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NJ Man Faces Prison for Laser Incident

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

A Morris County man has been indicted for shining a hand held laser at a plane and lying about it to the FBI.

Federal prosecutors say in December 38 year-old David Banach focused his green laser into the cockpit of a chartered plane. It was flying ...

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400 Bronx Kids Sick of School

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Health and school officials are trying to determine why hundreds of students at the Bronx High School of Science started getting sick Friday.

The Health Department says about 400 students were absent on Monday. The Department says it was probably a viral illness, since many students ...

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Tough Choices as Lawmakers Try for On-Time Budget

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Lawmakers have agreed to restore millions of dollars of cuts to Governor Pataki's state budget proposal but they still face their toughest issues as they tried to adopt a state budget on time.

The agreements also face an uncertain reception from Pataki, who has opposed the ...

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Jets Offer $720M for Stadium

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The New York Jets and a consortium of six developers are offering the MTA $720 million for the rights to build a Jets stadium and mixed-use development over the Hudson Rail Yards on the West Side of Manhattan.

The bid was one of five received by ...

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Subway Fire Disrupts Service in Brooklyn

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

A subway fire has caused a smoke condition at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, causing a suspension of service on the 2, 3, 4 and 5 trains between Borough Hall and Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn.

The New York City Fire Department says the fire was reported at ...

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Too Many Close Shaves in City Skies

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

An internal study by the Federal Aviation Administration has discovered planes landing at New York City's airports are flying too close together at a rate that's alarmingly high.

Planes violated the FAA's distance standard 117 times this January and February. That's conmpared to only 24 mistakes ...

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Stadium Deadline

Monday, March 21, 2005

Today's the deadline for bids to buy the MTA's West Side rail yard. where the New York Jets want to build a stadium.

The Jets and Cablevision are the two main bidders vying for the property on Manhattan's far West Side.

MTA chairman Peter Kalikow has said ...

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Yonkers Schools Face Budget Woes

Monday, March 21, 2005

Teachers in the Yonkers school district can see the writing on the wall. The financially troubled school district is about $100 million in the red.

And Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone has said the city has no more money to contribute to the schools. That could mean ...

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Security Review at NYC Courts

Monday, March 21, 2005

New York City courthouse officials plan to review security measures taken to keep weapons out of the courts. Thousands of weapons including guns, knives and other objects were confiscated at metal detectors last year.

Although officials say the courthouses are safe, more people are attempting to ...

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Bobby Short is Dead at 80

Monday, March 21, 2005

Cabaret singer Bobby Short has died. The tuxedoed embodiment of New York style and sophistication, he was a fixture at his piano in the Carlyle Hotel for more than 35 years.

As times changed and popular music shifted from Sinatra to Springsteen to Snoop Dogg, Short ...

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New Burlesque

Sunday, March 20, 2005

A few years on into the revival of Burlesque shows, there's a community of performers who have loyal audiences in clubs and bars. Increasingly dancers and performance artists are reinterpreting the traditions of burlesque cabaret and variety. WNYC's Judith Kampfner checks into the scene and ...

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Two Generations; Two Stories

Friday, March 18, 2005

A few years ago, college sophomore Kady Bulnes began meeting with 74-year-old Wally Linder to record some of his life stories. The project was part of WNYC's Radio Rookies program.

For the first several months, Kady asked a lot of questions and listened, while Wally talked ...

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Former CT Gov. Faces Sentencing

Friday, March 18, 2005

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland finds out how much freedom he will have to give up.

He's being sentenced this afternoon in New Haven federal court on a political corruption charge the result of a plea agreement in December.

His plea deal set a sentencing range of ...

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Valella Expected to go Free Today

Friday, March 18, 2005

Former state senator Guy Velella is expected to get out of jail today. He'll have served just under six months of his one-year sentence for his involvement in a bribery scheme.

Last September, Velella was able to persuade an obscure city agency to free him after ...

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Major Terror Exercise Planned for Northeast

Friday, March 18, 2005

Officials in New Jersey and other Northeast states will soon get a real-life chance to test their abilities to respond to a large-scale disaster.

Experts will stage a simulated plague by terrorists in central Jersey on April Fourth. At the same time, faux toxic chemicals will ...

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Budget Negotiations Continue

Friday, March 18, 2005

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders will meet this morning at the Capitol to continue budget negotiations.

Yesterday, legislative leaders said they don't have enough information on the $1.5 dollar federal offer Pataki brokered this week. They said they don't intend to include it in the budget ...

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State Lawmakers Closer to On-Time Budget

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Governor Pataki says a tentative deal has been struck for $1.5 billion in new federal aid to help trim Medicaid costs. The deal may help lawmakers reach a state budget deal by April 1st.

But he must get the Legislature to agree to his cost-cutting plan that's ...

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Partner of Gay Veteran Shares Benefits

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Gay rights advocates in New Jersey are calling it a milestone.

A state judge has granted a full tax break to Louis Hennefeld -- a gay, disabled veteran -- and his partner, Balir O'Dell, who own a home in Montclair.

The decision announced this week is significant because ...

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No Green Berets for New York's Bravest

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Some New York City firefighters are sitting out today's Saint Patrick's Day parade to protest a department order that says they can't march and wear green berets.

Lieutenant Eddie Boles of the 14th Battalion in the Bronx says hundreds of firefighters will gather at the steps ...

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Farmers Eye New Market Warily

Thursday, March 17, 2005

The newest Whole Foods Market to come to the city opened yesterday on the southside of Union Square.

The supermarket chain specializes in organic products and this could mean stiff competition for local farmers who sell their products at the popular green market less than a ...

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