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Corzine Delivers Budget Proposal

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Governor Corzine will call for a reduction of the state workforce by roughly 3,500 employees.

Aids to the governor say that for the first time in modern state history, Corzine will propose a budget that spends less than the previous year.

Corzine has identified $1.7 billion in cuts which may include rollbacks ...

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Ohio Reporters Weigh in on Primary

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A week from today, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination heats up with crucial primaries in Ohio and Texas. Both states are rich in delegates.

A critical part of campaigning takes place on the ground and involves thousands of volunteers.

WNYC's Richard Hake takes a closer look at Ohio.

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NYPD Heads to Madrid

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Under an agreement signed yesterday, the Police Department will assign officers to posts in Madrid, and officers from that city will be assigned here.

Commissioner Ray Kelly and his Madrid counterpart have formalized a program between the 2 police departments, in which officers from each city share information and work together ...

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Chinatown Raid Nets Over a Million in Counterfeit Goods

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Police seized over a million dollars worth of perfume, handbags, and other counterfeit goods in a dramatic raid today. Dozens of Chinatown businesses, including a massage parlor, were padlocked.

REPORTER: Law officers have been sweeping three buildings owned by the Terranova family, seeking building code violations. Mayor Bloomberg says going after ...

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New York Philharmonic Performs Historic Concert in Pyongyang

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

It's nighttime in North Korea and The New York Philharmonic has has just concluded its historic concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater, in the nation's capital. WNYC's John Schaefer has been traveling with the orchestra. He spoke with Soterios Johnson.

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Bell Trial Heads Into 2nd Day

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Today's the 2nd day of the trial of the 3 New York City detectives charged in the shooting death of Sean Bell.

Yesterday's opening arguments set the tone and the themes that are likely to be heard over the course of the trial.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the trial yesterday and ...

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Congestion Pricing Supporters Sponsor Print Ads

Monday, February 25, 2008

Supporters of congestion pricing will spend half-a-million dollars on television and print advertisements over the next four weeks. The ads emphasize that charging cars and trucks a fee to drive into central Manhattan will pump an estimated $500 million a year into the transit system.

REPORTER: Anna Vincenty of Nos Quedamos, ...

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Bloomber Says Nader Not s Spoiler

Monday, February 25, 2008

A day after Ralph Nader announced he's running for president, potential independent candidate Mayor Michael Bloomberg is declaring there's no such thing as a spoiler.

REPORTER: He says everyone has a right to run.

BLOOMBERG: There's 330 million people in this country and anybody that's over 35, I think you have to ...

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NY Philharmonic's Concert to be Broadcast on North Korean TV

Monday, February 25, 2008

The New York Philharmonic's upcoming concert in North Korea will be broadcast on North Korean television.

REPORTER: Yesterday, the orchestra announced that the concert may be broadcast on North Korean radio as well, reaching a much larger percentage of the population.

John Schaefer is the host of WNYC's Soundcheck. He's travelling with ...

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Fire Tests on Governors Island

Monday, February 25, 2008

Firefighters, fire experts and engineers are converging on Governors Island for a week of pyrotechnics aimed at finding ways to prevent and contain blazes in high-rise buildings.

Members of fire departments in LA, Chicago and other cities are expected to be there, along with the FDNY.

A seven-story building on the island ...

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Claims of Racial Policing Continue

Monday, February 25, 2008

In the aftermath of Bell's death in November of 2006, the most tangible department policy change was the requirement that any officer involved in a shooting submit to a Breathalyzer test.

Several internal reforms were launched to improve the quality and supervision of undercover operations like the one deployed in the ...

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Does Cultural Diplomacy Matter?

Monday, February 25, 2008

The New York philharmonic has arrived in Pyongyang North Korea, for an historic and controversial concert. WNYC’s John Schaefer has been traveling with the orchestra. We hear from John, and from the principle bass player of the Philharmonic, John Deak. We also speak with Damian Woetzel. Woetzel is a principle ...

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Police Shooting Trial Begins

Monday, February 25, 2008

The trial of the 3 police officers charged in the death of Sean Bell is underway, in Queens State Supreme Court.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the upcoming deliberations, pitting the district attorney's office against lawyers representing the police.

It's been exactly 15 months since Sean Bell was killed and immortalized ...

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Sean Bell Supporters Gather on Eve of Trial

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Three New York City police detectives involved in the Sean Bell shooting go on trial Monday. Bell's family and the two survivors of the shooting are gathering on the eve of the trial. They'll join Bell's fiancee and the Reverend Al Sharpton at a brunch today. They also intend to ...

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Corzine Set to Unveil Budget

Sunday, February 24, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine is set to unveil his state budget proposal this week. Three individuals familiar with the budget tell the Star-Ledger that Corzine will become the first New Jersey governor in a decade to propose cuts in total spending. They say his plan includes no new taxes, and ...

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PATH to Offer Free Rides on 100th Anniversary

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The PATH train system is celebrating its 100th anniversary by giving passengers free rides. Commuters can ride the tubes for free from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday.

In addition to the free rides, PATH workers will distribute vouchers for free SmartLink cards at all stations. The card allows customers to ...

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Corey Booker Campaigns for Obama in Ohio

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is in Ohio this weekend campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Booker's scheduled to make appearances in Dayton and Columbus today, and is also to appear at an event at Central State University in Wilberforce, an historically black university. Booker announced his support for the ...

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Philharmonic Ready for North Korea Visit

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Officials in North Korea are tearing down the anti-American posters that normally line the streets of the capital Pyongyang in preparation for the New York Philharmonic's unprecedented visit.

REPORTER: At a press conference Sunday, music director Lorin Maazel announced the possibility that the Philharmonic's concert in Pyongyang would be broadcast on ...

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MTBE Still Threatens Long Island's Drinking Water

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A gasoline additive banned statewide since 2004 over health and environmental concerns still threatens to taint Long Island's drinking water, according to state environmental regulators. A new report says the chemical, known as MTBE, was found at levels above the state drinking-water standard in 40 percent of wells tested at ...

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Desegregation Order Lifted at Brooklyn School

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A federal judge has overturned a desegregation order at a Brooklyn middle school, eliminating racial quotas that had been in place for 34 years. The Mark Twain Intermediate School in Coney Island will adopt a "race-neutral" admissions policy for next year, according to the city's Education Department.

The agency sought the ...

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