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Morgenthau: Crane Accident Was Avoidable

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Following a nine-month investigation into a crane accident that killed seven people last year, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says the accident could have been avoided.

REPORTER: Morgenthau says the contractor, William Rapetti, failed to use the recommended new slings to hold up a heavy piece ...

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City Island Fire Brings Debate About Station Cutbacks

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

An early morning fire on City Island in the Bronx has residents questioning whether it's safe to limit use of Ladder 53. The New York City Fire Department plans to effectively shut down the firehouse from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. to save money. It's ...

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With Apartment Prices Down, is it a Buyer's Market?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Manhattan's real estate brokerage firms have released their fourth quarter numbers. And they show signs of continued softening in the housing market. Sales are down. More apartments are sitting on the market longer. And sellers are being forced to lower their asking prices by more ...

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Monday, January 05, 2009

For the last fourteen years, Russell Goings has been writing about big and small characters in African American history. Now, he’s created a long epic poem meant to match the Iliad, or the tale of Gilgamesh. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports.

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Sour Economy Increases Appeal of Drug Trials

Monday, January 05, 2009

More and more people looking for work are selling not their skills or their experience, but their bodies – to science, that is, for paid drug trials. The practice isn’t new, but it’s expanded as pharmaceutical companies have widened the quest for the next blockbuster ...

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All’s Well That Lends Well

Monday, January 05, 2009

Even if banks lend again, the market for securitized loans may stay small.

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Contractor Charged in Crane Collapse

Monday, January 05, 2009

A Long Island contractor has been charged with manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide, in the deadly crane collapse in Midtown last spring that killed seven people.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says crane rigger William Rapetti knowingly used old and deteriorated slings to hold up a ...

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Local Palestinian Reaction to Violence in Gaza

Monday, January 05, 2009

As the fighting in Gaza intensifies, many in New York feel personally affected by the conflict.

There have been rallies, demonstrations and lots of discussions. Brooklyn Palestinian, Lena Alhusseini, says it's an unwinnable situation.

ALHUSSEINI: I'm a mother, I would hope my community which I guess would ...

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Israelis in New York Follow Gaza Events

Monday, January 05, 2009

Israelis in New York have been following events in the Gaza Strip closely.

Avi Dulberg says he’s been watching cable news constantly. And with his nephew in the Israeli Army, Dulberg has been calling his brother at least twice a day.

DULBERG: We are in direct contact ...

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Gov. Paterson Set to Deliver State-of-State

Monday, January 05, 2009

On Wednesday, Governor David Paterson lays out his legislative agenda and the fractious state Senate will vote on a new majority leader. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

REPORTER: After a year of roller coaster Albany politics, Governor Paterson will give his first state-of-the-state address where he will ...

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Gathering Honors Cyclists and Pedestrians Killed on City Streets

Monday, January 05, 2009

Hundreds of cyclists gathered on the Lower East Side to honor the 14 bicyclists and 100 pedestrians killed on city streets last year. The 4th annual commemoration took place on Delancey Street, near the site where 31-year-old cyclist Rasha Shamoon was killed in August.

REPORTER: Wiley ...

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Mulchfest Recycles City Christmas Trees

Monday, January 05, 2009

New Yorkers have from now until January 16th to have their trees mulched by the city. Sanitation crews will be out collecting leftover trees. Last year parks officials recycled more than 13,000 trees, but this year sanitation commissioner, John Doherty says they will need a ...

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Hundreds March in Times Square to Protest Israel's Actions in Gaza

Sunday, January 04, 2009

The fighting in Gaza brought hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators into Times Square Saturday to express their anger about Israel's airstrikes and ground incursion.

REPORTER: One protestor who didn't want to be identified told WCBS Radio she's upset that civilians are being killed and injured in the ...

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Bedbug Victims Hope City Will Take Action in 2009

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Advocates calling on the city to wage war against bedbugs hope 2009 will be the year they get legislative – and dermatologic – relief. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Late last year, 14 city council members released a bill calling on the City Health Department ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Visits Israel

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is in Israel to show his support for the country during its ground offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers. Bloomberg is meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and with the mayors of Sderot and Ashkelon, cities that have endured ...

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Bloomberg Defends Strikes Against Hamas During Visit to Israel

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is in Israel for a daylong trip to express solidarity with Israelis as their military continues its strikes against Gaza's Hamas rulers.

REPORTER: Bloomberg visited the southern towns of Ashkelon and Sderot, both of which have been targeted by Hamas rockets over the past ...

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Disabled Riders Could See Big Fare Hikes

Saturday, January 03, 2009

When the MTA outlined possible fare hike scenarios earlier this week, the harshest proposals fell on disabled riders. The fare for Access-a-Ride vans is now $2, but it could rise sharply in June, unless the state legislature steps in. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: While ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Announces Special Election

Saturday, January 03, 2009

New York City residents will head back to the polls next month to choose three new city council members. Mayor Bloomberg announced Saturday that a special election will be held February 24th to replace three former councilmen who are moving on to higher office. Queens ...

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Recession Hits City Arts Nonprofits

Saturday, January 03, 2009

A new study confirms the city's arts organizations are hurting in this economy as much as everyone else. WNYC's Allison Lichter has more:

REPORTER: The Alliance for the Arts conducted the study and the group's president Randall Bourscheidt, said that one of the surprising results was ...

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"Billy Elliot" and Dancing While Male

Saturday, January 03, 2009

The musical "Billy Elliot" is one of the few that’s still holding strong in an otherwise dismal time for a lot of Broadway shows. It’s a coming-of-age story about a young boy and his love of ballet, set against the backdrop on a 1984 miners' ...

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