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Arab Music Thrives in New York

Monday, March 10, 2008

A major festival of Arab music is taking place in Brooklyn all this month. After 9/11 there were fears that funding and opportunities for Arab artists would dry up. Siddhartha Mitter reports on the thriving scene for Arab music in New York.

The Brooklyn Maqam Festival

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Final 9/11 Relic Moved

Monday, March 10, 2008

It wasn't much of a journey - a couple hundred feet at most.

But, it's not often that you see an entire staircase being moved by crane. And for all its bruises, the "survivors staircase" has a real following.

Thousands of people who ran to safety on September 11 ran down those ...

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Work Stopped at Trump Development

Monday, March 10, 2008

A downtown Donald Trump high-rise under construction has been shut down for a second time after equipment struck and shattered several windows.

Buildings Department officials say that a cable at the SoHo project came loose during this weekend's heavy winds and struck the north side of the tower. About a dozen ...

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Colombians Protest Against Conflict

Friday, March 07, 2008

REPORTER: Protesters chanting "no to war, yes to peace" marched in front of the Colombian Mission to the U.N. yesterday afternoon to raise their voices against the ongoing violent conflict between Colombia’s government, pro-government paramilitary groups and the FARC rebels.

Through a bullhorn, Carlos Salamanca told the crowd, "We’re not for ...

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Hunt Continues for Times Square Bomber

Friday, March 07, 2008

Law enforcement officials now say that letters with the words "We did it" sent to lawmakers on Capitol Hill were from a war protester and not linked to the explosion.

Last night, WNBC reported a possible connection with an incident at the Canadian border last month in which four men tried ...

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Arts Education Faces Looming Cuts

Friday, March 07, 2008

REPORTER: Only 4 percent of the city's elementary schools meet state requirements for arts education.

That's according to the city's first annual report measuring the success of arts programs in city schools. Ninety-eight percent of elementary schools do, however, provide some form of arts education.

Mayor Bloomberg says that with looming citywide ...

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Retailers hit by downtown construction get boost

Friday, March 07, 2008

Downtown retailers who have been complaining for months about the noise and detours that construction has caused got some good news today.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation announced that it would give out $5 million in grants to ground-floor businesses that have lost sales because of the construction. Gov. Eliot Spitzer ...

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Indian Point Debate Goes to Court

Friday, March 07, 2008

The Entergy Corporation, the owner/operator of Indian Point, has asked the federal government for permission to keep its reactors running another 20 years. The licenses on Indian Point's 2 reactors expire in 2013 and 2015. But some government and civic groups are opposed. Today, in a pre-hearing, a 3-judge panel ...

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Buildings Department Admits Fault in Collapse

Friday, March 07, 2008

The vacant 5-story building on East 124th St. had been visited by building inspectors six times over the last year following complaints of falling debris.

In a statement Thursday, Buildings Department Commissioner Patricia Lancaster said the building was declared unsafe last January 11.

That's when an "Immediate Emergency Declaration" was issued, under ...

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Victims remembered one year after deadly Bronx fire

Friday, March 07, 2008

One year after a Bronx fire killed nine children and an adult, hundreds of members of the city's African community joined relatives to remember them.

They gathered in front of the boarded-up building where the fire occurred and listened to remarks by the fathers of the dead children, clergy and elected ...

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CPR for the Arts

Friday, March 07, 2008

Sustainability is a big question for a lot of New Yorkers, and for New York’s artists. The Center for Performance Research is a new arts space that tries to provide some answers. It’s a performance and research laboratory located in an environmentally-friendly apartment building in South Williamsburg. Cultural critic Claudia ...

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Bicyclist Still Sought in Times Square Bombing

Friday, March 07, 2008

Police are still looking for a bicyclist who may have been responsible for yesterday's small bomb blast in Times Square.

Meanwhile, letters sent to many members of Congress with the phrase "we did it" turn out to be completely unrelated. WNYC's Dan Blumberg has more.

It's just a very strange coincidence that ...

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Immigrants sue to speed citizenship process

Friday, March 07, 2008

A group of Latino immigrants adamant about voting in this year's presidential election is suing the federal government and immigration officials in New York for failing to process their citizenship applications in a timely manner.

Manuel Martinez has been living and working in the U.S. for two decades: raising American children, ...

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Activists Praise Abandonment of Bronx Jail Plan

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Bronx community activists are claiming partial victory after the city decided not to build a jail in Hunts Point - but they question the city's motives and remain concerned another jail will be placed in the borough.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

After a year of rallies and meetings, activists, local officials and ...

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The Whitney Biennial Opens

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Whitney Biennial opens today. 81 artists were selected by a team of curators and advisors to represent the latest trends in American contemporary art. It's being held at the Whitney Museum and, for 3 weeks, at the Park Avenue Armory, where performances and installations are also open to the ...

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Spitzer Plans Mortgage Bill

Thursday, March 06, 2008

REPORTER: There are more than 3,000 mortgage shops and brokers in New York State, some of which have been the source of bad subprime loans.

Banks Superintendent Richard Neiman says Spitzer's proposal would regulate them more aggressively.

NEIMAN: What this bill will do is expand the responsibility of those lenders to assess ...

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Photos of Sean Bell's Bloodstained Car Shown in Courtroom

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The court got its first unsettling glimpse inside of Sean Bell's car as it looked after the shooting.

The photos were taken after Bell and his friends were removed from the Nissan Altima. They show large blood stains all over the front passenger seat, as well as cell phones and a ...

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Small Explosion in Times Square

Thursday, March 06, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - An explosive device caused minor damage to a landmark military recruiting station in Times Square before dawn Thursday, prompting a huge police response that disrupted transit at the "crossroads of the world."

No one was injured when the explosive went off about 3:45 a.m., police said. ...

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New Help for Victims of Domestic Abuse

Thursday, March 06, 2008

REPORTER: Victims of domestic abuse can go to criminal or family court to get restraining orders.

Family court is an easier option for many people, but it's not an option for gay couples or unmarried straight couples living together.

Now, a proposed city law would open up a different civil court for ...

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New Yorkers More Likely to go Green

Thursday, March 06, 2008

A new survey shows New Yorkers may be more inclined to go green than the rest of the country, with 78 percent believing global warming will have a direct effect on their lives, compared to 72 percent nationwide.

Anthony Leiserowitz, head of Yale's project on climate change, which co-authored the study ...

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