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Former Mets Bat Boy Avoids Jail Time

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski has avoided jail time after cooperating with baseball's investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He was sentenced Friday to five years probation. Radomski pleaded guilty to selling steroids, human growth hormone and speed to dozens of current and former major leaguers ...

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City Can Collect Real Estate Taxes on Diplomatic Buildings

Saturday, February 09, 2008

New York City officials have prevailed in their effort to collect an estimated $62 million in real estate taxes on three Manhattan buildings owned by the governments of India, Mongolia and the Philippines. A federal judge ruled Friday that diplomatic privileges don't exempt the countries from paying some local taxes ...

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Writers' Strike Could Be Nearing an End

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Hollywood writers' strike may be coming to an end. Members of the Writers Guild of America East are set to meet in New York an hour from now, as West Coast colleagues gather in Los Angeles. They'll consider a proposal from major production companies that would offer writers 2% ...

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New Plan for Former Deutsche Bank

Friday, February 08, 2008

REPORTER: Instead of removing contaminants and dismantling the structure at almost the same time, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will start with the asbestos abatement.

Then, after returning for more approvals, it will demolish the structure.

Catherine McVay Hughes, vice chairwoman of Community Board 1, says the decision and its approval by ...

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Struggling Democracies Eye U.S. Elections

Friday, February 08, 2008

Every U.S. election is a test of how well our democracy is working and there are all sorts of measuring sticks.

But imagine you’re from Bhutan – where the government has been holding practice votes to prepare its citizens for their first election.

Or Kenya – where what seemed to be a ...

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Booker Delivers State of the City

Friday, February 08, 2008

Newark Mayor Cory Booker was optimistic last night in his 2nd State of the City address, saying new policies and programs were making development more attractive than ever in New Jersey's largest city.

Booker announced that the Children's Museum has decided to locate in downtown Newark, and he pointed to other ...

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Hospitals Improve Translation Services

Friday, February 08, 2008

REPORTER: 4 city hospitals have increased their language services for non-English speakers with the help of immigrant advocate organizations.

Aida Torres, of Brooklyn, hopes improved access to interpreters will help bridge the language barrier in healthcare.

Torres brought her 35-year-old special needs daughter to the emergency room two years ago, with a ...

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Massive Arrests in Gambino Crime Family

Friday, February 08, 2008

The mob is still alive and well in New York.

That's one of the messages from federal authorities yesterday, as they indicted 62 alleged Gambino crime family members and associates.

They're charged with crimes that date back more than 3 decades.

New York Times reporter William Rushbaum is with us now to talk ...

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Tobacco - Bad News for World Governments

Friday, February 08, 2008

Tobacco use killed 100 million people in the 20th century and could kill another 1 billion this century, if governments don't take steps to reduce it - that's according to the World Health Organization.

This includes banning tobacco advertising, raising tobacco taxes and adopting smoke free laws.

In a report released yesterday, ...

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Votes Still Being Cast From Abroad

Friday, February 08, 2008

Super Tuesday may be over, but around the world, thousands of Americans who live abroad are participating in a global Democratic primary. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

They're called the Democrats Abroad and they will send a contingent of 22 delegates to next summer's Democratic Convention in Denver.

All this week, Americans ...

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Clemens Goes on PR Campaign

Friday, February 08, 2008

REPORTER: Hardin said the media is rushing to convict Clemens.

HARDIN: I warn you all now. That 5, 6, 7 months from now, any of you that have jumped on this bandwagon about Roger taking steroids and assume that anything Brian McNamee has to say about Rodger is true, will be ...

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Huge Crackdown on the Gambino Organization

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Law enforcement officials cracked down on the Gambino crime family this morning like they never have before unsealing indictments that charge 62 people with murder, attempted murder, racketeering and illegal gambling.

REPORTER: Prosecutors say that the Gambino organization extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the construction industry through a widespread ...

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Bribery Allegations at the Armory

Thursday, February 07, 2008

A former superintendent of the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan has been indicted on charges of extortion and bribery. WNYC's Marc Garber reports.

State officials have charged that James Jackson demanded thousands of dollars from firms that wanted to use the site for events, including Marc Jacobs’ fashion shows.

The Armory at ...

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Corzine Toll Hike Plan Hits Further Hurdles

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Governor Jon Corzine's plan to both reduce New Jersey's debt and fund badly needed infrastructure projects ran into more speed bumps today.

All the Republican lawmakers in the Assembly signed pledges opposing Corzine's proposal to impose hefty toll hikes over several years. Fairleigh Dickinson University professor Peter Wooley says the unity ...

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New Pitcher Ready for Mets

Thursday, February 07, 2008

REPORTER: Johan Santana put on his number 57 Mets jersey for the first time yesterday as the team introduced him at Shea Stadium.

Santana made it clear he understands that Mets' fans demand a World Series championship - or at least an NL pennant - after last year's September collapse.

He talked ...

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City Asking Automakers for "Car of the Future"

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The city is asking automakers to come up with designs for a cab for the future

REPORTER: It would be one that will burn alternative fuels, and will be wheelchair-accessible. Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus.

DAUS: Big on the inside and small on the outside - one that looks good that's ...

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Mukasey's Testimony Has NJ Angle

Thursday, February 07, 2008

When he goes before Congress today, Attorney General Michael Mukasey will call for quick action to prevent the release of thousands of violent criminals under new federal crack cocaine sentencing rules.

In remarks prepared for today's hearing, Mukasey says he's willing to go along with new sentencing guidelines that reduce federal ...

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Racing Association Close to Bailout Deal with State

Thursday, February 07, 2008

State leaders are close to a deal that would let the "New York Racing Association" - also known as NYRA - continue managing Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks for the next 25 years.

Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno says the state will bailout the bankrupt NYRA, with $105 million. In exchange, ...

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Parents Fight Cell Phone Ban

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The ban on cell phones in the city's public schools is about the convenience of police officers moving students through metal detectors - that's what lawyers for a parents' group told an appeals court yesterday.

Attorney Norman Siegel wants the court to lift the ban. He said students carried cell phones ...

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Betrayed

Thursday, February 07, 2008

HOST: Betrayed is a new play about the Iraq war. It opened at the Culture Project in SoHo last night. It's based on a New Yorker article by the journalist George Packer. Packer wanted to drew attention to plight of Iraqis who served the U.S. as translators and informal diplomats. ...

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