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New York's Republican Mayor?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

According to a senior Bloomberg advisor and city Republican officials, Mayor Bloomberg is hoping to run as a Republican in the upcoming mayoral race.

WNYC has learned from four Republican county chairs that Mayor Bloomberg will sit down with all five county chairs on February 25th.

Mayor ...

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Art on Layaway

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Galapagos art space’s new payment plan for art lovers.

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Gargoyles Beefcake & First Dog Nominee

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Dogue de Bordeaux is competing at Westminster for this first time this year, but this impressive French guard dog has a 600-year pedigree. The first Westminster Kennel Club champion of record is Gargoyles Brando T. Beefcake, shown here.

Jack Grassa © Westminster KC

Jack Grassa © Westminster KC

Jack Grassa © Westminster KC
Jack Grassa © Westminster KC

One handler we spoke with got interested in the breed because of 1989 film Turner and Hootch, which featured Tom Hanks as a policeman reluctantly partnered with a Dogue.

The Portuguese Water Dog has been mentioned as one of the breeds being considered by the Obama family as their “First Dog” choice because it sheds very little (a criteria given that Malia Obama suffers from allergies).

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Doctor Charged for Bodybuilder Steroids

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Joe Baglio, November 4, 2006
Joe Baglio, November 4, 2006

Staten Island doctor Richard Lucente has been charged with illegally providing steroids to body builders, including one who had a heart transplant, and recently died of heart failure. ...

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Clown Hounds and Lola the Bulldog

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opened in Madison Square Garden, February 9, 2009. This year's winner of Westminster's Best in Show will be announced tonight. Here are a few of the contenders.

Handler Clint Livingstone calls the Petit Bassets Griffons Vendeen’s or PBGVs’ “the clowns of the hound world.” Here’s Best of Breed winner #6 Afterglow Ebeneezer.

Here’s Best of Breed winner #6 Ch Afterglow Ebeneezer. (Jack Grassa©WestminsterKC)

(Jack Grassa©WestminsterKC)

French Bulldog Best of Breed winner, #30 Lebull's Midnight Confessions (Lola) and her handler Wood Warnall, were featured on WNYC’s All Things Considered yesterday. Lola went on to capture second place in the Non-Sporting Group last night at Madison Square Garden.

(Jack Grassa©WestminsterKC)

(Jack Grassa©WestminsterKC)

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A-Rod Admission Leaves Questions Unanswered

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (Getty)

Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (Getty)

Give A-Rod credit. He did what many Major Leaguers would not dare do. Still, the city's sports columnists were not too impressed with Alex Rodriguez's admission that he used steroids. A-Rod or A-Roid, as the tabloids now call him, says he used steroids after he signed the richest contract in sports history with the Texas Rangers. He says he's not sure what steroid he used, wouldn't say where he got it, and says it was only from 2001 to 2003, while he was with the Texas Rangers. He says his Yankee days have been squeaky clean.

Here's Mike Lupica's take on the admission in the Daily News:

'You have to shake your head with this guy. Because only A-Rod, on a day when he made this kind of confession, could also try to sell you this:

'I took the drugs to make myself even better than I already was ... and then discovered that I am even greater without them!

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Booker: Wielding Poetry Power

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Newark Mayor Cory Booker gave a rousing assessment of his city's future in last night's State of the City address, invoking Maya Angelou's poem, "Still I Rise," as a metaphor for the city and its residents. The increasingly impassioned Mayor spoke for 80 minutes before a full house at the Newark Symphony Hall. He cited examples of the city's progress -- from decreasing homicide rates to an increasing tax base.

Booker also cited the involvement of several celebrities in development projects around the city. Singer Jon Bon Jovi is part of a project to build 51 residential units for people with special needs; media mogul Oprah Winfrey has donated $1.5 million to Newark charities; and basketball player Shaquille O'Neal is involved in projects to build a 25-story luxury tower and upgrade a movie complex.

The Mayor also acknowledged the contributions of ordinary citizens who are giving back to the city through public service.

Tune in to All Things Considered this afternoon for more on Booker's State of the City.

 

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Lessons From Mumbai

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the city's private security guards need more training to avert attacks like those on hotels and restaurants in Mumbai last year.

Kelly told the city council today that the NYPD is hoping to build on the limited training that's going on ...

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Get Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Want to get involved with arts in your neighborhood? Get back stage with some of the city's most accomplished performers. Claudia La Rocco has a few ideas for how to get closer to the action.

Join Claudia's Performance Club

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Doc Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Steroids Rx

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A doctor on Staten Island has pleaded not guilty to charges he illegally prescribed steroids to weight lifters and body builders, and steered his clients to a Brooklyn pharmacy, in exchange for kickbacks.

Doctor Richard Lucente's lawyer , John Meringolo, calls the charges "absurd."

LUCENTE: These are ...

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Gillibrand Visits Brooklyn School of Slain Teen

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New York's new junior senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to reach out to constituents far from her conservative upstate roots. She visited a Brooklyn High School yesterday to speak with people there about a student who was killed in gun violence last month. WNYC's Elaine Rivera ...

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City Lawmakers Concerned Over Shrinking Stimulus Aid

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

As the U.S. Senate prepares for a final vote on their version of the federal stimulus bill, city lawmakers are worried that little of the money will make it to their districts. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Council members were crestfallen as the Bloomberg administration's ...

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Stimulating New York State

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Once the stimulus bill is signed, federal dollars could start coming to New York in seven days.

Governor Paterson has set up what he's calling "a cabinet" to manage the state's stimulus money.

It will be led by his deputy secretary, Tim Gilchrist, a 25-year veteran of ...

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Saving City Pre-Schools

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A group of parents of preschoolers flooded the steps of the Education Department's headquarters in Lower Manhattan to protest the planned elimination of kindergarten classes at city-run day care centers.

Standing on the steps of the Tweed Building, the parents, with children in tow, said city ...

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From Show Dogs to America's Dog

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show continues today at Madison Square Garden. And the talk at this year’s event is not just about the dogs in the competition. It's also about dogs in the White House.

Westminster Kennel Club spokesman David Frei has a ...

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U. of Cincinnati's President to Head SUNY

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

University of Cincinnati President Nancy Zimpher is set to become the State University of New York's first woman chancellor on June 1.

Zimpher says her five-year goals include better coordinating the resources of the 64-campus system, trying innovative ways to make college affordable for middle class ...

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"Substantial" Change Needed to Convert Schools

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg has offered to help the Diocese of Brooklyn convert four Catholic schools into charter schools. But as WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the church and the city are wading into unchartered waters.

REPORTER: State law prohibits a private school from being converted into a charter ...

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Decoding Decoupling

Monday, February 09, 2009

Last week we reported that environmentalists and consumer advocates are at odds over a clean-energy provision in the House stimulus bill. Basically, it would make billions of dollars of grants available only to those states which "decouple" their utilities.

Decoupling guarantees utilities a certain level of revenue, regardless of how much product they sell. Environmentalists like decoupling because it removes the incentive to sell more gas or electric (and pollute more). Or, as the Wall Street Journal puts it in today's paper, "Less Demand, Same Great Revenue" - which is exactly what consumer advocates don't like. Why should ratepayers pay (a little bit) more for fewer kilowatts?

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Alexandra Pelosi on "Right America: Feeling Wronged"

Monday, February 09, 2009

Alexandra Pelosi talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about her new documentary Right America: Feeling Wronged. She speaks with some of the 58 million Americans who didn't celebrate the election of Barack Obama and are terrified of the new direction the country is taking.

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Snark Attack!

Monday, February 09, 2009

David Denby, the pointed but never snarky film critic for The New Yorker, talks about his new book Snark: It's Mean, It's Personal, and It's Ruining Our Conversation. Denby and Lehrer review some well-known quips and ask "Is This Snark?"

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