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50 Percent of Students Get Top Pick

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Half of New York City students will get into their first choice high school next year.

According to the Department of Education's admission process report, 86 percent of students were admitted to one of their top five choices.

A DOE spokesman says the number of students successfully enrolling in their 1st ...

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Congestion Pricing Plan Approved by City Council in Tight Vote

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

In one of its closest votes ever, the City Council voted last night to support a revised version of Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan. That plan aims to cut traffic and pollution by compelling more commuters onto mass transit. The money collected by charging drivers who enter certain parts of ...

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Lautenberg Back for More

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenburg, a Democrat, has made it official - he's going to seek a fifth term.

Lautenberg will face a June democratic primary challenge from Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello, who has called for using local police for immigration enforcement.

At 84, Lautenberg is the Senate's third oldest member ...

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Local Politicians React to HUD Resignation

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The resignation of the federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson has some New York politicians expressing relief at his departure.

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who represents the Lower East Side and parts of Brooklyn, accused Jackson of failing to make federal housing vouchers called Section 8, a priority. ...

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Nobel Prize-Winning Bangladeshi Microlender Opens Affiliate in Queens

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

It might surprise some people that a bank from a developing country would open a branch in New York City.

Many people first learned about Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank when the bank and its founder, Muhammad Yunus, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

Late last year, Grameen America opened its doors in ...

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St. Vincent's Hospital Redevelopment Under Fire

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The landmarks preservation hearing over what to do with St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village was an all-day affair. It focused on the plans of the 159-year-old hospital to sell eight of its nine buildings to a private developer.

The money would help St. Vincent's build a new Level 1 trauma ...

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NY Drivers Respond to Congestion Pricing Vote

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Drivers are reacting with skepticism following the City Council's approval of congestion pricing.

REPORTER: John Cameron, a field engineer who drives from Manhattan to various parts around the region every day, said the $8 fee would not do much to improve traffic jams.

CAMERON: I don't believe it's going to change drivers’ ...

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Truckers Protest on N.J. Turnpike

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Truckers protesting high fuel prices clogged the New Jersey Turnpike this afternoon. A Turnpike spokesman says there were trucks "as far as the eye can see" driving about 20 mph and heading south near Exit 14 in Newark.

He says truckers are also chanting and protesting at the Vince Lombardi Service ...

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Senior Protest Service Cuts

Monday, March 31, 2008

A group of senior citizens seniors gathered in front of City Hall yesterday, calling on the city to delay its restructuring of elderly services.

Bobbie Sackman, of the Council of Senior Centers and Services, says the restructuring could result in some centers being closed.

SACKMAN: Seniors will lose access. They can walk ...

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City Council to Vote on Congestion Pricing Today

Monday, March 31, 2008

The scheduled vote by the city council later this afternoon on congestion pricing suggests that the proposal to charge drivers to enter the busiest parts of Manhattan does have the support of a majority of council members, and even a majority of state lawmakers.

REPORTER: One factor for this turn around ...

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Lawmakers Approve Revised Congestion Plan

Monday, March 31, 2008

The state Senate passed a revised version of a congestion pricing bill during this weekend's budget negotiations.

It would require the Port Authority to contribute $1 billion to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year capital plan.

The bill would also require that low-income New Yorkers who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit ...

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Bob Holman: Master of all things poetry

Monday, March 31, 2008

Poetry Czar, Dean of the Scene—Bob Holman has been dubbed with more poet titles than he can count on one hand. The award-winning, prolific re-creator of poetry already brought together all kinds of famed poets and personalities for the anthology United States of Poetry. Now he’s working on the World ...

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Bell Shooting Victim Takes the Stand

Monday, March 31, 2008

A star witness in the trial of the three officers who fatally shot Sean Bell took the stand today. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the testimony of Trent Benefield, who was shot three times that night.

Trent Benefield said he had no idea who walked up to the car he ...

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Mets, Yankees Begin Seasons

Monday, March 31, 2008

Baseball returns to Yankee Stadium today for one more year, as the Yankees open their season against the Blue Jays. The Mets start 2008 on the road in Florida.

Both teams begin this season with something to prove.

WNYC's Dan Blumberg has more.

The Yankees come into this season with new leadership, both ...

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N.J. Farmers Protest Gov. Corzine

Monday, March 31, 2008

New Jersey farmers are fighting Gov. Jon Corzine's proposal to get rid of the state's Agriculture Department.

The administration says the move would save the Garden State $4 million, but critics say it would chase away farmers.

They're planning a protest at the Statehouse tomorrow, featuring farm equipment and animals.

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State Budget Goes Down to the Wire

Monday, March 31, 2008

Gov. David Paterson and state lawmakers are racing toward the April 1 deadline for the state budget, printing bills and holding nearly round the clock meetings. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

Not all of the details in the new budget have been nailed down or publicly released. But it's expected to ...

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The Ailey Marks 50 Years

Monday, March 31, 2008

It was 50 years ago yesterday that a group of dancers who eventually became the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater took the stage for the first time.

Yesterday morning, Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church honored the anniversary. The choir sang as dancers from the congregation performed a selection from Ailey, titled “Revelations.”

Judith ...

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The Latest from Albany...

Monday, March 31, 2008

After a seemingly endless stream of scandals divided Albany, state lawmakers spent the weekend working together towards compromise.

The state's budget deadline is midnight tonight and some say that achieving an on-time budget could give the new Paterson administration a boost.

Karen DeWitt joins us now from Albany to give us the ...

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City Council Committee Approves Congestion Pricing Proposal

Monday, March 31, 2008

A city council committee has approved the mayor's proposal to charge drivers an 8 dollar fee to enter Manhattan below 60th Street, by a 6 to three vote. It now goes to the full council.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman is joining us live.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn says amendments added to the congestion ...

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Full City Council OK's Congestion Pricing

Monday, March 31, 2008

In one of the closest votes ever the city council okayed mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal with 30 votes in favor and 20 opposed.

The vote represents a huge victory for the mayor, as well as his ally, council speaker Christine Quinn. But it is not the last word. The legislation ...

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