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Building Inspectors Crack Down on Unsafe Scaffolds

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dangerous scaffolds and sidewalk sheds have the city cracking down on contractors who don't build them properly. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: The Department of Buildings inspectors will conduct a citywide sweep of 1500 supported scaffolds and sidewalk sheds, beginning today. Information gathered will then be used to figure out what ...

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New York's Off-Track Betting To Shut Down

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Governor Eliot Spitzer sounded confident this morning that he would work out a deal with the legislature and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to head off the closure of the city's Off-Track Betting Corporation.

SPITZER: I sympathize with the mayor that he’s frustrated that the racing industry has not done as well as ...

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Amtrak Adopts New Security Measures

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The railroad company is unveiling a new initiative that includes random screenings of carry-on bags and armed patrols on platforms and trains. Amtrak says the new measures draw heavily from those already in place for subways in New York City.

The heavily-travelled northeast corridor between Washington and Boston will be the ...

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Undercounted Votes for Obama Raise Questions About Election Officials

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The short-changing of initial vote totals for Senator Barack Obama in New York's presidential primary has give ammunition to critics of the state's election system.

On primary night, unofficial vote totals gave Senator Obama NO votes in at least 78 election districts out of the City's more than 6,000. Follow-up tallies ...

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Voters Head to Polls in Wisconsin Democratic Primary

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The next step in the democratic presidential nominating process is taking place today. Voters in Wisconsin and Hawaii are making their preferences known today. Barack Obama grew up in Hawaii and is expected to dominate that contest. Wisconsin is more wide open...and Hillary Clinton supporters are hoping a good showing ...

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New Jersey Senator: Castro's Resignation Presents A Unique Opportunity

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez says the decision of Cuba's 81-year-old leader, Fidel Castro, to resign and clear the way for his brother Raul Castro presents a unique opportunity for the Cuban people and the world community.

Menendez, a Cuban American, says that before the United States can loosen its decades ...

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Bands Play Basements In Search of Fans

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Struggling musicians will do anything to get more fans. Band members will spend hours handing out flyers, maybe hanging posters. They'll even work for free in public places like parks and subways. WNYC's Lisa Chow finds that they will even perform inside your home.

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Students Uncover Evidence of Guantanamo Interrogation Videotapes

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

REPORTER: Students and faculty at Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey are asking why a military spokesman says there are no videotapes of interrogations at Guantanamo when documents they've uncovered suggest there should be. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

For a couple years now, Professor Mark Denbeaux has had his students ...

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NJ Think Tank: Raise Gas Tax, Too, Not Just Tolls

Monday, February 18, 2008

Governor John Corzine's plan to pay off New Jersey's ballooning debt, and pour money into its aging transportation infrastructure, is facing stiff opposition, because it is based on steep toll increases on the state's highways. One left-leaning think tank is proposing another way: hike the state's gasoline tax instead. Would ...

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Homeless Hero Saves Brooklyn Family From Fire

Monday, February 18, 2008

A homeless man is being credited with saving several members of a Brooklyn family after fire swept through their apartment Sunday morning.

45-year-old Andre Nash raced up the building at the Lafayette Gardens housing project in Fort Greene leading Terence Taylor and his two sons out into the hall and to ...

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Cab Drivers From Pakistan Await Election Returns

Monday, February 18, 2008

Low demand for taxis gave some cab drivers from Pakistan time to focus on election news from their native country.

Hunched over styrofoam plates of rice and meat, a dozen or so drivers filled a halal restaurant in midtown and fixed their eyes on a large-screen TV. But with no official ...

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Former Mayor of Bogota Stumps for Congestion Pricing in NYC

Monday, February 18, 2008

The former mayor of Bogota, Columbia, is in the City today to stump for congestion pricing. Enrique Penalosa is known for instituting a number of transportation innovations in the late 1990s, including a bus rapid transit system, which some consider key to winning the congestion pricing debate here. WNYC's Matthew ...

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Sugary and Buttery Foods Banned in City Jails

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sugar and butter have joined the list of banned substances at the city's jails.

Department of Correction Commissioner Martin Horn says the city has a moral obligation to make sound choices for the roughly 14000 inmates in the jail system.

A breakfast might include fresh fruit, whole wheat bread and wheat flakes, ...

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Subprime Mess Continues to Spread

Monday, February 18, 2008

Fallout from the national sub-prime mortgage crisis is now being felt at local colleges, hospitals, and agencies, such as the Port Authority.

Borrowing money is getting more expensive thanks to the sub-prime mess. Universities, hospitals, and government agencies are particularly affected because they use the same bond insurers that guaranteed sub-prime ...

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Pettitte Fields Questions at Spring Training

Monday, February 18, 2008

REPORTER: Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte apologized to his family, his teammates, and his fans for embarrassing them through his involvement in pro baseball's steroid scandal. Pettitte has admitted to using human growth hormone, twice in 2002 and twice in 2004, a year before it was banned. He says he was ...

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Fallout from Sub-Prime Crisis Felt in Public Agencies

Monday, February 18, 2008

Fallout from the national sub-prime mortgage crisis is now being felt throughout the region at colleges, hospitals and other public agencies like the Port Authority. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Borrowing money is getting more expensive thanks to the sub-prime mess. Universities, hospitals, and government agencies are particularly affected because they ...

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Accused Murderer of Therapist had History of Mental Illness

Monday, February 18, 2008

The man accused of hacking a Manhattan therapist to death has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. David Tarloff has been charged with murder, attempted murder and assault.

Standing outside his father's Staten Island home Sunday, Tarloff's brother Robert Tarloff said "My father and I and our mother all tried ...

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William Modell, 86, Dies

Friday, February 15, 2008

William Modell, an iconic figure in retailing for 6 decades as head of the nation's oldest family-owned sporting goods company, died yesterday.

Modell took over as chairman after World War II and began to grow the chain as a major sports retailer from 4 New York City stores to 136 ...

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Advocates Protest School Funding Cuts

Friday, February 15, 2008

REPORTER: The groups say funding cuts will reduce English language classes for non-native speakers, who already have disproportionately high dropout rates.

Claire Sylvan, the executive director of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, says budget constraints will reduce enrichment programs for students from 90 countries who speak 55 languages.

SYLVAN: It breaks ...

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Panel Weighs Post-9/11 Illegal Holds

Friday, February 15, 2008

A lawsuit over the detention of Arab and Muslim immigrants after 9/11 had federal judges asking skeptical questions of both sides yesterday.

WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

The lawsuit accuses prison guards, wardens and top Washington officials of arresting the men on immigration charges and then holding them illegally for months after their ...

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