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Financial 411: Dreary Holiday Spending

Friday, December 26, 2008

Signs of dreary holiday spending are dimming hopes for a big year-end rally. Greg David, Editorial Director at Crains New York Business, joins us now to recap the week in economic news.

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A Yuletide Tradition: Dim Sum

Friday, December 26, 2008

Even for those who don't celebrate Christmas, yesterday was a chance to observe some other time-honored traditions - like enjoying a meal at a boisterous Chinatown restaurant.

Kim Newman, of Brooklyn, says she's been doing just that for several decades.

NEWMAN: There was nothing ever open on ...

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Nuclear Power Plants to Provide Own Security

Friday, December 26, 2008

REPORTER: New Jersey is withdrawing state security details at its three nuclear power plants, saying the plants' operators will now provide security.

Since October 2001, the Oyster Creek plant in Forked River and the Salem and Hope Creek plants in Salem County have been patrolled by ...

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In With the New, But Recycle the Old

Friday, December 26, 2008

If Santa brought you shiny new gadgets for Christmas this year, don't throw the old ones in the garbage.

Electronics like TVs, computers, and cell phones contain toxins that can pollute air and water. The Lower East Side Ecology Center will be holding four electronics recycling ...

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The Christmas Tradition of Volunteering

Thursday, December 25, 2008

REPORTER: Not everyone was rushing to open their presents first thing this morning.

Volunteers at the Soho nonprofit Gods Love We Deliver started cooking at 4 am. Now another crew is helping to distribute more than 2,000 meals to people with serious illnesses in the New ...

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Mayor: Wait and See About Party Affiliation

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg insists he hasn't decided what party line he'll run on, even as he's hired a top Democratic consultant to help him win a third term in office. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: Bloomberg says he hasn't talked about switching parties. The Democrat turned Republican ...

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President Withdraws Pardon Issued for NYC Developer

Thursday, December 25, 2008

One day after granting a pardon to Brooklyn developer Isaac Toussie, President Bush revoked it, a step experts say is certainly rare and possibly unprecedented. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.

REPORTER: Toussie, one of 19 people Bush pardoned on Tuesday, pleaded guilty in 2003 to defrauding ...

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Egan Calls for Help for Struggling Families

Thursday, December 25, 2008

REPORTER: New Yorkers across the city attended Christmas mass this morning. At St. Patrick's Cathedral, Edward, Cardinal Egan's sermon struck a somber tone as he painted a stark picture of the American economy.

EGAN: Jobs are being lost by the hundreds of thousands, in a culture ...

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Restaurant Offers Free Holiday Meals

Thursday, December 25, 2008

REPORTER: An Asbury Park, New Jersey restaurant has opened its doors for Christmas, offering free food and activities to anyone who drops in. Marilyn Schlossback owns Langosta Lounge on the boardwalk. She says it's not a soup kitchen, so much as an opportunity for people ...

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NY Gov: Iraq 90% to Democracy

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Governor David Paterson is back in New York after his tour of Iraq and Afghanistan. He says he's amazed at the progress that's taken place over the last 18 months in Iraq. The governor says the military generals he spoke with say the country is ...

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Amtrak to Increase Inauguration Day Service

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Amtrak officials say they plan to increase the number of trains running on their Northeast corridor lines on Inauguration Day, January 20.

Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell says that will mean more trains going between Boston and Washington. There also will be additional cars on the trains.

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Harlem Park Closed for High Lead Levels

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The New York City Parks department has closed Harlem's Thomas Jefferson Park due to elevated levels of lead.

REPORTER: Al Huang, an environmental justice attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, says the contaminated park poses a danger to the entire city.

HUANG: Not only is there ...

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Dept. of Ed Disputes Class Size Stats

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The city's education department is disputing claims that class sizes have gone up this year. The president of the teachers union and a group called "Class Size Matters" wrote a letter to the state's Education Commissioner claiming average class sizes have increased at all levels, ...

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Attempts to Force Tenants from Foreclosed Properties Illegal in N.J.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

New Jersey officials are reminding tenants that they don't have to leave home if their landlord faces foreclosure.

REPORTER: The state's Public Advocate, Ronald Chen, says as the housing market worsens, bankers, lawyers and real estate brokers are illegally trying to remove tenants from properties by ...

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Drop in Crime Despite Rise in Murder Rate

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The city's crime statistics are in for the year, and overall there's been a 4 percent drop in all major crime from 2007, including fewer incidents of felony assault, auto theft and crime in the transit system.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg says given the falling economy, ...

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Report: Number of Homeless Families Highest in 25 Years

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is downplaying a report that the number of homeless families entering shelters is at its highest in 25 years.

REPORTER: The report from the Coalition for the Homeless says nearly 10 thousand families are using city shelters, a sharp increase from last year. Advocates ...

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A Place to Dispose of Electronics Properly

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

REPORTER: If you find shiny new gadgets under the tree tomorrow morning, don't throw the old ones in the garbage! Electronics like TVs, computers, and cell phones contain toxins that can pollute air and water. The Lower East Side Ecology Center will be holding four ...

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Construction Unions May Tap Pension Funds to Restart Stalled Projects

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

REPORTER: Construction projects around the city have been put on hold because of funding problems. Unions are working on cutting labor costs, and The New York State Building and Construction Trades Council is even considering investing pension funds in stalled projects. According to the group's ...

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Mayor Attends Lunch With Homeless Families

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg attended the annual Christmas Eve lunch for homeless families at City Hall restaurant today. He made his way around the crowded dining room, shaking hands with mothers and holding babies for the cameras. The Mayor stopped to talk to Bianca Lynch and ...

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Making Numbers Make Sense

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Why too many zeroes makes people zone out.

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