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Rock Hall of Fame Coming to SoHo

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Billy Joel was in SoHo to present some memorabilia to the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex that will open this fall.

The Annex is an extension of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame based in Cleveland, Ohio, and will feature musicians from ...

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French Feminist Martyr Celebrated on Stage

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

She was a radical who starved herself to death in a French prison - protesting the Nazi treatment of Jews during World War 2. She was a philosopher, an activist and a lonely young woman.

Simone Weil is also the subject of a new oratorio which ...

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Waterboarding as Art?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

For years now we've heard about that controversy surrounding the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. One part of that controversy stems from concerns over the use of waterboarding, a technique that some have equated to torture that's allegedly used to gather information from detainees. It's ...

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New Ad Criticizes Paterson's Property Tax Plan

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Opponents of New York Governor David Paterson’s property tax cap plan are taking to the airwaves. They've created a TV ad that sharply criticizes the governor and his policies, just ahead of next week’s special legislative session. Karen Dewitt has this report.

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McCain Camp Takes Aim at the Garden State

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Today Senator John McCain and his wife Cindy will be in New Jersey. A Republican presidential candidate hasn't carried the Garden State for 20 years, yet top McCain strategists insist the state is in play. WNYC's Bob Hennelly joins us now to assess that claim.

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Bloomberg Announces Climate Change Panel

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A panel of leaders from science, government, and business will spend the next 12 months projecting the risks of climate change for the city.

Mayor Michel Bloomberg announced the New York City Panel on Climate Change. A co-chair of the panel, Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of Columbia ...

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Downtown Reaction Mixed to WTC Security Zone

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

People who live and work in Lower Manhattan are reacting to the proposal by the New York Police Department to enclose the 16-acre World Trade Center site within a security zone.

If the plan goes forward, only specially-screened taxis, limos and cars would be allowed through ...

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At Willets Point, resistance and resignation

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Even by Bloomberg Administration standards, rebuilding Willets Point in Queens is a massive development project. This summer, the city proposal to tear down the industrial district near Shea Stadium, known for its auto repair shops, and build housing, retail and a convention center has been ...

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Bloomberg Wary of Natural Gas Drilling Near Water Supply

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is voicing concerns about possible natural gas drilling near upstate water reservoirs.

The mayor says any deal to allow drilling must also protect city drinking water.

BLOOMBERG: Look, I think we need energy, there's no question about that. You can drill in a responsible ...

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Pamelia Kurstin Brings Back the Theremin

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The electromagnetic instrument the theremin has been making appearances New York's jazz clubs, world music cafes even the Museum of Modern Art. That's because of a new champion of the unusual instrument -- a young player named Pamelia Kurstin.

Pamelia Kurstin's MySpace page

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Russian, Georgian New Yorkers Worry for Those in Conflict

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New Yorkers of Georgian and Russian descent have been on the phone and the Internet trying to make sense of the recent fighting in the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. South Ossetia is recognized by the U.S. and international community as part of Georgia, ...

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McCains Campaign in New Jersey

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Despite polls that show Sen. Barack Obama with a healthy lead in New Jersey, both Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy are in New Jersey campaigning and fund-raising today.

Cindy McCain came to the Broadway Diner at lunch time in Red Bank, Monmouth County. This ...

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Whitney Expansion Approved Downtown

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Whitney Downtown Expansion Project won unanimous approval from the City Planning Commission yesterday afternoon. The new building for the Whitney Museum of Art is set to be built in the Meatpacking District. Lee Rosenbaum is an arts writer who was at the city planning ...

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NY High Schools See Modest Graduation Rate Increase

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New York City graduation rates made a modest increase in the past two years. In 2007 the rate rose by about 5.7 percent. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Both education advocates and the Bloomberg administration applauded the graduation rate increase, which rose to 56 percent. Advocates ...

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New Rules for New Jersey Hospitals

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Jersey's hospitals have some new rules to follow, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jon Corzine. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The series of reforms comes as seven hospitals have been forced to close since last year and five more have filed ...

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New Jersey Ready for McCain Visit

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Jersey is preparing for a visit tomorrow from presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, the Obama campaign is using the occasion to roll out the "blue carpet."

With Senator Obama on vacation in Hawaii, it fell to ...

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Stringer Calls for Better Building Code Compliance

Monday, August 11, 2008

Nearly a year after a fire broke out in the former Deutsche Bank building, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is calling attention to almost 900 buildings in the city that do not follow the city's building code. While he doesn't say that's the reason the ...

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Medicaid Cuts Eyed in Fiscal Crisis

Monday, August 11, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says the state needs to reduce spending by a billion dollars this year. Despite tense budget negotiations in April, the governor says the fiscal crisis leaves the state with a broad deficit. More than half of his cuts would come from Medicaid ...

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Demonstrators Protest Chinese Occupation of Tibet

Monday, August 11, 2008

As the Beijing Olympics wrapped up its third day, a couple of hundred demonstrators gathered in Union Square yesterday to protest what they consider to be the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Many of them said they are not watching the games on TV. Tenzin Dolkar ...

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More Youths Seek Shelter at Covenant House

Monday, August 11, 2008

The city's largest shelter provider for homeless youth is trying to figure out what's causing a spike in the number of youth seeking a bed for the night. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: Covenant House says summertime is usually when shelter numbers fall. That's because warm ...

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