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Number of NYC Foster Children Living in Congregate Care Declining

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The city's been trying to place fewer foster kids in institutions, and their efforts appear to be working.

A report by the Center for New York City Affairs shows the number of kids sent to residential treatment centers and group homes went down from about 3,900 ...

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Residents Sue Over Stench in South Bronx

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A group of residents in the South Bronx, fed up with the stench from two nearby sewage facilities, have sued to force the city and a private fertilizer company to take away the smell which neighbors describe as smelling like horse manure, rotten eggs or ...

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NAACP: Historical Audio Files

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

On the eve of the centennial convention, WNYC looked into its archives for some historical perspectives:

>> Marian Anderson on the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939American contralto Marian Anderson performs in front of 75,000 spectators. Finnish accompanist Kosti Vehanen is on the piano.

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Bloomberg Encourages New Yorkers to be Tourists in the City

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

As gas prices continue to rise and New Yorkers wonder, what can they do that's fun and interesting and new. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a suggestion: Go local!

He unveiled an ad campaign to encourage New Yorkers to visit all five boroughs, and announced a new ...

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City Offers Bucks for Fresh Produce

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Health Department is expanding its effort to get fresh fruits and vegetables into the hands of more New Yorkers.

They introduced $2 health bucks — vouchers worth $2.

The bucks will be made available for low income residents in the South Bronx, north and central Brooklyn ...

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Comptroller Audit Critical of Skyport

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

New York City's comptroller is calling a marina and parking facility on the East River "an accident waiting to happen".

William Thompson, a potential candidate for mayor, says his auditors reported degraded piers, corroded steel, cracked concrete and other violations at a site leased by New ...

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FAA: JFK Planes Were At Safe Distance

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Federal Aviation Administration is denying the claims of air traffic controllers that two planes had a near miss at Kennedy Airport over the weekend.

Air traffic controllers claim a jetliner of came within 100 feet of another aircraft, forcing it to pull out of a ...

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Haitian Groups Demand Justice in 'Toto' Trial

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Haitian activist groups rallied outside the State Supreme Court earlier today in protest of the trial of Emmanuel "Toto" Constant, the former leader of the Haitian government's paramilitary group, FRAPH, the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti.

They are accused of overseeing the torture ...

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Bloomberg Wants 9/11 Health Chief Rehired

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today joined the chorus of local leaders protesting last week's firing of Washington's point man on World Trade Center health issues.

Bloomberg praised John Howard for having a thorough knowledge of the situation - and for being an advocate for federal funding of ...

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Report: Complaints Against NYPD Unreciprocated

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The standoff between the Civilian Complaint Review Board and the NYPD over what constitutes police misconduct has new life. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: Over the last four years the CCRB says fewer than 2O percent of the NYPD's officers accounted for 7O percent of the ...

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What's on the Playlist at Midsummer Night's Swing

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Much of the Lincoln Center campus is hidden behind construction barriers and its central plaza is temporarily shut down for renovation. Midsummer Night's Swing has been relocated to Damrosch Park, behind the New York State Theater. And that's not the only change. This year, Midsummer ...

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Health Dept. Launches Online Space for Teens

Monday, July 07, 2008

Teens that are depressed, stressed or involved in violent relationships have a new friend online -- the city Health Department.

Officials are launching a new Web site called "NYC Teen Mind Space." It features fictional characters, each with a page on the Web site MySpace.

They all ...

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Parking Break For Brooklynites

Monday, July 07, 2008

Starting today, alternate side parking regulations will be temporarily suspended in several Brooklyn neighborhoods as the Department of Transportation installs over 2,000 signs with new and reduced regulations.

Street cleaning regulations will be suspended for the next six to eight weeks in parts of Boerum Hill, ...

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N.J. Transportation Funding Looms Large

Monday, July 07, 2008

Now that New Jersey's wrapped up its state budget, state lawmakers are taking the summer off.

But for Gov. Jon Corzine, it's time to move on to other vital matters.

In the coming weeks, Corzine plans to unveil a revised proposal to fund transportation projects.

He won't comment ...

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New Plan Will Reduce City Emissions by 30 Percent

Monday, July 07, 2008

The city will make improvements to firehouses, police stations, city government offices and courthouses, as part of a new, long-term action plan aimed at reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in the next nine years.

BLOOMBERG: It will involve upgrades to lighting, heating, ...

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$100 Fine For Subway Fare Evaders

Monday, July 07, 2008

Be ready to shell out a hundred bucks if you get caught sneaking a free ride on the subway system. The fine for fare evasion has gone up. It used to be $60.

The change was timed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to coincide with the ...

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Negotiations Resume in Concrete Strike

Monday, July 07, 2008

Negotiations between concrete producers and truck drivers resumed today after they broke down last week. In a joint statement, the concrete companies and the union said they "remain committed to reaching a fair and equitable agreement for all concerned."

More than 400 drivers, who are members ...

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Prayers For Gospel Singing Pastor

Monday, July 07, 2008

In an emotional funeral service yesterday, members of Grace Tabernacle Christian Center in Crown Heights prayed for their pastor Timothy Wright and mourned his wife, co-pastor Betty Wright, and her 14-year-old grandson D.J.

The family was in a head-on car crash in Pennsylvania.

Rev. Wright is a ...

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Statue Crown May Reopen to Tourists

Saturday, July 05, 2008

The federal government is considering the reopening of the Statue of Liberty’s crown for the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Congressman Anthony Weiner calls the move a breakthrough. He says he wants to see the statue’s crown reopened with a year

WEINER: We hope this ...

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Serb Charged in Attack Explains Flight

Saturday, July 05, 2008

The lawyer of a Serb charged with beating a New York college classmate to near death says his client fled to his homeland because he doesn't believe in the U.S. justice system.

The case of basketball player Miladin Kovacevic is threatening to ignite a diplomatic crisis ...

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