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Technology Amps Up Musical Revival

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Tony Awards are this weekend. And the revival of Steven Sondheim’s musical Sunday in the Park with George has a pile of nominations. It’s about the painter Georges Seurat and his giant masterpiece, called A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

Seurat shook up the painting world ...

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Mayor's Property Tax Cut in Jeopardy

Friday, June 13, 2008

A seven percent property tax cut that Mayor Bloomberg originally proposed extending for another year may be in jeopardy. On his weekly radio show on WOR, the mayor hinted it may be lost, due to the continued economic downturn, and a recent state arbitrator's decision to award 10 percent retroactive ...

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Scientific Innovation in 'Frequency Hopping'

Friday, June 13, 2008

Scientific breakthroughs can come from the most surprising places. A new drama set in the 1940s explores a real-life innovation developed by two amateurs: a Hollywood starlet and an avant garde composer. WNYC's Ilya Marritz brings us this glimpse of the play “Frequency Hopping”.

REPORTER: It's a heck of an invented ...

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Council to Pass Buildings Dept. Reforms

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The City Council is poised to pass the first two bills to reform the Buildings Department this afternoon. One of them requires the department to report on its website the addresses of construction sites where injuries and fatalities occur.

The chairman of the Council's Buildings Committee, Erik Martin Dilan, compared it ...

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Summer Movies Out of Doors

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Outdoor movie screenings are spread throughout the city in the summer time - from Bryant Park to the Socrates Sculpture Garden in Queens. Some of the screenings happen above the city's streets — Rooftop Films shows independent movies from all over the world, on rooftops throughout New York. Mark Rosenberg ...

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N.J. Public Employees Protest Over Pension Reforms

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Hundreds of New Jersey's public employees protested outside the state house over pension reforms that lawmakers are proposing in budget talks.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

The legislature and Gov. Jon Corzine are now just tens of millions of dollars apart on how best to balance the almost $33 billion state ...

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Officials Vow to Fix Mental Health System

Thursday, June 12, 2008

City and state officials are pledging to repair a mental health system that they say regularly fails to identify mentally ill people who are potentially violent.

WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

A panel of experts was convened last year following several high-profile criminal incidents involving the mentally ill.

The group issued a report ...

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Bloomberg to IRS: Tax Free Bonds For Yankees

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is trying to get the Internal Revenue Service to change a rule that prevents privately owned sports teams from issuing tax-exempt bonds. Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks are at stake. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The IRS imposed the rule after the Yankees went ...

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Digital Camera Blamed For Indian Point Shutdown

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Federal regulators say a March 23 emergency shutdown of a reactor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant was caused by signals from a worker's digital camera: radio frequencies from a camera too close to a control panel interfered with a boiler pump that provides water to four steam generators.

Water ...

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Cuomo Goes After Drugstore Chains

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is initiating legal action against the CVS and Rite Aid drugstore chains.

Investigators, with the attorney general's office say they found numerous products on shelves long after their expiration date at stores across the state. These included expired medicines, as well as baby formula and eggs.

Arthur Levin ...

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Report: More New Yorkers Going Hungry

Thursday, June 12, 2008

More New Yorkers are struggling to feed themselves and their families. The annual report from the Food Bank for New York City says that, between 2003 and 2007, the number of people who had trouble affording food jumped 55 percent, from 2 million to 3.1 million. Aine Duggan is the ...

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French Spiderman Wants Kudos

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The French daredevil who scaled the 52-story New York Times building in Midtown last week says he wants to be honored by the city.

Alain Robert, also known as the French Spiderman, says he accomplished his goal in bringing attention to a world problem.

ROBERT: The target was to get the attention ...

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Educators Call For End To Achievement Gaps

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The heads of the New York City and Washington, D.C., school systems have joined with the Rev. Al Sharpton and others to press for a shake-up of public schools, calling the achievement gap between white students and their black and Hispanic counterparts the nation's most pressing civil rights issue.

By the ...

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OTB Future Uncertain

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

As the future of the city's Off-Track Betting begins to look more and more bleak, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding firm on his promise to pull the plug on the parlors if Albany does not come up with a rescue plan by his deadline this Sunday.

BLOOMBERG: New York City is ...

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Union Foes Killing Property Tax Cap In State Legislature

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A proposed property tax cap supported by Gov. David Paterson and most New Yorkers appears to be dead. WNYC's Marc Garber reports.

REPORTER: Nassau County executive Tom Suozzi, who headed Paterson's committee on the cap, says that after years of rising taxes, the time for a cap is now. But neither ...

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AG Sets Up Home Health Registry to Combat Fraud

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New York will create an Internet registry for home health aides to help combat Medicaid fraud. Home health care is one of the fastest growing parts of the health care economy.

REPORTER: Along with Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the state ...

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Judge Orders Pay Raise for Judges

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A State Supreme Court judge has ordered the legislature to raise the pay of judges within the next 90 days. The case was brought by four judges who argued that by earning the same as they did in 1998, they were essentially earning 30 percent less than they did 10 ...

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Jobs Program Helps Minorities Break In to Film Business

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Brooklyn-based job program is trying to get minorities into the film industry by training them to be Production Assistants on everything from commercials, to reality shows to big budget films. The work is supposed to help people with limited schooling and a lack of connections get their foot in ...

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One More Landowner Settles with Columbia Univerity

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Columbia University has made a deal with one of the last owners of private property in the neighborhood where it wants to create a new campus.

The school says it will trade land it owns in Washington Heights for a six-story warehouse in West Harlem now owned by Hudson Moving and ...

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Storms Down Trees and Powerlines

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Utility crews around New Jersey are working to restore power this morning after thunderstorms tore across the region overnight, knocking down trees and wires.

About 90,000 customers are without electricity around the state, most of them are customers of PSE&G, which says it could take days for service to be restored ...

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