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Bloomberg Reaches Out to Borough Presidents on BOE

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg continues urging state senators to renew the law granting him control of city schools. But with time running out before the midnight deadline, he's also reaching out to the five borough presidents about reconstituting a board of education. Five of the board's seven ...

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Groups Decry Discrimination Against Sikhs in Schools

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Some civic and community groups say the city's regulation to stop harassment in public schools, isn't working. A report released today by the Sikh Coalition and other groups says most students see no decrease in discrimination and bullying since Mayor Bloomberg signed the measure last ...

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The Takeaway

Andy Borowitz: How Madoff Can Survive in Prison

Monday, June 29, 2009

When comedian Andy Borowitz read that Bernard Madoff’s relatives were looking for a guide to help Bernie survive life in prison, he jumped at the chance to help the disgraced billionaire. He wrote a book called “Who Moved My Soap: The CEO’s Guide to Surviving in Prison.” Borowitz joins The Takeaway with a few helpful hints for Madoff’s time on the inside.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Update

Monday, June 29, 2009

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and founding editor of the XX Factor, talks about some recent rulings--as well as Justice Souter's last day on the bench. Also: Ted Shaw, a professor of law at Columbia Law School and former president of the

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WNYC News

Senate Democrats Urge Republicans to Vote on Stimulus Bills

Monday, June 29, 2009

Democrats say they want to table any questions about the leadership of the State Senate until next month and they're urging Republicans to join them in tomorrow's special session to vote on several bills worth $7.2 billion in federal and stimulus package spending. A bill ...

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Xanadu Company Also Involved with Neverland Ranch

Monday, June 29, 2009

The company responsible for the stalled $2 billion Xanadu project at the Meadowlands, is also central to the fate of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

HENNELLY: Colony Capital came to the rescue of the late singer in May of last year when ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Heavy Lifting

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Obama administration is busy selling its healthcare plan to Congress and an American public hungry for reform but fearful of change. Plus, navigating New York City history block by block, transgender rights, and remembering MJ.

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Paterson: "Senators Close to the Weekend, Not to An Agreement"

Friday, June 26, 2009

Governor Paterson says he's going to court to force the state Senate to attend the next special session with 32 members, enough for a quorum. The Senate is currently in a power struggle, with Democrats and Republicans split with 31 votes. Paterson dismissed reports that ...

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WNYC News

Buildings Department Find Inspection Procedures Spotty

Friday, June 26, 2009

An internal report by the city's Buildings Department found inspectors are poorly trained, and their inspection procedures vary from person to person. On his weekly radio show this morning on WOR, the mayor responded to the findings.

BLOOMBERG: We have to take a look and see ...

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Feds to Give NYPD Funds to Hire 128 New Officers

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The New York Police Department will be allowed to hire at least 128 new regular duty police officers, using federal funding under a deal brokered by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

The NYPD will then promote more experienced officers to beef up the department's elite anti-terror units. ...

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D.A. Morgenthau Endorses Cyrus Vance Jr.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is endorsing Cyrus Vance Jr. as his would-be successor. Vance, who served as a prosecutor under Morgenthau in the 1980's is currently in private practice. Morgenthau says Vance is tenacious, fair and respected by his peers.

MORGENTHAU: The next district attorney ...

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MTA Board Hears Pros and Cons on Atlantic Yards

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

More than 40 people gave the board of the MTA board their two cents worth on the Atlantic Yards project at a meeting yesterday. But WNYC's Mathew Schuerman reports that many of its supporters have financial ties to project's developer Bruce Ratner.

Thirty-two people spoke in ...

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Republicans a No-Show in Special Session

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Chaos continues in Albany. In a second extraordinary session, Republicans refused to show up and Democrats gaveled in and out within minutes.

Democratic senator-turned-Republican-coalition-member Pedro Espada says they've asked Governor Paterson for his leadership to force Democrats to acknowledge Espada and Republican Senator Dean Skelos as ...

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The Takeaway

With a Narrow Ruling, the Voting Rights Act Survives

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an 8 to 1 ruling yesterday to exempt a small Texas town from government oversight of their voting process. In a case that could have gutted the key provisions of the historic Voting Rights Act, the law designed to prevent racial discrimination at the polls, the Justices instead issued a very narrow exemption. The Takeaway looks at whether Chief Justice John Roberts is maneuvering in order to build bigger majorities and avoid 5-4 decisions. To help answer that question and to discuss the ruling we turn to Nate Persily, professor of law and political science at Columbia University.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Supremes Count Down

Monday, June 22, 2009

Emily Bazelon,Senior Editor at Slate and founding editor of Double X the new women's web site from Slate previews the Supreme Court rulings coming down in this final week of the term.

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WNYC News

Paterson Calls Special Session, Plans to Address Gay Marriage

Monday, June 22, 2009

Governor David Paterson is calling a special session of the state Senate for tomorrow, and he says he plans to bring the gay marriage bill to the floor.

PATERSON: Interesting ideas or controversial pieces of legislation have always come to Albany to die. We're changing the ...

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The Takeaway

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that post-conviction DNA testing is not a Constitutional right for convicted criminals. So far, post-conviction DNA testing has exonerated at least 232 people nationwide. The ruling came on an appeals case by William Osborne, who was convicted for the 1993 rape, kidnapping and assault of a prostitute in Alaska. The Innocence Project, a group of attorneys who help prisoners obtain DNA testing, has been defending him for seven years. Nina Morrison is a staff attorney at the Innocence Project has been working on his case and joins us today.

"No matter how guilty somebody looks, there's no substitute for doing a DNA test which can prove it either way. And we were hoping the Supreme Court would agree."
— Nina Morrison of the Innocence Project on the right to DNA testing

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WNYC News

Housing Scam Artists Defraud Brownsville Residents

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

At the peak of the housing bubble, the median price of a two-family home in Brownsville, Brooklyn was going for nearly half a million dollars. At the time, it seemed like a boon for long time homeowners. But housing advocates say it was a false ...

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Police Commissioner Negotiating to Save Civilian NYPD Positions

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

While the budget deal between Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Quinn would save 16 firehouses, 350 civilian NYPD employees are still slated for pink slips. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says he's still negotiating with City Hall to try to restore those positions, so that active ...

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Sikh Transit Workers Protest MTA Logos on Turbans

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sikh transit workers forced to wear MTA logos on their turbans since 9-11 will appeal to local legislators today at City Hall. Two of the workers are suing the MTA claiming the policy amounts to religious discrimination.

Amardeep Singh is the executive director of the Sikh ...

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