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Black Kids Who Aren't Afraid Rock Out

Thursday, July 03, 2008

They used to be misfits, but now they're a flourishing cultural movement. A festival in Brooklyn showcases Afropunk -- the growing scene of mostly black young people who aren't afraid to rock out. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter reports...

REPORTER: Whole Wheat Bread -- a punk band from ...

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Police Arrest Owner of Attacking Pit Bulls

Thursday, July 03, 2008

A Brooklyn man faces charges after one of his two pit bulls attacked a three-year-old boy yesterday.

Frantz Cesar allegedly let the dogs into his East New York apartment. One attacked Kamar Reynolds, who was visiting for the holiday weekend. He had surgery to re-attach his ...

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Police Commish Warns of Illegal Fireworks

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Arrests for illegal fireworks are down, and so are injuries.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today attributed both to stronger enforcement of state law, which bans the possession of fireworks for personal use.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the NYPD has been staking out sales outlets in other states, ...

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Concrete Strike Continues

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Construction managers around the city are getting creative now that they will be without fresh concrete for the foreseeable future.

More than 400 cement truck drivers walked off the job on Tuesday after contract negotiations with cement companies broke down.

But Port Authority spokesman Marc LaVorgna says ...

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When Sex Stories Trump Real News

Thursday, July 03, 2008

As the presidential campaign heats up and the economy continues to cool, the cover story on all of the New York area tabloids is sex. The intimate details of Christie Brinkley's divorce - and the allegations that Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is headed in the ...

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Hot Dog Eating Champs Weigh In

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Tomorrow nitrates will become as patriotic as apple pie when the 93rd annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest in Coney island kicks off.

It's bound to be one for the history books when six time world champ Takeru Kobayashi, from Japan, battles to regain his title ...

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Pit Bulls Get Bad Rap After Attacks

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Two separate, vicious attacks by pit bulls this week is again shining a harsh spotlight on the breed.

A 90-year-old Staten Island man remains in critical condition after he was attacked late Tuesday morning in his yard on John Street. And a three-year old Brooklyn boy ...

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Knockoff Dealer Busted, DA Says

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Truckloads of knockoff high-end and everyday items are no longer available on the streets.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced the apprehension of an alleged operator of a $16 million smuggling and counterfeiting business.

Hynes says buyers should beware that when you purchase a knockoff from an ...

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Community and City Government React to Brooklyn Hospital Death

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Many of us have seen the dramatic video released this week: A woman lying on the floor in an emergency room in Brooklyn who collapsed and died after staff members apparently ignored her for about an hour. The scene is captured by a security camera, ...

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Con Ed Strike Averted

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

After negotiating through the night and into the early morning, Con Edison has reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing 9,000 of its workers, averting a possible strike.

A weary-sounding Joe Flaherty, who's a spokesman for the union Local 1-2 says both sides documented ...

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Cement Truck Drivers on Strike

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Hundreds of cement-truck drivers went on strike days before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, disrupting some of the largest construction projects in the city, including the World Trade Center site.

More than 400 drivers for Local 282, of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters walked out ...

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A Breezy Commute

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A new ferry service for commuters to Manhattan started in Rockaway, Queens, in mid-May. It is the first of several ferry routes that Mayor Bloomberg has pledged to subsidize with city taxpayer funds. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman looks at how it's been going.

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State Audit Finds Misuse of Millions in Daycare Funds

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

More than $1.5 million paid to city daycare providers was spent on things such as personal airplane tickets, cell phone bills and massages. That's according to the state comptroller’s audit of 55 state funded daycare centers.

Thomas Di Napoli is asking local prosecutors to investigate 19 ...

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Construction Workers Stay Home as Cement Truck Drivers Strike

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The strike by cement truck drivers has extended an already long holiday weekend for many in the construction trades.

Workers throughout the city have been told not to come to work because they can't do their job without cement deliveries.

Danny, who didn't want to give his ...

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NY Mag Founder Dead at 82

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The founder of New York magazine, Clay Felker, is dead. The magazine says the 82-year-old died with his wife, writer Gail Sheehy, at his side in their New York City home after a battle with throat cancer.

Felker is credited with revolutionizing the genre by ...

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N.Y. Governor, Senate Majority Leader Tackle High Property Taxes

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Gov. David Paterson had his first meeting with the new Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos. The two have agreed to aggressively tackle property taxes because, as the governor says, it's a top concern among voters.

PATERSON: As the new leader said, from Buffalo to Montauk, from ...

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Keep The Canoli, Drop The Trans Fat

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Your morning muffin might be dense or it might be fluffy, but starting today, it will have to be trans fat-free in New York City. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Since last year, deep-fat fryers have been required to be rid of the artery-clogging artificial ...

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Con Ed and Workers' Union Face Midnight Deadline

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Talks continue between Con Edison and its union. Some 9,000 workers with the Utility Workers of America Local 1-2 are threatening to strike at midnight if they can't reach a deal with the company.

REPORTER: A strike could negatively impact the city's already troubled construction industry, ...

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Construction Industry Unveils Safety Initiative

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Fatal construction accidents, including two recent crane collapses have raised concerns about the safety at construction sites. As the city tries to crack down, construction companies and developers are planning to form their own safety council.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: Big name companies such as Bovis ...

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Video Shows Woman Dying on Brooklyn Hospital Floor

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) -- Video from a surveillance camera at a Brooklyn, N.Y., hospital shows a woman dying on the floor of a psychiatric emergency-room while people nearby ignore her.

The video was released Monday by lawyers suing Kings County Hospital alleging neglect and abuse of ...

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