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Pension Fund Probe Takes a New Turn

Saturday, May 02, 2009

The probe into alleged public pension fund corruption has taken a new turn. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he found nearly half of all the middlemen arranging deals with the state and city funds between 2003 and 2006 weren't registered with the Securities and ...

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Bloomberg's Budget Includes Thousands of Layoffs

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says his budget plan keeps vital services intact. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, jobs may have to shift to make up for nearly 4,000 layoffs.

REPORTER: On its face, the layoff of just over one percent of the city's 300,000 workers, does not ...

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Ridin' Around Town, Hogging the Road

Friday, May 01, 2009

Natalie Shea, 7, trying a bike at South Street Seaport.

Natalie Shea, 7, trying a bike at South Street Seaport.

Too tired to take the subway? Try pushing pedals on a two wheeler. This month is Bike Month and starting May 12, Downtown Alliance will be working with local bike companies to provide 630 free rentals at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. Riders must reserve their bike online first, but will be able to drop them off at several locations around the city.

Hannah Borgeson is a spokesperson for Bike New York and advises riders to wear a helmet, reflector, and remember that although you may never forget how to ride a bicycle it can still be stressful out there.

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An Enchanted Evening of Music

Friday, May 01, 2009

Terrance McKnight and David Garland brought Evening Music to the new Greene Space stage Thursday night with live performances by some of the brightest lights of the classical, contemporary and new music scenes today: Simone Dinnerstein, Don Byron, Jason Moran, Ute Lemper, John Zorn, and Nico Muhly as well ...

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Downtown: World in a Word

Friday, May 01, 2009

For decades, the term 'downtown' described the experimentalism of music, art and culture in lower Manhattan. On Wednesday, WNYC's Soundcheck explored how that shorthand definition is changing in a live broadcast from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Guests included rocker Lou Reed, indie new-wave artist Santigold and string quartet ...

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What Does Pandemic Mean?

Friday, May 01, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway


We hear it and we think PANIC. But strangely the word pandemic has no other synonym in the English language. The Takeaway asks Grant Barrett, lexicographer, ...

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Hard Questions for Public Advocate Candidates

Friday, May 01, 2009

Rita Resnick, 88, asks tough questions of Queens Councilman Eric Gioia, attorney Norman Siegel and Brooklyn Councilman Bill de Blasio.

Rita Resnick, 88, asks tough questions of Queens Councilman Eric Gioia, attorney Norman Siegel and Brooklyn Councilman Bill de Blasio.

The four ...

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Tough Choices: Brooklyn Tech Students Can’t Afford Private Colleges

Friday, May 01, 2009

Binland Lee, a senior at Brooklyn Technical high school, will be going to Boston University this fall. She had wanted to attend the University of Miami to study marine biology but B.U.'s financial aid offer was much more generous.

Binland Lee, a senior at Brooklyn Technical High School, will be going to Boston University this fall. She had wanted to attend the University of Miami to study marine biology but B.U.\'s financial aid offer was much more generous.

Brooklyn Technical High School, in Fort Green, is one of the city’s specialized public high schools. Students are screened through a tough admissions exam. Many of the school’s 4,500 students plan to attend equally prestigious private colleges and universities. But the economy, and a boomlet of college-bound seniors, has made that dream more difficult to achieve.

Brooklyn Tech senior Katie Freeman is going to SUNY Buffalo this fall because she can't afford Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Brooklyn Tech senior Katie Freeman is going to SUNY Buffalo this fall because she can\'t afford Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Ivy League schools have become more competitive and families that have seen their savings shrink because of the stock market are having a more difficult time affording college. That means more students are seeking out public universities. At Brooklyn Tech, some kids consider those their “safe schools.” But other students are grateful for the SUNY and CUNY colleges.

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A Summit of Japanese Costume Roleplay in Brooklyn

Friday, May 01, 2009

More than a thousand people are expected to gather this weekend under the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. They won't be there to smell the flowers they'll be there to pose as their favorite Japanese cartoon characters. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter asks why.

For ...

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Library Staff Fear Mayor's Budget Mean Cuts

Friday, May 01, 2009

The people who run the city's libraries are concerned about the job and social service cuts in Mayor Bloomberg's latest budget plan. Paul LeClerc is president of the New York Public Library and says in the last twelve months the city's three library systems have ...

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Public Advocate Hopefuls in Town Hall Meet

Friday, May 01, 2009

The four candidates for city public advocate are making the rounds at small town-hall-style meetings. WNYC's Kathleen Horan reports on a free-wheeling event last night at the Elizabeth Irwin High School in the Village.

REPORTER: Civil rights attorney Norman Seigel is the first to arrive and ...

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May is Bike Month

Friday, May 01, 2009

Too tired to take the subway, try pushing pedals on a two wheeler. This month is Bike Month and starting next week there will be 630 free bicycle rentals at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. Riders must reserve their bike online first, but ...

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Immigrants Rally for Equal Rights

Friday, May 01, 2009

Immigrants demanding equal rights and fair treatment rallied at Madison Square Park in Manhattan today. A woman who would only identify herself as Mary from Zimbabwe held up a sign that read stop separating families. She says she wants to bring her children and grandchildren ...

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School Construction Not Cut in Budget

Friday, May 01, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says his budget was able to protect school construction from additional cuts. The capital plan includes $11.3 billion over the next four years -- enough to build 25,000 seats. But 8,000 of those seats are being carried over from the current capital plan, ...

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Aldus Group Charged in Widening NYS Pension Probe

Friday, May 01, 2009

A private equity group and one of its founders have been charged with paying massive kickbacks in exchange for access to the New York State pension fund. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: The Securities and Exchange Commission and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo allege ...

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Chrysler, Tabloids, Shipping

Friday, May 01, 2009

In that order. Guest: Greg David.

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Analysis Suggests Racial Profiling in NYPD Stop and Frisk

Friday, May 01, 2009

A new analysis of NYPD stop-and-frisk data is prompting critics to raise new questions about the tactic's effectiveness. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: Columbia University Law Professor Jeffrey Fagan did his analysis for the City Council, and he based it on the NYPD's 1.7 million stop ...

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Reviewing Bloomberg's Budget

Friday, May 01, 2009

Today Mayor Bloomberg rolled out an austere $60 billion budget plan for next year that tries to keep the City's basic services intact despite a continued slide in every category of City tax revenues. He calls for laying off almost 4,000 City workers but says ...

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White House Apologizes for Biden's Travel Remarks

Friday, May 01, 2009

The White House has apologized to anyone who was "unduly alarmed" by Vice President Joe Biden's remarks about avoiding travel on subways, and airplanes, because of swine flu. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

On the today show, the Vice President was asked about what he'd tell ...

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Star of the Film Festival: Tribeca

Friday, May 01, 2009

Tribeca isn't just hosting a film festival -- it's starring in it. This year's event features a handful of films that highlight the downtown neighborhood itself. "Blank City" by the French filmmaker Celine Danhier documents the avant guard arts community that thrived in Tribeca in ...

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