Republicans have retaken control of New York's Senate after two dissident Democrats jumped the aisle in a parliamentary coup. The party-flip of senators Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens gives Republicans a 32-30 edge in the chamber. Within an hour of the overthrow, Republicans named ...
Five new Peregrine Falcon chicks have hatched atop the city's bridges this spring. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the bridges, says that three were born on the Verrazano-Narrows and one each on the Throgs Neck and Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial bridges. They vary in age from three ...
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As American cities increasingly look to expand their transit options -- but keep costs low -- many planners are looking at Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT. The city of Cleveland, Ohio, launched a BRT, called the Health Line, about six months ago with two promises. The first: better, more efficient public transit on an important city artery. The second promise was more nebulous: that the BRT would provide an economic boost to the city's depressed downtown. In WNYC's look at BRTs around the world, Reporter Dan Moulthrop takes a look at how it's going in Cleveland.
Let's start with the buses.
CALABRESE: The vehicles we use are not buses, they're Rapid Transit Vehicles.
And the difference?
CALABRESE: A couple hundred thousand dollars.
Joe Calabrese is the CEO of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. And, he's really proud of the new BRT system. So proud, he still cherishes last year’s bus-of-the-month calendar from a manufacturer that featured Cleveland’s new vehicle.
CALABRESE: The uniqueness is the rail-like design and the rail-like operation. We really designed, built and are operating this as if it were a rail system. The only difference is that they’re operating on rubber tires.
Cleveland’s Bus Rapid Transit line has been running since last October. Euclid Avenue wasn’t supposed to be serviced by fancy buses. In the early 1990s, city leaders pushed for a surface rail line, but the cost for the four-mile line would have been close to a billion dollars. Like New York, perhaps, only more so, Cleveland couldn’t afford that. So the city leaders put their hope in what they saw as the next best much cheaper thing. And they said—and privately hoped—it would spur the economic development the same way light rail has in Portland, Oregon, and other cities.
The downtown end of Euclid Avenue is lined with tall historic buildings—mostly empty. This part of the city stood in for New York in parts of the movie Spiderman Three. Here, it’s not difficult to understand the need for economic development.
On May 28, 1934, five identical girls were born to Oliva and Elzire Dionne in Ontario, Canada. The Dionne girls were the first quintuplets to survive infancy. The government determined their parents were unfit to be their guardians and made them wards of the state. They became a ...
'Both have died, but the autopsy which gives the details and says whether something else is going on won’t be ready for some time.'
Frieden says both had underlying health conditions, but he would not say what they were, citing patient privacy. He also says the two did not work in schools, where the outbreak has been concentrated. He did not say whether they had any links to school students or staff.
Latest swine flu school closures from the Board of Education
Schools closed Wednesday, May 27
The following schools will be closed on Wednesday, May 27 because they have experienced unusually high levels of influenza-like illness in recent days. All of these schools are closed based on recommendations from the New York City Department of Health.
* PS 58Q - reopening Thursday, May 28
* P9Q's program at PS 58Q - reopening Thursday, May 28
o Please note that the main P9 building in Maspeth is NOT closed. Only the P9 location at PS 58Q is closed.
* P811Q's program at building P822Q - reopening Monday, June 1
o Please note that the P811 program at PS 136Q is NOT closed. Only the location at P822Q is closed.
* PS 160K - reopening Thursday, May 28
* PS/IS 384K - reopening Thursday, May 28
* P53K's program at PS/IS 384K - reopening Thursday, May 28
* PS 231K's program at PS/IS 180K - reopening Monday, June 1
o Please note that PS/IS 180K is NOT closed. Only PS 231K's program there is closed.
* PS 369K - reopening Monday, June 1
* PS 30M - reopening Thursday, May 28
* PS 138M - reopening Thursday, May 28
* Kappa II - reopening Thursday, May 28
* PS 128M - reopening Monday, June 1
* PS 68X - reopening Monday, June 1
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The city's education department decided on Thursday to close eight additional schools because of concern over swine flu. Most of the school buildings are in Queens, but one is in the Bronx and another is in Brooklyn. That brings the total of school closures due to flu to 37 this week. Tomorrow, the city plans to reopen four school buildings that have been closed since last Friday. More than 15,000 public school students have been out of school this week due to the flu.
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New York City's transit system faces two almost-certain realities. Its ridership will swell. And it will continue to struggle financially. But planners are hoping to bring a new type of transit to the city -- Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT. More than an express route, BRT is designed to act like an above-ground light rail system, but at a fraction of the cost. Reporter Steven Dudley begins a WNYC series on BRT with a report from Bogotá, Colombia, which has emerged as an unexpected model for BRT systems around the globe.
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New York health officials are looking into the death of a 16-month-old toddler who was taken to a Queens hospital with flu-like symptoms. Elmhurst Hospital Center said the little boy had a high fever when he was brought in last night.
On Sunday, a public school assistant principal, Mitchell Wiener, became the city's first swine flu death. Hospital and city officials say complications other than the virus probably played a part in Wiener's death. But his family has said he suffered only from gout, a joint disease.
The city is increasingly encouraging people in certain health categories to get medical help – and even go to the hospital -- if they think they have swine flu. For weeks, Mayor Bloomberg and health officials discouraged most people from heading to emergency rooms. But following the flu death of Wiener and the possible flu death of the 16-month old, Bloomberg says people shouldn’t be shy about getting help.
'If you have an underlying medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, and you have a fever with either a cough or sore throat, see your doctor immediately for medical treatment.'
Health officials say they are assembling a statewide system for tracking sick students amid the H1N1, or swine flu, outbreak. This follows concerns raised by Governor Paterson who's worried about the lack of a centralized system that could help detect flu cases earlier.
On May 19, 1925, Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the fourth child of Earl and Louise Little. Malcolm Little would later join the Nation of Islam and change his surname to "X". The African American leader was a Muslim minister, fiery orator and activist who advocated "black ...