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Friday, July 31, 2009

Does an apartment have to have appliances before it can be legally rented? Or electricity? Working elevator? Robert LiMandri, commissioner of the New York City Buildings Department, talks about what makes an apartment habitable—and whether people should be scrutinizing Certificates of Occupancy before putting money down. Also: New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram on "Operation Bloodette"; and race relations, post-beer.

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Robert LiMandri and Anne Milgram

One Beer, But What Are the Lessons?

President Obama, Vice-President Biden, Henry Louis Gates Jr, and Sgt. James Crowley had their beer and discussion about racial profiling last night. But what are the lasting lessons? Sherrilyn Ifill civil rights lawyer, University of Maryland law professor and author of The Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching ...

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NJ Attorney General Anne Milgram

New Jersey attorney general Anne Milgram discusses "Operation Bloodette," which led to the arrest this week of 43 people in a narcotics ring led by two women.

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Before You Move In...

Robert LiMandri, commissioner of the New York City Buildings Department, talks about what makes an apartment legally habitable.

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Asylum from Domestic Violence

Purvi Shah, executive director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a New York community organization fighting violence against women from South Asia, discusses the Obama administration’s decision to extend asylum benefits to victims of domestic violence.

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Robots Taking Over?

New York Times technology writer John Markoff and Dr. Eric Horvitz, former head of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, discuss recent advancements in artificial intelligence.

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How Wet Is It?

Remember in January, when we took comments on how cold it was? And last summer, when we discussed how hot it was? Well, now we've seen days and days and months and months of rain... So, complete this sentence: "It's been so wet that..." ...

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Wrapping up our Video Contest

It was great to meet our three video contest finalists and their friends in the Green Space on Thursday, and to celebrate all of the Uncommon Economic coverage you have helped us produce this year.

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