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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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Author Norman Mailer Dead at 84

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Norman Mailer, the Pulitzer Prize Winning novelist and journalist died today. He was 84 years old.

REPORTER: Mailer was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn. He became a national celebrity in his 20s for his novel "The Naked and the Dead," which was inspired by ...

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Tunnel Machine Moves Beneath Manhattan

Friday, November 09, 2007

That furious sound you hear comes from about 170 feet below midtown Manhattan - a TBM or tunnel boring machine inching its way through the city's underground rock.

The TBM weighs 640 tons and is 22 feet wide. MTA engineers say the $10 million machine works its way through about 70 ...

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Grand Central Shuttle Gets Riders Highest Ratings

Friday, November 09, 2007

Subway riders have given the 42nd Street Shuttle a B-minus, the highest grade so far of the 11 lines that have gotten passenger reviews. Results for two other west side lines came in with the number 2 train getting a C and the 3 line getting a C minus.

These grades ...

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State Officials Blame Feds for Not Addressing Lending Crisis

Friday, November 09, 2007

As New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo expands his investigation in the mortgage industry, Governor Spitzer says he's directed his staff to work with the Legislature to craft laws that address the foreclosure crisis.

SPITZER: We are going to write new laws that are tighter, that are more prescriptive, that are ...

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Revision of Minimum Standards

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Board of Correction has revised several of its minimum standards at the city's correctional facilities that include more monitoring of inmates - prompting criticism from legal advocacy groups.

The board agreed that corrections officials can monitor inmates telephone calls and more easily inspect their mail and packages. The board also ...

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New Development Plans for Famed Amusement Park

Friday, November 09, 2007

The city has unveiled its proposal for re-zoning Coney island. The new plan covers 19city blocks and is one of the largest re-zoning plans Brooklyn has ever seen. The new project derails the plans of private developer Joe Sitt of Thor Equities who had wanted to build hotels and year ...

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New Affordable Housing is on the Way

Friday, November 09, 2007

The city's plan to build more housing for low and moderate income New Yorkers is for the most part on schedule. That's according to a recent report tracking the progress so far. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

The goal of the plan is to produce 165-thousand apartments by the year 2013. Four ...

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Bernard Kerik Surrenders to Authorities

Friday, November 09, 2007

The US Attorney's office says it will hold a news conference at 11:30 this morning with FBI and Internal Revenue Service officials in suburban White Plains “to announce an indictment of a former public official.” The office had no further comment.

A person close to the investigation says that a federal ...

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Rockefeller Tree Erected

Friday, November 09, 2007

If the chilly weather isn't enough of a clue, today brings another sign the holiday season is fast approaching. The Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree will be set in place this morning.

The 84-foot-tall tree measures 48 feet around. It comes from Shelton, Connecticut. The tree-lighting ceremony is planned for November 28th.

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Cuomo, Spitzer Join to Fight Mortgage Crisis

Friday, November 09, 2007

A dispute with the federal government has warmed relations between Governor Spitzer and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

REPORTER: In a joint letter to Congress, the 2 men criticized federal bills that eliminate state law protections concerning the mounting mortgage crisis. Cuomo says he's frustrated by the federal government's actions.

CUOMO: ...

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