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7 Miles of Manhattan Streets Go Car Free

Sunday, August 10, 2008

It was billed as Summer Streets, an effort to clear the road of cars and let bikes and pedestrians take over. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

AUDIO: The sound of near-silence

REPORTER: For about six hours yesterday this is how a 7-mile stretch of Manhattan sounded: no ...

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Deadline Looms in Verizon Labor Talks

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Contract talks continue between Verizon and two unions representing 65,000 workers, with a deadline looming for a possible strike. The unions have threatened to strike if there's no agreement by midnight. Representatives of the telecommunications giant and one of the unions, the Communications Workers of ...

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Pakistani Diplomats Visit Woman Detained in New York

Sunday, August 10, 2008

U.S. authorities have allowed Pakistani diplomats to visit an alleged Al Qaeda suspect recently captured in Afghanistan and taken to a New York detention center, after she allegedly tried to kill her interrogators, the Foreign Ministry says.

Two diplomats visited Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani citizen educated ...

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Businesses Brace for Summer Streets

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Businesses along the route of the Summer Streets are preparing themselves for the unexpected tomorrow. That's when the city will close several streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to cars but open them to bikes and skateboards, and any other kind of alternative ...

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Cuomo Investigates UBS

Saturday, August 09, 2008

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has announced an agreement with UBS for the financial giant to return $11 billion to about 40,000 investors. The news follows a similar settlement Cuomo announced yesterday with Citigroup.

He had accused both banks of misrepresenting auction-rate securities as safe investments, ...

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City's Russians, Georgians Concerned About Conflict

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Many New Yorkers with Russian and Georgian roots are paying close attention to reports of intense fighting in Georgia today.

Ika Avallani is from the capitol of Georgia. He says he couldn't sleep last night — and spent long hours trying to contact friends and family ...

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Kosher Plant in Iowa Raid Has NYC Roots

Friday, August 08, 2008

On May 12, Immigration agents raided a major kosher meat plant in northern Iowa. Hundreds of undocumented immigrant workers were arrested. And the owners of the sprawling plant have been accused of exploiting them. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports the kosher plant has deep roots here ...

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City's Homeless Plan Falling Short, Report Says

Thursday, August 07, 2008

An ambitious plan to bring down the level of homelessness in New York City is falling short, according to an assessment issued today by the Independent Budget Office.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg set a goal of reducing homelessness by 2/3 as of 2009. While the city has ...

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City Readies For Summer Streets

Thursday, August 07, 2008

This Saturday walkers, skaters, and cyclists will take control of a seven mile stretch of Manhattan, from East 72nd Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was with the Mayor today, when he announced a celebration of Summer Streets.

AMBI: Chinese music

It's not easy ...

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Bloomberg Hopes Olympics put Spotlight on China

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says when the Olympic Games begin tomorrow in Beijing, he hopes the attention will highlight the progress he says has taken place in China. He said the Olympics also provide a stage for the United States to promote democracy in China.

BLOOMBERG: And ...

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Democrats Vie for Staten Island Congressional Seat

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Hillary Clinton will endorse Democrat Mike McMahon today in the congressional seat that encompasses Staten Island and part of Brooklyn

Republican congressman Vito Fossella resigned his seat in the wake of a marital scandal, and now Democrats believe they have their best chance yet to reclaim ...

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Energy Companies Target Consumers

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Imagine this scenario: you're sitting at home and there's a knock on the door. The person says they can help you save money on your energy costs. And with an economy like this, who doesn’t want to save money?

All you need to do is show ...

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Report: More People Choose the Emergency Room

Thursday, August 07, 2008

More and more people are turning to the emergency room for medical care, up 32 percent from a decade ago, according to a new report out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Stephen Pitts was the lead author of the new report. He ...

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Albee Leads Writers Protest of Chinese Censorship

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Edward Albee and other renowned writers will be reading the works of jailed Chinese writers tomorrow evening. It's part of an event organized by the Pen American Center to protest China's treatment of nearly 50 authors and journalists that the center says are imprisoned simply ...

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City Agrees to Diverse Hiring for Willets Point Plan

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is promising that the future developer of Willets Point will hire minorities, women and Queens residents.

The announcement today is a step to build support for the $3 billion construction project that's facing stiff opposition from some Council members, who say the housing ...

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AIDS Activists and Researchers Gather at International Conference

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that they've been under-counting the number of people in the U.S. who get infected with HIV each year. Earlier estimates put the number at around 40,000. Now the CDC says that number is closer ...

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Galapagos Opens in DUMBO

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

It took 13 months for the Galapagos Arts Space to convert a former horse stable into a glistening new performance space. Galapagos had long been an anchor of Williamsburg's avant-garde art scene and last night, it opened its new home -- in DUMBO.

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City Pushes to Limit Gas Drilling Near Reservoirs

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Citing "significant concerns," New York City is seeking strict limits on all gas drilling that might affect reservoirs that supply the city's drinking water.

The city's Department of Environmental Protection hasn't said much publicly. But in a July 18 letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation ...

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Civil Liberties Group Loses Voting Battle

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The American Civil Liberties Union in New Jersey has lost a court battle to educate voters about their rights as they go to the polls.

A three judge appeals court has upheld a state directive barring anyone from distributing materials within 100 feet of the polls. ...

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Activists Want Special Prosecutor for Police Abuse

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Civil rights activists called for a crackdown on police misconduct today at rally outside police headquarters. The protest comes after a videotape surfaced showing an officer pushing a cyclist off his bike.

The video contradicts the officer's sworn statement, claiming the cyclist tried to run him ...

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