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Indictments of Traffickers Gets Weapons off Street

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Five men accused of selling thousands of dollars of illegal weapons to undercover NYPD detectives are under indictment.

Queens District Attorney Robert Browne says the indictments will ultimately make New York safer.

BROWNE: Illegal hand guns exact a deadly toll. Last year for example in Queens, 60% ...

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New York Film Festival Kicks Off Friday

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The New York Film Festival is a curated, boutique festival showing 28 films from 18 countries. Film critic Nathan Lee joined Richard Hake to discuss what's hot this year.

More from Nathan Lee on Art.Cult

More on the New York ...

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Local Governments Feel the Budget Pinch

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wall Street's woes are hitting New York City and New York State budgets hard. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, the toll on smaller local governments is every bit as serious.

REPORTER: Local towns and school districts throughout the state depend on property taxes. So the ...

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Mayor Says City Employees Should Survive Wall Street Fall

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says there's no telling how far Wall Street might fall, but he thinks the city can weather the storm with a combination of spending cuts and, possibly, property tax increases.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think we will get to the point of layoffs. I don't ...

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Bloomberg Orders More Budget Cuts

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration is asking all City agencies to make hundreds of millions of dollars in spending cuts for the current fiscal year. And as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, even more pain is in store for next year.

REPORTER: City Budget Director Mark Page says Wall ...

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Homeless Reduction Falls Short of City's Goal

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is coming under pressure for failing to meet its goal of reducing homelessness by more than 60 percent by 2009. So far, shelter numbers have dropped 9 percent - that's less than 4,000 people. During a hearing yesterday, City Councilman Bill de ...

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Investors' Eyes on Capital Hill Bailout Hearing

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The financial markets resumed their pullback today as investors worry that lawmakers are losing a sense of urgency on a bailout plan for financial institutions. The Dow closed down nearly 1 1/2 percent and the Nasdaq was also down more than 1 percent.

Investors watched as ...

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Met Opera Kicks Off New Season

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Opera kicked off its 125th season in style last night. The opera diva Renee Fleming performed scenes from Verdi, Massenet and Strauss. She wore costumes designed by Christian Lacroix, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.

The Met broadcast the performance on screens in Times Square ...

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Charitable Foundation Takes a Hit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Charities have been hit hard by the latest stock market swings. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports on a foundation that was heavily invested in AIG, the insurance company that is being bailed out with an $85 billion federal loan.

REPORTER: Established by AIG Founder Cornelius Vander Starr, ...

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City Settles Final Gun Lawsuit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The last hold out of 27 gun dealers the Bloomberg Administration sued has settled.

The agreement mirrors settlements with other out-of-state gun dealers from Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Ohio.

Under the settlement terms gun dealers will go beyond enforcing existing law and adopt so-called 'Industry Best" ...

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Corzine Responds to Financial Crisis

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and state legislative leaders are not waiting for Washington to come up with a state response to the global financial crisis. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: New Jersey's economy is not quite as dependent on Wall Street's performance as are ...

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Modest Drop in NYC Homeless Population

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is still struggling to reduce the number of poor families who need shelter. After four years of trying to reform the system and bring down the numbers, there's only been a 2 percent drop. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: A progress report issued ...

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The Museum of Arts and Design Opens in Columbus Circle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Museum of Arts and Design opens this Saturday. It has gone through several transformations in its over 50 year history: new names, new buildings and even a little controversy. Now it's set up in a newly refurbished building at 2 Columbus Circle. Lee Rosenbaum ...

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New York Doctor Wins Genius Grant

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A local doctor who studies ways to slow and reverse the spread of infectious diseases, such as AIDS and tuberculosis, has received a genius grant from the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — one of 25 recipients of the prestigious award this year. ...

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The Museum of Arts and Design Opens in Columbus Circle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Museum of Art and Design opens this Saturday. Its gone through several transformations in its over 50 year history: new names, new buildings and even a little controversy. Now it's set up in a newly refurbished building at 2 Columbus Circle. Lee Rosenbaum is ...

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Gypsy Music Festival Hits New York

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DJs spinning souped-up versions of old European folk songs have been drawing crowds in Europe and in the US for the past several years. A notoriously rowdy downtown club called Mehanata was the original focal point in New York. Now, the scene has spread to ...

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UN General Assembly Ties Up Traffic

Monday, September 22, 2008

The United Nations' General Assembly is causing traffic headaches along Manhattan's East Side.

Many streets near the UN, and the Midtown hotels where diplomats and heads of state are staying, are closed, included 44th, 45th and 46th Streets from First to Second Avenues, and 49th and ...

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An Intimate Look at Ramadan

Monday, September 22, 2008

Muslims are midway through the holy month of Ramadan, with its obligation to fast every day from sunrise to sunset. This year Ramadan falls in a busy season, with kids going back to school and not much room for time off. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter spent ...

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City's Poor Lack Proper Medical Attention

Monday, September 22, 2008

In certain city neighborhoods, one in three residents has a hard time finding a primary care doctor, one in five has difficulty locating a pediatrician and one in two has trouble getting a dentist.

City officials announced the findings as part of their ongoing effort to ...

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One Last Ride Down Memory Lane

Monday, September 22, 2008

Last night, for one trip and one trip only to Yankee Stadium, New York City Transit gave some lucky fans a chance to ride on fully restored 1920s subway cars - replete with ceiling fans and woven seats just like the ones running way back ...

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