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Tobacco - Bad News for World Governments

Friday, February 08, 2008

Tobacco use killed 100 million people in the 20th century and could kill another 1 billion this century, if governments don't take steps to reduce it - that's according to the World Health Organization.

This includes banning tobacco advertising, raising tobacco taxes and adopting smoke free laws.

In a report released yesterday, ...

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Huge Crackdown on the Gambino Organization

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Law enforcement officials cracked down on the Gambino crime family this morning like they never have before unsealing indictments that charge 62 people with murder, attempted murder, racketeering and illegal gambling.

REPORTER: Prosecutors say that the Gambino organization extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the construction industry through a widespread ...

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Bribery Allegations at the Armory

Thursday, February 07, 2008

A former superintendent of the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan has been indicted on charges of extortion and bribery. WNYC's Marc Garber reports.

State officials have charged that James Jackson demanded thousands of dollars from firms that wanted to use the site for events, including Marc Jacobs’ fashion shows.

The Armory at ...

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Corzine Toll Hike Plan Hits Further Hurdles

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Governor Jon Corzine's plan to both reduce New Jersey's debt and fund badly needed infrastructure projects ran into more speed bumps today.

All the Republican lawmakers in the Assembly signed pledges opposing Corzine's proposal to impose hefty toll hikes over several years. Fairleigh Dickinson University professor Peter Wooley says the unity ...

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New Pitcher Ready for Mets

Thursday, February 07, 2008

REPORTER: Johan Santana put on his number 57 Mets jersey for the first time yesterday as the team introduced him at Shea Stadium.

Santana made it clear he understands that Mets' fans demand a World Series championship - or at least an NL pennant - after last year's September collapse.

He talked ...

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City Asking Automakers for "Car of the Future"

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The city is asking automakers to come up with designs for a cab for the future

REPORTER: It would be one that will burn alternative fuels, and will be wheelchair-accessible. Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus.

DAUS: Big on the inside and small on the outside - one that looks good that's ...

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Mukasey's Testimony Has NJ Angle

Thursday, February 07, 2008

When he goes before Congress today, Attorney General Michael Mukasey will call for quick action to prevent the release of thousands of violent criminals under new federal crack cocaine sentencing rules.

In remarks prepared for today's hearing, Mukasey says he's willing to go along with new sentencing guidelines that reduce federal ...

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Racing Association Close to Bailout Deal with State

Thursday, February 07, 2008

State leaders are close to a deal that would let the "New York Racing Association" - also known as NYRA - continue managing Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks for the next 25 years.

Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno says the state will bailout the bankrupt NYRA, with $105 million. In exchange, ...

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Parents Fight Cell Phone Ban

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The ban on cell phones in the city's public schools is about the convenience of police officers moving students through metal detectors - that's what lawyers for a parents' group told an appeals court yesterday.

Attorney Norman Siegel wants the court to lift the ban. He said students carried cell phones ...

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Lunar New Year Kicks Off in Flushing

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Yesterday marked the start of Lunar New Year for many in the city’s Asian-American communities. Reporter Amanda Aronczyk visited a celebration this past weekend at the Queens Library in Flushing.

Calligrapher ambi: Yeah! Everybody’s happy! Ambi of people having their name written with lucky blessings

NARR: It’s been a busy morning ...

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Betrayed

Thursday, February 07, 2008

HOST: Betrayed is a new play about the Iraq war. It opened at the Culture Project in SoHo last night. It's based on a New Yorker article by the journalist George Packer. Packer wanted to drew attention to plight of Iraqis who served the U.S. as translators and informal diplomats. ...

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Federal Diabetes Study Shows New Risk in Lowering Blood Sugar

Thursday, February 07, 2008

A major federal study is giving diabetics researchers pause. It found aggressively lowering blood sugar levels actually increased a study group's risk of death. That goes against some 50 years of assumptions about the best way to treat this chronic illness, one that has reached epidemic levels in New York ...

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New Domino Plan Criticized

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

REPORTER: The extra floors could add 60 or 70 luxury apartments to the landmarked building that would help pay for the expensive renovation.

It would also pay for hundreds of affordable apartments elsewhere in the New Domino project.

After a hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday, Lisa Kersavage of the Municipal ...

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Voter Hotline Registers Steady Stream of Complaints from Super Tuesday

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A voter complaint hotline, sponsored by the New Jersey chapter of the ACLU and League of Women Voters received a steady stream of calls from frustrated voters during yesterday's presidential primary. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

First came the early morning PR fiasco when Governor Corzine was forced to delay casting ...

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Voting Problems in NY, NJ

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

REPORTER: Yesterday's voter turnout was heavy in New York and New Jersey, as it was across the country.

In New York, the Brennan Center for Justice set up a hotline for voters experiencing problems.

Calls ranged from people looking for their polling sites to more complicated issues.

Wendy Weiser says several calls came ...

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At The Polls...

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

REPORTER: Brooklyn voter Glen Hinton says he liked both of the Democratic presidential candidates, but voted for Hillary Clinton because he believes she's the stronger choice.

HINTON: I feel comfortable with her being in that arena for so long. I think she could cope in a debate with whoever she's opposed ...

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Finalists Selected in Emergency Housing Design Contest

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Where would New Yorkers live if a natural disaster destroyed their homes. The city says more than a hundred design teams responded to the question and 10 were selected winners of a contest held by the Office of Emergency Management.

REPORTER: Submissions were received from 30 different countries. Local winner Joseph ...

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Voters React to Primary Results

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The results of yesterdays' primaries are still coming in but for some supporters of Hillary Clinton it was a good showing.

REPORTER: Rafael Maldonado was in Bryant Park, taking in the numbers.

MALDONADO: I think it's going to go to the convention. I don't think anyone's going to come up with a ...

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Medical Examiner: Heath Ledger Died of Perscription Drug Overdose

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The toxicology report says actor Heath Ledger was killed by an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

The medical examiner reports Heath Ledger's system was coursing with pain killers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs. He died last month.

The statement from ME spokeswoman Ellen Borakove says the 28-year-old film star was killed by ...

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A Closer Look at the Results

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The results from Super Tuesday are in - Hillary Clinton won New York and New Jersey and Barack Obama took Connecticut.

In New York, Clinton gets 127 delegates to Obama's 87. In New Jersey, it was Clinton 51 to 37 for Obama. In Connecticut, Obama's only northeastern victory, he got 26 ...

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