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High Water

Monday, April 12, 2010

NYC Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Cas Holloway explains the nearly 13% hike in water rates and the new watershed protection guidelines.

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The Takeaway

Feds Focus on Aviation, but Terror Threats More Likely on Subways

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced changes in its approach to passenger screenings at airports, in an effort to increase security after the failed bomb plot on Christmas Day. However, statistically, it is more likely that a terrorist would target a subway system or public buses than an airplane. And a week after two coordinated bombings on the Moscow subway, many cities are concerned about securing their surface-level public transportation systems. 

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The Takeaway

The Value: Keeping Small Harlem Retailers in Business

Thursday, April 01, 2010

When you see a favorite local retailer close down, you often wonder what might have happened if you'd stepped in to help drive business. A group of retailers in Harlem are trying a new way to stay afloat in the face of the bad economy. In the latest episode of "The Value," Farai Chideya reports on an initiative called The Power of One.

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WQXR News

Judge Blocks City Plan to Close 19 Schools

Friday, March 26, 2010

A state judge has blocked the city from going ahead with plans to phase out 19 low-performing schools.

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WQXR News

NYC Officials Warn of Teacher Layoffs

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New York City may have to eliminate 8,500 teaching positions next year if proposed doomsday budget cuts go through in Albany.

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WQXR News

Deficits Loom at City's Hospital Corporation

Monday, February 22, 2010

New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is facing a $1 billion deficit.

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WQXR News

NYC Councilman Charged with Corruption

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Bronx City Councilman Larry Seabrook was arrested today on federal corruption charges. He pleaded not guilty and was released on a $500,000 bond.

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WQXR News

One Approval Down for Domino Sugar Project

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The redevelopment of Domino Sugar's plant at 316 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is beginning its board approval process.

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WQXR News

Vance, Jr. Takes DA Seat

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

He's the first new D.A. the borough has had in 35 years.

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WQXR News

Port Authority Seeks Partner in 1 WTC

Monday, January 04, 2010

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced it wants a partner for the central tower at Ground Zero.

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WQXR News

DA Morgenthau Retires After 35 Years

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has been cast in many roles throughout his career.

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WQXR News

NYPD Requests Federal Assistance

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Raymond Kelly says security for the upcoming trial of the September 11 terror attack suspects is going to cost much more than the initial estimate of $75 million dollars.

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WQXR News

Crime Drops to Record Lows in NYC

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

With just a few days to go, 2009 is on pace to be New York City's safest - at least since 1962 when the city started keeping reliable records.

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The Takeaway

Despite Recession, National Crime Stats Down

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The FBI is reporting that crime fell nationally in the first six months of 2009, when compared to the same time last year. The decline happening in the midst of a terrible recession and high unemployment. With those factors, people usually expect crime to increase... So what's going on? To help answer that is New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. And while crime went down nationally it also rose someplace you might not expect it to – Seattle, WA. Jonah Spangenthal-Lee from SeattleCrime.com looks at why Seattle's crime is rising.

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The Takeaway

Terror Trials: Justice or Circus?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One of the most frequent arguments against allowing the trials of self-professed 9/11 'mastermind' Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his accused associates to proceed in civilian court is that the trial will give the men a platform from which to spew anti-American propaganda. Ron Kuby, a criminal defense attorney with experience in terrorism cases, says Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will probably toe the al-Qaida party line – speaking out from the stand on whatever is the "issue du jour," be it Palestine, Iraq or Afghanistan.

We also spoke with Ed MacMahon, the court-appointed attorney for Zacarias Moussaoui. MacMahon says no federal judge will allow Mohammed, or any of the accused, to act out of turn in court. But that's not the only terror-related news today. A federal judge unsealed charges against eight men who are accused of recruiting young Somali-Americans to join an Islamic insurgency in Somalia. It's a complicated story and to break it down we speak to Abdi Aynte, an editor with Voice of America. Aynte used to cover the Somali community in Minnesota.

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The Takeaway

Holder Defends KSM Trial Locale

Thursday, November 19, 2009

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday defended his decision to try self-professed 9/11 'mastermind' Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York City, rather than a military tribunal. In a heated exchange with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Holder speculated on whether this trial will set a precedent for how future terror suspects are treated. At one point, Graham asked whether the U.S. would have to read Osama Bin Laden his Miranda Rights if he was caught. James Cohen, a professor at Fordham Law School who is defending two Guantánamo Bay detainees says that Graham's question made the news, but that it's a moot point.

(click through for a transcript of Holder and Graham's exchange.)

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The Takeaway

9/11 'Mastermind' to be Tried in New York City

Friday, November 13, 2009

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and four other men accused in the plot will be prosecuted in federal court in New York City, a federal law enforcement official said earlier today.

Joining us to discuss the implications of this announcement on the president's promise to close Guantánamo Bay is Jonathan Mahler, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and author of the book "The Challenge: How a Maverick Navy Officer and a Young Law Professor Risked Their Careers to Defend the Constitution — and Won."

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The Takeaway

Frank Bruni and a Life of Eating

Friday, August 28, 2009

Today on The Takeaway, we speak to the outgoing restaurant critic for The New York Times, Frank Bruni. Just as his stint on the food beat ends, he’s coming out with a book about his lifelong struggle with bulimia called “Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater.” Click through for the full interview transcript.

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The Takeaway

Judge Sotomayor, The Bronx is Watching

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Takeaway checks in on Sonia Sotomayor's old stomping ground: the Bronx. Joining the conversation are Mary McKinney, founder of the Concerned Residents Organization in the Soundview section of the Bronx; Agnes Rivera, with Community Voices Heard, a low-income public housing campaign; and Orlando Plaza, owner of Camaradas del Barrio restaurant in East Harlem.

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The Takeaway

An Experiment in Teacher Pay: $125,000 Starting Salary

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The average salary for middle-school teachers is $46,000, according to the Department of Labor. But a charter school in New York’s Washington Heights will be paying a salary of $125,000, trying to find out if better pay means a better education. Zeke Vanderhoek, the founder and principal of the charter school The Equity Project (TEP) joins The Takeaway to talk about the school. The Takeaway also has Joe Williams, Executive Director of Democrats for Education Reform, to talk about whether paying teachers a high salary would improve public schools in the long run.

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