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Former Newark Mayor Found Guilty of Fraud

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A federal jury found former Newark Mayor Sharpe James guilty on five separate charges including fraud and conspiracy. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tamika Riley, James was convicted for illegally flipping city-owned land for personal profit.

Speaking outside the courthouse, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie says he felt like the jury's verdict was ...

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Everything Must Go

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Flux Factory, the Long Island City based arts collective, is moving out. Their building and entire block is set to be demolished by the MTA. They're home to 17 artists, who live and work in the space. To mark the event they’re turning every inch of their home into an ...

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Feds Indict 2 Council Staffers

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

After weeks of public speculation about a criminal probe into the city council's budget practices, federal prosecutors unsealed the indictment of two staffers who worked for Brooklyn Councilman Kendall Stewart. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said the alleged conspiracy was masterminded by Councilman Stewart's chief of staff ...

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The Future of Dancehall?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

For several years, activists in the UK have waged a campaign against homophobic songs in dancehall, a modern form of Reggae. Now the campaign is growing in North America. Concerts are being picketed and i-Tunes Canada recently announced it was pulling all homophobic dancehall songs from its website. As Jonah ...

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Rule Change for Local Banks

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Regulations for locally chartered banks have been streamlined. New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will now honor each other's banking charters.

This means New York-based banks are free to open branches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, without having to answer to each state's regulators.

New York's Banking Commissioner, Richard Neiman, says ...

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Bollywood Legend Plays Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

One of the biggest stars figures in Indian pop culture will play Carnegie Hall tomorrow night: the Bollywood film singer Asha Bhosle. Asha has recorded thousands of songs, and this year she celebrates her 75th birthday and her 65th year in show business. WNYC's Rob Weisberg spoke with the singer ...

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Landlords Did Well in 2006

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A report issued by the Rent Guidelines Board shows rent stabilized landlords did better in 2006 compared to the prior year.

According to records collected from landlords, rental income increased 5.6 percent in 2006.

Neighborhoods such as Central Harlem and East Harlem in Manhattan, Sunset Park and Park Slope in Brooklyn ...

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Port Authority Wants to Take On Moynihan Station Project

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The head of the Port Authority, Anthony Coscia, says his agency wants to help finance or take over the troubled Moynihan Station project.

Speaking at a Crain's New York breakfast, Coscia says the exact form of that help was up to governors Corzine and Paterson, who control the agency.... but he ...

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Dante Micheaux

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Micheaux has been a guest poet of the LouderArts Project, The Church of St. John the Divine, the Publishing Triangle and City X-Posed. He is a member of the John Donne/George Herbert Poetry Society and his work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. His honors include a prize in ...

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Tax Day Turns Accountants into Rock Stars

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Today is April 15 - known as the deadline to file your taxes. It's also the day of the year accountants are treated like rock stars as they help panicked procrastinators.

Karen Latney Castillo prepares taxes for the Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union. She says people are often so ...

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Aracelis Girmay

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Aracelis Girmay writes poetry, fiction, & essays. Her book of poems, Teeth, was published by Curbstone Press in June, 2007, for which she was awarded a Pan African Literary Forum Fellowship. Girmay's collage-basedpicture book was published by George Braziller in 2005. Her work has also been published in Ploughshares, Indiana ...

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Jewish Children Plan to Welcome Pope

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

When the Pope arrives in New York on Friday, he'll make an historic visit to an Upper East Side synagogue. Children there, in the Park East Day School, are practicing songs in Hebrew to welcome the pontiff.

REPORTER: 10-year-old Jonathan Czyzyk says his favorite is the Shuh-Ma, a central prayer in ...

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The Sound and the Fury: Live on Stage

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pulitzer prize-winner William Faulkner once called his novel The Sound and the Fury his "most splendid failure." It may be a tough read, but it’s also been called a masterpiece. A downtown theater company called the Elevator Repair Service thinks that putting the book on stage will shed new light ...

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Manhattan Housing Boom Strains City Classrooms

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

As the housing boom explodes in Manhattan, parents, educators and elected officials say the city is not doing enough to build more public schools in the borough.

A report released by the Manhattan borough president's office shows that elementary and middle schools already face a shortage of 3,900 seats. The Department ...

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Picket Lines Force Closure of three Catholic Schools

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Picket lines formed again outside ten Roman Catholic high schools in the city and its suburbs, just days before Pope Benedict is to arrive for a three day visit.

The strike, by the Lay Faculty Association, forced three high schools in Manhattan -- Maria Regina, Cardinal Spellman and Cardinal Hayes -- ...

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How Latino Voters Lean in the PA primary

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

In the 2008 democratic primaries so far, the percentage of the vote that is Latino has risen dramatically. In California, for example, Latino voter participation in the primary doubled over 2004, and in Texas it increased by 50 percent. Now, candidates are getting increasingly sophisticated in they way they’re targeting ...

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Nylon Strap Failure Blamed in Worker's Death

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A construction worker fell to his death yesterday while installing windows at a luxury condominium high rise under construction on Manhattan's East side.

The city's Department of Buildings says it appears a nylon safety strap that connected the worker to the building failed causing him to fall from the 23rd floor ...

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Intense Arguments Close Bell Trial

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

To say yesterday's closing arguments in the Sean Bell trial were intense would be just the beginning. Over seven hours, attorneys for the three cops charged in Bell's death made impassioned pleas for the clients' innocence that hinged on race and justice. Not to be outdone, the prosecutor said the ...

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"Truth Force" at St. John the Divine

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It’s now 60 years since the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, and this month in New York, many events will be held in his honor, with plans to explore his ideas of social change through non-violence. Last night at the cathedral of St. John the Divine, a public forum was held ...

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Harlem Re-Zoning Wins Approval in Subcommittee

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The hotly-contested proposed re-zoning of Harlem's 125th Street won the approval of a city council subcommittee, after a local councilwoman got the Bloomberg Administration to make big changes.

REPORTER: Councilwoman Inez Dickens says the city has agreed that almost half of the nearly four thousand apartments planned in the re-zoning will ...

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