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Inside Celebration of Lunar New Year

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The 2 week period celebrating the Lunar New Year wraps up tomorrow.

Richard Yeh captured his family's recent celebration in Queens, which brought several generations together over piles of traditional food.

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Columbia Professor Denies Charges of Plagiarism

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Madonna Constantine says the noose incident and the plagiarism accusations are part of efforts to intimidate her because she's black.

Teachers College announced yesterday that it had imposed "serious sanctions" against Dr. Constantine following a lengthy investigation.

The school's inquiry into Constantine was launched in 2006, before the noose was discovered this ...

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Judge Rules in Favor of Deliverymen

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the owner of 2 of Manhattan's most popular Vietnamese restaurants must rehire 28 deliverymen who were fired last March.

In a decision, Judge Ray Green says the owner of 2 Saigon Grills illegally retaliated against the Chinese workers because they ...

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Plan Would Tear Down Parking Lot, Put Up Park

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Elected officials stood along the edge of the East River this morning to call for a new park where an abandoned parking lot now stands.

REPORTER: The park would be located between 37th and 41st streets and cost 80 to 100 million dollars to build. But East Side Council Member Daniel ...

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McCain Denies Times' Allegations

Thursday, February 21, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - John McCain says a report by The New York Times suggesting an inappropriate relationship with a female lobbyist is "not true" and he denied a romantic relationship with her.

He issued the denial today in Toledo, Ohio, as his wife, Cindy, stood alongside him during a news ...

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City to Crack Down on Tax Prep Industry

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The city has announced the results of its crackdown on predatory and illegal practices in the tax preparation industry.

REPORTER: The Department of Consumer Affairs says more than 40% of storefront preparers received violations. Commissioner Jonathan Mintz says New Yorkers should avoid so-called "quick refunds," which are actually high interest loans.

MINTZ: ...

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Kerik Back in Court

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Later today, former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik will be in federal court for a pre-trial court session.

Facing multiple federal corruption charges, Kerik is alleged to have concealed payoffs from a mob-linked company seeking to do business with the city.

The indictment includes allegations that go back to his tenure as Commissioner ...

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City Calorie Count Regulations Contested in Court

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The day is approaching when you’ll walk into a Starbucks, look up at the menu board, and see not only how much your mocha frappucino costs, but how many calories it contains. That’s if a new city regulation kicks in as scheduled, about six weeks from now. Today, restaurant lobbyists ...

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Kerik Brings Back Lawyer Ordered Off His Case

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik brought the same lawyer to Court that a Federal judge had ordered off his case last month.

Sporting a well fitting blue suit and yellow fashion tie a confident Bernard Kerik waived his right to a speedy trial for now so that he could find yet ...

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Initiative Targets Safer Scaffolds

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Department of Buildings is expected to release a new initiative this morning aimed at making scaffolds safer for construction workers.

It's been 3 weeks since 2 men fell from a scaffold while working on a high rise in Clinton Hill.

One man died, the other sustained serious injuries.

Overall, construction safety improved ...

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Churches to Offer Mortgage Counseling

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Of the 13,000 households facing foreclosure citywide, 10,000 are in Queens and Brooklyn. That caught the attention of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio who leads the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. He says local parishes will work with neighborhood non-profits to offer homeowners, regardless of religious affiliation, credit counseling. He says the ...

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Clinton Makes Local Stop for Support and Funds

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton is stopping in New York to raise money and refuel before making her stand in Texas and Ohio on March 4th. At Hunter College this morning she told a crowd of low donors that Barack Obama's health care plan would leave 15 million Americans without insurance.

CLINTON: I ...

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Possible Delay for Gay Marriage in NJ

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Governor Corzine says he has "significant concerns'' about whether New Jersey's civil unions give gay couples the same rights as married couples.

A spokeswoman says Corzine would sign a bill allowing gay marriage, but not until after November's presidential election.

His concerns stem from a commission's review of the state's one-year-old civil ...

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Ground Zero Contractors Fined

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Two contractors hired to take down the former Deutsche Bank building have been fined just under a half million dollars for more safety hazards at the building.

Two firefighters died there in a fire last summer.

OSHA issued 19 citations to general contractor Bovis Lend Lease and 25 to subcontractor John Galt ...

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Vineyard Planned for Staten Island

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Looking for a taste of Tuscany? You may not have to go too far for too long.

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and Tuscan winemaker Piergiorgio Castellani Jr. toured the future site of the Vineyard Project at the Staten Island Botanical Garden today. The proposed project will include a demonstration ...

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City Cracks Down on Delinquent Water Bills

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The city is sending out nearly 15,000 warning letters this week, threatening to impose liens on property owners who haven't paid their old water bills.

That comes on top of an ad campaign, and a 92-page supplement in the Daily News yesterday, listing every property in the city with outstanding debt.

In ...

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Building Inspectors Crack Down on Unsafe Scaffolds

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dangerous scaffolds and sidewalk sheds have the city cracking down on contractors who don't build them properly. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: The Department of Buildings inspectors will conduct a citywide sweep of 1500 supported scaffolds and sidewalk sheds, beginning today. Information gathered will then be used to figure out what ...

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Decrease in Applications to NYPD

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

This year, there's been a 20% drop in the number of applicants looking to take the exam to get into the Police Department.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Despite an aggressive effort, there were 5,000 fewer potential candidates who signed up for Saturday's NYPD entrance exam than did in 2007.

Police Commissioner Ray ...

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New York's Off-Track Betting To Shut Down

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Governor Eliot Spitzer sounded confident this morning that he would work out a deal with the legislature and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to head off the closure of the city's Off-Track Betting Corporation.

SPITZER: I sympathize with the mayor that he’s frustrated that the racing industry has not done as well as ...

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Amtrak Adopts New Security Measures

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The railroad company is unveiling a new initiative that includes random screenings of carry-on bags and armed patrols on platforms and trains. Amtrak says the new measures draw heavily from those already in place for subways in New York City.

The heavily-travelled northeast corridor between Washington and Boston will be the ...

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