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Seattle Police Lures NYPD Recruits

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Seattle Police Department's aggressive efforts to draw officers and recruits from New York is off to a very impressive start. The Seattle PD paid for a large billboard on the West Side Highway, and spokesman Mark Jamison said all 700-plus seats at an entrance exam this Saturday at NYU ...

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Niblack Named Council Finance Director

Friday, April 18, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has appointed Preston Niblack as finance director for the New York City Council, effective May 5. He comes to the Council from the city's Independent Budget Office, where he has served as Deputy Director for the past eight years. He's also worked at the Washington ...

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Pope's Visit Causes Elation, Gridlock

Friday, April 18, 2008

The pope's visit to the city has some people elated but others fed up with some of the street closures and gridlock - especially on the east side of Manhattan where the pontiff has been spending the day.

Cabbie Figaro Chodry says it’s more challenging than a normal Friday:

CHODRY: Its kind ...

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Congestion Pricing Not Dead, City Says

Friday, April 18, 2008

Congestion pricing may not be dead yet.

City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan spoke at a conference sponsored by the non-profit Regional Plan Association, says the proposals defeated two weeks ago was not the last word.

SADIK-KHAN: I really don't think that we should be in the business right now of eulogizing congestion ...

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A Processional for the Pope

Friday, April 18, 2008

Tomorrow, Pope Benedict the Sixteenth will become the first pope ever to celebrate mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. But as he enters and approaches the altar, it will be the second time a piece of processional music has been played for a pontiff here in New York.

Host: It’s a saga ...

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Dominican Immigrants in Pennsylvania, By Way of New York

Friday, April 18, 2008

Some of the Pennsylvanians attending political rallies or meet-and-greets before Tuesday's primary are New Yorkers. They're not volunteers from the city, there to twist arms; they're recent transplants from the Dominican Republic to New York to Reading, Pennsylvania - two hours inland. WNYC's Marianne McCune visited Reading to talk to ...

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Bronx Nuns Donate Hosts for Pope's Yankee Stadium Mass

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sixty thousand communion wafers will be dispensed at the Pope's Mass at Yankee Stadium Sunday. The wafers are a donation from the Corpus Christi Monastery in the South Bronx. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

REPORTER: A magnolia tree is in full bloom in front of the 119-year-old stone monastery located on seven ...

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Church of St. Joseph's of Yorkville

Friday, April 18, 2008

As Pope Benedict makes his way to spend the weekend New York City, last-minute preparations are being made for his arrival later this morning. His packed schedule includes visits to St. Patrick's Cathedral, a synagogue, a seminary, Yankee Stadium, as well as a parade up Fifth Avenue. He's also visiting ...

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National Library Week Makes Noise at City Hall

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A City Hall celebration for National Library Week was anything but quiet.

Staff members from libraries around the city, set-up tables in City Hall Park and invited passersby to sign up for library cards... and a band of Brooklyn librarians called "Lost in the Stacks" entertained the crowd.

Fifteen-year-old Tashana Brown of ...

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JFK Scanner Can See Through Passengers' Clothes

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Authorities at JFK Airport will now have the ability to peer beneath a passenger's clothing to detect concealed weapons.

A body scanner was installed today at a single checkpoint at the airport. Los Angeles's airport also got one of the new machines, in a pilot program.

The scanner uses low-energy electromagnetic waves ...

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Judge Upholds Calorie-Posting Regulations

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A federal judge has upheld a new city health code provision that would require national chain restaurants to post calories on menus and menu boards. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: The New York State Restaurant Association challenged the regulation, saying it would be burdensome for food establishments and confusing for ...

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Settlement Will Speed Food Stamps Applications

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A federal judge has approved a settlement requiring the city to process food stamp applications within 30 days, or five days if the applicant has no income.

The settlement comes out of a 2004 lawsuit that was filed by the Urban Justice Center on behalf of poor families who claimed they ...

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Former Newark Mayor Guilty of Fraud

Thursday, April 17, 2008

With one corruption conviction against former Newark Mayor Sharpe James secured, prosecutors will now decide whether to go forward with a second trial.

James and a one-time mistress were convicted yesterday of corruption charges stemming from her cut-rate purchases of city land. But James still faces a federal trial on charges ...

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Extreme Commuters Weigh In On Pennsylvania Primaries

Thursday, April 17, 2008

As Pennsylvanians get ready to go to the polls for next week's presidential primary, WNYC's Fred Mogul spoke with several of those who commute from the Keystone State to New York each day about how they think the campaign and a new president could affect their lives straddling city and ...

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Con Ed Probes Manhole Blast

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Con Edison is investigating what prompted low-voltage cables beneath a Midtown manhole to smolder, prompting a fire, and an explosion of the manhole cover.

No one was hurt in the early morning incident, but 33 residents at five small apartment buildings were forced out of their homes for about five hours, ...

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Indictments Expose Holes in Council's Fiscal Oversight

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The indictment of two City Council staffers who allegedly stole $145,000 from a non-profit has exposed serious weaknesses in the Council's financial controls.

But WNYC's Bob Hennelly says the ongoing probe may find the lax controls may extend to city agencies, too.

The practice of Council leadership hiding millions of discretionary dollars ...

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Bread Is Out, Schmaltz Is In

Thursday, April 17, 2008

In time for Passover, Arthur Schwartz talks about the benefits of chicken fat and why Jewish food isn’t as outdated as it might seem Schwartz is the author of Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited.

SLIDESHOW: Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking

Passover Pareve Apple ...

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City Council Infighting Continues

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

There's growing discontent among City Council members with their leader, Speaker Christine Quinn.

Members are still concerned with Quinn's proposal to basically give the mayor's office final say in how the council doles out its discretionary funds. That's money council members give out for projects or to non-profit groups in ...

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Landlords Did Well in 2006

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A report issued by the Rent Guidelines Board shows rent stabilized landlords did better in 2006 compared to the prior year.

According to records collected from landlords, rental income increased 5.6 percent in 2006.

Neighborhoods such as Central Harlem and East Harlem in Manhattan, Sunset Park and Park Slope in Brooklyn ...

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The Future of Dancehall?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

For several years, activists in the UK have waged a campaign against homophobic songs in dancehall, a modern form of Reggae. Now the campaign is growing in North America. Concerts are being picketed and i-Tunes Canada recently announced it was pulling all homophobic dancehall songs from its website. As Jonah ...

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