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Presidential Hopefuls Debate in Iowa

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

This week, Republican and Democratic candidates meet in their final debates before January’s Iowa Debates. Hear them live on WNYC, followed by analysis and insight from Brian Lehrer in New York and Andrea Bernstein in Des Moines. Tune in Wednesday and Thursday afternoon at 2 on AM 820 WNYC.

On Wednesday, ...

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MSG Suit Settled

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Madison Square Garden and New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas have settled the sexual harassment case brought by a former team executive. Anucha Browne Sanders settled for $11.5 million. That's just $100,000 less than a jury awarded her.

In a statement, Browne Sanders said she was "extremely pleased" and that "justice ...

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City Scales Back on WTC Remains Search

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The 14-month long expanded search for human remains at the World Trade Center site is being scaled back, now that most of the areas that still need excavation are blocked by construction at the site.

In a letter updating the mayor on the effort, Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler says all the ...

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Vikram Pandit Named CEO at Citigroup

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Citigroup Inc. named Vikram Pandit, the head of its investment banking business, as its new chief executive officer. Pandit will replace acting CEO, Sir Win Bischoff who replaced the companies ousted CEO and chairman Charles Prince last month.

Pandit is well known on Wall Street, having worked at Morgan Stanley for ...

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Awaiting Decision of 9/11 Panel

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A federal appeals panel will decide whether the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency Christie Whitman can be held liable in a lawsuit against her. Whitman is accused of knowingly misleading the public when she said residents, workers and students could return to lower Manhattan. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has ...

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Death Penalty Bill Moves to Assembly

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

New Jersey is one step closer to being the first state to abolish the death penalty. The Senate has approved a bill that offers life in prison without parole in a 21-to-16 vote.

REPORTER: It was a non-partisan vote - with 4 Republicans voting to repeal it and 2 Democrats voting ...

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Closing Arguments in Case Against the Former Head of the EPA

Monday, December 10, 2007

A federal appeals court heard arguments today about whether former Environmental Protection Agency head Christine Todd Whitman can be sued for her actions following the World Trade Center Attacks. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

A lower court ruled that Whitman’s statements about post-9/11 air quality were quote,“conscience-shocking,” and amounted to her ...

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Strong Opposition to Fare Hike

Monday, December 10, 2007

Elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall to oppose the MTA's fare hike proposal. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says the legislature is increasingly willing to fund mass transit - much more than it was under the Pataki administration.

REPORTER: But, Brodsky says the MTA board must delay its December 19th ...

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New York City's Small Business Manufacturers Encounter Dearth of Skilled Employees

Monday, December 10, 2007

While their numbers have decreased in past decades, more than 500,000 industrial jobs remain in New York City. Small business manufacturers say they have job openings that pay good wages with benefits. But some employers say they can't find skilled employees. Vocational training and other technical schools could play a ...

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The MTA Says Fares will Increase for Discount Riders

Monday, December 10, 2007

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says the MTA can still delay its December 19 vote to raise fares and allow the state to come up with more funding.

REPORTER: The MTA announced it intends to raise the price of monthly Metrocards by 5 dollars but Brodsky says they haven't given state legislators enough ...

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Redgraves Address Guantanamo Detainees

Monday, December 10, 2007

Last night, several members of the Redgrave family took the stage at the Culture Project Theatre in SoHo. Vanessa, recently starred in "The Year of Magical Thinking" on Broadway. She was joined by her sister Lynn, brother Corin and niece Jemma.

REPORTER: The Redgraves read from a poetry collection written by ...

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Gamers Gather for Championships

Monday, December 10, 2007

In the fantasy game world, Uri Peleg of Israel won the "Magic - The Gathering" World Championships, a prize of $40,000. The card game requires players to out-maneuver their opponents with combinations of wizards, dragons and other fantasy characters.

REPORTER: Thomas Drake competed in the team event and says his match ...

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Anime Fans Descend on New York

Monday, December 10, 2007

Fans of Japanese animation flocked to the Javits Center this weekend for the New York Anime Festival. One of the main draws was Peter Fernandez, the voice of characters Speed Racer and Racer X.

REPORTER: Fernandez lives in the New York-area and can still be heard plying his trade.

FERNANDEZ: Twice a ...

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New Jersey State Senate Votes Today

Monday, December 10, 2007

The parents of the murdered girl who inspired Megan's Law against sexual predators urged New Jersey legislators not to abolish the death penalty.

Richard Kanka says convicted killer and death row inmate Jesse Timmendequas strangled and raped his daughter, and dumped her body in a park and says he doesn't understand ...

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NJ Senate Votes to Abolish Death Penalty

Monday, December 10, 2007

NJ's Democratic-led state senate voted today, 21-to-16, to abolish capital punishment, persuaded by a special commission's report last January that capital punishment was more costly than life in prison without parole, and did little to deter murder. The measure goes to the Assembly for a vote on Thursday.

Patrick Murray watched ...

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Strike for Drivers of Disabled

Monday, December 10, 2007

Drivers of buses and vans that often provide the only means of public transit to thousands of disabled and chronically ill riders went on strike early this morning.

The 4 companies serve about 9,000 passengers of the city's Access-A-Ride program for people who cannot use mass transit for health or for ...

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New York Governor Launches Investigation into Tainted Toys

Monday, December 10, 2007

Stores in New York are still stocking toys with unsafe levels of lead, according to the state Consumer Protection Board. A review, ordered by Governor Spitzer last summer after a number of national recalls, found about 620 recalled toys still on shelves in 2800 stores.

The effort also identified three more ...

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September 11th Case Returns to Court

Monday, December 10, 2007

Today, a federal appeals court will hear arguments on whether the federal government and former Environmental Protection Agency head Christine Todd Whitman can be sued for statements about conditions after 9/11. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

A group of 8 lower Manhattan residents, office workers and students are suing Whitman and ...

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Stagehands Agree on Contract

Monday, December 10, 2007

Broadway stagehands have approved a new contract with producers. This comes nearly 2 weeks after the end of a strike that kept several Broadway shows dark for 19 days.

A spokesman for the stagehands union says the contract was overwhelmingly ratified. Broadway producers say they're pleased with this outcome and that ...

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Review of Univision Debate: Feet in Two Worlds

Monday, December 10, 2007

Republican presidential candidates met in Miami last night for the campaign's first Spanish language debate. Florida's Latino community could be pivotal in both the primary and general elections, and a recent Pew poll shows that group drifting from the GOP as it increases its anti-immigrant rhetoric. With us to discuss ...

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