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Fireman's Kin Claim Negligence

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The family of a New York City fireman killed in a blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building is suing. WNYC's Marc Garber reports.

Relatives of firefighter Robert Beddia charge the owner of the condemned skyscraper and contractors hired to dismantle it turned the building into a "death trap."

The lawsuit, filed ...

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Judges Weigh Possible Charges Against Ashcroft

Thursday, February 14, 2008

This morning, a panel of federal judges will consider whether former Attorney General John Ashcroft should be held accountable for the abuse of immigrants detained in Brooklyn after 9/11.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals will hear from attorneys on both sides in the largest of several lawsuits brought by detainees ...

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Teachers Union Head Resigns

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The head of the nation's second largest teachers union is stepping down.

American Federation of Teachers president Edward McElroy, who led the national union since 2004, announced his resignation yesterday.

The head of AFT's New York-chapter, Randi Weingarten, is expected to succeed McElroy.

Elections are scheduled for July.

Weingarten is a vice president of ...

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City Changes Daycare Subsidies

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

REPORTER: The city says it will change the way it funds subsidized daycare centers.

Instead of paying each facility based on total capacity, it will pay only for children who attend each day.

Administration for Children's Services Commissioner John Mattingly says each center will manage its own marketing, recruitment and enrollment.

MATTINGLY: The ...

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Developer's Donation Raises Eyebrows

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn was approved more than a year ago and is already under construction, but its developer just gave an unusually large political donation to New York state democrats.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

Forest City Ratner gave more than $58,000 to the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee last month.

A ...

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Clemens Testifies Before Congress

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Whether Roger Clemens ends up in the Hall of Fame or a jail cell could be decided today when he tells Congress, under oath, that he never used performance enhancing drugs. WNYC's Dan Blumberg has more.

The 7-time Cy Young Award winner was the highest profile player named in baseball's Mitchell ...

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Superpoke Someone on Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Facebook allows users to send messages to each other using a tool called Superpoke. Musician and writer Ganda Suthivarakom shares these thoughts on how Superpoke let’s her celebrate Valentine’s Day on line, in a way she’d never do in real life.


Ganda Suthivarakom's website

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NYRA Stays in Charge of Race Tracks

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A deal has been struck between state officials and the New York Racing Association that will allow NYRA to continue to operate the Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga race tracks for the next 25 years.

NYRA's board still has to approve the deal, which was confirmed by two state officials who spoke ...

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Criticism For "Empire Zones"

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The state's Empire Zone program is taking a beating in Albany.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli told a budget hearing yesterday that the multimillion dollar program isn't monitored closely enough to determine whether it's effective at retaining and attracting jobs.

Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky said Empire Zones have failed to turn around the ...

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Ron Brown Dance Co Opens at Joyce

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Ronald K. Brown dance company "Evidence" opens its season at the Joyce theater Tuesday. The Brooklyn-born dancer and choreographer draws on dance styles from all over the African diaspora.

This year he's presenting the U.S. premiere of a work inspired by the African-American photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris. Brown says that ...

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Quinn Seeks Budget Cuts and Innovation in Lean Times

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Predictably, Council Speaker Christine Quinn used her State of the City address to lay out her priorities for the coming year. But, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, she was also being sized up as the first woman who could be elected mayor. Last year, the speaker's challenge was how to ...

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Focus Shifts to Superdelegates

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

REPORTER: With the Democratic primary race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton very close, super delegates are getting more attention.

They're high-level elected officials and party members who can attend the Democratic National Convention in August and back whomever they want.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says she's sticking with Clinton, regardless of what ...

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Campaign Finance Reformers Denounce Lawsuit Against New Law

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Citizen watchdogs are defending the city's new campaign finance reform law after a lawsuit challenging it was filed in federal court. The lawsuit contends that the reforms hurt the prospects of minority candidates, because of new limits on campaign contributions from businesses and lobbyists.

REPORTER: According to the plaintiffs candidates who ...

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Prosecution Rests in Beating Death Trial

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The prosecution has rested in the murder trial of Cesar Rodriguez. He's accused of murdering his stepdaughter - 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown.

The defense was going to call Rodriguez's wife as its first witness tomorrow, but after a contentious hearing, a judge ruled against her taking the stand.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

During the ...

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Bloomberg Speaks at Climate Change Conference

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg addressed a climate change conference at the UN yesterday. There, he announced a plan to reduce the use of tropical hardwood by city agencies.

After his speech, he said climate change should be front and center for lawmakers all over the world.

BLOOMBERG: Terrorists kill people. Weapons of mass ...

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Therapy Dogs: Champions Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

REPORTER: Tonight, judges will decide the "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden.

As the canine contest was beginning, volunteers from 2 local dog therapy programs gathered at a charity benefit.

The groups, "Angel on a Leash" and the "Good Dog Foundation," provide dogs are ...

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New Site Aimed at Former Foster Kids

Monday, February 11, 2008

REPORTER: Youth Communication is launching a site that will list resources for finding things like housing and college scholarships.

Director Keith Hefner says being in foster care is often traumatic and many teens require mental health services.

HEFNER: There's a list of probably 200 clinics that you can click on and you ...

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Brainwaves at the Rubin Museum of Art

Monday, February 11, 2008

Last night at the Rubin Museum of Art, a musician, a filmmaker and a neuroscientist got together to talk about out-of-body experiences. It was part of the museums’ Brainwaves series, which explores how music, art and meditation affect the brain. Jazz composer and pianist Vijay Iyer took part in the ...

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Fire Safety Program Unveiled

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Fire Department is unveiling the largest fire safety campaign in its history.

The Sound the Alarm campaign was prompted by a fire in the Bronx that took the lives of 9 children and an adult last March.

The campaign features ad educating people about the importance of smoke alarms and proper ...

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Changes to Corzine's Road Plan

Monday, February 11, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine says he'll probably drop Route 440 from his plan to use highway tolls to pay down state debt and fund transportation projects.

Corzine's announcement got cheers yesterday at a town meeting in Middlesex County.

The governor is touring the state's counties to sell the plan, which would increase ...

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