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Parents Fight Daycare Closures

Friday, April 11, 2008

The city wants to shutdown what it says are under-utilized daycare centers, but parents, daycare workers and elected officials gathered at City Hall yesterday to say they're going to fight the plan.

City officials say they are wasting $40 million on 3,000 vacant slots at various daycare centers around the ...

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Top Judge Sues for Pay Hike

Friday, April 11, 2008

New York's chief judge has sued the state because she and her colleagues haven't had a pay raise in 10 years.

Judith Kaye's attorney, Bernard Nussbaum, says New York's refusal to grant annual cost-of-living increases to judges has widespread effects on morale.

NUSSBAUM: It's no good for judges, it's no good ...

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Corzine Faces Tough Budget Fight

Friday, April 11, 2008

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine held firm to his budget plan yesterday in a speech to the state's mayors.

Members of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors oppose Corzine's plan to cut aid to local governments by 10.5 percent. But, the governor says he won't waver in trying to fix the ...

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Shappy: Nerd-poet extraordinaire

Friday, April 11, 2008

Self-proclaimed nerd-poet Shappy (Jeff “Shappy” Seasholtz) recalls ugly moments of fourth-grade dodge ball that he overcame when he discovered the power of language. A stint as class president in 9th grade and success on the speech team solidified this future poet’s interest in the spoken word. Now a National Poetry ...

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Clinton Aims to Cut Urban Murder Rate by Half

Friday, April 11, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton is laying out a plan today to cut the murder rates in cities by half. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

The $4 billion-dollar plan is being unveiled in Philadelphia, the city with the highest homicide race among the 10 biggest U.S. Cities, and it comes as NYC's homicide ...

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Jean Valentine: New York State Poet Laureate

Friday, April 11, 2008

Valentine brings more than forty years of experience to the role of New York State Poet Laureate, an office she will hold until 2010. Her curious, intimate and dreamlike verse usually begins with a feeling, as she explained in an interview with the Poetry Society of America. Valentine comes from ...

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Ellen Hagan

Friday, April 11, 2008

Hagan’s writing appears in a variety of journals and anthologies, including La Petite Zine, Monologues for Women by Women and Underwired Magazine. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is a winner of the Carnegie Center’s 2007 Next Great Writers Competition. When she isn’t in Kentucky serving ...

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A Bad Week for Bloomberg

Friday, April 11, 2008

This past week Mayor Michael Bloomberg was dealt a major setback when his ambitious congestion pricing plan failed to garner even enough support from Albany lawmakers to get posted for a vote. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. SILVER: Many of them don't believe in the concept. Many of them think this ...

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Car Crashes into Courthouse Steps Injuring Six

Friday, April 11, 2008

Six people were hurt when a car lost control, jumped a curb and crashed into the steps of a Manhattan courthouse.

REPORTER: The car also hit a bagel cart before stopping a few steps up the grand staircase at 60 Centre Street. Bagels, bananas, and newspapers are strewn about the sidewalk.

Rutgers ...

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New Yorkers Gather to Remember Mailer

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A couple thousand of Norman Mailer's family, friends and admirers filled Carnegie Hall yesterday to celebrate his life.

It took almost three hours to memorialize the man who published more than 30 books, was married six times, and had nine kids. They all spoke about their dad and recalled his ...

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Residents Unhappy With Wall Collapse Report

Thursday, April 10, 2008

They claim a report on the accident ignores the agency's shortcomings.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

Hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate their apartments after the retaining wall collapsed at a construction site on Columbus Avenue.

Before the accident, residents say they called in to complain that blasting at the site was causing ...

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McCain Talks Economic Policy in Bay Ridge

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sen. John McCain came to Bay Ridge today to signal a shift in his economic policy. Having said last month that the federal government should do nothing to help those who can't pay their mortgages, now McCain says the government should take targeted action to help.

MCCAIN: We'll combine the power ...

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Lawsuit Filed to Block Randalls Island Project

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another legal effort has been made to stop the construction of sports fields on Randalls Island.

Several public school parents and East Harlem residents filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court. Marina Ortiz, an East Harlem activist, says her neighbors would prefer to keep the area for passive rather than active ...

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Comptroller Demands Cleanup of Brooklyn Rec Center

Thursday, April 10, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson is calling for immediate action to clean up a city-owned athletic center in Brooklyn that houses day care and pre-kindergarten programs.

He says his auditors found decrepit and dangerous conditions during a routine financial audit of the Paerdegat Athletic Club in Canarsie — including missing fire extinguishers, ...

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A Peacemaker's Puppets

Thursday, April 10, 2008

This Friday, a new production of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha will debut at the Metropolitan Opera. It tells the story of Mahatma Gandhi’s experiences in South Africa, ones that helped define his philosophy of non-violent resistance. Gandhi isn’t the only figure who casts a large shadow on stage or, for that ...

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Victory for Teachers in Tenure Battle

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The city's public schools and teachers were big winners in the budget, approved by New York's legislature yesterday.

Gov. David Paterson and the legislature restored $644 million in additional school funding. The city now has a record $8.3 billion education budget.

Geri Palast, of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, which won ...

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9/11 Memorial Reaches Fundraising Goal

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A donation by one of the World Trade Center's former tenants has finished off the fund-raising drive for the September 11 memorial.

The memorial is scheduled to open in 2011.

Joe Daniels, president of the September 11 Memorial and Museum, says the financial firm gave $10 million.

DANIELS: Our final gift that ...

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Latest on State Budget

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lawmakers have approved a $122 billion budget for New York State. It came nine days late and despite warnings of an economic slowdown, the budget increases total spending by nearly 5 percent over last year’s budget.

Some details include $1.8 billion more for education. That's a hike of about 9 percent ...

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Parents of Slain Student get Visas to Travel from China

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The parents of Minghui Yu, the Columbia University student who was killed last Friday, now have visas to travel from China to claim their son. Senator Charles Schumer says the state department granted the papers in a matter of days when usually the process takes weeks.

A graduate student of statistics, ...

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David Gonzalez

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Poet, performer and musician David Gonzalez takes a global village approach to his art. The musician-poet grew up in the Bronx and creates musical and dramatic works about frog brides, ceiba trees, Cuban refugees, Latin music and passengers on the Underground Railroad. For 8 years Gonzalez shared his knowledge of ...

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