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Orchid Show Begins Saturday

Friday, February 22, 2008

New York Botanical Garden's sixth annual orchid show officially debuts tomorrow. But dozens of its members braved the snow and slush, to attend a preview of the exhibit which features thousands of species of orchids.

REPORTER: Bronx resident Noel Camacho, who with his mother Fidela, have both been members since 1988 ...

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Corzine Doesn't Have Votes to Pass Toll Plan

Friday, February 22, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine now concedes he does not have the votes to get his controversial toll plan enacted but elements of it are being picked up by the state legislature.

Thirteen town meetings later, Governor Corzine remains well shy of the votes to make his plan law. But now ...

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Judge Asks for Compromise on Remains at Fresh Kills

Friday, February 22, 2008

A federal judge today pleaded with attorneys for the city and 9/11 survivors to come up with a compromise over bodily remains at the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island.

REPORTER: For years, a small group of survivors has accused the city of carelessly handling what are called “fines,” the small ...

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Finally, A Guilty Plea in NJ Gang Case

Friday, February 22, 2008

New Jersey prosecutors got their first guilty plea in a case they claim involved an unusual partnership between an alleged mafia family and a Bloods gang.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

The apparent breakthrough comes from a 50-year-old woman from Tinton Falls who has pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Prosecutors say she was central ...

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Snow Arrives to New York City

Friday, February 22, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The storm is worse than first predicted. Now the National Weather Service says as much as 10 inches of snow could accumulate in New York City and there could be as much as 1 foot of snow in the northern suburbs by the time it ends ...

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New Card Tested on PATH and NJ Transit

Friday, February 22, 2008

REPORTER: The Port Authority, which owns the PATH, says it had enlisted MasterCard Worldwide to test a "contactless card" that riders would tap against the fare box to pay their way.

The card would work at PATH stations and on 2 connecting New Jersey Transit bus routes.

PA Chairman Tony Coscia says ...

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"Be Kind Rewind" Opens Today

Friday, February 22, 2008

REPORTER: The director, Frenchman Michel Gondry is a master of low-tech movies - often building his sets from cardboard and trash.

That do-it-yourself ethos drives the plot of "Be Kind Rewind."

When all the VHS tapes at an independent video store are erased, the two clerks decide to make homemade versions of ...

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Hepatitis A Scare at Popular W. Village Bar

Friday, February 22, 2008

Patrons of a West Village bar should get vaccinated for Hepatitis A if they were there on 3 particular days earlier this month.

A bartender at “Socialista,” on West Street, worked there on February 7th, 8th and 11th – after contracting the disease, but before it was diagnosed.

The Health Department says ...

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Fishko File

Friday, February 22, 2008

Even a couple of weeks after the New York Giants' parade, remnants of paper and confetti still linger in lower Manhattan.

It has WNYC's Sara Fishko thinking about the triumph of a musician here and abroad, a half century ago. Here is the next Fishko Files...

OUTRO: The official 50th anniversary celebration ...

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Columbia Professor Denies Charges of Plagiarism

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Madonna Constantine says the noose incident and the plagiarism accusations are part of efforts to intimidate her because she's black.

Teachers College announced yesterday that it had imposed "serious sanctions" against Dr. Constantine following a lengthy investigation.

The school's inquiry into Constantine was launched in 2006, before the noose was discovered this ...

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Judge Rules in Favor of Deliverymen

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the owner of 2 of Manhattan's most popular Vietnamese restaurants must rehire 28 deliverymen who were fired last March.

In a decision, Judge Ray Green says the owner of 2 Saigon Grills illegally retaliated against the Chinese workers because they ...

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Plan Would Tear Down Parking Lot, Put Up Park

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Elected officials stood along the edge of the East River this morning to call for a new park where an abandoned parking lot now stands.

REPORTER: The park would be located between 37th and 41st streets and cost 80 to 100 million dollars to build. But East Side Council Member Daniel ...

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McCain Denies Times' Allegations

Thursday, February 21, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - John McCain says a report by The New York Times suggesting an inappropriate relationship with a female lobbyist is "not true" and he denied a romantic relationship with her.

He issued the denial today in Toledo, Ohio, as his wife, Cindy, stood alongside him during a news ...

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City to Crack Down on Tax Prep Industry

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The city has announced the results of its crackdown on predatory and illegal practices in the tax preparation industry.

REPORTER: The Department of Consumer Affairs says more than 40% of storefront preparers received violations. Commissioner Jonathan Mintz says New Yorkers should avoid so-called "quick refunds," which are actually high interest loans.

MINTZ: ...

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Kerik Back in Court

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Later today, former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik will be in federal court for a pre-trial court session.

Facing multiple federal corruption charges, Kerik is alleged to have concealed payoffs from a mob-linked company seeking to do business with the city.

The indictment includes allegations that go back to his tenure as Commissioner ...

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Inside Celebration of Lunar New Year

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The 2 week period celebrating the Lunar New Year wraps up tomorrow.

Richard Yeh captured his family's recent celebration in Queens, which brought several generations together over piles of traditional food.

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City Calorie Count Regulations Contested in Court

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The day is approaching when you’ll walk into a Starbucks, look up at the menu board, and see not only how much your mocha frappucino costs, but how many calories it contains. That’s if a new city regulation kicks in as scheduled, about six weeks from now. Today, restaurant lobbyists ...

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Kerik Brings Back Lawyer Ordered Off His Case

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik brought the same lawyer to Court that a Federal judge had ordered off his case last month.

Sporting a well fitting blue suit and yellow fashion tie a confident Bernard Kerik waived his right to a speedy trial for now so that he could find yet ...

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Churches to Offer Mortgage Counseling

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Of the 13,000 households facing foreclosure citywide, 10,000 are in Queens and Brooklyn. That caught the attention of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio who leads the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. He says local parishes will work with neighborhood non-profits to offer homeowners, regardless of religious affiliation, credit counseling. He says the ...

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Clinton Makes Local Stop for Support and Funds

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton is stopping in New York to raise money and refuel before making her stand in Texas and Ohio on March 4th. At Hunter College this morning she told a crowd of low donors that Barack Obama's health care plan would leave 15 million Americans without insurance.

CLINTON: I ...

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