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Fort Greene Reacts to Recent Shooting

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Fort Greene hair salon where five people were shot on Monday is expected to reopen today. Many in the area have been discussing how such a sensational crime could happen there -- in the middle of the afternoon. WNYC's Kathleen Horan checked in with people who live and work ...

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Arab and Muslim Voters React to Assertions that Obama is a Muslim

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s detractors have sometimes accused the Illinois Senator of being Muslim and Arab –- as if those were dirty words or smears. That's been disturbing to many Arab and Muslim Americans – even though they say they're used to it, as WNYC’s Marianne McCune reports.

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What the Left Thinks of 'Socialism'

Friday, October 31, 2008

The last few weeks of turmoil on the financial markets and all the talk of bailouts and rescue plans has brought government intervention in the economy to the forefront of debate in a way it hasn’t been in a long time.

But there are some who have been advocating alternatives to ...

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City Checks Buildings After Concrete Co. Indictments

Friday, October 31, 2008

New York City inspectors are re-checking scores of buildings now that a Manhattan grand jury has indicted employees from one of the region's biggest concrete testing companies. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The indictment charges that the Testwell Group faked tests on the quality and strength of both concrete and steel ...

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A Home for Homeless Teen Moms to Be?

Friday, October 31, 2008

According to Covenant House, from January to September more than 100 young moms with dozens of kids showed up asking for help, after city officials told them they were too young to access the shelter system.

City Councilman Lewis Fidler held a hearing on the issue recently, and told of an ...

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Woman Injured in Public Housing Elevator Fall

Friday, October 31, 2008

The City Housing Authority has suspended an elevator maintenance team at an East Harlem Housing Complex. This, after a woman fell about 10 feet down an elevator shaft.

Yolanda Joyce, 28, landed on her side and back after stepping into the empty elevator shaft at the East River Houses on 105th ...

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Day of the Dead

Friday, October 31, 2008

In the Catholic calendar, this weekend is dedicated to remembering the dead, and here in New York, immigrants from Latin America have moved spiritual rituals from private homes and cemeteries, to secular spaces like museums and public libraries.

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The Art of Race and Politics

Friday, October 31, 2008

The election is on everybody’s mind. And it has a particular resonance for artists of color, who have long been dealing with politics that Barack Obama would surely recognize. Claudia La Rocco spoke with four artists who’ve been thinking about the complex intersection of art, race and politics.

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Education Advocates Decry Lack of Minority Students in Gifted Programs

Friday, October 31, 2008

Education advocates are telling the Bloomberg administration, "I told you so." They say they warned education officials that mandating one standardized test across the city would lead to lower minority enrollment in the gifted and talented programs.

Leonie Haimson, of the group "Class Size Matters," says the city needs to go ...

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Halloween Home Horrifies in Howard Beach, Queens

Friday, October 31, 2008

In the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, the economic slowdown hasn't hit the stores that sell outdoor holiday decorations. Residents here take their seasonal statuary seriously. WNYC's Fred Mogul visited Roseanne and Jim Russo, who have invested about $16,000 transforming their house into a multi-colored Mecca for Halloween pilgrims.

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The Art of the Possible

Friday, October 31, 2008

As donations dry up, museums are dusting off their permanent collections.

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Race and Art

Friday, October 31, 2008

The election is on everybody’s mind. And it has a particular resonance for artists of color, who have long been dealing with politics that Barack Obama would surely recognize.

Claudia La Rocco spoke with four artists who’ve been thinking about the complex intersection of art, race and politics.

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BAM Pays Tribute to Asia Argento

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sexy, scary and often naked. That’s what a career retrospective at the Brooklyn Academy of Music promises this Halloween Weekend. It’s a tribute to the Italian actress and director Asia Argento.

Joining us is Film Critic Nathan Lee. He's a regular blogger on wnyc.org and he’s written about Argento.

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Runners Ready for the NYC Marathon

Friday, October 31, 2008

New York City Marathon runners have descended on the city to prepare for Sunday's 26.2 mile trek. Among the runners picking up their numbers at the Javits Center yesterday was Chuck Bleifeld of Stonybrook, Long Island. This year will be his sixth marathon.

BLEIFELD: It's a wonderful experience! You look forward ...

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New York Expands Its "Stop Smoking" Campaign

Friday, October 31, 2008

State and city environmental officers set up the first of several check points where they'll pull over trucks that are visibly spewing exhaust, or needlessly idling.

State Environmental Commissioner Pete Grannis says the first stop on the campaign is right under the entrance ramp to the Triborough Bridge.

GRANNIS: We estimate that ...

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Election Officials Report Absentee Voting Record

Friday, October 31, 2008

It's not even Election Day, and there are already long lines at the polls.

HERNANDEZ-STEWART: I am going to be volunteering in Pennsylvania on the day of the election, so I wanted to make sure I would vote here before I did that.

REPORTER: That was Adrianna Hernandez-Stewart yesterday morning at the ...

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Finger Pointing Over Election Day Preparedness

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg and the city's Board of Elections are blaming each other for what could turn out to be a very messy Election Day. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg has never been a fan of the city's board of elections. But yesterday, when asked whether his office had ...

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In NJ Senate Race, Incumbent Faces Ex-Congressman

Thursday, October 30, 2008

In perhaps the least-noticed Senate race in the country, New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg is facing a challenge from former GOP Congressman Dick Zimmer. The two faced off last night in the first of two debates. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.

REPORTER: Lautenberg leads in all the polls, and the ...

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Mayor Offers Short Term Relief to Help New Yorkers Through Economic Downturn

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg wants to relax tax deadlines for some property owners, launch a public awareness campaign about debt and create a Web site for laid-off financial workers as part of his plan to give short-term relief to New Yorkers amid the economic downturn.

He says the city has an increased obligation ...

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Concrete Company's Indictment Calls Several New Buildings into Question

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Buildings inspectors are testing the concrete of scores of new buildings in all five boroughs, after a Manhattan grand jury indicted one of the region's biggest concrete testing companies for falsifying test results.

Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn's agency worked with Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau on the investigation ...

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