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Smokers Calling it Quits After Latest Cig Tax Hike

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ten dollars for a pack of cigarettes have many smokers calling the state for help quitting.

WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

Almost 10,000 people called the state's Smoker’s Quitline, the week the state's new tax took effect. That’s almost four times as many as in the same ...

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Brooklyn Pols Push for Atlantic Yards Oversight

Monday, June 16, 2008

State legislators from Brooklyn are pushing for a new community advisory board to help oversee the troubled Atlantic Yards project.

The state economic development agency had promised to involve local politicians a year ago. But Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries says those efforts have failed.

JEFFRIES: This developer has ...

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Thousands Eligible for Food Stamps Aren't Getting Them, City Says

Monday, June 16, 2008

The City Council and the Bloomberg Administration say they've identified hundreds of thousands of households who may be eligible for food stamps but aren't receiving them.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

In order to find these struggling New Yorkers, the city's Human Resources Administration searched its database of ...

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OTB Negotiations Continue

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The debate over the fate of Off Track Betting in New York City is coming down to the wire.

City and state officials negotiated all day Saturday over the future of the OTB corporation, whose parlors could be shut down as soon as Monday because of ...

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Severe Weather Causes Traffic Problems and Power Outages

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Thunderstorms swamped highways, shut down some subways and backed up airline traffic around the New York metro area Saturday night. The weather briefly knocked out power to Nassau County's 911 system and left thousands of homes and businesses in the dark.

Departing flights ran more than ...

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Aerial Ads Affected by Economic Woes

Sunday, June 15, 2008

As beach season begins, the nation's two biggest markets for aerial advertising are experiencing some turbulence.

REPORTER: Sun-seekers along the Jersey Shore and on Long Island will likely see fewer banner ads pulled by small aircraft this summer. Michael Arnold of Arnold Aerial says the poor ...

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New York Reconsiders its Approach to Juvenile Offenders

Saturday, June 14, 2008

For years the state legislature has taken a get-tough approach in matters of juvenile justice. As a result, New York is now one of only two states in the country that treats offenders over 16 as adults. But now it appears that attitudes might be ...

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NJ National Guard Members Headed to Iraq

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Roughly 2,800 members of the New Jersey National Guard are gathering at Fort Dix for a farewell ceremony before they head to Iraq. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports:

REPORTER: The first stop will be Texas' Fort Bliss, where soldiers will receive two months of training before heading ...

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Democrats Angling for Fossella's Seat

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Democrats think they have a good chance of winning the seat being vacated by New York City's only Republican congressman, Vito Fossella.

REPORTER: Fossella announced last month he wouldn't seek re-election, following his drunk driving arrest and news that he fathered a child out of wedlock. ...

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OTB's Future Still Unclear

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Sunday could be the last day of Off-Track Betting in New York City, but it's still hard to say for sure. As WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports, the city and state now find themselves on opposite sides of an issue both say they are trying to ...

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McCain in Manhattan: Touts Experience

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sen. John McCain spoke at Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan last night in the first of a series of town hall meetings that his rival Barack Obama declined to attend.

WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein has more.

REPORTER: The event was billed as a forum with “real voters,” but ...

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Child Death Leads to Examination of Custody Rules

Friday, June 13, 2008

The beating death of 3 year old Kyle Smith has lead to an examination of how adults are vetted in custody cases. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez explains.

REPORTER: Kyle Smith died last Friday. His godmother, Nymeen Cheatham and her boyfriend are accused of killing him. It was ...

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Technology Amps Up Musical Revival

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Tony Awards are this weekend. And the revival of Steven Sondheim’s musical Sunday in the Park with George has a pile of nominations. It’s about the painter Georges Seurat and his giant masterpiece, called A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

Seurat ...

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9/11-Related PSD More Widespread Than Thought

Friday, June 13, 2008

A new city Health Department survey of 11,000 Lower Manhattan residents suggests post-traumatic stress disorder after 9/11 was more widespread than anticipated. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

About one in seven residents reported experiencing various symptoms of PTSD, including nightmares and anxieties. That percentage matched the rate ...

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Mayor's Property Tax Cut in Jeopardy

Friday, June 13, 2008

A seven percent property tax cut that Mayor Bloomberg originally proposed extending for another year may be in jeopardy. On his weekly radio show on WOR, the mayor hinted it may be lost, due to the continued economic downturn, and a recent state arbitrator's decision ...

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OTB Gets Last-Minute Reprieve

Friday, June 13, 2008

Off Track Betting will live another day in New York City. Governor Paterson announced that legislative leaders had reached a deal to save the troubled betting corporation. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Surrounded by lawmakers and labor leaders, Governor Paterson declared that OTB workers should ...

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Scientific Innovation in 'Frequency Hopping'

Friday, June 13, 2008

Scientific breakthroughs can come from the most surprising places. A new drama set in the 1940s explores a real-life innovation developed by two amateurs: a Hollywood starlet and an avant garde composer. WNYC's Ilya Marritz brings us this glimpse of the play “Frequency Hopping”.

REPORTER: It's ...

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City: Brooklyn Architect Violated Zoning Rules

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Brooklyn architect often accused of ignoring zoning rules and building too large is in trouble with the city's Department of Buildings — again.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: The agency says that Robert Scarano allegedly made false or misleading statements on permit applications and faces administrative ...

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Police Review Forensic Work After Suicide of Scientist

Friday, June 13, 2008

The New York State Police have confirmed that the work of one of their top forensic scientists - who recently committed suicide - is now under scrutiny. WNYC'S Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: State Police Lt. Glenn Miner told WNYC his agency is now identifying the ...

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Cuomo Goes After Drugstore Chains

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is initiating legal action against the CVS and Rite Aid drugstore chains.

Investigators, with the attorney general's office say they found numerous products on shelves long after their expiration date at stores across the state. These included expired medicines, as well as ...

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