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@Murakami Brings the "Warhol of Japan" to Brooklyn

Friday, April 04, 2008

He’s been called the "Andy Warhol of Japan": Takashi Murakami is a contemporary Japanese artist who blurs the lines between fine art and pop culture. He draws on Japanese comics and animation to make everything from 30-foot sculptures to murals to commercial goods. He’s even created the cover art for ...

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Boys will be Beyonce

Friday, April 04, 2008

The pop star Beyonce announced her engagement to the hip hop mogul Jay-Z earlier this week. And tonight, the performance artist Neal Medlyn is offering his own tribute to the singer as he re-enacts the BEYONCE EXPERIENCE LIVE! DVD. Critic Claudia La Rocco stopped by a recent rehearsal.

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Hillary Clinton Still Has Supporters in Pennsylvania

Friday, April 04, 2008

More bad news for Hillary Clinton this week. Polls are tightening in Pennsylvania, where she hopes to win handily on April 22. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is hinting he might switch his support to Sen. Barack Obama if the Illinois Senator wins the popular vote in the primaries. And ...

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Catholic Teachers Strike Today

Friday, April 04, 2008

Teachers at 10 Catholic schools around the city plan to call in sick today. They say the Archdiocese of New York isn't playing fair in contract negotiations.

Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling says officials will see this morning whether enough teachers are working to keep the schools open. The schools are in ...

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Immigrants File Suit Against Immigration Agents

Friday, April 04, 2008

Ten immigrants from New Jersey - including two American citizens - are suing immigration agents and the federal authorities in charge.

They say the agents violated their constitutional rights in early morning raids at their homes. They're being helped by Seton Hall Law School.

WNYC's Marianne McCune has more.

An immigration spokesman ...

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Another Democrat Joins Senate Race

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New Jersey Democrats may be headed into an intense battle for the nomination for the junior Senate seat - it's a fight that could rival the contest for the party's presidential nomination.

First, the 84-year-old incumbent senator, Frank Lautenberg was to face Morristown mayor and immigration crackdown proponent Donald Cresitiello.

Now, ...

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Pope to Visit Manhattan Synagogue

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Pope Benedict during his upcoming tour of the United States will go to a synagogue in Manhattan – only the third time a pope has visited a Jewish house of worship. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

Benedict visited a synagogue in Cologne, Germany, shortly after becoming pope in 2005, and his predecessor, ...

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Budget Talks Stall Over Congestion Pricing

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Budget talks stalled as Albany grappled with the issue of congestion pricing. Assembly Democrats were in closed-door talks that could last through the weekend, with any action scheduled for Monday. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his democratic members that live in the region serviced by ...

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Stepfather Sentenced to 29 Years in Beating Death of Girl

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Cesar Rodriguez was given the maximum sentence in the beating death of his 7-year-old step-daughter Nixzmary Brown. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports from the Brooklyn Supreme Court.

Rodriguez who was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree and other lesser charges will serve between 26 and 29 years in prison. During the ...

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N.Y., N.J. Sue Federal EPA

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New York, New Jersey and 15 other states are suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency as part of an effort to get them to act on global warming.

The suit comes one year to the day after the Supreme Court required the EPA to decide how to regulate greenhouse gas ...

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Defense Produces First Witness in Sean Bell Shooting Trial

Thursday, April 03, 2008

The defense produced its first witness in the trial of the 3 officers charged with Sean Bell's fatal shooting. The witness, Officer Michael Carey, shot 3 times that night but wasn't charged. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Officer Carey said the undercover, Gescard Isnora, clearly identified himself as a policeman while ...

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Council Speaker Quinn Faces Tough Questions On Slush Fund

Thursday, April 03, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn found herself on the defensive today. A New York Post story said that Quinn, an advocate of fiscal transparency and reform, has been using a secret slush fund, one that other speakers have used since 1988.

Quinn's office funded it over the last two years by ...

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Diplomats Exempt from Congestion Fee

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tried to hold the line on loopholes in his congestion pricing plan. But, one group of people he's already agreed to exempt from the fee are foreign representatives to the United Nations and their almost 3,000 cars.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The federal government says New York won't ...

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Defense Begins Case at Bell Trial

Thursday, April 03, 2008

After nearly six weeks of arguments, the prosecution in the trial of the three officers charged with Sean Bell's fatal shooting has rested its case. Now, it's the defense's turn.

The prosecution's 50th and final witness was the trauma surgeon who operated on Bell's friend, Joe Guzman.

He said Guzman's insides ...

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City Fights for 9/11 Compensation

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The city’s top attorney told a Congressional panel that the federal government should re-open the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund to pay for the healthcare needs of rescue and recovery workers from the World Trade Center site.

WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

The city has long maintained that a federal grant of $1 ...

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U-Visa Encourages Immigrants to Speak-Up When Victimized

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Immigrant advocates are urging undocumented immigrants who are crime victims to apply for a special visa that can lead to citizenship. In order to be eligible, immigrants must report the crime and then cooperate with the law enforcement agency investigating it.

Attorney Susanne Tomatore from the City Bar Justice Center ...

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Comptroller Offers Congestion Pricing Fixes

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson has offered two solutions to nagging complains about Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal.

In a letter to Gov. David Paterson, Thompson, a mayoral candidate, recommends that all drivers get three free trips a month into Manhattan's central business district to go to doctors appointments and make ...

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Quinn Searching for Budget Alternatives

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

REPORTER: Quinn presented her response to Mayor Bloomberg's preliminary budget yesterday. She says she hopes cutting other city agencies will help restore cuts to education.

QUINN: So, we want to avoid principals having to say, "I don't have the money to have that after school program. I don't have the money ...

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Plan for 125th St. Draws Critics, Supporters

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Hundreds of critics and boosters of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial plan to rezone Harlem's 125th Street packed the City Council yesterday.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there.

It's the first comprehensive plan for Harlem's "Main Street" in over 40 years. Council backers contend the plan offers protections for its unique cultural institutions and ...

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Congestion Opposition Cries Foul

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

REPORTER: Councilman Lewis Fidler, who led the opposition, claims the mayor promised a campaign fundraiser as an incentive for an undecided council person who dropped by Gracie Mansion before the vote.

FIDLER: While that member was there, the mayor suggested that he would do a fundraiser for that member. I think ...

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