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Straphangers Study: Subway Announcements Still Garbled

Monday, April 05, 2010

Subway riders have less than a 50 percent chance of hearing what's going on when their train stops in the tunnel or gets diverted, according to a new study by the advocacy group the Straphangers Campaign. Cate Contino, the coordinator of the group, says that is when announcements are most ...

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Four Shot, Dozens Arrested in Midtown

Monday, April 05, 2010

Four people suffered minor gunshot wounds and dozens of people were arrested early today after a night of what Mayor Michael Bloomberg called "wilding" through Midtown.

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Harlem School of the Arts Closed...For Now

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Harlem School of the Arts has been closed since Friday, but there's high hope that the community institution will reopen soon.

The school is not closed for good, according to interim Executive Director John Corwin -- but the faculty and staff have been placed on furlough for the week. ...

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Ford Foundation Initiative to Create New Spaces for Arts

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Ford Foundation has launched a 10-year, $100 million dollar initiative intended to create new spaces for the arts. So far, the foundation's Supporting Diverse Art Spaces program has already awarded a $1 million grant to turn an abandoned high school in East Harlem into artist housing and a hub ...

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Cardinal Says World Stands By Pope

Monday, April 05, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI did not discuss the sex abuse controversy rocking the Catholic Church at yesterday's Easter Mass at the Vatican.

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Know Why Your Train Has Stopped?

Monday, April 05, 2010

How often do you hear an announcement when your subway train is stopped? A new study shows that New York City subway riders hear in-car announcements explaining delays or diversions less than 50 percent of the time.

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Group Asks Governors to Resign

Friday, April 02, 2010

Governor Paterson's office says he's among the more than 30 governors to receive letters from an anti-government group demanding he leave office within 3 days, or be removed.

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Man Charged in Subway Stabbing Case

Friday, April 02, 2010

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two men on the subway.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Native Plants Are Disappearing

Friday, April 02, 2010

Some 50 native plant species have disappeared from the region around New York City over the last century, and that trend will likely continue. That's the bleak outlook of a 20-year-long study by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Many species that haven't disappeared have become far less abundant due to factors ...

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St. Vincent's - Mt. Sinai Deal Falls Through

Friday, April 02, 2010

St. Vincent’s Medical Center of New York and Mount Sinai Medical Center are no longer in merger talks. A deal was all but killed yesterday when Mt. Sinai said it wouldn't acquire St. Vincent’s inpatient services.

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Slatkin Withdraws from 'La Traviata'

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Conductor Leonard Slatkin has withdrawn from the rest of this season's performances of "La Traviata" at the Met.

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Paterson Suspends Construction, School Aid

Thursday, April 01, 2010

The New York State budget is late again. And since the state legislature and Governor David Paterson are more than $1 billion apart in their proposals, no quick agreement on the budget is expected.

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NJ Farmers Anxious After March Rain

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Jersey farmers are anxious to see what the impact of the wettest March on record will be on the upcoming planting season. Farmers and agricultural officials say the next few weeks will be crucial in determining whether this year will yield successful summer crops.

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West Side Rail Yards Contract Delayed

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The MTA and a private developer are putting off signing a contract for the West Side Rail Yards for another month.

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MTA Pledges More Security Cameras

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

MTA officials say they expect to have 900 more security cameras up and running by June.

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Bloomberg Aide Heads to Citigroup

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

One of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's close confidants is leaving City Hall for a financial job.

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NY State Legislature Misses Budget Deadline

Monday, March 29, 2010

The State Senate passed bills to keep the state running through April 14, then left for a holiday recess.

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After Accident, Crane Operator Suspended

Monday, March 29, 2010

The operator of a crane that tilted and hit a 25-story New York City building near Wall Street over the weekend has had his license suspended.

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NY State Lawmakers On Holiday

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New York State lawmakers are expected to leave Albany for their holiday break this week. That means the state's budget will most likely miss the April 1 deadline. The latest budget proposals from the two houses of the legislature are $1 billion apart.

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Queens DA Brown Becomes Borough's Longest-Tenured

Friday, March 26, 2010

Richard Brown has become the longest-serving district attorney in Queens history. Brown surpassed the record today with 6,874 days. The 77-year-old Brown was appointed district attorney on June 1, 1991 by Gov. Mario Cuomo. He was elected to a full four-year term in the general election that November.

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