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Marianne McCune

Reporter, WNYC News

Marianne McCune appears in the following:

Russian Immigrants React to Arrests

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Among Russian immigrants in New York, reaction to the arrest of 11 alleged Russian spies varies.

The editorial staff at the weekly newspaper V Novom Svete say they're waiting for more information before taking a strong editorial stance. General Manager Helen Brusilovsky says most of her readers are more recent immigrants ...

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Colleagues of Alleged Spy Vicky Pelaez 'Can't Believe It'

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Disbelief -- that's what's being expressed by family members and colleagues of newspaper columnist Vicky Pelaez, who, with her husband and 8 others, were arrested yesterday and accused of spying for Russia. Waldomar Mariscal, the 38 year old son of Pelaez and Juan Lazaro, told reporters he doesn't believe the ...

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Back to the Middle East

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Radio Rookie Alexis Gordon's dad has been in the Army Reserves since before she was born. He served a tour in Iraq when she was in the 5th grade and was recently deployed again to the war in Afghanistan. 18-year-old Alexis is struggling to understand her dad's decision to stay in the Army and go back to the Middle East.

 

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Colombians Vote for el Presidente in NYC

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Colombians vote in a run-off election Sunday and ex-pats can in New York can cast their votes in Queens and three other locations in the metro-area. In the first-round of the Presidential election in May, 15,000 Colombians in the New York area voted.

In recent weeks, volunteers with Colombia's Green Party ...

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One Year Anniversary of Iranian Election

Friday, June 11, 2010

This weekend marks one year since elections in Iran brought thousands of Iranian citizensto the streets calling for change.

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'I Just Want to Scream': Iranian New Yorkers Protest For Those Who Can't

Friday, June 11, 2010

This weekend marks one year since elections in Iran brought thousands of Iranian citizens into the streets to call for change. During the days that followed, the Iranian government responded with a brutal crackdown. Here in New York and across the U.S., many Iranian students and professionals were inspired by ...

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City Emergency Responders Deployed to Train Haitians

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

New York City is sending a team of 12 emergency responders to help Haitian volunteers learn the tools of emergency relief. They will be teaching 400 residents of a tent city to learn some basics of fire prevention, search and rescue, first aid, evacuation, sheltering and how to recognize and ...

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Immigrant Advocates Aim To Influence Midterm Elections

Thursday, May 27, 2010

As the Obama administration continues to step up immigration enforcement, advocates in New York and elsewhere are pushing harder for reforms that are more friendly to immigrants without legal papers. And with midterm elections coming, the debate is gaining intensity. People on both sides of the issue agree that the federal government has done too little to fix a broken immigration system. But the two camps have very different ideas about how to fix it.

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Immigrant Rights Groups Praise Paterson's Position

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Immigrant rights groups are applauding Gov. David Paterson's decision to recommend pardons for legal immigrants who were convicted of minor crimes years ago and face deportation.

One immigrant advocate, Elizabeth OuYang, helped get a pardon earlier this year for a Chinese immigrant who did time as a juvenile. She says making ...

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Iran's Ahmadinejad Visits U.N.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Iran's president has told a United Nations nuclear conference that Tehran is not trying to build nuclear weapons, and that Washington can't be trusted.

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Iran's Ahmadinejad Visits U.N.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Iran's president has told a United Nations nuclear conference that Tehran is not trying to build nuclear weapons, and that Washington can't be trusted. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says states with nuclear weapons, like the U.S., just want to keep their monopoly on the technology.

Once again, Ahmadinejad's presence inspired an array of ...

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Can Census Workers Bring You an After-School Program? Maybe…

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Yes, you were supposed to send in your Census form weeks ago –- if you haven’t already. But the Census Bureau will still accept them. This month, the bureau begins knocking on doors to get the answers it needs. And in case the ‘why it matters’ part of this decennial ...

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Immigration Consultants Under Investigation for Cheating Haitians

Monday, April 26, 2010

The New York Attorney General's office says it's keeping a close watch on rogue immigration consultants who claim to be helping Haitians apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which would allow them to work legally for at least 18 months.

Attorney Alphonso David says his team in the civil rights bureau ...

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Fraudulent Immigration Group Pays $1.2M to Former Clients

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New York's Attorney General has shut down one of the state's largest providers of immigration services because it was defrauding customers.

The American Immigrant Federation (AIF) was charging exorbitant fees, giving misinformation, misfiling papers, and using non-lawyers. It had more than 20,000 clients.

It can be difficult to find and prosecute fraudulent ...

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Some Local Haitians Find Comfort in Celebration of Damballah, a Serpent Spirit

Friday, March 26, 2010

This is the season of daffodils, St. Patrick's Day, Passover, and Easter -- but also the Haitian Vodou ceremony celebrating "Damballah." Damballah is a serpent spirit and his ceremony is usually quite joyful. With many Haitians still mourning victims of the earthquake, some Vodou priests and priestesses in the New ...

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Puerto Rican Birth Certificates Will Be Null and Void

Friday, March 19, 2010

On July First, all Puerto Rican birth certificates will become invalid. U.S. officials say many fraudulent applications for U.S. passports and social benefits use Puerto Rican birth certificates so the Puerto Rican government is requiring every one born on the island to apply for new ones. Among Puerto Ricans in ...

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Immigrant Group Offended by Paterson Comment

Friday, March 19, 2010

On a radio show in New York, Governor Paterson made a surprising comment about immigration, when he responded to a caller on WOR complaining about the cost of educating immigrants who are living here illegally. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson has in the past been relatively immigrant-friendly. He recently ...

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Manhattan Store Hosting Fundraiser for Chile Earthquake Victims

Thursday, March 04, 2010

A lower Manhattan storefront that showcases products from Chile is holding a fundraiser for earthquake victims this evening. WNYC's Marianne McCune stopped by while workers were prepping for the event.

The place is called Puro Chile, which means "pure Chile," and they're expecting the Chilean ambassador to the U.N., some Chilean ...

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Haitians Struggle to Make New Lives in New York

Friday, February 26, 2010

Since the earthquake in Haiti, a slow trickle of Haitians have been looking for a way to restart their lives in and around New York. Some are citizens or green card holders who came on U.S. military evacuation flights. Some have come with U.S. citizen children. And more recently, they're ...

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A New Home: How One New York Woman Adopted a Baby from Haiti

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

After the earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. and Haitian governments vowed to fast-track adoptions that were already in progress. But in the chaos of the aftermath, some of the children who were evacuated turned out not to have prospective parents -- or not even to be orphans. With so many ...

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