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Sharpton Rejects Plea Deal in Disorderly Conduct Case

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Rev. Al Sharpton rejected a non-jail plea offer today and instead will go to trial in September on a disorderly conduct charge related to protest demonstrations over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day.

Sharpton turned down an offer to plead ...

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Colombians Debate Politics With Difficulty

Monday, July 28, 2008

Colombian immigrants in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens have been lauding their government and President Alvaro Uribe for recent efforts to combat violence in Colombia, particularly by the FARC rebel group. Residents of New York's Little Colombia overwhelmingly support President Uribe. In recent years ...

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An Abundance of Beckett

Saturday, July 26, 2008

This theater season in New York offered an unusual number of major productions of plays by Samuel Beckett. Right now at Lincoln Center Festival, Ralph Fiennes, Barry McGovern and Liam Neeson are starring in a series of shows. And earlier this year, there were performances ...

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Gov. Paterson Vows Caution on Gas Drilling

Friday, July 25, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is vowing the state will proceed cautiously when it comes to new natural gas drilling in areas that could include New York City's drinking water reservoirs.

REPORTER: The governor spoke publicly for the first time since signing into law a streamlined application process.

PATERSON: ...

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Livery Drivers to get Workers' Comp Fund

Friday, July 25, 2008

Livery drivers in New York City and its suburbs will now have better access to workers' benefits.

Gov. Paterson signed a new law that establishes rules to define which black car drivers are employees, and which ones are independent contractors. It also creates a workers' comp ...

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Former Haitian Leader Guilty of Mortgage Fraud

Friday, July 25, 2008

A Brooklyn jury found the former leader of a violent Haitian paramilitary group guilty of mortgage fraud.

REPORTER: Toto Constant could face up to 15 years in prison for a scheme that cheated lenders out of $1.7 million. The case was followed closely by Haitians and ...

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Bloomberg Praises Both McCain and Obama

Friday, July 25, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the independent streaks of the Democratic and Republican candidates for president at a gathering in Minneapolis hosted by the state's Independent Party.

REPORTER: The mayor, who once flirted with an Independent presidential bid, says the nation is "lucky" to have two candidates ...

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Protesters Rally Against Alleged Doll Head on Cop Car

Friday, July 25, 2008

Elected officials and community leaders in Harlem say they don't trust the police to conduct an investigation into how the head of a black doll ended up on the antenna of a police car on Tuesday.

Commissioner Ray Kelly says NYPD investigators are continuing to look ...

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State and City Officials Praise Federal Housing Bill

Friday, July 25, 2008

Housing officials say the federal housing bill poised to become law will help address more than just New York's foreclosure crisis. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: About $4 billion will be distributed nationwide to help localities buy and renovate foreclosed properties. The money will go to ...

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Deal Reached for Ground Zero Church

Friday, July 25, 2008

A small church that was destroyed during the September 11th attacks will receive up to $60 million from the Port Authority to help with its move.

This will allow the Port Authority to build an entrance ramp for an underground truck screening center where the church ...

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Kayaking in New York Harbor

Friday, July 25, 2008

It’s been a long time since most New Yorkers had a regular boat organization they belonged to. Even just 100 years ago -- people got to where they had to be by boat in the same way we might take a cross-town bus. There were ...

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NYPD Defends Shooting of Retired Cop

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says officers had no choice but to shoot a retired colleague who had escaped from a psychiatric ward. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the death of Jason Aiello on Staten Island.

REPORTER: According to sources, Aiello was able to escape from ...

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NJ Pols Breath Sigh of Relief Over Federal Housing Bill

Thursday, July 24, 2008

As congress moves towards passing a far-reaching package to help the faltering housing market, local New Jersey officials are breathing a sigh of relief. WNYC's Bob Hennelly explains how the legislation would help New Jersey:

The federal aid will be felt in New Jersey on two ...

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NY Sues Banking Giant UBS

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York is suing banking giant UBS for fraud, saying the company promoted auction-rate securities to its clients, even as the $330 billion ARS market was collapsing last fall.

REPORTER: Eric Corngold is a deputy with State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and says bank executives were ...

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High Wire Act at the Twin Towers

Thursday, July 24, 2008

In August 1974, the daredevil tight-rope walker Philippe Petit pulled the stunt of a lifetime when he walked between the top of the Twin Towers. Tomorrow, a film about his escapade, Man on Wire opens in New York. Harlan Jacobson is a film critic and ...

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Spitzer Adminsitration Broke Law with "Travelgate"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York's Public Integrity Commission says four members of former governor Eliot Spitzer's administration broke the law when they compiled travel records on former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has more.

REPORTER: Commission spokesman Walter Aires says the probe took a full year ...

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Subway Riders Face One-Two Punch

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally presented its proposed 2009 budget yesterday. It would raise tolls and fares by 8 percent starting next July, followed by another 5 percent hike in January of 2011. But that meeting was just the first step on a long journey. ...

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Studies Find Health of Hudson River is Mixed

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Two new studies look at the health of the Hudson River, and have found mixed results. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Scientists at SUNY-Stony Brook analysed concentrations of methyl mercury in Hudson River fish bellies. They found today's levels are two to three times lower ...

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Quinn Warns of Budget Reconsideration

Thursday, July 24, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she can't rule out having to re-open this year's budget to account for a declining economy and shrinking city tax revenues. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Quinn's cautionary comments came in response to a report released earlier this week ...

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Transit Riders Speak Their Minds

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority hasn't even formally proposed a fare hike, but plenty of people are talking about it. WNYC caught a number of them at the West 4th Street subway station in Manhattan yesterday, after the news broke that the transit agency wants to ...

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