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PBA Posts Competition's Salaries for Recruits

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Patrolman's Benevolent Association is stepping up its fight to get better salaries for its officers. The union will now post jobs from police departments in other cities that pay more. The move comes as the city and the union expect word from a state ...

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Robert Frost

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Frost began writing poetry while still a schoolboy in New England, where he stayed for college and most of his life. He published his first poem, "Butterfly" in 1894 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times. In the recordings below, ...

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Dr. Maya Angelou

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Maya Angelou, the Grammy-nominated author, actor, teacher and activist, enjoys a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She is only the second poet, after Robert Frost, to be invited to read poetry at a Presidential inauguration; Frost ...

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City Hospitals Upgrade Neonatal Help for Preemies

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New York City's public hospitals are launching a $3 million effort to simulate high-tech wombs for premature babies. The changes will be put in all 11 of the neonatal centers by the end of 2009 and will include low lights and special sound monitors that ...

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Calls For More Aggressive Buildings Commish

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The city's Buildings Commissioner, Patricia Lancaster has stepped down after more than six years in that post. While Mayor Bloomberg praised her service, her resignation comes after a series of fatalities on construction sites her agency was supposed to supervise. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: ...

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Marchers Protest Corzine's Plan to Shut Parks

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

About 300 people marched on the New Jersey Statehouse Wednesday to protest Gov. Corzine's plans to close state parks.

He has proposed closing nine state parks and partially closing others to save $4.5 million. The plan is among $2.7 billion in cuts sought by Corzine amid ...

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Advocates Report Increased Firing of Immigrant Workers

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Advocates say an increasing number of immigrant workers are being fired from low-wage jobs because their social security numbers don't match their names - even though some have legal working papers. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

There are no hard numbers, but advocates say more employers are ...

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Critics Slam Port Authority Over WTC Blueprints

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Critics of the Port Authority say they believe the agency can not develop the World Trade Center site without tighter regulation by the City and the NYPD. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The recent discovery of confidential blueprints in the trash prompted longtime critics of ...

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City Delays Paying out Council Grants to Non-Profits

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

In yet another wrinkle in the ongoing City Council budget scandal Comptroller Bill Thompson says it is necessary to delay paying out pending Council grants to non-profits pending further scrutiny.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

Both Bloomberg Administration and the Comptroller's office will require the close ...

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Tribeca Film Festival Opens Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Tribeca Film Festival gets underway tomorrow. This year, its hosting 120 features selected from over two thousand submissions from 41 countries. Bilge Ebiri covers film for New York Magazine. He came by the studio to discuss this year's offerings.

See trailers and ...

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Carl Sandberg

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Illinois-born Carl Sandberg was one of eight children in a Swedish immigrant family living in Galesville. Carl worked as a jack-of-all-trades after graduating from eighth grade. He delivered milk, laid bricks and shined shoes before setting out to ride the rails as a hobo in ...

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Appeals Court Upholds Cell Phone Ban in Schools

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's ban on cell phones in public schools has been upheld by a state appeals court.

The Department of Education passed the ban in September 2005, saying the phones were disruptive.

Parents and students argued that the ban was irrational and unsafe and that it intruded ...

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Baruch "Baba" Israel

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Baruch “Baba” Israel has taken his Hip Hop performance across the USA, Europe, Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, S.E. Asia and Australia. He is an emcee, producer, poet, theater artist, and beatboxer. He co-founded the Playback NYC Theater Company, and recently debuted his new solo piece ...

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Water Rate Hike Proposed

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's Water Board is proposing an $8-a-month increase in costs, the biggest spike in 16 years, to go into effect next month. But some city council members say it's not right to move that quickly.

REPORTER: Brooklyn Councilman Simcha Felder says he supports putting liens ...

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Building Commissioner Resigns

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's buildings commissioner has resigned a day after Mayor Bloomberg criticized her agency's performance. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

Patricia Lancaster served Mayor Bloomberg loyally for six years during an unprecedented building boom. She reformed a department that had been significantly scaled back during the Giuliani ...

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Restaurants Seek Injunction Against Calorie Posting Rule

Monday, April 21, 2008

A restaurant trade group is once again seeking a temporary injunction to stop the city's new calorie posting rule from going into effect.

The New York State Restaurant Association is seeking a stay from a federal appellate court. Last week, a lower court judge declined the ...

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Indian Point Reactor Shuts Down

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant has been shut down because operators noticed water levels dropping in its steam generator.

It had to be shut down manually just as it was powering up from a 26-day outage for refueling and maintenance. An official says the ...

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Pope Wraps Up Historic U.S. Visit

Monday, April 21, 2008

Pope Benedict concluded his first papal visit to the U.S. last night with a departure ceremony at Kennedy airport attended by about 3,000 people, including Vice President and Mrs. Cheney.

Earlier the Pope celebrate a nearly three-hour Mass at Yankee Stadium. And the Pope Benedict made ...

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Willets Point Redevelopment Undergoes Review

Monday, April 21, 2008

For the past four years, Mayor Bloomberg has talked about transforming the Willets Point area of Queens. Today, the City Planning Commission is expected to start the seven-month clock that governs the land use review process. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The 60-acre area just ...

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Satyagraha in Action

Monday, April 21, 2008

"Can an opera make us warriors for peace?" That’s a question you may have noticed on posters around town. It’s part of the advertising campaign for the Met’s current production of "Satyagraha," an opera by Philip Glass. Now if you’re unsure how to answer that ...

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