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°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

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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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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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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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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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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NYC Layoffs Spread to Retail and Construction

Friday, December 19, 2008

Greg David, editorial director of Crain's New York Business, joins us for a wrap up of the week's economic news.

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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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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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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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Celebrating Carnatic Music

Friday, December 19, 2008

For many music lovers, 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. Every year, around two-dozen students of South Indian classical music performed for ...

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Minister's Concerns with Rick Warren

Friday, December 19, 2008

The new senior minister of New York's historic Riverside Church Brad Braxton is taking issue with president-elect Obama's selection of Rick Warren to lead the inauguration's invocation.

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Braxton says disagrees with Warren's position against gay marriage. He says Obama should be ...

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Election Helps Community College Kids Find Their Voice

Friday, December 19, 2008

INTRO: For many New Yorkers the presidential election is in the rear view mirror, but for a group of first-time voters at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, the revelations from that day keep on coming. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports.

SUZANNE: Freedom from your parents...religious freedom...what ...

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Waste Facilities a Blight for Brooklyn Residents

Friday, December 19, 2008

Traffic is the bane of many a New Yorkers' existence. We're either stuck in it, dodging it, or listening to it, like Carlotta Giglio does every single day.

GIGLIO: I used to keep very pretty little suncatchers in my windows. I don't do it anymore. You ...

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Winter Weather Causes Holiday Delays

Friday, December 19, 2008

Travelers trying to get a head start on their holiday vacations are running into delays, as a snow storm from the Midwest sweeps through the area. At least 500 flights have been cancelled at area airports -- 380 at Newark Liberty alone -- and arriving ...

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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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Councilman Arrested for Domestic Violence

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Queens Councilman has been charged with assault, after he brought his girlfriend to a hospital early this morning seeking treatment for cuts around her eye.

Councilman Hiram Monserratte is to become a state senator next month. He was praised for his service by his council ...

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Schools Hit Hard By Multiple Cuts

Friday, December 19, 2008

City agencies have until Monday to tell the mayor how they'll comply with his request to find another seven percent worth of savings. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the combination of state and local cuts would have a huge impact on the public schools.

REPORTER: All ...

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