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Carl Sandberg

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Illinois-born Carl Sandberg was one of eight children in a Swedish immigrant family living in Galesville. Carl worked as a jack-of-all-trades after graduating from eighth grade. He delivered milk, laid bricks and shined shoes before setting out to ride the rails as a hobo in 1897.

Sandberg noticed a wide gap ...

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Appeals Court Upholds Cell Phone Ban in Schools

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's ban on cell phones in public schools has been upheld by a state appeals court.

The Department of Education passed the ban in September 2005, saying the phones were disruptive.

Parents and students argued that the ban was irrational and unsafe and that it intruded on a parents' rights to ...

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Tribeca Film Festival Opens Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Tribeca Film Festival gets underway tomorrow. This year, its hosting 120 features selected from over two thousand submissions from 41 countries. Bilge Ebiri covers film for New York Magazine. He came by the studio to discuss this year's offerings.

See trailers and find out more on WNYC's ...

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Water Rate Hike Proposed

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's Water Board is proposing an $8-a-month increase in costs, the biggest spike in 16 years, to go into effect next month. But some city council members say it's not right to move that quickly.

REPORTER: Brooklyn Councilman Simcha Felder says he supports putting liens on properties with delinquent water ...

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Building Commissioner Resigns

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's buildings commissioner has resigned a day after Mayor Bloomberg criticized her agency's performance. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

Patricia Lancaster served Mayor Bloomberg loyally for six years during an unprecedented building boom. She reformed a department that had been significantly scaled back during the Giuliani administration, filling 250 vacant positions, ...

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Critics Slam Port Authority Over WTC Blueprints

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Critics of the Port Authority say they believe the agency can not develop the World Trade Center site without tighter regulation by the City and the NYPD. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The recent discovery of confidential blueprints in the trash prompted longtime critics of the Port Authority to cry ...

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Indian Point Reactor Shuts Down

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant has been shut down because operators noticed water levels dropping in its steam generator.

It had to be shut down manually just as it was powering up from a 26-day outage for refueling and maintenance. An official says the plant is stable. And a ...

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Pope Wraps Up Historic U.S. Visit

Monday, April 21, 2008

Pope Benedict concluded his first papal visit to the U.S. last night with a departure ceremony at Kennedy airport attended by about 3,000 people, including Vice President and Mrs. Cheney.

Earlier the Pope celebrate a nearly three-hour Mass at Yankee Stadium. And the Pope Benedict made a solemn visit the the ...

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Satyagraha in Action

Monday, April 21, 2008

"Can an opera make us warriors for peace?" That’s a question you may have noticed on posters around town. It’s part of the advertising campaign for the Met’s current production of "Satyagraha," an opera by Philip Glass. Now if you’re unsure how to answer that question, you might want to ...

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Willets Point Redevelopment Undergoes Review

Monday, April 21, 2008

For the past four years, Mayor Bloomberg has talked about transforming the Willets Point area of Queens. Today, the City Planning Commission is expected to start the seven-month clock that governs the land use review process. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The 60-acre area just north of Shea Stadium has ...

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Obama and Clinton on Urban Policies

Monday, April 21, 2008

In the six weeks the Democratic candidates have spent campaigning in Pennsylvania, there’s been a lot of talk about trade deals, and penalizing companies that export jobs. There hasn’t been much talk about urban regions, where most Pennsylvanians live and work. WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein reports.

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Southern New Jersey May See Another Power Plant

Monday, April 21, 2008

Governor Jon Corzine unveiled a lengthy new energy plan for New Jersey that seeks to balance environmental and economic concerns. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: The 15-year forecast calls for more investment in renewables, new gas pipelines to Long Island, and, controversially, giving consideration to a new nuclear plant.

Corzine's plan ...

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Restaurants Seek Injunction Against Calorie Posting Rule

Monday, April 21, 2008

A restaurant trade group is once again seeking a temporary injunction to stop the city's new calorie posting rule from going into effect.

The New York State Restaurant Association is seeking a stay from a federal appellate court. Last week, a lower court judge declined the request for a stay and ...

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Developer to Turn Bronx Landmark to Commercial Complex

Monday, April 21, 2008

Soldiers heading off to World War I passed through the Kingsbridge Armory in the north Bronx. Now, it's slated to hold stores, restaurants, a multiplex and a seasonal farmers’ market.

The city's Economic Development Corporation announced a deal with the Manhattan-based "Related Companies," one of the city's largest real estate developers.

City ...

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311 To Include Social Service Information

Monday, April 21, 2008

A new public service campaign says New Yorkers looking for social services can now just "3-1-1 it."

That's because the city's customer service line is being expanded to offer information on agencies and nonprofits that provide health and human services. Jennifer Jones Austin is with the United Way, which helped with ...

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Gov Paterson Orders a Hiring Freeze

Monday, April 21, 2008

New York's Governor, David Paterson, has ordered a halt to all but essential hires.

In a sternly worded directive to state agencies, the governor says if his cost savings targets aren't met, he will impose a hard hiring freeze. He also says he's willing to withhold budgeted funds if an agency ...

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Bronx Little League Team Hopes to Compete

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Little league games are starting this month. Teams in the Fordham-Bedford league in the Bronx are having their opening day next Saturday. One team that hopes to play this year doesn't know if it can take part, because its coach is still struggling to fill out its roster. WNYC's Matthew ...

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Pope Visits Ground Zero

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI visited the World Trade Center site Sunday, offering prayers for those killed on 9/11, and for rescue and cleanup workers who have become ill since the attacks. The pontiff invited 24 people with ties to ground zero to join him, including survivors, victims' relatives and first responders. ...

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Papal Paraphernalia a Tricky Business

Sunday, April 20, 2008

During his visit to New York, Pope Benedict has been greeted by cheering crowds. Another sound associated with papal visits is that of ringing cash registers, as the faithful and tourists shell out for pope paraphernalia. Studies of papal visits past suggest that when a pope comes to town, the ...

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City's Calorie Posting Rule Takes Effect Monday

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The city's calorie-posting rule is slated to take effect Monday. A federal judge last week rejected a challenge by a state restaurant trade group, and also refused to impose a temporary restraining order while an appeal is filed.

But the judge did delay the city's ability to impose fines for violating ...

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