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Railroad Association Joins Gap Discussion

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A railroad industry group wants to develop the first national safety standards for dealing with dangerous train platform gaps. The American Public Transportation Association says that could accelerate change toward safer rail platforms.

The Federal Railroad Administration has also said it will study the idea of ...

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Bruno Fires Back at Spitzer

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

REPORTER: Governor Eliot Spitzer may receive a bouquet of red roses on this Valentines Day. But the sender doesn't have romantic intentions. In an effort to soothe relations between the governor's office and the Legislature, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno wants to send Spitzer flowers. ...

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Church Locked Up Early

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

REPORTER: The Archdiocese of New York has closed an East Harlem church more than 2 weeks before the expected closing date after 6 parishioners were arrested for trespassing. The parishioners had staged a sit-in to save "Our Lady Queen of Angels." The church was founded ...

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Mayor Calls for Increased 9/11 Funding

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The city has announced its broadest commitment yet to people with health problems affected by dust and debris from the World Trade Center attacks. For the first time, Mayor Bloomberg acknowledged that a large number of residents, workers and students in Lower Manhattan may have ...

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Klein Pledges to Revisit Bus Situation

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

REPORTER: Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he'll reconsider the requirement, that students live at least a quarter of a mile away, from school, in order to qualify for a yellow bus. The chancellor came under fire at a city council hearing yesterday for causing chaos ...

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Springer Spaniel Claims Best in Show Title

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

REPORTER: An English Springer Spaniel took the top prize at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last night. Diamond Jim, or James, jumped into handler Kellie Fitzgerald's arms after being picked for best in show. She says James has a really good heart and aims ...

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City Unveils a NYC Branded Condom

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

In a world full of brands - New York City is putting its name on an old fashioned product...a condom!

REPORTER: The city's health department unveiled the NYC brand condom and handed 150,000 out to commuters this morning. It will continue to make them free from ...

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Contested Plan for Randall's Island Parks to Benefit School Sports

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A plan to pump more private funding into the parks on Randall's Island goes before a city panel for a vote tomorrow. The proposal would give 20 private schools first dibs on sports fields during after-school hours. That's if they pay the city a total ...

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City Officials Defend School Bus Route Cuts

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Facing a panel of angry council members, city officials continued to defend their decision to cut school bus routes. Councilman Robert Jackson, chairman of the education committee, demanded that the city restore the routes, but Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott did not bend.

WALCOTT: We will not ...

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High Ratings for Brooklyn

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Brooklyn is a top-notch tourist spot. At least according to the publisher of the popular Lonely Planet travel guidebooks.

The publisher named Brooklyn as one of the world's top destination for its 2007 "Blue List." Lonely Planet spokesman Frank Ruiz says that Brooklyn has hipster ...

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City Council Vote Expected on Toxic Schools Construction

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

REPORTER: The City Council is expected to vote on a controversial plan to build four schools on a contaminated industrial site in the South Bronx. At issue is whether to approve the project now or wait two weeks for an independent environmental assessment of the ...

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Devils Finalize Newark Deal

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

REPORTER: The New Jersey Devils' new home in Newark has a name. Insurance giant Prudential Financial will pay the Devils about $5 million a year for 20 years, and the new ice hockey arena will be called the Prudential Center. Newark Mayor Cory Booker said ...

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Newark Gets a Narcotics Division

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Newark Mayor Cory Booker says the city's police department has created a special division to combat drug trafficking.

He says the formation of the new unit is part of an effort to curb rampant drug violence in Newark. The announcement came a day after two ...

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Good Marks for NYC Anti-Smoking Laws

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The American Lung Association says that the city has some of the best anti-tobacco laws in the country. The only state with better scores is Maine. The annual rankings of the ``State of Tobacco Control'' report gives an ``A'' ranking for New York's efforts in ...

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City Makes Progress on No Child Left Behind

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

More New York City teachers are meeting the tough federal requirements set by No Child Left Behind. A city Education Department spokesman says 87% of the city's teachers met the federal standards that require a bachelor's degree and state certification in the subject taught. That's ...

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CUNY Students Sue School

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Some City College students and alumni are suing the school. They claim their First Amendment rights were violated when a sign naming a student center after a fugitive terrorist and a convicted cop killer was removed.

The sign named a student lounge after Willie Morales, a ...

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Inmate Calling Rates Lowered

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

REPORTER: Inmates at New York State prisons will soon be charged the same rates for collect calls as everyone else. For more than 10 years now, inmates and their families have been charge about 600 times more than other customers, because of a state tax ...

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Mystery Odor Still Being Investigated

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

City officials are still trying to pinpoint the source of that gas-like odor that blanketed parts of Manhattan and Hudson and Bergen counties yesterday morning…and they're eying New Jersey.

A spokesman for the city's Department of Environmental Protection says the agency is pretty sure the source ...

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Father Sues Education Department

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

A father whose son died following an asthma attack at his school has filed a lawsuit against the city's Education Department, alleging that a school policy prevented nurses from calling 911 to help the 11-year-old.

Shawn Martinez filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court, naming the ...

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