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Beth Fertig

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City's Education Spending Outstrips State's

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

A non-partisan budget group says the growth in state education spending has lagged behind the New York City's own contribution.

The Independent Budget Office looked at school spending over the past 15 years. During that period, the report found city spending on education jumped by 50 percent and has continued to ...

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Construction Halted After Building Collapse

Friday, July 15, 2005

Construction on a controversial upper west side apartment complex has been halted, following yesterday's building collapse that injured nine people including a baby, and four firefighters.

The former Gristedes on Broadway between 99th and 100th streets was being demolished to build a 31 story apartment tower that some community members said ...

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Injured in Stable Condition After Collapse

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Five people including a baby are in stable condition after they were struck by debris as a building collapsed on Broadway between 99th and 100th streets, at around 9:30 this morning. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scopetta says a seven month old baby and four adults were ...

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MTA Shows Off High Tech 'Sniffers'

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Facing continued questions over its security spending transit officials showed off some new devices being implemented that can sense a biological or chemical attack.

REPORTER: The detectors are located inside Grand Central Terminal and they resemble ventilation units or other mysterious pieces of infrastrucure. There's a portable lab on a Metro ...

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Howard Beach Under the Microscope After Alleged Bias Attack

Friday, July 01, 2005

In New York, a black man is still recovering from a fractured skull after he was allegedly beaten with a baseball bat by a white teenager. The incident occurred in the Howard Beach section of Queens. That’s the same neighborhood where a black man was killed almost 20 years ago ...

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Fuel Stored in Potential Terror Target

Thursday, June 30, 2005

WNYC has learned that the City is allowing a building with vital telecommunications equipment to store thousands of gallons fuel, despite the concerns of Lower Manhattan residents. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Neighbors in Tribeca have been fighting the building at 60 Hudson Street because they fear it's a potential target ...

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MTA Considers New Rules

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

MTA board members want more time to consider new rules that would have fined subway riders for walking between cars, putting their feet up on the seats, and eating and drinking on the subways.

REPORTER: The transit committee approved the new rules on Monday. But today, the full MTA board took ...

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Teachers Look for Increase of Their Own

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

City teachers say the new pay raise for police bolsters their argument that they also deserve a bigger increase. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: A state arbitration panel gave police a 10 percent wage increase over 2 years. Teachers Union president Randi Weingarten says that's almost twice as much as ...

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Walking Between Subway Cars

Monday, June 27, 2005

For many New Yorkers, walking between subway cars is about as basic an act as jaywalking. But New York City Transit wants to change that. A committee is expected to vote today on a proposal that would fine riders $75 if they’re caught trying to get from one car to ...

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Fine Proposed for Subway Switching

Monday, June 27, 2005

An MTA committee is expected to vote today on a proposal that would fine riders caught walking between subway cars.

Since 1996, New York City Transit says 13 people have been killed while riding between subway cars. More than a hundred others were injured. The transit authority wants to make walking ...

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A New Look at Skyscraper Safety

Friday, June 24, 2005

Ever since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, engineers have been taking a whole new look at skyscraper safety. Yesterday, a federal agency released its own recommendations following a lengthy investigation into the collapse of the Twin Towers. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Investigators have said all ...

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Building Safety Report Due Out Today

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Federal investigators will release their recommendations today for making tall buildings safer, following their study of the 2001 World Trade Center collapse.

The recommendations will take a broad look at building safety. They're expected to focus on fireproofing and evacuation procedures that can help buildings and their occupants survive a terrorist ...

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State to Toughen Regents Requirements

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The state board of regents is planning to vote today on a plan to phase in tougher graduation requirements.

The proposal is aimed at softening the state's plan to raise the passing score from 55 to 65 on all five Regents exams students need to earn the more prestigious Regents Diploma.

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Summer School Hires Based on Experience Okay

Friday, June 17, 2005

An arbiter has ruled city teachers who work during summer school may be hired based on their experience, not seniority. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The decision marks a win for the city. The teachers union had filed a grievance last year when the Education Department bypassed traditional seniority rules during ...

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Teens Want to Give Harlem School a New Life

Friday, June 17, 2005

It’s been thirty years since PS 186 in Harlem was closed because of its dilapidated conditions. The neglected building has been rotting away ever since. Now, students at a Harlem-based community center have created an exhibit about their local eyesore with the goal of changing it. WNYC’s Beth Fertig reports.

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More Precise "Reportcards" for Schools

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The City Council is considering legislation that would give parents more information about overcrowding in their local public schools.

The Education Department publishes annual report cards for each school. They list the number of students, teachers and test scores. But they don't give class sizes. They just note the citywide average ...

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LIRR Faces Complaint Over Access to Disabled

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against the disabled – and one of its key features is accessibility. Advocates for the disabled claim the Long Island Rail Road is failing to comply with the law at two of its stations. And they’ve filed their first complaint against the agency ...

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Charter Students Ace Statewide Tests

Friday, June 10, 2005

Charter school students out-performed other New York City public school students, according to a breakdown of the latest state test results.

Out of 19 charter schools in New York City, 13 did better on the statewide 4th or 8th grade tests than the average for their local district.

Charter schools are public ...

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Vacuum Train Back on Track by Month's End

Monday, June 06, 2005

Transit officials don't know how long it will take to fix the vacuum train that derailed in Brooklyn last week but they hope to have their other one working by the end of the month.

The vacuum train can suck up 40 tons a week worth of newspapers and trash between ...

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Gifford Miller Questions 4th GradeTest Scores

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

One of the Democrats who's running for mayor says the recent 10 point gain in fourth grade reading scores isn't all it's cracked up to be.

REPORTER: City Council Speaker Gifford Miller says 84 percent of fourth graders who attended summer school last year - because they were in danger of ...

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