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What Would You Say to the IRS?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu and Chaleampon Oates Ritthichai

We asked some taxpayers: If there was a comment box at the bottom of your tax form this year, what would you say?

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DiNapoli: Pension Fund is More Transparent

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is defending current practices at the state's $154 billion pension fund. He spoke this morning at a Crain's New York breakfast event -- just hours after the New York Times published an article about the ongoing investigations into whether former state employees received kickbacks in exchange ...

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Cyclists Rally in Support of Greening New York

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

by Stanzi Vaubel

Cyclists gathered outside of The Museum of the City of New York Tuesday, along with Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Museum of the City of New York Director Susan Henshaw Jones to promote a greener New York. The event was in ...

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Thais in NYC React to Violence in Bangkok

Monday, April 13, 2009


A red shirt supporter holding a national flag walks past a burning bus on April 13, 2009

Reported by Oates Ritthichai

The clashes between protesters and the Thai military on the street of Bangkok has left two dead and hundreds injured. Anti-government protesters, known ...

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Geek Tinkerers Gather in "Hacker Spaces"

Friday, April 10, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu, The Takeaway


The promise of open source can be found in a dull commercial building in downtown Brooklyn. The fruits of this approach -- where people share ideas for others to build on -- are coming out of the laser cutter buzzing away in the corner. Or in the disassembled parts of the robot that automatically served drinks. Or the 3D printer that can build other 3D printers.

The 5th floor office of NYC Resistor is a hacker space, one of scores popping up around the country and hundreds emerging around the world. In Germany, the government subsidizes them. In the U.S., a few people who like to tinker with electronics pool money for a place that lets them keep the circuit boards and soldering irons out of their small apartments. They're creating devices that let you turn off any TV in range of a remote control. They're building giant antennae for ham radio enthusiasts. And then there's the 3D printer.

A 3D printer is exactly what it sounds like. A plain old 2D printer prints letters. This spits out objects you can hold in your hand. Toys, door knobs, jewelry. A couple of these guys have quit their day jobs so they can sell 3D printer kits to people interested in building their own. These people are building objects that build other objects.

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Today in History: Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial

Thursday, April 09, 2009

American contralto Marian Anderson performs in front of 75,000 spectators. Finnish accompanist Kosti Vehanen is on the piano.

American contralto Marian Anderson performs in front of 75,000 spectators. Finnish accompanist Kosti Vehanen is on the piano.

On April 9, 1939, ...

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Gunmen Kills 13 and Self

Friday, April 03, 2009

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Police chief of Binghampton Joe Zikuski says 14 people are dead after a shooting at the American Civic Association. Zikuski says they believe the man who entered an immigration services center and opened fire is among ...

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100 Hours of Astronomy

Friday, April 03, 2009

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The weather may be cloudy, but amateur astronomers have plans to look skyward tonight, and throughout the weekend. It's the International Year of Astronomy, and New Yorkers are among those celebrating by breaking out the telescopes. Patrick DiJusto, ...

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Quote of the Day: Paterson on Rush's Departure

Thursday, April 02, 2009

(Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

(Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Governor Paterson isn't losing any sleep over radio host Rush Limbaugh's plans to leave New York City. The conservative firebrand has called the tax hikes on high earners contained in Paterson's budget 'stupid,' and says he's ...

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Grocers for Bloomberg

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Pictured here on the right is Howard Wolfson, former adviser to Hillary Clinton (the candidate). Wolfson serves as the communications director for the mayor's re-election effort. He's also a commentator for Fox News, and a music blogger.

Pictured here on the ...

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NYC Housing Prices Take Another Hit

Thursday, April 02, 2009

housingThe New York real estate market took another dive during the first quarter of 2009 and sales are slogging, but what else is new?

Apartment prices fell by more than 20 percent and co-op prices were down 27 percent ...

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Today in History: Lindbergh Ransom

Thursday, April 02, 2009

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On April 2, 1932, aviator Charles Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom for his infant son Charles Lindbergh Junior. Kidnappers said the baby was in a boat off the Massachusetts coast. Neither the boat or child was found, until a ...

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Today in History: Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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On April 1, 1970, President Nixon signed the bill, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, banning cigarette advertisements on radio and television to be effective on January 1, 1971.

Radio ads from 1965:

'Camel's Real Taste'

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No Joke. Tobacco Tax Just Went Up Again

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Starting today, a pack of cigarettes will cost at least $9 in NYC. (Getty Images)

Starting today, a pack of cigarettes will cost at least $9 in NYC. (Getty Images)

Smokers might think it's an April Fools joke, but it's true. A ...

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A Recession Hero: Behrooz the Good Broker

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

By Jennifer Hsu, Femi Oke of The Takeaway

Sam Jordan, a Takeaway listener in New Jersey, wants you to meet a real estate broker who he describes as more or less his real estate hero. Not something you hear about brokers these days. We found this broker who, even ...

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Chicago Sun-Times Joins the Bankruptcy List

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flickr photo by Abhi Here

Flickr photo by Abhi Here

 

With over $800 million in debt, the Sun-Times Media Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.

Due to a decline in advertising revenue, this renders both of Chicago's major daily ...

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Governor Defends $132B Budget

Monday, March 30, 2009

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New York's governor and legislative leaders are defending their budget deal, saying it makes tough choices at a time when the state's revenues are dwindling by week. The nearly $132 billion plan contains about $5 billion in cuts, and $5 billion in new taxes, including some on the wealthy. Governor Paterson, who had long opposed the millionaire's tax, says the final deal is a fair one.

'I think balance now between taxes on those with higher income and taxes on everybody so that there's a shared sacrifice.'

Brooklyn Republican State Senator Marty Golden decried all the new taxes in the budget and said Democrats are being irresponsible.

'This stimulus, this $25B, ends within 25-27 months. After that stimulus is gone, we walk into the abyss. There is no structural deficit dealt with in this budget.'

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Today in History: Three Mile Island

Saturday, March 28, 2009

President Jimmy Carter leaving Three Mile Island for Middletown, Pennsylvania.

President Jimmy Carter leaving Three Mile Island for Middletown, Pennsylvania.

At 4 a.m on Wednesday, March 28, 1979, not far from Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, the first in a ...

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Governor Seeks to End Drug Laws and Break Prison Cycle

Friday, March 27, 2009

Protesters rally against New York's Rockefeller drug laws outside Governor David Paterson's office on March 25, 2009 in New York City. (Getty)

Protesters rally against New York\'s Rockefeller drug laws outside Governor David Paterson\'s office on March 25, 2009 in New York City. (Getty)

Governor Paterson and legislative leaders have announced an agreement to ease New York’s decades-old Rockefeller drug laws, once among the harshest in the nation. Speaking at a news conference in Albany, the governor says they are rolling back many of the mandatory prison terms for low-level, non-violent drug offenders.

“Where people are addicted and have committed crimes because of their addiction, we are going to shift our services from punishment to treatment, we are going to eliminate in most cases and severely reduce in other cases, the mandatory minimums that were set by the Rockefeller drug laws.”

The governor further explained the goal to reduce addict recidivism, shown to currently stand at 50 percent. He called the current legal system unjust and ineffective, creating “a revolving door for offenders mired in a cycle of arrest and abuse.”

The new plan to go before the state legislature will shift the sentencing of convicted abusers to new “drug courts” that will oversee their treatment rather than their punishment.

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