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New Lawsuit in Steam Pipe Blast

Friday, May 30, 2008

Con Edison has filed a lawsuit against the city and a private company over last year's midtown steam pipe explosion.

Con Ed says the city and Texas-based Team Industrial Services were negligent in maintaining sewer and water lines.

Queens Councilman Eric Gioia, an outspoken critic of the utility, called the legal ...

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Sex and the City: Does it Do it For You?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Manhattanites were tripping over the filming for months, and it's been previewed in a massive media blitz: the film version of the popular TV show Sex and the City was released nationwide today. So pour yourself a cosmo and sit back and enjoy or... not. Film critic Nathan Lee reviews ...

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Playing the Building

Friday, May 30, 2008

At the tip of lower Manhattan, David Byrne has turned the inside of 19th century ferry terminal into a giant musical instrument. The former Talking Heads frontman has set up a retro-fitted, antique organ and wired it to the pipes, beams and plumbing of the Battery Maritime Building – and ...

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The South Comes Up North

Friday, May 30, 2008

Up from the Deep South...all the way to Brooklyn. A two-week festival is underway that celebrates the culture of the Mississippi Delta. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reflects on the birthplace of the blues.

More on the Mississippi Blues Festival

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Middle Schoolers Find Out Which Schools They'll Attend

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Department of Education is starting to send out notification letter's today to parents of middle school kids about what school their children will be attending.

Many of the notifications are being mailed out later than last year - when they were sent out anytime from April until June. The DOE ...

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Gay Rights Movement Celebrates Gov. Decision

Friday, May 30, 2008

News of Gov. David Paterson's executive order requiring state agencies to recognize gay marriages from states where they're allowed has some questioning his authority and others celebrating.

Some lawmakers say he's circumventing the state legislature in an attempt to bringing New York a step closer to same sex marriage.

Yet others say ...

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A Closer Look at Governor Paterson's Gay Marriage Order

Friday, May 30, 2008

New Yorkers have been digesting the news that gay marriages will be recognized – if not exactly legal – in the New York State. Yesterday Gov. David Paterson acknowledged he gave an order two weeks ago for agencies to recognize same sex marriages performed in places like California and Canada. ...

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MTA Rescinds Free EZ-Passes

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will rescind free E-ZPass tags for former board members and restrict their use by current members.

The state attorney general's office and the MTA say that only current board members will now get the perk and then only when performing official MTA business.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has ...

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Seven Republicans Vie for NJ Congressional District

Thursday, May 29, 2008

REPORTER: So who do we have running for the Seventh District Republican designation?

WOOLEY: Who do we have not running? So the Republicans are all going for the brass ring. You have A.B. Amar, P. Kelly Hatfield, Leonard Lance, Martin Marks, Tom Roughineen, Kate Whitman, Darren Young, all vying for that ...

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State Agencies Told to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Thursday, May 29, 2008

With the first legal same-sex marriages in California set to be performed next month, Governor Paterson has told state agencies to start recognizing gay marriages performed in states and countries where they're allowed.

Paterson's legal counsel told agencies they could be violating state human rights law if they don't start ...

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Parents Protest Daycare Closings

Thursday, May 29, 2008

As that deadline looms, dozens of daycare workers, parents and elected officials rallied at City Hall yesterday to protest the closing of daycare centers.

They claim the Administration for Children Services does a poor job of tracking enrollment of spots at daycare centers, resulting them being underutilized. The city wants ...

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Council Approves Overhaul of Fire Code

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The City Council has passed the first overhaul of the city's fire code in a century.

It adopts widely recognized regulations known as the International Fire Code. The new guidelines mandate new evacuation plans and private residential developments would be required to provide access roads for Fire Department equipment.

Council Speaker ...

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Report: Vehicles Leading Cause of Accidential Death for City Kids

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Motor vehicles are the leading cause of accidental death among New York's children.

That's according to a new child fatality report just issued by the city.

According to Health Commissioner Tom Frieden, fires are the second leading cause of accidental death, especially in poor neighborhoods.

FRIEDEN: There is a much higher rate of ...

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Paterson Orders State to Recognize Out-of-State Gay Marriages

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Only a man and a woman can wed in New York, but the state must recognize gay or lesbian marriages performed elsewhere, the governor said in a news conference today.

WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

Paterson's order — which was issued a day before California's same-sex marriage ruling comes in the wake ...

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Gun Violence Could Be Bad News for Summer Jobs

Thursday, May 29, 2008

This recent spate of youth related gun violence has elected officials worried about the impact this summer of budget cuts to teen employment programs.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Since 2004 the Bloomberg Administration has increased the city's share of support for summer youth jobs by 50 percent to $48 million. But ...

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Advocates Rally Against Market Closures

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Food commercial workers and city residents rallied at City Hall yesterday to protest the closings of supermarkets in their neighborhoods.

Bruce Both is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. He says the proposed closing of a Key Food in the Soundview section of the Bronx is part ...

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Shareholders Vote on Bear Stearns

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bear Stearns moves one step closer to oblivion today when JPMorgan Chase's shareholders vote on whether to complete the takeover of the 85-year old firm that collapsed under the weight of risky sub-prime loans.

The vote comes as other Wall Street firms keep reassessing their own exposure.

Aaron Elstein is following it ...

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An Eye on Elections in Central District

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Next week, New Jersey voters will have to pick from 45 Congressional hopefuls vying for just 13 House seats.

Nowhere is the field more crowded than in New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional district where the Republican incumbent, Mike Ferguson, is retiring.

Two years ago, Ferguson had a near-defeat experience when Democrat ...

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Is New York City Sustainable?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

We all know that using mass transit would reduce your carbon footprint.

But, did you know that city dwellers have smaller carbon footprints than people in rural communities? So says a new report from the Brookings Institution.

With us now is one of the authors of that report, Andrea Sarzynski.

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Budget Woes Force Housing Authority to Delay Projects

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The city's housing authority said that budget problems have been forcing it to put off capital projects that would modernize and improve public housing developments.

General Manager Douglas Apple told the City Council today that for the past eight years, the New York City Housing Authority has been using capital funds ...

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