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Modern Artist Exhibited in Chelsea

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Were you obsessed with comic books and action figures when you were a kid? collected GI Joes? Read every issue of Iron Man, or more arty offerings from Heavy Metal? Trenton Doyle Hancock never grew out of his obsession. It's informed the work of this 34-year-old artist. WNYC’s David Krasnow ...

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National Public Radio, Reduced

Thursday, December 11, 2008

NPR explains why it’s cutting staff and programs.

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More Municipal Layoffs May Come

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New York City has suffered 500 layoffs since the global economic crisis began. But now with the recession projected to deepen, that may change. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: This fall, city managers were asked to squeeze out a five percent cut for the fiscal year that starts in July. ...

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Court Allows Further Recount of Queens Senate Race

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Democratic control of the State Senate is once again in doubt, after a deal between Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith and three dissident senators fell apart this week. But a court ruling yesterday may bring Democrats closer to capturing one more seat. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson reports.

REPORTER: On Election Night, Republican Sen. ...

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NYS Assembly Mulls Over Ravitch Plan

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New York Assembly members have heard from former MTA Chairman Richard Ravitch about his plans for tolls and a new tax to save the transit authority. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: More than a year ago, Mayor Bloomberg presented his plan to save the MTA in a lengthy and tense hearing ...

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Elliot Carter Hits a Hundred

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Happy birthday Elliot Carter. The New York-based, Pulitzer Prize winning composer turns 100 years old today. His birthday's being celebrated all over the country with concerts featuring his complicated, thorny, and inspiring music. WNYC's Nadia Sirota is a musican herself, and she had these reflections on the importance of Elliot ...

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City Comptroller Offers Bleak Outlook on City Job Loss

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The housing crisis threw the nation into a recession but Comptroller Bill Thompson says it's the Wall Street meltdown that's hurting New York City. He expects the city to lose 170,000 jobs by the end of 2010.

THOMPSON: Some 46,000 of those jobs will have been lost in the city's financial ...

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Firefighter Evictions?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is warning the public that he will have to cut popular school, fire and police services to get the city's budget balanced next year.

BLOOMBERG: It is virtually impossible to reduce your expenditures in this city unless you go to the popular large programs. That's where the money is.

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After 96 Years, a Press Closes in Brooklyn

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Before Xeroxing and digital images, if a business needed a menu, a poster or a coupon booklet mass produced, they'd take it to a local printer. It would be set in type and pressed to paper - the artwork saved for the next printing. Henington Press in Park Slope, Brooklyn, ...

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Turkeys and Underdogs

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Year-end lists have started to hit the stands – with round ups of the best in theater, books, and music. But WNYC’s regular film critic Nathan Lee has put out his lists —of the most over-rated and the most under-rated films of the year. He spoke with The Takeaway's Richard ...

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Day in Court

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The case of a Pakistani immigrant who was held in solitary confinement in a Brooklyn prison after the September 11th attacks reached the Supreme Court.

His lawyers and the government will argue over whether then Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller have to give testimony about policy decisions ...

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Lots of Clouds, Little Sunshine

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

As the economy deteriorates, city agencies are told to make more budget cuts.

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National Public Radio Feels the Squeeze of National Economy

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

NPR News announced it would drop Day to Day and News and Notes to help erase a budget shortfall of $23 million. Overall, NPR will cut 7 percent of its workforce and slash expenses further around the company.

Dennis L. Haarsager, NPR's interim president and CEO said the public radio giant ...

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Ravitch Explains MTA Bailout Plan

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Richard Ravitch, the man credited with saving the MTA in the 1980s, will face tough questions from state Assembly members today. They're conducting a hearing on his proposal, which was unveiled last week to rescue the MTA by imposing a payroll tax on the region's businesses, and by putting tolls ...

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What's Up With NYS Senate Democrats?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The New York State Senate is poised to announce a leadership deal today, but just what the leadership will be remains in doubt. Three dissident Senators said last week they'd been given plum state senate leadership positions, but the announcements were met with dismay by other Democrats. WNYC's Elaine Rivera ...

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NYC Professor Translates during Mumbai Attacks

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

When a Brooklyn Rabbi and his wife were taken hostage during the Mumbai terrorist attacks 2 weeks ago, Rabbis with Chabad here in the United States went urgently looking for someone who could speak Urdu, English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The man they found is Pace University Professor P.V. Viswanath and ...

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New York City's Belt Gets Tighter

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is ordering all city agencies to slash spending by another seven percent for next year.

Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler says the new cuts would total about $1.4 billion citywide.

SKYLER: To put that in perspective, that is the budget of the fire dept by itself, it's the budget of the ...

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Surrogate Court Judge Indicted for Campaign Finance Violations

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A woman poised to become a Surrogate Court judge on January 1 has been indicted on charges of violating campaign finance laws

District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office says Nora Anderson accepted a $225,000 loan from her former boss.

Dan Castleman, a top official in the DA's office, says that's okay, as ...

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Shades of Louima Haunt Current Police Brutality Case

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In a series of events that recall the Abner Louima brutality case, 11 years ago, an officer was accused of sodomizing a Brooklyn man on October 15. And two other officers are charged with a cover up. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has this report.

HYNES: At approximately 1 pm, Michael Mineo and ...

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Alvin Ailey Celebrates 50 Years

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In 1958, a group of young African-American modern dancers gave birth to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a performance at the 92nd Street Y. 50 years later, the company has become one of the most famous dance companies in world, and they’ve been celebrating their anniversary all year, ...

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