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State Senate Debates Gay Marriage Bill

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The New York State Senate has concluded debate on the gay marriage bill and voting is underway. The Assembly passed the bill for the third time late last night, and Gov. David Paterson has said he would sign it into law.

Senator Eric Adams of Brooklyn supports gay marriage and, ...

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More Shouts Than Shovels at 9/11 Ceremony

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A groundbreaking ceremony for a Lower Manhattan building raised more dust from officials than it did from the ceremonial shovels.

Brooklyn City Councilman Charles Barron took the podium at the groundbreaking for Fiterman Hall in Lower Manhattan and accused Mayor Bloomberg and other officials of disrespecting him. City University trustee ...

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World AIDS Day: Finding Hope in the Figures

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Today is World AIDS Day... and here in the city, that means the annual reading of the names of those lost to the disease.

The 24-hour vigil is taking place at City Hall Park.

The 24-hour vigil in City Hall Park

The 24-hour vigil ...

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Picking the Official Fruit of the Big Apple

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Queens Councilman James Gennaro wants the city council to pass a resolution to name the "Newtown Pippin" the city's official apple. The Newtown Pippin is a tart green apple that was first harvested in Elmhurst, Queens about 300 years ago.

What do you think? Does the city need ...

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Helping the Hungry in New Jersey

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

As this report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows, New Jersey ranks near the bottom of states when it comes to the percentage of people eligible for Food Stamps actually enrolled in the program. In fact, the Garden State ranks 42nd among all 50 states and the District ...

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Preparing for the Turkey Day Parade

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Its that time of year again! Preparations, including the inflation of 50 massive balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are well underway.

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A Thankgiving Special From WNYC's Archive: The Expedition of Lewis and Clark

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Lewis and Clark on the Lower Columbia" by Charles Marion Russell 1905.

"Lewis and Clark on the Lower Columbia" by Charles Marion Russell 1905.

While many travel home for Thanksgiving, we here at WNYC combed the archives for another travel tale. This one is ...

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Bloomberg Takes on the Teachers Union

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mayor Michael Bloomberg took on the teachers union today when he announced that principals will be directed to use student test scores this year when evaluating teachers who are up for tenure. WNYC's education reporter Beth Fertig has been following the story and answers some key questions.

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Fare Game: Traveling by Bus This Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

(Stephen Nessen)

(Stephen Nessen)

As WNYC's Lisa Chow reports, long-distance bus travel is gaining popularity for the first time in almost four decades. And the competition among bus companies in New York City is picking up speed too. Bus lines Greyhound and Peter Pan--already under ...

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Queens Teen Was Shot 11 Times by Police

Monday, November 23, 2009

A teenager in Queens killed in a confrontation with New York City police over the weekend was shot 11 times.

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Update: The Cost of Doing Business

Monday, November 23, 2009

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In November 2008, WNYC aired a two-part report called 'The Cost of Doing Business.' It was an in-depth look at a construction accident that took the life of Mexican immigrant Jose Palacios. Palacios fell off of a poorly secured ...

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Day of Outrage Called For Today

Monday, November 23, 2009

(Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

(Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)


The National Action Network, a civil rights organization found by Rev. Al Sharpton, is calling today a 'National Day of Outrage.' It is holding a rally in Times Square to protest what ...

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City's Food Pantries Busier Than Ever

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Food Bank for NYC is pushing hunger awareness with a "Go Orange Campaign"

The Food Bank for NYC is pushing hunger awareness with a "Go Orange Campaign"

Across the city, emergency food providers say they're seeing more first time visitors at ...

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Fund Set Up for Survivor of Crown Heights Fire

Friday, November 20, 2009

Elected officials and community leaders in Brooklyn are rallying around the family of three victims in Wednesday's Crown Heights fire. Rose Etienne Jean was working when the fire claimed the lives of her two young children and her partner, Myrtel Jean.

The funeral for the three victims will be held ...

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The Long Island Turkey Hunt is On

Friday, November 20, 2009

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(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Long Islanders who like their Thanksgiving turkey extremely fresh may be in luck. L.I.'s first turkey hunting season opens today, but only for those 1,600 who hold turkey hunting permits.

Seventy-five turkeys were reintroduced in Suffolk County ...

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Bronx Borough President Says Violence Must Stop

Friday, November 20, 2009

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(Nigel Treblin/AFP/Getty Images)

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says residents have reached the breaking point with gun violence after 15-year-old Vada Vasquez was hit in the head by a stray bullet Monday.

Diaz told WNYC's Brian Lehrer he'll hold ...

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NY's Credit Could be Hurt Over Budget Impasse

Friday, November 20, 2009

Moody's Investors Service says the state's credit rating could suffer if legislature fails to make Governor Paterson's proposed cuts.

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Artist Jeanne-Claude, Co-Creator of 'The Gates,' Dies

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Artist Jeanne-Claude, co-creator of the Central Park installation 'The Gates,' has died at the age of 74.

Her family says it was from complications of a brain aneurysm.

With The Gates, in 2005, Jeanne-Claude her husband, Christo, covered Central Park's footpaths with thousands of saffron-colored drapes hung from specially designed ...

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Drunk Driving with Child Now a Felony

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Drunk drivers who have a child in the vehicle will now face felony charges in New York State.

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Attorney General Defends Civilian Trial for 9/11 Mastermind

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the decision to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York was a tough call and that, in his view, the government is more likely to successfully prosecute Mohammed in a federal or so-called 'Article III' court ...

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