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New Exhibit Opens at Bronx Zoo

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New York's most unwanted population is now a hundred thousand stronger. Hissing cockroaches can be found living in a Boab tree. They're part of The Bronx Zoo's new Madagascar exhibit.

Slideshow: New Exhibit
Photos by Mollie Hannon

REPORTER: Dr. Helen Crowley says ...

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Bear Stearns Execs Face Criminal Charges in Hedge Fund Collapse

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Matthew Tannin and Ralph Cioffi were indicted for securities fraud in connection with the meltdown of two off-shore hedge funds that were valued at $1.4 billion. The failure of the funds, coming at the same time as a weakening economy, was the first in a ...

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Hotel Tax At Issue In Budget Negotiations

Thursday, June 19, 2008

City Council members say a budget deal with Mayor Michael Bloomberg is still at least a week away. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update on negotiations.

REPORTER: Keeping promises of property tax relief and restoring hundreds of millions in education cuts is proving to be a ...

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Capturing Street Life with Photography

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Historian Luc Sante has spent years documenting the street life and culture of New York City through words and photos. And he's a judge for WNYC's Street Photography contest. Streetshots producer Benjamen Walker took a walk with Luc Sante to talk about what's new in ...

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Call for Blood Donations

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The city’s supply of blood is running low. The executive director of the New York Blood Center Rob Purvis says the region's stores have dropped below the five-day safety level mark.

Purvis explains that the shortage came about after several blood drives were canceled last week ...

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Federal Prosecutors to Examine Westchester Death

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Federal prosecutors say they'll take a look at the case of a homeless Guatemalan man who died in Westchester County last year. A jury yesterday acquitted former Mount Kisco Police Officer George Bubaris in the death of 42-year-old Rene Perez. Federal authorities say they'll review ...

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Brooklyn DA to Drop Bell Protest Charges

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Brooklyn District Attorney is prepared to drop charges against 28 people who were arrested during protests against the acquittals of police officers in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell.

DA Charles Hynes says that if the protesters stay out of trouble the charges will be ...

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South Bronx Development Proposal Announced

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

REPORTER: The city has big plans for the South Bronx.

In the same neighborhood sports announcer Howard Cosell once described as 'burning' Mayor Bloomberg unveiled new development plans that would bring 8,000 new housing units, 8,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and parkland.

The project ...

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Brooklyn's Black Heritage

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

When gentrification comes to a neighborhood it isn’t just the residents who can feel like like they’re being pushed away. It’s also the local history. So how can a community’s past contribute to its future? WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports from Bedford-Stuvesant.

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What's Next For The Mets?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Word finally came from the Mets late last night: Willie Randolph is out of a job. The move to fire the Mets' manager comes after months of speculation, dating back to the end of last season when the team collapsed in historic fashion. Joining us ...

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McCain Blasts Obama's 'Sept. 10' Mindset

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

In a conference call today, Sen. John McCain advisers made some of their strongest comments to date criticizing Sen. Barack Obama on his approach to terrorism, with one McCain advisor accusing Obama of having a "Sept. 10” mindset.

WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein has more.

In an interview with ...

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NJ Budget Cuts Debate Continues

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

This week in Trenton lawmakers are filling in the fine print on their budget deal with Gov. Jon Corzine.

As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports state workers have a keen interest in those details.

The preliminary $32.8 billion budget less money than this year. Still at issue is ...

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Buildings Chief Vows Greater Accountability

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The city's interim head of the Department of Buildings gave the keynote address at a trade show for builders.

Robert LiMandri told the group his agency is cracking down on contractors, architects and engineers who are breaking the rules. He also swore to weed out corruption:

LIMANDRI: ...

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Cyclists: Meet Your Co-Pilot (Who Knows The Way)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A new Web site aims to let New Yorkers ride their bicycles more safely around the city. Its founders sat down with WNYC's Richard Hake this morning.

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Mets Fire Randolph

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The timing was strange, but it's not a big surprise. The Mets fired manager Willie Randolph at about 3 o'clock this morning, just after the team actually won in Anaheim.

Bench coach Jerry Manuel is in as interim manager. Mets management also cut loose pitching coach ...

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Late Deal Keeps OTB Open

Monday, June 16, 2008

A last-minute deal yesterday between the city and the state will keep Off Track Betting open and its employees working. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Under the agreement, the city will no longer run the 68 OTB's that operate locally. They'll be bundled into a ...

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New Jersey Nears Budget Deal

Monday, June 16, 2008

Legislators and Gov. Jon Corzine hope to reach a state budget deal this week. And it could happen as early as today.

But while those negotiations continue in Trenton, the Assembly will move today to avoid a tax increase on employers - at least for now. ...

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Queens Fire Deemed Suspicious

Monday, June 16, 2008

Fire marshals are investigating the cause of a suspicious fire in Queens yesterday that killed three people.

The fire forced some victims to jump from the three-story building, their clothes and hair ablaze. A deli owner on street level doused them with jugs of water from ...

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More Community Programs Feel Budget Pinch

Monday, June 16, 2008

City funding may be jeopardized for more community organizations than originally expected, as the mayor’s office and city council members continue negotiating on the 2009 budget. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Council Speaker Christine Quinn already put the kibosh on new member initiatives, following disclosures ...

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Smokers Calling it Quits After Latest Cig Tax Hike

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ten dollars for a pack of cigarettes have many smokers calling the state for help quitting.

WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

Almost 10,000 people called the state's Smoker’s Quitline, the week the state's new tax took effect. That’s almost four times as many as in the same ...

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