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Wal-Mart Still Interested in NYC

Thursday, March 29, 2007

REPORTER: Wal-Mart says its CEO believed it wasn't worth trying to open a store in Manhattan, but he hasn't ruling out the rest of the city. A Wal-Mart spokesman says the discount superstore is still reviewing sites in the outer boroughs. Columbia Business School professor Raymond Horton says opposition to ...

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Supreme Court to Review Method of Picking Trial Judges in NY

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The nation's highest court will review New York State’s method of picking trial judges. The justices today agreed without comment to consider an appeal from state election officials and the Democratic and Republican parties.

Lower federal courts have ruled that the system violates the First Amendment rights of candidates and voters ...

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Shooting on Whitestone Bridge

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A carjacking led to a shooting on the Bronx Whitestone Bridge when the thief tried to run down a police officer.

Yesterday's incident unfolded after an SUV was stolen from a Queens car wash, according to Greg Lombardi, of the Bridge and Tunnel Police Association. The driver headed across the bridge, ...

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Governor Spitzer Allocates Funds to Legal Air for Poor

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Governor Eliot Spitzer has proposed spending $36 million on legal services for the poor in his $120 billion budget. That's up $9 million from the current year's budget.

Still, legal advocates say more needs to be done. Anne Erickson, of the non-profit Empire Justice Center, says people living in poverty may ...

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Special Elections in Brooklyn, Staten Island

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The field of 10 hopefuls jostling for a seat on the City Council today includes a former UN ambassador and 2 candidates who would make history as either the first Pakistani or Haitian council member.

Today's special election will fill 2 seats, one from Brooklyn and another in Staten Island, both ...

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Jet Blue Unveils Customers Bill of Rights

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

REPORTER: A week after the Valentines Day snowstorm, Jet Blue's nightmare seems to be coming to an end. The airline says it's rescheduled most of its canceled or delayed flights and will return to its regular schedule today. Jet Blue CEO David Neeleman said the service breakdown was "painful to ...

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Brooklyn Loses Ice Rink, Gains Two New Ones

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ice skaters in Brooklyn will be losing Wollman Rink, in Prospect Park, but are getting two new rinks in return and a year-round recreation building. The city and parks officials say they'll be landscaping over the old rink, as per the original park design.

REPORTER: One person who was at the ...

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NJ Offers Civil Unions

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Dozens of New Jersey's gay couples now have the same legal rights as married couples, though without the title. Yesterday, the state became the third in the nation to offer civil unions.

Some town halls opened despite the holiday, to give same sex couples the chance to tie the knot. Civil ...

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Deal Reached on Catskills Casino

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

REPORTER: Plans for gaming in the Catskills got a big boost when Governor Spitzer and the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe reached a deal for a casino at the Monticello Raceway. The tribe will abide by New York's tax, labor and health laws and give the state up to 25% of ...

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Atlantic Yards Construction Begins

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Workers are expected to begin construction on the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn today. Crews are planning to remove contamination from a bus depot before they demolish it.

The city and state approved the massive project, in spite of opposition from residents. It will include a Frank Gehry-designed arena and thousands ...

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Families to Proceed with Lawsuit Against High Phone Rates in Prisons

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Families that were forced to pay high phone rates to talk to loved ones in state prison can proceed with a lawsuit seeking refunds. The decision today from New York State’s highest court reverses two lower courts that ruled the lawsuit was not filed on time.

In a 4-2 decision, the ...

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Jet Blue Cancels Flights, Plans Compensation

Monday, February 19, 2007

Jet Blue says it hopes to get back to full operations tomorrow, six days after a snow storm that has crippled the discount airline and has left its reputation in tatters.

Jet Blue has canceled almost a quarter of its flights today, in order to allow crews to get legally-mandated rest ...

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Singing Contest: One of Many Events to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Monday, February 19, 2007

Thousands of people filled the streets of Chinatown yesterday to usher in the Year of the Pig. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was there.

REPORTER: After the fireworks and as the crowd thinned out, an Asian singing contest was held on a stage in Chatham Square. One of the 3 finalists Tunde Weeks, ...

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Spitzer Supports Proposal for Catskills Casino

Monday, February 19, 2007

Governor Spitzer is throwing his support behind a decades-old proposal for a casino in the Catskills.

Spitzer says the state will work with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to establish a casino at the Monticello Raceway that he says will produce "significant revenues" for the tribe, the state, and the Catskills ...

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Special Election for Brooklyn City Council Seat

Monday, February 19, 2007

A crowded field of eight candidates is heading toward tomorrow's special election for an open city council seat in central Brooklyn.

The eight include contenders who trace Theri's heritage to Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti, Panama, and Pakistan. They are vying to replace Councilwoman Yvette Clarke, who was elected to Congress in ...

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Education Advocates Happy With Quinn’s Plans

Friday, February 16, 2007

Education advocates are thrilled that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for universal pre-K in her state of the city address yesterday. Gail Nayowith, of the Citizens Committee for Children, says working parents and their kids would benefit greatly from an expanded pre-Kindergarten program.

NAYOWITH: We figure that there are another ...

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City Officials Won’t Back Down Alternate Sides

Friday, February 16, 2007

New York City officials are defending their response to this week's nasty weather. Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty says people with complaints about their local streets not being cleared need to look at the big picture.

DOHERTY: You can't expect that the sanitation department cover 6200 miles of a city when you ...

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Snow Parking Tickets Forgiven

Friday, February 16, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg took an opportunity during his weekly radio show today to apologize to drivers who got thousands of parking tickets this week, because alternate side parking rules were not suspended after Tuesday's nor'-easter.

BLOOMBER: Sorry for the inconvenience, people that moved their cars. It did help the plows, they didn't ...

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JetBlue Head Apologizes to Stranded Passengers

Friday, February 16, 2007

Jet Blue has offered refunds and free flights to passengers who were stranded on airplanes for at least 3 hours during Wednesday's snow and ice storm. The airline has been criticized for leaving hundreds of passengers on its planes for up to 10 hours on the runway. Founder and CEO ...

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Ports Deal Scrutinized

Friday, February 16, 2007

Senators Robert Menendez and Charles Schumer are calling the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey "greedy" for demanding at least $30 million from a prospective buyer of port operations. Dubai Ports World warned that its deal to sell off 6 major city port operations to an American buyer ...

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