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Queens Soldier Honored

Friday, August 01, 2008

The life of Staff Sergeant Alex Jimenez is being celebrated in Corona, Queens, where he grew up. Jimenez was kidnapped in Iraq with two other soldiers when his unit - the Second Brigade, Tenth Mountain Division - was ambushed. Yesterday mourners lined the streets of ...

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Evicted Brooklyn Businesses Suffer

Friday, August 01, 2008

The 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn is finally having an impact, but for 57 percent of the small businesses it's not a good one. That's the finding of a survey by the Urban Justice Center and a grassroots group called FUREE. They say the wig ...

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Youth Cricket League Underway in NYC

Friday, August 01, 2008

The crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd are familiar sounds of summer, but on a field in Brooklyn, teenage boys are gathering to play a game that might not be so familiar: cricket.

The police department has organized a citywide youth league ...

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New Paper Recycling Mill Opens on Staten Island

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The city will be sending a lot less of its recycling out of town. A newly expanded paper recycling mill has opened on Staten Island. The facility will convert waste paper and plastic into pizza boxes and other goods. Previously those recyclables had to be ...

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Forum Focuses on Alternative Energy for NYC

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The City Council is sponsoring a panel at Hunter College this morning on how to get New York City to use more alternative energy. Councilman Dan Garodnick says one idea is to have property owners form "Solar Empowerment Zones" that would be modeled on business ...

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Report: DEP Bad at Making Project Deadlines

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Department of Environmental Protection is blowing its deadlines on nearly two-thirds of the projects it supervises.

That's what an audit released today by Comptroller Bill Thompson finds. According to the audit, the city agency fails to perform sufficient oversight of jobs it awards in omnibus ...

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Report Recommends Vocational Schools Overhaul

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Bloomberg administration has released a report that recommends a major overhaul of the city's 21 vocational schools. It says technical schools haven't been meeting industry demands for highly skilled employees, and have been seen as a dead end by students.

The report's recommendations include: integrating ...

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American Airlines Baggage System Back Up at JFK

Thursday, July 31, 2008

American Airlines' baggage handling system at Kennedy Airport is up and running again a day after a software glitch caused dozens of delays, some cancellations, and a luggage pileup at ticket counters.

American had canceled six flights scheduled to depart from JFK this morning.

The malfunction led ...

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Green Baker Wins Bike Award

Thursday, July 31, 2008

More than 50 companies applied, but it was the Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery that won the first Bike Friendly Business award today. General Manager Sarah Weeks-Dima says that her company's use of a bike delivery system between its shops in the East and West Villages ...

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Bloomberg Testifies to Congress About 9/11 Health

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg testified before Congress today in support of a bill that would create a program to treat workers and residents with long-term health problems caused by the 9/11 attacks. He noted that caring for those injured should be a national responsibility.

BLOOMBERG: Passing this ...

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Economic Cabinet to Hold Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Heads of 20 top state agencies will hold a town hall meeting in Queens this evening to get input from the public on how the sagging economy is affecting their lives.

The officials, part of state's Economic Security Cabinet, will hear from families, advocates, employers and ...

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Two Wheels or Not, New Yorkers Enjoy New Bike Lane

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The new bike lane on part of Manhattan's Ninth Avenue is being used by more than just bike riders. WNYC's newsroom checked in on one of the city's pilot projects to make the streets more bike friendly.

In Chelsea, mothers pushing strollers, skateboarders, and even a ...

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Paterson Calls for Emergency Legislative Session

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The buck stops here. That's Governor Paterson's message to New Yorkers concerning the state's fiscal crisis.

Paterson's July 29 Budget Speech

Paterson's July 30 Budget Update

PATERSON: It is time for New York and other governments to cut up our ...

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Film, Food and Fun Celebrate Queens at Socrates Park

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Maybe a movie from southeast Asia about a mutant lizard sounds like it's been done before, but the 2006 film The Host, by director Bong Joon-ho, is one of the most popular films ever in South Korea. It will make an outdoor splash on the ...

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State Legislature May Revisit "Millionaire Tax"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In his address to the state last night and in a press conference today, Gov. David Paterson said New York State's economic outlook has deteriorated badly over the past several months.

REPORTER: He's asked lawmakers to reconvene next month and reopen this year's budget so they ...

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Grant for Businesses Displaced in 125th St. Rezoning

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Help is available for Mom and Pop businesses displaced by the contentious rezoning of 125th Street.

REPORTER: The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone today announced a $750,000 fund to aid small businesses. Hope Knight, CEO of the Empowerment Zone explained why the loans are being offered.

KNIGHT: Essentially ...

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'Cashless Tolling' Study Planned for Port Authority and MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is thinking about getting rid of toll plazas at its East and Harlem River crossings.

The agency is asking for bids from firms that would study how to replace the plazas with overhead structures that would read EZ Passes. For those cars ...

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Luggage Glitch Delays Flights at JFK

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Flights have been delayed and luggage piling up at ticket counters at JFK's Terminal 8 today, after a computer software glitch crippled the baggage handling system.

A spokesman for American Airlines, which uses the terminal, said about 20 flights were delayed by 60 to 90 minutes. ...

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Paterson Warns of Tough Fiscal Choices Ahead

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says the state’s deficit for the 2009-2010 fiscal year has so far increased more than $1 billion - to $6.4 billion - and hard choices including looking at the size of the state work force and spending will be required to offset ...

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Metrocard Machines Fixed, Transit Agency Says

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

NYC Transit says it has fixed a problem with its Metrocard vending machines that prevented thousands of riders from using their credit and debit cards over the past two days.

Officials say the machines were not communicating properly with the central processing system. If passengers were ...

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