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Report: Turf Isn't Dangerous

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Artificial turf fields can get very hot, but are unlikely to pose other health risks - that's according to a draft report for the Health Department.

This comes during a nationwide debate over the merits of these fields. Geoffrey Croft, of NYC Park Advocates, says ...

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Commuting Safely by Bike in the City

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tomorrow is national bike to work day. Over the past seven years biking in the city has increased by 75%. Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group helping to organize the event, thinks the city can do even better. To talk more about biking to work is ...

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Execs get Peek at Nets Arena Luxury Boxes

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Nets begin selling luxury boxes to their arena at Atlantic Yards tonight, and they are hitting the Brooklyn connection hard. They created a promotional video that will be shown to about 130 business executives who get to see a model suite at an open ...

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Infections Down at City Hospitals

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The number of infections acquired at New York City's 11 public hospitals has dropped dramatically, according to the Health and Hospital Corporation.

Officials say central line bloodstream infections have dropped 55 percent since 2005, and there was a 78 percent reduction in the rate of ventilator-associated ...

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Bloomberg Opens Bronx Power Plant

Thursday, May 15, 2008

With the flip of a switch, Mayor Michael Bloomberg today opened the city's first tri-generating power plant in the Bronx.

Unlike conventional power plants, tri-generating plants recapture the heat that's emitted in the process of burning gas or fuel oil.

The city spent $65 million for the ...

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Hudson is Cleaner, But Fewer Fish

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Hudson River is a lot cleaner than it was in 1975, but the number of fish swimming in it is much lower.

That's the finding of a new study by the group Riverkeeper.

Dr. Peter Henderson is one of the study's authors.

HENDERSON: In decline we have ...

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New Measures Crack Down on Doctors

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Governor Paterson has announced a series of measures to increase oversight of the medical establishment. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

Under the proposed law, the Office for Professional Medical Conduct would be expected to monitor doctors more aggressively.

Health plans and insurers would be required to inform ...

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New Yorkers Donate to Quake Relief

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Yorkers - especially Chinese-Americans - are answering the call for donations to victims of this week's devastating earthquake in China.

Queens resident James Lee stopped by the offices of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association yesterday to donate $100.

Lee says he doesn't know anyone personally ...

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Less Money for Abuse Prevention Programs

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Over the past two years, the Administration for Children's Services has increased child abuse prevention programs to serve an extra 1,000 families.

But, money for the additional monitoring isn't included in the upcoming budget.

At a City Council hearing yesterday, ACS Commissioner John Mattingly said his agency ...

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Controversial Glass Tower Approved

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Museum of Modern Art is one step closer to having a 75-story neighbor.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has unanimously approved two applications from Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel for the Midtown tower. It would include condos, hotel rooms and MoMA gallery space.

Neighborhood residents have opposed ...

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Change to Misconduct Release Information

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is expected to announce a proposal today that would require New Yorkers to be informed when their doctors are charged with misconduct, not just if they're convicted.

The proposed change is part of a broad patient safety measure that would give more ...

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"The Sopranos" Go To College

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dozens of college professors from around the world will gather at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus to analyze the HBO mob drama "The Sopranos."

Starting May 22nd, "The Sopranos: A Wake," is a symposium created as a way to define the show's position in popular culture.

Fordham ...

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Council Expected to Overturn Bloomberg's E-Waste Veto

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The City Council is expected to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of a bill that mandated manufacturers meet electronic waste recycling standards.

Mayor Bloomberg contends the bill will not withstand legal challenges and will hurt City businesses.

Recently the Bloomberg Administration and the Council reached an agreement on ...

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Lawmakers React to Mayor's Own Council Fund

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration revealed it has turned millions over to dozens of non-profits on behalf of favored Council Members. The disclosure comes as the City Council faces a criminal probe into how it doles out money to non-profits.

Brooklyn Councilman Bill DeBlasio says he welcomes the ...

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New Playground Opens in The Bronx, Part of Mayor's Initiative

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

City officials had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new playground at the Bronx's P.S. 138. It's part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's goal to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a ten-minute walk to a park or a playground.

The city plans to invest $111 million ...

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MTA Restarts Negotiation Process With Bidders

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Now that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's billion-dollar deal with Tishman Speyer has collapsed, the agency is negotiating with the other original bidders to find another buyer for the West Side rail yards.

But, as WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, the options aren't great.

Of the five original ...

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Pro-Tenant Bills Approved by Assembly

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New York's Assembly has passed a package of pro-tenant bills aimed at keeping more apartments rent stabilized.

New York's Assembly has passed a package of pro-tenant bills aimed at keeping more apartments rent stabilized.

Right now, landlords may deregulate their units once rents reach $2,000 a ...

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Like Council, Bloomberg Has Discretionary Funds

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

As the City Council grapples with an ongoing federal investigation into its funding of community groups, the Bloomberg administration has for the first time, disclosed that it handed out millions in discretionary funds last year on behalf of favored city council members.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ...

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Prostitution "Booker" Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One of four people charged with running the prostitution ring used by former governor Eliot Spitzer, has plead guilty in federal court.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Thirty-two year old Temeka Lewis was responsible for booking clients for the Emperor's Club VIP. Today she stood in federal ...

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Complaints About Police Aired at Forum

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Those outraged by the not-guilty verdicts in the Sean Bell police shooting case got a chance to speak up yesterday at a public forum on community-police relations hosted by U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

Conyers, the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, called for justice and ...

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