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Fines for Cell Phone Users in NJ

Friday, February 29, 2008

Starting tomorrow, police can slap drivers with a $100 fine for talking or text messaging on hand-held devices.

New Jersey joins 4 other states, including New York, where talking on a hand-held cell phone is reason enough to get pulled over.

New Jersey also becomes the 1st state where text messaging on ...

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Baby Girl Abandoned in Livery Cab

Friday, February 29, 2008

A livery driver is being called a hero after he brought a baby girl abandoned in the back of his car to a nearby firehouse.

Police say Klever Sailema picked up a passenger in Queens. Several blocks later, the man asked the driver to stop so he could make a phone ...

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No Tips Yet in Case of Abandoned Infant

Friday, February 29, 2008

There are no leads yet on the case of a six-month-old baby girl abandoned in Queens yesterday, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly:

KELLY: We've only had one call to our tips hot line. The baby if you recall was left in a livery cab at 83rd Street and Northern Blvd. ...

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Spitzer Backs Away From Land Sale

Friday, February 29, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn had criticized the sale because it would preclude any significant expansion of the Javits.

Pat Foye, Spitzer's top economic development aide, told a state senate panel that he's forming a task force to find another spot for a convention center.

FOYE: The future of ...

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Weill Cornell Receives Major Gift

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Revlon cosmetics magnate Ronald Perelman has donated $50 million to enhance heart care and reproductive research at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College.

The gift establishes the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Care Institute. It's being billed as a "medical town square," with a resource center focusing on heart disease, ...

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Really, Bloomberg Isn't a Candidate

Thursday, February 28, 2008

After months of deflection and coy answers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has finally, definitively, disavowed any intention to launch an independent presidential bid.

REPORTER: He says he'll use New York City as a bully pulpit to get current candidates to talk about non-partisan solutions to global warming, education, gun control and other ...

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Judge Rules in Surveillance Case

Thursday, February 28, 2008

REPORTER: A federal judge has ruled in support of a 23-year-old consent decree that sets guidelines for Police Department conduct, specifically when it's investigating groups or individuals engaged in political activity.

Attorney Jethro Eisenstein says the ruling re-affirms the so-called Handschu Guidelines, named for a plaintiff in the case that goes ...

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Body Snatcher Sentenced

Thursday, February 28, 2008

REPORTER: Michael Mastromarino harvested and sold the bones and tissue of dead people, without the consent of their families.

Anthony Dumaine is the son of one victim, whose cancerous body was harvested after his death in 2003.

DUMAINE: Sickening. Really sickening. I just don't understand how people can do that. People have ...

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Nurses Protest Contract Negotiations

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Yesterday, outside St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village, nurses conducted “informational picketing” to tell their side of the story.

WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

St. Vincent’s nurses say in order to help the hospital get through bankruptcy proceedings 3 years ago, they settled for smaller raises. Now they want to make up ...

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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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New Jersey Loses Jobs

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The latest statistics from the state's Labor Department are an indication the economy is slowing down faster than expected. WNYC’s Bob Hennelly reports.

State labor officials say 2007 was not nearly as good for job creation as they initially thought and that last month, New Jersey actually lost 10,000 jobs. Just ...

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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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