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Mayor Aims to Curb Salt Intake

Thursday, November 20, 2008

First it was cigarettes. Then trans-fats. Now, Mayor Bloomberg is targeting salt shakers. Well, some of them. Speaking yesterday at a food policy conference presented by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the mayor said he and Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden are putting together a plan ...

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Downtown Dance Theatre Expands

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Baryshnikov Arts Center is expanding into a 299 seat theater it purchased right next to the space it currently occupies in Hell’s Kitchen.

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NYPD and Federal Law Enforcement Duel Over Surveillance

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Since the 9/11 attacks the NYPD and federal law enforcement have made progress collaborating on counter-terrorism efforts. But with the changing of the guard in Washington, old tensions between police Commissioner Ray Kelly and homeland security officials are are re-emerging. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: Kelly ...

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NYC Cuts Funds to 21 Day Care Centers

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The city's Administration for Children's Services faces a $62 million deficit and it says it has no choice but to begin cutting subsidized child care slots. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: ACS says over the past eight years child care costs have risen, while state and ...

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Increased Fares, Un-Fair to Riders

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The MTA says it needs to get 23% more money from tollbooths and fare boxes to break even next year. That's on top of numerous service cuts.

The agency wants to raise express bus fares from $5.00 to $7.50. But it hasn't worked out details on ...

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James Kwak's Financial Wrap

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stocks dropped through the floor today as Democrats chose to delay action on bailing out the auto industry. The Dow sunk even further below 8,000, down 445 point to 7552, a 5.5 percent drop. The Nasdaq also fell more than 5 percent down 70 points ...

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Dental Clinics Vs. Anti-Smoking Ads

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The City Council is fighting back over a proposal to eliminate dozens of public dental clinics for the poor, most of them based in schools.

In hearings today, Health Commissioner Doctor Thomas Frieden said the proposal was not as dire as it may sound, because the ...

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Celebrating Obama Win

Thursday, November 20, 2008

MoveOn says its members raised $88 million towards Barack Obama's win.

Now it intends to maintain the momentum. MoveOn's executive director, Eli Pariser, says tonight's gatherings will help set the progressive agenda.

PARISER: The parties are going to be a launching pad for what we hope is ...

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Paying More & Getting Less

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some of the highlights: fare and toll hikes of 23 percent, reductions in off-peak bus, subway and commuter train service, the elimination of the W and Z lines and the phasing out of 2,700 jobs. Sander, was almost apologetic during the presentation but he says ...

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Job Fair Offers Prospects and Training

Thursday, November 20, 2008

With the current economic crisis, job training fairs are getting popular for the unemployed or people looking to switch careers. As WNYC's Kathleen Horan reports, more than 200 people came out for a job fair in Coney Island yesterday.

REPORTER: Not that things were great in ...

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The Parking Meter Broke. Now What?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Parking is an obsession for New Yorkers for those who have cars and even for some who don't. The City Council passed a law yesterday that would ease restrictions on parking at a broken meter. Instead of just parking at the space for an hour, ...

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Jazz Legend Awarded at NYC Council

Thursday, November 20, 2008

One of New York's living jazz legends, Bill Lee, who's also the father of filmmaker Spike Lee, received a lifetime achievement award from the City Council for his contributions to the cultural life of the nation. The noted bassist and prolific composer says he's still ...

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Mayor Takes on New Vice: Salt

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

First it was cigarettes. Then trans-fats. Now, Mayor Bloomberg is targeting salt shakers. Well, some of them. Speaking at a food policy conference at Columbia University today, the mayor says he and Health Commissioner Doctor Thomas Frieden are putting together a plan to reduce salt ...

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MTA to Meet on Service Cuts

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

With a budget to balance by the end of the year, and a $1.2 billion deficit to fill, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to announce steep service cuts when it meets tomorrow. Under consideration is the elimination of the Z and ...

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Study Confirms 4-5-6 Subway Lines Overcrowded

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board prepares to unveil what are likely to be steep fare hikes and deep service cuts at its meeting tomorrow, a new report finds many subway riders find the 4, 5 and 6 too crowded to board. East Side councilman ...

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Influencers Change Their Tactics

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Marketing companies love New York City because of the high concentration of so-called “influencers”. But with the downturn in the economy, some marketers who target the young and hip are revising their business plans. WNYC’s Ilya Marritz brings us this report from the liquor promotions ...

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Part 2: The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Construction safety has become all the more important over the past five years, as housing production reached numbers never seen since the city began keeping records in the 1960s. Yet so far this year, 27 construction workers have died on the job. Yesterday, WNYC began ...

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The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Everyday, construction workers pour concrete hundreds of feet in the air, cranes hover overhead and familiar views of the sky disappear. Since 2003, the city has been experiencing a historic building boom. Development hasn't been this high for 30 years.

But that prosperity has come at ...

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Behind "The Cost of Doing Business"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twenty-seven construction workers have died on the job this year, and a slowing economy may not do a whole lot to solve this problem.

REPORTER: For the past nine months, WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Matthew Schuerman have been investigating the downside of the city’s building ...

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Paterson Heads to Washington After Albany Failure

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gov. Paterson heads to Washington today, hoping for more success with Congress than he had yesterday with state lawmakers. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Top on Gov. Paterson's beltway agenda will be shoring up the state's unemployment trust fund so it can handle the jump ...

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