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Proposal to Ban Pigeon Feeding

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Feeding the city's pigeons may seem like an innocent pastime - but under a new proposal - it would be illegal.

REPORTER: Brooklyn Councilman Simcha Felder's plan to thin the ranks of New York's pigeon population would ban feeding and impose a thousand-dollar fine on people who do. Felder says the ...

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Continued Strike Impacts Peripheral Businesses on Broadway

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Broadway stagehands strike heads into its fourth day, as picket lines continue outside of more than two dozen shuttered theaters.

REPORTER: The impact is being felt directly on the street, by all the peripheral businesses that depend on a healthy industry. Aaron James is a photographer who takes pictures of ...

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Pope Benedict to Hold Mass at Yankee Stadium in April

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Pope Benedict the 16th will make his first visit to the US as pontiff next year and plans to visit the city.

REPORTER: Archbishop Pietro Sambi says the Catholic pope will head to New York for several days, starting with a UN address on April 18th.

SAMBI: On the 20th in early ...

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Top Lawmaker Urges Governor to Reconsider Controversial Plan

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver says Governor Spitzer still has time to re-think his plan to issue drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

REPORTER: Silver voiced concerns that the current, 3-tier plan could scare away illegal immigrants, by singling them out. But he said that ultimately, the governor has to make a stronger ...

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Police Present Their Circumstances on Teen Shooting

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the fatal shooting of the emotionally disturbed 18 year-old Brooklyn teen last night appears to fall within Departmental guidelines.

REPORER: Police say earlier in the day Denise Owens, the teen's mother, had unsuccessfully sought a psychiatric intervention for her son Kyle Coppin who had stopped taking ...

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City Tries to Make UN Comply with Fire Codes

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg says he's been in touch with UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon regarding 900 safety violations in UN buildings. City officials have been meeting with U-N officials to address the matter.

BLOOMBERG: And we are making some progress. But not progress enough. I've written them a letter saying that if ...

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Commission Urges Lawmakers to Appeal Sentencing Laws

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Former inmates and prison reformers were on hand today as the New York Sentencing Reform Commission held a hearing on possibly reforming the so-called Rockefeller drug laws.

REPORTER: The state has stiff sentencing rules that don't allow judges flexibility and put many people behind bars, who might be better served in ...

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Teen Fatally Shot by Police

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Authorities say a teenager in a dispute with his mother was shot and killed by police officers last night when he charged at them with what they thought was a gun but turned out to be a hair brush.

An NYPD spokesman says officers received a 911 call from the teen's ...

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McDonough Appointed New Director of Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New York has a new Director of Veterans Affairs. Governor Spitzer has appointed recently retired Colonel James McDonough to head the agency.

REPORTER: McDonough served in Iraq, and he says one of his challenges will be serving older veterans from World War Two and Vietnam, and younger ones from Afghanistan and ...

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Achtung New York!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

For the past week WNYC's Evening Music has featured special programming highlighting the musical and cultural life of Berlin. WNYC decided to explore why Berlin is such a thriving arts capital, and whether New York could learn anything from the city. We spoke with a handful of American artists who ...

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Pope Benedict to Visit New York in Spring

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pope Benedict the 16ht will visit the United States next spring for the first time as pontiff, and he'll be making a stop in New York City. Benedict's trip to the US, from April 15th to April 20th, will coincide with the third anniversary of his election as pope.

REPORTER: In ...

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Homelessness Among Veterens on the Rise in New York

Monday, November 12, 2007

According to a new report the number of homeless veterans in the state increased dramatically between 2005 and 2006, up from 12,700 to over 21,000.

REPORTER: Senator Charles Schumer says veterans of the war in Iraq are becoming homeless much faster than they did after the Vietnam war.

SCHUMER: Obviously housing is ...

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Concern over city plan to build schools in contaminated area

Monday, November 12, 2007

Some Bronx residents want the city to conduct an extra review of its plans to build 4 new schools on a former manufacturing site in Mott Haven. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The new schools are going up on a site that previously hosted a rail yard, a service station ...

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No Talks Scheduled in Stagehands' Strike

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg says he's spoken with representatives of both sides in the Broadway stagehands' strike. He says even though it's a private labor dispute, the city is "ready to help" in any way it can.

No new negotiations have been scheduled between the stagehands’ union Local One and the League of ...

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Stagehands Demand Respect from Producers

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Striking stagehands say they won't go back to the bargaining table until Broadway producers start acting "honorably."

REPORTER: Members of the Local One union say Broadway producers are making false accusations about the union's demands. The League of American Theatres and Producers wants flexibility about how many stagehands are needed for ...

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New York City Honors Veterans

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces are being honored this weekend in ceremonies across the metro area.

REPORTER: In Midtown Manhattan, the 88th annual Veterans Day Parade begins with the Eternal Light Monument Ceremony at Madison Square Park at Fifth Avenue and 24th Street. The parade travels up Fifth Avenue to ...

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Tappan Zee Jumper Rescued from Hudson

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Firefighters say a man who jumped off the Tappan Zee Bridge has been rescued after a firefighter plunged into the chilly Hudson river to save him. Tarrytown fire chief Domenic Morabito says 911 callers reported seeing the man leap off the 157-foot-high span Saturday morning. A state trooper spotted the ...

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Broadway Stagehands Begin Strike

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Broadway stagehands went on strike Saturday, shutting down more than two dozen plays and musicals on what is the most popular theatergoing day of the week.

The League of American Theatres and Producers and Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have been in negotiations for more than ...

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IBO Says City's Housing Plan Making Progress

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Bloomberg Administration's 10-year housing plan is making good progress., according to a report by the city's Indepedent Budget Office. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

REPORTER: The plan's goal is to produce 165,000 apartments for low- and middle-income New Yorkers by 2013. Four years into the plan, nearly 40 percent of the ...

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Kerik Says He'll Fight Charges

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is vowing to fight the sixteen felony charges unsealed Friday. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

REPORTER: Standing in a drizzling rain before a line of dozens of reporters outside the federal court house in White Plains, Bernard Kerik said he was prepared for battle.

KERIK: It's an extremely ...

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