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Day 2 of Trial in Death of Sean Bell

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In the second day of the trial of the detectives charged in the shooting death of Sean Bell, we heard from eye witnesses for the first time. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the Queens State Supreme Courthouse and speaks with All Things Considered’s Amy Eddings.

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Bell Trial Heads Into 2nd Day

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Today's the 2nd day of the trial of the 3 New York City detectives charged in the shooting death of Sean Bell.

Yesterday's opening arguments set the tone and the themes that are likely to be heard over the course of the trial.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the trial yesterday and ...

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Corzine's Budget Reduces Spending, Increases School Aid

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's proposed state budget reduces state spending by a half billion dollars but retains his commitment to increase the state’s aide to local public schools.

It was a somber Governor Corzine who stood before a joint session of the state legislature and presented his budget in what ...

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NY Phil's N. Korea Concert is Talk of the Town

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The historic NY Philharmonic concert in North Korea remains the topic of conversation in classical music circles and diplomatic coffee klatches.

REPORTER: WNYC’s John Schaeffer was there and says as the concert ended the audience just continued applauding until the musicians got up to leave the stage.

SCHAEFFER: As they did that ...

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Medical Testimony in Nixzmary Brown Trial

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

REPORTER: According to the Medical Examiner's report, she died from a combination of regular beatings and head trauma.

Dr. Charles Wetli, a forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner for Suffolk County, disputed that.

Wetli was called to the stand by defense attorney Jeffrey Schwartz, who says the doctor's testimony helps prove ...

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Parks Dept. Settles Bias Suit for $21 Million

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A nine year old class action lawsuit against the city's Parks Department for passing over minorities for promotion has been settled. The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund says the city will pay $21 million.

REPORTER: Kathleen Walker has worked in the Parks Department for 27 years and says she was ...

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Corzine Delivers Budget Proposal

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Governor Corzine will call for a reduction of the state workforce by roughly 3,500 employees.

Aids to the governor say that for the first time in modern state history, Corzine will propose a budget that spends less than the previous year.

Corzine has identified $1.7 billion in cuts which may include rollbacks ...

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Ohio Reporters Weigh in on Primary

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A week from today, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination heats up with crucial primaries in Ohio and Texas. Both states are rich in delegates.

A critical part of campaigning takes place on the ground and involves thousands of volunteers.

WNYC's Richard Hake takes a closer look at Ohio.

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New York Philharmonic Performs Historic Concert in Pyongyang

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

It's nighttime in North Korea and The New York Philharmonic has has just concluded its historic concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater, in the nation's capital. WNYC's John Schaefer has been traveling with the orchestra. He spoke with Soterios Johnson.

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NYPD Heads to Madrid

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Under an agreement signed yesterday, the Police Department will assign officers to posts in Madrid, and officers from that city will be assigned here.

Commissioner Ray Kelly and his Madrid counterpart have formalized a program between the 2 police departments, in which officers from each city share information and work together ...

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Chinatown Raid Nets Over a Million in Counterfeit Goods

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Police seized over a million dollars worth of perfume, handbags, and other counterfeit goods in a dramatic raid today. Dozens of Chinatown businesses, including a massage parlor, were padlocked.

REPORTER: Law officers have been sweeping three buildings owned by the Terranova family, seeking building code violations. Mayor Bloomberg says going after ...

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Congestion Pricing Supporters Sponsor Print Ads

Monday, February 25, 2008

Supporters of congestion pricing will spend half-a-million dollars on television and print advertisements over the next four weeks. The ads emphasize that charging cars and trucks a fee to drive into central Manhattan will pump an estimated $500 million a year into the transit system.

REPORTER: Anna Vincenty of Nos Quedamos, ...

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Bloomber Says Nader Not s Spoiler

Monday, February 25, 2008

A day after Ralph Nader announced he's running for president, potential independent candidate Mayor Michael Bloomberg is declaring there's no such thing as a spoiler.

REPORTER: He says everyone has a right to run.

BLOOMBERG: There's 330 million people in this country and anybody that's over 35, I think you have to ...

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NY Philharmonic's Concert to be Broadcast on North Korean TV

Monday, February 25, 2008

The New York Philharmonic's upcoming concert in North Korea will be broadcast on North Korean television.

REPORTER: Yesterday, the orchestra announced that the concert may be broadcast on North Korean radio as well, reaching a much larger percentage of the population.

John Schaefer is the host of WNYC's Soundcheck. He's travelling with ...

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Fire Tests on Governors Island

Monday, February 25, 2008

Firefighters, fire experts and engineers are converging on Governors Island for a week of pyrotechnics aimed at finding ways to prevent and contain blazes in high-rise buildings.

Members of fire departments in LA, Chicago and other cities are expected to be there, along with the FDNY.

A seven-story building on the island ...

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Claims of Racial Policing Continue

Monday, February 25, 2008

In the aftermath of Bell's death in November of 2006, the most tangible department policy change was the requirement that any officer involved in a shooting submit to a Breathalyzer test.

Several internal reforms were launched to improve the quality and supervision of undercover operations like the one deployed in the ...

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Police Shooting Trial Begins

Monday, February 25, 2008

The trial of the 3 police officers charged in the death of Sean Bell is underway, in Queens State Supreme Court.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the upcoming deliberations, pitting the district attorney's office against lawyers representing the police.

It's been exactly 15 months since Sean Bell was killed and immortalized ...

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Does Cultural Diplomacy Matter?

Monday, February 25, 2008

The New York philharmonic has arrived in Pyongyang North Korea, for an historic and controversial concert. WNYC’s John Schaefer has been traveling with the orchestra. We hear from John, and from the principle bass player of the Philharmonic, John Deak. We also speak with Damian Woetzel. Woetzel is a principle ...

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Corzine Set to Unveil Budget

Sunday, February 24, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine is set to unveil his state budget proposal this week. Three individuals familiar with the budget tell the Star-Ledger that Corzine will become the first New Jersey governor in a decade to propose cuts in total spending. They say his plan includes no new taxes, and ...

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Sean Bell Supporters Gather on Eve of Trial

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Three New York City police detectives involved in the Sean Bell shooting go on trial Monday. Bell's family and the two survivors of the shooting are gathering on the eve of the trial. They'll join Bell's fiancee and the Reverend Al Sharpton at a brunch today. They also intend to ...

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