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Beth Fertig

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Report Released on Trade Center Collapse

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

It’s been three and a half years since the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists. Yesterday, federal investigators released their most comprehensive report yet on how the Twin Towers collapsed and how well people were evacuated. WNYC’s Beth Fertig has more.

The investigation into the Trade Center collapse has been ...

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Federal Report on WTC Collapse Released

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Federal investigators today, will release their most-detailed analysis of why the World Trade Center collapsed.

Federal investigators have already hypothesized that the towers didn't fall because of their lightweight floors or insufficient fireproofing. Those factors may have played a role. But investigators have suggested that it was the impact of the ...

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Keeping Building Security Secure

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Government agencies like the FBI and police departments aren’t the only ones dealing with a security clampdown in the years after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Those involved in designing building security are also affected. As they strive to make our infrastructure safer, some say they’re finding it harder to share ...

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The MTA, the Stadium and the Jets

Friday, April 01, 2005

The New York Jets won unanimous approval from the MTA for their plan to build a stadium over the Hudson Rail Yards yesterday.

The vote clears the way for dramatic change in Manhattan and will bring the troubled transit agency more money.

WNYC's Beth Fertig takes a look at what that means ...

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CUNY Programs Helps Small Law Firms

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Not all New York lawyers make six figure salaries and get to work in offices with expensive art and views of the Manhattan skyline. The New York State Bar Association says about a quarter of its members in New York City work in small firms with fewer than 10 attorneys. ...

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Shocking Street Light Will Get Fixed

Friday, March 25, 2005

Con Ed says it didn't know about a partially open street light in Chelsea, near where a dog was shocked by stray voltage. Last year a woman was killed by stray voltage, and at least three dogs have been shocked this year. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Robin Bobbe (bah-bay) was ...

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Neediest Students Crowd Worst Schools

Monday, March 14, 2005

New York City parents and educators have long suspected that students with the greatest needs are being concentrated in the worst public high schools.

An investigation by WNYC News finds special education students and English Language Learners are, in fact, over-represented in the city’s most violent and failing schools. At the ...

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NYC Schools Improving

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Public schools in New York City are improving, though not all at the same rate. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The state looked at how many schools were meeting their annual performance targets during the 2003-2004 academic year.

Eighty more schools than the previous year met their targets in English and one ...

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Bad Roads Cost NY'ers Big Bucks

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

New York's roads and bridges are in a sorry state of repairs and, according to a new study, it's costing motorists. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

More than two thirds of the State's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. A similar ...

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Subway Report Finds Safety Lacking

Thursday, February 24, 2005

A new report finds switches on the MTA's subway tracks weren't always inspected as often as required, putting passengers and crews at risk.

The switches connect different lines of track. They're supposed to be visually inspected every day, to see if they've been jarred loose by trains.

But after an anonymous complaint, ...

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Stadium Impasse - Lawmakers Weigh In

Friday, February 04, 2005

The New York Jets and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority say they're at an impasse over the value of a site for a West Side Stadium and are heading for arbitration. Now state lawmakers are getting into the fray. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

The stadium would sit over the MTA's West ...

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West Side Stadium Leads to Competing Values

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The controversy surrounding a West Side Stadium grew noisier yesterday, as the MTA and the Jets released WILDLY competing estimates of how much money the "building site" is worth. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Jets President Jay Cross must have known his team was on the defense when he invited reporters ...

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Transit Workers Keep Ailing A Line on Track

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Subway riders are scrambling to master different ways of getting around, following the loss of a critical signal room in a fire last weekend. The fire at Chambers Street has led to a slowdown of A train service and the elimination of all C trains for the next few months. ...

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Transit Authority President Re-explains A and C Rehabilitation

Thursday, January 27, 2005

It wasn't exactly a mea culpa. But the head of the New York City Transit Authority, Lawrence Reuter, today acknowledged he could have been more clear when he initially said it could take 3 to 5 years to restore A and C train service, following Sunday's fire at the Chambers ...

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MTA Brings Outside Help to Subway Fire Investigation

Thursday, January 27, 2005

The MTA is asking a consultant to study the fire that destroyed a signal room at Chambers Street on Sunday, disrupting service on the A and C lines.

Transit Authority president Lawrence Reuter says employees are working hard to restore rush hour service in 6 to 9 months. He also acknowledges ...

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Con Edison After Jodie Lane

Saturday, January 15, 2005

One year ago this weekend, a thirty-year old woman was accidentally electrocuted while walking her two dogs in the East Village. Jodie Lane stepped on a metal service box that was not properly insulated by Con Edison. Lane was the first New Yorker killed by stray voltage. WNYC’s Beth Fertig ...

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Sri Lankans Send Help From New York

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The powerful underwater earthquake that destroyed so many coastal communities in southern Asia over the weekend also shook up many New Yorkers. Those most affected include the more than two thousand Sri Lankans living in New York City . About a third of them reside on Staten Island , according ...

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Learning Through Comic Books

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Comic books are a rite of passage for most kids. But one local educator also thinks they have potential "superpowers" for learning. The Comic Book Project is an after school program that's trying to improve literacy by teaching kids to make their own comics. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

Some kids ...

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The Fate of New York's Death Penalty

Thursday, December 16, 2004

The fate of New York’s death penalty is now in the hands of the State Assembly. The law was struck down in June on a technicality. Governor Pataki and Senate Republicans want to fix the law quickly so it's back on the books. But Assembly Democrats are taking a closer ...

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New Yorkers Brace for MTA Fare Hikes

Monday, December 13, 2004

Commuters and subway riders are expected to get bad news this week. On Thursday, the MTA board will vote on plans to raise fares on the Long Island Railroad and Metro North, as well as bridges, tunnels and the city’s bus and subway system. If approved, it will be the ...

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