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Bloomberg Talks About Major Changes in Some Neighborhoods

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The city is on a re-zoning spree - in recent weeks major areas of Jamaica, Queens and Bedford-Stuyvesant have been rezoned, in order to encourage development.

REPORTER: This morning, with an eye on his legacy, Mayor Bloomberg gave a sense of just how big the change is.

BLOOMBERG: We secured approval for ...

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Fallout Continues from Spitzer's Licensing Plan

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The fallout over Governor Eliot Spitzer's controversial drivers' license plan has put many of New York state's top politicians in awkward positions. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

Spitzer's evolving plan to give undocumented immigrants valid drivers' licenses has politicians of all stripes fuming, stumbling and shifting. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was slammed ...

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The Bronx Bombers get a new Skipper

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Yankees' new manager, Joe Girardi, says he won't know how he'll manage the team until he knows who's on it. Girardi was officially introduced to New Yorkers today.

REPORTER: Despite a month of upheaval in the Bronx, Girardi says he doesn't feel like he needs to assure players the team ...

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Port Authority Looks for Fare Hikes

Thursday, November 01, 2007

First it was the MTA. Now it's the Port Authority looking for a toll and train fare hike. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports on how these hikes could factor into the Mayor's Congestion pricing plan.

By the numbers the Port Authority's two dollar toll hike would charge each vehicle eight dollars to ...

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City Principals Get Graded

Thursday, November 01, 2007

City principals will get their grades next week. The Education Department is handing out it’s first-ever progress reports. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: The reports will have A through F letter grades for each school. They factor in the school's environment, its test scores, and whether there was any increase ...

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Attorney General Sues Lender for Inflating Housing Prices

Thursday, November 01, 2007

New York Attorney General says one of the nation's biggest real estate appraisal companies colluded with the bank, Washington Mutual, to inflate home values and, as a result, helped set the current mortgage crisis in motion.

REPORTER: Andrew Cuomo's office has filed a lawsuit against First American, and its subsidiary, E-Appraise-It, ...

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Journalist Tom Robbins on F.B.I Trial

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The case against an F.B.I. agent who's accused of helping commit four murders is likely to be dropped today. That's because ten years ago the star witness -- mob girlfriend Linda Schirro -- gave an interview to Village Voice writer Tom Robbins. And what she said then is totally different ...

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Case Against Former FBI Agent is Dropped

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Former FBI agent Lindley Devecchio was cheered by his ex-colleagues, after a judge in Brooklyn granted a request to drop murder charges against him. The request by prosecutors came one day after a key government witness's testimony was undermined by a taped interview she gave to reporters a decade ago.

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Hillary Clinton Discusses Gov's License Plan

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Governor Spitzer's anti-fraud driver's license scanner passed its first public test, even as forces opposing his plan to make it easier for illegal immigrants to get licenses continue to fight it.

REPORTER: The new technology used at a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Albany successfully scanned documents in a process ...

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Kings County Hospital Facing Another Lawsuit

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Brooklyn hospital implicated in the death of a 12-year-old middle-school student has cost the city more than any other hospital in malpractice suits. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

The mother of Omar Rivera has announced she is suing Kings County Hospital and the city of New York for sending her ...

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Puppets Take Manhattan

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Every October 31st for the past 33 years, puppeteers have walked up sixth avenue wearing paper mache heads and gauzy tunics to celebrate Halloween.The story of these puppets starts in a barn on the banks of the Hudson River in Rhinecliff, New York. Sophia *Michahelles* and Alex Kahn host a ...

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Employee Rights Advocates Defend Nail Salon Workers

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A recent court victory has workers' rights advocates calling for better working conditions at local nail salons.

REPORTER:Three former employees at two Upper West Side salons were awarded two hundred thousand dollars in backpay and damages after a federal court found their employers violated labor laws.

Attorney Steven Choi says those salons ...

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Port Authority Toll Hike Could Hurt Congestion Pricing

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The mayor's proposal to charge drivers to enter much of Manhattan could be facing new political hurdles. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says that, after New Jersey's legislative elections on Tuesday, it plans to ask for a toll increase, from $6 to as much as $8, ...

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City Agencies Forced to Make Budget Cuts

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

All city agencies have been put under an immediate hiring freeze and were ordered by City Hall to make budget cuts as the city faces a slowdown in tax revenues. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

So far this year, the city isn't seeing the large commercial real estate sales it saw last ...

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Some City Hospitals Not in Compliance with Nanny's Law

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A City Council investigation finds, several New York City hospitals did not inform indigent patients lacking health insurance that they could qualify for public assistance.

Most hospitals in the study, however, did comply with the law. The review was conducted by investigators who posed as patients when they called or visited ...

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Could Thomas Jefferson's Wine Be Fake?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wine said to belong to Thomas Jefferson is at the heart of a dispute that going through the courts and causing ripples in the wine industry. Years ago, American businessman Bill Koch paid $500,000 for four bottles that he thought were part of the collection of the nation’s 3rd president. ...

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Concern Grows Over Licensing Plan

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Government Spitzer's latest plan to create a three tiered driver's license system has immigrants in some neighborhoods feeling disappointed and confused about whether they would apply for the new license. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more from Corona, Queens.

REPORTER: Marco Ramos is from Mexico. He has no driver's license and says ...

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Giuliani Touts Cancer Survival in Ad

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is touting having survived prostrate cancer in a new radio ad running in New Hampshire. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

REPORTER: Trailing former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the polls in New Hampshire, Giuliani's making a big play for the state, spending the entire week there, holding ...

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NYPD to testify before Senate Committee

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Counter-terrorism experts from the New York Police Department will testify later today before a US Senate panel. They'll report that since the September 11th attacks of 6 years ago, western countries, including the United States, have seen an increase in the number of so-called "self-styled" terrorists cells. WNYC's Bob Hennelly ...

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City Schools Change Admissions to Gifted Programs

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New York City is making the admissions process for gifted and talented programs in the public schools more uniform. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The city is planning to guarantee admission to a local gifted and talented class to any child who scores in the 95th percentile on two exams. Chancellor ...

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