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A Bad Week for Bloomberg

Friday, April 11, 2008

This past week Mayor Michael Bloomberg was dealt a major setback when his ambitious congestion pricing plan failed to garner even enough support from Albany lawmakers to get posted for a vote. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. SILVER: Many of them don't believe in the concept. ...

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Car Crashes into Courthouse Steps Injuring Six

Friday, April 11, 2008

Six people were hurt when a car lost control, jumped a curb and crashed into the steps of a Manhattan courthouse.

REPORTER: The car also hit a bagel cart before stopping a few steps up the grand staircase at 60 Centre Street. Bagels, bananas, and newspapers ...

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Shappy: Nerd-poet extraordinaire

Friday, April 11, 2008

Self-proclaimed nerd-poet Shappy (Jeff “Shappy” Seasholtz) recalls ugly moments of fourth-grade dodge ball that he overcame when he discovered the power of language. A stint as class president in 9th grade and success on the speech team solidified this future poet’s interest in the spoken ...

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Jean Valentine: New York State Poet Laureate

Friday, April 11, 2008

Valentine brings more than forty years of experience to the role of New York State Poet Laureate, an office she will hold until 2010. Her curious, intimate and dreamlike verse usually begins with a feeling, as she explained in an interview with the Poetry Society ...

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9/11 Memorial Reaches Fundraising Goal

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A donation by one of the World Trade Center's former tenants has finished off the fund-raising drive for the September 11 memorial.

The memorial is scheduled to open in 2011.

Joe Daniels, president of the September 11 Memorial and Museum, says the financial firm gave $10 ...

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Latest on State Budget

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lawmakers have approved a $122 billion budget for New York State. It came nine days late and despite warnings of an economic slowdown, the budget increases total spending by nearly 5 percent over last year’s budget.

Some details include $1.8 billion more for education. That's a ...

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McCain Talks Economic Policy in Bay Ridge

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sen. John McCain came to Bay Ridge today to signal a shift in his economic policy. Having said last month that the federal government should do nothing to help those who can't pay their mortgages, now McCain says the government should take targeted action to ...

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Residents Unhappy With Wall Collapse Report

Thursday, April 10, 2008

They claim a report on the accident ignores the agency's shortcomings.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

Hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate their apartments after the retaining wall collapsed at a construction site on Columbus Avenue.

Before the accident, residents say they called in to complain that blasting ...

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New Yorkers Gather to Remember Mailer

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A couple thousand of Norman Mailer's family, friends and admirers filled Carnegie Hall yesterday to celebrate his life.

It took almost three hours to memorialize the man who published more than 30 books, was married six times, and had nine kids. They all spoke about ...

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Lawsuit Filed to Block Randalls Island Project

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another legal effort has been made to stop the construction of sports fields on Randalls Island.

Several public school parents and East Harlem residents filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court. Marina Ortiz, an East Harlem activist, says her neighbors would prefer to keep the area ...

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Comptroller Demands Cleanup of Brooklyn Rec Center

Thursday, April 10, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson is calling for immediate action to clean up a city-owned athletic center in Brooklyn that houses day care and pre-kindergarten programs.

He says his auditors found decrepit and dangerous conditions during a routine financial audit of the Paerdegat Athletic Club in Canarsie ...

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A Peacemaker's Puppets

Thursday, April 10, 2008

This Friday, a new production of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha will debut at the Metropolitan Opera. It tells the story of Mahatma Gandhi’s experiences in South Africa, ones that helped define his philosophy of non-violent resistance. Gandhi isn’t the only figure who casts a large shadow ...

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Victory for Teachers in Tenure Battle

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The city's public schools and teachers were big winners in the budget, approved by New York's legislature yesterday.

Gov. David Paterson and the legislature restored $644 million in additional school funding. The city now has a record $8.3 billion education budget.

Geri Palast, of the Campaign ...

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More Flights in NY/NJ Region Cancelled

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

American Airlines expects to cancel more flights after scrubbing at least 36 flights from LaGuardia, 11 from Newark and three out of Kennedy Airport.

The airline is grounding about 300 MD-80 planes due to an FAA rule about wiring that controls landing wheels. One thousand flights ...

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Council Pledges Work on "G" Train

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

G train passengers say it's regularly overcrowded and unreliable.

The City Council held a hearing yesterday afternoon - part of an effort to improve service on the Brooklyn-Queens Crosstown line.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said while the agency wants to extend service to Church Avenue by ...

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Regie Cabico

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

After Cabico graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he headed a few blocks east to explore the 1990s poetry scene in Alphabet City. A gay, Filipino man, he says he looks for sincerity in the poetry world. Cabico is the recipient of the ...

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Defense Could Help prosecution in Bell Trial

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

It was a long, muffled recording, presented by lawyers defending the police officers charged with the fatal shooting of Sean Bell. But as WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports, the police interview of Bell's friend, Trent Benefield, may actually help the prosecution.

Benefield was interviewed in the hospital, ...

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Taylor Mali

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The New York City native spent almost a decade teaching everything from English to SAT prep before dedicating all his time to being a poet. Mali made it to the National Poetry Slam Finals seven times, winning four of them, and appeared on two seasons ...

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Albany Passes $121.7 Billion Budget; 5 Percent Spending Hike

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Nine days past the budget deadline, state lawmakers passed spending bills on a budget agreement that increases spending, despite what Gov. David Paterson has deemed an economic recession. The budget is similar to the proposal put forward by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer before he resigned.

Paterson ...

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Assemblywoman Convicted of Bribery

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Assemblywoman Diane Gordon has been convicted of trying to have a private developer build her a $500,000 home for $1.

Gordon, a Democrat, represented the state Assembly's 40th District in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors say in return for her dream house, she offered to help the builder acquire a ...

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