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American Airlines Baggage System Back Up at JFK

Thursday, July 31, 2008

American Airlines' baggage handling system at Kennedy Airport is up and running again a day after a software glitch caused dozens of delays, some cancellations, and a luggage pileup at ticket counters.

American had canceled six flights scheduled to depart from JFK this morning.

The malfunction led to five cancellations and delays ...

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Report Recommends Vocational Schools Overhaul

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Bloomberg administration has released a report that recommends a major overhaul of the city's 21 vocational schools. It says technical schools haven't been meeting industry demands for highly skilled employees, and have been seen as a dead end by students.

The report's recommendations include: integrating academics with internships and hands-on ...

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Green Baker Wins Bike Award

Thursday, July 31, 2008

More than 50 companies applied, but it was the Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery that won the first Bike Friendly Business award today. General Manager Sarah Weeks-Dima says that her company's use of a bike delivery system between its shops in the East and West Villages is a model for using ...

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Two Wheels or Not, New Yorkers Enjoy New Bike Lane

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The new bike lane on part of Manhattan's Ninth Avenue is being used by more than just bike riders. WNYC's newsroom checked in on one of the city's pilot projects to make the streets more bike friendly.

In Chelsea, mothers pushing strollers, skateboarders, and even a guy on rollerblades were using ...

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Forum Focuses on Alternative Energy for NYC

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The City Council is sponsoring a panel at Hunter College this morning on how to get New York City to use more alternative energy. Councilman Dan Garodnick says one idea is to have property owners form "Solar Empowerment Zones" that would be modeled on business improvement districts.

GARODNICK: They could voluntarily ...

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Bloomberg Testifies to Congress About 9/11 Health

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg testified before Congress today in support of a bill that would create a program to treat workers and residents with long-term health problems caused by the 9/11 attacks. He noted that caring for those injured should be a national responsibility.

BLOOMBERG: Passing this bill would at long last ...

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New Paper Recycling Mill Opens on Staten Island

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The city will be sending a lot less of its recycling out of town. A newly expanded paper recycling mill has opened on Staten Island. The facility will convert waste paper and plastic into pizza boxes and other goods. Previously those recyclables had to be shipped out of state, which ...

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'Cashless Tolling' Study Planned for Port Authority and MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is thinking about getting rid of toll plazas at its East and Harlem River crossings.

The agency is asking for bids from firms that would study how to replace the plazas with overhead structures that would read EZ Passes. For those cars without EZ Pass transponders, the ...

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State Legislature May Revisit "Millionaire Tax"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In his address to the state last night and in a press conference today, Gov. David Paterson said New York State's economic outlook has deteriorated badly over the past several months.

REPORTER: He's asked lawmakers to reconvene next month and reopen this year's budget so they can make $600 million in ...

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Film, Food and Fun Celebrate Queens at Socrates Park

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Maybe a movie from southeast Asia about a mutant lizard sounds like it's been done before, but the 2006 film The Host, by director Bong Joon-ho, is one of the most popular films ever in South Korea. It will make an outdoor splash on the East River tonight as part ...

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Grant for Businesses Displaced in 125th St. Rezoning

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Help is available for Mom and Pop businesses displaced by the contentious rezoning of 125th Street.

REPORTER: The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone today announced a $750,000 fund to aid small businesses. Hope Knight, CEO of the Empowerment Zone explained why the loans are being offered.

KNIGHT: Essentially what businesses need to do ...

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Paterson Calls for Emergency Legislative Session

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The buck stops here. That's Governor Paterson's message to New Yorkers concerning the state's fiscal crisis.

Paterson's July 29 Budget Speech

Paterson's July 30 Budget Update

PATERSON: It is time for New York and other governments to cut up our credit cards. The era of ...

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Luggage Glitch Delays Flights at JFK

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Flights have been delayed and luggage piling up at ticket counters at JFK's Terminal 8 today, after a computer software glitch crippled the baggage handling system.

A spokesman for American Airlines, which uses the terminal, said about 20 flights were delayed by 60 to 90 minutes. The airline was sorting luggage ...

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Former Newark Mayor Gets 27 Months in Prison

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Tuesday - far less than the 20 years prosecutors sought - for his role in the cut-rate sales of city land to his former mistress.

Federal Judge William Martini also ordered James to pay a $100,000 fine, ...

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Mayor Outlines Reforms for Municipal Construction Projects

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he has a five-step plan to reduce the cost of the city's capital projects. It's a way, he says, of making sure the city continues to invest in infrastructure, even during this economic slump.

BLOOMBERG: We are not going to walk away from keeping our streets safe ...

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NYPD Probes Cyclist Shoving Incident

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney are investigating the circumstances surrounding an NYPD officer knocking a cyclist to the ground last Friday in Times Square.

The incident, part of a Critical Mass bike ride, was captured on video and surfaced on the Internet.

Kelly said after seeing the video on YouTube, ...

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Fiscal Challenges Ahead for New York

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Governor Paterson will address New Yorkers directly this evening about the state’s finances. Whatever he says, the news probably won’t be good. We’re looking at a $5 billion deficit next year - and swiftly declining tax revenues - as Wall Street reels from the housing and credit crises.

New York City ...

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Guns into Guitars

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Yesterday, we brought you a story about the strained political discourse among Colombian immigrants from the left and right.

Colombians Debate Politics With Difficulty

This morning, we talk with a young man who manages to denounce violence in Colombia without getting caught up in the name-calling.

35-year-old Cesar Lopez ...

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Former Newark Mayor Gets 27-Month Sentence

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Tuesday - far less than the 20 years sought by prosecutors - for his role in the cut-rate sales of city land to his former mistress.

Federal Judge William Martini also ordered James to pay a $100,000 ...

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Subway Service Getting Worse

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Subway service is getting worse, according to The Straphangers Campaign's annual report card.

Gene Russianoff of the riders' advocacy group says, according to New York City Transit's own data, from 2006 to 2007 trains traveled 4.5 percent fewer miles between breakdowns. The report shows that car maintenance on 17 ...

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