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A Local Take on the Mitchell Report

Friday, December 14, 2007

A lot of Yankees and Mets are named in Senator Mitchell's report on steroid use in baseball. Roger Clemens, Andy Pettite and Paul LoDuca all played in New York last season, but the report also names some who retired long ago.

Like Lenny Dykstra - he was the skinny kid who ...

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Construction Accident Near Ground Zero Injures Architect

Friday, December 14, 2007

One man was seriously injured this morning at a construction site in Lower Manhattan, after a crane dropped a load of construction materials onto a office trailer.

REPORTER: A spokesman for builder Tishman Construction says the crane was lifting long metal rods to the 13th floor of Goldman Sachs' new headquarters ...

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Reactions to Corzine’s Education Plan

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Educators around the Garden State are reviewing Governor Corzine's plan to change the way the state funds public schools.

REPORTER: Under the plan, all districts would receive at least 2% more money from the state next year. And nearly half would see aid increase by at least 10%.

The governor also wants ...

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Former Mets and Yankees Named in Report Steroid Use

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Among those named in the Mitchell report on drug use in baseball are several current and former Mets and Yankees. WNYC’s Dan Blumberg has more.

Roger Clemens and Andy Pettite are the two most prominent names in the report by former Senator George Mitchell. The report says the two got steroids ...

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Office Workers Vote to Strike

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The city's doormen, janitors, and building workers say they'll go out on strike in if they don't get a raise.

REPORTER: They say building owners have enjoyed a dramatic upturn in the real estate market, but wages haven't kept pace. Union president Mike Fishman marched with thousands of members yesterday in ...

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City Sponsors Conference on Foreclosures

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Here's the conventional view of why foreclosures have spiked in the US - low teaser rates lured borrowers into risky sub-prime loans. The rates reset, the payments exploded and a massive number of borrowers were forced to default on their mortgages. One economist challenged this view yesterday at a city-sponsored ...

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Snow Storm Dumps Mainly Slush on NYC

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Our snow storm never generated much snow, but there is plenty of sleet, and slush. Sanitation commissioner John Doherty is predicting a sloppy commute but he says snow plows are no longer needed. He says sometimes the weather just doesn't do what the forecasters say.

In northern New Jersey, however, a ...

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Adolfo Carrion to Run for City Comptroller

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion says he's throwing his hat into the city comptroller's race - ending speculation that he was going for a mayoral bid. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

Carrion joins a crowded field of four other candidates who are currently seeking to be the city's top financial officer. At ...

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New Ethics Controls for Pension Fund

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Governor Spitzer has announced new ethics controls over the state's massive public employees' pension fund. The measures are intended to target conflicts of interest, like the one that led to the scandal under the previous state comptroller, Alan Hevesi.

REPORTER: Spitzer says the new regulations will ensure public transparency.

SPITZER: Require the ...

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Cities Embrace New Way to Handle Confrontations Between Cops and the Mentally Ill

Thursday, December 13, 2007

It's been just over a month since the death of Khiel Coppin, in Brooklyn. He's the emotionally ill 18 year old who was shot by police officers who thought he was holding a gun. It turned out to be a hairbrush. The incident drew attention to the NYPD's methods for ...

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A Look at Bloomberg’s Asia Trip

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg won't be in New York for today's snowstorm. Instead, he's half a world away in Bali, where the heat index is 96 degrees. Not a bad place to hold a conference on global warming.

But, what's the mayor of New York doing there? And what was he doing in ...

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A Giuliani Campaign Stop

Thursday, December 13, 2007

After yesterday’s Republican debate, former mayor Rudy Giuliani stopped briefly to campaign in West Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein reports.

REPORTER: Though he’s leading in national polls, Giuliani is trailing far behind Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee here, and he’s not spending much time in the Hawkeye state. ...

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Judge Clears Path for Central Park Lawsuits

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A judge has given a tentative go-ahead to lawsuits filed on behalf of five men wrongly convicted in the 1989 Central Park jogger case. US District Judge Deborah Batts gave their attorneys 2 months to update old lawsuits and explain why the city and others should be held liable for ...

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Employees Protest at Fresh Direct

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Warehouse union members are protesting what they say is Fresh Direct's hostile, anti-union actions. A group of demonstrators gathered outside the online grocer's site in Queens yesterday.

REPORTER: Members of Teamsters Local 805 claim Fresh Direct unfairly suspended over 100 workers for trying to unionize. Sandi Pope, spokeswoman for Local 805, ...

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Handicapped Struggle to Get Around During Drivers' Strike

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Many Access-A-Ride passengers stranded by the ongoing drivers strike are struggling to get around the City.

REPORTER: Michael Harris who uses a motorized wheelchair is one of them. Harris the executive director for the Disabled Riders Coalition estimates he's spent more than 300 hundred dollars on livery cars since Monday. It's ...

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Long Term Effects of Foreclosures in Empire State

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Governor Spitzer is painting a bleak picture of the foreclosure crisis in New York over the next 2 years. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

While addressing a group of affordable housing builders, Spitzer said the reforms put forward by the Bush administration are too narrow and won't help those closest to foreclosing. ...

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Overcrowding Forces Some New Jersey Prisons to go Co-Ed

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of women inmates who've been moved to an all-male maximum security prison in Trenton. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Court filings say the decision of the state's Department of Corrections to move 40 female ...

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Negotiations Begin for Drivers of Disabled

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Drivers and bus companies that provide public transportation for thousands of disabled and chronically ill riders are at the bargaining table today, as a drivers' strike enters its 3rd day.

With negotiations scheduled to resume this morning, roughly 8,000 disabled passengers are facing another day of relying on backup buses and ...

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City Not Providing Adequate Translation Services

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A new survey of city welfare offices shows nearly 75 percent are not providing proper translation services for those who don't speak English. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: According to advocates a local law requires the city to translate applications into 6 different languages and have translators available either by phone ...

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WNYC Explores Methods of Dealing with Mentally Ill After Death of Khiel Coppin

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

It's been exactly one month since the death of Khiel Coppin in Brooklyn. He's the emotionally disturbed 18 year old who was shot by police after pulling out a hairbrush. Officers thought he was holding a gun. The death drew attention to the NYPD's methods in dealing with mentally ill ...

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