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Name That Iron Fist

Monday, May 11, 2009

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take their seats for the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner on May 9, 2009 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle ...

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Mayor: Flu Has Spread, Not Usual

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg updates New Yorkers on the Swine Flu, April 28, 2009. (Edward Reed)

Mayor Bloomberg updates New Yorkers on the Swine Flu, April 28, 2009. (Edward Reed)

One cluster. That's what Mayor Bloomberg and other officials told reporters to focus on yesterday: the single swine flu outbreak at St. Francis Preparatory School.

Twenty-four hours later, two additional clusters have emerged at other schools, and there are five individual cases health authorities are analyzing.

So far, almost all the cases have been mild. All but a couple of people at St. Francis have been improving. Now, however, we've learned of the first hospitalizations: an adult, who was admitted and discharged, and a two-year-old, who is still in an undisclosed hospital. Nation-wide there had been one hospitalization. To date, there are still no deaths in the US. In Mexico, there have been more than 150.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden says in many regards the swine flu is following a normal pattern of spreading, except that it's much later than usual. What's troubling, he says, are the deaths in Mexico and the unpredictability of a new strain. But in a city of eight million people, thousands die each year from normal flu. No one should be surprised, Frieden and Bloomberg repeatedly say, if this one leads to more hospitalizations and, yes, even deaths.

'We do not know whether it will continue to spread new strains sometimes fizzle out, over time. And we do not know if it's worse. So far it doesn't appear to be. But it's early.'

Bloomberg and Frieden say they now believe 'hundreds' of people associated with St. Francis were probably infected with swine flu, but they say there's no point in testing them all. Most were mild. Almost all seem to be on the mend.

Whatever practical value there is to NOT testing them in order to focus resources elsewhere, the city will benefit -- if that's the word -- from merely having its 45 confirmed cases pasted on cable news maps (already more than the rest of the country), rather than a number in the hundreds.
People wear surgical masks to help prevent being infected with the swine flu, as they ride the subway on April 28, 2009, in Mexico City.

People wear surgical masks to help prevent being infected with the swine flu, as they ride the subway on April 28, 2009, in Mexico City.

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Mayor: I've Assembled Furniture from Kits

Thursday, April 23, 2009

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Mayor Bloomberg was in the Bronx this morning, helping open a Home Depot at the new Gateway Center mall. The Home Depot will provide 200 of the mall's 2100 jobs. Asked if he ever did any home repairs himself, ...

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Mayor's Earth Day Mandate: Green Thy Buildings

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn used this Earth Day to roll out four bills, aimed at getting older buildings to install more energy-efficient lighting, heating, and cooling systems. Quinn says the legislation would require buildings of 50,000 ...

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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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He is the Lorax

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced a $2 million federal grant that will pay for the creation of green jobs, as part of MillionTreesNYC program. The mayor made the announcement on Garrison Avenue at Edgewater Road along the Bronx River, surrounded by MillionTreesNYC trainees. The ...

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Quinn: City Revenues Falling

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

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With the city's economic outlook getting worse, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says the city needs an even tighter budget than the one Mayor Bloomberg proposed in January. Quinn predicts that the city revenues will be $438 million less ...

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Quote of the Day: "Nothing warm and fuzzy about..."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sweater cuffs, fuzzy. Mayor, not.

Sweater cuffs, fuzzy. Mayor, not. Cell phone photo, fuzzy. Mayor, not.

A new poll finds that Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating among New York voters is the lowest it has been in his second term. But it's still ...

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More NYC Public School Grads Choose CUNY

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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More graduates of New York City's high schools are heading to the City University system for college. The Department of Education and CUNY say there's been a 70 percent surge in the number of public school grads from NYC entering two-year community colleges, and a 37 percent growth at CUNY's four-year colleges, just in the past seven years.

Mayor Bloomberg says the enrollment increases come even as CUNY's admission standards get tougher.

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St. Patrick's Pick-me-up

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Everyone may be Irish today, but given the tough economic times some are wondering if its really a good time to be celebrating. Before setting out on the St. Patrick's Day parade route, Mayor Bloomberg said the answer was simple: yes, more than ever.
'People need a pick-me-up,' says Bloomberg. 'People need to know that we can get through this together. All we need to do is treat everybody today like their Irish, next time like their Italian, the other like they're Hindus.'

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(Kathleen Horan)


It's a parade of firsts and lasts for St. Patrick's Day in New York. Warren Levinson reports.

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Schools Chancellor Joel Klein

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, talks about the Obama education plan's effects on local schools, and other matters facing students and parents in the region.

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Bloomberg: No Chicken in Every Pot

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says President Obama needs to give the public confidence and concrete solutions with his prime time speech to Congress tonight.

"I don't think they want to hear that there's going to be a chicken in every pot and there's no pain. People are smarter than ...

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MTA's Tunnel Boring Machine

Thursday, February 19, 2009

MTA Chief Executive Elliot Lee Sander and Mayor Bloomberg at the launch of a tunnel boring machine for the 7 train extension, which will open in 2013. The $2.1b project is funded by the city with bonds and is ...

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Source of Manhattan Maple Syrup Smell Revealed!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

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Mayor Bloomberg says sleuths from agencies in the city and New Jersey have identified the source of the mysterious maple syrup smell that would pop up from time to time, usually on the Upper West Side. The source: a facility in Hudson County ...

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Protest Disrupts Bloomberg's Economy Speech

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

About 100 protesters surged uninvited into a Midtown hotel ballroom, and interrupted a speech by Mayor Bloomberg on the future of the city's economy. The mayor was the keynote speaker at a business forum that largely promoted the optimistic view that New York's economy would rebound. The protesters say the ...

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Staten Island Chuck Bites Bloomberg, Draws Blood

Monday, February 02, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo.  February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten by a ground hog during a ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo Monday morning.

Bloomberg spoke to the media about the incident later that day, suggesting that Chuck very well could be a 'terrorist rodent' agent.

The city's prognosticating rodent, Charles G. Hogg, also known as Staten Island Chuck, bit through Bloomberg's glove when the mayor was trying to coax the animal into view with an ear of corn.

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

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Bloomberg on Wall Street's Bonuses

Friday, January 30, 2009

President Obama may be swift to condemn excessive greed on Wall Street, but don't expect a similar tone from Mayor Bloomberg. The mayor who made his fortune on Wall Street was asked after his austere budget briefing by a reporter about the issue of excessive bonuses and compensation. "You have ...

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Mayor: State and Federal Aid Needed to Prevent Massive Job Cuts

Friday, January 30, 2009

NEW YORK, NY January 30, 2009 —Mayor Bloomberg says without help from Albany and Washington, New York City will have to reduce its workforce by more than 20,000 people in order to make ends meet in its next budget. The city's deficit for the next fiscal year has mushroomed, from $1 billion to $4 billion, because of Wall Street's heavy losses. Bloomberg says the deficit would have been $6 billion, if not for earlier cuts.

BLOOMBERG: You can only get so much blood out of a stone and after that this is a headcount thing.

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Going Digital - Can 10 TV Anchors Be Wrong?

Monday, January 26, 2009

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Fox 5's Ernie Anastos with Mayor B (credit Edward Reed)

If you're the kind of public radio listener who actually watches a little local TV, god forbid, you may have noticed the steady drumbeat of news segments on the coming revolution of digital TV. 'Get your digital converter TODAY, or else...' - cut to shot of TV screen as primetime sitcom suddenly gives way to all-black - '...you COULD be left in the dark.'

Mayor Bloomberg joined the chorus today, reminding people that Feb. 17 is the last day when regular analog TVs will get a signal. The remedy, of course, is to either buy a brand-new digital TV - do it for America, viewers - or buy a relatively inexpensive digital converter box, about $40 to $70.

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