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Chris & Don: A Love Story

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A new film sheds light a long-term love affair between the British writer Christopher Isherwood and the American painter Don Bachardy. The documentary is called Chris and Don: A Love Story. It premiered here as part of the NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film festival, which is underway now. Don Bachardy ...

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Lehman Raising $6B In Capital, Expects $2.8B Loss

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lehman Brothers is taking a nearly $3 billion loss in its latest quarterly report, and it's had to raise $6 billion in fresh capital to ensure its survival. The news confirms fears on Wall Street that the credit crunch isn't over yet.

But Lehman appears to be in better shape than ...

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Internet Providers Agree to Block Child Porn

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Internet providers Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have agreed to block access to Web sites that disseminate child pornography.

In an agreement with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the service providers will shut down access to Internet bulletin boards and Web sites that offer access to child porn.

Cuomo says it made ...

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Heat Causes Pockets of Power Problems

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The heat is causing disruptions to the power supply in isolated pockets around the city.

One resident of Sunnyside, Queens, a former sheet metal worker who would only give his first name. Jimmy says he is dreading another power outage like the one that hit his neighborhood two summers ago. And ...

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City Heat Wave Enters Third Day

Monday, June 09, 2008

For the third day, the metropolitan area has been gripped by high heat and humidity, and New Yorkers are looking for ways to stay cool. Con Ed is reporting scattered power outages; some schools released their pupils early, because of stifling classrooms.

REPORTER: Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to urge New Yorkers ...

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City Experiences Record-Breaking Temperatures

Monday, June 09, 2008

Some records are better left unbroken - like the record high temperature for this date in New York City - 97 degrees, set in 1933.

But the National Weather Service is predicting that the city could break that record today, with an expected high of 100, and humidity making it feel ...

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Gas Prices Are High, But Pain Around NY-NJ Is LessThan Nation's

Monday, June 09, 2008

Gas prices continue to rise. The average price of a gallon of gas in New York City is $4.31. Statewide, AAA reports the average price is $4.22.

Across the Hudson in New Jersey, the average is a measley $3.94.

The prices are about 30 to 40 cents higher than a month ago.

A ...

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The United Styles of Barbeque

Monday, June 09, 2008

The sixth annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party drew crowds of hungry New Yorkers to Madison Square Park this weekend, where they filled their bellies while listening to bands from around the country, like Boston's Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves.

The barbecue came from all over as well. Pitmaster ...

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Continued Focus on N.J. State Budget

Monday, June 09, 2008

With state budget negotiations continuing, New Jersey senators will consider proposals today that would keep casinos open during budget disputes and ask voters to restrict state borrowing.

Majority Democrats say the proposed constitutional amendment to require voter approval for state borrowing is "good public policy." But Republicans contend the proposed amendment ...

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Comptroller Criticized Homeless Services

Monday, June 09, 2008

The city comptroller says the Department of Homeless Services has yet to phase out its off-the-books payment system for housing homeless families, even though it promised to do so several years ago.

In 2003, Comptroller William Thompson found the department was paying for hotel rooms and other units through an off-the-books ...

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Stun Guns Could Reduce Police Shootings

Monday, June 09, 2008

Police commissioner Ray Kelly says officers should start using TASER stun guns in cases where a firearm isn't necessary. The recommendations came after the RAND Corporation released a study of 455 police shootings from 2002 to 2006.

REPORTER: In 25 of those cases, according to the report's author, Bernard Rostker, officers ...

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Bloomberg: Corruption Not Widespread in DOB

Monday, June 09, 2008

Despite Friday's arraignment of a veteran crane inspector on bribery charges, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says corruption is not widespread in the city's Department of Buildings.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think it is very prevalent. I do think that any case of it however is very serious and we have no tolerance for ...

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Giants' Michael Strahan Retiring

Monday, June 09, 2008

The Giants' defensive end, Michael Strahan, is retiring, after fifteen years in the NFL.

The 36-year-old Strahan informed the front office this morning without telling his coaches and teammates.

Coach Tom Coughlin, reached by reporters after a team workout, said he was just finding out about it.

Strahan helped bring the Giants a ...

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New Office to Help Clean Up City's Brownfields

Monday, June 09, 2008

The city is hoping to speed up the cleanup of brownfields, through the creation of an Office of Environmental Remediation.

REPORTER: The agency is designed to help developers and communities go through the remediation of sites that were contaminated from industrial use. Jeff Kay heads the Mayor's Office of operations.

KAY: We ...

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"Dream Ticket" Debate Continues After Clinton Drops Out

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Now that Hillary Clinton has ended her presidential run, pundits continue to debate whether Barack Obama will tap New York Senator to be his running mate.

REPORTER: American University professor Allan Lichtman says, whatever happens, yesterday's speech was a good move for Clinton:

LICHTMAN: I think the speech puts her in the ...

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Williamsburg's Hasidic Jews Take the Field

Sunday, June 08, 2008

On sunny summer weekends, dozens of folks gather in Brooklyn's McCarren Park to play a little ball. They're part of the Greenpoint Neighborhood Softball League. Some have been coming since 1971, dressed in sweatpants and jerseys representing their team. But in recent years, some players have been showing up in ...

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NYPD Making Progress in Memorial Day Shootings

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Police say they've made significant progress investigating the spate of gun violence over the Memorial Day weekend, in neighborhoods that have gotten used to record low crime. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

REPORTER: There have been four arrests in the 11 homicides and police say they've identified one suspect still ...

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Art from Wartime Baghdad

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Over the course of his four years serving in Iraq, military officer Christopher J. Brownfield worked on the sidelines to develop relations with the artists of Baghdad. During the Surge, it was too dangerous for him to see their art shows around the city. Instead, they got the art to ...

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Bloomberg Ready for OTB's Last Lap

Friday, June 06, 2008

Big Brown could make big history if he wins tomorrow's Belmont Stakes, claiming thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown for the first time in 1978.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he'll be out at the track tomorrow for the race, but he says he won't place a wager on the future of Off Track ...

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Con Ed Braced for Weekend Heat

Friday, June 06, 2008

Con Edison says it's ready for New Yorkers to crank up their air conditioners and fans during the expected heat wave this weekend. The utility says it's spent $1.7 billion upgrading electric cables and installing new transformers to meet summertime demand.

Con Ed estimates most customers will see their bulls go ...

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