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Bedbugs Spotted in Subway System

Friday, May 09, 2008

Lots of New Yorkers are grossed out following reports of bedbugs in the subway, but should you really be surprised? Like other critters, bedbugs go where the food is.

Lou Sorkin, an insect expert at the American Museum of Natural History, says people unknowingly bring bedbugs with them from home into ...

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Park Slope's "Whitey" Remembered

Friday, May 09, 2008

Walk up Park Slope's Seventh Avenue - between 11th and 12th Streets - and you'll pass a makeshift memorial. Bouquets of flowers surround a photo of an older man with a creased face and bright blue eyes. 64-year-old "Whitey," a beloved local character, died last month.

WNYC's Kathleen Horan has this ...

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West Side Rail Yards Deal Collapses

Friday, May 09, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - A $1 billion deal to transform a swath of government-owned rail yards along Manhattan's West side waterfront into a new neighborhood of office towers, parks and apartment buildings fell apart in a dispute over zoning. Tishman Speyer Properties - the owner of Rockefeller Center and the ...

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NJ Superdelegate Switches to Obama

Friday, May 09, 2008

New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne has withdrawn his superdelegate support from Hillary Clinton and endorsed her opponent, Barack Obama.

Obama now has the backing of five of New Jersey's 20 superdelegates. Clinton has 11, including Governor Corzine.

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Fishko Files

Friday, May 09, 2008

Actor Charles Boyer had a continental flavor that went over big here in the US. Ten of his most engaging films will be screened in New York this month.

Sara Fishko asks why, in this edition of the Fishko Files.

OUTRO: Charles Boyer and the Art of Seduction," a 5-day film festival, ...

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Artists Trek to East Williamsburg

Friday, May 09, 2008

The East Williamsburg industrial area is one of the remaining manufacturing districts in the city. But, it’s also the latest refuge for arts organizations and artists fleeing high rents in Manhattan.

WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports on a group of international artists who are making the neighborhood their base.

OUTRO: The International Studio ...

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Thousand of Bell Supporters Protest Citywide

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Six locations around the city, thousands of protesters and nearly 200 arrests.

It was the opening round in a campaign of civil disobedience yesterday, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton and members of Sean Bell's family.

Their goal is to pressure federal investigators into bringing civil rights charges against the three officers ...

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New Names Added to NYPD "Wall of Heroes"

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Police Detective James Zadroga, who died of lung disease after toiling at the World Trade Center's ruins, was one of 11 police officers added to the NYPD's wall of heroes.

Three of the police officers were killed in the line of duty last year, the other eight became the first NYPD ...

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Brooklyn Residents Fight Homeless Intake Center

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Some Crown Heights, Brooklyn residents are crying 'Not In My Back Yard' over plans for relocating a homeless men's intake center.

REPORTER: Local officials warn the shelter already has a dangerous reputation and adding more men will only make it worse.

Currently, homeless men enter the shelter system at Bellevue on Manhattan's ...

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Clinton's Superdelegates Sticking With Her

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Hillary Clinton's superdelegates are sticking with her -- but at least one of them showed admiration for Obama this morning.

WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

As Barack Obama entered the House of Representatives today, Congresswoman Yvette Clark asked him to autograph the Daily News cover that said "It's his party."

Clarke represents the ...

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Fosella Admits Fathering Child out of Wedlock

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Republican Congressman Vito Fosella has admitted to having an affair and fathering a child out of wedlock. His confession today has some speculating that his seat in Congress might be in peril. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more.

Fosella says he fathered a child three years ago and has had a relationship ...

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Clinton's N.J. Superdelegates Holding Firm

Thursday, May 08, 2008

In New Jersey, Senator Clinton's super delegates appear to be holding firm in their support for the New York Senator.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

This morning's Star Ledger reported that Clinton super-delegate June Fischer’s allegiance was "in flux" after Tuesday's disappointing primary results. But when reached at her Scotch Plains ...

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Local Papers On Clinton's Prospects

Thursday, May 08, 2008

New York's newspapers are greeting the prospect of a continuing Hillary Clinton presidential campaign with a smirk.

The Post says "Over the Hill." The Daily News, next to a picture of Obama, has "It's His Party." The New York Times has a double-column lead story - "Support for Clinton Wanes as ...

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Staten Island Congressman Has Child Out of Wedlock

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Following his apology for driving drunk, Congressman Vito Fossella admitted earlier today that he had a child with a woman who is not his wife, Laura Fay, who bailed him out of jail. Fossella, who is married with 3 children, represents the 13th congressional district. It includes all of Staten ...

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Radiolab’s Audio-Visual Smackdown

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Radio Lab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich face off over which medium is superior -- television or radio -- with Ira Glass, whose program, This American Life, is both a radio show and TV show, acting as referee.

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City Council Speaker Proposes New Plan on Spending Disclosures

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

After unveiling budget reforms that angered most of her members, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is offering a new plan, one she says will include the toughest discretionary spending disclosure rules in the country.

Under her proposal, grants to non-profits over $10,000 would be reviewed by the Mayor's Office of Contracts ...

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Local Superdelegates Hold Their Ground

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

No sudden moves from eight undecided superdelegates from our region in the wake of last night's primary results.

Some Obama supporters are calling for an end to the Clinton campaign in the wake of her decisive loss in North Carolina and a narrower-than-expected victory in Indiana.

But Clinton is continuing to campaign ...

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OTB May Get A Second Chance

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Little more than a month remains before a city-imposed deadline that could spell the end of Off Track Betting.

But as WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports, OTB may still get a reprieve.

Even though it makes money, OTB has to make big payouts every year to the state and the racing industry. That's ...

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State Judge Says No To Union Square Restaurant Plan

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

State Supreme Court Judge Jane Solomon has put on hold the Bloomberg administration's plan to construct a restaurant in Union Square Park. She did, however, allow the city to continue its $21 million renovation work on the park's northern pavilion, which will include new restrooms and playgrounds.

The city and a ...

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City At Risk for Major Flooding

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A Katrina-sized hurricane could put the city out of commission.

That's what scientists and infrastructure experts told the City Council's Infrastructure Task Force yesterday.

The city's Office of Long Term Planning says it's working on a strategic plan and reaching out to vulnerable communities. Deputy Director Ariella Maron says it's a first-ever ...

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