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FAA Puts Newark Flight Auction on Hold

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Federal Aviation Administration says it will hold off on a planned auction of a take-off and landing slot at Newark Airport.

The FAA says the auctions would reduce air congestion, but the agency agreed to put them on hold until an independent FAA office looks ...

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Newark Mayor Responds to Obama Speech

Friday, August 29, 2008

Metro area elected officials are reacting to last night's acceptance speech by Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Newark Mayor Cory Booker was at Mile High Stadium last night. He says the importance of Obama's speech went beyond a single election.

BOOKER: This is not just about ...

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Kids at Y Get to Swim With Phelps

Friday, August 29, 2008

A few dozen New York City kids got the chance to swim with 14-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps Thursday. The star athlete was in Manhattan promoting a swimming program at the YMCA in Chelsea. Phelps is on a mission to make swimming more accessible ...

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New Yorkers React to McCain VP Choice

Friday, August 29, 2008

The news that John McCain has named Sarah Palin - the 44 year old conservative Governor of Alaska as his choice for vice president is being met with skepticism by some in the city.

Brooklyn's Martha Llamas she's ticked off by the "oneupmanship" of McCain's selection.

LLAMAS: ...

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In New York, It's Hard Out There For Republicans

Friday, August 29, 2008

Democrats are so dominant in New York that the McCain campaign doesn't have headquarters here. Still, McCain's chairman in New York is optimistic about swaying Democrats to vote Republican.

WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

Not long ago, the governor and New York City mayor were Republicans. Now, ...

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Major Layoffs Expected at Lehman Brothers

Friday, August 29, 2008

Lehman Brothers is set to lay off over 1,000 employees — it's the fourth round of layoffs this year.

The struggling investment bank lost $2.8 billion last quarter because of write downs of mortgage related assets, and it's rumored to be shopping around some of its ...

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More Layoffs at Lehman Brothers

Friday, August 29, 2008

Lehman Brothers is preparing to cut more than 1,000 jobs. It's the company's fourth round of layoffs this year. The beleaguered brokerage house continues to be rocked by the deterioration of the mortgage market, especially in commercial and residential real estate markets. Next week marks ...

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NY Ambulances on Their Way to Gulf Coast

Friday, August 29, 2008

New York City paramedics are on the way to Louisiana to help out if Tropical Storm Gustav makes landfall there.

Warren Golden, Chief Operating Officer of Citywide Mobile Response, says his company sent five ambulances and 10 EMTs with all the equipment they might need.

GOLDEN: We're ...

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Obama Supporters Unmoved by McCain Pick

Friday, August 29, 2008

Republican John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate may get some Independents and even Democrats to look again at his candidacy.

But many New Yorkers who support Barack Obama say their vote won't change. Connie Johnson, an African-American bank ...

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New Yorkers Unsure About Term Limit Roll Backs

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Most City Council members may have told the New York Times they want to roll back term limits, but some New Yorkers we talked to aren't so sure. Regina Pearsall of Staten Island was taking her lunch break at City Hall Park today.

PEARSALL: I like ...

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Unemployment Way Up in New York State

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Unemployment has shot up in New York State as the economy has cooled down. And a new analysis by the Fiscal Policy Institute finds New York is doing a poor job of helping the unemployed.

The Institute's James Parrott says the state hasn't made a cost-of-living ...

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Live in New York, it's Michael Phelps

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Just back from the Olympics, Michael Phelps showed up in Manhattan Thursday. The star swimmer says he's glad to be back on American soil after winning 8 Olympic gold medals in Beijing.

Last night he spent some time with golf star Tiger Woods. Today, his portrait ...

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Critics Oppose Standardized Tests for Youngest Students

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is defending the Department of Education's voluntary pilot program to begin standardized testing as early as kindergarten.

But Tovah Klein, head of the Barnard Center for Toddler Development, says standardized testing isn't appropriate for the youngest students.

KLEIN: Young children make discoveries when ...

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Local Republicans React to Dems in Denver

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Local Democrats aren't the only ones following the Convention in Denver. Several New York State delegates to next week's Republican Convention say they're tuning in -- to see what the competitions up to, and get a sense of what they can expect next week in ...

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East River Waterfalls Damaging Greenery

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The four man-made waterfalls along the East River are having an unexpected impact on the environment--they're turning nearby grass and trees brown.

Salty mist from the waterfalls is damaging vegetation at the Brooklyn Promenade, on Governors Island and in Empire Ferry State Park, just north of ...

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Paterson Reflects on Progress of African Americans

Thursday, August 28, 2008

As Democrats prepare to hear the acceptance speech of their historic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, Gov. David Paterson reflected at a meeting with delegates on how far African Americans have come in his lifetime. Karen DeWitt reports.

Holding signs saying "We love our Gov," Gov. David ...

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The Festive and Serious Sides of the Convention

Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's been a raucous, event-filled week at the Democratic National Convention as thousands of delegates and other convention goers essentially have taken over downtown Denver. WNYC's Elaine Rivera joins me to talk about the conversations she's been having with delegates, from what parties to attend ...

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New York City HIV Rate Higher Than Thought

Thursday, August 28, 2008

More New York residents are contracting HIV than previously thought according to new City Health Department figures. Previously, the city only measured people diagnosed with the disease. Now, the city is using new federal guidelines to estimate the number of people infected--and that’s a much ...

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From Sacramento, a New Charter School for Harlem

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New York City has 18 new charter schools, each with a distinct personality. But only one has a story that spans almost 3,000 miles, from Sacramento, Calif., to 134th Street in Harlem. This charter school's story includes sports, politics, the historic Boys Choir of Harlem, ...

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Paterson Casts Roll Call Vote for Obama

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Democrats are getting ready for a pivotal moment tonight at their National Convention -- the roll call of states, where Hillary Clinton's name is to be formally entered into nomination along with Barack Obama's.

Gov. David Paterson, a Clinton supporter, was asked if he would be ...

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