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In time for Passover, Arthur Schwartz talks about the benefits of chicken fat and why Jewish food isn’t as outdated as it might seem Schwartz is the author of Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited.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

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

They want to increase the taxes paid by private equity and hedge fund managers.

The idea is to apply the city's Unincorporated Business Tax to the money fund managers make on their clients' investments. The liberal Fiscal Policy Institute calculates city coffers would grow by as much as $225 million if ...

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Nurses Fight for More Money and Help

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Nurses at several area hospitals have been working without contracts since December and labor negotiations have been slow.

The nurses don’t just want more money, they want hospitals to hire more nurses to reduce the workload.

Hospitals say that staff levels are adequate and that even if they wanted to hire more ...

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Council Speaker Faces Criticism

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Council Speaker Christine Quinn went from perhaps her most impressive moment as speaker to a crisis in the span of just a few days.

First, she rounded up just enough votes to get the mayor's congestion pricing plan approved in her chamber and then came the news that, for years, the ...

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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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Former Newark Mayor Found Guilty of Fraud

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A federal jury found former Newark Mayor Sharpe James guilty on five separate charges including fraud and conspiracy. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tamika Riley, James was convicted for illegally flipping city-owned land for personal profit.

Speaking outside the courthouse, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie says he felt like the jury's verdict was ...

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Everything Must Go

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Flux Factory, the Long Island City based arts collective, is moving out. Their building and entire block is set to be demolished by the MTA. They're home to 17 artists, who live and work in the space. To mark the event they’re turning every inch of their home into an ...

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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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Feds Indict 2 Council Staffers

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

After weeks of public speculation about a criminal probe into the city council's budget practices, federal prosecutors unsealed the indictment of two staffers who worked for Brooklyn Councilman Kendall Stewart. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said the alleged conspiracy was masterminded by Councilman Stewart's chief of staff ...

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Rule Change for Local Banks

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Regulations for locally chartered banks have been streamlined. New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will now honor each other's banking charters.

This means New York-based banks are free to open branches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, without having to answer to each state's regulators.

New York's Banking Commissioner, Richard Neiman, says ...

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Bollywood Legend Plays Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

One of the biggest stars figures in Indian pop culture will play Carnegie Hall tomorrow night: the Bollywood film singer Asha Bhosle. Asha has recorded thousands of songs, and this year she celebrates her 75th birthday and her 65th year in show business. WNYC's Rob Weisberg spoke with the singer ...

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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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Port Authority Wants to Take On Moynihan Station Project

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The head of the Port Authority, Anthony Coscia, says his agency wants to help finance or take over the troubled Moynihan Station project.

Speaking at a Crain's New York breakfast, Coscia says the exact form of that help was up to governors Corzine and Paterson, who control the agency.... but he ...

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