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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NYU Takes Hard Line With Protesters

Friday, February 20, 2009

The last five remaining protesters emerged from New York University’s student center today after barricading themselves in the cafeteria Wednesday night.

Local students and city residents gathered outside NYU’s Kimmel student center today to show support. Some banged drums, others just chanted, “Solidarity.”

Drew Phillips a 22-year-old philosophy major at NYU was one of the last five protesters to emerge and said his student coalition, Take Back NYU!, felt helpless when the university did not respond to a letter written in September that called for more 'accountability and transparency' in the school's budget and funding. There demands are posted here.

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Common Cause Wants Transparency -- State Sez "Maybe"

Friday, February 20, 2009

A coalition of New York groups, spearheaded by Common Cause/New York, is seeking to have Governor Paterson agree to a high level of disclosure standards (something New York state government historically hasn't championed) for economic stimulus money (in line with President Obama's promise that "every dollar" will be ...

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ACORN's Foreclosure Free Zone

Friday, February 20, 2009

Myrna Millington (seated far left) is resisting her foreclosure

Myrna Millington (seated far left) is resisting her foreclosure

Myrna Millington bought her tan colored frame house in 1971, when the mortgage payments were $500 a month. She paid off the house, but had to refinance in order to make much needed repairs. Now, she says, a sub-prime loan with an adjustable rate made her payments too high.

'That's why I'm in this mess,' says Millington. 'So I went to ACORN and ACORN is helping me to stay in my home. They can put me in shackles. I'm still not leaving my home because this is my home.'

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Morning News by the Numbers

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis waves before testifying to the House Financial Services Committee. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis waves before testifying to the House Financial Services Committee. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Your daily dose of numbers ...

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F Mo on L Co

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thoughts on the Hardest Working (and most Self-Serious) Septuagenarian in Showbiz

Leonard Cohen at the Beacon Theatre. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Leonard Cohen at the Beacon Theatre. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

'Dance Me to the End of Love'
Last time Leonard Cohen played in New York, a decade and a half ago, he was 'just a young kid with a dream.' Or so the 75-year-old Canadian singer told a packed house last night at the recently reopened Beacon Theater. In the 15 years he's been gone, Cohen said, he studied religion, sought cheerfulness, and took a lot of Prozac and Tylenol Full Strength. 'I know the hard times are coming,' Cohen told the audience, one of the few times he spoke between songs. 'A lot of people say it's gonna be worse ... than ... the Y2K.'

To watch Bruce Springsteen is to marvel at his physical energy and hope you can move half so good at age 60. To listen to Leonard Cohen is to be in awe of his pipes and hope that at age 75 your voice could have a fraction of his timbre and vitality. His bass still rumbles fierce, the edges are there, and those deep, rich tones seem NOT to have softened and mellowed over time the way people are always describing fine wine and Scotch.

And then there's the songs.

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Today in History: Seeger & Hayes

Friday, February 20, 2009

Seeger & Hayes

On February 20, 1941, the WNYC American Music Festival presented, 'America Tells Its Stories: Folksongs' sung by Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes.


WNYC Host introduction & 'Lolly Too-Dum'

'Ain't That Bad'

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Hip Hop Museum Opens in Queens

Friday, February 20, 2009

It's often said that hip-hop was born in the Bronx. But Hollis Queens has also been called the hometown of hip-hop. Luminaries like RUN DMC are from the neighborhood, so is the grammy award winning artist Ja Rule.

Now, a new Hip Hop Museum pays tribute ...

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ACORN Pledges Resistance to Foreclosures

Friday, February 20, 2009

The housing group ACORN says it will help fed up homeowners facing foreclosure resist evictions when and if marshals try to remove them. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

CHANTING: Whose house, Myrna's house, whose house, Myrna's house, she's staying here, she's staying here.

REPORTER: Instead of a ...

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Stock Slumps for Citi and BoA

Friday, February 20, 2009

Stock prices of financial bellwethers Citigroup and Bank of America continued to slide today but regained some lost ground after the White House tamped down fears the government would nationalize the banks. Citigroup fell 22 percent, while Bank of America fell 3.6 percent today. Thomas ...

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Why 510 Madison Matters

Friday, February 20, 2009

What an empty midtown office building means for commercial real estate.

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Simon Evans: Island Time

Friday, February 20, 2009

English artist Simon Evans, 36, used to be a pro-skateboarder. Then he was a writer. But these days he’s expressing himself in scotch tape, pencil shavings, colored pencil and white-out. He uses everyday materials to create vivid stories through collages. For a new show at ...

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Stimulus Keeps City Hospitals' High Tech Hopes Alive

Friday, February 20, 2009

According the the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation, federal stimulus funds will allow for the expansion of computerized health records at its 11 public hospitals. HHC estimates it'll get more than $120 million to improve technology . HHC President Alan Aviles says the development of ...

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