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Crime Up in City Public Schools

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Crime is on the rise in the city's public schools. Major school felonies are up 21% in the current fiscal year, according to an early draft of the mayor's annual management report of city agencies.

City Hall blames the increase on a rise in grand larceny reports and a few more ...

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7 Train Line Extension: Who's Paying?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Transit advocates are calling on the city to cough up more money to ensure the number 7 train gets extended to Manhattan's west side.

REPORTER: Construction is scheduled to begin this year. But the MTA is now telling the city it won't be held responsible for cost overruns. And the city ...

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Randall's Island Park Private Fund Plan Approved

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A controversial plan to use for private school funds to refurbish public parks on Randall's Island was approved by a city committee this afternoon.

The only dissenting voice was Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who called the plan a sweetheart deal for the Randalls Island Sports Foundation and a blow to ...

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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 to please, one of the ...

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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 go back to a system ...

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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 of $52.4 million, over a ...

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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 of the smell was along ...

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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 Puerto Rican separatist involved 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 up by 8% from last ...

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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 three areas: smoke free air, ...

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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 teenagers were shot and killed, ...

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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 he's pleased with the arrangement.

BOOKER: ...

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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 polluted site, which has mercury ...

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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 bars, great shopping and an ...

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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 Education Department, two nurses and ...

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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 on inmate calls. Governor Spitzer ...

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