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Chris & Don: A Love Story

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A new film sheds light a long-term love affair between the British writer Christopher Isherwood and the American painter Don Bachardy. The documentary is called Chris and Don: A Love Story. It premiered here as part of the NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film festival, which ...

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City to Get Break From the Heat

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Just one more day.

The scorching temperatures that have smothered the New York City metro area are expected to break on Wednesday, but people have to get through Tuesday first.

For the fourth day, the metro area is expected to face scorching temperatures well into the 90s. ...

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Heat Causes Pockets of Power Problems

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The heat is causing disruptions to the power supply in isolated pockets around the city.

One resident of Sunnyside, Queens, a former sheet metal worker who would only give his first name. Jimmy says he is dreading another power outage like the one that hit his ...

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Mini 'Skyscraper' Unveiled in Midtown

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

There is a gleaming new skyscraper in midtown, but this one is only sixty feet tall. It's a stainless steel sculpture by the California artist Chris Burden, built to resemble a structure created from the old child's toy, an Erector Set.

REPORTER: The sculpture, titled "What ...

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Lehman Raising $6B In Capital, Expects $2.8B Loss

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lehman Brothers is taking a nearly $3 billion loss in its latest quarterly report, and it's had to raise $6 billion in fresh capital to ensure its survival. The news confirms fears on Wall Street that the credit crunch isn't over yet.

But Lehman appears to ...

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Companies Cited In Fatal Scaffold Accident

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Two companies have been issued violations in last December's scaffold accident that sent two window washers plummeting 47 floors from a Manhattan skyscraper. One of the two men was killed. The survivor, Alcides Moreno, underwent 16 operations and remains in rehabilitation.

The Occupational Safety and Health ...

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Strahan Retires from Giants After 15 Years

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan says he decided to end his pro football career because he didn't have it in him to get ready for another season.

STRAHAN: After 15 years I just don't feel, I feel it takes just a toll to get ...

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Public Hearings On Education Funding

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Department of Education is holding public hearings across the boroughs this week on the city's controversial contracts for excellence school funding proposal. The public will get to chime in on Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's proposed $450 million in cuts. WNYC's Elaine Rivera has more.

REPORTER: ...

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Mayor Urges Energy Conservation as Teachers File Complaint over Heat

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Con Edison is asking New Yorkers to do what they can to cut back on their electricity usage, as the utility continues to grapple with scattered outages. Brooklyn and Queens are the most affected, with about 175 customers without power.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also urging ...

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Stun Guns Could Reduce Police Shootings

Monday, June 09, 2008

Police commissioner Ray Kelly says officers should start using TASER stun guns in cases where a firearm isn't necessary. The recommendations came after the RAND Corporation released a study of 455 police shootings from 2002 to 2006.

REPORTER: In 25 of those cases, according to the ...

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Bloomberg: Corruption Not Widespread in DOB

Monday, June 09, 2008

Despite Friday's arraignment of a veteran crane inspector on bribery charges, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says corruption is not widespread in the city's Department of Buildings.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think it is very prevalent. I do think that any case of it however is very serious and ...

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City Heat Wave Enters Third Day

Monday, June 09, 2008

For the third day, the metropolitan area has been gripped by high heat and humidity, and New Yorkers are looking for ways to stay cool. Con Ed is reporting scattered power outages; some schools released their pupils early, because of stifling classrooms.

REPORTER: Mayor Michael Bloomberg ...

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Giants' Michael Strahan Retiring

Monday, June 09, 2008

The Giants' defensive end, Michael Strahan, is retiring, after fifteen years in the NFL.

The 36-year-old Strahan informed the front office this morning without telling his coaches and teammates.

Coach Tom Coughlin, reached by reporters after a team workout, said he was just finding out about it.

Strahan ...

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New Office to Help Clean Up City's Brownfields

Monday, June 09, 2008

The city is hoping to speed up the cleanup of brownfields, through the creation of an Office of Environmental Remediation.

REPORTER: The agency is designed to help developers and communities go through the remediation of sites that were contaminated from industrial use. Jeff Kay heads the ...

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City Experiences Record-Breaking Temperatures

Monday, June 09, 2008

Some records are better left unbroken - like the record high temperature for this date in New York City - 97 degrees, set in 1933.

But the National Weather Service is predicting that the city could break that record today, with an expected high of 100, ...

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The United Styles of Barbeque

Monday, June 09, 2008

The sixth annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party drew crowds of hungry New Yorkers to Madison Square Park this weekend, where they filled their bellies while listening to bands from around the country, like Boston's Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves.

The barbecue came from ...

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Continued Focus on N.J. State Budget

Monday, June 09, 2008

With state budget negotiations continuing, New Jersey senators will consider proposals today that would keep casinos open during budget disputes and ask voters to restrict state borrowing.

Majority Democrats say the proposed constitutional amendment to require voter approval for state borrowing is "good public policy." But ...

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Gas Prices Are High, But Pain Around NY-NJ Is LessThan Nation's

Monday, June 09, 2008

Gas prices continue to rise. The average price of a gallon of gas in New York City is $4.31. Statewide, AAA reports the average price is $4.22.

Across the Hudson in New Jersey, the average is a measley $3.94.

The prices are about 30 to 40 cents ...

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Comptroller Criticized Homeless Services

Monday, June 09, 2008

The city comptroller says the Department of Homeless Services has yet to phase out its off-the-books payment system for housing homeless families, even though it promised to do so several years ago.

In 2003, Comptroller William Thompson found the department was paying for hotel rooms and ...

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"Dream Ticket" Debate Continues After Clinton Drops Out

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Now that Hillary Clinton has ended her presidential run, pundits continue to debate whether Barack Obama will tap New York Senator to be his running mate.

REPORTER: American University professor Allan Lichtman says, whatever happens, yesterday's speech was a good move for Clinton:

LICHTMAN: I think the ...

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