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Activists Want Special Prosecutor for Police Abuse

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Civil rights activists called for a crackdown on police misconduct today at rally outside police headquarters. The protest comes after a videotape surfaced showing an officer pushing a cyclist off his bike.

The video contradicts the officer's sworn statement, claiming the cyclist tried to run him ...

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Excitement as "Hair" Readies to Open

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Public Theater's 40th anniversary presentation of the musical, "HAIR," opens Thursday night, but it's already creating quite a buzz. The line for tonight's preview performance was five blocks long. Dan O'Brian was near the end of that line, but he didn't want to leave, ...

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State Lawmakers Ask for Federal Funding for Heating Oil

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

More New Yorkers will be eligible for state checks to help pay winter heating bills this year. The maximum yearly family income to qualify has risen to $45,000. Now lawmakers are trying to figure out where that money will come from.

The typical household using home ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Welcomes Clinton Back to N.Y.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

With the last of the Hillary Clinton supporters conceding that even her vice presidential prospects are over, Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a welcome back Hillary party at Gracie Mansion last night.

There were generations of past and future political leadership on the wide lawn that slopes ...

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Major Crimes Down 11 Percent in City Schools

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

New York's public schools are getting safer. Major crimes, including assaults, dropped by 11 percent in the 2007-2008 school year, compared to the year before.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg credits the decline to better coordination between the NYPD's school safety agents and educators. He says civil libertarians' ...

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Theft of City’s Metal Recyclables on Rise

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Recycling in New York City has always taken two different paths: the official one, where the city picks up the metal cans, plastic bottles, glass containers and paper you've set on the curb...and the unofficial one, where fellow New Yorkers grab material before the sanitation ...

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New Jersey Congressman Wants More Answers on Anthrax Probe

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

With the suicide of bio-warfare expert Bruce Ivins last week, the Justice Department is preparing to close its investigation into the 2001 anthrax attack that killed five people and sickened 17 others.

A spokesperson for the DOJ tells WNYC that, later this week, the FBI plans ...

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Port Authority Threatens to Block Landing Slot Auction

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Port Authority is threatening to block a plan to auction takeoff and landing slots at the region's three major airports. Under the proposal, which the U.S. Department of Transportation hopes to put into practice by the end of President Bush's term, up to 10 ...

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Councilmen Float Rules for Abandoned Barges

Monday, August 04, 2008

City councilmembers say a construction company has been using New York Harbor as a dumping ground for old barges, and they're proposing legislation requiring companies to register and label their barges.

An investigation by Brooklyn Councilman David Yassky found 180 abandoned barges in the city's waters ...

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Riverside Church Chooses a New Leader

Monday, August 04, 2008

Riverside Church in Manhattan has selected a new leader to replace its outgoing senior minister. A search committee unanimously chose the Rev. Brad Braxton as the successor to the pulpit.

The 39-year-old Braxton is the son of a Baptist pastor from Salem, Va., and studied as ...

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Dragon Boat Festival Draws Crowds to Queens

Monday, August 04, 2008

Beijing has the 2008 summer Olympics, but New York has the dragon boat festival. The 18th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival and Races were held in Corona Park, Queens over the weekend. Over 150 teams participated in the two-day event - the highest turnout ...

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Bloomberg Throws Bash for Clinton

Monday, August 04, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton will be the guest of honor tonight at Gracie Mansion, at a party Mayor Michael Bloomberg is throwing her to celebrate her historic Democratic presidential campaign.

BLOOMBERG: She has worked very hard on everything that I have pointed out is a New York ...

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New Jersey Lawmaker Blames FBI for "Unscientific" Anthrax Investigation

Monday, August 04, 2008

The New Jersey congressman whose central Jersey district was the Ground Zero for the anthrax letter attacks says the FBI needs to be held accountable for a poorly run investigation into the case.

However fruitless their attempts, Congressman Rush Holt has for years joined dozens of ...

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A Call for Stricter Brownfield Regulations

Monday, August 04, 2008

New York environmental groups are warning that even after clean up brownfield sites or abandoned, polluted industrial land, may not be truly safe for new development.

A new survey of the nation found that the federal government and other states often have stricter cleanup standards for ...

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American Teen, Is It 4Real

Monday, August 04, 2008

We say good bye to Liza Weisberg, our summer intern today. Before taking off for College we had her review the new movie American Teen.

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NYCLU Wants Cop Shooting Stats

Monday, August 04, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union says the New York Police Department is refusing to release any statical data on the race of people shot by its officers.

The group filed a lawsuit today demanding the police change their policy.

It claims the NYPD used to release ...

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Port Authority Moves Against Feds' Flight Auction Plan

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Port Authority is trying to block the federal government from auctioning off landing and departure slots at New York's three major airports.

The agency, which owns and operates LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark Liberty, formally proposed rules that would not allow any flights if they got ...

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Stealing the Sunshine to Light Up the Stage

Monday, August 04, 2008

On 23rd St, between the FDR Drive and the East river, sits a small unassuming building, about the size of a one bedroom loft, with a patio out back that doubles as a stage. The Solar 1 Arts and Education center, presents dance troupes, comedians, ...

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A District Swings in New Jersey

Friday, August 01, 2008

The 7th Congressional District in New Jersey used to be reliably Republican. But with New Yorkers moving in along the I-78 corridor, it's now considered up for grabs. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has been keeping an eye on that race and reports that in the last ...

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City Tries Closing Tunnel Lanes to Ease Accidents

Friday, August 01, 2008

If you can't get people to stop crossing against the light, then stop the cars from driving there instead.

That's the approach the city Department of Transportation will try out at the Park Avenue tunnel in Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood.

The intersection of Park and 33rd Street ...

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