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Jun 12, 2011

FGC BOLSA - FGC FINANCIAL MARKETS | Concerning Interest Issues on Kitco's Daily Reports Kitco Metals in a Categorically Statement Denies Tax Fraud

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Due to the fact,that we publish information  received every day   from Kitco - Metals through Financial & Forex Info,  we consider that unless Kitco be forbidden  to keep operating  in the  precious metal markets we will continue covering every day  the  Kitco's report. Below you will find Kitco's Statement on this unfortunate matter not yet fully explained or disclosed 

Fernando Guzmán Cavero
FGC BOLSA - FGC FINANCIAL MARKETS

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate publication
KITCO CATEGORICALLY DENIES ALL OF REVENU QUÉBEC’S ALLEGATIONS

Montreal, June 9, 2011 Contrary to Revenu Québec’s allegations in a press release published
today, Kitco Metals Inc. (Kitco) has never participated in any tax fraud, nor has it ever carried
out any fictitious transactions. In all respects, Kitco vigorously contests all aspects of Revenu
Québec’s investigation. Mindful of protecting its irreproachable reputation, Kitco has mandated
attorneys, of the law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson, to evaluate all available recourses with
regards to the allegations of Revenu Québec.
Earlier today Kitco, filed and presented a motion at the Superior Court of Québec to have an
interim receiver appointed so that it may continue its normal operations under the supervision of
the accounting firm RSM Richter (Mr. Gilles Robillard, partner). This action was taken in the
interest of the corporation, of its clients and of its business partners to allow for the time required
to vigorously contest Revenu Québec’s unfounded claims. As always, Kitco will respect all of its
commitments towards its clients and business partners.
Kitco buys precious metals scrap and pays the suppliers sales taxes on these purchases for
which Kitco receives a tax credit. It is the responsibility of these suppliers to pay back the sales
taxes to Revenu Québec. Revenu Québec alleges that some of these suppliers have not
remitted the taxes paid to them. Revenu Québec is unjustly holding Kitco responsible for the
unremitted taxes, which led to the issuance of the tax assessments.
Kitco is vigorously opposing these tax assessments. Kitco has respected all applicable laws and
by-laws since the founding of the company over 30 years ago.

ABOUT KITCO METALS INC.
A Canadian corporation founded in 1977, Kitco Metals Inc. is an international company with its
head office located in Montreal, and operates offices in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. It
is one of the largest retailers of precious metals in the world, and a specialized supplier of
refining services. Kitco has a workforce of 200 employees and provides a vast array of gold,
silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium products to tens of thousands of clients. The company
is one of few authorized resellers of products made by some of the most prestigious
government mints. Considered to be the leading precious metals reference, Kitco’s website
(www.kitco.com) is visited daily by close to a million people around the world and has received
industry awards. Kitco has earned a solid reputation for itself as a leading innovator in the
industry, being the first precious metals company to carry out its activities online and to create
real-time market information applications for smartphones.
- 30 –
For information: Sharlene Dozois
Marketing Director & Spokesperson
Tel.: 514-315-3007
www.kitco.ca

CFTC | Press Release - Announcement : CFTC and SEC Staffs to Host Public Roundtable Discussion on Proposed Dealer and Major Participant Definitions under Dodd-Frank Act


RELEASE: pr6052-11

 

  • June 10, 2011
    Washington, DC — The staffs of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced that they intend to hold a joint public roundtable on June 16, 2011, to discuss proposed definitions required under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act).
    The Dodd-Frank Act provides that the CFTC and the SEC, in consultation with the Federal Reserve, must work jointly to further define the meaning of certain key terms including “swap dealer,” “security-based swap dealer,” “major swap participant” and “major security-based swap participant.” Title VII also provides for the registration of dealers and major participants, and will subject them to a number of statutory requirements including capital, margin and business conduct requirements.
    The CFTC and SEC have received more than 130 comment letters from the public in response to rules they proposed on December 7, 2010, to define these terms. These public comments have helped inform the commissions about a range of issues raised by these definitions.
    The roundtable is intended to supplement these comments and help further inform the agencies as they proceed with final rulemaking. The discussion will focus on such issues as:
    • General parameters of dealer activity
    • Application of the dealer definitions among different types of asset classes
    • Application of the de minimis exception from the dealer definitions; and
    • Adequacy of the proposed major participant tests
    The roundtable will be held from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm in the Conference Center at the CFTC’s Headquarters, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC. The discussion will be open to the public with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Members of the public also may listen by telephone: US Toll-Free (866) 844-9416; Conference ID: 7731946. See Related Document for International Toll numbers.
    Public comment files have been set up to receive input on the commissions’ proposed rules to further define certain key terms in Title VII, including the dealer and major participant definitions. Members of the public wishing to comment may do by:
    CFTC: through the CFTC’s Comments Online application.
    SEC: by email to rule-comments@sec.gov (all emails must reference the file numbers 4-633 and S7-39-10 in the subject field) or through the comment form available at http://www.sec.gov/rules/other.shtml.
    All submissions provided to the CFTC or SEC in any form may be published on the website of the respective agency, without review and without removal of personal identifying information.
    Last Updated: June 10, 2011

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MarketWatch | Economic Preview: Economic data may be as grim as bad summer movie


Economic Preview
By Greg Robb, MarketWatch 

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) The economic indicators to be released next week are expected to amount to a bad summer movie that even economists don’t really want to watch. 
The plot for the May data is already well known — high gasoline prices and the shortage of autos and auto parts from Japan conspired to drag the recovery down close to stall speed.
“In a sense, the May data will be confirming the softness people have already built in from the weak May jobs report so the indicators won’t be new news,” said Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight.
MarketWatch consensus
date report Consensus previous
June 14 Retail sales -0.7% 0.5%
June 14 Retail sales ex-autos 0.0% 0.6%
June 14 Producer price index 0.1% 0.8%
June 14 Core PPI 0.2% 0.3%
June 14 Inventories 0.8% 1.1%
June 15 Consumer price index 0.0% 0.4%
June 15 Core CPI 0.2% 0.2%
June 15 Empire state index 13.3 11.9
June 15 Industrial production 0.2% 0.0%
June 15 Capacity utilization 77.0% 76.9%
June 15 Homebuilders' index 16 16
June 16 Jobless claims 425,000 427,000
June 16 Housing starts 550,000 523,000
June 16 Philly Fed 5.5 3.9
June 17 Consumer sentiment 73.5 74.3
June 17 Leading indicators 0.3% -0.3%

Although economists generally expect a rebound in the third quarter, it is way too early for signs of such a happy ending in this week’s data, and markets may grow impatient.
“The good news is not happening soon enough and worries tend to fester,” said Jonathan Basile, a senior economist at Credit Suisse in New York.
U.S. stocks SPX -1.40%  ended lower for the sixth consecutive week, chiefly on economic worries.
“It looks like we’re in an economy that takes two steps forward and one step back,” said Omair Sharif, economist at RBS Securities Inc.
The main focus for economists will be to see whether there are any good performers in the most up-to-date reports, such as the early indicators of manufacturing and consumer sentiment in June, Basile said. These reports are usually bit-players in the data drama.
The Philadelphia Fed’s index, a more closely followed measure of regional bank activity, is forecast to show a partial rebound in June. Last month, the index sank to 3.9 from 18.5 in April, the lowest reading since October. Just two months ago, the index reached 43.4, the highest level since Jan. 1984. That report comes out Thursday. 


 
Opinion: Unleash the job creators Stephens Inc. CEO Warren Stephens has a plan for economic growth.

The Empire State index, which measures business activity in the New York region, is also expected to rebound somewhat in June, but not reach April levels. The index fell to 11.9 in May from 21.7 in April. The data will be released on Wednesday.
Both indexes are what are called diffusion indexes, in that they represent the percentage of respondents indicating an increase minus those indicating a decrease. This means the numbers range from -100 to +100.
Another key piece of June data will be the survey of consumer sentiment from Thomson Reuters and University of Michigan.
Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expect sentiment to decline to 73.5 in the first June reading from 74.3 in May. The index had risen from 69.8 in April on better expectations, but the gauge remains below a reading of 77.5 in February before prices for gasoline spiked. That report comes out Friday.
Basile said that economists will search far and wide for real-time data.
“We’ll be watching the Triple-A gas price index every day,” Basile said, half-seriously.
Among the blockbuster May reports, economists expect retail sales to fall 0.7% in May after a 0.5% gain in April. This would be the first decline after 10 months of gains. Sales will be hurt by poor auto sales, analysts said. Excluding autos, retail sales are expected to be flat after a 0.6% gain in April. The Commerce Department will release the data on Tuesday.
Basile said savvy consumers decided to wait for a better selection to return to dealers as many models were not available in May due to the Japan earthquake.
The tragedy in Japan will also depress May industrial output, which is expected to rise a slight 0.2% in May after remaining flat in April. The Federal Reserve will release the data on Wednesday.
Higher new and used-car prices will have a starring role in the May consumer price inflation report, pushing up core inflation.
Economists expect headline consumer prices to be flat in May due to lower gasoline prices. But the core rate is expected to rise 0.2%, the fourth such gain in the past five months.
Sharif of RBS said he expects core inflation to steadily increase at this pace, meaning that core inflation will hit a 2% year-over-year gain by December. This would be the top end of the Fed’s comfort zone, putting enormous pressure of the Fed to exit its ultra-easy monetary policy even if growth is sluggish, he said.
“It will strain the Fed’s credibility if they have not done anything to arrest that move higher,” Sharif said.
Greg Robb is a senior reporter for MarketWatch in Washington.

Financial & Forex Info | The Australian Capital Circle: Ash cloud causes flights chaos




Capital Circle Newsletter
Ash cloud causes flights chaos
 
Flights have been grounded and thousands of people delayed by a volcanic ash cloud passing over Australia.

The PM's Diary: Julia Gillard is in Canberra, working on a day off. She has no public appearances planned.
Tony Abbott woke up in Nauru and went for his early morning bike ride. He will meet Nauru's cabinet this morning before flying back to Australia late today. He will finish his day in Canberra.
Bucking the trend: Kevin Rudd's former indigenous affairs adviser Corri McKenzie is heading back to the hill. Ms McKenzie left to work for global search giant Google after Mr Rudd lost his job as PM, but Capital Circle hears the well-liked Ms McKenzie will become deputy chief of staff to Families, Housing and Communities Services Minister Jenny Macklin. Coincidentally, her return comes as little sister Thea begins work on the hill - as an assistant to Mr Rudd. Welcome back, and welcome aboard.
Charity auction: With just two days to go until the mid-winter ball, Tony Abbott is beating all comers in the charity auction. His offer of a tennis lesson with John Alexander (supervised by Tony of course) has attracted 12 bids worth $4900. Julia Gillard is in second place in the parliamentary popularity contest, having attracted three bids worth $4250 for her offer of dinner for six at the Lodge or Kirribilli House.
A ticket to watch the Titans and the Broncos slug it out with Treasurer Wayne Swan have attracted one bid worth $3000. Dinner with the trio of independents Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Bob Katter has attracted one $2000 bid. The PM's patchwork blanket (for a patchwork economy), knitted by Julia and her tea
Read more...

The Washington PostToday's Headlines: Today's Highlights | Politics | Style | Sports | World| Live Discussion | Technology | Business .

The Washington Post

TODAY'S HEADLINES
TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS
Push for a new Afghan strategy
Congressional leaders are urging President Obama to take full advantage of progress achieved by narrowing the focus of the Afghan mission.
(By Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung)

U.S. Muslims search for identity
The more Muslims feel singled out, the more they focus on their own divisions, between young and old, secular and devout, militant and moderate.
(By Marc Fisher)

Alleged plotter of 1998 embassy attacks is killed
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, considered the most wanted man in East Africa and suspected mastermind behind 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, was shot dead in Somalia, officials say.
(By Sudarsan Raghavan)

Weiner seeking treatment
Rep. Anthony Weiner announces he will request a leave of absence as Democratic Party leaders call for him to resign.
(By Chris Cillizza)

New District scandals, old ’90s vibe
But the District government is, by and large, meeting the expectations of its residents, according to interviews across the city.
(By Mike DeBonis and Chris L. Jenkins)

POLITICS
Weiner rejects calls from Democratic leaders to resign, to seek professional treatment
WASHINGTON — Rejecting calls by Democratic leaders for him to resign in a sexting scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner is instead seeking professional treatment and asking for a leave of absence from Congress.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Push for a new Afghan strategy
Congressional leaders are urging President Obama to take full advantage of progress achieved by narrowing the focus of the Afghan mission.
( by Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung , The Washington Post)

Glossary of Islamic terms
A brief glossary of some of the most commonly used words and phrases in Islamic religion and culture.
( by Mark S. Luckie , The Washington Post)

Weiner seeking treatment
Rep. Anthony Weiner announces he will request a leave of absence as Democratic Party leaders call for him to resign.
( by Chris Cillizza , The Washington Post)

NORAD intercepts small plane near Camp David
WASHINGTON — NORAD says two F-15 fighters had to intercept a small aircraft that had no radio communication and was flying near the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


STYLE
Ask Amy: Stolen loot is an unhappy birthday surprise
I was recently at my best friend’s birthday party. I’ve known him since childhood. I usually don’t carry cash, but I had some in my purse that evening.At the party I was mostly hanging out with his girlfriend and left my purse, closed and tucked away, in the living room.
(, Tribune Media Service)

Miss Manners: Cooking up resentment in boyfriend’s kitchen
My boyfriend of a year was approached by two female friends of his asking for a night out of the city to visit him in the suburbs for dinner.
(, United Media)

A time for tea and serenity in Taiwan
Retreat at Buddhist monastery offers chance to get caught in the moment away from pressures of modern life.
( by Amber Parcher Special to The Washington Post , The Washington Post)

American Girl Doll store to open in Tysons
Featuring a hair salon, a bistro and — of course — hundreds of dolls and accessories, the American Girl store in Tysons Corner is a salute to girlhood.
(, The Washington Post)

American Girl store details
Hours and location of new American Girl store in Tysons Corner.
(, The Washington Post)


SPORTS
Drew Moor scores in stoppage time to give Rapids 1-0 victory over Timbers
PORTLAND, Ore. — Drew Moor scored in extra time and Colorado beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 on Saturday night, snapping the Rapids’ Major League Soccer-record draws streak at six.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

TV and radio listings: June 12

(, The Washington Post)

Alan Gordon scores 2nd of his 2 goals in stoppage time, Toronto FC ties Galaxy 2-2
CARSON, Calif. — Alan Gordon scored the second of his two goals in stoppage time to help Toronto FC salvage a 2-2 draw with his former Los Angeles Galaxy teammates on Saturday night.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Crow allows go-ahead run on wild pitch, Royals waste Moustakas' first HR in 7-5 loss to Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Moustakas needed only two games to get his first big league home run. He also found out what it was like to get thrown out at the plate.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Westlake hits 3 homers and Vandy sweeps Oregon State to reach College World Series
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional between Oregon State and Vanderbilt, the Beavers stayed away from Commodores slugger Aaron Westlake.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


WORLD
More than 600, including 103 children, sickened by lead poisoning in China
BEIJING — More than 600 people, including 103 children, have been sickened in China’s latest case of mass lead poisoning, state media reported Sunday.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Guinness World Records declares 23.5-inch Filipino as world's shortest man
SINDANGAN, Philippines — A poor Filipino blacksmith’s son who stands less than 2 feet (60 centimeters) tall was declared the world’s shortest man by Guinness World Records on his 18th birthday Sunday, sparking a celebration in his hometown.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Syrian army attacks northwestern town with tanks and helicopters in bid to crush rebellion
BEIRUT — Under the rattle of heavy gunfire and loud explosions, Syrian army troops and tanks moved into a restive northwestern city from two sides Sunday, extending the crackdown on a region that is historically hostile the Damascus regime.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Turkish ruling party front-runner in elections, aims to rewrite constitution if wins 3rd term
ISTANBUL — Turkey’s ruling party sought a third term in elections Sunday, aiming to build on economic and diplomatic advances in recent years as well as introduce a new constitution it says will make the country more democratic.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Environmentalists to send up helicopter in search for illegal tuna fishers in Mediterranean
ABOARD THE STEVE IRWIN — Conservationists are sending up a helicopter to search for tuna fishing boats in the Mediterranean that might be harvesting the fish illegally.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Fix Faceoff: 2012 Presidential Election
Political blogger Chris Cillizza's fast-paced video Q&A about the 2012 presidential election.
(, vForum)

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on Palin e-mails and more (video)
Join Rabbi Brad Hirschfield as he talks about the ethical and moral issues raised by the week's biggest stories.
(, vForum)

Sarah Palin's Emails: Former Palin staffer discusses
Former Sarah Palin staffer discusses the contents of Palin's emails.
(, vForum)

Sarah Palin's Emails: Former Palin staffer discusses
Former Sarah Palin staffer discusses the contents of Palin's emails.
(, vForum)

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on Palin e-mails and more (video)
Join Rabbi Brad Hirschfield as he talks about the ethical and moral issues raised by the week's biggest stories.
(, vForum)


TECHNOLOGY
Fight Mike Arrington, Bing Gordon And More With GraFighters

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

A Look At The Three Startups That Wowed The Judges At Plug And Play’s Summer EXPO

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Fear Not, Unemployed Girl Kittens Sticking It To The Man! The Internet Community Has Your Back

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Fred Wilson On Disruption: “You Can’t Stop What People Ultimately Want To Have Happen”

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

A TechCrunch Birthday Giveaway #TechCrunch

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)


BUSINESS
Australia, New Zealand cancel flights as Chile's volcanic ash spreads around the globe
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Thousands of passengers in Australia and New Zealand were affected when airlines suspended flights Sunday as an ash cloud from an erupting volcano in southern Chile spread, threatening to damage engines.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Fight Mike Arrington, Bing Gordon And More With GraFighters

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

IMF investigates suspected computer attack
The International Monetary Fund is investigating a suspected attack on its computers, a potentially sensitive breach.
( by Howard Schneider and Ellen Nakashima , The Washington Post)

Atlantic City Tropicana reaches deals with painters, carpenters, operating engineers unions
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — An Atlantic City casino has reached deals with three of its unions, ending a stalemate that had been going on for several weeks.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Michigan tour company's bus service suspended after passengers found in luggage compartment
GLADWIN, Mich. — A tour company based in northern Michigan has been ordered by federal transportation officials to cease operations and take its coaches out of service after six people were found traveling in the luggage compartment of bus in Ohio.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

NYT Today's Headlines: Top News | Quotation of The Day | Theater | Opinion | World | U.S. | Politics | Business | Technology | Sports | Arts | New York / Region / Magazine / Editorials / OP -ED / On This Day



TOP NEWS

U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

By JAMES GLANZ and JOHN MARKOFF
The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy "shadow" Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments.

Somalis Kill Mastermind of 2 U.S. Embassy Bombings

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the mastermind of the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, was killed in a shootout in Mogadishu.

Afghan Taliban Cede Ground in the South, but Fears Linger

By CARLOTTA GALL
President Obama confronts a mixed landscape of improvement and uncertainty in Afghanistan as he weighs how many troops to withdraw this summer.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"Good with kids, good with horses, good with cats. A perfect lady in the home."
HARRISON PRATHER, on a German shepherd he trained that sold for $230,000 as an executive protection dog.

Theater

2011 Tony Awards

A preview of what to expect from the 2011 Tony Awards.
Opinion
Missouri's War Within the War
Opinionator | Disunion

Missouri's War Within the War

By June 1861, Missouri was caught in a civil war within the Civil War.
WORLD

Residents Flee as Syrian Forces Bombard Town

By LIAM STACK and SEBNEM ARSU
Syrian security forces continued to bombard the town of Jisr al-Shoughour on Saturday as people struggled to escape, residents said.

Qaddafi Forces Shell Rebels Near Misurata

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
News reports also suggested that other pro-Qaddafi troops were on the move around the formerly rebel-held city of Zawiya, just west of Tripoli.

Protests Challenge Japan's Use of Nuclear Power

By HIROKO TABUCHI
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Tokyo and other major cities on Saturday, expressing a deep distrust of the nuclear industry.
U.S.

For the Executive With Everything, a $230,000 Dog to Protect It

By JOHN TIERNEY
A growing number of wealthy people around the world are coveting the security - and status - provided by a dog with the right credentials.

Too Big to Fail, or Too Trifling for Oversight?

By ERIC DASH and JULIE CRESWELL
Companies concerned with stricter oversight that could erode profits have been lobbying financial regulators to avoid being designated "systemically important."
Franconia Journal

On a Somber Mission to Restore the Missing Face of a Mountain

By ABBY GOODNOUGH
When the beloved rock formation in New Hampshire crumbled in 2003, it crushed the heart of a state.
POLITICS

Weiner to Enter Treatment Center and Seek Leave From House

By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and MICHAEL BARBARO
Representative Anthony D. Weiner said he would request a leave of absence from the House and seek treatment, after Democratic leaders called on him to resign.

For Republicans, Redistricting Offers Few Gains

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
Republicans' gains are likely to total fewer than 10 House seats, largely because they took so many seats from Democrats in 2010 that there are not many left to change hands through redistricting.

Palin's E-Mails Undercut Simplistic Views of Her, Both Positive and Negative

By JIM RUTENBERG and WILLIAM YARDLEY
The 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin's released e-mails complete her transformation from one of the most obscure politicians in America to one of the most scrutinized.
BUSINESS

Deutsche Bank's Chief Casts Long Shadow in Europe

By JACK EWING and LIZ ALDERMAN
Josef Ackermann, chief executive of Europe's largest bank, emerged from the 2008 financial crisis with deep influence on the Continent's financial future.

Can Ticketmaster's Builder Now Unseat It?

By JANET MORRISSEY
Fred Rosen, the man who made Ticketmaster ubiquitous, wants to put ticketing back in the hands of venues.

I.M.F. Reports Cyberattack Led to 'Very Major Breach'

By DAVID E. SANGER and JOHN MARKOFF
The dimensions of the attack on the International Monetary Fund are still unknown.
TECHNOLOGY

Technology and the Political Sex Scandal

By KATE ZERNIKE
Technological temptations flood in at a time when a prying press helps make Washington more puritanical.
Cultural Studies

Twitter's Secret Handshake

By ASHLEY PARKER
Hashtags - a word or phrase preceded by the "#" symbol - have been popularized on Twitter as a way for users to organize and search tweets.
Noticed

Business Cards Go Paperless, or Almost

By AUSTIN CONSIDINE
Once ubiquitous, they are being transformed and even eliminated by QR codes and apps like the Hashable for iPhone that lets users exchange electronic "cards."
SPORTS

First in Mud at Belmont: Long Shot Ruler on Ice

By JOE DRAPE
With a late push down the stretch, Ruler on Ice, ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., held off Stay Thirsty to win the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes.
Pirates 3, Mets 2

Nearing .500, Mets Again Fail to Reach Mark

By DAVID WALDSTEIN
Ruben Tejada, the 21-year-old infielder, entered Saturday's game against the Pirates hitting .412 in his last five games.
Yankees 4, Indians 0

Injury Shuts Down Colon's Revival and Puts Damper on a Victory

By BEN SHPIGEL
Bartolo Colon strained his left hamstring, and Mitch Talbot, the Indians' starter, also left early, ejected after hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch.
ARTS

Book of Tonys: Anything Goes?

By PATRICK HEALY
Interviews with voters - and a notebook's worth of meals in the theater district - ground our annual forecast of the 2011 Tony Awards.
Arts & Leisure

How Do You Make a Whole Show Fly?

By JASON ZINOMAN
Shaping Cirque du Soleil's new show, "Zarkana," which opens in New York this week, involves trying to balance the tension between a circus and a rock opera.

Storming the Box Office in His Jammies

By BROOKS BARNES
Ryan Reynolds is the star of "Green Lantern" as Warner Brothers tries to establish a new film series with the popularity of "Harry Potter."
NEW YORK / REGION

The Long Hard Ride of Damian Lopez Alfonso

By J. DAVID GOODMAN
A Cuban cyclist, severely disfigured in a childhood accident, longs to compete internationally. New York bikers have embraced his dream.

Food, Phone, Opinion. A New App Is Born.

By LIZ ROBBINS
A new smartphone application called Recco is, at its core, a recommendation service for foodies with short attention spans.
At the Table | Above 6

Rooftop Seating, for Everyone

By DIANE CARDWELL
Friends in the television business caught up with each other at Above 6, a hotel bar perched high above Columbus Circle.
MAGAZINE

You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey!

By JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN
A journey to the flip side of Disney.

Going for Broken

By DANA SPIOTTA
The glorious ruins of the Erie Canal.

The Getaway Car

By JONATHAN RABAN
A father and his teenage daughter travel the road that will divide them.
EDITORIALS
Editorial

The Economy and D.C.: Renewed Weakness

The recent deluge of weak economic data has led to a guessing game among analysts. Is the weakness temporary? Or is there more bad news to come?
Editorial

The Economy and D.C.: Republicans' Tax-cutting Fantasia

High unemployment may be good for Republicans in the next election, which makes it disturbing that Republican leaders have blocked discussion of any job-creation proposals.
Editorial

Stuck in the Muddle

The Supreme Court makes a fourth attempt to make sense of a law for felons who illegally possess firearms. Congress should clarify the legislation.
Editorial

'The Waste Land' by App

A classic poem gets modern touches, but the voices remain those of T. S Eliot.
OP-ED
Op-Ed Contributor

Don't Quit This Day Job

By KAREN S. SIBERT
For female doctors, the decision to go part time isn't just personal; it has consequences for patients and the public.
Op-Ed Columnist

Newt Loves Callista

By MAUREEN DOWD
The good husband: A man who once called himself "the defender of civilization" is now just the defender of vacation.
Op-Ed Columnist

The Uncertainty Tax

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
A few big, smart, bipartisan decisions by Congress on taxes and spending (and mortgages) could get the economy to start improving again.
Op-Ed Columnist

When Food Kills

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
As we keep feeding our livestock antibiotics, we are creating a breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to untreatable ailments.
Op-Ed Contributor

Dying to Tell the Story

By UMAR CHEEMA
I was tortured. My colleague was killed. Pakistan's government must act to punish intelligence officials who target journalists.
Op-Ed Contributor

The Day the Music Died

By FREDDIE O'CONNELL
College radio is a critical part of its community, on-campus and off.
Op-Ed Contributor

Separation of Church and School

By KATHERINE STEWART
A federal court has properly ruled that New York City may restrict the use of public school buildings for worship services.
Op-Ed Contributor

Your 4-Year-Old Can't Do That

By NOAH HOROWITZ
Whatever their aesthetic charm, a 4-year-old girl's canvases are hardly novel from a formal vantage, nor do they provide added meaning below the surface.
Op-Ed Contributor

Europe's Arizona Problem

By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
Reforming Europe's migration rules is vital to blocking the far right.
The Public Editor

Where Words Can Never Do Justice

By ARTHUR S. BRISBANE
When the Israelis and the Palestinians are involved, there are sure to be angry readers.
ON THIS DAY
On June 12, 1987, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to ''tear down this wall.''