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Chagall and Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater

Monday, November 10, 2008

It tells the story of the Yiddish theater under Communism. Chagall painted backdrops and studies for costumes for the theater. Organizer Susan Goodman says the exhibition is also about much more.

GOODMAN: You begin to see that theater is a window into Soviet Jewish life and ...

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Shaky Economy Threatens New Jersey Commuters

Monday, November 10, 2008

The taxpayer bailout of AIG is growing. Over the weekend, the Fed and the Treasury brokered an additional $40 billion for the mega-insurer, bringing the total rescue package to $150 billion.

And now a local lesson in why AIG was considered too big to fail, and ...

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NJ Eyes New Restrictions for Teen Drivers

Monday, November 10, 2008

New drivers in New Jersey may soon face more restrictions.

The Assembly's Transportation Committee is set to consider a package of bills this week that incorporate recommendations made by the state's Teen Driving Safety panel. It was commissioned by Governor Corzine to look into ways to ...

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Term Limits Law Faces Another Lawsuit

Monday, November 10, 2008

Opponents of a change to the city's term limit law are set to announce another lawsuit today. WNYC’s Brian Zumhagen reports.

REPORTER: City Comptroller Bill Thompson, City Council member Letitia James and other elected officials will discuss the details of the legal action early this afternoon ...

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Stopping Term Limit Law

Monday, November 10, 2008

This time, they're filing their lawsuit in federal court, claiming the mayor and speaker Christine Quinn acted illegally when they changed the term limits law by legislation, and not a voter referendum.

Attorney Norman Siegel says legal precedent supports their case, that elected officials cannot act ...

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Black Churches Praise Obama's Election

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday services were extra special for many of the city's black congregations celebrating the historic election of Barack Obama. WNYC's Arun Venugopal went to church in Jamaica, Queens, at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral.

FLAKE: Our topic this morning, at last: the Promised Land.

REPORTER: The Reverend ...

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NYC to Require Bike Storage for New Buildings

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bicycle commuting is going up across the city, and the Bloomberg administration wants to make life easier for New Yorkers who get to work on two wheels. The Department of City Planning will propose new regulations today to require locked bike rooms in almost all ...

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Senators Voice Concerns About Financial Rescue Efforts

Sunday, November 09, 2008

As Congress prepares to start work on another round of economic stimulus measures to help middle-income households and local governments, US senators from New York and New Jersey are expressing reservations about the first phase of the financial rescue package, the 700 billion-dollar bank bailout.

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Environmental Review Ordered at Four Bronx Schools Under Construction

Sunday, November 09, 2008

A judge says city officials did not have a sufficient plan to monitor pollution before starting to build schools on contaminated land in the South Bronx. The New York Times reports that the ruling requires the School Construction Authority to provide a long-term plan for ...

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Tolls Considered for East River Bridges

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Tolls to cross East River bridges may be part of a state commission's plan to close the MTA's $1.5 billion budget gap. The Ravitch commission plans to make its recommendations to Governor Paterson next month. It's also expected to propose higher transit fares and a ...

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Toussaint Says Transit Workers Will Not Strike Again

Saturday, November 08, 2008

The head of New York City's transit union says the workers won't go on strike again. Roger Toussaint made the pledge in an affidavit that seeks to restore Transport Worker Union Local 100's right to collect dues from members' paychecks automatically.

The 38,000-member union was stripped ...

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Monserrate Reportedly Prepared to Support Malcolm Smith in Senate Leadership Role

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A Democratic official says New York Senator-elect Hiram Monserrate will support Malcolm Smith for majority leader, all but sealing the party's majority on January 1st and improving Smith's chances of running the Senate. The Democrat spoke on the condition on anonymity because the official wasn't ...

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Mineo Thanks Sharpton for Taking up His Cause

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A man who says police officers sodomized him with a radio antenna has appeared with the Reverend Al Sharpton at a National Action Network rally. Michael Mineo thanked Sharpton for visiting him at his hospital bed last month:

MINEO: I want to say I appreciate everyone ...

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Immigration Crackdown Leads to More Deportations in Metro Area

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Federal immigration officials say a crackdown on illegal immigrants is leading to more arrests and deportations in New York and New Jersey. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: In New Jersey, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported more than 4100 people during the last budget year. That's ...

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NYPD Prepares for Budget Cuts

Saturday, November 08, 2008

No city agency has escaped Mayor Bloomberg's mid-year budget cutting. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has a look at the impact on the NYPD.

REPORTER: The long-awaited boost in police pay gave department budget makers much less wiggle room. Consider that 93 percent of the NYPD's budget goes ...

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"Taking Over" at the Public Theater

Friday, November 07, 2008

Danny Hoch is an actor and playwright who came to prominence in the late 90's with two, one-man shows that featured a wide array of what he calls "real New York characters” -- primarily people of color dealing with AIDS, racism and the prison system, ...

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City Scaling Back School Construction

Friday, November 07, 2008

City officials say they're scaling back on the construction of new school buildings.

The Department of Education released a new five year capital construction plan that calls for about 40 new schools with 25,000 classroom seats. That's far different from the previous five-year-plan in which the ...

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Grand Jury Hears Testimony in Police Sodomy Case

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Brooklyn tattoo artist who claims police sodomized him, testified before a grand jury yesterday. He emerged confident he would get justice. One of the officers allegedly involved has cost the city money in previous incidents. The City has paid tens-of-thousands of dollars to settle ...

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Triborough Renamed 'Robert F. Kennedy Bridge'

Friday, November 07, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy would have turned 83 years old this month. On November 19th, the Triborough Bridge will be officially renamed in honor of the New York Senator who was killed while running for president in 1968. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: The MTA, which owns ...

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Renaming Triborough Will Be Uphill Battle

Friday, November 07, 2008

Officials know it will be an uphill battle, but they're still hoping they can get people to stop calling the Triborough Bridge the Triborough Bridge. It's being officially renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Queens native John Garcia isn't ready for the name change.

GARCIA: When ...

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