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New Bike Racks on Astor Place

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Bike riders have a new place to park in the city. On Astor Place, officials have installed 10 colorful and geometric bike racks to encourage more cycling. Paul Steely White from Transportation Alternatives praised the effort.

STEELY WHITE: These new racks, particularly if they're installed in copious quantities, will really go ...

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Mixed Reaction Over Bailout in New York City

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New York City's financial industry witnessed yet another historic day. As the U.S. House rejected a $700 billion plan to rescue Wall Street, stocks plunged. The Dow lost more than 770 points, its biggest one-day point-drop ever, and New Yorkers felt conflicted about the outcome. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: It ...

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NYPD Will Keep Its Tasers

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A week after an emotionally-disturbed Brooklyn man died from a fall, after being stunned by a police officer's Taser, Commissioner Ray Kelly says the police department has no plans to change the training or the rules of engagement for officers dealing with the mentally ill.

KELLY: It's still a tool that ...

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Bloomberg Wants Cigarette Tax Enforced

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The city is suing to stop the illegal sale of tax-free cigarettes by members of Native American tribes in New York. The city's top lawyer says Indian-owned businesses on Long Island have been selling millions of packs a year to non-tribe customers, who are not allowed to buy cigarettes without ...

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The Economics of Health Care

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

WNYC's Political Director Andrea Bernstein interviews Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt and filmmaker Roger Weisberg about the candidates' health care plans, the lessons the United States might learn from the experiences of other countries with universal health insurance and how rising health care costs are affecting the U.S. economy.

Bernstein's interview is ...

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Dow Plummets as Bailout Fails in House

Monday, September 29, 2008

On Wall Street the Dow closed with its biggest drop ever today -- it plunged more than 735 points (to close at 10404) - after the failure of the financial bailout plan in the House. That's a nearly 7 percent drop for the Dow. Stunned traders on the floor of ...

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Extra Training for City Cops on Dealing with the Emotionally Disturbed

Monday, September 29, 2008

All 445 members of the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit will receive updated training on dealing with the emotionally disturbed over the next few days.

REPORTER: The move comes less than a week after a member of the elite group used a taser stun-gun on a Brooklyn man, who fell from a ...

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A Disappointing Send Off for Shea

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fans left Shea Stadium for the last time yesterday, dejected over the Mets' second straight last-day-of-the-season season-ending-loss, but they were also wistful for the team's finer moments at the stadium.

At the top of the list was the 1986 World Series championship. Bobby Fischetti took some credit for rallying fans in ...

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Bronx Dems Clash Over Leadership

Monday, September 29, 2008

At a raucous meeting in the Bronx, two factions clashed over who would be the next chairman of the borough's Democratic Party.

Opponents to Assemblyman Jose Rivera, the current chairman who is facing a rebellion among fellow assembly members, say he stacked the meeting with supporters who were not eligible to ...

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New York Tries to Stop Sale of Tax-Free Cigarettes

Monday, September 29, 2008

The city is suing members of Native American tribes in New York, for illegally salling tax-free cigarettes.

REPORTER: The head of the city's Corporation Counsel, Michael Cardozo, says Indian-owned businesses based on Long Island have been selling millions of packs a year to non-tribe customers, who are not allowed to buy ...

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Life and Work of Mahmoud Darwish Remembered

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who died in August, was considered the most distinguished literary voice of his community. So much so, in fact, that he received a state funeral from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Last week Darwish's New York admirers got together to celebrate his work. WNYC's Siddhartha ...

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Explaining the Failure of the Bailout

Monday, September 29, 2008

On Wall Street, the Dow closed with its biggest drop ever today -- it plunged more than 735 point, after the failure of the financial bailout plan in the House. That's a nearly 7 percent drop for the Dow. Stunned traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange ...

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Jury Selection Begins in Fort Dix Case

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the case of five men accused of plotting an armed attack on Fort Dix. Once the trial starts, the key question will center on whether the men would have actually committed the attack on the Army installation in New Jersey.

The federal government ...

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Jose Rivera Faces Party Leadership Challenge

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bronx Democrats meet Sunday night to decide whether Assemblyman Jose Rivera should keep his job as party chairman in the borough. He's facing a challenge from committee members who say he practices nepotism and favors Puerto Rican party members. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Since the September 4th primary, Rivera has ...

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Officers to Get More Training on Dealing with Mentally Ill

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The NYPD is set Monday to retrain hundreds of police officers on how to deal with emotionally disturbed people. This after a squad trying to help one distraught Brooklyn man on Wednesday used a Taser stun gun, causing the man to fall from a ledge and suffer fatal head injuries. ...

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Some Business Leaders Optimistic Despite Wall Street Woes

Saturday, September 27, 2008

While there's talk of turbulence and anxiety in the financial markets, some business leaders are taking the long view.

REPORTER: Barry Gosin is the CEO of Newmark Knight Frank, the global real estate leasing company. He says he's optimistic about what's coming next.

GOSIN: There's always opportunities, there's always a silver lining, ...

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New York Democrats Optimistic on Bailout Deal

Saturday, September 27, 2008

New York area congressional Democrats are expressing optimism that agreement can be reached by tomorrow on a financial rescue plan for Wall Street.

REPORTER: Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks blames Republican infighting for the breakdown in negotiations delay earlier this week.

MEEKS: It seems that their imploding and their implosion is hurting the ...

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New Jersey Considers Budget Cuts Amid Economic Turmoil

Saturday, September 27, 2008

First it was Governor Paterson who called for mid-year budget cuts as a response to the crisis in Wall Street. Then it was Mayor Bloomberg. Now, New Jersey lawmakers are nervously eyeing their budget, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

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Bike-Eye View of Critical Mass

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Bloomberg administration has been widely praised for its efforts in promoting bicycling. All across the city new bike lanes are being built and more riders are being drawn to biking. But one group of riders continues to be at odds with the city - the participants in the monthly ...

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Stocks Up but Credit Still Down

Friday, September 26, 2008

After being down most of the trading session stocks turned higher into the close as investors nervously wait for some kind of resolution on the government's proposed financial bailout. The Dow closed up 121 points -- just over one percent. The NASDAQ was down just 3 points. Credit markets though ...

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