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Cuomo Says Indian Point Should Not be Part of New Company

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The corporation that owns the Indian Point nuclear power station north of New York City should not be allowed to spin it off into a new company. That's the view of state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Indian Point's owner is Entergy, a New-Orleans-based corporation that ...

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Former Hospital Employee Charged in Identity Theft

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A former employee at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center is due back in court next month, after he was charged this weekend with stealing and selling information on nearly 50,000 patients.

38-year-old Dwight McPherson of Brooklyn, who worked in the admissions department, allegedly exploited his access to the registration system ...

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Military Continues to Investigate Stray Shell from Picatinny Arsenal

Sunday, April 13, 2008

It's still not clear how an artillery shell from New Jersey's Picatinny Arsenal ended up crashing through the roof of a Morris County home miles away. But Friday's incident has spurred the Army to suspend outdoor weapons testing at the military site in Rockaway Township. Picatinny's commanding general says a ...

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Judge Says Naturalization Process Must be Expedited

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A group of Latino immigrants suing to get their citizenship applications processed in time for this year's presidential election have won an initial battle.

A federal judge yesterday agreed with the plaintiffs that the case must move forward at a faster-than-normal pace, so that there's time to process the applications if ...

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Critics Question Quinn's Budget Reform Proposals

Saturday, April 12, 2008

In the aftermath of last week's disclosure about several years of deceptive budgeting at the city council, Speaker Christine Quinn has rolled out several proposed reforms including the creation of an independent compliance officer.

REPORTER: Councilman John Liu says Quinn is motivated by ambition for higher office that's not in the ...

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City Reaches Settlements With More Gun Dealers

Saturday, April 12, 2008

5 more out-of-state gun dealers have agreed to settlements in the city's lawsuits over illegal firearms sales. The stores in Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Ohio have all agreed to allow a court-appointed monitor to certify whether the dealers have met their obligations every 3 months. The settlements expire after ...

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Teachers' Union Head Blasts Bloomberg Administration

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Randi Weingarten, the head of the city's United Federation of Teachers, is blasting the Bloomberg administration for what she calls scurrilous attacks on the union.

REPORTER: Speaking at the New York State United Teachers' annual conference in midtown Friday, she said the mayor and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein were wrong to ...

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Housing Activists Rally Against Global Lenders

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Affordable housing advocates are rallying against global lenders who they say are giving out high-risk loans to large developers, who in turn are allegedly trying to push out tenants who pay the lowest rents. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: A large developer named Vantage Management recently bought 30 rent-stabilized buildings in ...

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The Old World Comes Through in the New

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Russian and Ukrainian émigrés have been a fixture in Brighton Beach ever since the Soviet Union opened its doors in the 1980s. A particular cultural institution of the ocean front community are the dinner and night clubs. There, through music, performers have recreated the old country, with a twist, in ...

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Long Island Goes Solar

Friday, April 11, 2008

LIPA, the Long Island Power Authority, is planning a big investment in alternative energy.

In what could become the biggest solar project in the state, the utility will seek proposals for harnessing the sun's rays.

LIPA's president, Kevin Law, says it'll be up to the private energy company that makes the ...

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Waitresses Sue Queens Employer

Friday, April 11, 2008

A Queens club that charges men $2 per song to dance with a waitress has been sued for labor violations.

WNYC's Kathleen Horan caught up with some of the "dancers" who are part of the suit against the Flamingo Nightclub in Jackson Heights.

Opposite the elevated 7 train, is a gentlemen's ...

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Bell Trial Winds Down

Friday, April 11, 2008

The trial of the three New York City police officers charged with the fatal shooting of Sean Bell is coming to an end, with closing arguments set for Monday.

And although a verdict is likely weeks away, black leaders are planning for what one of them called a worst-case scenario.

WNYC's ...

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Parents Fight Daycare Closures

Friday, April 11, 2008

The city wants to shutdown what it says are under-utilized daycare centers, but parents, daycare workers and elected officials gathered at City Hall yesterday to say they're going to fight the plan.

City officials say they are wasting $40 million on 3,000 vacant slots at various daycare centers around the ...

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Top Judge Sues for Pay Hike

Friday, April 11, 2008

New York's chief judge has sued the state because she and her colleagues haven't had a pay raise in 10 years.

Judith Kaye's attorney, Bernard Nussbaum, says New York's refusal to grant annual cost-of-living increases to judges has widespread effects on morale.

NUSSBAUM: It's no good for judges, it's no good ...

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Corzine Faces Tough Budget Fight

Friday, April 11, 2008

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine held firm to his budget plan yesterday in a speech to the state's mayors.

Members of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors oppose Corzine's plan to cut aid to local governments by 10.5 percent. But, the governor says he won't waver in trying to fix the ...

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Shappy: Nerd-poet extraordinaire

Friday, April 11, 2008

Self-proclaimed nerd-poet Shappy (Jeff “Shappy” Seasholtz) recalls ugly moments of fourth-grade dodge ball that he overcame when he discovered the power of language. A stint as class president in 9th grade and success on the speech team solidified this future poet’s interest in the spoken word. Now a National Poetry ...

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Clinton Aims to Cut Urban Murder Rate by Half

Friday, April 11, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton is laying out a plan today to cut the murder rates in cities by half. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

The $4 billion-dollar plan is being unveiled in Philadelphia, the city with the highest homicide race among the 10 biggest U.S. Cities, and it comes as NYC's homicide ...

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Jean Valentine: New York State Poet Laureate

Friday, April 11, 2008

Valentine brings more than forty years of experience to the role of New York State Poet Laureate, an office she will hold until 2010. Her curious, intimate and dreamlike verse usually begins with a feeling, as she explained in an interview with the Poetry Society of America. Valentine comes from ...

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Ellen Hagan

Friday, April 11, 2008

Hagan’s writing appears in a variety of journals and anthologies, including La Petite Zine, Monologues for Women by Women and Underwired Magazine. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is a winner of the Carnegie Center’s 2007 Next Great Writers Competition. When she isn’t in Kentucky serving ...

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A Bad Week for Bloomberg

Friday, April 11, 2008

This past week Mayor Michael Bloomberg was dealt a major setback when his ambitious congestion pricing plan failed to garner even enough support from Albany lawmakers to get posted for a vote. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. SILVER: Many of them don't believe in the concept. Many of them think this ...

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