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Monday, October 27, 2008

With the race to the White House in its final full week, newspapers in the metro area are doling out their endorsements for the candidates.

This weekend, six more New Jersey newspapers endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, saying in editorials that he was the candidate ...

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MTA Appoints Managers for Subway Lines

Monday, October 27, 2008

New York City Transit is putting one individual in charge of each of its numbered lines to increase accountability, and hopefully, customer satisfaction.

The transit agency named new line managers that will be in charge of the 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 lines. They are all experienced MTA ...

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NYC Minorities Receive Fewer Mortgages

Monday, October 27, 2008

The New York City housing market is more active than others around the country, but that's working out better for whites and Asians than it is for blacks and Latinos. That's according to an analysis of recent financial data gathered by the Furman Center for ...

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NYPD Disputes Sodomy Allegations

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Police sources are disputing allegations that a group of officers sodomized a man with a walkie-talkie antenna in a Brooklyn subway station. 24-year-old Michael Mineo is being treated for complications related to rectal injuries, and the Reverend Al Sharpton visited him in the hospital Saturday, ...

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Harlem Gun Buyback brings in More than 500 Firearms

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Five Manhattan churches held a gun buyback Saturday, collecting hundreds of weapons in exchange for cash.

REPORTER: One man, who asked to be called Mr. Heston, says he was happy to get a $200 bank card for his weapon:

HESTON: It would just sit there and sit ...

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Sharpton Calls for Investigation After Man Alleges Brutal Police Attack

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Reverend Al Sharpton has paid a hospital visit to a man who claims a group of police officers sodomized him with a walkie talkie antenna. Michael Mineo is being treated for complications related to rectal injuries. Sharpton says he's supporting the 24-year-old white man ...

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Economic Woes Hit City's Salons

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The turbulent economy is affecting how people spend their disposable income. WNYC's Kathleen Horan checked in with salon owners and technicians and has this report:

REPORTER: According to industry data, the number of salons in the U.S. has doubled in the past decade. It's easy to ...

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City Officials Answer Congressional Questions on New Yankee Stadium

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bloomberg Administration officials traveled to Washington Friday to testify before a Congressional committee. At issue was whether the Finance Department manipulated a property appraisal to enable the new Yankee Stadium to get built. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: The appraisal had to be high enough so ...

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New York Apple Growers Thrive Amid Economic Chaos

Saturday, October 25, 2008

As big financial institutions have laid off workers, switched business models, or gone belly up, one New York industry has thrived, pulling in record profits. WNYC’s Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: Let’s put aside all these fancy terms, credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, de-leveraging, and talk ...

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Sharpton Supports Man Who Says he was Sodomized with Police Walkie-Talkie

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Reverend Al Sharpton is condemning police brutality and calling for a thorough investigation into a man's claim that he was sodomized by police officers in a New York City subway station. Brooklyn resident Michael Mineo says he was grabbed, thrown to the ground and ...

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Thruway Toll Hike Reconsidered

Friday, October 24, 2008

New York's State Comptroller says an audit of the state Thruway Authority has found that it’s difficult to determine whether a controversial toll hike is really justified. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: When the Thruway Authority announced a 10 percent toll hike, which took effect ...

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Sarah Jones on Race and Politics

Friday, October 24, 2008

Politics and art have intersected a lot over the course of this election season. Think of Will.i.am’s tribute to Obama this spring, or the wave of political art exhibitions that have been up all over the city. The actress Sarah Jones makes her living cultivating ...

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Mayor Mike, Money Maestro?

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Citizens Budget Commission’s Carol Kellermann says Michael Bloomberg’s reputation for budget mastery is deserved –- but he could have done more to tame spending.

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Activists Protest Hunters Point Housing

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dozens of community activists, clergy and regular people filled a small City Council hearing room today. Many of them criticized the Bloomberg Administration's proposal for Hunters Point South, a mixed-income housing complex planned for the Queens Waterfront.

About three-fifths of the 5,000 apartments are supposed to ...

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Term Limits and Lawsuits

Friday, October 24, 2008

The City Council may have voted, but an extension on term limits is expected to face more than one lawsuit. Civil liberties lawyer Norm Siegel is part of a group of lawyers studying a possible challenge based on either the Voting Rights Act, the 1st ...

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Amid High Emotions, Council Clears Bloomberg's Third Term Bid

Friday, October 24, 2008

BLOOMBERG: I'm pleased the majority of the City Council voted to give the public a bigger choice, more people to select from. Anyone who wanted to run before can continue to run. I plan to run.

HOST: Mayor Bloomberg is getting ready to run for another ...

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Councilman Vacca On His Term Limit Turnaround

Friday, October 24, 2008

By a vote of 29-22, the City Council yesterday passed Mayor Bloomberg's bill extending term limits from two to three terms, clearing the way for him and two thirds of the Council to run for a third term. But at one point, we thought it ...

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NYC Bond Sales Move Forward

Friday, October 24, 2008

Local government authorities and agencies are beginning to move forward on bond sales that were postponed when the credit crisis began last month. But they're having to make some adjustments. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: New York State agencies put off borrowing more than $1 billion ...

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Aqueduct Casino Contract

Friday, October 24, 2008

Plans for a casino at the Aqueduct Race Track have been held up for years, but this week state senate leaders allowed a contract to move forward with a Buffalo-based firm. Betty Braton, head of the Ozone Park community board, says community members played a ...

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Council Votes Down Term Limits Referendum

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The City Council voted down an amendment to the term limits bill that would have forced a voter referendum on extending the limits from two to three terms in a 28-22 vote.

Bill de Blasio, a vocal opponent of the term limit bill, described the failure ...

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