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Paterson Warns Lawmakers About Inaction on Budget

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hours before the New York State Legislature convenes for a special session, Gov. Paterson lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos for refusing to negotiate an agreement to reduce the widening budget deficit.

After a closed-door session with Republican senators Skelos said he would put Paterson's proposals for $5 billion ...

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Vaccine Slashes Diarrheal Illness in Children

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A relatively new vaccine appears to be succeeding at protecting children against a virus responsible for widespread and virulent childhood illness. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Few people have heard of rotavirus, but it's the source of dangerous diarrhea that lands more children under age five in hospitals than any ...

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A Closer Look at Federal Reserve Loans

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says one reason he's abandoned plans to buy up toxic mortgage securities is that they are just too hard to put a concrete value on, since no one else is interested in buying them.

But that hasn't stopped his colleagues at the Federal Reserve from making emergency ...

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Albany Special Session

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A long awaited special legislative session to deal with the state's deepening fiscal crisis did not materialize. But there were plenty of fireworks.

And as the smoke clears, the state is as much in the red as it was when the day started.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly is in Albany and checks in ...

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Governor's Special Session Yields No Results

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

There was no special budget session as planned, but what unfolded was special. Instead of the Albany tradition of resolving matters with three men in a room today's budget impasse was resolved by five men at a table with a hundred reporters looking on.

There were several sharp sarcastic exchanges between ...

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The “Millionaire’s Tax” – Pro and Con

Monday, November 17, 2008

Should Albany raise taxes on the very richest New Yorkers in order to plug the budget hole?

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Studies Buck Claim of Millionaire Tax-Flight

Monday, November 17, 2008

New York Governor David Paterson says a tax hike on the state's wealthiest households is a bad idea. But backers of such a levy point to studies in New Jersey to make their case in pushing for the tax in New York. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: New Yorkers who ...

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Enter to Win: One Pair of Inauguration Tickets

Monday, November 17, 2008

Senator Charles Schumer plans to hold a statewide Internet lottery to handle the deluge of residents wanting to attend President-elect Barack Obama's historic inauguration.

Schumer's office has received nearly 100,000 ticket requests so far. It says it will distribute approximately 350 tickets in a random drawing held the first week in ...

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Council Asks Mayor to Keep Tax Rebate Check

Monday, November 17, 2008

Plenty of attitude was in the air as members of the City Council faced off against Mayor Bloomberg's budget director at a council finance hearing today. Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The hearing was meant to be about the city's looming budget deficit, but council members repeatedly returned to the same ...

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WTC Site Gets New Look From Fence

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is giving the World Trade Center site a face-lift.

The dark tarps surrounding the 16-acre construction site were replaced on Sunday with eight-foot-high renderings of the September 11 memorial, skyskrapers, and the transit hub planned for the site.

Lower Manhattan resident Stan Kulp ...

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Pull Up Your Pants

Monday, November 17, 2008

Brothers should pull up their pants. That's the advice of President-elect Barack Obama who was recently asked by MTV how he felt about the style favored by some young African-Americans of wearing their pants well below the waist. WNYC's Arun Venugopal headed out to Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy to see ...

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Paterson Urges Action on Budget

Monday, November 17, 2008

Governor Paterson is accusing lawmakers of avoiding the state's financial woes by refusing to act on his budget plan.

REPORTER: At a news conference earlier today the governor expressed frustration at the legislators' inability to offer up any alternatives ahead of tomorrow's emergency economic session.

PATERSON: There must have been some ideas ...

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Gunfire Erupts at Waldorf-Astoria

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gunfire erupted in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel during a robbery attempt Saturday afternoon at a lobby jewelry store, wounding a security guard and sending guests diving for cover. The 54-year-old guard and retired police officer Gregory Boyle, was shot in the chest but is in stable condition. A suspect has been ...

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City Home Buyers Have More Bargaining Power

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The tables have turned in the New York housing market. Buyers used to have to compete against several bidders for the same apartment. Now, brokers say buyers have a lot more bargaining power, and developers are offering interesting incentives to get people to buy. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: So you ...

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New Yorkers Travel to India to Introduce "Community Lawyering"

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Five New York City lawyers and other legal professionals arrived in the city of Pune, India Saturday, hoping to expand access to the courts for those who can't afford lawyers.

REPORTER: The initiative was established by the Community Legal Resource Network, or CLRN, based at CUNY. Heidi Henle is one of ...

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Hip-Hop Movie "Wild Style" Returns to the Big Screen

Sunday, November 16, 2008

In 1983, "Wild Style" was the first movie to bring hip-hop -– rap, graffiti and breaking -- out of the shadows and on to the big screen. There's a new 35-millimeter print of the movie showing all next week at Film Forum, and it’s the subject of a new book ...

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Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Rededicated at Fort Greene Park

Sunday, November 16, 2008

After a rainy Saturday morning, about 200 people gathered at Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park to rededicate the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 148-foot Doric column at the center of the park.

REPORTER: The remains of nearly 12,000 prisoners of the Revolutionary war lie in a ...

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Two Charged in Election Night Assault

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Two Staten Island men have been charged with hate-crimes after allegedly beating a young African man in the hours following Barack Obama's election. The Staten Island District Attorney claims the two assaulted the victim Ali Kamara with a pipe and baton because they wanted to take out their frustration with ...

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Vigil Held for Ecuadorian Immigrant Killed in Long Island Bias Attack

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A vigil was held Friday night near the Long Island Railroad station where an Ecuadorian immigrant was brutally murdered on September 8th.

REPORTER: Authorities say 37-year-old Marcelo Lucero was fatally stabbed after a gang of teenagers attacked him. A 17-year-old Patchogue high school senior is accused of inflicting the fatal blow, ...

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That Neo-Hoodoo That You Do

Saturday, November 15, 2008

"Neo-Hoodoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith" is the title of an exhibition that's running at PS 1 in Queens until January 26th. Poet Quincy Troupe is reading at the museum Saturday. Troupe says what was once forgotten is now remembered. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter spoke with him.

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