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Increased Security Following Bhutto's Assassination

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The city has stepped up security at the Pakistani consulate on East 65th Street and other Pakistani-related sites after the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto during a campaign rally in her homeland.

Police are also maintaining a presence near the homes of Pakistan's UN ambassador and consulate general, several Pakistani ...

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A Closer Look at Custody Decisions in New Jersey

Thursday, December 27, 2007

One of the most difficult decisions state child protection workers make is whether to permanently remove abused or neglected youngsters from their parents’ custody.

They must weigh severing the parent/child relationship forever against keeping children safe.

At the heart of making this decision are the visits between families and their children who ...

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NYC Crime Stats Continue to Fall

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The numbers are in: felony crimes in New York City have dropped for the 17th consecutive year.

REPORTER: That includes a 17 percent drop in homicides since last year, and an 11 percent drop in rapes. Mayor Bloomberg says the city is likely to experience fewer than 500 murders for the ...

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Latest inspections confirm NY's deck truss bridges are safe

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

New York's 49 deck truss bridges are safe for travel, according to inspectors from the state Bridge Task Force. This latest review is a follow-up to an August report on visual inspections of the bridges.

After the August 1st collapse of a deck truss bridge in Minneapolis, Governor Spitzer ordered all ...

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STATEMENT FROM DR. VALENTIN FUSTER, THE MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, MAYOR GIULIANI'S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

"I have been Rudy Giuliani's personal physician for more than seven years.

I was informed late Wednesday evening that Mr. Giuliani was suffering from a significant headache and fatigue. These symptoms can be described as possibly "flu-like."

As Mr. Giuliani's personal physician, I stayed in contact with the doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital ...

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Steep Drop in Domestic Violence Murders

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The NYPD says 2007 will be the 17th consecutive year with a decrease in felony crimes in the city. That includes a 17 percent drop in homicides.

REPORTER: According to Mayor Bloomberg one of the highlights is the 36 percent drop in domestic violence murders. That goal was previously thought to ...

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A Look Back at the Fight Against Medicaid Fraud

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

One year ago, New York's candidates for governor and attorney general promised to crack down on Medicaid fraud to bring back millions of taxpayer dollars wasted by unscrupulous doctors and scam artists.

So, how have the winners done so far? Not too shabby...

Changes implemented by the Health Department under Governor Spitzer's ...

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New Jersey Assembly to Review Proposed New School Funding Formula

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Governor Corzine's proposed new school funding formula will be the subject of a joint hearing by two New Jersey legislative committees tomorrow. Democratic lawmakers, who hold the majority in both houses in Trenton, want the law passed by the end of the legislative session on January 8th.

Currently, a greater portion ...

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Volunteers Distribute Winter Coats

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

REPORTER: Ariel Zwang, the executive director of New York Cares, says this month's collection efforts are way behind last years'.

ZWANG: I'm sorry to say that we actually need extra help this year to get as many coats this year as we had last year. Last year, we had 89,000 coats. ...

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A Closer Look at City's Falling Crime Stats

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Despite a half dozen homicides over the Christmas holiday, New York City is on track to having its lowest homicide rate since reliable statistics were kept in the early 1960s. WNYC's Bob Hennelly takes a closer look.

REPORTER: New York City's dip below 500 homicides is bucking a troubling national urban ...

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For Newborns and Pregnant Women, Routine HIV Testing

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

New Jersey Senate President Richard Codey - who is acting governor this week while Governor Corzine is out of the country - will sign the measure today at University Hospital in Newark.

The measure mandates the HIV testing, although women can opt out if they so desire.

Supporters contend the bill will ...

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Different Ways to Mark Christmas in New York

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

REPORTER: It's a well-known, unofficial tradition for Jews to fill the city's Chinese restaurants and movie theaters on Christmas.

We found Elise and Ari Beliak at Buddha Bodai on Mott Street, which is not only vegetarian, but kosher too.

ELISE BELIAK: Let's see, what did we have? Things that they call beef ...

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Fight Over Church Steps

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

The fight over whether Fifth Avenue Presbyterian should allow the homeless to sleep on its steps started under the Guiliani administration and has persisted ever since.

Only now, instead of court battles, the city wants to convince church leaders by showing them the temporary apartments where the homeless ...

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2,500 Hungry Expected at Brooklyn Feast

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

REPORTER: Later today, at the Prospect Park YMCA, an estimated 2,500 hungry New Yorkers will sit down for a multi-course dinner, served by more than 200 volunteers.

Lee Perlman, a hospital administrator, is the event's organizer.

PERLMAN: The event has kind of been a tradition in downtown Brooklyn for almost two decades. ...

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Oscar Peterson Remembered

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The great Jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson died on Sunday outside of Toronto where he lived. He was 82. His career spanned seven decades and garnered international acclaim for his exceptional speed and technique. WNYC's Sara Fishko interviewed him on the eve of his 75th birthday in 2000.

Sara ...

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Michael Kidd Dies at 92

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Broadway choreographer Michael Kidd has died. WNYC's Marc Garber reports.

Kidd died at his LA home Sunday night of cancer at age 92.

His joyously athletic dances for ballet, Broadway and Hollywood delighted audiences for half a century and won him five Tonys and an Oscar.

To moviegoers, Kidd was ...

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Mayor Makes Low Key Holiday Plans

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg will spend his morning in Brooklyn today. He's dropping by a couple spots where people don't stop work for Christmas.

BLOOMBERG: I always try on holidays to visit New York City places where our employees have to work on the holiday to say a little bit of thank ...

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Uncertain Outcome for Family Leave Bill

Monday, December 24, 2007

The fate of legislation that would make New Jersey the 3rd state to let workers take paid family leave remains uncertain.

The measure - which would let employees take up to 10 weeks of paid leave to care for a sick relative or newborn child - advanced through two Senate committees ...

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Giuliani Says He's in Good Health

Monday, December 24, 2007

Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani is in the city and says he's in good health.

REPORTER: The Republican presidential candidate was admitted to a Saint Louis hospital late last week after suffering a severe headache. This move has prompted questions concerning the state of his health. But, Giuliani says ...

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Reports Studies Native Americans in New Jersey

Monday, December 24, 2007

The fatal police shooting of a Ramapo Indian in Mahwah prompted Governor Corzine to ask an expert panel to report on the status of the state's Native Americans.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report on the panel's findings.

The panel found that New Jersey's Native Americans face discrimination and poverty that is ...

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