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How to Save the Pork Industry

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway

You can't get swine flu from eating pork. (And it’s not even called swine flu anymore--technically it’s H1N1 Influenza A.) Nonetheless, the pork industry can’t be ...

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The Next New York Conversation

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Eddie Glaude launched The Next New York Conversation Series on May 5 in The Greene Space. The series identifies and furthers the dialogues that are reshaping, redefining, and re-imagining our world in the 21st century.

Photos by Scott Ellison Smith

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Burlesque Plus Lucha Libre Equals Epic Entertainment

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Oh, the gods have been good to us today. Morning Edition has proffered up the most glorious Cinco de Mayo battle of all: Lucha VaVoom. It's a cross between lucha libre wrestling and burlesque dancing. Do not miss Cassandro -- the wrestler whose teeth were knocked out AGAIN by ...

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Senate Reaches Tentative Deal in MTA Bailout, But the Devil Is in the Details

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

New York Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says his Democratic caucus has a "framework" for an agreement on Governor Paterson's MTA rescue plan that would minimize fare hikes and service cuts. Last night he met with Long Island senators Craig Johnson and Brian Foley, who had been holding out on the plan.

Foley says one of the things that won him over was Smith's insistence on better oversight of the MTA, including a financial audit.

FOLEY: "If an when the forensic audit is completed, which will show the real expenses and real revenues for the MTA, that then we're gonna be able to make additional adjustments to the payroll tax and other payments that go to the MTA."

Foley and Johnson had been holding out primarily over the payroll tax in Paterson's plan. The governor has sought to placate suburban lawmakers with a proposal to reimburse school districts for the tax. It's not clear if they will instead push to exempt schools from the tax entirely.

Others, including Mayor Bloomberg, complain that though Paterson's plan would avert fare hikes and service cuts, it does nothing to address the agency's long-term capital needs. Paterson says the legislature may take up the capital plan later this year.

PATERSON: "The capital plan is not the issue if you are going over the bridges and the tolls are going up 30 percent, and if you live in a place where there'll be no service at all -- which is going to be the case if we don't address it -- that is the most immediate problem."

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NY Senate Dems Blast Gov Over Stimulus Spending

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A group of democratic state senators and government watchdogs is chiding Governor Paterson for limiting access to the decision making process for stimulus spending. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

REPORTER: In a letter to the Governor being released today, Bronx Democratic Senator Jose Serrano and 14 co-signers ...

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Bridging the Primary Care Gap
One Medical Resident at a Time

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The swine flu outbreak has sent thousands of people to emergency rooms, almost all of them with relatively mild conditions that don’t even lead to being tested for swine flu. It’s happening disproportionately in communities that lean heavily on emergency rooms for primary care. For ...

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Senate Reaches Tentative Agreement on MTA Rescue

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The leader of the Democratic majority in the New York State Senate emerged from a closed-door meeting last night to announce progress on the stalled MTA rescue plan. Karen Dewitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says the two Long Island Senators ...

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Silver Not Satisfied With MTA Plan

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the MTA bailout deal that Senate Democrats tentatively agreed to last night does not have enough money for capital projects.

SILVER: I am mindful of the 70s when the system was allowed to deteriorate and I think what ...

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Battle for NJ GOP Gubernatorial Nod Heats Up

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

With a month to go before New Jersey voters head to the polls, the battle for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination is heating up. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The three-way race between former US Attorney Chris Christie, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and Morris County ...

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Paterson Seeks to Cap State Spending

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Governor Paterson wants the legislature to enact a cap on state spending. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor David Paterson says a mandatory spending cap, tied to the rate of the inflation, is the only way the governor and legislature can reign in what ...

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“All Children Are Good, Just In Different Ways”

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Have the “stress tests” been too easy on the banks? Brian Lehrer talks with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

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Law Proposes More Oversight of Education Department

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Two state lawmakers from New York City are introducing a bill that would subject the Department of Education to more scrutiny. Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman says the legislation he co-sponsored with Assemblyman Daniel Squadron addresses a gray area that came about when the mayor was ...

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The Generalist as Specialist

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Emergency room visits surged last week and have somewhat receded this week -- although admissions have been flat the whole time. Only a small handful of those rushing into ER's even warranted testing for swine flu. But the pattern highlights how people in some neighborhoods ...

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Kick Off for Kosher Tequila

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

It's Cinco de Mayo -- a celebration of Mexican independence and culture and a day to introduce what its creators claim is the world's first kosher Tequila. Star Industries President Marty Silver says the new product isn't just for Cinco de Mayo in Boro Park:

SILVER: ...

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Sen. Gillibrand Proposes Cutting Child Support Tax

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

In the first bill she's authoring as a senator, Kirsten Gillibrand wants to eliminate a fee paid by parents who use state programs to collect child support. Senator Gillibrand says the federal government, not single parents, should pay for the service. The bill would affect ...

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"Billy Elliot" Leads Tony Nominations

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Born to Boogie and perhaps, Born for Awards? That's the question being asked of the Broadway musical, "Billy Elliot," which leads the pack among the shows receiving a Tony Award nomination this morning. The show, a transplant from England, received 15 nods. "Next to Normal" ...

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Jazz Loft Musicians Seek Space to Jam in the City

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The energy of New York City has always provided musicians with fuel for performance. But one thing the city doesn't have a lot of is space. As part of WNYC’s continuing Jazz Loft Project, WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at how players 50 years ago worked ...

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Tracking the Teachers

Monday, May 04, 2009

Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents

Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents

The new Chancellor of the Board of Regents says New York State will apply this summer for a piece of the federal stimulus package dedicated to education reforms. The Obama Administration has made $5 billion available for states and districts to come up new assessments, data systems and ways of improving teacher effectiveness. Chancellor Merryl Tisch says New York's application will include a proposal to track graduates of teaching colleges to see which ones are most effective when they're placed in urban areas.

'It will help us give them the appropriate professional development,' she says. 'And mostly if we do those things right, the preparation and the professional development, we will be able to retain teachers throughout the system instead of hemorrhaging teachers in urban centers.'

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Seeger Celebrates 90 Winters

Monday, May 04, 2009

Was2316390Pete Seeger continues to work hard for what he believes in. And his fans are right there with him. His 90th birthday birthday party (and sing-a-long) at Madison Square Garden on May 3 turned into a retrospective of many of ...

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Gaffemeister Out-gaffed!

Monday, May 04, 2009

The White House is still sweeping up after Vice President Biden's biggest whoops to date -- telling Americans to stay off mass transit for the duration of the swine flu outbreak. Shame, that, because he's done so much in his short tenure to own the transit issue. ...

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