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FAA Photo Shoot Causes Panic in Lower Manhattan

Monday, April 27, 2009

An FAA photo shoot, involving a low-flying passenger jet with two F-16 escorts, sparked a panic in Lower Manhattan with workers leaving their offices and gathering at an esplanade on the Hudson River.

About one thousand workers from the New York Mercantile Exchange and other buildings ...

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Number of Swine Flu Cases in the City Rises

Monday, April 27, 2009

The number of swine flu cases here has increased, and more are expected to emerge. Mayor Bloomberg says the total number of people with swine flu has risen, from eight to 20.

Bloomberg says 17 more cases are suspected. All those confirmed and probable cases are ...

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NY's LGBT Groups Aim to Follow Slipstream of Marriage Equality

Monday, April 27, 2009

As the State Assembly takes up Governor Paterson's same-sex marriage bill tomorrow, the annual trek to Albany for Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Equality and Justice Day has taken on new urgency.

More than 2,000 LGBT New Yorkers and their supporters are expected to board buses early ...

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Swine Flu Cases in NYC Confined to Queens

Monday, April 27, 2009

The number of New York City's swine flu cases has jumped, from 8 to 28, with another 17 suspected cases. Mayor Bloomberg says this doesn't mean the flu is spreading, it's still confined to one cluster, at Saint Francis Prep High School in Fresh Meadows, ...

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Swine Flu at Queens School is Same Strain Found in Mexico

Sunday, April 26, 2009

City health officials now say that the swine flu virus that sickened students at a high school in Queens is the same strain as the one found in Mexico.

REPORTER: Tests by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier confirmed that eight students at ...

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Thompson Denies Quid Pro Quo With Investment Firm Employees

Sunday, April 26, 2009

City Comptroller Bill Thompson got thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from employees of investment firms that did millions of dollars in City Pension business. WNYC's City Hall reporter Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: In an interview with WNYC City Comptroller Bill Thompson dismissed the notion ...

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Former State Senator John Marchi Dead at 87

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Longtime state senator John Marchi has died. He was 87.

REPORTER: The Republican, who was first elected in 1957 and retired in 2006, is perhaps best known for leading a movement to let Staten Island break away from the rest of the city in the 1990s. ...

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City Public Housing to Get Hundreds of Millions of Stimulus Dollars

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan says the federal government will spend hundreds of millions of dollars upgrading public housing in New York City, including roof repairs and energy conservation measures.

REPORTER: Donovan made his announcement Sunday during an appearance with elected officials at the ...

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Senate Democrats Introduce MTA Bailout

Saturday, April 25, 2009

New York Senate Democrats have introduced their bill to rescue the MTA, and they're expected to vote on it Tuesday. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: Senate leaders estimate the bill raises 1-point-76 billion dollars a year through a soup bowl of taxes, fees, and a dollar ...

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Paterson Signs Rockefeller Drug Law Overhaul

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Governor Paterson has signed a bill that drastically overhauls the state's nearly 50-year-old Rockefeller drug laws. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Paterson signed the bill at a Queens drug treatment center. In addition to expanding drug courts and drug treatment, the law gives judges more sentencing ...

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Bronx Teacher Faces Charges

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Bronx middle school teacher faces multiple charges after barricading himself in a classroom yesterday. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Francisco Garabitos was led away by police less than three hours after claiming to have a bomb. About 1200 students were evacuated from the building, ...

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City Under Pressure to Ban Pension Fund Placement Agents

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The criminal probe into New York's state pension funds is putting pressure on city officials to ban middlemen known as placement agents. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Advocates for placement agents say they help close deals that benefit public pensions. Critics say the indictment of ...

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Reverend Timothy Wright Dies

Friday, April 24, 2009

wrightThe Brooklyn pastor and gospel singer, Timothy Wright, has died, after an eight-month struggle to recover from injuries he received in a car crash last year. Wright was 61 years old. Wright, the pastor at the Grace Tabernacle Church of ...

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Disgruntled Teacher Makes False Bomb Claim

Friday, April 24, 2009

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A Bronx middle school teacher who threatened to blow up a bomb in a classroom this morning has been sent for medical attention and will be arrested, according to the NYPD. Francisco Garabitos was taken away from the school this morning after negotiating with the NYPD and a teachers union representative. He did NOT have a bomb.

But he did have a record of complaints against him and was supposed to be temporarily reassigned today to an education department office while waiting for the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding. The UFT says 55-year old Francisco Garabitos was apparently upset about being re-assigned, after he allegedly hit a student yesterday.

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Bike Share in NYC? Transportation Alternatives Says "Oui"

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cities around the world are trying it. Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, talks with Brian Lehrer about the possibility of introducing a bike-sharing program in New York City.

Here's the full interview:

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Bird Strikes on the Rise

Friday, April 24, 2009

birdsAs promised the Federal Aviation Administration released a report today documenting the number of bird strikes on airplanes. From 1990 to 2007, the FAA reports there have been 82,000 bird strikes involving birds and land animals like deer. During ...

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Unhinged Bronx Teacher Makes Bomb Threat

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Bronx middle school teacher who threatened to blow up a bomb in a classroom this morning is now in police custody, after undergoing a medical evaluation at Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The NYPD says he will be arrested, but it's not clear what charges the ...

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Women's Rights Advocates Call for Equal Pay

Friday, April 24, 2009

Women's rights advocates gathered today and passed out lilies in honor of the first piece of legislation President Obama signed, a restoration of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for women to file discriminatory pay complaints. Local representatives including State Senator Diane ...

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'Fresh Direct' Agrees to No-Idle Policy

Friday, April 24, 2009

The grocery delivery service Fresh Direct has agreed to a no-idle policy to help cut air pollution.

New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo says the New York City grocery delivery service will also pay a $50,000 dollar penalty, for violating state and city anti-idling laws.

Fresh Direct ...

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Group Says NYC Lacks Focus on Special Needs Students

Friday, April 24, 2009

Despite gradual improvements in test scores special education students are still performing far lower than other students, and they're disproportionately black and Latino. That's according to a new report by the non-profit group Advocates for Children of New York.

Executive Director Kim Sweet says there's a ...

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