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Local Papers On Clinton's Prospects

Thursday, May 08, 2008

New York's newspapers are greeting the prospect of a continuing Hillary Clinton presidential campaign with a smirk.

The Post says "Over the Hill." The Daily News, next to a picture of Obama, has "It's His Party." The New York Times has a double-column lead story - "Support for Clinton Wanes as ...

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Staten Island Congressman Has Child Out of Wedlock

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Following his apology for driving drunk, Congressman Vito Fossella admitted earlier today that he had a child with a woman who is not his wife, Laura Fay, who bailed him out of jail. Fossella, who is married with 3 children, represents the 13th congressional district. It includes all of Staten ...

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Clinton's N.J. Superdelegates Holding Firm

Thursday, May 08, 2008

In New Jersey, Senator Clinton's super delegates appear to be holding firm in their support for the New York Senator.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

This morning's Star Ledger reported that Clinton super-delegate June Fischer’s allegiance was "in flux" after Tuesday's disappointing primary results. But when reached at her Scotch Plains ...

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Thousand of Bell Supporters Protest Citywide

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Six locations around the city, thousands of protesters and nearly 200 arrests.

It was the opening round in a campaign of civil disobedience yesterday, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton and members of Sean Bell's family.

Their goal is to pressure federal investigators into bringing civil rights charges against the three officers ...

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Radiolab’s Audio-Visual Smackdown

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Radio Lab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich face off over which medium is superior -- television or radio -- with Ira Glass, whose program, This American Life, is both a radio show and TV show, acting as referee.

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City Council Speaker Proposes New Plan on Spending Disclosures

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

After unveiling budget reforms that angered most of her members, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is offering a new plan, one she says will include the toughest discretionary spending disclosure rules in the country.

Under her proposal, grants to non-profits over $10,000 would be reviewed by the Mayor's Office of Contracts ...

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Local Superdelegates Hold Their Ground

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

No sudden moves from eight undecided superdelegates from our region in the wake of last night's primary results.

Some Obama supporters are calling for an end to the Clinton campaign in the wake of her decisive loss in North Carolina and a narrower-than-expected victory in Indiana.

But Clinton is continuing to campaign ...

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OTB May Get A Second Chance

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Little more than a month remains before a city-imposed deadline that could spell the end of Off Track Betting.

But as WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports, OTB may still get a reprieve.

Even though it makes money, OTB has to make big payouts every year to the state and the racing industry. That's ...

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State Judge Says No To Union Square Restaurant Plan

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

State Supreme Court Judge Jane Solomon has put on hold the Bloomberg administration's plan to construct a restaurant in Union Square Park. She did, however, allow the city to continue its $21 million renovation work on the park's northern pavilion, which will include new restrooms and playgrounds.

The city and a ...

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City At Risk for Major Flooding

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A Katrina-sized hurricane could put the city out of commission.

That's what scientists and infrastructure experts told the City Council's Infrastructure Task Force yesterday.

The city's Office of Long Term Planning says it's working on a strategic plan and reaching out to vulnerable communities. Deputy Director Ariella Maron says it's a first-ever ...

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Bell's Supporters Plan Spring Protest Campaign

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Sean Bell's fiancee and the Reverend Al Sharpton will be in front of One Police Plaza at 3 pm to protest the not-guilty verdicts for three officers in Bell's shooting death.

The event is called a "pray-in," but Sharpton and his supporters are expecting to be arrested for civil disobedience.

There are ...

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Reporter Sues NYPD for Racial Profiling

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

An African-American New York Post reporter is suing the New York City Police Department, for its stop-and-frisk policies. The New York Civil Liberties Union is representing Leonardo Blair.

He tells WNYC's Brian Lehrer he was stopped in the Bronx. Blair says police asked him if he spoke English. And he responded, ...

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Renewed Effort to Ensure Safety at Construction Sites

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

With construction accidents on the rise - including another yesterday that claimed the life of a worker on the Triborough Bridge - the City Council has introduced 12 bills all aimed at making job sites safer.

One bill would give the Department of Buildings the authority to deny permits to ...

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New York's Little Israel

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Tomorrow marks Israel’s 60th anniversary as an independent nation. Here in New York, Israelis and others will be celebrating with concerts, parties and -- of course -- with food. In preparation for the holiday, Daniela Gerson paid a visit to an East Village grocery store called the Holy Land Market. ...

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CUNY Staff: Budget Cuts Don't Make Sense

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Faculty members, students and union representatives from City University of New York rallied in front of City Hall today to protest the mayor's proposed $46 million budget cut to the college system.

Barbara Bowen, president of the CUNY faculty and staff union, says the cuts don't make sense.

BOWEN: It is outrageous ...

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City Pushes for Cameras in Bus Lanes

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

If the city gets its way, there'll soon be an extra set of eyes in bus-only lanes.

The Bloomberg administration wants state lawmakers to approve a proposal to install cameras the lanes to discourage drivers from illegally double-parking.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city can't afford to have an officer in every ...

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Bell Protests Snarl Afternoon Traffic

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

There were widepread protests this afternoon against the acquittal of three police detectives in the fatal police shooting of Sean Bell. The protests focused on busy traffic points, like the entrance to the Holland Tunnel and the approach ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge in lower Manhattan. And they appear to ...

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Bell Protestors Take to the Streets

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Scores of protestors are demonstrating near busy traffic points to urge federal prosecutors to file a civil rights lawsuit against the three detectives acquitted in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell.

At the NYPD police headquarters, near the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton is rallying ...

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International Arms Dealer Indicted in City

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The world’s most high profile international arms dealer has been indicted by a Federal Grand jury in New York City.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Forty-one-year-old Victor Bout, a former Soviet military officer, has been indicted for allegedly conspiring to supply everything from surface and air missiles to ultra-light aircrafts to the ...

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Lawmakers Seek Greater Protection for Jailed Immigrants

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Lawmakers want stronger oversight of how immigration detainees in federal custody are treated. This, after last year's death of an undocumented man from Guinea detained in New Jersey.

The death of 52-year-old Boubacar Bah after a scull fracture, as well as 70 other detainee deaths across the country since 2004, ...

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