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a.MKE: Lou Reed, St Francis Civic Center, NYC gas reserve and Iraq unrest 10.28.13

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to store 3 million gallons of fuel in an emergency reserve to prevent outages like those during Superstorm Sandy last year. The Strategic Gasoline Reserve is a $10 million dollar program that includes tanks set up on Long Island for storing the fuel, and will be the first state-based fuel reserve in the nation.

Hundreds gathered Sunday morning in St. Francis for the ground breaking of the city's new civic center. The $9.7 million building will house police, fire, city offices, the health department and historical society all under one roof. The city expects to move into the new building by September 1st, 2014.

Nine car bombs tore through markets and police checkpoints in Baghdad on Sunday, killing dozens of people. Nearly two years after the U.S. troop withdrawal, Iraq is in the midst of a deepening security crisis as an al-Qaeda affiliate wages a relentless campaign of attacks, sending the death toll soaring to its highest level since 2008.

Influential musician Lou Reed died Sunday in Southampton N.Y. of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant. Reed, known as the great punk poet of rock 'n' roll, profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground. He was 71.