For me, the big local story of the day (Joan who?) was the arrest of nineteen fast-food workers at a Times Square strike for a living wage. The average wage for fast-food cooks in the U.S. is $9.07. These people do hard labor, often under dangerous conditions (seriously, commercial kitchens are chock-full of pitfalls- boiling hot oil, slippery grease-slicked floors, harsh cleaning chemicals, hot surfaces and open flames. In the U.S., low wages and high risk (actual risk, not the "risk" that the MotU types claim is their bailiwick) go together like chopped meat and E. coli.
McDonald's stock is doing well and the corporation pays out a generous dividend. The profits are being made on the backs of the employees, who don't make enough money to dine at the crappy restaurants in which they work.
It's a national disgrace that the striking workers were arrested... they are not the criminals in the organization. These people aren't asking for a lot, they don't need DeLoreans, velour jumpsuits, and disco balls:
They just need a wage they can live on.