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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Artist Robert Rauschenberg Dies

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Robert Rauschenberg the artist whose use of everyday materials --- made him pioneer in pop art died yesterday at age 82.

His talents spanned the worlds of painting, sculpture and dance. He was known for his three-dimensional paintings which blurred art and objects from modern life.

Born ...

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Chance to Play Water Pipes, Metal Beams Downtown

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ex-Talking Heads front man David Byrne plans to turn a landmark building in lower Manhattan into a giant musical instrument.

Byrne is retrofitting an antique organ so that it "plays" the building's metal beams, electrical conduits and water pipes.

Byrne says visitors will get a chance ...

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N.J. Official Warns of Tough Budget Decisions Ahead

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In New Jersey, tax revenues for 2007 came in higher than expected this spring, but State Treasurer David Rousseau is warning lawmakers not to get too optimistic as they negotiate a budget.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Call it the echo effect from a healthier economy. A ...

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Mayor: West Side Remains Top Priority

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's top priority is still the development of the West Side rail yards.

He's dismissed suggestions by Sen. Charles Schumer that the city should let the Port Authority take the lead in developing the Moynihan Station.

The mayor added that the ...

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Hudson Rail Yards Deal Dead

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Two days of negotiations failed to salvage the $1 billion deal to develop the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Hudson Rail Yards on the Far West Side. Developer Tishman Speyer says it's withdrawing, saying the two parties could not reach an agreement that satisfied both.

The Metropolitan Transportation ...

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Last Day to Register for N.J. June Election

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Today's the last day to register to vote in next month's New Jersey primaries.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on this year's surprisingly competitive contests.

No, there won't be any presidential preferences to sort through this time. But, voters will have to pick and choose from ...

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A Golden Age for Women on Broadway

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Tony Nominations were announced today. Leading the pack were the musicals In the Heights with 13 nominations and Passing Strange with 7 nods. In addition to Broadway's efforts to reach younger, more diverse audiences, Elisabeth Vincentelli also argues that this is a golden age ...

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