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The Art of the Possible

Friday, October 31, 2008

As donations dry up, museums are dusting off their permanent collections.

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The Art of Race and Politics

Friday, October 31, 2008

The election is on everybody’s mind. And it has a particular resonance for artists of color, who have long been dealing with politics that Barack Obama would surely recognize. Claudia La Rocco spoke with four artists who’ve been thinking about the complex intersection of art, ...

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In NJ Senate Race, Incumbent Faces Ex-Congressman

Thursday, October 30, 2008

In perhaps the least-noticed Senate race in the country, New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg is facing a challenge from former GOP Congressman Dick Zimmer. The two faced off last night in the first of two debates. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.

REPORTER: Lautenberg leads in ...

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Mayor Offers Short Term Relief to Help New Yorkers Through Economic Downturn

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg wants to relax tax deadlines for some property owners, launch a public awareness campaign about debt and create a Web site for laid-off financial workers as part of his plan to give short-term relief to New Yorkers amid the economic downturn.

He says the ...

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NYS Senate: Evaluating a Power Shift

Thursday, October 30, 2008

With the Election just 5 days, there's an intense battle underway and it's not just over the White House. Control of the New York State Senate also hangs in the balance.

Republicans have controlled the Chamber since 1965 but their majority has shrunk to only 2 ...

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Concrete Company's Indictment Calls Several New Buildings into Question

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Buildings inspectors are testing the concrete of scores of new buildings in all five boroughs, after a Manhattan grand jury indicted one of the region's biggest concrete testing companies for falsifying test results.

Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn's agency worked with Manhattan District Attorney ...

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Plastic Wrap

Thursday, October 30, 2008

How credit cards are using sophisticated data analysis to tighten up consumer lending.

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MTA Seeks Federal Stimulus Fund

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is the latest to join the bread line that's forming outside the U.S. Capitol. New York is facing the worst fiscal crisis in decades. Yesterday, as Gov. Paterson testified before Congress on why New York needs federal stimulus money, transit officials ...

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Queens State Senator Takes Aim at Majority

Thursday, October 30, 2008

While all eyes are on the historic presidential election next week, the New York State Senate may be making big news of its own. The Democrats are two seats shy of seizing the majority and if they do, they will have control for the first ...

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NJ Handles 250,000 Absentee Ballots

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Officials in New Jersey say they're ready to handle what's expected to be record-high voter turnout next week. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

REPORTER: County election officials reported a record-setting quarter of million absentee ballot requests from voters, like 45-year-old John Luchese. He voted early ...

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Can Dems Sweep New York City's Congressional Delegation?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Republicans have held on to the Congressional seat in Staten Island for the last 28 years, but that may very well change on Election Day.

Polls suggest Democratic Candidate, Councilman Michael McMahon is likely to defeat his Republican opponent, former Assemblyman Robert Straniere.

The two are vying ...

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Finger Pointing Over Election Day Preparedness

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg and the city's Board of Elections are blaming each other for what could turn out to be a very messy Election Day. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg has never been a fan of the city's board of elections. But yesterday, when ...

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Getting Ready for Election Day

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Absentee voters are showing up at their borough board of elections office in record numbers. At the Brooklyn office this morning, Jonathan Snyder gave up after being told the wait could be an hour.

SNYDER: A bit annoyed. I'm pretty confident my candidate is going to ...

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NYC to Overhaul Elevators in Public Housing

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The New York City Housing Authority plans to spend $107 million to replace more than 500 aging elevators.

This comes in the wake of several accidents, including the death of a 5-year-old boy who fell down a shaft trying to escape a stalled elevator at a ...

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The Hip Hop Vote

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hip hop has played a visible role in presidential politics since at least the early 90s, when Bill Clinton had his Sista Souljah moment and denounced the performer's racially-charged statements.

In the last couple election cycles performers like Sean Combs, or Diddy have encouraged young people ...

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Legislative Leaders Play Cards Close on Cutting Budget

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Governor Paterson says the upcoming elections are preventing legislative leaders from being forthcoming about cuts they'd be willing to make to bridge a $1.5 billion budget gap for this fiscal year.

Patterson says his patience with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Republican majority will only last ...

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Long Island Roads Deadliest for Pedestrians

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Suburban pedestrians beware. A new report has identifies the most dangerous roads to cross and the infamous Queens Boulevard does not top the list. Long Island's Hempstead Turnpike had three times as many pedestrian fatalities as Queens Boulevard between 2005 and 2007.

Next on the list ...

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From Soccer Pitch to Silver Screen

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

French athlete Zinedine Zidane is a star on the soccer field... and now on the big screen. "Zidane" the film is running this week only at BAM and at Anthology Film Archives.

WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter has these observations on the way soccer becomes a work of ...

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Brooklyn Mother Denies Killing Child

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Brooklyn mother accused of killing her 11-year-old daughter was arraigned inside a Brooklyn court room yesterday. Florencia Vasquez is facing second degree murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

REPORTER: Prosecutors say the mother had been beating her daughter, Alejandra ...

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Balance of Power Could Shift in NYS Senate

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New York Republicans are holding on to their last statewide power-base by a thread. They control the State Senate, 31 seats to 29. If two move from the red column to the blue, the 40-year-old GOP majority will come to an end. Both sides are ...

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