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°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

Rancor at Speaker Over Budget Cuts

Friday, July 01, 2005

The City Council has unanimously approved a $50 billion budget for the next fiscal year. But the vote came with some rancor, directed not at Mayor Bloomberg, but at Council Speaker Gifford Miller.

REPORTER: The speaker cut funding to the districts of council members who backed ...

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150 Years of "Leaves of Grass"

Friday, July 01, 2005

This 4th of July marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass."

It's been called possibly the greatest book of American poetry ever written. The collection is a celebration of Whitman's vision of America as ...

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City's Largest Homeless Shelter to Close

Friday, July 01, 2005

Mayor Bloomberg has announced plans to close the city's largest shelter for homeless families this September. As WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports, at its peak the shelter housed 1-thousand children and adults.

In 2002, when the shelter was about to open in the South Ozone Park section ...

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Sharpton Visits Howard Beach

Friday, July 01, 2005

Following the alleged beating of a black man by a group of whites in Howard Beach, Reverend Al Sharpton visited the Queens community where the incident took place early Wednesday.

REPORTER: Sharpton met with the local congressman and other community leaders. He was also greeted by ...

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Opera Star Sings a New Tune

Friday, July 01, 2005

Renee Fleming has trained hard for years to hit the high notes. But she gets to ease up a little on her latest recording Haunted Heart. WNYC’S Soundcheck host John Schaefer talked with Fleming about taking on this new project.

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Howard Beach Under the Microscope After Alleged Bias Attack

Friday, July 01, 2005

In New York, a black man is still recovering from a fractured skull after he was allegedly beaten with a baseball bat by a white teenager. The incident occurred in the Howard Beach section of Queens. That’s the same neighborhood where a black man was ...

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Hybrid Taxis to Hit the Streets

Friday, July 01, 2005

The City Council has unanimously approved "the Clean Air Taxis Act" ensuring that some hybrid vehicles will be used as yellow cabs by the fall.

REPORTER: The city's Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus was originally reluctant to reccomend the alternative taxis because they don't have ...

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Sen. Clinton Joins Olympic Bid

Friday, July 01, 2005

Senator Hillary Clinton will join Mayor Bloomberg in Singapore in a last minute push to bring the 2012 summer olympic games to New York. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

Senator's Clinton's appearance will give the New York bid some high-wattage. Clinton and Bloomberg will argue that New ...

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Newer, Safer Freedom Tower

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the new design for the freedom tower meets top safety standards.

The new building is slimmer and further from the street. The first eight stories will be encased in metal -- titanium or stainless steel, architects say.

Commissioner Kelly says moving the building an average 90 feet ...

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IKEA Lawsuit Thrown Out

Thursday, June 30, 2005

A judge has thrown out a Red Hook community group's lawsuit against the city, and IKEA.

In a last-ditch effort to stop IKEA, the Coalition to Revitalize Our Waterfront had sued. The group argued the city's environmental impact statement was flawed, and its rezoning of the ...

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Fuel Stored in Potential Terror Target

Thursday, June 30, 2005

WNYC has learned that the City is allowing a building with vital telecommunications equipment to store thousands of gallons fuel, despite the concerns of Lower Manhattan residents. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Neighbors in Tribeca have been fighting the building at 60 Hudson Street because they ...

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Drinking Water Alert in NYC

Thursday, June 30, 2005

People with compromised immune systems should only drink bottled or boiled water until noon tomorrow.

REPORTER: The New York City department of health says, after heavy flooding upstate, higher than normal levels of particles were detected at the Hillview resevoir. The levels were first noted at ...

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Teachers Look for Increase of Their Own

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

City teachers say the new pay raise for police bolsters their argument that they also deserve a bigger increase. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: A state arbitration panel gave police a 10 percent wage increase over 2 years. Teachers Union president Randi Weingarten says that's ...

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The History of Dance

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

A new exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center traces the history of dance in America. WNYC’s Alicia Zuckerman went to the show and filed this report.

(“Challenge Dance” scene from the movie Tap)

REPORTER: That’s Gregory Hines and Sammy ...

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Mayor and Council Agree on Budget

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Gifford Miller have agreed on a $50 billion budget. They say it will erase the projected deficit for the new fiscal year that starts on Friday, but does nothing for future multi-billion-dollar gaps.

Higher-than-expected tax revenues this year produced the ...

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Nixon Son-In-Law Explores Senate Run

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

He stopped short of saying he'll run against Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton, but Republican Ed Cox did announce that he's formed an exploratory Committee.

REPORTER: Cox is former President Richard Nixon's son in law. He says Henry Kissinger and others have signed on to help him ...

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New Freedom Tower Design Unveiled

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Redevelopment officials unveiled the new design for the Freedom Tower, the signature building to be built at Ground Zero. Its look is similar to that of one of the old World Trade Center towers.

Governor Pataki ordered a redesign for the Freedom Tower after the NYPD ...

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Olympic Delegation Heads to Singapore

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

New York's olympic delegation has left the city for Singapore. That's where the International Olympic Committee will choose the host of the 2012 games next week. Reporter Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: At a City Hall Park send off, Singer Ben Vereen serenaded the crowd which ...

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MTA Considers New Rules

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

MTA board members want more time to consider new rules that would have fined subway riders for walking between cars, putting their feet up on the seats, and eating and drinking on the subways.

REPORTER: The transit committee approved the new rules on Monday. But today, ...

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Surprise and Relief for One High School Graduate

Monday, June 27, 2005

Most graduating High School seniors feel proud of their accomplishment. But for Amelia Sanchez, who graduates third in her class at Concord High on Staten Island, graduation also brings surprise and relief. Sharon Lerner reports.

REPORTER: A year and a half ago, you probably wouldn’t have ...

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