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Williamsburg's Hasidic Jews Take the Field

Sunday, June 08, 2008

On sunny summer weekends, dozens of folks gather in Brooklyn's McCarren Park to play a little ball. They're part of the Greenpoint Neighborhood Softball League. Some have been coming since 1971, dressed in sweatpants and jerseys representing their team. But in recent years, some players ...

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Art from Wartime Baghdad

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Over the course of his four years serving in Iraq, military officer Christopher J. Brownfield worked on the sidelines to develop relations with the artists of Baghdad. During the Surge, it was too dangerous for him to see their art shows around the city. Instead, ...

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City Council: New Yorkers Gouged on Milk Prices

Friday, June 06, 2008

Milk money ain't what it used to be. A City Council report shows that on average New Yorkers are paying more for the daily staple than they should be, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says that's against the law.

The report showed 86 percent of ...

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Bloomberg Ready for OTB's Last Lap

Friday, June 06, 2008

Big Brown could make big history if he wins tomorrow's Belmont Stakes, claiming thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown for the first time in 1978.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he'll be out at the track tomorrow for the race, but he says he won't place a wager on ...

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Spitzer May Have Lied About Role in Bruno Probe, DA Says

Friday, June 06, 2008

Albany County District Attorney David Soares says he will release the secret testimony of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his top aides, in the dirty tricks probe against rival and Senate leader Joe Bruno that consumed much of Spitzer's abbreviated term.

Soares found no criminal wrongdoing, ...

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Despite Belmont Buzz, OTB Is On Shaky Legs

Friday, June 06, 2008

HOST: More than a hundred thousand people are expected to attend the Belmont Stakes tomorrow as Big Brown tries for the first Triple Crown in three decades. Off Track Betting parlors will also be packed, but don’t be fooled by the crowds. As WNYC’s Ilya ...

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City's Top Crane Inspector Arrested on Bribery Charges

Friday, June 06, 2008

A high-ranking crane inspector was arrested for allegedly receiving bribes from a crane company.

The Department of Investigation says that James DeLayo, the assistant chief crane inspector at the city's Department of Buildings collected thousands of dollars worth of bribes for falsely certifying that cranes from ...

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Catching Rainwater Before It Turns to Flood

Friday, June 06, 2008

The city is giving away 250 empty barrels to homeowners in Queens so they can catch rainwater and hopefully avoid sewage overflows. The Department of Environmental Protection's Julie Stein says the homeowners snapped up the rain barrels.

STEIN: They're excited because southeast Queens is an area ...

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Con Ed Braced for Weekend Heat

Friday, June 06, 2008

Con Edison says it's ready for New Yorkers to crank up their air conditioners and fans during the expected heat wave this weekend. The utility says it's spent $1.7 billion upgrading electric cables and installing new transformers to meet summertime demand.

Con Ed estimates most customers ...

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NY African Immigrants Rejoice In Obama Nomination

Friday, June 06, 2008

It’s been a glee-filled week for Obama supporters, especially along a stretch of Fulton Street in Brooklyn. The African immigrants who live and work in the neighborhood tell WNYC’s Marianne McCune they’ve been celebrating since Tuesday.

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Teatro Para Todos!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Teatro Stagefest -- it's a theater festival dedicated to presenting work by Latino playwrights from the U.S. The plays are being performed in Spanish and English in ten locations in three boroughs -- the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. It kicks off tonight.


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AG's Deal to Put the Brakes on the Sub-Prime Mortgage Mess

Friday, June 06, 2008

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo struck a deal with the top three credit rating agencies as part of his investigation into the ongoing sub-prime loan crisis.

It's designed to keep investment banks from shopping around for positive ratings for their investment vehicles by requiring ...

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Rally Seeks to Jump Start Atlantic Yards Project

Thursday, June 05, 2008

An estimated 3,500 people turned out for a rally in support of the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Many of them were union construction workers who took time off nearby jobs. They said they felt the project, which will be union-built, was being threatened by ...

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Students Protest City Education Cuts

Thursday, June 05, 2008

More than 100 public school teenagers and members of student groups rallied in front of City Hall to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed $450 million budget cuts. The students say the mayor's plan will adversely impact their schools.

Education activists, parents and students argue that while ...

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New Bills Aim to Improve Construction Safety

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Increased training for crane operators, new fines for contractors, and better tracking of violations - those are some of the proposals Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council are pushing to make construction safer in the city. The legislation would also require that contractors register ...

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Obama and McCain Trade Barbs to Woo Swing Voters

Thursday, June 05, 2008

WNYC's Political Director Andrea Bernstein discusses both Barack Obama and John McCain's reach to swing voters, and the general election strategies the two men will have.

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Clinton 'Not Seeking' VP Spot, Rep says

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign spokesperson has issued a statement saying she "is not seeking the vice presidency, and no one speaks for her but her."

The statement went on to say "the choice here is Senator Obama's and his alone." Earlier today, more than a dozen ...

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New Yorkers React to Obama Win

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

New Yorkers say they’re not surprised the Democratic primary race seems to be over without the state’s junior senator getting the presidential bid.

But they have mixed opinions about how and when Hillary Clinton should concede. Adonza Anderson, a school administrator from Brooklyn, would like to ...

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Lautenberg Handily Wins Nomination

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg easily turned aside a spirited challenge from Camden Congressman Rob Andrews. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on the Garden State's primary results.

REPORTER: In the final analysis New Jersey Democrats chose by an almost two-to-one margin that the 84-year-old Lautenberg ...

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Clinton Mentions Obama, Briefly, in Speech

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton made her first speech after Sen. Barack Obama was named the Democratic presidential nominee. And she gave only the tiniest of hints that she's considering withdrawing from the race. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports from Washington.

Clinton received a sustained standing ovation from the ...

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