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Council Members Push for Hedge Fund Tax

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

They want to increase the taxes paid by private equity and hedge fund managers.

The idea is to apply the city's Unincorporated Business Tax to the money fund managers make on their clients' investments. The liberal Fiscal Policy Institute calculates city coffers would grow by as much as $225 million if ...

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Port Authority Wants to Take On Moynihan Station Project

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The head of the Port Authority, Anthony Coscia, says his agency wants to help finance or take over the troubled Moynihan Station project.

Speaking at a Crain's New York breakfast, Coscia says the exact form of that help was up to governors Corzine and Paterson, who control the agency.... but he ...

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Dante Micheaux

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Micheaux has been a guest poet of the LouderArts Project, The Church of St. John the Divine, the Publishing Triangle and City X-Posed. He is a member of the John Donne/George Herbert Poetry Society and his work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. His honors include a prize in ...

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Tax Day Turns Accountants into Rock Stars

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Today is April 15 - known as the deadline to file your taxes. It's also the day of the year accountants are treated like rock stars as they help panicked procrastinators.

Karen Latney Castillo prepares taxes for the Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union. She says people are often so ...

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Aracelis Girmay

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Aracelis Girmay writes poetry, fiction, & essays. Her book of poems, Teeth, was published by Curbstone Press in June, 2007, for which she was awarded a Pan African Literary Forum Fellowship. Girmay's collage-basedpicture book was published by George Braziller in 2005. Her work has also been published in Ploughshares, Indiana ...

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Jewish Children Plan to Welcome Pope

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

When the Pope arrives in New York on Friday, he'll make an historic visit to an Upper East Side synagogue. Children there, in the Park East Day School, are practicing songs in Hebrew to welcome the pontiff.

REPORTER: 10-year-old Jonathan Czyzyk says his favorite is the Shuh-Ma, a central prayer in ...

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The Sound and the Fury: Live on Stage

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pulitzer prize-winner William Faulkner once called his novel The Sound and the Fury his "most splendid failure." It may be a tough read, but it’s also been called a masterpiece. A downtown theater company called the Elevator Repair Service thinks that putting the book on stage will shed new light ...

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Manhattan Housing Boom Strains City Classrooms

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

As the housing boom explodes in Manhattan, parents, educators and elected officials say the city is not doing enough to build more public schools in the borough.

A report released by the Manhattan borough president's office shows that elementary and middle schools already face a shortage of 3,900 seats. The Department ...

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How Latino Voters Lean in the PA primary

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

In the 2008 democratic primaries so far, the percentage of the vote that is Latino has risen dramatically. In California, for example, Latino voter participation in the primary doubled over 2004, and in Texas it increased by 50 percent. Now, candidates are getting increasingly sophisticated in they way they’re targeting ...

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Nylon Strap Failure Blamed in Worker's Death

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A construction worker fell to his death yesterday while installing windows at a luxury condominium high rise under construction on Manhattan's East side.

The city's Department of Buildings says it appears a nylon safety strap that connected the worker to the building failed causing him to fall from the 23rd floor ...

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Intense Arguments Close Bell Trial

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

To say yesterday's closing arguments in the Sean Bell trial were intense would be just the beginning. Over seven hours, attorneys for the three cops charged in Bell's death made impassioned pleas for the clients' innocence that hinged on race and justice. Not to be outdone, the prosecutor said the ...

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Picket Lines Force Closure of three Catholic Schools

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Picket lines formed again outside ten Roman Catholic high schools in the city and its suburbs, just days before Pope Benedict is to arrive for a three day visit.

The strike, by the Lay Faculty Association, forced three high schools in Manhattan -- Maria Regina, Cardinal Spellman and Cardinal Hayes -- ...

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"Truth Force" at St. John the Divine

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It’s now 60 years since the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, and this month in New York, many events will be held in his honor, with plans to explore his ideas of social change through non-violence. Last night at the cathedral of St. John the Divine, a public forum was held ...

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Harlem Re-Zoning Wins Approval in Subcommittee

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The hotly-contested proposed re-zoning of Harlem's 125th Street won the approval of a city council subcommittee, after a local councilwoman got the Bloomberg Administration to make big changes.

REPORTER: Councilwoman Inez Dickens says the city has agreed that almost half of the nearly four thousand apartments planned in the re-zoning will ...

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High Rents in New Jersey

Monday, April 14, 2008

New Jersey is the fifth most expensive state for renters.

That's according to a new report out today from the Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey which advocates for affordable housing.

The group finds that someone earning $16.45 an hour, which is a bit less than the state's average hourly ...

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Meltdown: Inside Out

Monday, April 14, 2008

Airs Sunday April 20, 7AM on AM 820
This one-hour special takes us on a global tour from the massive ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, to tropical mountain glaciers, to the sea ice of the far north and south, introducing us to the leading scientists in the field. The ...

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Cable Companies Compete for Franchise

Monday, April 14, 2008

Cablevision and Time Warner are the city's only two cable television franchise holders - but that could soon change.

Cable contracts must be reviewed every decade and the current franchise period ends this October.

Today, the city begins accepting new proposals for citywide cable contracts.

Verizon is one likely contender. The company ...

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Complaints Over 9/11 Health Continue

Monday, April 14, 2008

Emotions ran high at a 9/11 Community Health Forum held downtown yesterday. A number of attendees spoke of their chronic health problems and the lack of federal health funds.

Joseph Zadroga, father of the late first-responder James Zadroga, said the government should have been aware of the dangers at the ...

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Renters Also Hurt by Mortgage Crisis

Monday, April 14, 2008

Half of New Yorkers affected by the mortgage crisis aren't owners but renters. That's the finding of a new NYU study. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

When a property is foreclosed, a bank takes possession, and puts the building up for auction. If it's a building with renters, those occupants are ...

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MTA to Use Energy Generated by Wind and Tidal Power

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will use power generated by the East River and winds off of the Rockaway peninsula in the coming years to reduce its carbon footprint. Officials said today at Grand Central Terminal the ideas came out of a sustainability commission that has been meeting since September and ...

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