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New Yorkers React to Acquittals in Sean Bell Shooting

Saturday, April 26, 2008

WNYC's Arun Venugopal talks with Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about the reaction to the acquittals in the Sean Bell shooting, and what's next for the NYPD detectives involved.

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Rallies Follow Acquittals in Bell Shooting

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Reverend Al Sharpton led another rally Saturday, after Friday's acquittal of three police detectives involved in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell.

REPORTER: Among those who gathered at Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters Friday was Bronx resident Katherine Mavery, who wants answers about the police's use of deadly force:

MAVERY: What ...

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Grameen Bank Opens in Queens

Saturday, April 26, 2008

With a jumbo pair of scissors and a big round of applause, Dr. Muhammad Yunus officially opened Grameen America in Jackson Heights Friday. It's the first American branch of Grameen Bank of Bangladesh.

REPORTER: More than three decades ago, Dr. Yunus got the bank started by lending small amounts of money ...

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Bell Shooting Spurs Reforms in NYPD

Friday, April 25, 2008

Months before the acquittal of three officers in the shooting death of Sean Bell, Police Commissioner Kelly had instituted several reforms aimed at avoiding a similar tragedy in the future. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

Top on the list of 19 reforms was a first in the nation mandate instituted ...

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Building Permit Numbers Drop Sharply

Friday, April 25, 2008

In a sign that the real estate market is slowing, the number of building permits issued to contractors took a precipitous drop. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The Census bureau reports that the number of residential building permits declined by 46 percent across the five boroughs for the first quarter, compared to ...

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NYPD Counter-Terrorism Officers Visable in Transit Hubs

Friday, April 25, 2008

Don't be surprised if you see police officers with dogs and heavy artillery on your commute this morning. They're part of an NYPD counter-terrorism initiative called TORCH. That stands for Transit Operational Response: Canines and Heavy Weapons.

REPORTER: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says TORCH teams will be at major transit hubs ...

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No Explanation for Wrongly Approved Construction Permits

Friday, April 25, 2008

The new interim head of the Department of Buildings still can't say for sure why the agency wrongly approved permits for a building where a crane recently collapsed. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: At a state Assembly hearing Jonathan Bing who represents Manhattan's east side described letters and meetings between a ...

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City Relies on Non-Profits for Many Community Services

Friday, April 25, 2008

A criminal probe into deceptive City Council book-keeping has thrown light on the City's growing reliance on non-profits to provide a wide array of community services. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

REPORTER: From after school programs to health screening the City turns to hundreds of non-profits to maintain services while ...

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A Walk Down 125th Street

Friday, April 25, 2008

Changes are coming to 125th Street. Plans to rezone Harlem’s main artery look headed for approval in the city council, after a compromise to limit the height of new buildings to 19 stories. The amount of affordable housing in the plan has also been increased. While the look of 125th ...

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Sharpton vows to Continue Fight Following Acquittal in Bell Case

Friday, April 25, 2008

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton vows to continue his fight for the family of Sean Bell and the victims of the police shooting that took Bell's life. Speaking at his Harlem headquarters, Sharpton says he'll meet Monday with Congressman John Conyers, head of the House Judiciary Committee, to discuss a ...

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City Awaits Verdict in Bell Shooting Trial

Friday, April 25, 2008

It's been exactly 17 months since the fatal shooting of Sean Bell and this morning New Yorkers will finally learn the fate of the 3 officers on trial. Over the last couple days, WNYC's Arun Venugopal has walked the streets Jamaica, Queens - where the shooting took place - as ...

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Explaining the Ruling in the Sean Bell Case

Friday, April 25, 2008

A shocked, angry response from supporters of Sean Bell outside the Queens Courthouse today, when they heard the 3 officers charged in his death were acquitted of all charges. Joining us to explain why the Judge ruled the way he did is WNYC's Arun Venugopal, who has been following this ...

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NYU Unveils 20-Yearl Plan for West Village

Thursday, April 24, 2008

New York University showed off the latest ideas of what its campus could look like in 20 years at an open house yesterday. In response to objections raised at its last public presentation, the university has ruled out tearing down and replacing Washington Square Village with larger buildings.

Spokeswoman Alicia Hurley ...

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Protests Against Employee Immigrant Status Check

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Immigrant advocates are protesting the use and misuse of a federal pilot program designed to help employers check the immigration status of new employees. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

REPORTER: Dunkin Donuts has been using the so-called E-Verify program since 2006. It's run by the Department of Homeland Security and allows employers ...

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Council Spending Probe Unfolds

Thursday, April 24, 2008

More questions are being raised about city councilmembers and their relationships to non-profit groups. This as the feds continue their investigation into the phony non-profits the council created to hide money. WNYC's Bob Hennelly looks at the rules that cover the Council.

Consider the case of Brooklyn City Councilman Erik Dilan. ...

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High-Risk Construction Sites Under Review

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The city is bringing in outside consultants to increase safety at high risk construction sites.

REPORTER: The city says the most dangerous jobs are pouring concrete, excavations and crane operations. All 3 can lead to serious accidents when safety rules are not followed.

So, the Buildings Department is spending four million dollars ...

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City and Activists Prepare for Bell Verdict

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A judge's verdict in the trial of three police officers charged with fatally shooting Sean Bell is expected tomorrow morning. In anticipation, Mayor Bloomberg says he's been keeping the lines of communication open with Reverend Al Sharpton.

BLOOMBERG: Al's one of those community leaders that you want to have a dialogue ...

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City Pays Kids for Good Grades

Thursday, April 24, 2008

New York City recently began using cash to try to motivate kids to get better test scores. So far, more than $800,000 has been distributed to about 5,300 4th and 7th graders. The city sees this as a bold experiment. Others question whether it will only drive kids for the ...

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High Food Prices Hurt NYC Schools

Thursday, April 24, 2008

New York City schools are feeling the pinch of higher food prices. Eric Goldstein is chief executive officer of school support services.

REPORTER: He says he's already had to make changes to the meals served in public schools.

GOLDSTEIN: What worries us is if food prices continue to go up we might ...

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Calls For More Aggressive Buildings Commish

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The city's Buildings Commissioner, Patricia Lancaster has stepped down after more than six years in that post. While Mayor Bloomberg praised her service, her resignation comes after a series of fatalities on construction sites her agency was supposed to supervise. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: However much Lancaster reformed her ...

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