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Fire Tests on Governors Island

Monday, February 25, 2008

Firefighters, fire experts and engineers are converging on Governors Island for a week of pyrotechnics aimed at finding ways to prevent and contain blazes in high-rise buildings.

Members of fire departments in LA, Chicago and other cities are expected to be there, along with the FDNY.

A seven-story building on the island ...

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Does Cultural Diplomacy Matter?

Monday, February 25, 2008

The New York philharmonic has arrived in Pyongyang North Korea, for an historic and controversial concert. WNYC’s John Schaefer has been traveling with the orchestra. We hear from John, and from the principle bass player of the Philharmonic, John Deak. We also speak with Damian Woetzel. Woetzel is a principle ...

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Sean Bell Supporters Gather on Eve of Trial

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Three New York City police detectives involved in the Sean Bell shooting go on trial Monday. Bell's family and the two survivors of the shooting are gathering on the eve of the trial. They'll join Bell's fiancee and the Reverend Al Sharpton at a brunch today. They also intend to ...

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Corzine Set to Unveil Budget

Sunday, February 24, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine is set to unveil his state budget proposal this week. Three individuals familiar with the budget tell the Star-Ledger that Corzine will become the first New Jersey governor in a decade to propose cuts in total spending. They say his plan includes no new taxes, and ...

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PATH to Offer Free Rides on 100th Anniversary

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The PATH train system is celebrating its 100th anniversary by giving passengers free rides. Commuters can ride the tubes for free from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday.

In addition to the free rides, PATH workers will distribute vouchers for free SmartLink cards at all stations. The card allows customers to ...

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Corey Booker Campaigns for Obama in Ohio

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is in Ohio this weekend campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Booker's scheduled to make appearances in Dayton and Columbus today, and is also to appear at an event at Central State University in Wilberforce, an historically black university. Booker announced his support for the ...

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Philharmonic Ready for North Korea Visit

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Officials in North Korea are tearing down the anti-American posters that normally line the streets of the capital Pyongyang in preparation for the New York Philharmonic's unprecedented visit.

REPORTER: At a press conference Sunday, music director Lorin Maazel announced the possibility that the Philharmonic's concert in Pyongyang would be broadcast on ...

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MTBE Still Threatens Long Island's Drinking Water

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A gasoline additive banned statewide since 2004 over health and environmental concerns still threatens to taint Long Island's drinking water, according to state environmental regulators. A new report says the chemical, known as MTBE, was found at levels above the state drinking-water standard in 40 percent of wells tested at ...

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Desegregation Order Lifted at Brooklyn School

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A federal judge has overturned a desegregation order at a Brooklyn middle school, eliminating racial quotas that had been in place for 34 years. The Mark Twain Intermediate School in Coney Island will adopt a "race-neutral" admissions policy for next year, according to the city's Education Department.

The agency sought the ...

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Conference Examines Obama's Racial Identity

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Barak Obama’s presidential run has ignited new discussions around racial identity and political power among blacks in the U.S. and abroad.

REPORTER: A conference last weekend called "Redefining African American – What’s at Stake?" explored the relevance of Obama's racial identity to the African American community. Some who attended the conference ...

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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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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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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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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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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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"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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