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New Show Features Drag Queen House Balls

Sunday, October 05, 2008

A new show opened this week at the Vineyard theater, called Wig Out! It's the story of a community of drag queens and their "house balls" -- the performance competitions among them. It tells multiple love stories, through song and poetic storytelling. And its cast includes some of the city's ...

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New Jersey Lawmakers to Devote Session to Economy

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Now that the $700 billion national economic bailout package has been signed into law, the New Jersey Assembly is preparing to tackle economic conditions closer to home. Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts announced last week a plan to break with tradition and devote the entire session to the economy on Monday. ...

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More Youth Lured by Local Agriculture

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Ever notice all those young people helping you with your produce purchases at your local farmer's market? More young people, inspired by the city's growing locavore movement, see farming as a viable career choice. WNYC's Amy Eddings has more.

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Finding Opera in New York

Friday, October 03, 2008

New York City Opera is known as a cheap and accessible venue for opera-goers. But its home at Lincoln Center is being renovated this season, and the company will essentially be closed. Without its roughly 120 performances, audiences and singers will have to look elsewhere.

WNYC’s Brian Wise reports...

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Helping NYPD Officers Cope

Friday, October 03, 2008

Posters around NYPD headquarters warn that suicide is all too frequent among officers, and that those who need help should call a hotline, offered by a police support group.

There's a widespread perception that cops are more prone to take their own lives, due in part to 1990s research that gave ...

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Why Bloomberg Wants to Run Again

Friday, October 03, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants the term limits law changed so he can have a third term and shepherd New York through the financial crisis. WNYC's Bob Hennelly speaks to Dan Blumberg about the ramifications of Bloomberg's move.

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New Jersey Congressman Explains Why He Changed His Bailout Vote

Friday, October 03, 2008

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."

Congressmembers put that adage into action and passed the financial industry bailout plan in a vote of 263 to 171, a reversal of Monday's stunning defeat.

Among those who changed their minds is New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell, who says the Senate's revisions ...

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Wall Street's Reaction to the $700 Billion Rescue Plan

Friday, October 03, 2008

Stocks turned lower and credit markets remained strained after the House approved a $700 billion financial rescue plan.

Here with a reaction to the markets and the House rescue measure is Robert Shroeder, a reporter at Market Watch.

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New Yorkers React to V.P. Debate

Friday, October 03, 2008

People gathered in groups large and small to watch the Palin-Biden showdown last night.

Twenty-six-year-old Paul Banister thought Sarah Palin held her own.

PALIN: I actually think she didn't have a lot of specifics but she didn't fail. I had a lot of people texting me, saying, "Oh, this is terrible." But ...

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Economic Downturn and Weak Dollar Slow Remittances

Friday, October 03, 2008

Analysts predict that 2008 will be the first year in a decade that immigrants will send less wealth back to South America and the Caribbean. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

REPORTER: Ever since 2000, analysts at the Inter-American Development Bank have seen double digit increases in remittances to South America and the ...

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Ready or Not, 9/11 Memorial to Open by 10th Anniversary

Friday, October 03, 2008

The new schedule for the World Trade Center's redevelopment calls for the memorial to be open on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks - September 11, 2011. But that doesn't mean it'll be open after that date. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains.

REPORTER: Gov. David Paterson was proud that the Port ...

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Small Opera Companies Appear in Unusual Places

Friday, October 03, 2008

New York City Opera is known as a cheap and accessible venue for opera-goers. But its home at Lincoln Center is being renovated this season, and the company will essentially be closed. Without its roughly 120 performances, audiences and singers will have to look elsewhere. One place to start is ...

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Congresswoman Promises There Will Be Follow-Up to Bailout

Friday, October 03, 2008

With the markets actually lower than they were before the passage of the $700 billion economic rescue plan, and Governor Paterson warning of an economic "blood bath" in the state, New York's fiscal woes look far from over.

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says taxpayers shouldn't worry that congress will assume ...

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NYPD Scrutinized After Taser Death, Cop Suicide

Friday, October 03, 2008

A police lieutenant has killed himself a week after giving the order that led to the death of a mentally ill man. The two deaths have highlighted some of the pressures and problems with the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit. WNYC's Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: The video is grainy, but one of ...

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Manhattan Real Estate Prices Flatten: Report

Friday, October 03, 2008

As the rest of the country saw falling housing prices, Manhattan's kept going up. Not anymore. Real estate prices are starting to flatten, according to reports by three big real estate firms. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: The price of a typical apartment this summer was $910,000, according to Brown Harris ...

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NHL Season Preview

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Mets collapsed. The Yankees never came together and for the first time in more than a decade there is no baseball in New York this October. That means fans here may focus on other sports a little earlier than usual this year: basketball, football, maybe even hockey! The NHL ...

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New York City Parents Sound Off on Crowded Classrooms

Friday, October 03, 2008

Autumn in New York brings cooler days and a new school year. But it also brings angry parents who say the city's public schools suffer from chronic overcrowding.

The city council's education committee held a hearing about crowded schools today. Parent Irene Kaufman says that's why she switched her children from ...

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Affordable Housing Slows Down

Friday, October 03, 2008

A local nonprofit says the credit crisis created a slow down in the number of subsidized apartments bought by developers and converted into market rate apartments.

Each year the Community Service Society puts out an annual tally of how many low rent subsidized apartments were lost. According to its analysis, nearly ...

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New York's Governor Asks Lawmakers to Cut Deeper into the State Budget

Friday, October 03, 2008

A frustrated and desperate-sounding Governor Paterson met with state leaders to try to come up with a plan to address the state's growing budget short fall.

He says he'll also call them in for another special session in November.

Paterson warned that the volatility and bank failures on Wall Street have led ...

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Local Senators Vote in Favor of Bailout Plan

Thursday, October 02, 2008

All 6 senators from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut voted in favor of the $700 billion financial bailout plan that passed the Senate last night.

New York Senator Charles Schumer told CNN after the vote that he thinks Americans are starting to understand that the package isn't just about helping ...

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