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Security Beefed Up at Israeli Mission, Jewish Sites

Friday, February 15, 2008

Israel has put its military and embassies on alert and advised Jewish organizations around the world to do the same, after threats from Hezbollah to retaliate for the death of a terrorist leader.

Imad Mughniyeh, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, was killed in a car bombing Tuesday in the ...

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Times to Cut Jobs

Friday, February 15, 2008

The New York Times will cut 100 jobs from its newsroom this year - including reporters - for the first time in recent history.

A Times spokeswoman said that represents nearly 8% of the newsroom staff.

Executive Editor Bill Keller cited financial pressures from a weak economy and competition from the Internet.

The ...

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Ronald K. Brown's Dance Company at the Joyce

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Ronald K. Brown Dance company, Evidence, opened its season at the Joyce theater this week. At a recent rehearsal, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the sounds of live drumming filled the space. Dancers struck moves informed by styles from Cuba, West Africa, and the U.S. Brown says he’s inspired by dance from ...

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Con Ed Faulted in Blast Report

Thursday, February 14, 2008

State regulators have wrapped up the most extensive report so far on last July's fatal steam pipe explosion in midtown.

It says that Con Edison tried to repair the section of pipe responsible for the blast at least 2 different times over the previous 2 years.

The report, by the state Public ...

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Subway Security Criticized

Thursday, February 14, 2008

REPORTER: Councilman John Liu chairs the Transportation Committee. He says a recent report from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli got his attention.

LIU: It has been 6 years since they announced that they would be terror proofing the subway for $600 million. Two years after that, they announce another $500 million. And ...

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Bloomberg Comments on the National Economy

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg ridiculed the federal government's rebate checks as being "like giving a drink to an alcoholic." And said the presidential candidates are looking for easy solutions to complex economic problems.

Commenting at a news conference today Bloomberg said the checks ranging from $300 to $1,200 for more than 130 million ...

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How to Celebrate Valentine's Day When You Just Got Dumped

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day is not a great holiday if you've recently been dumped. One new website gives the jilted and the fed up a place to vent.... and, perhaps, move on. It's called "relationshipobit.com," and WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan dreamt it up. She speaks with All Things Considered’s Amy Eddings.

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Puerto Rico Remains Relevant by Being Last

Thursday, February 14, 2008

While states jockeyed for earlier primaries and caucuses, so they could increase their importance to this year's presidential race, one jurisdiction has become more relevant by remaining last. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico holds its caucuses June 7th. Its 63 delegates could give either Barack ...

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City to Add Agency Performance Data to Website

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Citizen watchdogs have a new tool at their disposal. The performance data for all city agencies is now online, at nyc.gov, and will be updated monthly.

REPORTER: Jeff Kay is Director of the Mayor's Office of Operations. He says the new system is a step forward, because the data ...

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Weingarten Eyes National Post

Thursday, February 14, 2008

REPORTER: American Federation of Teachers head Edward McElroy says he'll step down in July.

Though he isn't officially endorsing her, McElroy has kind words for Weingarten.

MCELROY: This is a democratic union and succession means that you have to run for office. And so, Randi will have to do what the others ...

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Mayors Create New Gun Database

Thursday, February 14, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg attended a crime summit yesterday in Baltimore.

He was joined by local mayor Sheila Dixon and several other members of the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Bloomberg said the NRA's powerful influence in Washington is an impediment to the mayors' efforts to curb illegal gun-running up and down the ...

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Missed Connections

Thursday, February 14, 2008

It’s Valentine’s Day and cupid is meant to be circling the city, bringing lovers together. But what’s a shy New Yorker to do on a day dedicated to romance? Producer Sally Herships combed the "Missed Connections" pages of Craig’s List. Here are some of the Valentines she found. This voices ...

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Council Closes in on E-Waste Legislation

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Starting July 1st, 2009, manufacturers must devise and fund their own method of collecting, and recycling, the TV's, computers and MP3 players that are now left on the curb for the city to handle.

Park Slope Councilman Bill DeBlasio was the legislation's chief sponsor.

DEBLASIO: I would go down the street. I ...

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Fireman's Kin Claim Negligence

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The family of a New York City fireman killed in a blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building is suing. WNYC's Marc Garber reports.

Relatives of firefighter Robert Beddia charge the owner of the condemned skyscraper and contractors hired to dismantle it turned the building into a "death trap."

The lawsuit, filed ...

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Judges Weigh Possible Charges Against Ashcroft

Thursday, February 14, 2008

This morning, a panel of federal judges will consider whether former Attorney General John Ashcroft should be held accountable for the abuse of immigrants detained in Brooklyn after 9/11.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals will hear from attorneys on both sides in the largest of several lawsuits brought by detainees ...

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City Changes Daycare Subsidies

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

REPORTER: The city says it will change the way it funds subsidized daycare centers.

Instead of paying each facility based on total capacity, it will pay only for children who attend each day.

Administration for Children's Services Commissioner John Mattingly says each center will manage its own marketing, recruitment and enrollment.

MATTINGLY: The ...

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Developer's Donation Raises Eyebrows

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn was approved more than a year ago and is already under construction, but its developer just gave an unusually large political donation to New York state democrats.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

Forest City Ratner gave more than $58,000 to the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee last month.

A ...

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Clemens Testifies Before Congress

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Whether Roger Clemens ends up in the Hall of Fame or a jail cell could be decided today when he tells Congress, under oath, that he never used performance enhancing drugs. WNYC's Dan Blumberg has more.

The 7-time Cy Young Award winner was the highest profile player named in baseball's Mitchell ...

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Teachers Union Head Resigns

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The head of the nation's second largest teachers union is stepping down.

American Federation of Teachers president Edward McElroy, who led the national union since 2004, announced his resignation yesterday.

The head of AFT's New York-chapter, Randi Weingarten, is expected to succeed McElroy.

Elections are scheduled for July.

Weingarten is a vice president of ...

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Superpoke Someone on Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Facebook allows users to send messages to each other using a tool called Superpoke. Musician and writer Ganda Suthivarakom shares these thoughts on how Superpoke let’s her celebrate Valentine’s Day on line, in a way she’d never do in real life.


Ganda Suthivarakom's website

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