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Advocates Report Increased Firing of Immigrant Workers

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Advocates say an increasing number of immigrant workers are being fired from low-wage jobs because their social security numbers don't match their names - even though some have legal working papers. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

There are no hard numbers, but advocates say more employers are firing immigrant workers when they ...

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Robert Frost

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Frost began writing poetry while still a schoolboy in New England, where he stayed for college and most of his life. He published his first poem, "Butterfly" in 1894 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times. In the recordings below, Frost is honored at a ...

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PBA Posts Competition's Salaries for Recruits

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Patrolman's Benevolent Association is stepping up its fight to get better salaries for its officers. The union will now post jobs from police departments in other cities that pay more. The move comes as the city and the union expect word from a state arbitration panel on the salary ...

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Group's Money Frozen During Council Probe

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dozens of grants to non-profit groups all over the city are being held up, as the fallout from the City Council's phoney group scandal continues. We get more from WNYC's Bob Hennelly.

REPORTER: City Comptroller Bill Thompson has put the brakes on about a hundred grants to non-profits that the City ...

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Marchers Protest Corzine's Plan to Shut Parks

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

About 300 people marched on the New Jersey Statehouse Wednesday to protest Gov. Corzine's plans to close state parks.

He has proposed closing nine state parks and partially closing others to save $4.5 million. The plan is among $2.7 billion in cuts sought by Corzine amid state budget woes.

Some demonstrator’s dressed ...

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Bell Fiancée Holds News Conference at City Hall

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The former fiancée of the unarmed man killed by police in a 50-bullet barrage says she expects justice to prevail for the three detectives who are charged.

Nicole Paultre Bell held a news conference at City Hall this morning with Bell's two wounded friends, his father, and the Reverend Al Sharpton.

She ...

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Dr. Maya Angelou

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Maya Angelou, the Grammy-nominated author, actor, teacher and activist, enjoys a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She is only the second poet, after Robert Frost, to be invited to read poetry at a Presidential inauguration; Frost recited at JFK's, Angelou at ...

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Court: Whitman Not Liable for 9/11 Health Updates

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Former EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman cannot be held liable for telling residents near the World Trade Center site that the air was safe-to-breathe after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by residents, students and workers in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn who said they were ...

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City Hospitals Upgrade Neonatal Help for Preemies

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New York City's public hospitals are launching a $3 million effort to simulate high-tech wombs for premature babies. The changes will be put in all 11 of the neonatal centers by the end of 2009 and will include low lights and special sound monitors that flash when a neonatal unit ...

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City to Convert Piers into Trade Show Space

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The expansion of the Javits Convention Center is in limbo, but today the city moved forward to increase the amount of trade show space just a few blocks north.

The Economic Development Corporation said Vornado Realty Trust would renovate Pier 94, which is already in use for temporary exhibitions... It will ...

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Colombian Author is Also Food Market "Delivery Guy"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The city sponsored Immigrant Heritage Week last week but really in New York it's possible to mark the immigrant experience and its effect every day. Writer Joaquin Botero is originally from Colombia. His book "El Jardin en Chelsea" describes working at the Garden of Eden food market on 23rd Street.

WNYC's ...

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DOB Commish Resigns After 5 Years Heading Sprawling Agency

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Patricia Lancaster, who led the city's Buildings Department for more than five years, stepped down yesterday. The sprawling agency has been under fire recently over a spate of construction accidents. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more on the now-former commissioner.

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Baruch "Baba" Israel

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Baruch “Baba” Israel has taken his Hip Hop performance across the USA, Europe, Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, S.E. Asia and Australia. He is an emcee, producer, poet, theater artist, and beatboxer. He co-founded the Playback NYC Theater Company, and recently debuted his new solo piece Boom Bap Meditations in the ...

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City Delays Paying out Council Grants to Non-Profits

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

In yet another wrinkle in the ongoing City Council budget scandal Comptroller Bill Thompson says it is necessary to delay paying out pending Council grants to non-profits pending further scrutiny.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

Both Bloomberg Administration and the Comptroller's office will require the close to 100 pending grant contracts ...

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Carl Sandberg

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Illinois-born Carl Sandberg was one of eight children in a Swedish immigrant family living in Galesville. Carl worked as a jack-of-all-trades after graduating from eighth grade. He delivered milk, laid bricks and shined shoes before setting out to ride the rails as a hobo in 1897.

Sandberg noticed a wide gap ...

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Appeals Court Upholds Cell Phone Ban in Schools

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's ban on cell phones in public schools has been upheld by a state appeals court.

The Department of Education passed the ban in September 2005, saying the phones were disruptive.

Parents and students argued that the ban was irrational and unsafe and that it intruded on a parents' rights to ...

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Water Rate Hike Proposed

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's Water Board is proposing an $8-a-month increase in costs, the biggest spike in 16 years, to go into effect next month. But some city council members say it's not right to move that quickly.

REPORTER: Brooklyn Councilman Simcha Felder says he supports putting liens on properties with delinquent water ...

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Tribeca Film Festival Opens Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Tribeca Film Festival gets underway tomorrow. This year, its hosting 120 features selected from over two thousand submissions from 41 countries. Bilge Ebiri covers film for New York Magazine. He came by the studio to discuss this year's offerings.

See trailers and find out more on WNYC's ...

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Building Commissioner Resigns

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's buildings commissioner has resigned a day after Mayor Bloomberg criticized her agency's performance. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

Patricia Lancaster served Mayor Bloomberg loyally for six years during an unprecedented building boom. She reformed a department that had been significantly scaled back during the Giuliani administration, filling 250 vacant positions, ...

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Critics Slam Port Authority Over WTC Blueprints

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Critics of the Port Authority say they believe the agency can not develop the World Trade Center site without tighter regulation by the City and the NYPD. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The recent discovery of confidential blueprints in the trash prompted longtime critics of the Port Authority to cry ...

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