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@Murakami Brings the "Warhol of Japan" to Brooklyn

Friday, April 04, 2008

He’s been called the "Andy Warhol of Japan": Takashi Murakami is a contemporary Japanese artist who blurs the lines between fine art and pop culture. He draws on Japanese comics and animation to make everything from 30-foot sculptures to murals to commercial goods. He’s even created the cover art for ...

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Cheyenne Diner Set to Close

Friday, April 04, 2008

This 68-year-old chrome and neon fixture will serve its last tuna melt this weekend. The Cheyenne Diner has been more packed than usual recently - since regulars got the news the old railroad car style-eatery filled with memorabilia and comfort food would close.

Of course it's a familiar story in the ...

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Quinn Under Fire for Financial Practices

Friday, April 04, 2008

An ongoing criminal investigation suddenly cast a bright light on the finances of the City Council, as well as deceptive budgeting practices that may go back decades.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn said her staff discovered the historical irregularities last year.

They found that the council funded dozens of sham nonprofits that, ...

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Nonprofits Feel Congestion Pricing Pinch

Friday, April 04, 2008

Opponents of congestion pricing have rallied around nonprofit organizations with trucks that need to drive into midtown Manhattan on weekdays.

While cars face an $8 a day fee, most trucks would have to pay $21 to enter certain parts of the city.

Karen Pearl, president of God's Love We Deliver, says ...

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City Council Holds Hearing on Tainted Water

Friday, April 04, 2008

The city's Department of Environmental Protection says trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in New York's water supply do not pose significant health risks.

At a City Council hearing, Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush said, among other drugs, New York tap water contains very minute amounts of caffeine and ibuprofen.

RUSH: A person would have ...

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Tara Betts

Friday, April 04, 2008

Tara Betts is a feminist poet who uses her art for activism. Originally from Kankakee, Illinois, she's an award-winning slam poet and Brave New Voices National Youth Poetry Slam champ. She founded the Young Chicago Author’s GirlSpeak and was a writer-in-residence at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center for two ...

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Boys will be Beyonce

Friday, April 04, 2008

The pop star Beyonce announced her engagement to the hip hop mogul Jay-Z earlier this week. And tonight, the performance artist Neal Medlyn is offering his own tribute to the singer as he re-enacts the BEYONCE EXPERIENCE LIVE! DVD. Critic Claudia La Rocco stopped by a recent rehearsal.

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Hillary Clinton Still Has Supporters in Pennsylvania

Friday, April 04, 2008

More bad news for Hillary Clinton this week. Polls are tightening in Pennsylvania, where she hopes to win handily on April 22. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is hinting he might switch his support to Sen. Barack Obama if the Illinois Senator wins the popular vote in the primaries. And ...

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Catholic Teachers Strike Today

Friday, April 04, 2008

Teachers at 10 Catholic schools around the city plan to call in sick today. They say the Archdiocese of New York isn't playing fair in contract negotiations.

Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling says officials will see this morning whether enough teachers are working to keep the schools open. The schools are in ...

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Pope to Visit Manhattan Synagogue

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Pope Benedict during his upcoming tour of the United States will go to a synagogue in Manhattan – only the third time a pope has visited a Jewish house of worship. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

Benedict visited a synagogue in Cologne, Germany, shortly after becoming pope in 2005, and his predecessor, ...

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Another Democrat Joins Senate Race

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New Jersey Democrats may be headed into an intense battle for the nomination for the junior Senate seat - it's a fight that could rival the contest for the party's presidential nomination.

First, the 84-year-old incumbent senator, Frank Lautenberg was to face Morristown mayor and immigration crackdown proponent Donald Cresitiello.

Now, ...

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Budget Talks Stall Over Congestion Pricing

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Budget talks stalled as Albany grappled with the issue of congestion pricing. Assembly Democrats were in closed-door talks that could last through the weekend, with any action scheduled for Monday. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his democratic members that live in the region serviced by ...

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Stepfather Sentenced to 29 Years in Beating Death of Girl

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Cesar Rodriguez was given the maximum sentence in the beating death of his 7-year-old step-daughter Nixzmary Brown. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports from the Brooklyn Supreme Court.

Rodriguez who was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree and other lesser charges will serve between 26 and 29 years in prison. During the ...

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N.Y., N.J. Sue Federal EPA

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New York, New Jersey and 15 other states are suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency as part of an effort to get them to act on global warming.

The suit comes one year to the day after the Supreme Court required the EPA to decide how to regulate greenhouse gas ...

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Defense Produces First Witness in Sean Bell Shooting Trial

Thursday, April 03, 2008

The defense produced its first witness in the trial of the 3 officers charged with Sean Bell's fatal shooting. The witness, Officer Michael Carey, shot 3 times that night but wasn't charged. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Officer Carey said the undercover, Gescard Isnora, clearly identified himself as a policeman while ...

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Defense Begins Case at Bell Trial

Thursday, April 03, 2008

After nearly six weeks of arguments, the prosecution in the trial of the three officers charged with Sean Bell's fatal shooting has rested its case. Now, it's the defense's turn.

The prosecution's 50th and final witness was the trauma surgeon who operated on Bell's friend, Joe Guzman.

He said Guzman's insides ...

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Council Speaker Quinn Faces Tough Questions On Slush Fund

Thursday, April 03, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn found herself on the defensive today. A New York Post story said that Quinn, an advocate of fiscal transparency and reform, has been using a secret slush fund, one that other speakers have used since 1988.

Quinn's office funded it over the last two years by ...

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Diplomats Exempt from Congestion Fee

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tried to hold the line on loopholes in his congestion pricing plan. But, one group of people he's already agreed to exempt from the fee are foreign representatives to the United Nations and their almost 3,000 cars.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The federal government says New York won't ...

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Surgeon Tells Court Bell's Friend Almost Died After Shooting

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

A trauma surgeon told the court that Sean Bell's injured friend, Joe Guzman nearly died after being shot by police. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the prosecution's final witness.

Dr. Albert Cooper said Guzman's injuries were life-threatening. Guzman was shot at least 13 times - 16 times by earlier estimates ...

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Second Day of Defense in Former Newark Mayor Corruption Trial

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The defense attorneys for former Newark Mayor Sharpe James rested, after their client refused to take the stand in his federal corruption case.

The 72-year-old former mayor is accused of improperly using his position to steer city owned properties to a former girlfriend at deep discounts and allowing her to then ...

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