This is an aggressive Jets front seven that loves to use multiple fronts. The Falcons can create some confusion for the Jets and their eager defense by going no-huddle and preventing the Jets from getting set into Rex Ryan ‘s complex defensive sets. 5. PROTECT THE FOOTBALL If the Falcons hand the Jets a couple of turnovers, they could very well find themselves in a fourth quarter ball gameif the Jets are able to run the ball. To avoid that, the Falcons must protect the football. WHEN NEW YORK HAS THE BALL: JETS OFFENSE VS. FALCONS DEFENSE New York has out-rushed each of its first four opponents, and stopping the ground game is the key to stopping the Jets. That’s probably going to be even more true for Atlanta’s defense after Geno Smith’s four turnover performance against the Titans in Week 4, as well as some recent injuries the Jets have sustained in their receiving corps. Given how Legarrette Blount gashed them last week, Atlanta’s defense may have a tough time with Jets running back Bilal Powell because he’s faster than Blount and runs with just as much power. Atlanta’s front seven has to be ready to play run defense with an attitude. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Ex-Georgia Tech and Miller Grove HS WR Stephen Hill has been Geno Smith’s big-play threat Expect Geno Smith to look to tight end Kellen Winslow even more in the passing game against Atlanta because he may be without his top two targets on the outside in Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill. Hill could still play Monday night, but he’s going through the league’s concussion protocol per ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini. If Hill does play, Atlanta should expect Smith to take at least one deep shot to the Atlanta native because he’s done so in every game New York has played. Most of Smith’s 11 turnovers (eight interceptions, three fumbles) have come when he has held the ball too long, so if Atlanta’s secondary can take away Smith’s first two reads, they can put the defense in position to get some much-needed takeaways. DEFENSIVE KEYS FOR ATLANTA: 1. MAINTAIN GAP DISCIPLINE AGAINST THE RUN GAME The Falcons can’t afford to allow Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory to break off any long runs like the one Legerrette Blount had on Sunday. The Jets rely heavily on the run game and they’d love to be able to get their ground game going to set up some play-action passes to Stephen Hill and Kellen Winslow. 2. TAKE AWAY KELLEN WINSLOW Like most rookie quarterbacks, Geno Smith targets his tight end a lot because Winslow is often his best checkdown option in New York’s offense sets. If Atlanta’s linebackers can take Winslow away from Smith, it could lead to a couple of sacks for Atlanta’s defensive line.

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Because it “did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal,” it said in a statement Monday, “the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the Company, including initiating the Chapter 11 (bankruptcy) process.” The company had hoped to raise $1 million of the $7 million through an online site, Kickstarter.com, in a campaign that ended Monday. It raised only $301,019 from more than 2,000 donors. The organization raised $1.5 million outside of the Kickstarter campaign, according to Risa Heller, spokeswoman for the New York City Opera. “The odds have been against us for a long time,” George Steel, general manager and artistic director for the company, said in a video for the failed online campaign, “but in the face of that difficulty we have made tremendous progress.” The company, dubbed “The People’s Opera” by former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, was founded on the principle that every New Yorker should be able to afford to go to the opera, Steel said. He explained that in order for the company to break even, it would have needed to sell every ticket for $600. Instead, the starting ticket price was set at $25 to make the experience affordable. The New York City Opera received critical praise in the past for its world premieres of works including Robert Ward’s “The Crucible” and Anthony Davis’ “The Life and Times of Malcolm X.” It opened its current season on September 17 with the opera “Anna Nicole,” which turned out to be the company’s last production. “We need the help of the people we were founded to serve to put on our season this year,” Steel had said, speaking to New York residents and opera fans everywhere. “We need you to come together and carry it forward into the future. I hope we can count on you.” In a statement from the American Federation of Musicians, President Tino Gagliardi said that despite the musicians making great sacrifices in wages and benefits to keep the City Opera afloat they long feared this would happen. “NYCO management’s reckless decisions to move the New York City Opera out of its newly renovated home at Lincoln Center … predictably resulted in financial disaster for the company,” Gagliardi said. The opera company left Lincoln Center in 2011 in an effort to save money.

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