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Nuclear Plant Clears One Hurdle, Groups Say Not Enough

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Indian Point nuclear plant has passed a major test. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its final safety report today. It found owner Entergy can safely manage Indian Point 2 and 3 as they age over the 20-year period that new licenses would cover. But environmental ...

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Helicopter Tours to Stop Use of West 30th Heliport in 2010

Monday, August 10, 2009

Saturday's helicopter crash has prompted calls to ban helicopter tours over the Hudson River. While no decision has been made on those flights, WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that sightseeing tours will stop using the West Side heliport next year, for an entirely different reason.

REPORTER: The ...

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New Yorkers Celebrate Confirmation of Sotomayor

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The confirmation of the Sonia Sotomayor to become the next Supreme Court justice was celebrated throughout the city - including the offices of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Civil Rights Attorney Christina Cheralde, 29, says in law school she noticed the plaintiffs were ...

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Local Reaction to Immigration Detention Reform

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Immigration officials have outlined a series of steps to transform immigration detention from a criminal to a civil system and improve conditions at detention centers.

Local reaction to today's announcement has been cautiously optimistic. Amy Gottlieb is the regional director of the Immigrant Rights Program for ...

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Advocates Cautiously Support Immigration Reform

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Federal officials say immigration detention in the US is set to undergo some major reforms meant to improve conditions at detention facilities and hold centers more accountable. Local reaction to today's announcement has been positive, if cautious.

REPORTER: Amy Gottlieb is the regional director of the ...

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Husband of Taconic Driver Speaks About His Wife

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The husband of a wrong way driver is suggesting an untreated tooth abscess, diabetes, and a stroke may have been the reason why Diane Schuler was drunk and high on pot when she slammed into an oncoming car on the Taconic Parkway, killing herself and ...

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Two Charged in Foreclosure Rescue Fraud

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Two Brooklyn men face charges for allegedly running a fake foreclosure rescue company that operated in both New York and New Jersey. Federal investigators say Garth Celestine and Phil Simon would convince struggling homeowners to sign over their property titles, promising to repair their credit ...

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Carpenter's Union Officials Indicted for Bribes

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The head of a large carpenters' union, and nine other officials have been indicted for receiving approximately $1 million in bribes from contractors. In exchange, federal prosecutors say the officials allowed contractors to pay less than union wages, and avoid contributions to union pension funds. ...

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Taconic Driver Impaired by Alcohol, Marijuana

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Westchester County's Forensic Laboratory says its toxicology report shows the woman who caused the fatal wrong-way crash on the Taconic Parkway, had a blood alcohol level of .19. That's more than twice New York's legal limit. Betsey Spratt, the county's chief toxicologist, says that could ...

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26th Annual National Night Out

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The 26th annual National Night Out Against Crime takes place in communities across the nation tonight, but activities are already underway in places like the Wright Brothers Playground in Washington Heights. The 33rd Precinct event brought together police and neighborhood residents over free boxed lunches, ...

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Coast Guard, NYPD Conduct Terror Drill

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The waters south of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge are serving as a counterterrorism training ground for the NYPD the Coast Guard and other agencies. Participants are praticing searching for radioactive devices on ships.

REPORTER: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the exercise is not in response to ...

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Times Reports Many Cabbies Gabbing on Cell Phones Despite Ban

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Cabbies aren't supposed to be on their cell phones -- even hands-free devices -- when they're on duty, but the New York Times reports many cabbies continue to gab, despite the ban and increased evidence that drivers who talk on cell phones are four times ...

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The Takeaway

Ahmadinejad's Inauguration

Monday, August 03, 2009

There are two major events taking place in Iran this week. On Sunday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be inaugurated. He is remaining in office after a questionable landslide victory that sparked six weeks of protests, international condemnation, and violent crackdowns. Also happening this week is a trial of some of the protesters rounded up in the weeks following the embattled election. Some 100 protesters will be tried en masse, a move that may be outside the normal Iranian judicial proceedings. For more, Robert Worth, Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times, and Roger Cohen, New York Times columnist, join The Takeaway.

For more, read Robert Worth's article, The Making of an Iran Policy, in The New York Times.

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Plaxico Burress Indicted on Weapons Charge

Monday, August 03, 2009

A grand jury has indicted ex-New York Giant Plaxico Burress on weapons charges, after the former football star shot himself in the thigh with an unlicensed handgun last November. Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says Burress got neither easy nor harsh treatment from the grand ...

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Youngest Guantanamo Bay Detainee is Released

Friday, July 31, 2009

A Federal judge has ordered the release of what is believed to be Guantanamo Bay’s youngest detainee. Mohammed Jawad has been detained there since 2002 when he was arrested in Kabul, Afghanistan, for throwing the hand grenade that injured two American troops and their Afghan interpreter. His lawyers claim that he was probably 14 or 15 years old at the time. The judge ruled that Jawad has been held based on a confession he gave after being threatened with death. Joining The Takeaway is Johnathan Hafetz, one of Mohammed Jawad’s lawyers. He's with the National Security Project at the ACLU.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Attorney General Anne Milgram

Friday, July 31, 2009

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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Hoboken Acting Mayor Promises Honesty, Accountability

Friday, July 31, 2009

Hoboken's new acting Mayor, Dawn Zimmer, says she's ready to begin the hard work of restoring confidence in city government.

ZIMMER: I recognize the traumatic experience this has been for many Hoboken residents and city employees. I want everyone to know, I am committed to open ...

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Hoboken Mayor Cammarano Resigned

Friday, July 31, 2009

Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano resigned today, one week after he had vowed to stay in office while fighting federal corruption charges and just three weeks after taking office, following a runoff election. Cammarano sent a letter to the city clerk today, saying his resignation was ...

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Corzine's Office Served Subpoenas for EnCap Documents

Friday, July 31, 2009

Governor Corzine's office has been served with federal subpoenas in connection with a corruption investigation into the failed EnCap project in the Meadowlands. New Jersey State Attorney General Anne Milgram tells WNYC's Brian Lehrer the subpoenas are for documents issued during the Cody and McGreevey ...

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Hoboken Mayor Resigns Over Scandal

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Governor Corzine's office says Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano is resigning by tomorrow. Cammarano's one of 44 elected officials, rabbis and others who were arrested last week in an FBI probe of money laundering and bribery. He's accused of taking a $25,000 bribe from an undercover ...

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