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Business Lagging? Don't Be Shy

Monday, February 23, 2009

We've all got our ways of coping with the economy. Since I always forget to bring lunch from home, I have become a regular customer at Mamoun's, which makes a mean $2.50 falafel sandwich. And as I was walking back to work with said falafel, I chanced upon this chalkboard outside the Native Leather store on Bleecker St.

It says: 'YOU ARE MY ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE.'

Native Leather has been around since 1968 - it sells Italian caps, Argentinian belts and fine Laguiole knives from France - but these days, its owner since 1993, Carol Walsh says things aren't going so well. People continue to buy leather hats and gloves and belts ranging from $20 to $55, but the nicer items just don't move off the shelf. Thus the chalkboard plea, which went up a week ago, right after President Obama signed the economic stimulus package into law.

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Bring Back the Czar!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

For an event about people made ill by exposure to the World Trade Center, you had to wonder if exposure to the blistering cold today, outside the World Trade Center might not be the healthiest undertaking, either.

New York Representatives Carol Maloney and Jerrold Nadler held a news conference in front of WTC-7, calling on the Obama administration to re-appoint Dr. John Howard as “9/11 Health Czar.” Howard was head of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, when President Bush in 2006 asked him to coordinate 9/11 the disparate screening and treatment programs. Howard was much respected by the advocacy community for pushing to expand funding and programming, even as the Bush administration largely opposed those efforts. Last summer, when Howard’s term as NIOSH head expired, he was not reappointed. He is currently working in a different division of NIOSH’s parent agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – and not taking media requests for interviews.

Paramedic Marvin Bethea, who was a first responder at Ground Zero, displays the medications he has to take following 9/11, on January 31, 2007. (Getty)

Paramedic Marvin Bethea, who was a first responder at Ground Zero, displays the medications he has to take following 9/11, on January 31, 2007. (Getty)

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Today in History: W. E. B. Du Bois

Monday, February 23, 2009

Du Bois

Today is the birthday of W. E. B. Du Bois who was born February 23, 1868 and died August 27, 1963. Du Bois was an activist, author, intellectual and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He wrote many books, including The Souls of Black Folk (1903).

Below is an excerpt of a lecture, 'Socialism and the American Negro' delivered by Du Bois, to an audience in Great Hall, Madison Wisconsin Memorial Union, in 1960.

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Meet NY's New Archbishop

Monday, February 23, 2009

Cardinal Edward M. Egan (R) and Timothy Dolan celebrate mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral February 23, 2009. (Getty)

Cardinal Edward M. Egan (R) and Timothy Dolan celebrate mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral February 23, 2009. (Getty)

Timothy Dolan, the newly appointed leader ...

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Timothy Dolan: Disarming and Funny

Monday, February 23, 2009

New York's Roman Catholic Archdiocese is getting another Irish-Catholic leader. The pope has tapped 59-year-old Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of Milwaukee, to replace 76-year-old Cardinal Edward Egan, who's retiring. Dolan's selection continues a chain of Irish-American bishops that was broken only once in the history of ...

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Riverkeepers Say Drink Tap Water

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Hudson River watershed advocates at Riverkeeper want New Yorkers to drink more tap water, and they're pushing a new water bottle to do just that. The group says tap water is better regulated than bottled water and it saves oil because water pipes deliver ...

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Pope Selects NY Archbishop

Monday, February 23, 2009

Milwaukee's archbishop, Timothy Dolan, has been selected by the pope to replace the retiring Cardinal Edward Egan as leader of the 2.5 million Catholics in the New York Archdiocese. The 59-year-old Dolan celebrated Mass with Egan this morning at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and later told ...

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Push to Rehire 9/11 Health Care Czar

Monday, February 23, 2009

Several local elected officials and advocates want President Obama to re-instate former President Bush's 9/11 health care czar. Doctor John Howard's special post was never filled, after his term expired last year as head of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Congresswoman Carol ...

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NJ to Receive Money for Infrastructure Repair

Monday, February 23, 2009

New Jersey will get over a billion dollars of federal stimulus money to improve its highways and railways. That's according to Senator Frank Lautenberg, who wants to give priority to repairing decrepit infrastructure.

LAUTENBERG: We have so many deficient bridges and facilities that that's gotta be ...

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NYC Holds Special Elections Tomorrow

Monday, February 23, 2009

Tomorrow voters will head to the polls for three special elections around the city. One of them is the race to succeed Hiram Monserrate, whose council seat in Queens is open now that he's in the state senate. Julissa Ferreras was Monserrate's chief of staff, ...

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Why 50,000 Swiss Bank Accounts Really Matter

Monday, February 23, 2009

Wall Street Journal Reporter Carrick Mollenkamp talks to WNYC’s Amy Eddings about the U.S. Justice Department going after UBS account holders for tax evasion.

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Upstate, Not NYC, Getting First Stimulus Funds

Monday, February 23, 2009

Seven upstate counties will be the first to get federal transportation stimulus dollars. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more. REPORTER: New York will spend the first $41 million of federal money on bridge and road repairs in Steuben, Onondaga, Oneida, Herkimer, and Albany counties. The projects ...

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Timothy Dolan Named New York Archbishop

Monday, February 23, 2009

New York's Roman Catholic Archdiocese has a new leader. The Vatican announced today that Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan will replace Cardinal Edward Egan, who is retiring as archbishop of New York after nearly nine years in the post. Dolan will oversee an archdiocese that includes ...

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Senator Releases New Tax Plan

Monday, February 23, 2009

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein has released a proposal for a progressive income tax he says would provide middle-class tax cuts while generating $1 billion in revenue.

Klein's proposal would double the standard deduction for filers earning less than $250,000. The savings ...

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Fashion Week Recycled

Monday, February 23, 2009

Fashion week wrapped up late last week, but as the designers measure their success and the models move on to the next chic venue, discarded runways and backdrops are getting put to good use. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports on one woman’s quest to rescue leftover ...

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Paterson Brings Back Longtime Chief of Staff for 2010 Campaign

Sunday, February 22, 2009

As he faces dropping poll numbers, Governor Paterson is bringing back his longtime chief-of-staff and friend who resigned in October amid a scandal over unpaid taxes. Paterson says Charles O'Byrne will work as an unpaid adviser in a leadership position for his 2010 election campaign, ...

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Mourners Remeber 9/11 Widow Killed in Plane Crash

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A little more than a week after Flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo, family and friends have gathered to remember two of the 50 victims.

REPORTER: One of them was Beverly Eckert of Stamford, Connecticut. She lost her husband in the September 11th terrorist attack and was ...

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NJ to Consider Tax Amnesty Program

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Jersey lawmakers are set to consider waiving some penalties for tax delinquents, to help the state raise some much needed cash.

The $10 million program would run for 45 days from April to June 15. Delinquent filers would avoid most penalties but still have to ...

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Corzine Says Stimulus Will Create 100,000 Jobs for New Jersey

Sunday, February 22, 2009

As governors from around the country discuss the federal stimulus package, New Jersey governor Corzine is praising President Obama's plan, which he says will make a big difference in the economy.

REPORTER: Corzine told CBS Face the Nation he hopes to use the funds for education ...

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Diaz Wins Party Support for Bronx Borough President

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Bronx Democratic Party has announced its support for Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr. to replace Adolfo Carrion as Borough President. Carrion is taking a new job as director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs. At a meeting held by Bronx Party leaders Saturday, ...

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