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Seven Republicans Vie for NJ Congressional District

Thursday, May 29, 2008

REPORTER: So who do we have running for the Seventh District Republican designation?

WOOLEY: Who do we have not running? So the Republicans are all going for the brass ring. You have A.B. Amar, P. Kelly Hatfield, Leonard Lance, Martin Marks, Tom Roughineen, Kate Whitman, Darren ...

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Vice President Visits NYC

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Vice President Dick Cheney will join former Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a fundraiser for New York State Republicans in midtown this evening.

The gathering comes as New York Republicans confront a bumpy few years - the defeat of Giuliani's presidential ambitions, Mayor Bloomberg's withdrawal from ...

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State Agencies Told to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Thursday, May 29, 2008

With the first legal same-sex marriages in California set to be performed next month, Governor Paterson has told state agencies to start recognizing gay marriages performed in states and countries where they're allowed.

Paterson's legal counsel told agencies they could be violating state human rights ...

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Parents Protest Daycare Closings

Thursday, May 29, 2008

As that deadline looms, dozens of daycare workers, parents and elected officials rallied at City Hall yesterday to protest the closing of daycare centers.

They claim the Administration for Children Services does a poor job of tracking enrollment of spots at daycare centers, resulting them ...

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Council Approves Overhaul of Fire Code

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The City Council has passed the first overhaul of the city's fire code in a century.

It adopts widely recognized regulations known as the International Fire Code. The new guidelines mandate new evacuation plans and private residential developments would be required to provide access roads ...

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Gun Violence Could Be Bad News for Summer Jobs

Thursday, May 29, 2008

This recent spate of youth related gun violence has elected officials worried about the impact this summer of budget cuts to teen employment programs.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Since 2004 the Bloomberg Administration has increased the city's share of support for summer youth jobs by 50 ...

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Advocates Rally Against Market Closures

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Food commercial workers and city residents rallied at City Hall yesterday to protest the closings of supermarkets in their neighborhoods.

Bruce Both is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. He says the proposed closing of a Key Food in the Soundview section ...

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Report: Vehicles Leading Cause of Accidential Death for City Kids

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Motor vehicles are the leading cause of accidental death among New York's children.

That's according to a new child fatality report just issued by the city.

According to Health Commissioner Tom Frieden, fires are the second leading cause of accidental death, especially in poor neighborhoods.

FRIEDEN: There is ...

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Budget Woes Force Housing Authority to Delay Projects

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The city's housing authority said that budget problems have been forcing it to put off capital projects that would modernize and improve public housing developments.

General Manager Douglas Apple told the City Council today that for the past eight years, the New York City Housing Authority ...

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World Science Festival Underway

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The first ever World Science Festival began yesterday with a summit for top scientists and leaders from the worlds of business and government.

Festival co-founder Brian Greene teaches physics at Columbia University. He says one goal of the festival is to acquaint policymakers and the ...

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An Eye on Elections in Central District

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Next week, New Jersey voters will have to pick from 45 Congressional hopefuls vying for just 13 House seats.

Nowhere is the field more crowded than in New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional district where the Republican incumbent, Mike Ferguson, is retiring.

Two years ago, Ferguson had ...

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Shareholders Vote on Bear Stearns

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bear Stearns moves one step closer to oblivion today when JPMorgan Chase's shareholders vote on whether to complete the takeover of the 85-year old firm that collapsed under the weight of risky sub-prime loans.

The vote comes as other Wall Street firms keep reassessing their own ...

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Ikea Comes to Red Hook

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

In three weeks time, the Swedish furniture giant Ikea will open its first store ever in New York City. Though millions of New Yorkers know Ikea from trips to outlets in the suburbs outside of New York, WNYC’s Ilya Marritz reports that this store will ...

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Mayor Defends Smoking Ban at Science Summit

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered the keynote address at the World Science Summit this morning, and used the occasion to defend his ban on smoking. He said the scientific data outweighed the criticism he got from the public at the time.

BLOOMBERG: And I can tell you, ...

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Kelly Responds to Weekend Gun Violence

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will discuss last weekend's outbreak of gun violence when he appears before the Citizens Crime Commission.

Over the holiday weekend, five men were fatally shot in the Bronx and another in Brooklyn. Several people were wounded in a Queens incident which ...

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Council Members Vow to Oppose Bloomberg School Budget Cuts

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More than 20 council members say they will oppose the Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget if he does not restore more than $400 million in school cuts.

At yet another large rally at City Hall, elected officials came together with education activists and parents to protest ...

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National Tap Day Marked

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sunday was National Tap Day, so tap dancers and their admirers gathered around the US to celebrate the American dance form.

Here in New York, top-hat wearing tappers in sequins remembered tap dancer Jimmy Slyde. Slyde’s career spanned almost six decades. He was known for ...

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Top Official Criticizes Council Spending

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A top city official says if City Council members are concerned about proposed budget cuts for the coming year, they should take a closer look at the discretionary money they’re spending on community programs.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden proposed scaling back city funding in ...

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NYPD Consults on Nat'l Conventions

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

WNYC has learned that the Police Department has been consulting with the two cities slated to host this summer's Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Organizers for this summer's Democratic and Republican National Conventions are studying how police and protesters handled the 2004 RNC here in ...

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Crowds Gather For "Sex and the City" Premiere

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Time to break out your martini shaker, eat a Magnolia cupcake and slip on your Manolo Blahnick's - the "Sex and the City" movie has finally hit the theaters.

Though Manhattan residents have been tripping over the film set for months, an international crowd packed ...

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