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Bloomberg Wary of Natural Gas Drilling Near Water Supply

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is voicing concerns about possible natural gas drilling near upstate water reservoirs.

The mayor says any deal to allow drilling must also protect city drinking water.

BLOOMBERG: Look, I think we need energy, there's no question about that. You can drill in a responsible ...

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McCains Campaign in New Jersey

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Despite polls that show Sen. Barack Obama with a healthy lead in New Jersey, both Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy are in New Jersey campaigning and fund-raising today.

Cindy McCain came to the Broadway Diner at lunch time in Red Bank, Monmouth County. This ...

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At Willets Point, resistance and resignation

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Even by Bloomberg Administration standards, rebuilding Willets Point in Queens is a massive development project. This summer, the city proposal to tear down the industrial district near Shea Stadium, known for its auto repair shops, and build housing, retail and a convention center has been ...

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NY High Schools See Modest Graduation Rate Increase

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New York City graduation rates made a modest increase in the past two years. In 2007 the rate rose by about 5.7 percent. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Both education advocates and the Bloomberg administration applauded the graduation rate increase, which rose to 56 percent. Advocates ...

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More Youths Seek Shelter at Covenant House

Monday, August 11, 2008

The city's largest shelter provider for homeless youth is trying to figure out what's causing a spike in the number of youth seeking a bed for the night. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: Covenant House says summertime is usually when shelter numbers fall. That's because warm ...

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New Rules for New Jersey Hospitals

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Jersey's hospitals have some new rules to follow, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jon Corzine. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The series of reforms comes as seven hospitals have been forced to close since last year and five more have filed ...

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New Jersey Ready for McCain Visit

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Jersey is preparing for a visit tomorrow from presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, the Obama campaign is using the occasion to roll out the "blue carpet."

With Senator Obama on vacation in Hawaii, it fell to ...

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Demonstrators Protest Chinese Occupation of Tibet

Monday, August 11, 2008

As the Beijing Olympics wrapped up its third day, a couple of hundred demonstrators gathered in Union Square yesterday to protest what they consider to be the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Many of them said they are not watching the games on TV. Tenzin Dolkar ...

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Medicaid Cuts Eyed in Fiscal Crisis

Monday, August 11, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says the state needs to reduce spending by a billion dollars this year. Despite tense budget negotiations in April, the governor says the fiscal crisis leaves the state with a broad deficit. More than half of his cuts would come from Medicaid ...

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Stringer Calls for Better Building Code Compliance

Monday, August 11, 2008

Nearly a year after a fire broke out in the former Deutsche Bank building, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is calling attention to almost 900 buildings in the city that do not follow the city's building code. While he doesn't say that's the reason the ...

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City High School Graduation Rates Up

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is lauding some new success in high school graduation rates which have reached a new 52.2 percent on average, that number goes up some if you count August graduates, too.

Education advocates, including the teachers union, agreed that the modest increases are promising.

United ...

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7 Miles of Manhattan Streets Go Car Free

Sunday, August 10, 2008

It was billed as Summer Streets, an effort to clear the road of cars and let bikes and pedestrians take over. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

AUDIO: The sound of near-silence

REPORTER: For about six hours yesterday this is how a 7-mile stretch of Manhattan sounded: no ...

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Deadline Looms in Verizon Labor Talks

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Contract talks continue between Verizon and two unions representing 65,000 workers, with a deadline looming for a possible strike. The unions have threatened to strike if there's no agreement by midnight. Representatives of the telecommunications giant and one of the unions, the Communications Workers of ...

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Pakistani Diplomats Visit Woman Detained in New York

Sunday, August 10, 2008

U.S. authorities have allowed Pakistani diplomats to visit an alleged Al Qaeda suspect recently captured in Afghanistan and taken to a New York detention center, after she allegedly tried to kill her interrogators, the Foreign Ministry says.

Two diplomats visited Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani citizen educated ...

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City's Russians, Georgians Concerned About Conflict

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Many New Yorkers with Russian and Georgian roots are paying close attention to reports of intense fighting in Georgia today.

Ika Avallani is from the capitol of Georgia. He says he couldn't sleep last night — and spent long hours trying to contact friends and family ...

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Businesses Brace for Summer Streets

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Businesses along the route of the Summer Streets are preparing themselves for the unexpected tomorrow. That's when the city will close several streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to cars but open them to bikes and skateboards, and any other kind of alternative ...

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Cuomo Investigates UBS

Saturday, August 09, 2008

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has announced an agreement with UBS for the financial giant to return $11 billion to about 40,000 investors. The news follows a similar settlement Cuomo announced yesterday with Citigroup.

He had accused both banks of misrepresenting auction-rate securities as safe investments, ...

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Kosher Plant in Iowa Raid Has NYC Roots

Friday, August 08, 2008

On May 12, Immigration agents raided a major kosher meat plant in northern Iowa. Hundreds of undocumented immigrant workers were arrested. And the owners of the sprawling plant have been accused of exploiting them. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports the kosher plant has deep roots here ...

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City's Homeless Plan Falling Short, Report Says

Thursday, August 07, 2008

An ambitious plan to bring down the level of homelessness in New York City is falling short, according to an assessment issued today by the Independent Budget Office.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg set a goal of reducing homelessness by 2/3 as of 2009. While the city has ...

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City Readies For Summer Streets

Thursday, August 07, 2008

This Saturday walkers, skaters, and cyclists will take control of a seven mile stretch of Manhattan, from East 72nd Street down to the Brooklyn Bridge. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was with the Mayor today, when he announced a celebration of Summer Streets.

AMBI: Chinese music

It's not easy ...

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