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R.I.P. Ed McMahon

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The legendary broadcaster, Ed McMahon died early this morning in Los Angeles. He was 86. McMahon was Johnny Carson's sidekick for 30 years, famous for his roller coaster line, "Heeeeeeere's Johnny."

But McMahon wanted to be remembered for something more. Here's what he told the Associated Press in 1998:

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Investigators Probe Cause of Brooklyn Building Collapse

Monday, June 22, 2009


A four-story residential and commercial building collapsed on Sunday leaving jagged pile of debris. Four people sustained minor injuries and six adjacent buildings had to be evacuated.

New York City Assistant Deputy fire chief, John Sudnic, says a call came in about bricks falling from a building around ...

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Grandmother Swims Against The Tide

Sunday, June 21, 2009

by Lara Pellegrinelli

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Photo by David Nager.

Penny Palfrey took first place among the female competitors at the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on June 6, completing the 28.5 mile counterclockwise route around the island in just 7 hours ...

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Today in History: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

Friday, June 19, 2009

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, separated by heavy wire screen as they leave U.S. Court House after being found guilty by jury.

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, separated by heavy wire screen as they leave U.S. Court House after being found guilty by ...

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Stonewall Remembered: A Night on the Streets

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Yorkers celebrate gay pride

New Yorkers celebrate gay pride


Rainbow flags have been flying for weeks all around the city -- as gay pride celebrations take over the streets. New York's claim to the beginning of the gay ...

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Update from Newark Airport on Flight 61

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Continental Airlines Flight 61 landed safely at Newark Airport this afternoon, after the plane's pilot died in flight. Two co-pilots landed the plane, which originated in Brussels. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reported from Newark Liberty Airport.

Most people ...

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Today in History: Amelia Earhart

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Amelia Earhart in 1928.

Amelia Earhart in 1928.

On June 18, 1928, Amelia Earhart completes the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean. This clip is a radio broadcast “A Woman’s Place in Science” from 1935.

“This modern world of science and invention is of particular interest to women, for the lives of women have been more affected by its new horizons than those of any other group. Profound and stirring as have been accomplishments in the remoter fields of pure research, it is in the home that the applications of scientific achievement have perhaps been most far-reaching, and it is through changing conditions there that women have become the greatest beneficiaries in the modern scheme.

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Carbon Counter Live in Madison Square Garden

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New York is a little bit greener today -- or at least more aware -- with the launch of the world's first real-time carbon counter. The almost 70-foot high billboard outside of Madison Square Garden shows the running total of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The current number displayed on ...

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Green Market in Port Authority

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Say hello to a greener Port Authority. The bus terminal near Times Square opened its first green market today, offering fresh produce and baked goods to the more than 200,000 daily commuters who pass through. Florida native Laura Zequeira was on her way to upstate New York when she picked ...

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President Obama Calls for Financial Overhaul

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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President Barack Obama unveiled a financial system overhaul Wednesday afternoon, including a new consumer protection agency, in what he described as a necessary effort to avert future economic crises.


Excerpts from Obama's address:

'Today, my ...

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Digesting Politcs: Albany Wrangling

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The city budget comes in early…the state’s at a standstill…in Washington, they’re bringing their blackberries to the beach… and Bob Hennelly does his pirate imitation. Andrea, Bob, and Brian chew it all over in this week’s “Digesting Politics.”

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Commemorating Bloomsday

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bloomsday performers outside Davy Byrne's pub, Dublin, Bloomsday 2003.

Bloomsday performers outside Davy Byrne\'s pub, Dublin, Bloomsday 2003.

It's Bloomsday today, a time for fans of James Joyce's epic novel 'Ulysses' to celebrate and read aloud sections of the book. The story ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show: Parting Glances

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Leonard Lopate Show commemorates the 40th anniversary of Stonewall by talking about representations of LGBT life and politics on film, part of the Projections film series. In this segment, Leonard discusses "Parting Glances" (1986) with film critic Nathan Lee and professor of Cinema Studies at CUNY David Gerstner.

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Judge Hears from Warring Senate Factions

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


A judge is again delaying action on the state Senate's power struggle. State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara ordered Democrats and Republicans to return to court at one o'clock this afternoon, after an hour-long meeting this morning fell apart.

Republican and Democratic senators so far have failed ...

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Monserrate on The Brian Lehrer Show

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D-13) decided to re-defect back to the Democratic caucus. Hear about what changed his mind and how he expects the Senate to proceed with an even 31-31 split.

More coverage of the Senate power struggle >>

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Obama: Reforming Health Care Critical to Economic Well Being

Monday, June 15, 2009

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on health care reform at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009 in Chicago. (AP)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on health care reform at the annual meeting of the American Medical ...

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Protests in Streets of Iran, at U.N

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday's outpouring for Mousavi swelled as more people emerged from buildings and side streets wearing the trademark green of his campaign, following a decision by Iran's most powerful figure to investigate vote riggingallegations. (AP)

Monday\'s outpouring for Mousavi swelled as ...

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Monserrate Rejoins the Democrats

Monday, June 15, 2009

In Albany, it's still unclear who's in control. Lawmakers continue to await a court decision on whether last week's Republican takeover of the Senate chamber was legal. Today, Queens Senator Hiram Monserrate switched his allegiance back to fellow Democrats, making an even 31 to 31 vote split in the chamber.

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Redesigning the Gay Flag

Friday, June 12, 2009


Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen is asking listeners to redesign the gay flag for the 21st century. The design firm Worldstudio is also taking on the assignment and will present its ...

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Today in History: Tear Down This Wall

Friday, June 12, 2009

President Ronald Reagan speaking before the Brandenburg Gate.

President Ronald Reagan speaking before the Brandenburg Gate.


On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan delivered an address at the Brandenburg Gate. In his speech, he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev ...

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