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OTB Future Uncertain

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

As the future of the city's Off-Track Betting begins to look more and more bleak, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding firm on his promise to pull the plug on the parlors if Albany does not come up with a rescue plan by his deadline this ...

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Storms Down Trees and Powerlines

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Utility crews around New Jersey are working to restore power this morning after thunderstorms tore across the region overnight, knocking down trees and wires.

About 90,000 customers are without electricity around the state, most of them are customers of PSE&G, which says it could take days ...

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Jobs Program Helps Minorities Break In to Film Business

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Brooklyn-based job program is trying to get minorities into the film industry by training them to be Production Assistants on everything from commercials, to reality shows to big budget films. The work is supposed to help people with limited schooling and a lack of ...

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Public Hearings On Education Funding

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Department of Education is holding public hearings across the boroughs this week on the city's controversial contracts for excellence school funding proposal. The public will get to chime in on Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's proposed $450 million in cuts. WNYC's Elaine Rivera has more.

REPORTER: ...

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Mini 'Skyscraper' Unveiled in Midtown

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

There is a gleaming new skyscraper in midtown, but this one is only sixty feet tall. It's a stainless steel sculpture by the California artist Chris Burden, built to resemble a structure created from the old child's toy, an Erector Set.

REPORTER: The sculpture, titled "What ...

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Report Questions NYPD Training

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

An outside review of shootings by New York City police officers generally praises the department's procedures, but it finds many lapses in officers' training. The Rand Institute's Bernard Rostker says trainees only get to practice a particular shooting scenario once during their six months at ...

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Lehman Raising $6B In Capital, Expects $2.8B Loss

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lehman Brothers is taking a nearly $3 billion loss in its latest quarterly report, and it's had to raise $6 billion in fresh capital to ensure its survival. The news confirms fears on Wall Street that the credit crunch isn't over yet.

But Lehman appears to ...

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Companies Cited In Fatal Scaffold Accident

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Two companies have been issued violations in last December's scaffold accident that sent two window washers plummeting 47 floors from a Manhattan skyscraper. One of the two men was killed. The survivor, Alcides Moreno, underwent 16 operations and remains in rehabilitation.

The Occupational Safety and Health ...

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Mayor Urges Energy Conservation as Teachers File Complaint over Heat

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Con Edison is asking New Yorkers to do what they can to cut back on their electricity usage, as the utility continues to grapple with scattered outages. Brooklyn and Queens are the most affected, with about 175 customers without power.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also urging ...

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Internet Providers Agree to Block Child Porn

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Internet providers Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have agreed to block access to Web sites that disseminate child pornography.

In an agreement with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the service providers will shut down access to Internet bulletin boards and Web sites that offer access to ...

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Heat Causes Pockets of Power Problems

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The heat is causing disruptions to the power supply in isolated pockets around the city.

One resident of Sunnyside, Queens, a former sheet metal worker who would only give his first name. Jimmy says he is dreading another power outage like the one that hit his ...

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Chris & Don: A Love Story

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A new film sheds light a long-term love affair between the British writer Christopher Isherwood and the American painter Don Bachardy. The documentary is called Chris and Don: A Love Story. It premiered here as part of the NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film festival, which ...

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City to Get Break From the Heat

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Just one more day.

The scorching temperatures that have smothered the New York City metro area are expected to break on Wednesday, but people have to get through Tuesday first.

For the fourth day, the metro area is expected to face scorching temperatures well into the 90s. ...

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Strahan Retires from Giants After 15 Years

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan says he decided to end his pro football career because he didn't have it in him to get ready for another season.

STRAHAN: After 15 years I just don't feel, I feel it takes just a toll to get ...

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Stun Guns Could Reduce Police Shootings

Monday, June 09, 2008

Police commissioner Ray Kelly says officers should start using TASER stun guns in cases where a firearm isn't necessary. The recommendations came after the RAND Corporation released a study of 455 police shootings from 2002 to 2006.

REPORTER: In 25 of those cases, according to the ...

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Bloomberg: Corruption Not Widespread in DOB

Monday, June 09, 2008

Despite Friday's arraignment of a veteran crane inspector on bribery charges, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says corruption is not widespread in the city's Department of Buildings.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think it is very prevalent. I do think that any case of it however is very serious and ...

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Giants' Michael Strahan Retiring

Monday, June 09, 2008

The Giants' defensive end, Michael Strahan, is retiring, after fifteen years in the NFL.

The 36-year-old Strahan informed the front office this morning without telling his coaches and teammates.

Coach Tom Coughlin, reached by reporters after a team workout, said he was just finding out about it.

Strahan ...

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New Office to Help Clean Up City's Brownfields

Monday, June 09, 2008

The city is hoping to speed up the cleanup of brownfields, through the creation of an Office of Environmental Remediation.

REPORTER: The agency is designed to help developers and communities go through the remediation of sites that were contaminated from industrial use. Jeff Kay heads the ...

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The United Styles of Barbeque

Monday, June 09, 2008

The sixth annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party drew crowds of hungry New Yorkers to Madison Square Park this weekend, where they filled their bellies while listening to bands from around the country, like Boston's Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves.

The barbecue came from ...

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Continued Focus on N.J. State Budget

Monday, June 09, 2008

With state budget negotiations continuing, New Jersey senators will consider proposals today that would keep casinos open during budget disputes and ask voters to restrict state borrowing.

Majority Democrats say the proposed constitutional amendment to require voter approval for state borrowing is "good public policy." But ...

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