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City Orders Halt to Repair Work to Deutsche Bank Building

Monday, August 20, 2007

City buildings officials have issued an order to halt all work at the former Deutsche Bank Building, except repairs to keep the building safe, as fire officials continue their investigation into what started the fire that killed two firefighters.

REPORTER: Fire marshals are conducting interviews of workers on the site at ...

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Investigations Continue into Bank Fire; Residents Concerned About Safety

Monday, August 20, 2007

Fire marshals are questioning witnesses, and gathering evidence, at the scene of Saturday's deadly blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building. They're also inspecting the standpipe, which failed to pump water up to firefighters battling the fire on the upper floors of the abandoned building.

REPORTER: Local residents still say they're ...

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Some Brooklyn Residents Return to Houses After Tornado

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Ten Brooklyn homes damaged by Wednesday's tornado are now safe enough for their owners to move back in, according to buildings officials.

REPORTER: Some 20 homes still remain unsafe and cannot be occupied. Deputy Commissioner Robert Limandri says each property has different problems.

LIMANDRI: In some cases, some of those buildings just ...

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New York Bridges Eyed

Friday, August 03, 2007

Following the deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Governor Spitzer is asking state agencies to examine the 49 bridges in New York with designs similar to the one that collapsed into the Mississippi River.

REPORTER: The state agencies will also review inspection standards and are to report back to Spitzer within 30 ...

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Advocates Take Issue with New Randalls Island

Friday, August 03, 2007

Randalls Island is undergoing renovations that will add 34 softball fields and 29 football fields. Its Sports Foundation has decided to allow 20 private schools to use the new facilities for after school sports and activities.

REPORTER: Yesterday, the non-profit group NYC Park Advocates protested a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion. ...

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City, Union Work to Improve Conditions for Track Workers

Friday, August 03, 2007

New York City Transit and the union representing subway workers say they're making improvements in the wake of new internal reports that found several communication failures led to the deaths of two track workers in April.

REPORTER: Noisy generators are supposed to be kept quiet, so workers can hear oncoming trains. ...

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Kinks in Homeland Security Program

Friday, August 03, 2007

The General Accounting Office says a Homeland Security computer system used to screen incoming foreigners does not have the sufficient security controls to prevent hacking.

REPORTER: The US-VISIT program was put in place after 9/11 to help prevent dangerous people from entering the country. Robert Mocny runs the computer program. He ...

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Governor Vetoes Welfare Bill

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Governor Spitzer has vetoed a bill that would have forced welfare agencies to steer people on welfare into higher paying jobs. Spitzer said the bill "ignores the realities of the marketplace." He said low wage jobs, combined with education and training, offer welfare recipients a better opportunity. WNYC's Kathryn Herzog ...

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Hurricane Warning for Long Islanders

Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Long Island Power Authority has a grim warning for Long Islanders. The company says the smallest category of hurricane would knock out power to more than a half-million customers and it could leave Long Islanders in the dark for as long as nine days.

REPORTER: LIPA CEO Richard Kessel gave ...

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City Murder Rates Continues to Fall

Thursday, August 02, 2007

The city's murder rate is continuing its historic decline. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on the latest numbers.

REPORTER: By July 1st of 2006, there had been 273 murders. But by the same time this year, the city logged 233 homicides. While the murder rate continues to decline, the easy availability ...

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Jamaica Bay Salt Marshes Threatened

Thursday, August 02, 2007

The salt marsh islands in Jamaica Bay could disappear by 2012, 5 years earlier than previous estimates. A new study out today cites two likely culprits are nitrogen pollution from the city's sewage treatment plants and a decline in sediment reaching the base of the islands.

REPORTER: Brad Sewell, with the ...

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New Feature on MTA Web Site

Thursday, August 02, 2007

People who use elevators to access public transportation can now check whether those elevators are in service on a new MTA Web site. Michael Harris, Executive Director of the Disabled Riders Coalition, says the new website is clearer and more efficient than the old hotline.

HARRIS: Today, I no longer need ...

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Another Investigation into Spitzer

Thursday, August 02, 2007

A criminal prosecutor will review reports about a scheme involving two of Governor Spitzer's aides who used state police to track a political rival.

REPORTER: State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo found no crimes were committed. But Albany County District Attorney David Soares has decided to review the actions of the governor ...

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Some Offices Remain Closed Following Steam Pipe Explosion

Thursday, August 02, 2007

While most of the area around last month's steam pipe explosion has reopened, some businesses still remain closed. Steve Mandel is a divorce lawyer and tenant of 370 Lexington Avenue, his building was heavily damaged by the blast.

MANDEL: My personal office is covered under 4 inches of asbestos filled mud. ...

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Report on Subway Deaths Released

Thursday, August 02, 2007

New York City Transit says flawed safety procedures and a lax organizational culture are to blame for the deaths of two subway workers in April.

REPORTER: A report from the Transit Authority details the safety failures that led deaths of 41-year-old Daniel Boggs and 55-year-old Marvin Franklin in separate incidents. The ...

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New Study Quantifies Role of Phonics In Reading Abilities

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

New York University researchers find phonics may be the most important part of becoming a good reader, but it's not the only ingredient. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: For years, educators have engaged in Reading Wars over how much weight should be given to phonics - or learning the sounds ...

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Environmental Clean Up Continues in Area of Steam Explosion

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The environmental clean up of two midtown office buildings is still underway near Grand Central Station. 370 Lexington Avenue, the building closest to the steam pipe explosion earlier this month, is expected to be closed for another two to three weeks. Henry Weingarten runs a financial consulting firm in the ...

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Lawmakers Fight Over Who Should Further Investigate Spitzer's Office

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

With four investigations possible, lawmakers in Albany are fighting over who, if anyone, should keep digging into the alleged misuse of state police by Governor Spitzer's staffers.

REPORTER: Governor Spitzer says he's willing to testify before the ethics commission, but Republican State Senator Marty Golden says it can't be trusted because ...

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Family of Steam Pipe Exposion Victim Plans to Sue

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The family of the tow truck driver severely burned by the steam pipe explosion in midtown say they plan to sue.

REPORTER: Gregory McCullogh suffered third degree burns over 80% of his body and has been in a medically induced coma since the explosion almost 2 weeks ago. Attorneys for the ...

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City Releases Housing Vouchers to Low Income New Yorkers

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

About 200 low income New Yorkers received federally funded housing vouchers yesterday. Some had been on a waiting list that closed in 1994.

REPORTER: Robert Cummings from the Bronx was one of them. He says he was shocked to learn he had received the voucher and says he can't wait to ...

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