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GOP Stars Take RNC Stage

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The GOP got off to a rocky start this week as Hurricane Gustav threatened to put a damper on the convention festivities. But now that the storm has passed, the Republicans are back on schedule and they're coming out swinging.

Tonight, Rudy Giuliani makes the keynote ...

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Bloomberg to Catch 'Xanadu,' Not Palin

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

All eyes will be on presumptive Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin as she makes her big speech at the Republican national convention tonight. But not Mayor Bloomberg. He says he’s got other plans.

BLOOMBERG: I actually am going to the theater tonight. To see Whoopi Goldberg ...

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Columbia Expansion Enters Final Stage

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Columbia University's expansion into West Harlem is entering its final stage. The state's economic development agency began holding hearings last night on whether it should invoke eminent domain to take possession of properties the university doesn't own.

It's not enough to argue that Columbia's expansion will ...

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Tenants Sue Bronx Landlord

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Residents fed up with the living conditions at their dilapidated building in the Bronx are suing their landlord and asking a judge to take the building away from him.

Tenants say the 43 unit building on 175th Street near Crotona Park has been falling apart for ...

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Refugee Summer School

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New York City school’s are back in session. Adapting to a new school is always a challenge, but it can be especially hard for the sons and daughters of refugees and asylum seekers -- people who were forced from their homes because of violent conflict ...

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Silver Faces Primary Competition

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been in office since 1976 and speaker of the Assembly since 1994. He's considered one of Albany's powerful "three men in a room" that determine the fate of legislation, member items, and how the state is run. Some have argued ...

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Heating Oil Prices Hit Home Owners, Suppliers

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Consider this: in January 2007, a barrel of heating oil cost about a $150. A year and a half later, the price has more than doubled. Despite the recent dip in the price of crude, the small suppliers who sell home heating are so. WNYC's ...

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Court Recognizes Out of State Same Sex Marriages

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A New York State court is supporting Gov. David Paterson's directive to recognize out of state same sex marriages. A judge has tossed out a legal challenge to the policy. Susan Sommer is an attorney with Lambda Legal, which represented a same sex couple who ...

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Pataki Backs McCain, Palin

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New York's former governor, George Pataki, took a shot at Barack Obama and bolstered support for the McCain-Palin ticket, during a breakfast with the Ohio delegation. Reporter Karen DeWitt has more from the Republican National Convention.

DEWITT: Pataki told the Ohio delegates that McCain and V.P. ...

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NYC Transit Cracks Down on Fare Evasion on Buses

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

NYC Transit officials are cracking down on people who board buses without paying the fare.

Officials have identified the worst routes and bus stops and they plan to crack down on them starting as early as next week.

Police officers will be part of the new enforcement, ...

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Decision on Indian Point Delayed Until 2010

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Opponents of the Indian Point nuclear power plant have succeeded in delaying a decision on whether to re-license the plant, which is about 35 miles north of New York City.

Officials now say there will be no final judgment on re-licensing until August of 2010 at ...

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Bloomberg Supporters Push for Mayoral Control of Schools

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Allies of Mayor Michael Bloomberg are hoping to renew a 2002 state law that gave the mayor control of the city's public schools. The law is set to expire next June.

The New York Times reports that the mayor's supporters have founded a group to raise ...

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Lawmakers Push Bloomberg to Answer Term Limits Question

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

While preparing to celebrate yesterday's West Indian American Day Parade, City Comptroller Bill Thompson tried to get Mayor Bloomberg to answer once and for all if he would indeed support a change in law allowing elected officials to serve a third term.

Thompson accused the mayor ...

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Local Police Arrest RNC Protestors

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

After several thousand peaceful protesters marched from Minnesota's state capital to the site of the Republican National Convention, small gangs of young people went on a rampage.

The cat and mouse game between self-styled young anarchists and police first started as the massive peace march of ...

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Delegates React to Republican Party Platform

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

There was little or no controversy surrounding the adoption of the party platform at yesterday’s opening session of the Republican National Convention. Although it’s not new, the renewal of the GOP's opposition to all abortions, with no exceptions for saving the life of the mother, ...

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City Kids Head Back to School

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Class is back in session for more than a million New York City public school students. Atara James is among the thousands of parents who dropped their children off at school for the first day today.

Standing with her two children outside of P.S. 62 in ...

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NY Delegates Subdued at RNC

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Local delegates at the Republican Convention say it's been an emotional roller-coaster as they alternate between concern for the residents of the Gulf Coast area and pleasure at having an opportunity to gather and cheer on the candidacy of John McCain.

Convention-goers were generally reserved Monday ...

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Steel Raised for 9/11 Memorial

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Nine days before the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center, construction workers raised the first piece of steel for the Sept. 11 memorial.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman was there.

REPORTER: For a milestone at Ground Zero, this one had less pomp and ...

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King Attacks Obama at Breakfast

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

On Day Two of the Republican National Convention, Long Island Congressman Peter King addressed the New York State delegation breakfast.

He says Sen. John McCain's support of key anti-terror legislation helped keep New Yorkers safe from another attack.

KING: If Barack Obama had been in there, there ...

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Work Begins on September 11 Memorial

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The first steel column for the September 11 memorial will be put into place this afternoon, according to officials.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, as the complex is officially known, is one of several building projects at Ground Zero ...

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