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Dems Line Up Behind McMahon on S.I.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The National Democratic Party is lining up behind Staten Island Democrat Mike McMahon as he runs for the seat that'll be vacated by Republican Congressman Vito Fossella. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.

REPORTER: Councilman McMahon could be the first Democrat to win the seat in 28 years, ...

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Paterson Dubious of MTA Fare Hike Plan

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is not convinced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority needs to raise fares again.

Paterson, who appoints more members to the agency's board than anyone else, says the MTA needs to check its books again to see if there is any other way to balance ...

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MTA Fare Hike Draws Stiff Criticism

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's proposed 8 percent fare and toll hike has everyone talking and it hasn't even been officially unveiled yet. The 2009 budget proposal will be formally released tomorrow, but some of the details are already in the news. The agency says rising ...

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MTA 2 TXT U

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is about to unveil a new service that will alert riders to unplanned service disruptions, by e-mail or text message. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The MTA already has an email and texting service, but that only works for planned disruptions, ...

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Governor Supports Low-Interest Loans

Monday, July 21, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is supporting a plan to create low-interest student loans for public and private universities in New York. The state Commission on Higher Education proposed the subsidized loan program, which would be financed through tax-exempt bonds, in a 105-page report released Monday.

Education advocates ...

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Subway Delays gets Worse: MTA

Monday, July 21, 2008

Subway delays have been steadily getting worse since the heyday of 2003, when 97 out of every 100 trains ran on time. Now that number has fallen to 91. But after years of complaining that they are being caused by track improvements, transit officials have ...

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City Hosts Cyber Summit for Parents

Monday, July 21, 2008

Parents who don't know Facebook from Twitter will have a chance to get up to speed at a one-day summit later this summer. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a CyberSafety Summit, designed to help bridge the digital divide between generations:

QUINN: Join us on August ...

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Buyback Program Collects Nearly 700 Guns

Monday, July 21, 2008

The city paid cash for 687 guns as part of a gun buyback program over the weekend. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more.

REPORTER: On Saturday five churches in Brooklyn doubled as drop off locations for New Yorkers who wanted to exchange their firearms for $200. A ...

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New Senate Majority Leader Presses for Property Tax Cap

Monday, July 21, 2008

New York State lawmakers ended their session nearly a month ago, but legislative leaders were back in Albany yesterday for discussions with Gov. David Paterson. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver sat down with Paterson to talk about issues including the ...

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Argentine Triathlete Dies in NYC Competition

Monday, July 21, 2008

An autopsy will take place today on a 32-year-old man who died during the New York City triathlon yesterday. It's the first death in the event's eight-year history. The police identified the man as Estaban Neiva from Buenos Aires. Race director Bill Burke says other ...

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Fake Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Monday, July 21, 2008

One third of the Brooklyn Museum's Coptic art collection is fake. And the museum plans to highlight that fact in an exhibition early next year. But critic Lee Rosenbaum says that could be good news for museums and museum patrons.


Lee Rosenbaum's ...

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Latin American Food Carts Set Up at Brooklyn Park

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Latin food vendors are back at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn.

After months of trying to meet Health Department regulations and coming up with thousands of dollars to buy food trucks and equipment, six vendors returned over the weekend. Four more vendors are expected to ...

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Broadway Bids Farewell to Passing Strange

Friday, July 18, 2008

The musical Passing Strange will close at the Belasco Theater this Sunday, after a run of only 5 months. The filmmaker Spike Lee is making a film version. So what's it take to stay open on Broadway these days? Charles Isherwood is a theater critic ...

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Burger King and McDonalds Post Calorie Counts

Friday, July 18, 2008

Several big fast food chains say they have finally begun obeying a new rule requiring some local restaurants to post calorie counts on the menu.

Burger King and McDonalds were among the chains that began changing their menu boards today after months of resistance. A health ...

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New Yorkers Visit Local Parks Hosting Outdoor Performances

Friday, July 18, 2008

New Yorkers are discovering there is more than one green space in the city to catch an outdoor art performance. The Joyce Theater celebrates its 25th year by collaborating with the City Parks Foundation to bring three solo dance performances to each borough this week.

The ...

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Rangel Invites Ethics Probe of His Fundraising

Friday, July 18, 2008

Congressman Charles Rangel defended his fund-raising efforts for a new academic center at City College that will bear his name. And he urged the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether he's done anything wrong, for two reasons.

RANGEL: One is to make it clear to every ...

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Heat Brings Air Quality Alert to City

Friday, July 18, 2008

The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert till 10 o'clock tonight, urging residents to limit strenuous activities because of added pollutants in the air.

The city has opened cooling centers to help New Yorkers weather the heat, but Danny Taft, says he was ...

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A Tour of MTA's East Side Access Tunnels

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's East Side Access project reached its first goal post a couple of weeks ago: giant boring machines finished burrowing their way from 63rd Street and Second Avenue all the way to Grand Central Terminal. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman takes us on a ...

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Fab Pre-Fab Buildings

Friday, July 18, 2008

With all the anxiety about mortgages and foreclosures, you might forget another part of the housing crisis: The need for affordable new housing in many parts of the country. A new exhibition at MoMA shows how some architects are working with prefabricated housing to come ...

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Citigroup Announces $2.5B in Losses

Friday, July 18, 2008

Citigroup released its second quarter earnings this morning saying it lost $2.5 billion over the past three months. It also laid off 6,000 workers.

REPORTER: Citigroup president Vikram Pandit described the loss as progress citing that last quarter the bank lost $5.1 billion. Citigroup's announcement ends ...

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