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Feet in Two Worlds: Applying for Citizenship

Friday, December 28, 2007

With anti-immigrant sentiment growing across the country and some presidential candidates using increasingly tough rhetoric, many immigrants are responding by applying for US citizenship. The latest statistics show that citizenship applications have nearly doubled over the last year to 1.4 million. The last time there was such a surge was ...

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New Yorkers React to Death of Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto

Friday, December 28, 2007

The death of Benazir Bhutto has left New York's Pakistanis stunned. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.

REPORTER: A large flat screen TV is playing in the Kababish restaurant in Jackson Heights. It's set to a Pakistani channel known as Geo TV. The customers watch as crowds jostle on the street in Karachi, ...

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A Peek at Mayor Bloomberg's Future

Thursday, December 27, 2007

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update on the mayor's plans.

Mayor Bloomberg has consistently told reporters his next job would be in philanthropy. Now, he's won an important thumbs up from the city's Conflict of Interest Board to diversify his multi-billion dollar holdings to earn more for his Bloomberg Family Foundation ...

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New Giuliani Ad Mentions 9/11 and WWII

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani has released a new campaign ad. In it, the former mayor draws a parallel between New Yorkers who came together after the September 11th attacks... and the generation that fought the Second World War. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

BERNSTEIN: The ad invokes Tom Brokaw's book, the ...

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Lieber Named Deputy Mayor for Economic Development

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg has named Robert Lieber as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. Lieber will replace Dan Doctoroff who will leave the post next month to become President of Bloomberg LP.

Lieber is currently President of the City's Economic Development Corporation. He was named to the post in January of this year. ...

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Pakistani Immigrants React to Bhutto's Assassination

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Pakistani immigrants in New York City are reacting with shock and dismay at the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. Most tell WNYC's Arun Venugopal they do not believe the government of President Musharraf is behind the killing.

Some people dismiss any rumors that Musharraf's government had anything to do with ...

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Shock and Confusion in Pakistani Streets

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg says the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto is a shock for all New Yorkers, especially the more than 100,000 who can trace their heritage to Pakistan.

REPORTER: Freelance journalist and MIT scholar Huma Yusuf is in Pakistan. She spoke to WNYC from the city of Karachi, where ...

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City Nears Lowest Murder Rate in 44 Years

Thursday, December 27, 2007

REPORTER: Felony crimes in the city have dropped for the 17th consecutive year. This includes a 17% drop in homicides from last year and an 11% drop in rapes.

Mayor Bloomberg says that for the first time since records were kept, there will likely be less than 500 murders in 2007.

BLOOMBERG: ...

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Charities Hope for Rise in Giving

Thursday, December 27, 2007

REPORTER: Many charities receive their largest donations during this time of year - between Christmas and tax time.

So far as the entire span of 2007, non-profit organizations have no official numbers yet.

Richard Jolly, of the Giving USA Foundation, says he's surprised that year after year, it's individual donors who are ...

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Tankleff Freed After Posting Bail

Thursday, December 27, 2007

"Good day to you all, and good luck to you, sir" -- with those words, a judge in Suffolk County released on bail a man who's been in prison for the last 17 years for the murder of his parents, a murder he insists he didn't commit.

REPORTER: After years of ...

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City Office Workers Prepare to Strike

Thursday, December 27, 2007

New York City office building janitors, doormen and elevator operators are stepping up pressure in contract negotiations, with only 4 days to go before a threatened strike.

They've scheduled a rally today in midtown Manhattan. Members of Local 32-BJ of the Service Employees International Union have say they'll strike after their ...

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New York Candidates in Iowa Caucuses

Thursday, December 27, 2007

One week from today, the Iowa caucuses launch the process for selecting the Republican and Democratic nominee for president. Joining us to discuss how New York candidates Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton are faring is WNYC political director, Andrea Bernstein.

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Increased Security Following Bhutto's Assassination

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The city has stepped up security at the Pakistani consulate on East 65th Street and other Pakistani-related sites after the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto during a campaign rally in her homeland.

Police are also maintaining a presence near the homes of Pakistan's UN ambassador and consulate general, several Pakistani ...

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A Closer Look at Custody Decisions in New Jersey

Thursday, December 27, 2007

One of the most difficult decisions state child protection workers make is whether to permanently remove abused or neglected youngsters from their parents’ custody.

They must weigh severing the parent/child relationship forever against keeping children safe.

At the heart of making this decision are the visits between families and their children who ...

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NYC Crime Stats Continue to Fall

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The numbers are in: felony crimes in New York City have dropped for the 17th consecutive year.

REPORTER: That includes a 17 percent drop in homicides since last year, and an 11 percent drop in rapes. Mayor Bloomberg says the city is likely to experience fewer than 500 murders for the ...

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Latest inspections confirm NY's deck truss bridges are safe

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

New York's 49 deck truss bridges are safe for travel, according to inspectors from the state Bridge Task Force. This latest review is a follow-up to an August report on visual inspections of the bridges.

After the August 1st collapse of a deck truss bridge in Minneapolis, Governor Spitzer ordered all ...

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STATEMENT FROM DR. VALENTIN FUSTER, THE MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, MAYOR GIULIANI'S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

"I have been Rudy Giuliani's personal physician for more than seven years.

I was informed late Wednesday evening that Mr. Giuliani was suffering from a significant headache and fatigue. These symptoms can be described as possibly "flu-like."

As Mr. Giuliani's personal physician, I stayed in contact with the doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital ...

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Steep Drop in Domestic Violence Murders

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The NYPD says 2007 will be the 17th consecutive year with a decrease in felony crimes in the city. That includes a 17 percent drop in homicides.

REPORTER: According to Mayor Bloomberg one of the highlights is the 36 percent drop in domestic violence murders. That goal was previously thought to ...

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A Look Back at the Fight Against Medicaid Fraud

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

One year ago, New York's candidates for governor and attorney general promised to crack down on Medicaid fraud to bring back millions of taxpayer dollars wasted by unscrupulous doctors and scam artists.

So, how have the winners done so far? Not too shabby...

Changes implemented by the Health Department under Governor Spitzer's ...

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New Jersey Assembly to Review Proposed New School Funding Formula

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Governor Corzine's proposed new school funding formula will be the subject of a joint hearing by two New Jersey legislative committees tomorrow. Democratic lawmakers, who hold the majority in both houses in Trenton, want the law passed by the end of the legislative session on January 8th.

Currently, a greater portion ...

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