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Broadway Bids Farewell to Passing Strange

Friday, July 18, 2008

The musical Passing Strange will close at the Belasco Theater this Sunday, after a run of only 5 months. The filmmaker Spike Lee is making a film version. So what's it take to stay open on Broadway these days? Charles Isherwood is a theater critic ...

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Burger King and McDonalds Post Calorie Counts

Friday, July 18, 2008

Several big fast food chains say they have finally begun obeying a new rule requiring some local restaurants to post calorie counts on the menu.

Burger King and McDonalds were among the chains that began changing their menu boards today after months of resistance. A health ...

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Heat Brings Air Quality Alert to City

Friday, July 18, 2008

The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert till 10 o'clock tonight, urging residents to limit strenuous activities because of added pollutants in the air.

The city has opened cooling centers to help New Yorkers weather the heat, but Danny Taft, says he was ...

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New Yorkers Visit Local Parks Hosting Outdoor Performances

Friday, July 18, 2008

New Yorkers are discovering there is more than one green space in the city to catch an outdoor art performance. The Joyce Theater celebrates its 25th year by collaborating with the City Parks Foundation to bring three solo dance performances to each borough this week.

The ...

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A Tour of MTA's East Side Access Tunnels

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's East Side Access project reached its first goal post a couple of weeks ago: giant boring machines finished burrowing their way from 63rd Street and Second Avenue all the way to Grand Central Terminal. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman takes us on a ...

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Citigroup Announces $2.5B in Losses

Friday, July 18, 2008

Citigroup released its second quarter earnings this morning saying it lost $2.5 billion over the past three months. It also laid off 6,000 workers.

REPORTER: Citigroup president Vikram Pandit described the loss as progress citing that last quarter the bank lost $5.1 billion. Citigroup's announcement ends ...

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Fab Pre-Fab Buildings

Friday, July 18, 2008

With all the anxiety about mortgages and foreclosures, you might forget another part of the housing crisis: The need for affordable new housing in many parts of the country. A new exhibition at MoMA shows how some architects are working with prefabricated housing to come ...

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Merrill Lynch Posts 2Q Loss; Sells Bloomberg Stake

Friday, July 18, 2008

Merrill Lynch continues to get a thumbs down from investors, as the firm tries to manage the fallout after reporting its fourth consecutive quarterly loss. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: On a conference call after the market closed Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain said the ...

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More Charges Expected Against Bear Stearns Investors

Friday, July 18, 2008

Prosecutors say they expect to bring more criminal charges against two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers already charged with lying to investors about the collapse of the subprime mortgage market.

At a hearing in Brooklyn federal court today, prosecutor Patrick Sinclair said Ralph Cioffi and ...

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Low Income Tenants Get Hotline to Report Discrimination

Friday, July 18, 2008

A new hotline is taking calls from low income tenants experiencing housing discrimination because they don't have a lot of money. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: A new law requires all but the smallest landlords to accept Section 8 and other government programs from low income ...

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Automakers Offer Hybrids For NYC Taxi Fleet

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The city's plan to convert its entire fleet of yellow cabs to hybrids in four years is moving forward. Three automakers have guaranteed to set aside 300 hybrids per month to meet the growing demand. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more.

REPORTER: In October, new regulations require ...

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DJ Shadow Invades McCarren Pool

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursday night in Williamsburg two of hip-hop’s most innovative turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist invade McCarren Pool. WNYC’s Derek John caught up with DJ Shadow about his lifelong obsession with records. The performance features eight turntables spinning only 45 rpm records. 45s spin faster ...

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N.J. to Vote on Land-Use Plan

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Almost four years after it was created, a New Jersey land-use plan designed to protect the state's main watershed will get voted upon today by the New Jersey Highlands Commission. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

The commission is considering a plan that would prohibit development ...

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U.S. Lifts Ban on HIV-Positive Foreigners

Thursday, July 17, 2008

America will no longer ban HIV positive foreigners from visiting or immigrating to the U.S. Yesterday the Senate voted overwhelmingly to reverse the 20-year-old policy.

The ban has kept many people from visiting family members in New York, and made it nearly impossible to hold international ...

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Rangel Defends Himself From New Charges

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rep. Charles Rangel continues to make headlines as he defends himself twice in a week against critical stories questioning his ethics.

A report in the Washington Post accuses Rangel of using congressional stationary to solicit nonprofit groups and foundations for a new City College library to ...

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MTA's East Side Project Makes Progress

Thursday, July 17, 2008

To shed light on one of it's deepest darkest projects, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority took reporters on a tour of their East Side Access project; the underground tunnels that will link the Long Island Rail Road with Grand Central Terminal.

So far, the MTA has awarded ...

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Feds Nab Child Welfare Workers For Embezzling

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Federal authorities have arrested three child welfare workers and two employees of a foster care agency. All are accused of scheming to defraud the Administration for Children's Services out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: The money was supposed to go ...

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DiNapoli Grapples With State Economic Woe

Thursday, July 17, 2008

It was 17 months ago that Thomas DiNapoli was selected by the New York State legislature to succeed disgraced New York State Comptroller Allan Hevesi.

Since then, DiNapoli has had to grapple with a deteriorating economy and a state budget crunch that is being felt on ...

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Merrill Lynch Expects Billions in Losses, Abandons WTC Move

Thursday, July 17, 2008

After yesterday's rally, one of Wall Street's biggest brokerage houses will release some sobering news today. Merrill Lynch is expected to announce several billion dollars in losses. For more on the banks and how healthy they are, we turn to Aaron Elstein, reporter for Crain's ...

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New Buildings Safety Measures Aims For Better Inter-Agency Communication

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Bloomberg administration unveiled 33 steps it's taking to make the demolition of buildings safer.

Many of them fix problems in communication between city agencies that may have contributed to last August's fatal fire at the Deutsche Bank building. Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler says now the ...

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