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Guns and Football

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Guns and football. It's a combination that's far more common than just the Plaxico Burress incident this weekend. The Giants put an end to the star wide receiver's season and suspended him for action's "detrimental to the team." But Burress is certainly not the only athlete who carries a gun. ...

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Rockefeller Tree Lighting Tonight

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The lights will twinkle in Midtown tonight when they flip the switch on the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The eight-ton 72-foot Norway spruce will be illuminated just minutes before 9 p.m. It has been decorated with tens of thousands of colored lights and a giant crystal star.

This is the 76th ...

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Paterson Takes Blame for Haiti Donation Error

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Gov. Paterson is taking responsibility for thousands of donations for hurricane victims in Haiti that were never sent out. Two hundred and seventy thousand pounds of food and water were collected since September, but the donations have been held at the Bedford Armoury in Brooklyn ever since.

PATERSON: This situation has ...

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Red Hot +Rio

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Almost 20 years ago, the "Red Hot" organization came up with a strategy to raise awareness and money around HIV/AIDS prevention. They presented big benefit concerts and multi-cultural, multi-artist recording projects. The original album, Red Hot and Blue, featured pop singers taking on Cole Porter Songs. Starting tonight, BAM will ...

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Private Partnerships = Public Public Payoff

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A former banker says going public ruined investment banking.

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Quality of Life Survey Results are In

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The results of Mayor Bloomberg's so-called "customer service survey" are in. The 34-question form queried city residents on overall quality of life, including community conditions, emergency services, mass transit, and parks. In the first of its kind survey, almost half of respondents say the City's doing a poor job dealing ...

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Schumer: Housing "Vultures" Hurt NYC

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sen. Charles Schumer says developers took out risky loans to purchase dozens of affordable housing complexes across the city. He's asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate what housing advocates say were lax lending practices. Schumer says the owners mistakenly predicted they could raise rents to cover the loans, ...

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Council Candidates Sue Campaign Finance Board

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

First-time City Council candidates have filed a lawsuit against the Campaign Finance Board. They say after the City Council extended term limits, the board is giving an unfair advantage to City Council incumbents by letting them keep the money they raised to run for higher office.

SIMON: So it gives sort ...

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Governors to Press Obama for Help With Shortfalls

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Today, 40 of the nation's governors, including governors Corzine and Paterson, will be in Philadelphia to make their case to President-elect Obama for quick federal aid. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this preview.

REPORTER: Collectively, the states are sinking in a sea of rising red ink as tax revenues drop dramatically but ...

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NY Commission Calls for Property Tax Cap

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Governor Paterson is getting support in his effort to cap New York State's property tax rate. A new report from his Commission on Property Tax Relief recommends ways the state could cap local school taxes.

The Commission's Chair, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, says the report offers new ideas for school ...

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D is for Default

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Private investors and Albany both grapple with housing foreclosures.

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Campaign Coffers

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Candidates running for city council for the first time are suing the city's Campaign Finance Board, saying it is favoring incumbent council members who decided to run for re-election after the term limits law was changed.

The board is allowing those council members to keep money they had raised to run ...

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Bagging the Habit

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A bill creating a statewide plastic bag recycling program in New York is now on Governor Paterson's desk and New York City's council is urging the governor to reject it.

Speaker Christine Quinn says the bill would undercut the city's own fledgling plastic bag recycling program. Queens councilman Peter Vallone Junior ...

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Governors Meet with President-Elect to Discuss Possible State Bailouts

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama met with 41 of the nation's governors in Philadelphia, including those from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Obama told the governors he wants their input on an economic recovery package to help their states.

OBAMA: I'm not simply asking the nation's governors to help implement our economic plan, ...

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Improving the Doorway to Elevator Safety

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says the city Housing Authority could have prevented the death of a 5-year old boy last August, if only it had installed a device that prevents elevator doors from opening between floors.

STRINGER: This is a $400 part that would have prevented that young boy Jacob ...

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More on Entergy v. Riverkeeper

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Both sides are preparing to make their arguments today before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Entergy Corporation v. Riverkeeper.

The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power station is petitioning to halt an order that would require an expensive new cooling system be installed there. The state of ...

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Court Weighs Power Plant Costs vs. Protecting Fish

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments that could affect future operations at the Indian Point nuclear power station north of New York City. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: At issue is the system Indian Point uses to cool its two reactors. The plant draws withdraws billions of gallons of ...

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Star Wide Reciever Catches Bloomberg's Wrath

Monday, December 01, 2008

Giants receiver Plaxico Burress pleaded not guilty today to two charges of criminal possession of an unlicensed handgun, after accidentally shooting himself at a Manhattan nightclub.

Mayor Bloomberg had harsh words for Burress, for carrying an illegal handgun

BLOOMBERG: Our children are getting killed with guns in the streets, our police officers ...

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Obama Introduces the New Secretary of State

Monday, December 01, 2008

The weeks of rumor and speculation are over.

President elect Barack Obama has selected New York's junior senator, Hillary Clinton, as his nominee for Secretary of State.

He praised his former campaign rival, saying they share a view of America's safety and security that includes combining military power with strength, and diplomacy.

Clinton ...

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Religious Leaders Stand Against Mumbai Violence

Monday, December 01, 2008

Dozens of religious leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall today, calling for interfaith harmony in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

For some Islamic leaders, it was a chance to denounce the extremism that has become associated with their faith.

Doctor Khurshid Khan is with the Islamic ...

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