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WNYC's Brian Lehrer Reflects on Steinbrenner's Life

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Flags were lowered to half-staff at City Hall as fans gathered at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday to pay respects to the late team owner, George Steinbrenner. Many Yankees players and fans are singing the praises of 'The Boss.' But WNYC's Brian Lehrer talks to Richard Hake in the WNYC Newsroom about another side to Steinbrenner.

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Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC Policy

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A federal appeals court on Tuesday tossed out a government policy that can lead to broadcasters being fined for allowing even a single curse word on live television.

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NY Dems Lobby for College Tuition Increase

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New York Senate Democrats are trying again to come up with a way to let State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) campuses charge more for tuition without getting legislative approval. The Democrats' latest proposal would allow the SUNY campuses at Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook to raise tuition by as much as 7 percent, with lower rate increases at the other SUNY and CUNY campuses.

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Government Sues AZ Over Immigration Law

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Justice Department filed a suit Tuesday against Arizona, charging that the state's new immigration law is unconstitutional.

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Scorching Heat Bakes the Big Apple

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Forecasters say it could hit 99 degrees in the city on Wednesday, with humidity that could make it feel like triple digits.

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We're Having a Heat Wave

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

What are your strategies for keeping cool during the heat wave? Send us your tips.

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Queens Imam Ahmad Afzali Deported

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

A Queens imam has been deported after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into a suicide bomb plot against the New York City transit system. The lawyer for Ahmad Afzali says the imam and his wife left for Saudi Arabia on Monday.

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Con Ed Preps for Record Electricity Use

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

More than 3 million customers in New York City are expected to turn on their AC to beat the summer heat.

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Hot Dog Eating Champ Released from Jail

Monday, July 05, 2010

(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

His black t-shirt bore the message: 'free Kobi' and today, a Brooklyn judge did just that. The six-time Coney Island hot dog eating contest winner, Takeru Kobayashi, was released ...

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Queen Elizabeth to Visit New York

Monday, July 05, 2010

New York officials are preparing for Queen Elizabeth's third trip to New York City.

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NYC Officials Prepare for Summer Heat

Monday, July 05, 2010

Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s today, and exceed 100 degrees on Tuesday.

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Major League Eaters Trounced by Elephants in Bun-Eating Contest

Friday, July 02, 2010

(Photo by Michael Drury)

(Photo by Michael Drury)

It was man vs. beast at Coney Island today; three men squared off against three elephants in a hot dog bun eating contest. Although the elephants weighed in at four tons apiece and eat ...

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New York City Judge Sets Bail for 1 Accused Russian Spy, Denies Bail for 2 Others

Friday, July 02, 2010

A Manhattan judge granted bail to one person accused of spying for Russia and denied bail to two others after a prosecutor warned the defendants had plenty of helpers in the U.S. to help them flee.

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NYS Budget Delayed Again

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Hours before the state's final budget bill was to be voted on, New York's Senate has shelved it until after the July 4th holiday.

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Council Approves $63B City Budget by 48-1 Vote

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The City Council has approved the plan Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn agreed to last week.

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A Sweet Business: Indie Ice Cream

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WNYC's Soterios Johnson spoke with the latest crop of indie ice cream truck vendors. Below are extended interviews with the owners of The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, MilkMade and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream.

Doug Quint, owner of The Big Gay Ice Cream ...

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New Voting Machines Under Fire

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A coalition of civil rights groups are suing New York's Board of Elections in federal court over what they say is a design flaw in the way new electronic voting machines are set up that could lead to thousands of votes being thrown out.

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Summer Swimming and Shaved Ice: It's Officially Summer Time in the City

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunset Park public pool open for summer season (Photo by Michael Drury)

Sunset Park public pool open for summer season (Photo by Michael Drury)

The city's public pools open for the summer season on Tuesday. At a poolside party at Sunset Park ...

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Watch Live: Elena Kagan Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Senate confirmation hearings begin Monday at 12:30 ET for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Watch the proceedings here.

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Jamaican Drug Pleads Non-Guilty in NYC

Friday, June 25, 2010

Alleged Jamaican "Shower Posse" gang leader Christopher "Dudus" Coke plead not-guilty in a Manhattan court today, to charges that he conspired to flood the Eastern U.S. with marijuana and cocaine.

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