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School Groups Call for Targeted Funding

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Educational activists are calling on Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to target $360 million in state funding for specific programs.

Representatives for six educational groups contend that money was won in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit last year. It dictates that the money should go for ...

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International Arms Dealer Indicted in City

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The world’s most high profile international arms dealer has been indicted by a Federal Grand jury in New York City.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Forty-one-year-old Victor Bout, a former Soviet military officer, has been indicted for allegedly conspiring to supply everything from surface and air missiles ...

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Sports Museum Opens in New York

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Belmont Park, Arthur Ashe Stadium. Those are just a few of New York's sports meccas. Well, a new museum near Wall Street hopes there's room for another. WNYC's Dan Blumberg takes us on a tour of the Sports Museum of ...

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Atlantic Yards Loses Green Roof for Arena, 2016 Completion Date

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Forest City Ratner, the company developing the 22 acres over Brooklyn's Atlantic railyards , says it needs two more years to finish the massive arena and high rise project. It's pushing back its completion date from 2016 to 2018, this as critics continue to wonder ...

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Preliminary Vote on Rent Hikes Tonight

Monday, May 05, 2008

Residents and landlords of more than one million rent-stabilized apartments will be watching closely this evening when the Rent Guidelines Board holds a preliminary vote on rent hikes. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

Both landlords and tenants are sure to make their voices heard. Building owners have ...

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Ratner Extends End Date for Atlantic Yards Project

Monday, May 05, 2008

Developer Bruce Ratner is giving himself two more years to finish the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, from 2016,to 2018, because he's having trouble acquiring the land for the massive project.

Ratner also unveiled a new design for the two buildings and the arena which ...

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Anti-Piracy Bill Gets Boost in Albany

Monday, May 05, 2008

A long-stalled bill in Albany to fight piracy of TV shows and movies got a boost today.

Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC/Universal, urged state lawmakers to increase the penalty for first-time piracy offenders to a misdemeanor, up from a simple violation.

Zucker said failure ...

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Artists Sketch City from the High Line

Monday, May 05, 2008

Friends of the High Line are offering sketch classes to experienced and in-experienced artists.

REPORTER: High Line spokesperson Meredith Taylor, says the classes will be taught by artist Ann DeVere on a section of the line that wraps around the Hudson Rail Yards and has views ...

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Board Set to Vote on Rent Increase

Monday, May 05, 2008

A preliminary vote takes place tonight on landlords' request to raise the rate on rent-regulated apartments by 15 percent.

The Rent Guidelines Board meets at Cooper Union's Great Hall, starting at 5:30, for the preliminary vote.

Landlords say they need the rent increase to deal with rising ...

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City Schools Slacking on Phys Ed Requirements

Monday, May 05, 2008

Third graders in New York City's public school system are supposed to have gym class every day. But only 4 percent of them get to run around as part of the school day. This according to a report by the city's public advocate.

Betsy Gotbaum's office ...

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Ratner Moving Ahead With Atlantic Yards Development

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Atlantic Yards Developer Bruce Ratner says lawsuits and the shaky economy have slowed his plan to transform Brooklyn with an NBA Nets arena and a slate of skyscrapers. But he says he aims to break ground on the arena this year.

In a guest column in ...

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Wildflower Week Promotes Native Plants

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The first-ever New York City Wildflower Week has begun. It's a celebration of plants native to the region.

At Union Square, volunteers are handing out free seedlings. Marielle Anzelone is among the organizers. She says one of the inspirations for Wildflower Week is a former first ...

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"Rubber Rooms" Cost City Schools Millions Each Year

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The number of New York City teachers pulled from their classrooms because of accusations of wrongdoing has doubled in four years - and some spend years collecting their salaries while awaiting disciplinary hearings. That's according to the Daily News, which reports that paying such teachers ...

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Queens Company Recalls Possible Tainted Meat

Sunday, May 04, 2008

A New York City company is recalling more than a quarter million pounds of meat and poultry because it might be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.

The US Department of Agriculture says the recall includes several different brands of fresh and frozen products made by Gourmet Boutique ...

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Two Men Talking

Saturday, May 03, 2008

In 1974, two 12=year old boys met in school on Johannesburg, South Africa. They were given an assignment to tell each other a story – and they’ve been telling stories ever since. They are Murray Nossel and Paul Browde and they’ve created a production called ...

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Department of Aging Gets an Overhaul

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The city's Department of Aging is getting its first major restructuring in decades.

Members of the city council visited a senior center in Brooklyn Friday to listen to some of the concerns of elderly New Yorkers and their families. Nathaniel Boyd says his 80-year-old mother used ...

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Fossella Faces Jail Time Over Drunk Driving

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Congressman Vito Fossella faces five days in jail if he's convicted of drunk driving.

The Republican was pulled over in Alexandria, Virginia Thursday; his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. At a press conference in Brooklyn Friday, Fossella called the incident a ...

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Paterson Picks New Director for Port Authority

Saturday, May 03, 2008

A former city environmental commissioner and ports executive has been tapped to become the Port Authority's next executive director. Governor Paterson has has recommended Christopher Ward to succeed Anthony Shorris. Ward has worked as an executive at the company that operates the Port Authority's Red ...

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Mayor Offers City a Lean Budget

Friday, May 02, 2008

There were lots of clouds and little silver lining on display at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget presentation yesterday.

Given the fragile state of the economy, Bloomberg says the city will likely run deficits in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Does that mean he's bequeathing the next mayor ...

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Credit Cards in Cabs Under Review

Friday, May 02, 2008

Are credit card machines in the city's yellow cabs an improvement? City Council members posed that question yesterday and the answers they received were dramatically different. Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus says the technology is working well and that drivers' tips have nearly doubled ...

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