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Guggenheim Director Steps Down

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The man who's led the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for nearly 20 years has announced he's stepping down from his post as director.

Thomas Krens' time at the foundation has been marked by an effort to create a global presence for the Guggenheim and he leaves amid concerns about the direction ...

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Council Approves Green Carts Plan

Thursday, February 28, 2008

For decades, the number of food vendors on city streets has held steady at about 3,000.

Yesterday, the City Council voted to authorize as many as 1,000 new vending permits.

But there's a catch - they can only set up cart in certain neighborhoods.

WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

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Bloomberg: "I'm Not Running for President..."

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Despite consistently saying in public that he was not a candidate for president, Mayor Bloomberg kept traveling like a candidate and aides kept working on a potential White House bid behind closed doors.

Well, no longer. In this morning's New York Times, Mayor Bloomberg writes definitively that he is not, and ...

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FBI To Investigate Roger Clemens

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The FBI has begun investigating whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied taking performance-enhancing drugs.

The inquiry comes one day after leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked the Justice Deparment to look into troubling inconsistences in some of Clemens' sworn statements to the committee in ...

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DOE Retention Plan Faces Critics

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

REPORTER: The Department of Education held the 1st of 5 town hall meetings in Manhattan last night.

It wants feedback on its new retention plan - created to keep middle schoolers from dropping out.

Dozens of parents, students and education activists attended to voice their opposition.

The proposal calls for a change in ...

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Spitzer Downplays Narrowing Republican Majority

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Governor Eliot Spitzer is downplaying the election of another Democrat to the State Senate. The win by dairy farmer Darrel Aubertine over Republican Will Barkley, further narrows the Republicans' majority, now at 32 seats to 30. But Spitzer took pains not to gloat.

SPITZER: They respect him. They think he's genuine ...

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Doctor Cross-Examined in Nixzmary Brown Trial

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Under questioning from a prosecutor, Dr. Charles Wetli maintained that while Nixzmary Brown was abused, she would not have died without being struck in the head.

The testimony conflicts with the prosecution's assertion that the child died from a combination of head trauma and the regular beatings she endured.

Defense attorneys maintain ...

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MTA Needs $30 Billion To Maintain and Expand Services

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The capital plan for the MTA is out early.

It asks for $30 billion over the next five years, a record amount that officials say is needed both to keep up the current level of service and expand it.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman says its passage in Albany will be tied up with ...

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Black Cars Go Green

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The city's ten thousand chauffer-driven black cars are going green.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled new fuel efficiency standards that will require the fleet to double its fuel efficiency, from 15 miles to the gallon, to 30.

Marcia Bystryn with the New York League of Conservation Voters notes many black cars idle for ...

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Union Says Corzine's Budget Unfair for State Workers

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Union leaders for New Jersey's state workers say Governor Jon Corzine's budget, which calls for cutting 3,000 of their jobs from the state pay roll, is unfair and they are pledging to fight it.

Union leaders are saying the governor's work force reductions will actually cost the state more money in ...

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Parks Dept. Settles Discrimination Suit

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

REPORTER: The city will pay more than $20 million to black and Hispanic Parks Department employees to settle claims that they were promoted less than white co-workers.

Kathleen Walker has been with the Parks Department for 27 years. She says she was demoted after joining the lawsuit.

WALKER: The point is - ...

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Musicians Rethink Approach to Money Making

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In a time of plunging CD sales and the growth of Internet file sharing, musicians have to rethink their approach. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports on how some people could make music pay.

REPORTER: It is possible to make money making music even if some don't see how.

MACLAINE: The realities of making ...

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Corzine Proposes Freezing Spending, with $3 Billion in Cuts

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Governor Corzine’s $33 billion proposal reduces state spending from the current fiscal year by 500 million dollars...but does so by actual reductions of 2.7 billion dollars. The governor says he had to do that in order to offset rising costs. WNYC's Bob Hennelly talks with Amy Eddings on All Things ...

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Day 2 of Trial in Death of Sean Bell

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In the second day of the trial of the detectives charged in the shooting death of Sean Bell, we heard from eye witnesses for the first time. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the Queens State Supreme Courthouse and speaks with All Things Considered’s Amy Eddings.

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Sean Bell Trial Begins 3rd Day

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The prosecution countered the defense argument that Sean Bell was drunk and disorderly the night he was killed.

They questioned a bartender from the Club Kalua - who could only recall serving Bell a single drink.

Harrell James - a party organizer known as Bones - also took the stand and said ...

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Corzine's Budget Reduces Spending, Increases School Aid

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's proposed state budget reduces state spending by a half billion dollars but retains his commitment to increase the state’s aide to local public schools.

It was a somber Governor Corzine who stood before a joint session of the state legislature and presented his budget in what ...

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NY Phil's N. Korea Concert is Talk of the Town

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The historic NY Philharmonic concert in North Korea remains the topic of conversation in classical music circles and diplomatic coffee klatches.

REPORTER: WNYC’s John Schaeffer was there and says as the concert ended the audience just continued applauding until the musicians got up to leave the stage.

SCHAEFFER: As they did that ...

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Medical Testimony in Nixzmary Brown Trial

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

REPORTER: According to the Medical Examiner's report, she died from a combination of regular beatings and head trauma.

Dr. Charles Wetli, a forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner for Suffolk County, disputed that.

Wetli was called to the stand by defense attorney Jeffrey Schwartz, who says the doctor's testimony helps prove ...

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Parks Dept. Settles Bias Suit for $21 Million

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A nine year old class action lawsuit against the city's Parks Department for passing over minorities for promotion has been settled. The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund says the city will pay $21 million.

REPORTER: Kathleen Walker has worked in the Parks Department for 27 years and says she was ...

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Corzine Delivers Budget Proposal

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Governor Corzine will call for a reduction of the state workforce by roughly 3,500 employees.

Aids to the governor say that for the first time in modern state history, Corzine will propose a budget that spends less than the previous year.

Corzine has identified $1.7 billion in cuts which may include rollbacks ...

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