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Stepfather Sentenced to 29 Years in Beating Death of Girl

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Cesar Rodriguez was given the maximum sentence in the beating death of his 7-year-old step-daughter Nixzmary Brown. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports from the Brooklyn Supreme Court.

Rodriguez who was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree and other lesser charges will serve between 26 and 29 years in prison. During the ...

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N.Y., N.J. Sue Federal EPA

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New York, New Jersey and 15 other states are suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency as part of an effort to get them to act on global warming.

The suit comes one year to the day after the Supreme Court required the EPA to decide how to regulate greenhouse gas ...

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Defense Produces First Witness in Sean Bell Shooting Trial

Thursday, April 03, 2008

The defense produced its first witness in the trial of the 3 officers charged with Sean Bell's fatal shooting. The witness, Officer Michael Carey, shot 3 times that night but wasn't charged. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Officer Carey said the undercover, Gescard Isnora, clearly identified himself as a policeman while ...

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Diplomats Exempt from Congestion Fee

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tried to hold the line on loopholes in his congestion pricing plan. But, one group of people he's already agreed to exempt from the fee are foreign representatives to the United Nations and their almost 3,000 cars.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The federal government says New York won't ...

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Council Speaker Quinn Faces Tough Questions On Slush Fund

Thursday, April 03, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn found herself on the defensive today. A New York Post story said that Quinn, an advocate of fiscal transparency and reform, has been using a secret slush fund, one that other speakers have used since 1988.

Quinn's office funded it over the last two years by ...

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Defense Begins Case at Bell Trial

Thursday, April 03, 2008

After nearly six weeks of arguments, the prosecution in the trial of the three officers charged with Sean Bell's fatal shooting has rested its case. Now, it's the defense's turn.

The prosecution's 50th and final witness was the trauma surgeon who operated on Bell's friend, Joe Guzman.

He said Guzman's insides ...

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Surgeon Tells Court Bell's Friend Almost Died After Shooting

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

A trauma surgeon told the court that Sean Bell's injured friend, Joe Guzman nearly died after being shot by police. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the prosecution's final witness.

Dr. Albert Cooper said Guzman's injuries were life-threatening. Guzman was shot at least 13 times - 16 times by earlier estimates ...

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City Fights for 9/11 Compensation

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The city’s top attorney told a Congressional panel that the federal government should re-open the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund to pay for the healthcare needs of rescue and recovery workers from the World Trade Center site.

WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

The city has long maintained that a federal grant of $1 ...

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U-Visa Encourages Immigrants to Speak-Up When Victimized

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Immigrant advocates are urging undocumented immigrants who are crime victims to apply for a special visa that can lead to citizenship. In order to be eligible, immigrants must report the crime and then cooperate with the law enforcement agency investigating it.

Attorney Susanne Tomatore from the City Bar Justice Center ...

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Comptroller Offers Congestion Pricing Fixes

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson has offered two solutions to nagging complains about Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal.

In a letter to Gov. David Paterson, Thompson, a mayoral candidate, recommends that all drivers get three free trips a month into Manhattan's central business district to go to doctors appointments and make ...

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Quinn Searching for Budget Alternatives

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

REPORTER: Quinn presented her response to Mayor Bloomberg's preliminary budget yesterday. She says she hopes cutting other city agencies will help restore cuts to education.

QUINN: So, we want to avoid principals having to say, "I don't have the money to have that after school program. I don't have the money ...

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Plan for 125th St. Draws Critics, Supporters

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Hundreds of critics and boosters of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial plan to rezone Harlem's 125th Street packed the City Council yesterday.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there.

It's the first comprehensive plan for Harlem's "Main Street" in over 40 years. Council backers contend the plan offers protections for its unique cultural institutions and ...

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Budget Late in Albany

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Seems like old times in Albany - the budget is late and people are complaining that the negotiations are too secretive. Legislative leaders say the budget should be done by the end of the week.

One significant part of the state budget has been approved - health care. Karen DeWitt reports ...

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Congestion Opposition Cries Foul

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

REPORTER: Councilman Lewis Fidler, who led the opposition, claims the mayor promised a campaign fundraiser as an incentive for an undecided council person who dropped by Gracie Mansion before the vote.

FIDLER: While that member was there, the mayor suggested that he would do a fundraiser for that member. I think ...

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Manhattan Prices Remain High

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The average cost of a Manhattan apartment is now close to $1.7 million.

Quarterly data released by New York's big brokers show an increase in the sale price of condos and co-ops by an average of around 20% over the same period last year.

Sale prices rose across all categories - condos ...

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Emotional Day in Bell Trial

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The trial of the 3 officers charged in the death of Sean Bell is now in its 6th week and the last couple days have been particularly dramatic and important.

The prosecution finally brought to the stand the 2 men who were actually in the car with Bell the night police ...

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The Living Room

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

A Lower East Side nightclub has earned a reputation for nurturing young singer songwriters. It’s where many of them get their first crack at an audience -- and at the tip bucket. Reporter Joel Meyer visited the Living Room last weekend as it celebrated its 10th anniversary.


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Isiah Thomas No Longer President of Knicks

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Isiah Thomas is out, as president of the New York Knicks, at least.

New president Donnie Walsh, introduced today to the media, says he will wait a few days to decide whether to keep Thomas on as coach. Walsh, the former CEO of the Indiana Pacers, says he wants to talk ...

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Second Day of Defense in Former Newark Mayor Corruption Trial

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The defense attorneys for former Newark Mayor Sharpe James rested, after their client refused to take the stand in his federal corruption case.

The 72-year-old former mayor is accused of improperly using his position to steer city owned properties to a former girlfriend at deep discounts and allowing her to then ...

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Sarah Gambito: Poet, Mentor and Teacher

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sarah is a co-founder and Executive Director of Kundiman, a Filipino term for a patriotic love song, that now represents a network of writers and poets dedicated to the cultivation of new Asian-American writing. Sarah studied Creative Writing at Brown, did a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony and now teaches ...

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