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Diplomats Must Pay Real Estate Taxes

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A federal judge has ruled that three countries must pay the city more than $57 million in real estate taxes. The judge says diplomatic privileges don't exempt the countries from tax obligations.

The case reached the Supreme Court, which ruled 7-2 that the city had a right to collect taxes on ...

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Nixzmary Brown's Stepfather Guilty of Manslaughter

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The stepfather of Nixzmary Brown has been convicted of manslaughter for the death of the 7-year-old girl who became a poster child for the problems within the city's child welfare agency.

Brooklyn jurors deliberated four days before finding Cesar Rodriguez guilty of first-degree manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty ...

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Tibetans Vow to Continue Protests

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Local Tibetan groups say they'll continue protesting here in the city as long as there's unrest and violence back home.

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered outside the U.N. as the deadline for Tibetan protesters to surrender to Chinese police drew near. Today, they'll be back outside the Chinese Consulate.

Tenzin Dorjee says ...

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Crane Collapse Stands Apart from Past Accidents

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The death toll from Saturday's crane collapse is now at seven, making it the worst such accident in the city's recent history.

The circumstances behind the collapse buck the trend of most fatal construction accidents.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that most construction fatalities in New ...

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Paterson Urges Cooperation on Budget

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

In his swearing-in speech, Gov. David Paterson stressed continuity and reconciliation. The governor also made it clear that both Republicans and Democrats would have to consider the new economic reality in negotiating the budget.

PATERSON: We are looking at an economy that is reeling. And I must say to all of ...

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Crime Scene Investigators Questioned in Bell Case

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Crime scene investigators continue to take the stand in the trial of three New York City police officers charged in Sean Bell's death. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the latest graphic evidence to be introduced.

The court watched as various blood soaked items of clothing were help up for ...

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JPMorgan May Abandon Downtown HQ

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

JPMorgan Chase has abandoned plans to move its downtown headquarters to the World Trade Center site, following its deal to acquire Bear Stearns.

JPMorgan has a 90-year lease downtown with the Port Authority for the spot where the former Deutsche Bank building now stands. The firm had planned to build a ...

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New York Responds to Economic Woes

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

PATERSON: I ask you to pause and focus on the problems of our great nation. Our economy appears to be headed toward crisis.

REPORTER: That's the assessment of Gov. David Paterson. In his swearing-in speech, he warned lawmakers that the state budget would have to take Wall Street's woes into account.

Joining ...

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Jurors Find Nixmary’s Stepfather Guilty of Lesser Charge of Manslaughter

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

More than two years after the brutal death of 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown, a jury in Brooklyn found her stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez, guilty of manslaughter in the first degree. The jurors cleared him of the top charge of murder in the second degree, a charge that could have led to life ...

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Bear Stearns Buyout Has Local Impact

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The abrupt acquisition of the investment house Bear Stearns by JP Morgan has New Yorkers paying close attention to Wall Street. While both firms are global players, their impact is local, as WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports.

REPORTER: Where there are acquisitions, there are usually layoffs. In Bear Stearns's case, analysts say ...

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Wall Street Woe Ripples into New Jersey

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Jersey's Acting Treasurer David Rousseau told state lawmakers the latest developments on Wall Street and a slowing national economy is showing up in disappointing tax revenues. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Trenton's toughest budget cycle is about to become even tougher.

Acting Treasurer Rousseau says the softening ...

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Tibetan Protesters Hold "Die In" at UN

Monday, March 17, 2008

As protesters in Tibet face a deadline at this hour to surrender to Chinese military police, demonstrators are rallying here. Tibetan groups are holding a "die in" outside the United Nations.

The unrest in Tibet began March 10 - the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in the ...

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Gov. Paterson Sworn in Among Applause and Laughter

Monday, March 17, 2008

David Paterson is sworn in as governor before a who's who of New York State political power. In his speech, he revealed his trademark sense of humor that may have set the tone for his style of governance. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

Paterson took the historic moment to bring levity to ...

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St. Patrick's Day Parade Street Closures

Monday, March 17, 2008

The St. Patrick's Day Parade gets under way at 11 this morning.

Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic between 44th and 90th Streets from around 10 am until about 5:30 this afternoon.

Also closed to traffic will be the parade staging area between 44th and 48th Streets from Sixth to Park ...

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Protestors, Police Clash at Chinese Consulate

Monday, March 17, 2008

Police and protesters say they suffered injuries after a rally outside the Chinese Consulate in Manhattan turned violent this weekend.

Protests are taking place all over the world - from Washington to Brussels - over a crackdown by Chinese troops on rioting Buddhist monks in Tibet.

After some of the picketers started ...

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Search of Rubble Continues Following Crane Collapse

Monday, March 17, 2008

The accident left four construction workers dead and dozens injured.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The city had issued 13 violations over the last couple years to the construction site and according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, there's nothing unusual about that.

BLOOMBERG: The violations had nothing to do with this, and every large ...

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Bear Stearns Buyout Makes Some NYers Anxious

Monday, March 17, 2008

News of the fed-assisted buyout of Bear Stearns has helped put the stock market on a losing track, and is making some New Yorkers anxious:

GREEN: I feel really bad for all the people that worked at Bear Stearns for 20-plus years and it's scary to see things happening right now ...

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David Paterson Prepares to Take Office

Monday, March 17, 2008

One week after the astonishing downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, his lieutenant governor - David Paterson - will be sworn in as New York's 55th governor.

Paterson has a tough road ahead. Spitzer's first year in office was marked by divisive partisan squabbling and the budget deadline looms on April 1, ...

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Bodies of Missing Recovered in Crane Wreckage

Monday, March 17, 2008

The bodies of all three of the people missing since the fatal crane accident on Saturday were found today. Two of them are construction workers: Santino Gallone and Clifford Canzona.

A number of construction workers from across the city showed up in hardhats near the site of the accident. One of ...

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Coney Island Opens for 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

One sign that spring is on its way is yesterday's opening of Astroland on Coney Island.

Lovers of the old-school amusement park worried that the 2007 season would be its last, with plans to redevelop the beach front property looming.

Though Astroland's fate is still up in the air, it's back for ...

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