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Defense Could Help prosecution in Bell Trial

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

It was a long, muffled recording, presented by lawyers defending the police officers charged with the fatal shooting of Sean Bell. But as WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports, the police interview of Bell's friend, Trent Benefield, may actually help the prosecution.

Benefield was interviewed in the hospital, when he was on morphine, ...

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Businesses Protest Queens Redevelopment

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

As fans flocked to opening day at Shea Stadium, dozens of protesters concerned about a redevelopment plan for nearby Willets Point gathered outside the ball park.

The plan calls for clearing a 60-acre industrial area to make room for apartment buildings, a shopping district and possibly a convention center. It's ...

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More Flights in NY/NJ Region Cancelled

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

American Airlines expects to cancel more flights after scrubbing at least 36 flights from LaGuardia, 11 from Newark and three out of Kennedy Airport.

The airline is grounding about 300 MD-80 planes due to an FAA rule about wiring that controls landing wheels. One thousand flights nationally are affected. American Airline ...

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Taylor Mali

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The New York City native spent almost a decade teaching everything from English to SAT prep before dedicating all his time to being a poet. Mali made it to the National Poetry Slam Finals seven times, winning four of them, and appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. ...

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Thompson to Review Council Budget Funds

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The city comptroller is the latest official looking into revelations that the City Council set aside discretionary funds in fake organizations.

Comptroller William Thompson wrote to Council Speaker Christine Quinn today, saying his office would now review all agency agreements that receive discretionary funds, before the funds are disbursed. He's also ...

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Albany Passes $121.7 Billion Budget; 5 Percent Spending Hike

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Nine days past the budget deadline, state lawmakers passed spending bills on a budget agreement that increases spending, despite what Gov. David Paterson has deemed an economic recession. The budget is similar to the proposal put forward by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer before he resigned.

Paterson concedes the budget process was ...

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Call for Probe Into Council Finances

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Council Speaker Christine Quinn met with over 300 seniors yesterday to discuss creating a more senior friendly city.

Quinn, however, continued to be pressed by reporters about the recent revelation that for years, council leadership budgeted millions of dollars to non-existent nonprofit groups and then awarded the money to existing organizations ...

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Jury Deliberations Begin in James' Trial

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Defense lawyers for former Newark Mayor Sharpe James urged jurors to acquit him on charges of fraud and conspiracy because federal prosecutors failed to present any evidence that James participated in sweetheart land sales to a former mistress.

The defense said none of the prosecution's witnesses testified that the ex-mayor was ...

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Natural Gas Could Transform Sullivan County

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Last winter, some residents of Sullivan County in upstate New York were surprised to receive mailers from companies that wanted to drill for natural gas on their land. Soon, cafes and gas stations were buzzing with talk that you could get rich off of gas deposits buried deep below the ...

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In Albany, Budget Negotiations Continue

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to be at work today at the Capitol passing a $124 billion budget that's more than a week late.

Lawmakers reached a tentative agreement last night after a week marked by legislative boycotts, name-calling and secrecy.

The budget deal will increase spending 4.5 percent. That will ...

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Council Pledges Work on "G" Train

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

G train passengers say it's regularly overcrowded and unreliable.

The City Council held a hearing yesterday afternoon - part of an effort to improve service on the Brooklyn-Queens Crosstown line.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said while the agency wants to extend service to Church Avenue by the end of the year, ...

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Assemblywoman Convicted of Bribery

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Assemblywoman Diane Gordon has been convicted of trying to have a private developer build her a $500,000 home for $1.

Gordon, a Democrat, represented the state Assembly's 40th District in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors say in return for her dream house, she offered to help the builder acquire a $2 million lot in East ...

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Civil Liberties Group Wants NYPD Oversight

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union says the NYPD cannot be expected to police itself, and it's urging the city to give the independent Civilian Complaint Review Board the power to prosecute police misconduct cases.

This, after reports that the NYPD refused to file charges against officers in 34 percent of ...

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Paterson Warns of Tough Times Ahead for the State

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says the state is facing tough economic times ahead and officials need to act now. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

In one of his first major speeches as governor, Paterson told a crowd of business and civic leaders during a Midtown breakfast that legislators need to tighten their belts. ...

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Measles Warning on Long Island

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Long Island health officials say some people may have been exposed to measles last week.

An 8-month-old boy with measles was at the Fortunoff Source Mall in Westbury, as well as in several stores in Cedarhurst, on Thursday between 1 pm and midnight.

People who may have been in those areas and ...

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Catholic Teachers Suspend Strike

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A Catholic teachers union has called off a strike at eight New York City schools.

The Federation of Catholic Teachers says the move comes after a "good faith" negotiation session. The union says more meetings with the Archdiocese of New York are scheduled today.

Another Catholic teachers union - the Lay Faculty ...

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New Air Traffic Czar to Eye Airport Delays

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A new air traffic "czar" was named today to help solve chronic delays at Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty airports. Marie Kennington-Gardiner was named director of the Federal Aviation Administration's New York Integration Office. Delays at the three metro-area airports often cause delays across the country.

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Bloomberg: Traffic Fee Should've Been Up for Vote

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The day after the state assembly refused to take up congestion pricing, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that the proposal would have passed had it been put to a vote. After a speech in Washington on the environment, he explained that since every bill that gets to the floor is approved ...

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9/11 Case Goes to Appeals Court

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Today, a federal appeals court will weigh whether the government illegally used the material witness law in the months following Sept. 11.

The plaintiff in this case was detained and kept under court supervision for over a year, but was never charged with a crime or asked to testify as ...

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La Chiva Rides Again

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

New York is no stranger to party buses – oversized vehicles packed for bachelor parties and graduations have cruised the city for years. But for a growing class of Colombian young professionals, this fiesta on wheels is more than a good time. It’s a little bit of home in New ...

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