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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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Subprime Woes Affect Bonus Handouts

Monday, December 24, 2007

The sub-prime mortgage crisis continues to play out on Wall Street. Investment banks Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley reported quarterly losses last week, writing down their mortgage assets by billions of dollars.

WNYC's Lisa Chow reports on what that might mean for this year's bonuses.

So far, projections of this year's bonuses ...

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Bloomberg Follows Tradition for Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2007

A downtown Christmas Eve luncheon got a special guest earlier this afternoon.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg dropped by the meal, which is for the area's homeless families. He says he's planning to attend midnight mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral later tonight - even though he just so happens to be Jewish.

BLOOMBERG: You ...

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Last Minute Shopping in New York

Monday, December 24, 2007

REPORTER: The last waves of Christmas shoppers are arriving at stores, having put off their purchases about as long as possible.

But, alongside those procrastinators are also shoppers like Rene Connolly, who bought all her gifts weeks ago. She was still prowling the stores of Harlem today, looking for that backup ...

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Inspectors Keep An Eye on New Jersey Toys

Monday, December 24, 2007

Consumer Affairs inspectors in New Jersey have taken a proactive approach to toy safety this season.

They're conducting random tests for lead inside stores and spot-checking shelves to be sure recalled items are not still being sold.

But they're not alone. As recalls mount and consumers grow more wary about buying toys, ...

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Preparations Underway for Christmas Feasts

Monday, December 24, 2007

While some New Yorkers have left town for vacation and others are preparing for a not-so-white Christmas in the city, some residents are putting the finishing touches on meals for the needy, to be served on Christmas Day.

REPORTER: 2,500 people are expected at one Christmas dinner in Brooklyn tomorrow. Lee ...

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Smooth Start for Christmas Travel

Monday, December 24, 2007

As last-minute travelers head for their destinations this Christmas Eve, it seems to be a smooth ride for most.

REPORTER: Jesse Conrad from Tampa, Florida, was at Penn Station this morning for her train to Washington, D.C. and said the travel has been better than she expected.

CONRAD: It's busy but people ...

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Giuliani Responds to Health Questions

Monday, December 24, 2007

Former mayor Rudy Giuliani is in the city and continues to insist on his good health.

REPORTER: Plagued by flu-like symptoms, the Republican presidential candidate was admitted to a St. Louis hospital late last week. This move has prompted questions concerning the state of his health.

But, Giuliani says he doesn't have ...

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Final Ground Zero Midnight Mass

Monday, December 24, 2007

The first midnight mass at ground zero happened while workers were still clearing away the debris of the fallen twin towers and recovering bodies from the September 11th terrorist attack.

The last is planned for tonight, giving police, firefighters, ground zero workers and 9/11 families a final chance to pray on ...

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Black Man Found Guilty of Killing White Teen on Long Island

Sunday, December 23, 2007

An appeal is planned for a black man found guilty of shooting a white teenager in a racially charged confrontation on Long Island. After four days of deliberations, a Suffolk County jury Saturday night convicted John White of second-degree manslaughter. The 54-year-old faces a prison term of 5 to 15 ...

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Mexicans Flying Home Face New Travel Rules

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Among the many people on the move this busy holiday weekend are Mexicans who live in the US and have plans to fly to Mexico for the holidays. But, as WNYC's Marianne McCune reports, some are finding it difficult to board their flights, because new international travel rules require more ...

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Disabled-accessible Voting Machines Coming to City Polling Places

Sunday, December 23, 2007

All New York City polling places will have voting machines designed for the disabled in time for September's primary elections. That's according to city elections officials quoted in the New York Times. That puts the city ahead of the state in addressing a federal requirement for disabled-accessible machines.

New York is ...

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Giuliani Back on the Campaign Trail

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani is back on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, after taking a couple of days off this week. The former New York City mayor says he never had the flu, just a very bad headache that sent him to the hospital in St. Louis. Giuliani, ...

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