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Kids Reflect on Economic Woes of Their Parents

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

by Femi Oke and Jennifer Hsu of The Takeway



Femi Oke and Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway talk with middle school students in Brooklyn, New York, about how they're dealing with ...

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The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space Opens at WNYC

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Four drum ensembles, representing African, Peruvian, Indian, Punjabi and Arabic drumming and musical traditions play as WNYC's President and CEO Laura Walker cuts the ribbon to open the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Located at 44 Charlton at the intersection of Varick Street, WNYC's street-level, multimedia broadcast studio ...

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Swine Flu: Sorting Truth from Hyperbole

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mexican athletes wear face masks at the Nationals Olympics 2009 in Tijuana on April 26, 2009. The Mexican national games were canceled due to the outbreak of swine flu In Mexico. (Daniel Conejo, AFP/Getty)

Mexican athletes wear face masks at the ...

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Today in History: Babe Ruth

Monday, April 27, 2009

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On April 27, 1947, the ailing baseball legend appeared before 60,000 in Yankee Stadium to speak on 'Babe Ruth Day.' Ruth was suffering from throat cancer at the time. He died a little more than a year ...

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Reverend Timothy Wright Dies

Friday, April 24, 2009

wrightThe Brooklyn pastor and gospel singer, Timothy Wright, has died, after an eight-month struggle to recover from injuries he received in a car crash last year. Wright was 61 years old. Wright, the pastor at the Grace Tabernacle Church of ...

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Bird Strikes on the Rise

Friday, April 24, 2009

birdsAs promised the Federal Aviation Administration released a report today documenting the number of bird strikes on airplanes. From 1990 to 2007, the FAA reports there have been 82,000 bird strikes involving birds and land animals like deer. During ...

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GPS on School Buses Still MIA

Thursday, April 23, 2009

School BusLast fall, city parents were outraged when a school bus carrying a bunch of kindergarten and first graders got lost for almost five hours in Brooklyn. The incident led to renewed calls for a Global Positioning System for school buses.

But Department of Education officials told a City Council committee hearing today that such a system is still nowhere near ready to be rolled out - despite more than four years of planning, and expectations that a pilot program would take place in 2006. Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm says it 'is certainly bigger than we originally expected, given the complexity of building a system that links buses, satellites, and a command center, as well as the challenge of scaling the system to fit the size and nature of our bus fleet - and it will take longer than we originally predicted.' She noted that the MTA had also run into problems with GPS technology as well as other school districts.

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Today in History: JFK on the Bay of Pigs

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

On April 21, 1961, President John F. Kennedy accepts 'sole responsibility' for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

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“There's an old saying that victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan...I've said as much as I feel can ...

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The Pulitzers Now Include Online News Organizations

Monday, April 20, 2009

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When Columbia University announces the winners of the 2009 Pulitzer Prizes later today, online news organizations may be among the recipients of what many consider the highest honor in American print journalism. For the first time, the prizes will include Web sites that produce original news ...

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Spacebuster: Inflatable Building Rises in Lower Manhattan

Friday, April 17, 2009

A giant, inflatable plastic dome has touched down on the far West Side -- it's called Spacebuster. The portable pavilion is a project of Raumlabor, a Berlin-based group of architects and urban designers who specialize in reclaiming unused urban space. Benjamin Foster-Baldenius is a member of Raumlabor. He says the ...

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Newark Mayor Endorses Bloomberg

Friday, April 17, 2009

Newark Mayor Cory Booker comes to Harlem to endorse Bloomberg.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker comes to Harlem to endorse Bloomberg.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker traveled to Harlem today to endorse Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Booker said Bloomberg had become a national advocate for ...

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"Hey, These Cars Are Mine!"

Friday, April 17, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway

The Takeaway's John Hockenberry heads over to the New York Auto Show to check out the cars his taxpayer bailout dollars have bought him.

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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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