Arun Venugopal

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Reverend Sharpton Say He's Not A Bounty Hunter

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Reverend Al Sharpton says he and his associates kept law enforcement fully informed as they tried to broker a failed surrender by escaped convict Otis Blunt.

Blunt was captured by police in Mexico, where Sharpton and others headed in hopes of helping the fugitive turn himself ...


Plastic Bag Recycling

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The legislation would apply to larger stores and chains with more than 5 franchises.

While the Departments of Sanitation and Consumer Affairs would oversee enforcement, Council Speaker Christine Quinn notes that the success of the program will depend mostly on the public..

QUINN: The best way to ...


City's Teen Smoking Rate Declines

Thursday, January 03, 2008

About 8.5% of the city's teenagers now smoke - that's half as many as it was just 6 years ago and about a third the current rate nationwide.

A big reason for the decrease is the higher price of cigarettes, which is felt by teens more ...


New Yorkers React to Death of Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto

Friday, December 28, 2007

The death of Benazir Bhutto has left New York's Pakistanis stunned. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.

REPORTER: A large flat screen TV is playing in the Kababish restaurant in Jackson Heights. It's set to a Pakistani channel known as Geo TV. The customers watch as crowds jostle ...


Pakistani Immigrants React to Bhutto's Assassination

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Pakistani immigrants in New York City are reacting with shock and dismay at the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. Most tell WNYC's Arun Venugopal they do not believe the government of President Musharraf is behind the killing.

Some people dismiss any rumors that Musharraf's government ...


NYC Crime Stats Continue to Fall

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The numbers are in: felony crimes in New York City have dropped for the 17th consecutive year.

REPORTER: That includes a 17 percent drop in homicides since last year, and an 11 percent drop in rapes. Mayor Bloomberg says the city is likely to experience fewer ...


Steep Drop in Domestic Violence Murders

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The NYPD says 2007 will be the 17th consecutive year with a decrease in felony crimes in the city. That includes a 17 percent drop in homicides.

REPORTER: According to Mayor Bloomberg one of the highlights is the 36 percent drop in domestic violence murders. That ...


Last Minute Shopping in New York

Monday, December 24, 2007

REPORTER: The last waves of Christmas shoppers are arriving at stores, having put off their purchases about as long as possible.

But, alongside those procrastinators are also shoppers like Rene Connolly, who bought all her gifts weeks ago. She was still prowling the stores of Harlem ...


Giuliani Responds to Health Questions

Monday, December 24, 2007

Former mayor Rudy Giuliani is in the city and continues to insist on his good health.

REPORTER: Plagued by flu-like symptoms, the Republican presidential candidate was admitted to a St. Louis hospital late last week. This move has prompted questions concerning the state of his health.

But, ...


More Details on Columbia Plan

Friday, December 21, 2007

Columbia University's $7 billion expansion plan will likely to generate about $300 million in community benefits.

The city says it will provide $150 million for affordable housing over the next six years. This will match the amount promised by the university on Wednesday, when the City ...


Although He's Not Running, Bloomberg Weighs in on Campaign Issues

Thursday, December 20, 2007

With the Iowa caucuses just days away, Mayor Bloomberg is under more pressure from the media to say whether he intends to enter the presidential campaign. Once again, he says he isn't running....but he admits to wanting to influence the issues.

BLOOMBERG: I want to make ...


Columbia Expansion Gets Go Ahead

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Columbia University's controversial plan to transform 17 acres of West Harlem will go forward. The City Council gave its final approval to the rezoning request yesterday. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The council approved the Columbia plan even as it was brokering a set of community ...


Designers Peer Into Taxi’s Future

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

REPORTER: A new study, from the Design Trust for Public Space, also found that passengers want to pay for a cab ride with Metrocards and credit cards. But, according to the Design Trust's Deborah Marton, it isn't just about the ride but the driver too.



Pricing Plans Presented to Commission

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Members of the commission were presented with about 10 plans - either variations on the city's original proposal or complete departures, such as the idea to toll East River Bridges. Most of these would be significantly cheaper to implement and in some cases, would generate ...


Congestion Pricing Commission Meets Today

Monday, December 17, 2007

For elected officials from Brooklyn and Queens, the only option worse than congestion pricing would be tolls on the East River Bridges. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

There haven't been any tolls on the East River Bridges since 1911, but the idea of re-instating them has ...


Cities Embrace New Way to Handle Confrontations Between Cops and the Mentally Ill

Thursday, December 13, 2007

It's been just over a month since the death of Khiel Coppin, in Brooklyn. He's the emotionally ill 18 year old who was shot by police officers who thought he was holding a gun. It turned out to be a hairbrush. The incident drew attention ...


WNYC Explores Methods of Dealing with Mentally Ill After Death of Khiel Coppin

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

It's been exactly one month since the death of Khiel Coppin in Brooklyn. He's the emotionally disturbed 18 year old who was shot by police after pulling out a hairbrush. Officers thought he was holding a gun. The death drew attention to the NYPD's methods ...


AG Shuts Down Student Loan Scheme

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is ending what he calls a kickback scheme between a student loan company and 63 colleges, including St. Johns University.

REPORTER: According to Cuomo the Florida based company, Student Financial Services, paid colleges in order to use their branding, thus misleading students ...


Board Expected to Approve Fare Hike

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Part of an MTA proposal includes increasing the price of monthly Metrocards to $81, up from $76 and the introduction of a 14-day unlimited card. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The proposals have already received the blessings of the governor and mayor, pretty much ensuring ...


The MTA Says Fares will Increase for Discount Riders

Monday, December 10, 2007

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says the MTA can still delay its December 19 vote to raise fares and allow the state to come up with more funding.

REPORTER: The MTA announced it intends to raise the price of monthly Metrocards by 5 dollars but Brodsky says they ...