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Assembly GOP Leaders Threaten Impeachment

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The leader of the Republicans in the Assembly says he wants to start impeachment proceedings if Gov. Eliot Spitzer does not resign in the next couple of days. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

James Tedisco says if the governor does not resign in the next day or so, he wants to ...

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Spitzer Linked to Prostitution Ring, Weighs Resignation

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

At a news conference yesterday, a glassy-eyed Spitzer apologized in front of a stunned press corps. WNYC's Elaine Rivera was there.

Spitzer had the packed press room wait for nearly an hour before he made a brief appearance at his midtown Manhattan executive offices.

With his wife Silda, at his side, Spitzer's ...

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Hearing on Indian Point Continues

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering the renewal of Indian Point's license.

At a hearing yesterday, New York state argued for the two aging nuclear reactors to be shut down.

WNYC's Ilya Marritz was there.

The three judges of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board listened to the state's point-by-point arguments against re-licensing ...

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Tennis Returns to MSG

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The world's top-ranked tennis player, Roger Federer, shook off any lingering fatigue from a recent bout of mono to defeat his idol and Hall of Famer, Pete Sampras, in an exhibition match last night.

At one point, Sampras led, 5 games to 2, in the 3rd and final set, but Federer ...

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Not Everyone Wants Spitzer to Go

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The governor may be down but he still has his supporters. Carlos Guzman is a building porter who showed up in front of dozens of members of the press, outside the Spitzers' high rise. There he held a sign saying "Governor Spitzer, please do not resign."

GUZMAN: He committed a personal ...

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New York Holds its Breath as Spitzer Remains Behind Closed Doors

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Governor Spitzer's office has officially said there will be no announcement today about whether he'll resign, following yesterday's revelations of his liaison with a prostitute in Washington D.C. Sources have told WNYC that Lieutenant Governor David Paterson's aides have been quietly planning for a transition, even as Paterson tells the ...

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$100 Million for New York Public Library

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Following a $100 million donation, the New York Public Library's building on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street will be renamed for the Wall Street financier Stephen Schwarzman.

Schwarzman is the chief executive of the Blackstone Group.

His gift is among the largest to any cultural institution in the city. The money will ...

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Rangel Released from Hospital

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New York Congressman Charles Rangel, head of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been released from a Manhattan hospital, where he was treated for severe flu symptoms.

The 77-year-old Harlem Democrat said in a statement that he'll be working at a slower pace until he's fully recovered. Rangel says he's ...

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Accidents Increase with Switch to DST

Monday, March 10, 2008

WNYC's Kathleen Horan reports that moving the clocks forward one hour can really make a difference on the highways.

Alarm clocks are going off earlier than usual throughout the city, and the world. More than 70 countries observe Daylight Saving Time. But, what most people feel is the loss of shut-eye.

That ...

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Arab Music Thrives in New York

Monday, March 10, 2008

A major festival of Arab music is taking place in Brooklyn all this month. After 9/11 there were fears that funding and opportunities for Arab artists would dry up. Siddhartha Mitter reports on the thriving scene for Arab music in New York.

The Brooklyn Maqam Festival

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Final 9/11 Relic Moved

Monday, March 10, 2008

It wasn't much of a journey - a couple hundred feet at most.

But, it's not often that you see an entire staircase being moved by crane. And for all its bruises, the "survivors staircase" has a real following.

Thousands of people who ran to safety on September 11 ran down those ...

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Work Stopped at Trump Development

Monday, March 10, 2008

A downtown Donald Trump high-rise under construction has been shut down for a second time after equipment struck and shattered several windows.

Buildings Department officials say that a cable at the SoHo project came loose during this weekend's heavy winds and struck the north side of the tower. About a dozen ...

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Colombians Protest Against Conflict

Friday, March 07, 2008

REPORTER: Protesters chanting "no to war, yes to peace" marched in front of the Colombian Mission to the U.N. yesterday afternoon to raise their voices against the ongoing violent conflict between Colombia’s government, pro-government paramilitary groups and the FARC rebels.

Through a bullhorn, Carlos Salamanca told the crowd, "We’re not for ...

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Hunt Continues for Times Square Bomber

Friday, March 07, 2008

Law enforcement officials now say that letters with the words "We did it" sent to lawmakers on Capitol Hill were from a war protester and not linked to the explosion.

Last night, WNBC reported a possible connection with an incident at the Canadian border last month in which four men tried ...

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Arts Education Faces Looming Cuts

Friday, March 07, 2008

REPORTER: Only 4 percent of the city's elementary schools meet state requirements for arts education.

That's according to the city's first annual report measuring the success of arts programs in city schools. Ninety-eight percent of elementary schools do, however, provide some form of arts education.

Mayor Bloomberg says that with looming citywide ...

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Retailers hit by downtown construction get boost

Friday, March 07, 2008

Downtown retailers who have been complaining for months about the noise and detours that construction has caused got some good news today.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation announced that it would give out $5 million in grants to ground-floor businesses that have lost sales because of the construction. Gov. Eliot Spitzer ...

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Indian Point Debate Goes to Court

Friday, March 07, 2008

The Entergy Corporation, the owner/operator of Indian Point, has asked the federal government for permission to keep its reactors running another 20 years. The licenses on Indian Point's 2 reactors expire in 2013 and 2015. But some government and civic groups are opposed. Today, in a pre-hearing, a 3-judge panel ...

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Buildings Department Admits Fault in Collapse

Friday, March 07, 2008

The vacant 5-story building on East 124th St. had been visited by building inspectors six times over the last year following complaints of falling debris.

In a statement Thursday, Buildings Department Commissioner Patricia Lancaster said the building was declared unsafe last January 11.

That's when an "Immediate Emergency Declaration" was issued, under ...

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Victims remembered one year after deadly Bronx fire

Friday, March 07, 2008

One year after a Bronx fire killed nine children and an adult, hundreds of members of the city's African community joined relatives to remember them.

They gathered in front of the boarded-up building where the fire occurred and listened to remarks by the fathers of the dead children, clergy and elected ...

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CPR for the Arts

Friday, March 07, 2008

Sustainability is a big question for a lot of New Yorkers, and for New York’s artists. The Center for Performance Research is a new arts space that tries to provide some answers. It’s a performance and research laboratory located in an environmentally-friendly apartment building in South Williamsburg. Cultural critic Claudia ...

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