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City's Homeless Plan Falling Short, Report Says

Thursday, August 07, 2008

An ambitious plan to bring down the level of homelessness in New York City is falling short, according to an assessment issued today by the Independent Budget Office.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg set a goal of reducing homelessness by 2/3 as of 2009. While the city has ...

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Bloomberg Hopes Olympics put Spotlight on China

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says when the Olympic Games begin tomorrow in Beijing, he hopes the attention will highlight the progress he says has taken place in China. He said the Olympics also provide a stage for the United States to promote democracy in China.

BLOOMBERG: And ...

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Democrats Vie for Staten Island Congressional Seat

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Hillary Clinton will endorse Democrat Mike McMahon today in the congressional seat that encompasses Staten Island and part of Brooklyn

Republican congressman Vito Fossella resigned his seat in the wake of a marital scandal, and now Democrats believe they have their best chance yet to reclaim ...

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Energy Companies Target Consumers

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Imagine this scenario: you're sitting at home and there's a knock on the door. The person says they can help you save money on your energy costs. And with an economy like this, who doesn’t want to save money?

All you need to do is show ...

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City Readies For Summer Streets

Thursday, August 07, 2008

This Saturday walkers, skaters, and cyclists will take control of a seven mile stretch of Manhattan, from East 72nd Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was with the Mayor today, when he announced a celebration of Summer Streets.

AMBI: Chinese music

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Report: More People Choose the Emergency Room

Thursday, August 07, 2008

More and more people are turning to the emergency room for medical care, up 32 percent from a decade ago, according to a new report out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Stephen Pitts was the lead author of the new report. He ...

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Ads Combat Subway Harassment

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is launching a new campaign to encouraging subway riders to report incidents of groping. Two thousand posters will go up in stations around the city.

They read quote "Sexual Harassment is a crime in the subway too - a crowded train is ...

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AIDS Activists and Researchers Gather at International Conference

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that they've been under-counting the number of people in the U.S. who get infected with HIV each year. Earlier estimates put the number at around 40,000. Now the CDC says that number is closer ...

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Albee Leads Writers Protest of Chinese Censorship

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Edward Albee and other renowned writers will be reading the works of jailed Chinese writers tomorrow evening. It's part of an event organized by the Pen American Center to protest China's treatment of nearly 50 authors and journalists that the center says are imprisoned simply ...

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City Agrees to Diverse Hiring for Willets Point Plan

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is promising that the future developer of Willets Point will hire minorities, women and Queens residents.

The announcement today is a step to build support for the $3 billion construction project that's facing stiff opposition from some Council members, who say the housing ...

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Activists Want Special Prosecutor for Police Abuse

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Civil rights activists called for a crackdown on police misconduct today at rally outside police headquarters. The protest comes after a videotape surfaced showing an officer pushing a cyclist off his bike.

The video contradicts the officer's sworn statement, claiming the cyclist tried to run him ...

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Galapagos Opens in DUMBO

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

It took 13 months for the Galapagos Arts Space to convert a former horse stable into a glistening new performance space. Galapagos had long been an anchor of Williamsburg's avant-garde art scene and last night, it opened its new home -- in DUMBO.

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Civil Liberties Group Loses Voting Battle

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The American Civil Liberties Union in New Jersey has lost a court battle to educate voters about their rights as they go to the polls.

A three judge appeals court has upheld a state directive barring anyone from distributing materials within 100 feet of the polls. ...

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City Pushes to Limit Gas Drilling Near Reservoirs

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Citing "significant concerns," New York City is seeking strict limits on all gas drilling that might affect reservoirs that supply the city's drinking water.

The city's Department of Environmental Protection hasn't said much publicly. But in a July 18 letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Welcomes Clinton Back to N.Y.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

With the last of the Hillary Clinton supporters conceding that even her vice presidential prospects are over, Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a welcome back Hillary party at Gracie Mansion last night.

There were generations of past and future political leadership on the wide lawn that slopes ...

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Excitement as "Hair" Readies to Open

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Public Theater's 40th anniversary presentation of the musical, "HAIR," opens Thursday night, but it's already creating quite a buzz. The line for tonight's preview performance was five blocks long. Dan O'Brian was near the end of that line, but he didn't want to leave, ...

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Theft of City’s Metal Recyclables on Rise

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Recycling in New York City has always taken two different paths: the official one, where the city picks up the metal cans, plastic bottles, glass containers and paper you've set on the curb...and the unofficial one, where fellow New Yorkers grab material before the sanitation ...

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New Jersey Congressman Wants More Answers on Anthrax Probe

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

With the suicide of bio-warfare expert Bruce Ivins last week, the Justice Department is preparing to close its investigation into the 2001 anthrax attack that killed five people and sickened 17 others.

A spokesperson for the DOJ tells WNYC that, later this week, the FBI plans ...

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Port Authority Threatens to Block Landing Slot Auction

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Port Authority is threatening to block a plan to auction takeoff and landing slots at the region's three major airports. Under the proposal, which the U.S. Department of Transportation hopes to put into practice by the end of President Bush's term, up to 10 ...

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Major Crimes Down 11 Percent in City Schools

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

New York's public schools are getting safer. Major crimes, including assaults, dropped by 11 percent in the 2007-2008 school year, compared to the year before.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg credits the decline to better coordination between the NYPD's school safety agents and educators. He says civil libertarians' ...

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