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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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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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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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"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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High Rents in New Jersey

Monday, April 14, 2008

New Jersey is the fifth most expensive state for renters.

That's according to a new report out today from the Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey which advocates for affordable housing.

The group finds that someone earning $16.45 an hour, which is a bit less than the state's average hourly ...

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Meltdown: Inside Out

Monday, April 14, 2008

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This one-hour special takes us on a global tour from the massive ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, to tropical mountain glaciers, to the sea ice of the far north and south, introducing us to the leading scientists in the field. The ...

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Complaints Over 9/11 Health Continue

Monday, April 14, 2008

Emotions ran high at a 9/11 Community Health Forum held downtown yesterday. A number of attendees spoke of their chronic health problems and the lack of federal health funds.

Joseph Zadroga, father of the late first-responder James Zadroga, said the government should have been aware of the dangers at the ...

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Renters Also Hurt by Mortgage Crisis

Monday, April 14, 2008

Half of New Yorkers affected by the mortgage crisis aren't owners but renters. That's the finding of a new NYU study. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

When a property is foreclosed, a bank takes possession, and puts the building up for auction. If it's a building with renters, those occupants are ...

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MTA to Use Energy Generated by Wind and Tidal Power

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will use power generated by the East River and winds off of the Rockaway peninsula in the coming years to reduce its carbon footprint. Officials said today at Grand Central Terminal the ideas came out of a sustainability commission that has been meeting since September and ...

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Closing Arguments in Bell Trial Begin

Monday, April 14, 2008

Both sides in the trial of the three police officers charged with the fatal shooting of Sean Bell present their closing arguments today.

The prosecution is likely to expand on earlier statements that an argument involving Sean Bell and his friends, in front of the Club Kalua quickly blew over. ...

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Catholic Teachers To Strike

Monday, April 14, 2008

A union representing New York-area Catholic school teachers says it will begin striking tomorrow, three days before Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the city.

The Lay Faculty Association represents 450 teachers at ten schools in Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx and several counties north of the city. It has rejected any ...

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Attorneys Make Closing Arguments in Bell Trial

Monday, April 14, 2008

After seven weeks of emotional testimony, closing arguments are underway in the trial of three detectives charged in the shooting death of Sean Bell 18 months ago.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal is at Queens Criminal Court and he describes how the attorney for Det. Gescard Isnora defended his client in what became ...

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Cable Companies Compete for Franchise

Monday, April 14, 2008

Cablevision and Time Warner are the city's only two cable television franchise holders - but that could soon change.

Cable contracts must be reviewed every decade and the current franchise period ends this October.

Today, the city begins accepting new proposals for citywide cable contracts.

Verizon is one likely contender. The company ...

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Workman Dies in Fall After Failure of Safety Strap

Monday, April 14, 2008

An Upper East Side construction worker has died in a nine-story fall. Borough President Scott Stringer says the site has a history of safety violations.

Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster says it appears a nylon safety strap failed while the worker was installing windows at the apartment building, at East 67th near ...

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