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New York Asian Film Festival Kicks Off

Friday, June 20, 2008

The New York Asian Film Festival kicks off this weekend. Film critic Nathan Lee explains why it’s an event that’s not to be missed.
New York Asian Film Festival Website


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Out, Out, Outdoor Macbeth

Friday, June 20, 2008

An outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is underway in Dumbo. It's a production by TR Warszawa: an innovative theater company from Poland. It’s been imported wholesale by St. Ann’s Warehouse, and is performed in Polish with English supertitles. Audience members sit in a specially constructed ...

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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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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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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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Bus Camera Bill Blocked in Albany

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Special express buses will still start running in the Bronx later this month, but they will be slower than anticipated.

That's because a state Assembly committee blocked a bill to install cameras that would catch cars that illegally use the bus lanes.

The committee's chairman, David Gantt ...

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Former Bears Sterns Execs Plead Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Two former Bear Stearns executives at the center of the failure of two off shore hedge funds plead not guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

Ralph Cioffi, 52, of Tenafly, New Jersey and 46-year-old Matthew Tannin of Manhattan were released ...

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City's First Financial Empowerment Center Opens in the Bronx

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The city has opened its first Financial Empowerment Center, in the Bronx today.

It's meant to help low-income residents with financial planning, such as managing debt.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a new study showed people continue to use check cashing services, even as banks try to increase ...

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Paterson Halts Free Rides for MTA Board

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says no more free rides for Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members.

Paterson stepped in today to try and quell a rebellion by some board members who wanted to hold onto passes that gave them free unlimited use of the road toll system — ...

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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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