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Brainwaves at the Rubin Museum of Art

Monday, February 11, 2008

Last night at the Rubin Museum of Art, a musician, a filmmaker and a neuroscientist got together to talk about out-of-body experiences. It was part of the museums’ Brainwaves series, which explores how music, art and meditation affect the brain. Jazz composer and pianist Vijay Iyer took part in the ...

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New Site Aimed at Former Foster Kids

Monday, February 11, 2008

REPORTER: Youth Communication is launching a site that will list resources for finding things like housing and college scholarships.

Director Keith Hefner says being in foster care is often traumatic and many teens require mental health services.

HEFNER: There's a list of probably 200 clinics that you can click on and you ...

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Deal Could End Writers Strike

Monday, February 11, 2008

Over the weekend, the Writers Guild of America reached a tentative agreement that would allow their members to end a walkout that's dragged on for almost 4 months.

The writers are expected to be back at work this week.

Melissa Locker Benavidez is a staff writer at televisionwithoutpity.com and she joins us ...

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Changes to Corzine's Road Plan

Monday, February 11, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine says he'll probably drop Route 440 from his plan to use highway tolls to pay down state debt and fund transportation projects.

Corzine's announcement got cheers yesterday at a town meeting in Middlesex County.

The governor is touring the state's counties to sell the plan, which would increase ...

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Fire Safety Program Unveiled

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Fire Department is unveiling the largest fire safety campaign in its history.

The Sound the Alarm campaign was prompted by a fire in the Bronx that took the lives of 9 children and an adult last March.

The campaign features ad educating people about the importance of smoke alarms and proper ...

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Writers' Guild Considers Tentative Agreement with Producers

Sunday, February 10, 2008

New York-based entertainment writers are optimistic that they can end their three-month-old strike and get back to work this week.

REPORTER: Writers' Guild East president Michael Winship says union members are reacting positively to a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers:

WINSHIP: The general sense of it ...

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Writers' Guild Leadership Backs Contract Deal

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Writers for New York-based television shows could be back to work by Wednesday. Leaders of the Writers Guild of America decided today to recommend a proposed three-year contract to union members and ask them to approve a quick end to the walkout, which has dragged on for more than three ...

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Mayoral Candidates Get Windfall of Donations Ahead of New Law

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The campaign contribution limits passed by the city council last June take effect this month. Under the new law, any person doing business with the city is limited to making a $400 contribution for any candidate for citywide office or $250 dollars for city council candidates. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly ...

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Writers' Strike Could Be Nearing an End

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Hollywood writers' strike may be coming to an end. Members of the Writers Guild of America East are set to meet in New York an hour from now, as West Coast colleagues gather in Los Angeles. They'll consider a proposal from major production companies that would offer writers 2% ...

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NJ Utility Rates to Rise

Saturday, February 09, 2008

New Jersey residents will see double-digit increases in their electric bills come this summer. The rate hikes range from 10 and a half percent to 17 percent. Regulators cited the sharply higher prices that utilities must pay to deliver electricity to customers, due primarily to record increases in costs for ...

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More Voting Machine Options for New York

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The state Board of Elections has added four companies' voting machines to a revised list from which county officials may choose. Complying with a judge's orders and under a federal timeline, each of New York's 6800 polling places must have at least one disabled-access machine for the fall elections.

Counties had ...

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Newark's University Hospital Could Face Layoffs

Saturday, February 09, 2008

University Hospital in Newark could soon be hit by layoffs. The hospital is losing millions of dollars every month, according to the president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, William Owen Junior. He says the state's largest provider of charity care doesn't receive enough compensation.

The state-run ...

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Inmates Face More Time After Escape

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Two inmates of New Jersey's Union County Jail have been indicted in connection with their recent escape. Otis Blunt and Jose Espinosa have been charged with third-degree escape, which could add three to five years to each man's sentence. At the time of the jailbreak, Espinosa was awaiting sentencing in ...

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Former Mets Bat Boy Avoids Jail Time

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski has avoided jail time after cooperating with baseball's investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He was sentenced Friday to five years probation. Radomski pleaded guilty to selling steroids, human growth hormone and speed to dozens of current and former major leaguers ...

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City Can Collect Real Estate Taxes on Diplomatic Buildings

Saturday, February 09, 2008

New York City officials have prevailed in their effort to collect an estimated $62 million in real estate taxes on three Manhattan buildings owned by the governments of India, Mongolia and the Philippines. A federal judge ruled Friday that diplomatic privileges don't exempt the countries from paying some local taxes ...

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New Plan for Former Deutsche Bank

Friday, February 08, 2008

REPORTER: Instead of removing contaminants and dismantling the structure at almost the same time, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will start with the asbestos abatement.

Then, after returning for more approvals, it will demolish the structure.

Catherine McVay Hughes, vice chairwoman of Community Board 1, says the decision and its approval by ...

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Booker Delivers State of the City

Friday, February 08, 2008

Newark Mayor Cory Booker was optimistic last night in his 2nd State of the City address, saying new policies and programs were making development more attractive than ever in New Jersey's largest city.

Booker announced that the Children's Museum has decided to locate in downtown Newark, and he pointed to other ...

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Hospitals Improve Translation Services

Friday, February 08, 2008

REPORTER: 4 city hospitals have increased their language services for non-English speakers with the help of immigrant advocate organizations.

Aida Torres, of Brooklyn, hopes improved access to interpreters will help bridge the language barrier in healthcare.

Torres brought her 35-year-old special needs daughter to the emergency room two years ago, with a ...

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Struggling Democracies Eye U.S. Elections

Friday, February 08, 2008

Every U.S. election is a test of how well our democracy is working and there are all sorts of measuring sticks.

But imagine you’re from Bhutan – where the government has been holding practice votes to prepare its citizens for their first election.

Or Kenya – where what seemed to be a ...

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Tobacco - Bad News for World Governments

Friday, February 08, 2008

Tobacco use killed 100 million people in the 20th century and could kill another 1 billion this century, if governments don't take steps to reduce it - that's according to the World Health Organization.

This includes banning tobacco advertising, raising tobacco taxes and adopting smoke free laws.

In a report released yesterday, ...

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