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New York Red Bulls in Soccer Cup Final

Friday, November 21, 2008

The New York Red Bulls soccer team is in California getting ready to face the Columbus Crew on Sunday. It's the first time in history for both of these clubs to reach the Major League Soccer Cup final.

MLS spokesman Dan Courdemanche says that even though Columbus Crew is the clear ...

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Health Officials Defend Closure of Dental Clinics

Friday, November 21, 2008

City health officials are defending their plan to eliminate dozens of public dental clinics that serve 17,000 children.

Commissioner Thomas Frieden says the $3 million cut is necessary, because the department needs to trim the budget.

FRIEDEN: We did not make this proposal lightly. we wish we did not have to make ...

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NYCHA Chairman Steps Down

Friday, November 21, 2008

The head of the city's sprawling public housing system is leaving to take another job. Tino Hernandez served as the Housing Authority's chairman for seven years and will soon lead a substance abuse program called Samaritan Village. His departure comes as public housing faces a $150-million budget gap, and the ...

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Education Department Outlines Budget Cuts

Friday, November 21, 2008

This afternoon a skeptical city Council Committee is hearing from education officials about how they plan to make hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to city schools to plug the growing budget gap. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm says the Education Department's spending reductions won't ...

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James Kwak's Financial Wrap

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stocks dropped through the floor today as Democrats chose to delay action on bailing out the auto industry. The Dow sunk even further below 8,000, down 445 point to 7552, a 5.5 percent drop. The Nasdaq also fell more than 5 percent down 70 points to 1316. The S & ...

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Dental Clinics Vs. Anti-Smoking Ads

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The City Council is fighting back over a proposal to eliminate dozens of public dental clinics for the poor, most of them based in schools.

In hearings today, Health Commissioner Doctor Thomas Frieden said the proposal was not as dire as it may sound, because the clinics serve a small number ...

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Jazz Legend Awarded at NYC Council

Thursday, November 20, 2008

One of New York's living jazz legends, Bill Lee, who's also the father of filmmaker Spike Lee, received a lifetime achievement award from the City Council for his contributions to the cultural life of the nation. The noted bassist and prolific composer says he's still hard at work making new ...

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Mayor Aims to Curb Salt Intake

Thursday, November 20, 2008

First it was cigarettes. Then trans-fats. Now, Mayor Bloomberg is targeting salt shakers. Well, some of them. Speaking yesterday at a food policy conference presented by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the mayor said he and Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden are putting together a plan to reduce salt consumption and ...

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NYC Cuts Funds to 21 Day Care Centers

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The city's Administration for Children's Services faces a $62 million deficit and it says it has no choice but to begin cutting subsidized child care slots. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: ACS says over the past eight years child care costs have risen, while state and federal funding has decreased. And ...

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The Parking Meter Broke. Now What?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Parking is an obsession for New Yorkers for those who have cars and even for some who don't. The City Council passed a law yesterday that would ease restrictions on parking at a broken meter. Instead of just parking at the space for an hour, a driver can leave a ...

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NYPD and Federal Law Enforcement Duel Over Surveillance

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Since the 9/11 attacks the NYPD and federal law enforcement have made progress collaborating on counter-terrorism efforts. But with the changing of the guard in Washington, old tensions between police Commissioner Ray Kelly and homeland security officials are are re-emerging. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: Kelly and Attorney General Robert Mukasey ...

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Job Fair Offers Prospects and Training

Thursday, November 20, 2008

With the current economic crisis, job training fairs are getting popular for the unemployed or people looking to switch careers. As WNYC's Kathleen Horan reports, more than 200 people came out for a job fair in Coney Island yesterday.

REPORTER: Not that things were great in Coney Island before the recession. ...

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Paying More & Getting Less

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some of the highlights: fare and toll hikes of 23 percent, reductions in off-peak bus, subway and commuter train service, the elimination of the W and Z lines and the phasing out of 2,700 jobs. Sander, was almost apologetic during the presentation but he says he had no choice.

SANDER: These ...

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Downtown Dance Theatre Expands

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Baryshnikov Arts Center is expanding into a 299 seat theater it purchased right next to the space it currently occupies in Hell’s Kitchen.

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Celebrating Obama Win

Thursday, November 20, 2008

MoveOn says its members raised $88 million towards Barack Obama's win.

Now it intends to maintain the momentum. MoveOn's executive director, Eli Pariser, says tonight's gatherings will help set the progressive agenda.

PARISER: The parties are going to be a launching pad for what we hope is going to be the biggest ...

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Increased Fares, Un-Fair to Riders

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The MTA says it needs to get 23% more money from tollbooths and fare boxes to break even next year. That's on top of numerous service cuts.

The agency wants to raise express bus fares from $5.00 to $7.50. But it hasn't worked out details on other types of fares.

Gene Russianoff ...

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Behind "The Cost of Doing Business"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twenty-seven construction workers have died on the job this year, and a slowing economy may not do a whole lot to solve this problem.

REPORTER: For the past nine months, WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Matthew Schuerman have been investigating the downside of the city’s building boom. Here's a look at ...

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Influencers Change Their Tactics

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Marketing companies love New York City because of the high concentration of so-called “influencers”. But with the downturn in the economy, some marketers who target the young and hip are revising their business plans. WNYC’s Ilya Marritz brings us this report from the liquor promotions business.

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Part 2: The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Construction safety has become all the more important over the past five years, as housing production reached numbers never seen since the city began keeping records in the 1960s. Yet so far this year, 27 construction workers have died on the job. Yesterday, WNYC began telling the story of one ...

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Albany Lawmakers Fail to Strike Budget Balance

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For more than a month, New York lawmakers in Albany were bracing themselves for a brutal, budget-cutting session. But the governor called it off when it became clear he'd get no cooperation from key lawmakers. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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