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City Council Wades into Religious Feud

Monday, July 14, 2008

The City Council has waded into a longstanding feud between factions of the city’s largest Hasidic group.

A group called UJ-CARE, a newcomer to community service in Williamsburg, was allocated $200,000 for the new fiscal year. The relatively large figure is angering a rival, the veteran ...

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Bloomberg Calls For New Poverty Measures

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration is calling on the federal government to change the way it measures poverty. Under the city's new method the percentage of New Yorkers considered poor would actually rise. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The new approach is meant to update a method ...

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Officials Vow Better WTC Site Info

Friday, July 11, 2008

The World Trade Center Memorial and Museum will not be ready by the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Instead a makeshift memorial will be in place. That's some of what Port Authority officials told Lower Manhattan residents at a community meeting last night. WNYC's ...

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Baseball Exhibit Opens in Time for All-Star Game

Friday, July 11, 2008

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is next Tuesday, and today, the New York Public Library opens a new exhibit devoted to classic, musical baseball memorabilia.

It includes the earliest recording of the baseball anthem -- "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" -- which was written ...

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James Brown Memorabilia up for Auction

Friday, July 11, 2008

An auction of more than 1,000 personal items owned by "the hardest working man in show business" - aka James Brown — is set to hit the auction block at Christie's next week.

Everything from handwritten lyrics, awards, home furnishings and musical instruments will be available ...

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No Charges in Killing for Road Rage Cop

Friday, July 11, 2008

A city police officer who last October shot and killed a fellow motorist will not face charges even though the officer did not report the incident for 19 hours. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The grand jury took "no affirmative action" in the case of 35-year-old ...

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Tough Times for Lehman Bros.

Friday, July 11, 2008

On Wall street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell below 11,000 for the first time in two years, before recovering slightly. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports on one investment bank trying to weather the storm, Lehman Brothers.

The share price of the Midtown-based firm briefly hit a ...

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No Charges for Cop Who Shot Unarmed Motorist

Friday, July 11, 2008

An off-duty New York police officer who shot a driver to death in a road rage confrontation will not face criminal charges.

A grand jury voted not to file charges against Officer Sean Sawyer in the shooting death of Jason Tirado after hearing testimony from police, ...

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Rangel Deal Irks Harlem Residents

Friday, July 11, 2008

The disclosure that Congressman Charles Rangel has four rent-controlled apartments hit a sensitive nerve among New Yorkers. In Harlem, residents were divided about Rangel's living accommodations.

At a press conference outside of Rangel's Harlem apartment complex, fellow resident Lance Smith challenged the congressman saying he failed ...

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Cement Strike Ends

Friday, July 11, 2008

A 10-day strike by cement truck drivers who work at some of the city's biggest construction sites has been settled.

A spokeswoman for Teamsters Local 282 says drivers would be back to work immediately.

The 400 drivers went on strike on July 1st. The strike has stalled ...

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Rangel: Nothing Wrong with Rent Breaks

Friday, July 11, 2008

Congressman Charles Rangel says there's nothing wrong with paying about half the market rate for four rent-stabilized apartments at a prestigious Harlem address.

RANGEL: I don't see anything unfair about it and I didn't even know it was a deal.

Rangel, speaking at a news conference outside ...

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Clinton and Obama Speak Before Mostly Female Audience

Thursday, July 10, 2008

This morning in Midtown Manhattan more than 2,000 mostly female Democratic supporters gave Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama a rousing welcome. WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there.

REPORTER: Clinton urged the hometown audience to pull out all the stops in their effort to put Obama in ...

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GOP Struggles in Staten Island Congressional Race

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Staten Island may be the last bastion of the Republican party within the five boroughs, but that just could change this year. The seat occupied by Congressman Vito Fossella will be up for grabs come November, and Democrats are well positioned to take it back ...

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TKTS booth opens in Brooklyn

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New Yorkers no longer need to head into Manhattan to get cheap, day-of tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. A new TKTS booth opened today at MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn.

HONG: I’m going to get tickets to Hairspary, hopefully. And now I can come to downtown ...

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Advocates Push for Law to Decriminalize Sex Trade for Teens

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Advocates hoping to decriminalize teen sex crimes are urging Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill that would offer young people assistance in getting out of the sex trade, instead of jail time.

The "Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act" would not hold children under age ...

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Obama, Clinton Raise Cash in City

Thursday, July 10, 2008

More than 2,000 Barack Obama campaign contributors jammed a ballroom at a Manhattan Hilton Hotel to hear their candidate, and his former rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton. They gave Clinton a standing ovation. The New York senator urged Democrats to unite behind Obama if they want ...

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Ferrer Joins Willets Point Fight, For a Fee

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Former mayoral candidate Freddy Ferrer will join opponents of the Willets Point redevelopment plan at a public hearing in Queens this morning.

But his involvement comes with a catch: he will be getting paid for it. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

In the battle over these 60 ...

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City Explores Bike Share Program

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The city's plan to begin a bike sharing program is being met with enthusiasm by biking advocates.

The Department of Transportation has put out a request for expressions of interest for companies who can help initiate a program like one in Paris which has 20,000 public ...

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Economic Downturn Puts Damper on NYers Summer Plans

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

New Yorkers say they are used to hazy, hot and humid weather, like the kind we've been experiencing this week, but they're not used to a tough economy that is limiting many residents' summertime plans. Lisa Johnson of Brooklyn says last year she and her ...

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Number of NYC Foster Children Living in Congregate Care Declining

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The city's been trying to place fewer foster kids in institutions, and their efforts appear to be working.

A report by the Center for New York City Affairs shows the number of kids sent to residential treatment centers and group homes went down from about 3,900 ...

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