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°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

Studs Terkel Remembered

Monday, December 08, 2008

The life of Studs Terkel, the renowned oral historian, radio personality, actor and writer, was celebrated last night at The Great Hall of Cooper Union. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more:

REPORTER: A famous Chicagoan, Studs Terkel was born only a few blocks away from the Great ...

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Building Biotech in the Big City

Monday, December 08, 2008

INTRO: Biotech is to the 21st Century what industrial grade steel and the internal combustion engine were to the 20th Century. So says one local promoter of the high-tech business of turning genes and proteins and enzymes into drugs and therapies and medical devices. New ...

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Investigating School Safety Officers

Monday, December 08, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union is calling for an investigation into allegations of excessive force by school safety officers in a Queens high school.

About a dozen students from Hillcrest High School have come forward claiming they've been threatened and assaulted by the agents.

NYCLU's Donna ...

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Easing the State Budget Deficit with New Taxes

Monday, December 08, 2008

New York drivers may be facing higher gasoline taxes, and new tolls on East River bridges, as the state looks for ways of closing a $15 billion budget deficit.

Yesterday, opponents of the new tolls suggested that state officials bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority by ...

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Council Speaker on Spending Cuts

Monday, December 08, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the council have identified close to a half-billion dollars in spending cuts for 2009 and 2010. The cuts would preserve the $400 tax rebate that homeowners currently enjoy. Council Speaker Christine Quinn joins us now.

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It's Getting Tougher to Breathe in Some New York City Schools

Monday, December 08, 2008

More than half are in Brooklyn, with large numbers in Queens and Manhattan. Local sources of pollution include Brooklyn's Pfizer Plant and Navy Yard, Long Island City's Keyspan Power Station, and New Jersey refineries.

But EPA Regional Spokesman Elias Rodriguez says the newspaper's findings are limited, ...

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Brooklyn Hate Crime Denounced

Monday, December 08, 2008

Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo is urging the public to help police find the attackers.

ARROYO: This crime is not against one individual. It's a crime against a community of people that are working hard to make a big contribution to this society.

REPORTER: Authorities say one of ...

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The Lost Tunnel of New York

Monday, December 08, 2008

If you stood in front of the Trader Joe's in Brooklyn yesterday, you might've seen dozens of locals mysteriously descend into a manhole on Atlantic Avenue. WNYC's Arun Venugopal joined them underground for a glimpse of "The Lost Tunnel of New York."

DIAMOND: This tunnel was ...

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Haitian Hurricane Relief

Monday, December 08, 2008

Governor Paterson says there's a new timetable to deliver long-delayed donations to hurricane victims in Haiti three months after four heavy storms hit the Caribbean nation.

He says 40 tons of water, food and medical supplies that have been stored in a Brooklyn Armory will be ...

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City Council Identifies $495M in Cuts

Monday, December 08, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says Council members have met Mayor Bloomberg's challenge to find more budget cuts to help the city close the budget gap. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: All totaled Quinn says the proposed cuts will save a half-billion dollars in fiscal years ...

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Senate Democrats to Continue Leadership Talks

Sunday, December 07, 2008

New York State Senate Democrats have agreed to continue talks over the chamber's leadership, after a contentious closed-door meeting Saturday.

A statement attributed the entire conference, including three dissidents who have considered siding with Republicans, says all support Senator Malcolm Smith as their leader. The statement ...

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Three Officers to be Indicted in Mineo Case

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Three New York City police officers will reportedly face charges in the alleged assault of a man in a Brooklyn subway station in October. That's according to anonymous sources close to the grand jury quoted by the several news organizations. They say the indictments were ...

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City Council Releases More Proposed Spending Cuts

Sunday, December 07, 2008

The City Council's Budget Negotiating Team has released nearly $500 million in additional spending reduction proposals in an effort to minimize the impact of the fiscal crisis. The cuts would reduce the 2009 budget by nearly $170 million, and the budget for Fiscal Year 2010 ...

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City Foreclosure Filings Down

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Foreclosure filings in New York City are down by more than a half, compared to this spring, according to nyforeclosures.com, which publishes data in the five boroughs.

REPORTER: Jessica Davis is the publisher's president and says the drop can be attributed to a state rule that ...

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Brazilian Air Force Releases Study on Plane Crash

Sunday, December 07, 2008

A Brazilian Air Force investigation has concluded that a switched-off transponder in a Long Island-based jet contributed to a 2006 crash over the Amazon. Two Brazilian newspapers report that investigators determined the two Long Island-based pilots of an executive jet inadvertently placed the transponder and ...

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Rececssion Specials in the Arts

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Recession Specials are all the rage –- from Gray’s Papaya hotdogs to sales at retail stores all over New York. And the same is true in the arts. Cultural critic Claudia La Rocco talks to WNYC Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about some of the ...

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Mumbai Siege Leads New York Security Companies to Review Operations

Saturday, December 06, 2008

The terrorist siege of Mumbai is forcing local security companies to take a second look at their operations, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: The Mumbai attacks brutally exposed the vulnerability of so-called "soft-targets" like hotels and hospitals. And here in the US, they're most often ...

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County Executives Want More Flexibility Amid Coming Budget Cuts

Saturday, December 06, 2008

New York's county executives are telling Governor Paterson that they may be willing to share in the pain that's coming because of the state's $15 billion budget deficit.

REPORTER: But they want to make sure that costs aren't passed down to county tax payers. Suffolk County ...

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An Eyeful of Brooklyn

Friday, December 05, 2008

At the Public Theater, the hip hop artist Danny Hoch has put gentrification on stage in his show called Taking Over. A similar project has also been in development for the past two months by the New York-based theater company The Civilians.

Their project is called ...

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Closing City Schools

Friday, December 05, 2008

Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten is condemning the city's decision to close three public schools. She says the closures will cause "devastating" disruptions, especially during this period of financial instability.

But speaking on his WOR radio show this morning, Mayor Bloomberg said schools that aren't serving ...

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