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Special Ed Spending

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

WNYC has learned that New York City spent $89 million sending students with disabilities to private schools during the 2007-2008 school year. That's an increase of more than 50 percent over the previous year.

The education department's lead attorney, Michael Best, says the increase is largely ...

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Study: Racial Disparity on Gun Violence, Murders

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A national study of homicide trends from Northeastern University includes detailed data of New York City's murder statistics. They show an uneven track record when it comes to reducing the toll of gun violence on young black males. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The NYPD has ...

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A Look Back at Paterson's First Nine Months in Office

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In 2008, David Paterson became New York's first African-American and legally blind governor when the previous governor, Eliot Spitzer, resigned amid a sex scandal. Karen DeWitt takes a look back on Paterson's eventful first nine months in office.

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The Year in Performance

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cultural critic Claudia LaRocco brings us some high, low and frivolous items from the year in performance: from being jilted by French opera director Gerard Mortier to the best little theater in Queens.

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Graft Bust

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A private security guard has been arrested for taking pay-offs on behalf of contractors looking to meet with officials at the Department of Buildings.

The City's Department of Investigation has 56-year-old Carroll Henry, a guard employed by Allied Barton International. Henry allegedly kept a list and ...

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Non-profits Take Hit in Madoff Fallout

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bernard Madoff's alleged ponzi scheme is hitting New York non-profits that serve many causes - including criminal justice work. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The charities all got grants from the JEHT Foundation, which is shutting down operations in January because its own funders lost their ...

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Homage to Pinter

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Broadway will dim its lights at exactly 7 p.m tonight in memory of Harold Pinter, the playwright, actor and director. Pinter died late last week. Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005 and wrote 30 plays in his career, including "The Homecoming" ...

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Budget Cut Fight

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

One of the three dissident senators who has challenged Queens Senator Malcolm Smith's move to become Democratic majority leader, says that he'll now challenge Governor Paterson's plans for budget cuts. Bronx State Senator Ruben Diaz Senior says he represents the poorest district in the senate, ...

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Official Fundraising

Monday, December 29, 2008

Senior city government leaders and elected officials may now fundraise, on city time and with city resources for non-profits, under certain conditions. The Conflicts of Interest Board released new rules today on the question. A city leader may fundraise for groups that promote the interests ...

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Former NYC Police Chief Scheduled for Arraignment

Monday, December 29, 2008

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in White Plains today.

The original indictment charged that Kerik accepted free apartment renovations, lied to White House officials and falsified his tax return in 2000. Federal prosecutors added charges ...

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Schumer: NYS Could Get Billions in Federal Aid

Monday, December 29, 2008

New York could receive at least $5 billion under a new economic stimulus package being developed by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and congressional leaders.

That's according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. Today he's expected to discuss how the funds could help New York defray budget ...

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Bloomberg: Reaction to Middle East Conflict

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Palestinian death toll topped 300 today, most of them Hamas militants, as Israeli jets continued to strike targets in Gaza, where about 40 rockets were fired into southern Israel.

Mayor Bloomberg had some harsh words for Hamas:

BLOOMBERG: New Yorkers certainly know what its like to ...

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Record Tourists in 2008, Lower Expectations for 2009

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration says a record number of tourists visited the city last year - but the two percent increase is smaller than the growth seen in previous years. Forty-six million people traveled to the Big Apple from elsewhere in 2008. Mayor Bloomberg says he's ...

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Plastic, Paper, and Metal

Monday, December 29, 2008

Wild swings in commodities prices test the city’s recycling program.

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Amityville Explosion Leaves Family Unharmed

Monday, December 29, 2008

A family has escaped unharmed as their Long Island house was destroyed in an explosion Sunday.

The two-story building in Amityville was leveled. Shards of wood and furniture were scattered over the house's lawn and driveway. One car was crushed by the home's roof. The couple ...

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New Site Shows Illnesses by ZIP Code

Monday, December 29, 2008

A new website allows New Yorkers to find out which commonly preventable illnesses are more likely to occur in their own neighborhood -- and whether racial disparity plays a role in prevention.

The state Department of Health created the tool, which allows state residents ...

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A New York Take on the Year in Review

Monday, December 29, 2008

It would be an understatement to call 2008 "an eventful year." From the drama of the presidential election to the financial meltdown, 2008 was certainly historic. As we listen back on the year that was, it seems like New Yorkers were always in the middle ...

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Trustee of Madoff Firm Liquidation Requests Funding

Monday, December 29, 2008

A trustee presiding over the liquidation of Bernard Madoff's investment firm says he plans to spend just over $28 million on employee salaries and other costs. Court papers filed in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan on Friday show that the Bank of New York Mellon ...

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Holiday Season Dismal for City's Small Businesses

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Local retailers are spreading the blame around for what they call a dismal holiday shopping season.

REPORTER: Actual numbers won't be out for a few weeks. But some of the city's small business owners say they were pressured to offer discounts earlier than usual this year, ...

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Caroline Kennedy Breaks Silence on Bid for Senate Seat

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Caroline Kennedy has largely avoided the media since her interest in Hillary Clinton's Senate seat became known.

REPORTER: But Kennedy sat down for an interview yesterday, telling the Associated Press about the timing of her decision to enter politics:

KENNEDY: You know I think really this sort ...

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