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Cab Drivers From Pakistan Await Election Returns

Monday, February 18, 2008

Low demand for taxis gave some cab drivers from Pakistan time to focus on election news from their native country.

Hunched over styrofoam plates of rice and meat, a dozen or so drivers filled a halal restaurant in midtown and fixed their eyes on a large-screen TV. But with no official ...

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Former Mayor of Bogota Stumps for Congestion Pricing in NYC

Monday, February 18, 2008

The former mayor of Bogota, Columbia, is in the City today to stump for congestion pricing. Enrique Penalosa is known for instituting a number of transportation innovations in the late 1990s, including a bus rapid transit system, which some consider key to winning the congestion pricing debate here. WNYC's Matthew ...

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Sugary and Buttery Foods Banned in City Jails

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sugar and butter have joined the list of banned substances at the city's jails.

Department of Correction Commissioner Martin Horn says the city has a moral obligation to make sound choices for the roughly 14000 inmates in the jail system.

A breakfast might include fresh fruit, whole wheat bread and wheat flakes, ...

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Subprime Mess Continues to Spread

Monday, February 18, 2008

Fallout from the national sub-prime mortgage crisis is now being felt at local colleges, hospitals, and agencies, such as the Port Authority.

Borrowing money is getting more expensive thanks to the sub-prime mess. Universities, hospitals, and government agencies are particularly affected because they use the same bond insurers that guaranteed sub-prime ...

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Pettitte Fields Questions at Spring Training

Monday, February 18, 2008

REPORTER: Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte apologized to his family, his teammates, and his fans for embarrassing them through his involvement in pro baseball's steroid scandal. Pettitte has admitted to using human growth hormone, twice in 2002 and twice in 2004, a year before it was banned. He says he was ...

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Fallout from Sub-Prime Crisis Felt in Public Agencies

Monday, February 18, 2008

Fallout from the national sub-prime mortgage crisis is now being felt throughout the region at colleges, hospitals and other public agencies like the Port Authority. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Borrowing money is getting more expensive thanks to the sub-prime mess. Universities, hospitals, and government agencies are particularly affected because they ...

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Accused Murderer of Therapist had History of Mental Illness

Monday, February 18, 2008

The man accused of hacking a Manhattan therapist to death has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. David Tarloff has been charged with murder, attempted murder and assault.

Standing outside his father's Staten Island home Sunday, Tarloff's brother Robert Tarloff said "My father and I and our mother all tried ...

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William Modell, 86, Dies

Friday, February 15, 2008

William Modell, an iconic figure in retailing for 6 decades as head of the nation's oldest family-owned sporting goods company, died yesterday.

Modell took over as chairman after World War II and began to grow the chain as a major sports retailer from 4 New York City stores to 136 ...

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Advocates Protest School Funding Cuts

Friday, February 15, 2008

REPORTER: The groups say funding cuts will reduce English language classes for non-native speakers, who already have disproportionately high dropout rates.

Claire Sylvan, the executive director of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, says budget constraints will reduce enrichment programs for students from 90 countries who speak 55 languages.

SYLVAN: It breaks ...

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Panel Weighs Post-9/11 Illegal Holds

Friday, February 15, 2008

A lawsuit over the detention of Arab and Muslim immigrants after 9/11 had federal judges asking skeptical questions of both sides yesterday.

WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

The lawsuit accuses prison guards, wardens and top Washington officials of arresting the men on immigration charges and then holding them illegally for months after their ...

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Security Beefed Up at Israeli Mission, Jewish Sites

Friday, February 15, 2008

Israel has put its military and embassies on alert and advised Jewish organizations around the world to do the same, after threats from Hezbollah to retaliate for the death of a terrorist leader.

Imad Mughniyeh, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, was killed in a car bombing Tuesday in the ...

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Ronald K. Brown's Dance Company at the Joyce

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Ronald K. Brown Dance company, Evidence, opened its season at the Joyce theater this week. At a recent rehearsal, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the sounds of live drumming filled the space. Dancers struck moves informed by styles from Cuba, West Africa, and the U.S. Brown says he’s inspired by dance from ...

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Times to Cut Jobs

Friday, February 15, 2008

The New York Times will cut 100 jobs from its newsroom this year - including reporters - for the first time in recent history.

A Times spokeswoman said that represents nearly 8% of the newsroom staff.

Executive Editor Bill Keller cited financial pressures from a weak economy and competition from the Internet.

The ...

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New York, Theater, and Real Estate

Friday, February 15, 2008

Location, location, location. It’s one of New York’s biggest obsessions. And real estate is also a central preoccupation of a new production from the Foundry Theater called, "Open House." It’s set in 24 apartments in all 5 boroughs. The cultural critic Claudia La Rocco was at a show last night ...

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Con Ed Faulted in Blast Report

Thursday, February 14, 2008

State regulators have wrapped up the most extensive report so far on last July's fatal steam pipe explosion in midtown.

It says that Con Edison tried to repair the section of pipe responsible for the blast at least 2 different times over the previous 2 years.

The report, by the state Public ...

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Subway Security Criticized

Thursday, February 14, 2008

REPORTER: Councilman John Liu chairs the Transportation Committee. He says a recent report from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli got his attention.

LIU: It has been 6 years since they announced that they would be terror proofing the subway for $600 million. Two years after that, they announce another $500 million. And ...

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Bloomberg Comments on the National Economy

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg ridiculed the federal government's rebate checks as being "like giving a drink to an alcoholic." And said the presidential candidates are looking for easy solutions to complex economic problems.

Commenting at a news conference today Bloomberg said the checks ranging from $300 to $1,200 for more than 130 million ...

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Puerto Rico Remains Relevant by Being Last

Thursday, February 14, 2008

While states jockeyed for earlier primaries and caucuses, so they could increase their importance to this year's presidential race, one jurisdiction has become more relevant by remaining last. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico holds its caucuses June 7th. Its 63 delegates could give either Barack ...

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How to Celebrate Valentine's Day When You Just Got Dumped

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day is not a great holiday if you've recently been dumped. One new website gives the jilted and the fed up a place to vent.... and, perhaps, move on. It's called "relationshipobit.com," and WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan dreamt it up. She speaks with All Things Considered’s Amy Eddings.

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City to Add Agency Performance Data to Website

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Citizen watchdogs have a new tool at their disposal. The performance data for all city agencies is now online, at nyc.gov, and will be updated monthly.

REPORTER: Jeff Kay is Director of the Mayor's Office of Operations. He says the new system is a step forward, because the data ...

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