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Union Square Dance Studio Closes

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Djoniba Drum and Dance Center has been teaching dance in its seventh floor studios since 1992.

But the studio was hit with a huge rent increase and with fewer students able to afford class, it has to shut its doors by the end of the month.

MiMi ...

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Charges Expected in Ground Zero Fire

Monday, December 22, 2008

Three construction supervisors and a subcontractor have been indicted in the 2007 death of two firefighters at a skyscraper at Ground Xero.

A person familiar with the investigation says manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide are among the charges. The individual spoke on condition of anonymity because ...

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Report: Teen Mothers Need More Assistance at Schools

Monday, December 22, 2008

A new report says teenage mothers don't have enough child care at their schools.

In 2007, the city shut down four high schools for pregnant and parenting teens because the programs had a poor academic track record.

The goal was to send the students to regular schools ...

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Financial Scams

Monday, December 22, 2008

Examining some of the new scams that are tailor made for the new millennium and the current financial downturn.

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Five Convicted in Fort Dix Plot

Monday, December 22, 2008

A jury has convicted five men of conspiring to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, in New Jersey.

That's after five days of deliberations. The men were Muslim immigrants originally from the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and elsewhere.

Sohail Mohammad is an immigration attorney in New Jersey, he says ...

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Record Ridership Expected for AirTrain

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Port Authority and the MTA say they're working to make it easier to transfer between the JFK AirTrain and the subway and Long Island Rail Road. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

REPORTER: Even though the number of air passengers overall is down, the JFK AirTrain ...

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City Day Care Workers Get Pay Raises

Monday, December 22, 2008

After being threatened by the state, New York City has agreed to give pay raises to about 27,000 daycare workers.

The daycare workers make on average $19,000 a year and care for the kids of low income parents who are getting their childcare subsidized.

About half a ...

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The McMahons Take Ceremonial Oaths

Monday, December 22, 2008

Staten Island and Brooklyn Democrats pulled out all the stops yesterday for the swearing-in of Congressman-elect Michael McMahon. In November, Republicans lost a seat they've held for 30 years, after after a drunk-driving and adultery scandal enveloped Vito Fossella. WNYC's Fred Mogul attended Sunday's ceremony ...

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Indictments Handed Up in Deutsche Bank Fire

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sixteen months after two firefighters died in a fire in the ill-fated Deutsche bank building at the World Trade Center, Manhattan DA Robert Morganthau has gotten an indictment against private sector construction officials and a subcontractor.

Indicted on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide are Jeffrey Melfochik ...

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Conviction in 2007 Shooting of Officer

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A man accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a Brooklyn traffic stop has been convicted of murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Dexter Bostic faces life in prison without parole when he's sentenced in February.

Prosecutors argued Bostic and two others ...

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Ecuadorean Man Killed in Alleged Bias Crime Laid to Rest

Sunday, December 21, 2008

An Ecuadorean immigrant beaten to death in Brooklyn in an apparent hate crime has been carried to his been laid to rest in his homeland. Jose Oswaldo Sucuzhanay's coffin was scattered with roses and covered with the Ecuadorean flag as he was buried yesterday in ...

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Bloomberg Backs off Plan to Overhaul Senior Centers

Sunday, December 21, 2008

In a sharp reversal, the Bloomberg administration has decided to shelve its plan to "modernize" senior centers. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more:

REPORTER: To call the proposal to makeover senior centers in the city unpopular would be an understatement. But the Department for the Aging said ...

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Laid Off Media Workers Pick up the Pieces

Sunday, December 21, 2008

For several years, book publishers, newspapers and magazines have struggled to stay profitable. Now it looks like they are losing that struggle. Publisher Houghton Mifflin has stopped buying manuscripts. The Tribune Company has filed for bankruptcy. And the mighty New York Times is so squeezed ...

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Governor Paterson Visits Troops in Iraq

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Governor Paterson has landed in Iraq with a congressional delegation visiting troops during the holiday season. Paterson flew to Iraq with Congressmen Steve Israel of Long Island and Anthony Weiner of Queens, both Democrats. In a statement, Paterson called it an honor to travel to ...

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Paterson Defends His Budget

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Governor Paterson calls his budget "fair and balanced," even though he acknowledges that the cuts will be painful.

REPORTER: The proposal calls for $13.7 billion in deficit reduction for fiscal years 2009 and 2010. During a conference call Friday, Paterson said state lawmakers who are attacking ...

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Middle Collegiate Church Rocks the House of Worship

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Its roots go back to a group of Dutch traders who came to lower Manhattan in the 1600's, and it's the oldest continuous Protestant reform church in the country. But when you walk through the doors of Middle Church today, you'll find it's not just ...

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City Puts Modernization on Hold

Friday, December 19, 2008

To call the proposal to makeover senior centers in the city unpopular would be an understatement.

But the Department for the Aging said it was necessary because the city is graying and fast. And centers aren't being utilized with only two percent of seniors actually using ...

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New Yorkers Living Longer, City Says

Friday, December 19, 2008

“If you want to live longer, move to New York City,” Mayor Bloomberg joked yesterday. He was sharing the latest vital statistics, which puts life expectancy for local residents half a year longer than the national average. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Deaths declined by ...

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NYC to Test Partitions to Protect Bus Drivers

Friday, December 19, 2008

New York City buses may one day be equipped with partitions that would physically separate the drivers from passengers. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports on efforts to improve safety for bus drivers following the stabbing death of driver Edwin Thomas in Brooklyn two weeks ago.

REPORTER: Transit ...

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South Indian Classical Music Festival

Friday, December 19, 2008

For many Americans, Indian classical music is synonymous with Ravi Shankar the sitar virtuoso who inspired the Beatles decades ago.

But here in New York, Indian classical music is alive and well.

Earlier this week, around two-dozen students of South Indian classical music performed for family and ...

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