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City Earthquake Risk Greater Than You Think, Scientists Say

Friday, August 22, 2008

A new study suggests the risk of earthquakes to New York City is substantially greater than previously thought.

A group of Columbia University seismologists says new analysis using modern instruments reveals potentially powerful seismic structures beneath the New York region, like a formerly unidentified intersection of ...

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FBI Raids Office of N.J. Dem

Friday, August 22, 2008

An ongoing FBI criminal corruption probe has led to agents raiding the law offices of a top New Jersey Democrat. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

The team of FBI agents executed a search warrant at the Lyndhurst law offices of top Bergen County Democrat Joseph Ferriero and ...

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Pay Raises For NYPD Rank And File

Friday, August 22, 2008

City officials hope police recruitment will pick up again, now that the city and union have agreed on a tentative new contract. Under the deal, starting pay for rookie cops would rise to almost $42,000 from the current $36,000. It's the first contract with the ...

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State Medicaid Chief Wants HMOs to Pick Up HIV Care Tab

Friday, August 22, 2008

The state's Medicaid director wants New York City residents with HIV/AIDS to get treated through health maintenance organizations.

Currently, the Medicaid system pays hospitals and clinics per visit, unlike HMO's that pay a monthly fee. The state has slowly been moving some Medicaid patients with chronic ...

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House Authority Blames Maintenance Delays on Lack of Funding

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Budget woes have caused the New York City Housing Authority to delay major renovation projects throughout the five boroughs. One of those projects was to replace the elevators at a Brooklyn housing development, where a young boy fell to his death Monday.

Replacing the elevators at ...

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Facelift for Marcus Garvey Park Bandshell

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A well-loved Harlem bandshell is about to get a face lift. The stage in Marcus Garvey Park has been home to a number of popular music and dance performances since1970. Now, the family of the late Broadway writer and composer Richard Rogers has donated a ...

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Poor Communication Contributed to Deutsche Bank Fire Deaths

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A report by the Fire Department on last summer's fatal fire in the contaminated Deutsche Bank building found a host of problems, including poor communication, and misinformation from workers about the operability of fire safety equipment at the scene.

SCOPPETA: Three different sources gave us misinformation ...

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String of Attacks on Elderly Has Some Afraid to Leave Home

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A string of attacks on senior citizens in Brooklyn has left many in the Flatbush and Crown Heights neighborhoods scared to leave home.

City authorities are offering a $15,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man believed to have mugged ...

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Radio Problems Cited in Former Deutsche Bank Building Fire

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Firefighters had a lot of trouble communicating by radio when they fought a fire last year at the former Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center site. Firefighters made more than 30 distress calls from inside the burning building, but not all of them ...

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Tentative Deal Give Raises to NYPD

Thursday, August 21, 2008

After years of bitter contract talks that have ended in arbitration, the union representing 23,000 police officers and the city have reached a tentative deal, the first negotiated agreement in nearly 15 years.

REPORTER: Pat Lynch is the president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

LYNCH: We've worked ...

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Deutsche Bank Fire: A Look Back

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Communication problems during major fires have plagued the FDNY going back to the first World Trade Center attack in 1993. Now, an investigation of last year's blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building that killed two firefighters shows that those problems linger. Here's a look back at how WNYC covered ...

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When Recession (Economic) Increases Depression (And Other Mental Illness)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Although the economy of the tri-state metropolitan area has remained relatively stable compared with other areas facing the economic downturn, some mental health professionals are reporting an increase in anxiety about jobs, housing and financial prospects. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: In certain industries, you’re never ...

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Mayor Expects Little Tax Revenue from Wall Street

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The nation's fourth-biggest investment bank, Lehman Brothers will release its next quarterly report in the next few weeks.

REPORTER: Lehman is rumored to be shopping around some of its assets in a bid to improve its balance sheets. Last quarter, the bank showed a $2.8 billion ...

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Chinese NYers Watch Olympics With Pride

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Olympics have been China’s big coming out party, and in New York City’s Chinatown, Chinese people of all ethnic groups watch with pride and optimism. WNYC's Richard Yeh has the story.

Slideshow: Olympic pride in NYC's Chinatown

HU JINTAO: Beijing’s 29th Olympic Games ...

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NYS Delegates: Novice Joins Expert at Conventions in Denver

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The New York state Democratic delegation - with 289 members - will be sending the second-largest number of delegates to the Democratic National Convention later this month. WNYC Elaine Rivera spent time with two of them - one who will attend a convention for the ...

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Department of Justice Proposes Sharing Intelligence With Local Police

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The U.S. Department of Justice is considering a new policy that would make it easier for local and state police to share intelligence on groups they suspect have links to terrorism. Civil liberties groups say the change amounts to domestic spying.

REPORTER: The proposed rules are ...

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New Yorkers Anxious About Economic Downturn

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Even though the New York metro area is weathering the economic downturn better than other parts of the country, some local mental health professionals are reporting an increase in anxiety about jobs, housing, and financial prospects. WNYC's Fred Mogul reports.

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Gov and Pols Agree on Significant Cuts

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the legislature and Gov. David Paterson have agreed on significant state budget cuts that were needed to deal with New York's rising deficit.

SILVER: The overall reductions that we have done translate on a two year basis to over $1 ...

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Paterson and Lawmakers Come to Agreement Over Cuts

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Gov. David Paterson and state legislators reached an agreement today to cut state spending by about $1 billion over the next two years. City University, nursing homes and public hospitals are among those that will see their programs trimmed. With us to talk more about ...

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Mayor Proposes Wind Farms

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

If Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, New York City could be home to some offshore wind farms. He invited proposals for new clean energy initiatives during a speech in Las Vegas last night. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

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