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Dept. of Ed Disputes Class Size Stats

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The city's education department is disputing claims that class sizes have gone up this year. The president of the teachers union and a group called "Class Size Matters" wrote a letter to the state's Education Commissioner claiming average class sizes have increased at all levels, for the first time in ...

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Mayor Attends Lunch With Homeless Families

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg attended the annual Christmas Eve lunch for homeless families at City Hall restaurant today. He made his way around the crowded dining room, shaking hands with mothers and holding babies for the cameras. The Mayor stopped to talk to Bianca Lynch and Martin Bradley. Both were pleased ...

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Construction Unions May Tap Pension Funds to Restart Stalled Projects

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

REPORTER: Construction projects around the city have been put on hold because of funding problems. Unions are working on cutting labor costs, and The New York State Building and Construction Trades Council is even considering investing pension funds in stalled projects. According to the group's Executive Director Edward Malloy the ...

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NYPD Commissioner Calls Verdicts "Disappointing"

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's not everyday we get a verdict, let alone a mistrial, in a police murder case. Yesterday, we got both. Former "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato was cleared of second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of off-duty police officer, Daniel Enchautegui.

A judge also declared a mistrial in the shooting death ...

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Losing a Home, But Not Before Christmas

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The emotional ties a family feels to a home are especially apparent now - when hundreds-of-thousands are having to leave houses they can no longer afford. A foreclosure is devastating for a family whether they'd been there for decades or just a few years. This is especially true for poor ...

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NYC Dodges Prosecution in Deutsche Bank Fire

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Manhattan grand jury has indicted three construction executives for their alleged role in the fatal fire at the former Deutsche Bank building. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, there's significant reaction to some key entities facing no indictment.

REPORTER: District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's report on the August 2007 fire paints ...

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Union Square Dance Studio Closes

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Djoniba Drum and Dance Center has been teaching dance in its seventh floor studios since 1992.

But the studio was hit with a huge rent increase and with fewer students able to afford class, it has to shut its doors by the end of the month.

MiMi Guyer is one of nearly ...

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New York Crime City Rates Drop

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The city's crime statistics are in for the year, and overall there's been a 4% drop in all major crime from 2007, including fewer incidents of felony assault, auto theft and crime in the transit system.

Mayor Bloomberg says along with the falling economy, maintaining the city's safety won't be easy ...

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More Families Seek Shelter as Recession Deepens

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Coalition for the Homeless says the number of homeless families hit a record high last month, with 9,700 seeking shelter.

As of last week, the city reported more than 15,000 children were staying in shelters.

Susan Barnes, principal of P-S 112 in the Northeast Bronx, says she's seen a rising number ...

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Bronx BP Mum on Possible Obama Post

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Is Adolfo Carrion set to head a new White House office of urban policy? The Bronx borough president drew attention two weeks ago when he reportedly told students he'd be heading to a new job in DC. But now he's trying to be a little more discreet. WNYC's Arun Venugopal ...

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Verdict Months Away in Deutsche Bank Trial

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A verdict is still months away in the criminal case involving three men charged in the Deutsche blaze fire that killed two firefighters last year.

But an unprecedented agreement between District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and the Bloomberg Administration has committed the city to overhaul how it regulates construction and demolition sites.

Investigators ...

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City Shelters See Rise In Homeless Families

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

At the end of November the number had risen to nearly 10,000.

The Coalition for the Homeless, a local advocacy group, says the number of new families showing up each month started to increase about five months ago, and now it's the highest it's been in 25 years.

Natasha Mitchell and her ...

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Financial Scams

Monday, December 22, 2008

Examining some of the new scams that are tailor made for the new millennium and the current financial downturn.

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Report: Teen Mothers Need More Assistance at Schools

Monday, December 22, 2008

A new report says teenage mothers don't have enough child care at their schools.

In 2007, the city shut down four high schools for pregnant and parenting teens because the programs had a poor academic track record.

The goal was to send the students to regular schools with on-site childcare. But the ...

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City Day Care Workers Get Pay Raises

Monday, December 22, 2008

After being threatened by the state, New York City has agreed to give pay raises to about 27,000 daycare workers.

The daycare workers make on average $19,000 a year and care for the kids of low income parents who are getting their childcare subsidized.

About half a billion dollars in funding comes ...

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Five Convicted in Fort Dix Plot

Monday, December 22, 2008

A jury has convicted five men of conspiring to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, in New Jersey.

That's after five days of deliberations. The men were Muslim immigrants originally from the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and elsewhere.

Sohail Mohammad is an immigration attorney in New Jersey, he says he and other local Muslims ...

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Record Ridership Expected for AirTrain

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Port Authority and the MTA say they're working to make it easier to transfer between the JFK AirTrain and the subway and Long Island Rail Road. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

REPORTER: Even though the number of air passengers overall is down, the JFK AirTrain is expecting record ridership this ...

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Charges Expected in Ground Zero Fire

Monday, December 22, 2008

Three construction supervisors and a subcontractor have been indicted in the 2007 death of two firefighters at a skyscraper at Ground Xero.

A person familiar with the investigation says manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide are among the charges. The individual spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation had not been ...

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Indictments Handed Up in Deutsche Bank Fire

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sixteen months after two firefighters died in a fire in the ill-fated Deutsche bank building at the World Trade Center, Manhattan DA Robert Morganthau has gotten an indictment against private sector construction officials and a subcontractor.

Indicted on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide are Jeffrey Melfochik with primary contractor Bovis. and ...

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The McMahons Take Ceremonial Oaths

Monday, December 22, 2008

Staten Island and Brooklyn Democrats pulled out all the stops yesterday for the swearing-in of Congressman-elect Michael McMahon. In November, Republicans lost a seat they've held for 30 years, after after a drunk-driving and adultery scandal enveloped Vito Fossella. WNYC's Fred Mogul attended Sunday's ceremony and has this report.

REPORTER: It ...

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