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Biden Gets Thumbs-Up from Much of NY Delegation

Sunday, August 24, 2008

As Democratic delegates head to Denver for the party's convention this week, members of New York's delegation are talking about the selection of Delaware Senator Joe Biden to be Barack Obama's running mate.

REPORTER: Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano, who's a superdelegate, says he originally wanted fellow ...

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WTC Beam Dedicated for Pennsylvania Memorial

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A cross made out of steel beams from the former World Trade Center has been dedicated at the site in Shanksville, Pa., where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on 9/11.

Hundreds prayed and sang at a memorial service next to a volunteer fire company Sunday morning. ...

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Report: WTC 7 Felled By Fire, Not Explosion

Friday, August 22, 2008

Federal investigators say they've debunked a long running 9/11 conspiracy theory.

A three-year investigation into the collapse of World Trade Center 7 concludes it was fire, not an explosion, that caused the skyscraper to crumble following the terrorist attacks.

The 47-story building has been the subject of ...

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City Earthquake Risk Greater Than You Think, Scientists Say

Friday, August 22, 2008

A new study suggests the risk of earthquakes to New York City is substantially greater than previously thought.

A group of Columbia University seismologists says new analysis using modern instruments reveals potentially powerful seismic structures beneath the New York region, like a formerly unidentified intersection of ...

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FDNY Review Finds Faulty Communication in Deutsche Bank Fire

Friday, August 22, 2008

Just over a year ago, a construction worker helping to dismantle the former Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero apparently tossed a lit cigarette butt on the 17th floor.

It turned into an object lesson of everything that can go wrong when a building is demolished. ...

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Pay Raises For NYPD Rank And File

Friday, August 22, 2008

City officials hope police recruitment will pick up again, now that the city and union have agreed on a tentative new contract. Under the deal, starting pay for rookie cops would rise to almost $42,000 from the current $36,000. It's the first contract with the ...

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Paterson Picks New ESDC Chief

Friday, August 22, 2008

Gov. David Paterson filled two spots at the state economic development agency today. Marisa Lago will be the new president and chief executive of the Empire State Development Corporation. She is currently an executive at a division of Citigroup but previously worked for Dinkins administration ...

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State Medicaid Chief Wants HMOs to Pick Up HIV Care Tab

Friday, August 22, 2008

The state's Medicaid director wants New York City residents with HIV/AIDS to get treated through health maintenance organizations.

Currently, the Medicaid system pays hospitals and clinics per visit, unlike HMO's that pay a monthly fee. The state has slowly been moving some Medicaid patients with chronic ...

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FBI Raids Office of N.J. Dem

Friday, August 22, 2008

An ongoing FBI criminal corruption probe has led to agents raiding the law offices of a top New Jersey Democrat. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

The team of FBI agents executed a search warrant at the Lyndhurst law offices of top Bergen County Democrat Joseph Ferriero and ...

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Chinese NYers Watch Olympics With Pride

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Olympics have been China’s big coming out party, and in New York City’s Chinatown, Chinese people of all ethnic groups watch with pride and optimism. WNYC's Richard Yeh has the story.

Slideshow: Olympic pride in NYC's Chinatown

HU JINTAO: Beijing’s 29th Olympic Games ...

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Radio Problems Cited in Former Deutsche Bank Building Fire

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Firefighters had a lot of trouble communicating by radio when they fought a fire last year at the former Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center site. Firefighters made more than 30 distress calls from inside the burning building, but not all of them ...

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String of Attacks on Elderly Has Some Afraid to Leave Home

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A string of attacks on senior citizens in Brooklyn has left many in the Flatbush and Crown Heights neighborhoods scared to leave home.

City authorities are offering a $15,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man believed to have mugged ...

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Tentative Deal Give Raises to NYPD

Thursday, August 21, 2008

After years of bitter contract talks that have ended in arbitration, the union representing 23,000 police officers and the city have reached a tentative deal, the first negotiated agreement in nearly 15 years.

REPORTER: Pat Lynch is the president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

LYNCH: We've worked ...

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Poor Communication Contributed to Deutsche Bank Fire Deaths

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A report by the Fire Department on last summer's fatal fire in the contaminated Deutsche Bank building found a host of problems, including poor communication, and misinformation from workers about the operability of fire safety equipment at the scene.

SCOPPETA: Three different sources gave us misinformation ...

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Department of Justice Proposes Sharing Intelligence With Local Police

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The U.S. Department of Justice is considering a new policy that would make it easier for local and state police to share intelligence on groups they suspect have links to terrorism. Civil liberties groups say the change amounts to domestic spying.

REPORTER: The proposed rules are ...

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Facelift for Marcus Garvey Park Bandshell

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A well-loved Harlem bandshell is about to get a face lift. The stage in Marcus Garvey Park has been home to a number of popular music and dance performances since1970. Now, the family of the late Broadway writer and composer Richard Rogers has donated a ...

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When Recession (Economic) Increases Depression (And Other Mental Illness)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Although the economy of the tri-state metropolitan area has remained relatively stable compared with other areas facing the economic downturn, some mental health professionals are reporting an increase in anxiety about jobs, housing and financial prospects. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: In certain industries, you’re never ...

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House Authority Blames Maintenance Delays on Lack of Funding

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Budget woes have caused the New York City Housing Authority to delay major renovation projects throughout the five boroughs. One of those projects was to replace the elevators at a Brooklyn housing development, where a young boy fell to his death Monday.

Replacing the elevators at ...

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Deutsche Bank Fire: A Look Back

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Communication problems during major fires have plagued the FDNY going back to the first World Trade Center attack in 1993. Now, an investigation of last year's blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building that killed two firefighters shows that those problems linger. Here's a look back at how WNYC covered ...

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NYS Delegates: Novice Joins Expert at Conventions in Denver

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The New York state Democratic delegation - with 289 members - will be sending the second-largest number of delegates to the Democratic National Convention later this month. WNYC Elaine Rivera spent time with two of them - one who will attend a convention for the ...

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